The summer of 2020 is different. Everything has changed. We know that. However, something that is still unaffected and kicking – cocktails. They still are king! In the month of June, more than 2 million Brits searched the word “cocktail” online, and according to Google trends, ‘cocktail made with tequila and lime juice’ (hey Margarita!) has surged by +2,350% in the last 7 days.
This apparently hints that when pubs and bars start reopening, the demand for cocktails is going to skyrocket.
But which cocktails shall the Brits be packed to sip first? A survey that asked more than 5,000 people concluded the following 10 – in order!
1. Piña Colada
The Piña Colada has been unfairly punished among cocktail aficionados for years. It remained the crème de la crème of the blender boom, an emblem of poolside bars and booze voyages. However, this tropical classic, which is a scrummy blend of rum, pineapple, coconut, and lime juice dates back more than a half century. The Piña Colada used to be the drink of the day in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This cocktail, that tops our list, is a classic Puerto Rican cocktail, which can be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both.
1940s London saw this cocktail merger, initially as a health drink. This summer cocktail, that is sipped slowly, is one of the most fancied for its eponymous liqueur, a gin-based digestif propagated across the planet and later found a devoted fan base in New Orleans. This piquant drink can prove to be great shade from the Southern hear if combined with Sprite/7Up (or ginger ale), cucumber and a medley of fruit garnishes. This slow sipping beverage is also a Wimbledon classic, a favorite cooler among spectators and resident alike.
We cannot imagine the abuse Daiquiri has suffered since its inception
roughly 130 years ago. The Godfather of rum cocktails, which once used to be the pride of Havana, has evolved to be a despised extra on your local tavern’s back seat. Even today, a hell lot of people recognize it as associated with adult slushies, the paraphernalia of spring break seizures and mind-rupturing hangovers.
But in its purest and richest style, the Daiquiri is plain yet magnificent,
a subtle fusion of rum’s purity with the natural freshness of sugar and lime
After the Daiquiri, the Mojito is the most-relished rum cocktail. The roots of this luscious refreshment can be traced back to Cuba and the 16th-century Cuban cocktail El Draque, named after Sir Francis Drake.
Nearly, all of the ingredients of Mojito are native to Cuba. However, the blend is amazingly simple. Rum, lime, mint and sugar (derived from cane juice) are mixed with soda water to create an invigorating vintage cocktail.
The Mojito is customarily served in summer over ice in a highball glass. It is said that the Mojito was a darling of Ernest Hemingway.
Although this classic cocktail is a bit hectic to prepare since it involves muddling the mint, the end-product is a scrumptious, uplifting cocktail.
5. Passion Fruit Martini
Passionfruit curd tastes amazing in pies, but they are excellent in cocktails too.
Since this cocktail is a bit delicate, make sure you taste before you serve. Evaluate and adjust your drink if you need.
Fresh passion fruit juice can be either very sour or relatively sugary, which may affect the overall essence. Add a bit lemon juice if your drink becomes too sweet. Add some sugar syrup if it is too sour.
6. Sex on the Beach
Do not get confused with the name. It might sound provocative, but Sex on the Beach is an innocuous fruity cocktail. This slow-sipping beverage is quite easy to prepare and even easier to guzzle. This thirst-quenching cocktail can be a perfect companion for your next tropical vacation.
There are disagreements on how the name ‘Sex on the Beach’ originated. Some think that it may have been accidentally invented when a bartender blended a Fuzzy Navel with a Cape Codder. This fruity concoction is usually served over ice in a Highball glass and orange slices are used for garnish.
7. Gin & Tonic
Gin & Tonic. Sounds very simple, right? If you can say it, you can make it. Correct? Maybe not.
The two-ingredient cocktail, which originated during the early 19th century as an antimalarial drug for the British soldiers, is one of the preferred cocktails till date. From glassware to spirit (45% ABV and more) to garnishment, everything must be meticulously blended to prepare the ultimate G&T. However, perhaps the most crucial variable in a glass of Gin & Tonic is the ratio. You decide it per your taste buds.
If a sangria is not kept light and bubbly and is excessively sweet, the experience can go wrong. A good blender knows how to keep it light with the addition of seltzer water and perfect the proportion of wine to brandy. Not a red fan? Then a must try for you.
Any wine can go for the blend since you are blending other ingredients into it too. However, some preferred wines are Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
As long as the fruits are concerned, if your wine has notes of raspberries and pears, use those! However, fruits such as orange, apple, blueberry, strawberry, peach, blackberry, and pineapple.
9. Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz is one of the most favoured apéritifs in Italy, it is very scrumptious and rejuvenating. Aperol Spritz has a lovely coral hue, is low in alcohol, has a fruity aroma and is slightly bitter. The cocktail is very easy to prepare, which makes it an easy grab during any time of day and event.
10. Whiskey Sour
Spirit, sugar and citrus—the ancient trio—make the ultimate blend in Whiskey Sour. The origin of Whiskey Sour dates back to the Lincoln administration. There are few cocktails that can satisfy and elevate so quickly. You can, however, add any ingredient of choice to have your own personal spin on the classic. This might sound weird, but for a balancing spicy tone some even like this blend further thickened with egg white and a few drops of aromatic bitters.
Meeting friends after work? You can quickly and easily replicate some whiskey sour for a refreshing evening.
Let us know if your favourite cocktail in on this list. The survey also identified some other cocktails, which we will be sharing soon.
Cover photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash.