Most Popular Bar Drinks

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Most Popular Bar Drinks

The 10 Most Popular Bar Drinks

Looking for a job in a bar? These days, managers are looking for experienced, skilled bartenders, with good basic knowledge of the creation of great drinks. Most bartending positions will train you on the job, but it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of a head start, especially in the mixing of cocktails. Here, then, are ten of the most popular drinks you should know.


This refreshing Cuban highball combines the tantalizing muddle of lime juice, sugar and mint leaves with white rum and soda water. These days, most metropolitan bars offer cheeky variations of this classic mix, jazzing it up with apple, berry and even pomegranate. Nothing beats the original though, and that’s why it is the most popular drink on this list.


The popular television show Sex and the City gave this sexy little cocktail publicity in the Noughties. It’s a sweet blend of vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and lime, all served in a martini glass. No Cosmo is complete without a tangy slice of lemon.


This Mexican classic is made up of tequila, Triple Sec and lemon or lime juice. The original Margarita can be served straight up or over crushed ice. These days, the frozen version is much more popular, in which all of the ingredients are blended with ice in a refreshing summertime treat.


This perennial favourite has given rise to a whole range of variations. Ever tried an Appletini? Or a Mintini? How about a Bailey’s Choccatini? Neither have we. Puritans have balked at these interesting Martini mutations, and believe that nothing beats the simple, clean and classic combination of gin and dry vermouth.

Mai Tai

Meaning “Out of this World” in Tahitian, this Polynesian speciality was born in the 1940’s. It features the tropical combination of white or dark rum with orange curacao, pineapple and lime juice, and syrup. It’s a summertime favourite that conjures images of lazy, white-sanded beaches and garlands of flowers.


Simplicity is the name of the game with this uplifting Brazilian drink. Wedges of lime are muddled with sugar, and topped with cachaca, a local liqueur made from sugarcane. Crushed ice is also added to the mix for additional freshness.


These days, a daiquiri can be made from any kind of fruit. Kiwi, mango and banana daiquiris are international favourites. However, the classic strawberry version is still well-loved. It consists of white rum, syrup, squeezed lime and fruit juice. Like the Margarita, the frozen Daiquiri has become ragingly popular, especially in the summer months.

Pina Colada

This is the pride of Puerto Rico, and one of the world’s most timeless and ubiquitous tropical cocktails. Made from blended pineapple juice, light rum and coconut cream, this is a delicious summer speciality. It is usually garnished with a wedge of pineapple or sweet red cherry.

Long Island Iced Tea

This five-spirit extravaganza is another enduring favourite, and is anything but an iced tea. It is made from blended vodka, tequila, gin, rum and Triple Sec, with a splash of cola and plenty of ice. Some bartenders like to accentuate their Iced Tea’s with sweet and sour mixers, like lemon and sugar.

White Russian

Popularized by the Coen Brothers’ cult hit The Big Lebowski, this creamy cocktail consists of vodka, coffee liqueur and Bailey’s. Commonly served with crushed ice, this lowball is smooth, sweet, and hugely popular.

By mastering these ten favourite cocktails, you’ll be able to hit the ground running at any popular bar.