The Best Cocktail Blogs and Websites of 2018

 

There are so many great blogs on drinking and cocktails out there! We wanted to put together a list of some of the best. Some are well-known and others are hidden treasures. We wanted to focus mostly on sites that will help you preparing cocktails at home for parties - or even just for yourself and a special someone. Be sure to explore these, try the drinks they offer and find great tips for running your home bar and even great bars to visit when you’re out on the town!

This is by no means a complete list. There are many, many more fantastic sites out there. We just wanted to highlight some of our favorites and give you the chance to explore.

The Drink Blog

This site gets right to it - no fluff, no messing around. Just great recipes. Writer Morgan and photographer Alice make a great combo as they present some of the tastiest drinks with some incredible photos. Yes, there are stories with their recipes. But nothing much else to distract us from diving in and enjoying!

The Tipsy Bartender

Great recipes all the time, but one of this site’s coolest features is “My Liquor Cabinet.” Just type in the alcohol you have on hand and voilá! The site magically generates a list of great drinks you can make with what you have.

Imbibe Magazine

Yes, this is an actual print magazine - they still exist! Imbibe presents great ideas for mixed drinks as well as reviews of beer and wine. There’s even a section on non-alcoholic beverages! Even though the print version contains more, the website still offers tons of amazing content.

Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail is a bit different from other sites. This one isn’t just about drink reviews or recipes. Instead, it’s all about the Tales of the Cocktail event and other great events around the world. They tell the stories of bartenders, talk about history and present news from around the industry.

Punch

This online magazine delves into great drinks but also contains fantastic city guides to 22 cities around the world, from Charleston to Milan to Hong Kong. They’ve been awarded a James Beard award so you know it’s quality!

Australian Bartender

This pick comes from Down Under. It’s got great recipes and fantastic stories from around the industry. But one of the neatest sections of this site is their talk about sustainable bartending. No, it’s not an entry in their blog. It’s an entire section talking about environmental responsibility and how everyone can take part - even where we didn’t expect to find it.

Intoxicology

Did you know how many dashes in an ounce? Or how many ounces in a mickey? It’s great to find a conversion table on a site alongside tons of great drinks - many of which seem to be timed for holidays and events like the Oscars. A great way to prepare in a timely fashion!

Craft and Cocktails

Blogger Ashley Rose Conway isn’t running a big business on her site. But this bartender’s daughter says she’s “always in search of the perfect drink” - and she’s shared some fantastic ones already. Dozens of drinks can be found in her index and show a great diversity as well as offering various themes and types of alcohol as categories. Keep up the search, Ashley - we’re enjoying your journey!

Simple Cocktails

The name says it all, and this may be exactly what you want: cocktails that are easy to make and stress-free so you can confidently make them part of your own repertoire. A great list of recipes running from 43 & V to Yellowbird is accompanied by their podcast, too, where you can hear more of the story behind their thought.

Thirsty Camel Cocktails

It’s hard to blog. I mean, the first few posts come easily, but after that, getting new ideas is tough. But Carla over at Thirsty Camel does a great job of publishing several recipes a week, plus reviews of great bars and other thoughts. It’s a great place to come to constantly get new ideas!

Proof Cocktails

Andy at Proof Cocktails puts an updated spin on many classic drinks. It’s another entry geared specifically for the home bartender, not the pro. Which in our book is great - we all should expand our library of drinks and realize that it’s possible to mix a lot of great cocktails without complicating things!

Beautiful Booze

Natalie started this site because she couldn’t find recipes for the home bartender. There’s a lot of blogs in the field out there now, of course, but she’s led the way and now has well over 450 recipes - all of which look great (and the ones I’ve gotten around to trying taste great, too, of course). Definite worth a regular visit to expand your horizons!

Drinking with Chickens

No, there’s not some hidden meaning in that name. Kate loves her drinks and she loves her chickens. And she loves to sip on a great drink in her garden with her chickens all around her. That part may not be for everyone. But the great stories and amazing recipes are for everyone!

Arsenic Lace

Natalie’s blog covers a lot of areas, not just cocktails. But of course our favorite parts are the drink recipes and the boozy treats, for when your sweet tooth is bugging you. A bartender herself, Natalie gives us some amazing and delicious ideas!

The Straight Up

The Straight Up’s subtitle is “Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics”. They bring us a great blend of old favorites, and even many that our great-grandfathers may have enjoyed but otherwise would be lost in the annals of time. A great way to learn a bit of history and appreciate the timelessness of great taste!

A Bar Above

A Bar Above, run by Chris & Julia Tunstall, is a great resource for bartenders, bar owners and anyone interested in breaking into the business. But it’s a great site for anyone who just wants to learn more about the trade, history and how the business all comes together. They even offer online courses in mixology!

Liquor.com

That’s about as direct a name as you can get. This site covers all things liquor. They’ve got recipes. They’ve got brand reviews. City guides. Articles on the industry and for bartenders. Blogs on what to drink at home and what to drink at the bar. It’s a huge and thorough site that you should have bookmarked!

Difford’s Guide for Discerning Drinkers

This is a fantastic site for getting great ideas on what to drink and what to make. There are sections for bartenders but a large part of the site is general interest. They look at great drinks and tell the stories behind them. And they often offer great variations on the same recipe. Fantastic resource!

The Alcohol Professor

The site’s tagline is “The Class You Always Wanted to Take”, which is a very apt description. It not only covers cocktails but also looks at spirits, wine and beer. There is even a blog entry on the history of ice - and it’s way more interesting than you’d expect!

Bevvy

Great recipes? Of course! Great tips for how to be a pro or amateur bartender? Check! These are standout features of Bevvy. But one of the pages we found unique and cool is their “Who’s who in booze” which features short bios of some of the most influential people in the industry, including website founders, writers, bartenders, owners and even distillers. Pretty awesome to see the faces of so many greats, and learn more about them!

Cocktails and Bars

Another great site from Australia, Cocktails and Bars offers tons of great recipes and how-to guides. But they also offer some great interviews and news. And they have a great guide to bars that features many cities not only throughout Australia but all over the world.

Cocktail Wonk

As websites go, Cocktail Wonk is pretty basic. But function matters more than form, and Matt Pietrek presents a ton of great news and recipes. He’s also got some fantastic bar reviews from his travels - jumping easily around the US and with a few international destinations too.

Cold Glass

I saw the title and thought this had to be a beer blog, but it’s anything but. Blogger Doug Ford says he’s not a bartender and isn’t in the related industries. But he definitely enjoys fine drinks and isn’t too shabby at writing or photography either - both are wonderful!

Barina Craft

Barina Craft has some unique recipes, but one of the great parts of the site is their features on home bar ideas. They also sometimes show off some pretty cool looking equipment and other furnishings. And a nice section of jokes and cartoons focused on bars and drinking!

Home Bar Basics

This site definitely is great when you’re serious about learning to set up and run your home bar. With recipes for 12 basic drinks - and many “non-basics”, as they put it, you’ll be off to a flying start in learning what you need to know. There are also tips on how to run the party whether you’re at home or on the road.

 


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