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The 5 Most Popular Cocktails of 2016

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Like most things in life, cocktail popularity waxes and wanes. Some years, the cycle turns to drinks of yore; witness the resurgence of the Moscow Mule just a couple of years ago. Other times, there’s a penchant for novelty—hello, molecular mixology—and brand-new cocktails.

But 2016 continues the recent trend with an eye to throwbacks and nods to classics. Follow along on this countdown of the five best-selling cocktails of the year, and you’ll see some familiar faces.


5.Dry Martini

The results prove this cocktail is clearly timeless. The poster child for sophistication, this libation is sure to impress whomever you’re with. Made with gin (or vodka, if you must), vermouth and bitters, you can’t go wrong with a Dry Martini.

4. Daiquiri

A classic favorite, the Daiquiri climbed two spots on the Top 50 Cocktails list from last year. Made with rum, lime juice and simple syrup, this drink is easy to make at home for yourself or several guests, if you so choose.

3. Manhattan

From more than half of the bars polled, the Manhattan founds its way into the top 10 most-ordered drinks. Made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters, this drink is certainly a delight.

2. Negroni

The classic aperitif is made to impress your peers and your bartender. Made with Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, this Italian cocktail has several variations including the Boulevardier and the Americano.

1. Old Fashioned

Topping the list, the Old Fashioned proves that it’s truly always in style. The iconic drink grabbed the No. 1 spot for the second year in a row, making it just as relevant now as when it was first concocted. Made with whiskey, sugar, bitters and a citrus twist, this is a must-try cocktail.

Thirsty for more? Check out the rest of the Top 50 Cocktails of 2016 at Drinks International.

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