Words by Jane Ryan
2020... the year we sat on our couches and googled how to make cocktails. Here's the top 10 recipes according to all 620,000 of you who hit the Australian site.
Here's a not-so-fun fun fact for you, Difford's Guide draws most of its web traffic from people searching how to make cocktails. We've built up a pretty big database of recipes over the years so if you're curious how to make something, chances are it's listed on this site. This means we can get a good insight into what everyone is mixing up at home and here's the 2020 list of top 10 cocktails.
No.10 - Southside
Gin, lime and mint - our number 10 spot is a fresh summer cocktail served up. If you like Mojitos and you like gin then this is a cocktail you need to try.
No.9 - Lemon, lime & bitters
Lemonade, lime juice and bitters - this alcohol-free cocktail is an Aussie pub classic and hasn't lost its popularity yet.
No.8 - Negroni
Bitter and dry, but very tasty, this no-fuss cocktail is traditionally assembled in the glass. Throw in an orange slice and you're good to go.
No.7 - Gin Sour
You don't often see a classic gin sour these days, instead the Clover Club (with raspberry) and the White Lady (with triple sec) tend to be the more popular choice on cocktail menus. Not so for home bartenders though.
No.6 - Fluffy Duck
Light, creamy and easy drinking, this drink was wildly popular in 1980s Britain. And apparently 2020 Australia... good to see we're keeping up with the times.
No.5 - Tommy's Margarita
The flavour of agave is king in this simple Margarita, made without the traditional orange liqueur. Its inventor, Julio Bermejo created it in the late 1980s for his family's tequila bar and restaurant in San Francisco and it's been the preferred Margarita for tequila lovers ever since.
No.4 - Espresso Martini
Forget the vodka + Redbull, this is the connoisseur's way of combing vodka and caffeine. Maybe Sammy's Martin Hudak has given us a crash course in mastering the Espresso Martini which you can read on the site.
No.3 - Porn Star Martini
A passion fruit and vanilla crowd-pleaser that's balanced with zesty lime. This one is tends to top our global list, but hasn't quite made it to the number one spot in Australia yet.
No.2 - French Martini
Not actually a Martini at all, just like the Porn Star Martini and the Espresso Martini, this fruity cocktail is made from fresh pineapple juice, raspberry liqueur and vodka. It's wildly popular in Glasgow, of all places, and in Australia. In fact this December it's proven to be our most popular cocktail but was beaten by just one drink to take the overall spot for 2020.
No.1 - Amaretto Sour
Sweet, frothy and with a marzipan sugariness, this drink has consistently been our most popular recipe. But we think you can do better! If you love an Amaretto Sour then try Jeffrey Morgenthaler's recipe which adds bourbon to give the drink some backbone and tones down the sweetness. Watch the video of how to make an Amaretto Sour using this recipe here.
No.11 - White Lady
With: Gin, triple sec, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.
No.12 - Bramble
With: Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and blackberry liqueur.
No.13 - Penicillin
With: Blended Scotch, ginger liqueur, honey syrup, lemon juice and a float of Islay single malt whisky.
No.14 - Corpse Reviver No2 Savoy Recipe
With: Gin, triple sec, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, sugar syrup and absinthe.
No.15 - Limoncello Spritz
With: Limoncello liqueur, sparkling wine and soda water.
No.16 - Paper Plane
With: Bourbon, Amaro Nonino Quitessentia, Aperol and lemon juice.
No.17 - Aviation Cocktail Difford's Recipe
With: Gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette, and lemon juice.
No.18 - Dirty Banana
With: Rum, coffee liqueur, creme de banane, single cream and a half a banana.
No.19 - Snowball
With: Advocaat, lime juice and lemonade.
No.20 - Slow Comfortable Screw Against The Wall
With: Vodka, Southern Comfort, orange juice, sloe gin and Galliano liqueur.
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