A massive 34% - over a third - of the world’s 50 best-selling classic cocktails in 2019 were gin cocktails, according to a report released earlier this year by Drinks International. Here at Craft Gin Club, of course, we weren’t surprised to hear that such a large proportion of the world’s best-selling drinks are gin-based, givin how much we - and our lovely members - love them!
So without further ado, here are the ten most popular classic gin cocktails in the world in 2019, as revealed by the report, and how to make them. Can you guess which cocktail came top of the pile?
Top 10 best-selling classic gin cocktails in the world 2019
Position on list of top 50 best-selling cocktails: 37
In tenth place is a perennial favourite. Invented in London in the 1980s, it’s actually one of the ‘youngest’ cocktail recipes on the list!
60ml dry gin
30ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
15ml sugar syrup
15ml crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur)
Lemon slice, to garnish
Fresh blackberries, to garnish
In a shaker packed with ice, shake gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle liqueur over ice. Garnish with lemon and blackberries to serve.
9. White Lady
Position on list of world’s best-selling cocktails: 33
Although not widely popular in the UK, the White Lady is clearly much loved elsewhere in the world, based on this result. Simple and delicious, it’s a staple recipe that every gin lover should have in their cocktail-making arsenal.
24ml triple sec
15ml lemon juice
Egg white (optional)
Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 20 seconds, until the egg is emulsified. Add ice and shake again, straining into a chilled cocktail coupe and serving straightaway.
8. French 75
Position on list of world’s best-selling cocktails = 29
More than 100 years after its invention, this Parisian classic is still as popular as on its initial release!
15ml lemon juice
15ml simple syrup
Champagne (or other sparkling wine)
Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for about five seconds. Strain into a champagne flute and top with ice cold Champagne or sparkling wine for one of the best ways to kick off a dinner.
Position on list of world’s best-selling cocktails = 27
Another cocktail that’s clocked up a centenary since its invention and the Aviation is still “flying high”!
10ml maraschino liqueur
5ml crème de violette
15ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Fine strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Position on list of world’s best-selling classic cocktails = 22
Containing just two ingredients (plus garnish), surely this is the simplest cocktail on the list? It just goes to show, sometimes the simplest things are the best!
75ml gin (Plymouth gin preferred)
15ml Rose's lime cordial
Lime wedge or slice, to garnish
Add cordial and gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled coupe glass and serve with a slice of lime.
5. Clover Club
Position on list of world’s best-selling classic cocktails = 19
The first gin-based drink to squeeze into the world’s top 20-selling cocktails, and now sitting in the top 5 best-selling gin cocktails, the Clover Club has experienced a recent resurgence in popularity, climbing 23 places on the overall list.
15ml lemon juice
15ml raspberry syrup
15ml Martini Extra Dry Vermouth
15g egg white
Shake all the ingredients with ice then strain into a separate mixing glass or shaker and shake again with no ice. This ‘dry shake’ has the effect of whipping air into the cocktail. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and drink it quickly.
4. Gin Fizz
Position on list of world’s best-selling cocktails = 18
Dating back to the 19th century, this is one of the oldest cocktails on the whole list, and it’s incredible that it’s still one of the world’s top 20 best-selling cocktails more than 120 years later!
20 ml freshly squeezed lemon
20 ml of simple syrup*
20 ml of egg white
About 50ml soda water
Shake everything without ice in a shaker for about three seconds, then fill the shaker with ice and shake for about seven to 10 seconds. Add soda water in the shaker - 50ml or more depending on how strong you want your drink – and strain it in to a glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
3. Corpse Reviver
Position on list of world’s best-selling cocktails = 16
Although undoubtedly tasty (and strong!), we were surprised to see this punchy cocktail beat off so many other classics to take the bronze position of third most popular gin cocktail on the list. The authors of the report reveal that this gin drink has moved up a massive 22 places in popularity in the last year! Have you tried it?
21ml lemon juice
21ml Lillet Blanc
Dash of absinthe
Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail mixer. Strain into a chilled coupette. Serve.
2. Dry Martini
Position on list of world’s best-selling classic cocktails = 6
For those that claim a vodka martini is better than the classic (gin) martini, let the results speak for themselves: the former sits down in 36th position on the list of the world’s best-selling cocktails, while the latter triumphs, in sixth position overall, and as the second most popular gin cocktail on the list.
10ml dry vermouth
Lemon twist, to garnish
Put a Martini glass in the freezer and leave to chill for as long as possible. Combine your gin and vermouth in a mixing glass over cubed ice. Stir until cold and diluted. Strain into an iced Martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist to serve.
Position on list of world’s best-selling cocktails in 2019 = 2
Did you guess what would come top? Yep, the Negroni train shows no sign of slowing, coming in as the world’s most popular gin cocktail and the second best-selling classic cocktail of them all, only beaten by the Old Fashioned. But with a whopping 16 out of the top 50 cocktails being gin-based, we think the real winner is our favourite spirit!
25ml dry gin
25ml sweet vermouth
Orange zest, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir your ingredients together until blended well. Strain into a short glass on the rocks, or ideally over a large sphere of ice, and garnish with a curl of orange zest.
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