World Cocktail Day

10th May 2022

On Friday 13th May, people across the globe will be cracking open the cocktail cabinet and raising a toast to World Cocktail Day. Whether it’s puckering up for a Pina Colada, sipping into a Singapore Sling or making merry with a glass of Mojito, there is a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to choose from at The Pantiles.

Drinks that Pack a Punch

Cocktails are alcoholic beverages that comprise of gin, vodka, brandy, whiskey, rum or tequila that are combined with cream, sugar, herbs, fruits, milk, honey and other flavourings. Many people think that cocktails originated from America, but cocktails were actually inspired by British punches from the 18th Century. These punches were large bowls of spirits mixed with fruit juice, spices and herbs.

The Global Cocktail Market was worth approximately £69 million in 2021, and it is estimated to reach £1.1 billion by 2027. Rising demand for cocktail drinks can be credited to many things, including the introduction of new products – such as frozen cocktails and botanical/vegetable options, which are seen as healthier choices.

A cocktail can be a work of art, frequently incorporating vivid colours and garnishes. Whether you like something floral and sweet or strong and bitter, there’s sure to be cocktail to suit your tastes.

Below are seven of the most popular cocktails in the UK:


This Latin-inspired tipple typically contains white rum, sugar, lime, mint and soda water. The perfect drink for a warm summer’s day.

Espresso Martini

Love coffee? Then you will love an Espresso Martini! This is a sophisticated drink with a distinctive flavour. It combines espresso, coffee liqueur and vodka.


Summer isn’t summer without a glass of Pimms. Pimms is an English brand of gin-based fruit cup. It was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm and has been owned by the drinks company Diageo since 1997.

Piña Colada

This super-sweet number incorporates creamy coconut, smooth white rum and fruity pineapple. A Piña Colada is a true taste of the tropics!


A perfect balance of sweet and sour flavours, a cosmopolitan is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice.


Delicious and dark, a Negroni has just three ingredients: gin, vermouth, and Campari. The Negroni has been a mainstay on drinks menus for the best part of a century and is an Italian classic which is thought to have been invented in Caffe Casoni in Florence in 1919.

Aperol Spritz

Perhaps the most refreshing of all cocktails is the Aperol Spritz. This popular drink is a bright, colourful cocktail originating from Italy. The drink centres on the Aperol liqueur, with the addition of Prosecco, soda and a fresh orange garnish.

Mix it up at The Pantiles

There are various venues at The Pantiles where you can enjoy a cocktail or mocktail on World Cocktail Day, including:


Tom, Ed and Sam are three ex-military entrepreneurs who began their journey with Framptons in 2016. They discovered Framptons on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire and were inspired by the historic building and delicious menu, setting up their own branch in the old bank in The Pantiles.

Sip into a Daiquiri, Cosmo, Tom Collins or Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail while relaxing in Frampton’s stylish surroundings or, if you’re on the wagon, enjoy a Virgin Mojito, Sober Tom or Dark ‘n’ Calm.

The Wine Rooms

The Wine Rooms at The Pantiles is an elegant and inviting wine and cocktail bar housing over 350 varieties of wines from around the world. Their cocktail menu has been designed and created by fully trained mixologists. Cocktail options include:

Thyme To Get Figgy – Spiced rum, roasted fig, Lemon and Prosecco
Champagne Cocktail – Brandy, angostura bitters, sugar and Champagne
Apple and Rhubarb Martini – Spiced apple juice, Warner Edwards rhubarb gin, apple liqueur and lemon
The Danish – Kongsgaard raw gin, apple liqueur, butterscotch syrup and mint
White Chocolate Espresso Martini – Vodka, espresso coffee and Mozart white chocolate cream

Whatever your cocktail of choice, be sure to get involved this World Cocktail Day by taking a trip to The Pantiles!

Always drink responsibly.