PUNCH’s Most Popular Cocktail Recipes of 2014

From the classic Sherry Cobbler to a beer-laced riff on the Americano to the original Old-Fashioned, here's a look back at the 15 most popular cocktail recipes on PUNCH in 2014.

When PUNCH was first conceived, we knew cocktail recipes would play a major part in how we built our corner of the Internet. For months we researched, compiled and tested recipes—and continue to do so—to create the backbone for what has become the PUNCH recipe archive.

Over the course of 2014, we revived some recipes from the depths of classic cocktail history—the Sherry Cobbler, the Old-Fashioned and the Aperol Spritz (on the subject of which, respectively, two books were published this year with Spritz coming along in 2016)—and found some new ones that are quickly becoming part of the conversation in bars across the country, including PDT’s Mezcal Mule and Damon Boelte’s Americano Perfecto.

From the Mexican Firing Squad to Charles Dickens’s Punch to a riff on Hot Buttered Rum, these were the most-viewed cocktail recipes of 2014.

  • 1

    Poppa's Pride

    A variation on the Whiskey Smash, this ginger-laced bourbon drink is one of Brooklyn bartender Jay Zimmerman's signatures.

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  • 2

    Mexican Firing Squad

    The Mexican Firing Squad is one of the many cocktails documented by world traveler, cocktail writer and historian Charles H. Baker, discovered at the La Cucaracha Bar in Mexico City in 1937.

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  • 3

    Damiana Spritz

    Bobby Heugel's Texan spritz combines floral, sweet Cocchi Americano and dry champagne with the herbal Mexican liqueur Damiana.

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  • 4

    Mezcal Mule

    In this take on a mule—a lime and ginger based libation—Jim Meehan, of New York’s PDT, was set on developing a cocktail for Richard Betts of Sombra Mezcal using traditional Oaxacan flavors.

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  • 5

    Philadelphia Fish House Punch

    As David Wondrich suggests in Imbibe!, Philadelphia Fish House Punch “deserves to be protected by law, taught in the schools, and made a mandatory part of every Fourth of July celebration.”

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  • 6

    Aperol Spritz

    Aperol, the classic Italian ingredient from Padua, provides the lightly bitter base for this afternoon cooler.

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  • 7

    Charles Dickens's Punch

    A cheek-warming mix of cognac, rum, citrus, sugar, black tea ... and fire.

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  • 8

    Moscow Mule

    Born from a long lineage of ginger beer-based buck cocktails, this mixed drink featuring vodka, ginger beer and lime juice was created in the early 1940s. Most accounts credit the origins to a alcohol-fueled Hollywood meeting.

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  • 9

    Old-Fashioned

    Nearly stomped out of existence by its fruity mid-20th-century counterpart, the true Old-Fashioned is as traditional as they come.

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  • 10

    New York Sour

    New York has a knack for adopting everything from fashion to food to people, and molding each into its own particular blend of outrageous, sophisticated and neurotic. Such is the case with the New York Sour.

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  • 11

    Sherry Cobbler

    The Sherry Cobbler is an American-born cocktail by most accounts. Simply sherry, sugar and citrus, shaken and poured over crushed ice, the Cobbler was the first drink to popularize the straw.

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  • 12

    Hot Buttered Rhum Cider

    This strong, hot, rich drink is shelter from a cold San Francisco night.

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  • 13

    Americano Perfecto

    The Italians invented the Americano—Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water—but adding beer is totally American.

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  • 14

    Davy Jones's Locker

    New York City bartender Brad Farran's Beastie Boys-inspired winter daiquiri.

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  • 15

    Negroni

    Like all good stories should, the one about the Negroni’s origin involves rakish Italian nobility. Most accounts credit the recipe to one Count Negroni, a swashbuckling proto-boho.

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