The Five Most Popular Modern-Day Cocktails of 2017

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 · cocktailian

Every year, Drinks International, a trade mag for the booze biz, gathers data on the top bars around the world, resulting in a list of the 50 most popular drinks in the world. See the whole list HERE

What interested me most about this list was the fact that, if you don’t count the Aperol Spritz (and I don’t count the Aperol Spritz), just 10-percent of these drinks were created in the late 20th- or early 21st-centuries.

Let’s take a look at who is responsible for these true new classic cocktails

Coming in at number 46 is Audrey Saunders’ Old Cuban.  A fabulous drink that can be found on lots of menus of the best bars on the planet. (As a side note I need to mention that, at this point, Audrey has more drinks in my new edition of Joy of Mixology than anyone else.  By quite a long chalk, too)

Dick Bradsell’s Bramble, a fine drink if ever there was one (though I prefer his Treacle personally), comes in at number 37.  Mure is more, as they say . . .

The Cosmopolitan, of course, rears its head at number 31 on the list.  See the whole story behind the creation of this drink HERE, or simply tip your hat to Cheryl Cook, Dale DeGroff, and Toby Cecchini.

Sam Ross’ Penicillin comes in at number 19, and deservedly so. I gotta say, too, that having a scotch-based drink so high in the charts makes my little heart glad.

Dick Bradsel’s Espresso Martini is the highest of the modern day cocktails on this list, coming in at number 15.  And let’s face it, this drink is a doozy.  Sorry that you’re not here to see this, Dick, but know that your name will never be forgotten in the cocktail world.

That just about wraps it up, folks.  Whose drinks will shine on through next year?  Who the hell knows?

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