It’s the start of a new year, and what better way to celebrate than with a few classic, or even some unique, cocktails. From the sophisticated Manhattan to the sweet-tart Cosmopolitan, here are some delicious drinks you can make at home to kick off 2023.
Manhattan – This classic whiskey cocktail is simple yet elegant and pairs perfectly with any celebration. Start by filling your shaker with ice cubes. Add two ounces of your favorite whiskey, one ounce of sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Shake thoroughly until chilled then strain into a martini glass that has been rimmed with orange zest. Garnish with an orange peel or cherries for an extra special touch.
Cosmopolitan – This pink drink was made famous in the late 1990s by the characters on Sex and the City but it has been around since at least 1988. Get yourself ready to party by combining two ounces of vodka, one ounce of cranberry juice, half an ounce of triple sec, and half an ounce of fresh lime juice in your shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a martini glass then garnish with a lime wheel for added flair.
Mint Julep – This Southern classic dates back hundreds of years and is perfect for sipping on hot summer days (or anytime you want to feel fancy). Muddle together five fresh mint leaves and one teaspoon of sugar in an old-fashioned glass before adding two ounces of bourbon and some crushed ice (or large cubes). Stir until combined then top off with more crushed ice before garnishing with mint sprigs and serving immediately while still frosty cold.
There’s no shortage of delicious cocktails out there that are perfect for ringing in the New Year in style! From classics like Manhattans to modern favorites like Cosmopolitans, there’s bound to be something for everyone’s taste buds this season. So why not make 2021 the year you explore new flavors? Who knows—you might just find your new favorite tipple! Cheers!