World’s Best Cocktails in September 2020

Let’s savor the last flavors of summer as we welcome a new season with 10 of the best cocktails from around the world, rounded up by us to give you an experience you will never forget. Not everything that is fancy should be fancy, some of them just need a special ingredient or a special garnish to be fancy, just as you will see in the cocktails that made this list. If you are into something really simple try the gin and tonic that all it needed was a splash of blue curacao. 

Flowers

Starting off this month’s best cocktail list is Flowers, a highball cocktail made with Mancino Vermouth Bianco Ambrato and other liqueurs. This low ABV cocktail is dubbed by the makers as a healthy drink, owing to the elderflower tonic. Featured in the company’s FB page @mancinovermouth, Bianco Ambrato is one of the seven vermouths produced by Mancino Vermouth made with 37 botanicals on Trebbiano di Romagna wine base. Its slightly amber hue makes it a perfect addition to a bevy of vermouth cocktails without drowning the colors of the other ingredients. The company recommends it for Vesper, a type of martini sometimes known as the James Bond Martini and for gin and vodka tonics to add character and a bit of bitterness to it. 

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Add the vermouth bianco, sherry, and cordial to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Add fresh ice cubes to a highball glass.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the glass and top with elderflower tonic.
  5. Garnish with an edible flower. 

Redtini

Featured in the photoblog of Patrick Allen Reynolds, the redtini can be any martini pictured in a playful manner known to be the strength of Patric. Check out his fun take of some serious martinis like streetlightini, startini, and fullmoontini.  Since ice is not added to martini when serving it, it is best to chill the serving glass beforehand. If you want a cloudier martini, shake it up. This results in a lighter blend because of the incorporation of air into the cocktail.   

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ oz gin or vodka
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • Garnish: lemon peel twist

Steps to make

  1. Chill the coupe glass in the freezer or add some ice.
  2. Mix the gin or vodka and dry vermouth into a mixing glass.
  3. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds until well-chilled but not diluted.
  4. Strain into your chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel twist.

Strawberry Watermelon Gin Cooler

Amy Traynor featured this lovely strawberry watermelon gin cooler on her Instagram account. Made with Bimini Gin and fruits for that last summer hurrah, garnished with some edible leaves and flowers, and served in an interesting glass, it’s indeed a real treat for cocktail lovers out there! Traynor is a creative mixologist, author and photographer who won the Saveur Best Drinks Blog in 2018 in the Editors’ and Readers’ Category, the year she started her Moody Mixologist blog. She says she enjoys making amazing cocktails from simple ingredients and garnish them according to the dictates of her heart. For the full recipe, visit her Instagram account @moodymixologist.

Ingredients

  • watermelon cubes
  • lime juice
  • pink grapefruit liqueur
  • Monin Strawberry Syrup
  • Garnish: watermelon cube, edible flower

Gin and Mango Mint Cocktail

Make use of mango while it’s still available and treat yourself with this mojito riff. The juniper berries lend more character to your cocktail while highlighting the juniper in the gin. Featured in @drinks__brazil_official, the gin and mango mint cocktail is something you’ll miss when the summer days are officially over. 

 

Ingredients:

Steps to make

  1. Muddle the mango with juniper berries, Jamaica peppers and mint sprigs in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add gin, mojito syrup, and ice.
  3. Shake well to chill.
  4. Strain over ice in a wine glass
  5. Top with tonic water and serve with a sprinkling of juniper berries, mint leaves, and a straw. 

Strawberry Grapefruit Summer Sipper

Spike your juice with vodka and serve it as a cool cocktail. If you want to serve it as a non-alcoholic drink, skip the vodka and serve over ice straight from the pitcher.  Prepared by Elliot (@apartment_bartender), the Strawberry Grapefruit Summer Sipper is an all-season cocktail you can enjoy either with ginger ale as suggested here or ginger beer, if you prefer the spicier variety. 

 

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Combine all ingredients into a glass pitcher, except the vodka and stir together. 
  2. Add ice to your cocktail glass, add the vodka and top with the mixture in the pitcher. 
  3. Garnish with a lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.

CocoBerry Refresher

Try the CocoBerry Refresher made with Captain Morgan Loconut, a coconut liqueur flavored with spices and other natural flavors and your favorite Malibu Rum. Visit @tipitbackcocktails for more colorful (and mostly creamy cocktails) that will keep you inspired all year-round.     

 

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Add the coconut liqueur, rum, and cream of coconut.
  3. Shake well and strain into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Add the Red Bull and stir.
  5. Top with blackberry lemonade and garnish with a lime wheel and blackberries. 

Walking On a Dream

Be mesmerized with the lovely Walking on a Dream cocktail made with butterfly tea infusion known to lend a magical feel to the cocktails as it changes color right before your eyes. Visit @greatestgin for more info about The House of Juniper’s cocktails.

Ingredients:

  • London Dry 50ml gin
  • 20ml Dry vermouth
  • 20ml Tahiti lemon juice
  • 10ml elderberry syrup
  • 100ml tonic water
  • 50ml butterfly pea infusion

Steps to make

  1. In a cocktail shaker, pour in the gin, dry vermouth, lemon juice, and elderberry syrup 
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice.
  4. Top with tonic water and slowly drizzle the butterfly pea infusion on top.
  5. Garnish with a basil sprig. 

Rosé Rhubarb Spritz

We dub the Rose Rhubarb Spritz as a cocktail with a heart for culture and health since it uses ingredients known to support the cultural heritage and good health. Canaima Gin supports the Amazon forests tribes by donating 10% of their sales for the improvement of these people while RabarBer is a Denmark original soft drink made with organic rhubarb to support your good health. Morten (@thecocktail.blog) took his time to introduce these to the world through his trending cocktail posts on IG. Now featured for the second month in a row in this monthly roundup, we feel that Morten deserves that spot.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Cuveé Royale Rosé 
  • 30ml Cainama Gin 
  • 25 ml RabarBer (Organic Rhubarb Juice)
  • 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10ml simple syrup
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Dehydrated grapefruit for garnish

Steps to make

  1. Add ice into a cocktail shaker
  2. Pour in the rosé, gin, rhubarb must, lemon juice, and syrup. Shake well.
  3. Strain into the serving glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Top with soda.
  5. Garnish with a dehydrated grapefruit slice.  

Aperol Sour

Who wants a fancy cocktail when you can stay with the tried and tested. Take this Aperol Sour interpretation of Robert @roberts_barkultur that features rhubarb juice. Seriously, is rhubarb the new trending ingredient when it comes to cocktails? We’re seeing a lot of rhubarb cocktails from cocktailgrammers these past few weeks. 

Ingredients:

Steps to make:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds to chill. 
  3. Strain into a rocks glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry, skewered blueberries, and dehydrated lemon. 

Complimentary G&T

Keep it simple at the same time go for fancy with this blue G&T by @recipesbydebbie. She says she specializes in foamy sours but judging from her IG posts, she’s also into vivid-colored cocktails such as this one.  

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. In a mixing glass, pour in all the ingredients.
  2. Add ice and stir to chill.
  3. Fill a fancy goblet with fresh ice.
  4. Strain the cocktail into it.
  5. Garnish with 2 lemon wedges. 

Conclusion

Get inspired by August's best cocktails and start creating your own. Watch out for next month's fall cocktails. 

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