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When I think back to my childhood and the parties that my parents either hosted or attended, I can distinctly remember the words “Whiskey Sour” being uttered more than a few times during the course of an evening. It sounded terrible to me back then. Now that I’m the age my father was at the time I’m remembering, a Whiskey Sour is considerably more appealing, although the name could still use some work.

The cocktails that were popular with my parents’ and grandparents’ generations are in vogue once again. In honor of World Cocktail Day (5/13), international beverage company Diageo has released their survey of the ten most popular cocktails (using their brands, of course) being mixed by bartenders around the globe. It’s clear from this list that retro is cool:

1. Old Fashioned

2oz Bulleit Bourbon

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 sugar cube

1 orange peel


2. Negroni

0.75oz Tanqueray NO. TEN Gin

0.75oz Italian liqueur

0.75oz Sweet Vermouth


3. Whisky Sour

1.5oz Johnnie Walker Black Whisky

0.75oz lemon Juice

0.5oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

1 Egg white

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters


4. Margarita

1.5oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila

0.5oz orange liqueur

0.75oz lime juice

0.25oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

salt rim (optional)


5. Moscow Mule

1.5oz Cîroc Vodka

0.5oz lime juice

3.5oz ginger beer


6. Espresso Martini

1.5oz Ketel One Vodka

0.5oz coffee liqueur

1oz cold brew coffee

0.5oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)


7. Daiquiri

2oz Zacapa Rum

1oz lime juice

0.75oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)


8. Dry Martini

2oz Tanqueray NO. TEN Gin

0.25oz Dry Vermouth

1 dash orange bitters


9. Tom Collins

1.5oz Tanqueray NO. TEN Gin

0.5oz lime juice

0.25oz lemon Juice

0.25oz simple syrup

top with soda


10. Manhattan

1.5oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey

0.5oz Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 dash orange bitters