World Cocktail Day: The Top 10 Most Popular Cocktail Recipes Ranked by Countries

Whether you’re celebrating with family, or hosting a garden party, a classic cocktail can be just the thing that lightens the mood and brings everyone together.Cocktails are a thing of beauty, and with the myriad of fruity, floral, strong and sweet combinations out there, there is guaranteed to be something for everybody. The proof is in the data; in 2020, the UK alone sipped £624 million worth of cocktails, and monthly search volume for “how to make a cocktail” has never been higher.To celebrate World Cocktail Day 2021, we’ve looked at the numbers, and have brought you to the top 10 most popular cocktail recipes ranked by country and their worldwide search volume. Let’s dive in!

 

The Most Popular Cocktails Around the World

NOTE: This article gives a snapshot of the data compiled for favourite cocktail recipes globally. You can view a full breakdown of that data here.

 

10. Sidecar

    • Most popular in 1 country: Angola.
  • Worldwide searches: 21,470

The “Roaring Twenties” are upon us once again. The Sidecar is a classic from the 1920s, and kicks off the list as the favourite cocktail of Angola. 

With Cognac at the core, this cocktail is a good place to start for many, and mixes cognac with lemon and triple sec. A tart, refreshing tipple for many!

 

9. Vodka Martini

    • Most popular in 1 country: Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Worldwide searches: 32,550

The names Martini, Vodka Martini… Most synonymous with the James Bond franchise, the Vodka Martini peaked in popularity in 2017. The cocktail is one of the easiest to make, only needing 2 ingredients and therefore making it great for beginners.

Check out our recipe, and don’t forget that it must be shaken, not stirred!

 

8. Moscow Mule

    • Most popular in 2 countries: Brazil and Chile.
  • Worldwide searches: 162,130

Traditionally, and perhaps famously served in a metal mug, the Moscow Mule combines ginger, vodka, lime and soda. Interestingly enough, this cocktail is the favourite in countries far away from Moscow, popular in both Brazil and Chile.

 

7. Daiquiri

    • Most popular in 5 countries
  • Top 3 Countries: Morocco, Haiti, El Salvador.
  • Worldwide searches: 42,340

A refreshing cocktail for all occasions, the Daiquiri is one that many get wrong. People often associate it with fruit and blenders, but in reality, a real Daiquiri is made with white rum, lime juice and sugar syrup.

Growing in popularity, the Daiquiri has spawned a number of fruity and floral variations. Take a look at some of our most popular recipes below:

 

6. Piña Colada

    • Most popular in 6 countries
  • Top 3 Countries: Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Jamaica.
  • Worldwide searches: 199,640

Whether you associate the Piña Colada with the tropics, or getting caught in the rain, this 1970s-era Puerto Rican inspired cocktail is an irresistible blend of coconut, pineapple and lime that has you dreaming of palm trees and wave surfs.

Why not mix it up by trying a Guava Colada, or even the tiki-inspired Kelapa Swizzle, a fresh twist on the Piña Colada classic!

 

5. Sangria

    • Most popular in 7 countries
  • Top 3 Countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Madagascar.
  • Worldwide searches: 160,480

A popular cocktail amongst red wine drinkers, the Sangria takes an ordinary bottle of wine and combines it with Bramble mixture and plenty of ice.

If you’re looking to mix it up whilst in the festive spirit, why not try a Cosmopolitan Christmas, a seasonal twist on the Sangria cocktail made with spiced and ginger syrup, vermouth and port.

 

4. Pornstar Martini

    • Most popular in 18 countries
  • Top 3 Countries: India, Philippines, Pakistan.
  • Worldwide searches: 141,730

Originally named the Maverick Martini, the Pornstar Martini has grown in popularity in recent years, and is now the favourite cocktail recipe in over 15 countries across multiple continents. Traditionally served with a shot of prosecco on the side, the cocktail combines passion fruit and vanilla vodka.

Next time, why not give yours a tropical twist by trying a Pink Pornstar Martini, or even a fiery twist with a Hot Pornstar Martini?

 

3. White Russian

    • Most popular in 18 countries
  • Top 3 Countries: Algeria, Venezuela, Paraguay.
  • Worldwide searches: 61,610

This tasty, coffee based cocktail is a firm favourite. The White Russian is great for beginner mixologists, combining vodka, coffee liqueur, double cream and sugar syrup.

Want to make it “skinny”? All you need to do is swap out the cream for milk, and if you fancy making it vegan, substitute cream for your favourite almond, oat or soya milk.

 

2. Mojito

    • Most popular in 25 countries
  • Top 3 Countries: Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Sweden.
  • Worldwide searches: 302,840

If you’re looking to bring Cuba to your cocktail lineup, then the Mojito is perfect for you! Perfect for a hot summer’s afternoon, this refreshing long drink brings hints of mint with a healthy dose of rum, made slightly more sensible with a dash of soda water.

It’s perfect if you want to get that holiday feeling and reminders of good times by the beach!

 

1. Margarita

    • Most popular in 30 countries.
  • Top 3 Countries: United States, UK & Australia.
  • Worldwide searches: 546,280

Here we have it, the number one favourite cocktail in the world, favorited by over 25% of countries globally!

A classic Margarita cocktail is arguably the most well-known tequila cocktail, with a distinctive look, a ring of salt around the rim and a cloudy yellow hue. 

The cocktail is also synonymous with it’s very own cocktail glass, and so it’s no wonder that it's popular everywhere, from Australia to the UK, the Bahamas to Vietnam.

If you’re looking to spice up your Margarita cocktail, why not make it a little bublier by making a Champagne Margarita, or try the Hibiscus Margarita, our very own twist on a timeless classic!

 

How are you celebrating World Cocktail Day?

We’d love to know how you plan on celebrating World Cocktail Day. If you’re planning on pouring yourself a tipple, check out our bank of cocktail recipes that bring together the world’s most favourite drinks, and a few other variations that you’re guaranteed to enjoy.

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