World's Best Cocktails In January 2023
Happy New Year, cocktail lovers! What better way to start the first month of the new year than with a selection of fresh and fascinating cocktails?
This group of drinks will be filled with cool variations of classic cocktails that will seem like originals, as well as some simple but refreshing ones. We also have a special treat for those who like to make their cocktails like they’re conducting an experiment. Let’s dive in!
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A Garibaldi is a simple drink made of fluffy orange juice and Italian red bitter liqueur (usually Campari). However, Matthew from Augustine Bar takes the orange component to the next level by adding orange bitters and orange eau de vie to the Hello.
For additional flavor, cacao beans are also added to the liqueur. This drink is part of Matthew’s recipe segment wherein he concocts and names a drink after a song, and this one is inspired by “Hello (and it’s Christmas)” by Kytes.
While oranges don’t seem like conventional Christmas fruits, they are part of a Christmas tradition by many families and symbolize fortune and generosity.
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Clarified milk punch is a drink dating back to the 1600s and became popular in the 1700s. At those times, the liquors tasted harsh, and there was no refrigeration. But the clarification or milk washing technique made the drink smoother and more shelf-stable.
When milk is added with citric acid, the curds and whey are separated. The curds bind with the astringent components of the punch’s ingredients, like tannins, to mellow out the drink’s flavors, while the whey adds a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
Once the curds are filtered, the drink becomes clear. The recipe was adapted many times; Benjamin Franklin even had his own. And this version, Isolated Species, by Aurel from Recto
Verso Mixology incorporates passionfruit and ginger, an interesting combo worth trying.
The Bitter Juan by galumbi_drinksandmore is a Mexican variant of the Bitter Jean cocktail. The latter is usually made with Speyside and Islay Scotch whisky, but in this version, they are replaced with a Reposado tequila and Oaxacan Mezcal.
Because reposado tequila is aged, it does exhibit some similarities with Scotch, like vanilla, oak, and caramel notes. But with the addition of Mezcal, the drink will have a smoky and herbaceous flavor.
The Orange Soul cocktail by g_i_n_p_a_n_s_e is another drink with a touch of Christmas spirit. It features a traditional Christmas flavor, gingerbread, in gin form, paired with bright and citrusy orange juice.
And to make it more orange, there’s also carrot juice, offering an earthy and mild yet complementing flavor to the drink.
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A great way to enjoy a good rum is to make a daiquiri out of it, and The Aussie Bartender, Paul Broadby’s Sleigh Ride, makes it even better.
The combination of spiced rum and pineapple juice is an excellent way to elevate a classic cocktail. You will get the delightful tart fruit flavors paired with the deep spicy notes of the rum. And the grenadine syrup adds a splash of bright color to the iconic beach drink.
The French 75 often shows up in lists of the most classic cocktails. It is said to have been created during the peak of Prohibition and was named after a French 75mm Howitzer field gun due to its strong flavor.
If you want an extra dimension to this drink, try The Trekkin’ Tippler’s The French 69, as he uses elderflower liqueur as a sweetener. And instead of Champagne or Prosecco, he uses a mix of white wine and soda water. Give this drink a try during your next brunch!
Green drinks are often viewed as too bitter, but you won’t experience any unpleasantness with the Green Thumb, created by Jim Meehan and featured by Mike of cocktail.complex. This cocktail brings a Japanese flair and is full of fresh flavors from lime, celery, and cucumber.
It also features a touch of Caribbean, thanks to the rum used, and the elderflower liqueur complements the drink’s vegetal flavors with its floral and fragrant aspects.
The ingredient list of the Sayulita is definitely not for a common cocktail. It is one of the best cocktails made by the head mixologist of the Roses Cocina restaurant in Toronto, Ben Kingstone of kingcoctions, and is also his favorite drink.
Perhaps the most special component of this drink is the lime juice, which Kingstone actually creates using molecular mixology. The best way to enjoy this inventive drink is to go to the restaurant, but if you can’t, you can still enjoy this simplified recipe.
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A Mojito is one of those classic cocktails with a lot of potential in terms of variety. If you like blackberries, this Blackberry Mojito recipe by Emily of On Wednesdays We Make Drinks is for you.
While the rum is absent on this mojito, it is substituted with gin, a great vehicle for fresh berries, citrus, and mint with its herbaceous flavors.
Moscow Mule is another cocktail with many variations, and this Blueberry Mule by Sip Social Collective can easily become a favorite. This cocktail was actually created as a detox drink after the Christmas festivities.
Blueberries have a satisfying sweetness and juiciness with a hint of acidity that would play well with the spices of ginger ale. This drink would also make a fantastic summer treat!
Whether you choose the simpler and more familiar cocktails or the time-consuming ones, we bet you’ll have a terrific time either way.
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