There’s nothing better than relaxing in the sun, in your best swimwear, with your favourite cocktail in hand. For us Brits, this summer may be more about garden and park cocktails rather than poolside sips abroad – but that doesn’t make creating your favourite summer tipple any less enjoyable.
We were curious to discover the world’s most popular drinks – from mouth-watering martinis to scrummy spritzes – and turned to Google search data to find out what cocktails the world is most obsessed with. We analysed 12 months of data to pinpoint the most searched for cocktail in (nearly) every country.
For those in the UK that may be adjusting themselves to the idea of a staycation, we’ve also created a bespoke collection of cocktails based on classic British summertime flavours – so you can get in the holiday spirit even if you’re not jetting off.
The World’s Most Searched For Cocktails
The cheekily named Pornstar Martini is the most searched for cocktail in the world, with over 18 million searches in a 12-month period. The drink is made up of a passionfruit liquor, passionfruit juice and vanilla vodka, with a chaser shot of prosecco on the side. A relatively modern cocktail, the tasty tipple was created by Douglas Ankrah in London in 2002.
Pina Coladas are the second most popular cocktail to Google, with over 10 million searches around the world a year. The classic cocktail of coconut milk, pineapple juice and rum can be served blended with, or poured over, ice and originated from Puerto Rico.
The distinctive orange cocktail of Aperol Spritz has taken the world by storm in recent years, but Italians have been loving this bubbly and bitter cocktail since 1919. Created by combining Aperol, prosecco and a dash of soda water, the refreshing beverage is officially the third most searched for cocktail in the world.
Top 10 Most Googled Cocktails In The World
1. Pornstar Martini (over 18.4 million global searches) | Countries who search for Pornstar Martinis the most include India and Israel, followed by the USA, UK, Philippines, South Africa and Pakistan.
2. Pina Colada (over 10.5 million global searches) | Countries who search for Pina Coladas the most include USA and Mexico, followed by UK, Germany, Brazil, France, Italy, Australia and Russia
3. Aperol Spritz (over 8.2 million global searches) | Countries who search for Aperol Spritz the most include USA and Germany, followed by the UK, Italy, Poland, Australia, Brazil and Canada.
4. Sangria (over 7.6 million global searches) | Countries who search for Sangria the most include USA and Italy, followed by Mexico, Japan, UK, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.
5. Negroni (over 6.9 million global searches) | Countries who search for Negronis the most include USA and UK, followed by Italy, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Canada, Argentina and Sweden.
6. Espresso Martini (over 5.5 million global searches) | The UK does more searches for Espresso Martini than any other country, irrespective of population size! Other Countries who search for a lot include the USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and Ireland.
7. Long Island Ice Tea (over 4.4 million global searches) Countries who search for Long Island Ice Tea the most include USA and UK, followed by Australia, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands.
8. Caipirinha (over 4.3 million global searches) | Countries who search for Caipirinhas the most include Germany, Brazil, USA, France, Italy, UK, Mexico and Portugal.
9. Daiquiri (over 3.8 million global searches) | Countries who search for Daiquiris the most include USA and UK, followed by Italy, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Canada and Mexico.
10. Mojito (over 2.8 million global searches) | Countries who search for Mojitos the most include France, Japan, Belgium, the UK and Australia.
Europe’s Most Searched For Cocktails
Seeing as Aperol Spritz was invented in Europe, it seems only fitting that it’s the most searched for cocktail in the continent. Though notably, it’s Sangria that’s Italy’s most searched for drink rather than its famous orange export.
North And Central America’s Most Searched For Cocktails
Pornstar Martinis are the most popular cocktail to Google in North and Central America, topping the searches in countries such as Barbados, Jamaica and Saint Lucia. The USA’s favoured cocktail is a Pina Colada and Canada’s is an Aperol Spritz.
