Top 10 modern classic cocktails

11th May, 2017 by Annie Hayes

Ahead of World Cocktail Day on 13 May, The Spirits Business celebrates 10 contemporary cocktails from across the globe that have gleaned the title of modern classic – and will continue to top drinks menus in years to come.

Ahead of World Cocktail Day, SB celebrates 10 contemporary cocktails from across the globe

World Cocktail Day is a global celebration of cocktails, and marks the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail in 1806.

In response to a reader’s question, a New York Tabloid defined a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters”.

Bartending has evolved somewhat from this simple definition, and experimentation with flavours, ingredients, textures, garnishes and equipment has enabled the creative minds of the cocktail world to run wild.

While classics such as the Old Fashioned, Negroni and Martini will forever be revered, we seek to celebrate the creations of our time that will still appear on global bar menus in 10, 20 or 30 years and beyond.

The Spirits Business has selected 10 modern drinks that have travelled far beyond where they were created, appeared widely on cocktail menus, are highly regarded within the bartending community.

Click through the following pages to discover our top 10 modern classic cocktails and their origins.

Have we missed your favourite out? Do you have any predictions for future classics? Let us know in the comments below.

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