UK’s favourite cocktails

Going to a bar today is about more than just beer and wine. We love our cocktails. Most of the popular cocktails of the UK are variations of traditional drinks that were used to cure ailments. Since then, the drinks have been refined, enhanced and dressed up with fun decoration. Here are some of the nation’s favourite:

Apple Martini

Otherwise known as the ‘Appletini’, this adds a fruity twist to the classic dry martini. The cocktail uses vodka instead of gin and the fruitiness comes from an apple schnapps to add a bit of sweet and sour to the taste. Finished with a dash of lemon juice and a slice of apple for garnish.

Long Island Iced Tea

This is a cocktail that never goes out of fashion. It’s a strong combo of gin, triple sec, vodka, rum with a mix of lemon juice and cola. It contains no tea, but the cola replaces the tea and adds much more flavour. If this makes you thirsty, grab a cocktail on your next night out at Cheltenham Nightclub

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The name was taken from the song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers about a mix of different cultures. Reflecting this sentiment, the drink combines various spirits from around the world, such as tequila, rum, vodka and gin topped off with lemon juice, orange liqueur and orange juice. It’s a sweet yet potent cocktail!

Pina Colada

A traditional tropical cocktail, the Pina Colada has a unique look and taste. It drinks more like a smoothie with a delicious blend of coconut milk, pineapple juice and rum. A firm favourite for decades.


The ever-popular mix of triple sec, lime juice and tequila can be blended with ice or poured on the rocks. Traditionally served in a glass rimmed with salt, many different versions are available that replace lime with peach, strawberry or raspberry.


This drink was originally based on an alleged cure for the Spanish flu. It is the official drink national drink of Brazil and is made from white rum or vodka, lime juice, brown sugar and cachaca.

Mint Julep

A simple drink yet incredibly popular and sophisticated. It consists of a mix of bourbon, a dash of water, mint and sugar. Refreshing and not going out of fashion anytime soon.

Mai Tai

Originating from Polynesia, this cocktail offers a tropically sweet and lively taste for your taste buds. It’s a combination of both dark and light rum, orgeat syrup, lime juice and orange curacao. It remains a strong symbol of Tahitian culture since its inception.

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The perfect summer cocktail, the Mojito is refreshing and crisp with its mix of white rum, lime juice, crushed mint leaves, sugar and soda water. It doesn’t contain a large amount of alcohol and a completely non-alcoholic version can be easily made by replacing the rum with lemonade.


This remains one of the UK’s most popular cocktails and loved by vodka drinkers for its clean, crisp taste. It contains vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and lime juice.


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