Most Popular Cocktails of Ontario

By Steve Bittenbender
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

March 24 is National Cocktail Day, a day celebrated in Canada, the United States, the United  Kingdom and Australia.

Cocktails have existed for hundreds of years, but the day honoring various libations is relatively new. According to UPI, it was created in 2013 by freelance writer Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. covers Ontario sports betting stories but we also bring you lifestyle topics such as this one. We were curious about the cocktail concoctions that are most popular in the province. Our team used VinePair’s 50 Most Popular Cocktails of 2023 as a starting place for the research, then we checked Google Trends volume for “Cocktail” from Jan. 1 to March 20 to find the most popular cocktails in Ontario. The search interest points represent volume compared to similar topics.

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Top 10 Most Popular Cocktails In Ontario

Rank Cocktail Search Interest
1 Manhattan 31
2 Martini 19
3 Cosmopolitan 16
4 Old Fashioned 13
T5 Bee’s Knees 10
T5 Daiquiri 10
7 Whiskey Sour 8
8 Aperol Spritz 6
9 Espresso Martini 5
10 Paloma 3

Ontario’s Most Searched Cocktails

You can wager with Ontario betting apps that are aimed at Canadians, but Ontario’s favorite cocktail has a distinctly American name. The Manhattan was created 150 years ago, according to, and made to honor Samuel Tilden, who had recently won the New York gubernatorial race.

To make a Manhattan, you need two ounces of whisky, three-quarters of an ounce of sweet red vermouth and a dash or two of Angostura bitters. Stir those over ice, pour it strained into a chilled glass, and add a cherry for garnish.

While the whisky is typically a rye or bourbon, Manhattans can be made with whatever whisky you prefer. So, feel free to use your favorite Canadian whisky if you wish, as you peruse our reviews of Ontario gambling sites.

Recipes for other popular drinks are:

  • Martini – Two ounces of gin for one ounce of vermouth for a classic; go with a 4-to-1 ratio for a dry martini
  • Cosmopolitan – 1.5 ounces of citron vodka, three-quarters of an ounce of Cointreau, three-quarters of an ounce of fresh lime juice; half ounce of cranberry juice cocktail, garnish with a lime wedge
  • Old Fashioned – 1.5 ounces of bourbon, a teaspoon of water, two teaspoons of simple syrup, two dashes of bitters, one cup of ice cubes, garnish with an orange slice and cherry
  • Bee’s Knees – Two ounces of gin, an ounce of honey syrup (two parts hot water to one part honey), three-quarters of an ounce of fresh lemon juice, ice and garnish with a lemon peel
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National Drink Of Canada Misses Cut

Interestingly, one drink that did not crack the top 10 in the land of the best Ontario casino apps is the national drink of Canada. The Caesar, or Bloody Caesar, was first made 55 years ago in Calgary. It’s similar to a Bloody Mary, but the Caesar is made with vodka, clam juice, tomato juice, spices and Worcestershire sauce. More than 400 million of the cocktails are made each year across the country, according to

The Caesar is so big that Canadians even set aside a day to celebrate it. Every year, it’s held on the Thursday before the Victoria Day weekend, meaning it falls on May 16 this year.

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Steve Bittenbender

Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters. He shares his expertise on OntarioBets, among other sites.

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