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Most Popular Cocktails of all Time

If you feel like you're stuck in a time warp when it comes to cocktails and you always order the same drink, find some inspiration from the latest list of the world's bestselling cocktails of all time.

The drinks industry website, Drinks International, has surveyed 108 of the top bars on the planet - as voted for in the World's Best Bars list - to find out which are their most popular cocktails. Although some new combinations are wowing cocktail connoisseurs, the old faithfuls are still up there at the top of the list.

Read on to find out more about the most popular cocktails of all time - you may be surprised to learn that three of the top four originate from the 19th century!

Old Fashioned

According to the survey, the most popular cocktail of all time is the trusty Old Fashioned, which is a drink dating from the 19th century and made more popular in the 20th century by Ian Fleming's James Bond books. The suave spy, 007, famously drank the Old Fashioned in Live and Let Die, Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever.

Combining a mixture of spirits, bitters, sugar and water, the whiskey cocktail was invented in the early 1800s. Today's Old Fashioned mixes one measure of Old Forester Bourbon with two dashes of Angostura bitter, a dash of soda and a lump of sugar. It's served with half a slice of lemon, half a slice of orange and a pineapple stick.


Made with a blend of one-third Campari, one-third sweet Vermouth and one-third gin, the second most popular cocktail is the Italian Negroni. This is another older cocktail, reportedly invented in 1919 at Caffe Casoni in Florence.

Count Camillo Negroni was said to have asked the bartender, Forsco Scarselli, to make a new and stronger version of his favourite cocktail, the Americano. Scarselli did so by replacing the soda water with gin, hence the Negroni was born. It is now more popular than the Americano on which it was based.


Third on the list is the Daiquirí. This is the most popular rum beverage in the world and has a fruity flavour. It is made with white rum, lime juice and sugar syrup. It may sound like a modern cocktail, but it was actually invented in the late 19th century.

The name Daiquirí was also the name of an iron mine and beach near Santiago de Cuba and was said to be a target of the United States' invasion of Cuba during the Spanish–American War in 1898. An American mining engineer, Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba during the war, was said to have invented the Daiquirí cocktail and named it in the region's honour.


The fourth most popular cocktail on the planet is the Manhattan. A combination of rye whiskey, sweet Vermouth and bitters, a classic Manhattan is made from two parts whiskey, one part Vermouth, one to two dashes of bitters such as Angostura, orange peel and real Maraschino cherries, which are made by mixing a pint of stemmed and pitted sour cherries with a cupful of Maraschino liqueur.

The Manhattan was said to have been invented in a bar on Broadway by a bartender called Black in the 1860s. During Prohibition in the US from 1920 to 1933, when alcohol was consumed behind closed doors, Canadian whiskey was used because it was often all that was available.

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