World’s Best Cocktails In May 2021

Cocktail Recipes

Best Cocktails In May 2021A few more weeks to go, and we will be welcoming summer. By this time, you are probably busy preparing your swimsuits, sunscreen lotion, and other beach essentials. While there may be many things to take care of, do not forget to prepare glasses of your favorite refreshing drinks. 

This month’s roundup features the most cooling and thirst-quenching cocktails that can beat the summer heat. If you want more cocktail recipes, check out our April list

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1. Enhanced Mojito

A glass of Enhanced Mojito

Mojito is one of the most well-loved base liquors in the world. It has a wholesome flavor that matches well with other ingredients. However, mojito can also be flat or weird for some. So, David @speakeasieruk decided to add a bit of excitement and attitude to this beverage. 

Introducing the Enhanced Mojito. The usual muddled mint was replaced with more potent mint bitters for an extra kick and bright green color. The rest of the ingredients are what you usually find in a mojito, making this version easy to recreate in your home bar.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Strain the ice and transfer the mixture into a highball glass. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

2. Kerb Crawler 

 A man holding a glass of Kerb Crawler

Snehal DC @sne_dc believes that Agave spirits taste better when paired with bright and fruity flavors. This realization resulted in a cocktail masterpiece - the Kerb Crawler

The incorporation of grapefruit and apricot liqueur gives off a well-balanced sweetness and tartness in every sip. Plus, the muddled strawberries and lemon add a nice sharp hint to compliment the taste of vanilla and bitters. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Shake and pour in a coupe glass over an ice sphere/nugget. 
  2. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

3. Virgin Basil Smash 

A glass of Virgin Basil Smash

Not fond of alcoholic drinks? Yannick’s  @your_modern_bartender take on Virgin Basil Smash will surely keep you yearning for more. This booze-free summer beverage is nothing short of beauty and authentic taste.

The marriage between gin, lemon juice, cucumber syrup, and basil leaves results in a citrusy and minty cocktail that can definitely take the heat away.

Ingredients

  • 1.6 oz. Gin 0.0%
  • 0.6 oz. Lemon juice
  • 0.6 oz. Cucumber syrup
  • 6 Basil leaves

Steps to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Strain the ice and transfer the mixture into a highball glass. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

4. Gin Basil Smash 

 A glass of Gin Basil Smash

This green Italian smash creation by Really Ice To Meet You @reallyicetomeetyou looks intimidating at first, mainly because of its bright color. But don’t be scared to try out such a fine and smooth-tasting cocktail. 

This drink’s citrus and mint flavor notes are well-balanced alongside the subtle bitterness from the gin. All in all, the Gin Basil Smash will remind you of a fun and lively day at the beach.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Put a large bundle of Basil (stems and leaves) in a mixing glass with ingredients. 
  2. Gently muddle the ingredients together and transfer them to a shaker. 
  3. Shake with ice for 10 seconds, pour, and strain over ice. 
  4. Garnish with mint.

5. Shark Mai Tai 

A glass of Shark Mai Tai

Mai Tai is a fine drink, and we can all agree to that. However, for Zach @all.equal.parts, this tiki cocktail is more fun and adorable when housed in a unique glass. 

Lo and behold, the Shark Mai Tai! There is nothing too complicated with the recipe, but the combination of all the liquors and juices has a powerful kick balanced with some tart and citrus flavors.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Shake everything with pebble ice and place it into your glass of choice. 
  2. Top with more ice and garnish with mint and lime.  

   

6. Port Light

 A glass of Port Light

Tiki cocktails are usually rum-based. Of course, this type of spirit always delivers the flavor we all expect from a Tiki. But what if there is an alteration to the liquor base? 

The Port Light concoction by Ed @turnstylepoet uses bourbon whiskey and incorporates passion fruit, honey, and grenadine. The result? A tropical sweet taste that balances the lemon and bourbon well. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Strain the ice and transfer the mixture into a highball glass. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

7. Blue Mule 

A glass of Blue Mule

Carolyn’s @carolinaverbena husband loves blueberries so much that she decided to create a cocktail out of this fruit called the Blue Mule. With only two ingredients, this recipe won’t break you a sweat. 

But as simple as it may look like, it boasts of a massive punch of sweet flavors infused with a spicy ginger taste. Plus, that rich color is divine.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Build all the ingredients in a glass.
  2. Garnish with fresh blueberries and mint.

8. Beachbum Double Tap 

Beachbum Double Tap

Beachbum Double Tap is a tiki drink that was invented during the pandemic’s lockdown. According to the genius behind this cocktail, Voodoo Cocktails @_voodoococktails, mixing up this concoction and other beverages helped him get over the struggles while on quarantine. 

The combination of rum and brandy plus the sourness of the juices created robust and citrusy flavors. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Shake all the ingredients over ice. 
  2. Free pour the mixture into a tiki mug top with crushed ice. 
  3. Garnish with mint sprigs, cherry, and dehydrated fruit from @roh.nyc.

9. Jalisco Bird 

 A glass of Jalisco Bird

Jalisco Bird is inspired by the Rose Tequila that Chrissy @socialgingirl tried in the distillery at the Jalisco village in Mexico. The flavor of the cocktail is vibrant, considering that the tequila used was aged for a month. It also boasts of earthy and bell pepper notes alongside a dark fruit hint.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Strain the ice and transfer the mixture into a highball glass. 
  3. Garnish with dehydrated lime and pineapple with mint. 
  4. Serve and enjoy!

10. Wave 

A glass of Wave

Last on our list is Wave. As the name suggests, this cocktail has different shades of blue that look like the ocean waves. But aside from the aesthetics, this creation by Cocktail Alchemists @cocktail.alchemists offers floral, citrus, fruity, and earthy tasting notes. 

Ingredients

  • 1.6 oz. Oregano infused gin @gaugin_
  • 0.8 oz. Violet liqueur
  • 0.6 oz. Pimento drum
  • 1 oz. Lime juice
  • 0.6 oz. Cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes Gin barrel-aged infused orange bitters
  • 1 dash Lavender bitters

Steps to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Strain the ice and transfer the mixture into a highball glass. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Conclusion

These world’s best cocktails don’t only look stunning; they also have a rich and refreshing taste perfect to beat the summer heat.

If you know someone who has the skills and passion for crafting cocktails, drop us a message at info@advancedmixology.com and get featured on our next monthly roundup.


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