The Mojito (made with rum, sugar and zesty lime) is the most popular make-at-home cocktail. The classic Pina Colada, made with coconut cream, rum and pineapple came second, with the Californian-born Margarita coming in third place.
“The Mojito is perfect for celebrating World Cocktail Day – it’s fresh, crisp and one of the best cocktails for ringing in spring. Alongside Bacardi White Rum, the classic Mojito features fresh mint which is one of the easiest herbs to grow at home while we are in lockdown. Mint will grow in just about any sunny space and doesn’t need a whole lot of fuss. Using home-grown herbs can really make sipping at home feel a little bit more special,” said Joe McCanta, Global Head of Education and Mixology at Bacardi.
While the Mojito proves the number one serve, vodka is the spirit of choice for 35% of people surveyed by Bacardi when making cocktails at home, closely followed by gin (33%) and rum (23%).
Nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents have shared a virtual toast over a non-alcoholic or low alcohol cocktail according to the report, with Virgin Pina Coladas, Virgin Mojitos and Virgin Marys topping the poll of favourite non-alcoholic cocktails.
Millennials prove the most mindful drinkers as data shows 41% of 25 – 34 year-olds surveyed have raised a low alcohol or non-alcoholic cocktail during virtual drinks.
Joe added: “People enjoying no and low alcohol cocktails was a known trend before lockdown and one we are seeing continue to grow. ST. GERMAIN elderflower liqueur or MARTINI Fiero vermouth with a taste of bitter orange are my two lower-alcohol favourites. Add tonic in a tall glass with lots of ice for a delicious, lower alcohol serve. Or try new MARTINI Non-Alcoholic Floreale or Vibrante for a non-alcoholic option.”
The research also showed that the cocktail hour had made a virtual comeback, with 43% of people attempting to perfect cocktails at home since the lockdown began.
Almost a third (31%) of participants have enjoyed virtual drinks parties with friends as a way of keeping in touch and one in five (21%) have even dressed up for their virtual drinks occasion. 29% of respondents have been dusting off specialist cocktail glasses and 27% are going all out by making use of a shaker ahead of virtual get-togethers.
And it looks like the contemporary cocktail hour is here to stay, with over a quarter of those surveyed (27%) claiming they will continue hosting virtual cocktail hours with friends and family.
The survey for World Cocktail Day was conducted via Perspectus Global internet poll among 1,017 adults aged 25 to 65+ in the UK from May 8th to May 11th, 2020.
TOP TWENTY LOCKDOWN COCKTAILS
- Pina Colada
- Bloody Mary
- Gin Fizz
- White Russian
- Classic martini cocktail
- Whiskey Sour
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Mocktail
- Espresso martini cocktail
- Spritz style cocktail
- Elderflower Fizz
- Moscow Mule
- Tom Collins
- Whiskey Highball
- Cuba Libre
In celebration of World Cocktail Day, Bacardi will inspire the nation to put their mixology skills to the test and raise a glass with a virtual mixology masterclass live on Instagram.
Hosted in collaboration with cocktail bar Grind, the free class will provide tips and tricks for perfecting a range of the nation’s favourite lockdown cocktails, using GREY GOOSE vodka, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, MARTINI vermouth and BACARDI Rum.
Tune in to @Grind on Instagram on 13 May.