Ranker, a crowdsourced ranking website that’s like the Yelp of opinionated lists, recently asked it’s 2 million monthly users what the best cocktail ever mixed is. The post has drawn 22,000 votes on 109 choices that include “any mixed cocktail.”
“These are the best cocktails, the drinks that make the end of the day worth looking forward to, as voted on by the Ranker community,” The description of the ranking states. “Anyone can add to this real-time ranking of mixed drinks that follow the words: ‘Bartender, I’d like a…’ Rank the best cocktails you love to sip at the bar, swirl coyly with a straw or pour into a supersize slurpee cup and saunter around a BBQ with.”
Here are the top 20:
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Bloody Mary
- White Russian
- Mai Tai
- Rum and Coke
- Old Fashioned
- Gin & Tonic
- Tequila Sunrise
- Whiskey Sour
- Piña Colada
- Irish Coffee
Of course, some things are wrong with the ranking, as with any crowdsourced list. For one, the Negroni doesn’t make an appearance until number 22, so you know something is off here. Personal tastes aside, self reporting in general can be misleading. Self reported quizzes (especially online) don’t always reflect how people actually act. You think everyone will say Margarita, for example, so you also put Margarita. Or you want to look like you’re in the know, so you put Caiparinha. It’s based on where your mouse happens to fall at the time, not on actual action.
“We put the power in the hands of our audience to answer debates on topics including pop culture, sports, politics, brands and lifestyle,” Ranker describes on its website. “Using Ranker’s unique technology, those lists become definitive rankings based on the ‘wisdom of the crowd.’”
But the wisdom of the crowd is different from the data. In February, IWSR, an alcoholic beverages data company, gathered information from 10 bars in 25 major markets. Old Fashioneds were the top drink, and Old Fashioneds and Moscow Mules made up 30 percent of options on cocktail menus. Whiskey cocktails alone took up 23 percent of the space on menus.
Ranker’s list is certainly a list of good drinks. You may have to go through and try them for yourself to double check the order, though.