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Top Cocktails Around The World

The wizards at Zymurgorium, creators of never-seen-before gins and liqueurs, are always on the lookout for the next big trend in cocktails. After some crafty research based on cocktail search terms, they have found some astonishing results about the world’s most popular cocktails and the results may surprise you.

It will come as no surprise however that here in the UK, Brits can’t get enough Espresso Martinis, Long Island Iced Tea, Margaritas and Mojitios. These cocktail staples can be found on most cocktail menus and are easily created at home.

A rise in retro cocktails is also in play, with classics such as Blue Lagoon and Snowball coming back with a bang.

It’s believed that the Blue Lagoon was created by Andy MacElhone, son of famed bartender Harry MacElhone, at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1960s or early 1970s. The cocktail has a distinct blue hue, a combination of Blue Curacao, vodka and lemonade.

The Snowball cocktail was first invented in the 1940s but rose to popularity in the 1970s where it became a beloved Yuletide tipple. Consisting of Advocaat, a Dutch liqueur and lemonade, in 2006, Nigella Lawson was responsible for a 40% rise in sales of Advocaat, and The Snowball was revived.

In the US, it’s quite a different story with Aviation, a cocktail that first appeared in print in Hugo R. Esslin’s 1916 ‘Recipes for Mixed Drinks’, one of the most popular. Similar to a Gin Sour, The Aviation is a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice.

Joining the Aviation in popularity is Mai Tai, Cosmo (thanks Sex and The City), Sidecar, Gimlet, Tom Collins, Manhatten and Tequila Sunrise. All classics that have been around for a while, it appears the US knows what it likes and sticks to the GOATS.

Heading ‘Down Under’, you might never have heard of a Midori Sour, but this is a wildly popular cocktail in Aus.

A Midori Sour is a 1980’s classic, equivalent to a melon Jolly Rancher. A combination of Midori liqueur, vodka, lime juice, lemon juice and soda water, the eye-catching glowing green colour comes from Midori, a Japanese melon-flavoured liqueur.

Whilst many cocktail enthusiasts look down on the distastefully named ‘Sex on the Beach’, the cocktail is extremley popular in…Germany!

Some attribute this drink, and its name, to a bartender at Confetti’s Bar in Florida, Ted Pizio. He was supposedly challenged to sell the most peach schnapps in the area as part of the promotion for the new spirit, and as such created a fruity cocktail and decided to name it after the reasons why he thought tourists visited the area, sex and beaches. Sex on the Beach is a fruity little mix of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice.

A White Russian is also popular in Germany, a decadent and creamy cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream served with ice in an old fashioned glass.

Sticking with fruity cocktails, a Pornstar Martini is actually incredibly popular in India. The relatively new cocktail was first invented in 2002, a passion-fruit-flavoured cocktail made with vanilla-flavoured vodka, Passoã, passion fruit juice, and lime juice. It is traditionally accompanied by a chilled shot glass of prosecco.

Heading over to Sweden, they like to keep it simple and classic with a gin martini. It’s often been said the drink was invented during the mid-1800s Gold Rush, when a gold miner who had recently struck it rich decided to celebrate his good fortune at a local bar. A gin martini is simply gin and dry vermouth, finished with a lemon twist or olive.

Again, rather unsurprisingly, Italians can’t get enough of the Negroni, an Italian cocktail made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. The cocktail is also becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Interestingly the gin phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down, with the US coming out on top when searching for gin and tonic and the UK when searching for gin cocktails – gin continues to reign supreme.

It also seems that cocktails searched are easy to create at-home and use simple, non- complicated ingredients. Following the long month of January and the ‘Dry January’ trend, searches increase for cocktails to make at home and enjoy.

Known for its distinct industry innovations including the world’s first Parma Violet gin liqueur and the world’s first Ruby Chocolate rum, Zymurgorium has over 30 plus spirits and liqueurs in its range, including a host of new alcoholic innovations set to launch this year.