Is there really anything left to be said about how bad 2020 was? No not really, so let’s all skip ahead to the part where we get drunk and black out the entire year as if it was a bad dream.
That means we’re tapping into some cocktails that are heavy on the booze, some that deserve a special celebration, and some that call back to the summer that never was. It’s time to break out the good bottles, because we all deserve it.
The Last Word
A prohibition cocktail that had long been forgotten for decades, the last word is the perfect cocktail to give the proverbial middle finger to the year. It’s surprisingly easy to make, has a nice balance of flavours and more importantly is strong as hell.
- 0.75 oz. gin
- 0.75 oz. green Chartreuse
- 0.75 oz. maraschino liqueur
- 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
- Twist of lime for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and vigorously shake together with ice. Strain into a martini glass or a coupe and garnish with lime twist.
Generally everyone likes a mojito, and generally everyone likes a glass of celebratory champagne so mash those two together and you’ve got a drink that–unlike 2020–should please everyone. In fact, you may never go back to the normal mojito style.
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 1.5 oz rum
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 oz Champagne
In a cocktail shaker, muddle together mint, lime juice, and simple syrup to release mint oils. Add the rum and bitters and shake over ice. Strain into a Collins glass and top with Champagne.
Cuatro Mai Tai
Who says Mai Tai’s are reserved for warm weather and tropical locales? If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that convention means nothing, and since we can’t travel we might as well bring the beach to us.
- 1.5 oz BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro rum
- 0.75 oz Orange Curacao
- 0.5 oz Lime Juice
- 0.75 oz Orgreat
- Orange Bitters
Shake all ingredients and strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig, orange and lime wedge.
This cocktail was first invented in 1861 to mark Prince Albert’s death. The steward at Brook’s Club in London ordered that even Champagne should be in mourning, dressed all in black. So if you’re in a mood to just say “screw it”, this cocktail might be for you.
- 4 oz Champagne
- 4 oz Guinness stout
Fill a champagne flute halfway with the Champagne, slowly add the Guinness as a topper, the beer should float above the Champagne creating a dual effect.
We lost a lot of great restaurants in 2020, one of those being the excellent Royal Dinette. While the restaurant may be gone, the cocktails can live on, making the name of this drink quite appropriate.
- 0.75 oz. Odd Society Spirits Wallflower Gin
- 0.5 oz. Odd Society Spirits Bittersweet Vermouth
- 0.25 oz. hibiscus syrup
- 0.5 oz. grapefruit juice
- 0.25 oz. tonic syrup
- 1 dash green strawberry bitters
- soda, to top (You can replace the house made tonic syrup with bottled tonic water. If you do this, skip the soda water.)
Combine All ingredients into a shaker tine, excluding the soda water, and shake. Fine strain into a Burgundy glass over ice. Top with soda.
Garnish with hibiscus buds and dried citrus.