A new year brings with it new opportunities to shake things up and try new things. And what better way to do that than with a delicious, expertly crafted cocktail? Whether you're a seasoned mixologist going through the menu of an online alcohol shop such as Puninwine or a novice looking to expand your cocktail repertoire, we've got you covered with this list of the ten best alcohol cocktails you should know in 2023.
This refreshing cocktail is perfect for ringing in the new year (and a new decade!) with style. It's a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz, with the addition of champagne for a celebratory bubbly kick. To make it, combine equal parts of Aperol, champagne, and club soda in a wine glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and a sprig of rosemary for a sophisticated touch.
Martinis are making a comeback in a big way, and this updated version is sure to become a new classic. It's a blend of vodka or gin, dry vermouth, and a splash of olive juice, garnished with a skewered olive and a twist of lemon. The savory, briny flavors of the olive juice add a new dimension to the traditional martini.
Indigenous cultures have a tradition called "Two-Spirit," which recognizes and celebrates the fact that gender and sexual identity can change. A lot of the time, these cocktails use ingredients and methods that have traditionally been associated with a certain gender. This blurs the lines and makes the drinking culture more open and diverse. Some examples of two-spirit cocktails include the "Smoke Signals," made with mezcal, pineapple juice, and habanero syrup, and the "Rainbow Road," a blend of vodka, lime juice, and a variety of fruit syrups.
Whether you're ringing in the new year with a significant other or flying solo, this romantic cocktail is sure to set the mood. Champagne, Chambord, and a splash of citrus juice are mixed with a raspberry and a sprig of mint to make a seductive drink. Pop open a bottle of bubbly and share a toast (and a kiss!) as the clock strikes midnight.
We can't talk about new year's cocktails without mentioning the trusty "hair of the dog" remedy. This Bloody Mary-inspired concoction is the perfect cure for a night of overindulgence. It's made with vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a variety of spices, garnished with a celery stalk, a pickle, and a slice of bacon (because bacon makes everything better). Just be sure to hydrate—and maybe sneak in a few ibuprofen—before you start sipping.
This classic cocktail gets a tropical twist with the addition of pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine. It's a simple but beautiful drink made with tequila, orange juice, and pineapple juice. Slowly pouring the grenadine into the glass gives it a gradient look. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice for a pop of color.
Calling all rum lovers! This twist on the classic mojito combines two types of rum—white and dark—for a depth of flavor that will have you coming back for more. It's made with white rum, dark rum, lime juice, simple syrup, mint, and a splash of club soda, with a sprinkle of brown sugar on the rim for added sweetness.
This refreshing cocktail is a twist on the classic Moscow Mule with the addition of gin for a boozy kick. It's made with gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger beer, served in a copper mug and garnished with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. The combination of the juniper-forward gin and the spicy ginger beer makes for a unique and tasty drink.
Fans of tequila and a little bit of heat will love this spin on the traditional Paloma cocktail. It's made with tequila, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and a pinch of chili flakes for a spicy kick. Rim the glass with a mixture of salt and chili powder for added heat, and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
This fruity twist on the classic Tom Collins is the perfect cocktail for a summer evening. It's made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and raspberry liqueur, topped with club soda, and garnished with a lemon wedge and a handful of raspberries. The combination of the tart lemon and the sweet raspberry liqueur makes for a refreshing and delightful drink.
So there you have it—the 10 best alcoholic cocktails you should know in 2023. Whether you're a fan of classic cocktails with a twist or something a little more unique, there's a drink on this list for everyone. So grab your shaker and get mixing—cheers to a delicious and boozy new year!