South America’s Most Searched For Cocktails
In South America the most searched for cocktail is Sangria, a fruity mix of red or white wine, sugar, fruit juice and local and seasonal fruits like peaches, nectarines and apples.
Africa’s Most Searched For Cocktails
In Africa it’s the Pornstar Martini that is capturing the most attention, with 23 countries searching for it the most including Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mauritius.
Asia’s Most Searched For Cocktails
The Pornstar Martini tops yet another continent, being the most searched for cocktail in countries such as Sri Lanka, Singapore and India.
Oceania’s Most Searched For Cocktails
Whereas the highly caffeinated Espresso Martini tops the tables in Australia and New Zealand, it’s a slightly sweeter martini variation that is the most popular overall. The Pornstar Martini is the most popular cocktail in five countries in Oceania, including Fiji and Tonga.
Introducing: The Great British Staycation Cocktail Collection
Of course the classic cocktails that appeared in our research are favourites for a reason, however we decided to make our stamp on the cocktail scene by creating some of our own.
To get people excited about the prospect of a great British summer holiday, we’ve worked with Hedonist Drinks to create four unique cocktails that sum up the flavours of a UK staycation to a tee.
Burnt BBQ Sour
We’ve all taken our eye of the barby at some point, so it’s arguable that a burnt sausage or charred burger could actually be a perfect summary of British summertime cuisine. We’ve distilled this distinctive flavour into a cocktail that features mezcal, sugar and apple cider.
- Mezcal – 25ml
- Lime Juice – 25ml
- Muscovado Sugar - 1 tsp
- Sweet Apple Cider – to top
- Thyme Sprig to garnish
1. Combine the Mezcal, lime & sugar into a cocktail shaker
2. Fill with ice and shake vigorously until chilled
3. Strain into a chilled glass & top with cider
4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme
Fish & Chips Martini
Nothing screams a UK coastal holiday more than being sat in your favourite swimsuit, nibbling on fish and chips and dodging the seagulls. Our Fish & Chips Martini is a sophisticated take on the old seaside favourite (without the seagulls), with unique smoked salmon gin, fresh lemon and a pinch of sea salt.
- Smoke Salmon Infused Gin – 50ml
- Dill-Infused Dry Vermouth – 25ml
- Sea salt – pinch
- Lemon zest – teaspoon
1. Combine all ingredients over ice and stir for 20 seconds
2. Strain into the glass, garnish with lemon and enjoy
99 Ice Cream Dream
What could be better than a classic 99 ice cream? An alcoholic 99 ice cream, that’s what! With cream and vanilla vodka, this decadent delight will bring back nostalgic thoughts of summer heatwaves and the distant sound of the ice cream van.
- Vanilla Vodka – 50ml
- Stroopwaffel Syrup – 50ml
- Oat Milk – 100ml
- Squirty cream - as much as you want
- Chocolate flake to garnish
1. Combine the rest of the drink ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously until chilled
2. Strain into a chilled glass
3. Top with squirty cream and chocolate flake for good measure
A Twisted Tipple
A home freezer favourite, this grown-up version of a twisted ice lolly is perfect for kicking back in the garden, bikini on and sun on your skin.
- Lemon Gin – 50ml
- Lime Juice – 50ml
- Melon Liqueur or Syrup – 25ml
- Pineapple Rum – 50ml
- Pineapple Juice – 100ml
- Strawberry syrup to garnish
1. Combine ingredients of each layer separately into a blender with crushed ice and blend, then place in a chilled vessel ready to pour
2. Layer both blends alternating to create a totally new and unique pattern
3. Drizzle strawberry syrup over the top
Hopefully this has well and truly got you in the mood for a sterling summer in the UK – remember to stock up on the latest swimwear styles so you can look your best by the sea, at the park or in your garden.
Cocktail Report Methodology
Most searched for global cocktails were calculated using Google Keyword Planner search data from the last 12 months. Data correct as of June 2021.
Please drink responsibly.