The Year 2020 may not have been a good year for a good many things, but it was a good year for drinking. The year 2021 seems to be following suit. Studies show an increase in alcohol consumption in the US and the UK. Cocktail Bars like Giovanna’s Cocktails are also getting more popular.
What are some of the most popular cocktail drinks?
In the US the Margarita stands out as the top loved cocktail of drinkers. Who doesn’t love a salted rim and a refreshing lime zing taste? You don’t even have to purchase top-shelf tequila to make a great Margarita at home. 1 ½ part tequila, 1 ½ parts agave syrup, and 3 parts lime make a perfectly adequate Margarita. Consider forgoing a bottled mixer. You can also add Triple Sec if you’d like.
Black and Tan is a favourite British cocktail, consisting of two types of beer, pale and dark. The two kinds of beer are poured into a pint glass to create the layered effect. The dark beer is usually Guinness Stout. Harp Lager is often used for a light beer.
In the US, the Daiquiri, made with rum and lime is a perfect citrusy sour drink. It is said to have been Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drink. The simple Daiquiri was invented in Cuba in the 1800s. Hemingway drank Daiquiris in the 1920s when he visited Cuba. How exotic is that?
Britains like their Vesper Martinis. It is said to be one of the most popular cocktails. A drink invented by Ian Fleming, the novelist, it is made with three shots of dry gin, a shot of vodka, and a shot of dry French vermouth.
Now, for the third cocktail that is well-loved in the US, the Pina Colada. If you can’t travel during the pandemic, at least you can dream about being in the tropics with this combination of rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice.
Our next drink on our list of British favourites is a classic cocktail that originated in England, the Gimlet. Sir Thomas Gimlette gets the credit for inventing the Gimlet at the end of the 19th century. It is made with equal parts gin and lime cordial.
There is nothing tame about the next US drink. The Long Island Iced Tea is made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola. Wait a minute! Where’s the tea? This drink should come with an advisory. “Do not drink too many of these if the next day is a workday.”
Black Velvet is a drink created by a bartender in London in 1861 to mourn the death of Prince Albert. The drink is made with equal parts Guinness Stout and champagne. It was supposed to symbolize the armbands worn by the mourners.
Of course, whichever side of the world you are on, feel free to claim whatever drink is your favourite. The above-mentioned cocktails may give you a few new options to try as you relax and ride out the pandemic.
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