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The Most Popular Cocktails in the World

In 2018, bars are quick to pick up on trends. That's why you can find the most popular cocktails anywhere in the world.

There's something to be said about the magic that comes with drink trends. Once a new trend is discovered, it spreads like wildfire. One minute, a drink is obscure. The next, you can find it in every chain restaurant and bar you can imagine.

If you and your friends enjoy a particular commonly-found drink, chances are that you might be sipping on one of the most popular drinks in the world. Ever wonder if your favorite cocktail made it to the top 10? This list shows what bartenders report as the most popular cocktails around the world.


Remember the runaway mojito craze back in 2015? It's still going strong, and people love to drink these minty cocktails by the dozens! The mojito is currently one of the best summer cocktails to make for guests, simply because it's so refreshing.

Though it's one of the most popular cocktails in the world, it's a cocktail that tends to intimidate new bartenders due to the muddled mint. It's really not that bad, though. Grab a muddler, and learn how to make a mojito. You'll be glad you did.

Espresso Martini

Surprised? So are we, but we can totally see where espresso martinis got their popularity from. This sweet and caffeinated cocktail is one of the best coffee flavored cocktails for people who want to have a chilled after-dinner drink on a summer night.

When made with a nice coffee bean garnish, it's easy to see where the espresso martini's elegant appearance could be a huge perk.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules have been around since the 1940s, and were first made with Cock and Bull ginger beer. Since then, their popularity has spiked and virtually every type of ginger beer has been used to make this cocktail with a kick.

Sure, the mugs that they're traditionally served in may be a bit unorthodox, but that doesn't seem to bother anyone. These cocktails are downright delicious, and people will continue to drink them in droves.


Seeing a Manhattan on the list of the most popular cocktails in the world shouldn't shock you. It's a classic cocktail that's known for its stately appearance, heady combination of flavors, and easy-to-remember recipe.

A good Manhattan is hard to find at bars, though, simply because mixing the ingredients quickly tends to be risky. Despite that issue, people love to order them because of their sophisticated flavor and beautiful presentation.


Margaritas have become known as one of the best big batch cocktails to serve during parties. They are very easy to make ahead of time, which makes them incredibly popular with both party planners and bar managers alike.

Partly thanks to them being the de facto drink of Cinco de Mayo, and partly because of their party-friendly reputation, margaritas remain one of the most popular cocktails in the world.


Daiquiris have recently broken a record as the most-ordered rum drink of 2018. The fruity cocktails are typically served frozen, alongside an adorable umbrella.

With the pretty presentation and their classically sugary taste, it's easy to see why the daiquiri remains so widely ordered throughout the globe. It's basically a part of summer.

Dry Martini

Martinis, in general, are very popular. There are tons of different martinis that have gained popularity throughout the years, including espresso martinis, appletinis, and green tea martinis.

However, when it comes to sheer popularity by order, the most popular cocktails of the martini kind are dry martinis. It seems like that pinch of vermouth really does it.

Whiskey Sour

Another classic drink that never goes out of style is the whiskey sour, and anyone who's had one can tell you why. Bourbon, egg white, sugar, and a little bit of lemon taste great together—and remains a favorite throughout the year.

Considering how tasty it is, it's not surprising that this has been rapidly climbing the ranks of the most popular cocktails on a global scale. Currently, it's the third most ordered drink on a global scale.


Without a doubt, one of the most well-known and easiest Campari cocktails to make it to bars across the world is the Negroni. This old-school drink has seen a serious resurgence in popularity as the rise of classic cocktails started to take hold in the mainstream.

You might be shocked to hear it, but the Negroni currently holds the title of the second most-ordered cocktail in the world. Campari must be proud!

Old Fashioned

If you love a good Old Fashioned after work, you're not alone. This currently stands as the most ordered drink in the world, and a top seller in approximately 30 percent of all bars worldwide.

This classic drink remains refreshing, but offers a powerful kick of liquor thanks to the rye and Angostura bitters. If you haven't had one yet, you're missing out on the best of the best of the most popular cocktails around the globe.

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