These Were the Top Trending Cocktail Searches on Google in 2021

Americans relied on Google to learn how to make classic cocktails at home last year, along with a few new ones along the way.

Whenever anyone wants to learn something, we automatically go to Google for help. In the last year, Americans spent a lot of time searching how to recreate recipes such as the trendy TikTok baked feta pasta or birria tacos. But they also tried growing their skills at making alcoholic drinks at home. For many, it was important to start with classic cocktails. In 2021, nearly all of the top trending Google searches for alcoholic drinks went back to basics. Working hard on building a stellar bar cart myself in the last year, I was also searching for staple recipes to hone my mixology skills at home. Here are the drinks America searched in 2021.

The Top Trending Google Searches for Cocktails in 2021

This data reflects top trending searches that had a high spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2021 as compared to 2020 in the United States.

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Old Fashioned

Blaine Moats

It's hard to compete with a trusty old fashioned, a classic cocktail as popular today as it was since its origin in the mid-1800s. Searches for "original old fashioned recipe" went up 160% in 2021. The simple combo of whiskey, sugar, and bitters really amplifies the liquor's flavor.

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Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry Margarita
Andy Lyons

Fans of margaritas were all about adding sweet, summer-ripe strawberries to the citrusy tequila drink last year. Gather some friends and make a pitcher ($13, Target) to go with your next taco night.

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Blaine Moats

If tequila is your spirit of choice, this is an easy cocktail recipe to keep in mind. All you need is tequila (blanco is traditionally used, but an aged tequila would also be tasty), lime juice, and grapefruit soda. Opt for Mexican-based Jarritos grapefruit soda, if you can.

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David A Land

When it comes to rum cocktails, mojitos are a popular option. To make this top-trending alcohol drink your own, try our DIY recipe with the rum of your choice—spiced, coconut, fruit-flavored, you can't go wrong.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep
Blaine Moats

You can't properly throw a Kentucky Derby watch party without a signature mint julep cocktail. The irresistible combo of mint, bourbon, and sugar is so good, you'll want to serve it year-round. Serve it in the traditional silver cup for a truly authentic experience.

Since you're so well-stocked with all the alcohol to make these trendy drinks, take this opportunity to really create the perfect at-home bar cart. From there, brush up on your basic cocktail knowledge to really impress guests.

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