Top 10 cocktails you need to be stocking

By Nikkie Sutton

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Mojito magic: a mix of mint, lime, sugar, soda water and rum is the top choice of consumers (image: Ryzhkov/istock/
Mojito magic: a mix of mint, lime, sugar, soda water and rum is the top choice of consumers (image: Ryzhkov/istock/
With the sun continuing to shine, cocktails are just one drink of choice for thirsty customers and The Morning Advertiser has taken a look at the top 10 cocktails to stock

According to data from CGA's Mixed Drinks Report April 2018​, the Mojito is the most popular mainstream cocktail but following closely, is the Pornstar Martini.

In third place was the traditional Sex On The Beach, followed by the Long Island Iced Tea.

A cocktail that is often served in a pitcher jug came in at five – Woo Woo.

Reaching the halfway mark was a tipple that can be adapted with different fruits, the Daiquiri.

A hit of caffeine in a cocktail was number seven, Espresso Martini.

Cosmopolitans were iconic in the Sex and the City ​series and this drink was number eight.

In at number nine is Aperol Spritz, a cocktail that has been attributed to its owner Gruppo Campari's UK sales rising significantly.​ 

And finishing at number 10 was a a broad category – the sparkling cocktail.

Meanwhile, The Morning Advertiser ​highlighted how to make the top five best-selling cocktails​ earlier this year (February).

According to CGA, 6.5m customers are now choosing to drink a cocktail with a meal when eating out, meaning operators need to have a varied and premium drinks offer to pair with food, impacting a diner's decision on where to eat.

The experience trend is something cocktails fit into perfectly thanks to the 'Instagrammable' factor of them.

The way drinks look is as important as the way they taste in today's society, meaning a premium spirit and mixer, topped with an eye-catching garnish is the way forward.

Bar staff are best placed to educate drinkers on the flavour profiles of drinks – and consumers want bartenders' recommendations.

This can push certain types of cocktails and inform guests, keeping drinkers and operators happy.

1. Mojito (image credit: Ryzhkov/istock/

Pornstar Martini
2. Pornstar Martini (image credit: viennetta/istock/

3. Sex on the Beach
3. Sex on the Beach (image credit: Jag_cz/istock/

4. Long Island Iced Tea
4. Long Island Iced Tea (image credit: Sanny11/istock/

5. Woo Woo
5. Woo Woo (image credit: artpritsadee/istock/

6. Daquiri
6. Daquiri (image credit: jackmalipan/istock/

7. Espresso Martini
7. Espresso Martini (image credit: GoneShootin/istock/

8. Cosmo
8. Cosmo (image credit: Sanny11/istock/

9. Aperol Spritz (image credit: Malkovstock/istock/

Sparkling cocktail
10. Sparkling cocktail (image credit: Shaiith/istock/

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