Popular Cocktails: modern takes on old classic

Many popular modern cocktails have been influenced by older classic cocktails. They are often made with exciting new ingredients that give them interesting flavours and tastes.

Let’s take a look at a few modern classic cocktails promised to get your taste buds racing.

Flavoured martinis
Many bars and lounges have delved into the idea of adding interesting flavours to the classic martini recipe. One of the most popular is the Apple Martini or “Appletini”. With this cocktail, vodka is used instead of gin as the basis of the drink. Then, apple schnapps is added for a sweet but slightly sour taste and lastly, it is finished with lemon juice.

Orange Gin Mule
Like the Moscow Mule, the Orange Gin Mule is made with gin with a little mint and syrup. However, this version also has a citrus twist with the addition of orange liqueur. It is often garnished off with a piece of orange peel.

Hazelnut Espresso Martini
Also known as a Hazelnut Vodka Espresso, this cocktail is another interesting twist on the classic martini. The Espresso Martini is made with a combination of vodka, espresso, hazelnut liqueur, and sugar syrup. The caffeine in this drink, combined with the sugar and alcohol, is sure to wake you up!

Floral Summer
True to South Africa, this delicious cocktail is inspired by the older gin sour cocktails. It includes gin, lemon, bitters and a sprig of rosemary and hibiscus tonic.

Frozen Mojitos
The classic mojito has a new look and taste! Frozen mojitos are made with simple syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, and crushed ice but it is blended until it has a smoothie-like texture. Rum is then added and blended until frothy.

Aperol cocktails are inspired by the classic Italian wine-based cocktail. It is commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. The classic ingredients include Aperol, prosecco, and soda water. Today, Aperol cocktails are served as exciting drinks best enjoyed during the summer months. Modern Aperol Spiritz include interesting ingredients such as kombucha, tonic waters, sparkling wines and even ciders.

The road to popularity

A cocktail’s road to popularity can be complex and unpredictable. When a drink gets the title of “classic”, it typically involves unique and innovative ingredients that lead to outstanding flavours and tastes that suit a specific time, place, or atmosphere perfectly. In some cases, a cocktail can even become so popular that it eventually goes on to define an era.