As we start to look ahead to the new year, many of us are looking for ways to make our upcoming year just a little more exciting. For some, this might mean looking for new and interesting cocktails to make at home. Whether it’s a classic recipe with a twist or an entirely new creation, here are 10 cocktail recipes to try in 2023, and remember – for a five-star cocktail making class, Jayda Bar’s in Melbourne.
- Sunrise Margaritas
Start off the new year with a classic margarita recipe with an extra twist – adding some orange juice! This version of the margarita is perfect for those who want the sweet and tart flavours of the traditional cocktail but don’t want it to be too strong. All you need is tequila, triple sec, lime juice, orange juice, sugar syrup and ice cubes. Shake all ingredients together in a shaker and pour over ice.
- Coconut Mojito
Upgrade your mojito game by adding coconut milk! The combination of mint leaves, lime juice and coconut milk creates an exotic flavour that will transport you straight to the beach. All you need is white rum, coconut milk, lime juice, mint leaves and sugar syrup. Muddle the mint leaves with some of the lime juice in a shaker before adding all other ingredients. Shake well until combined and pour over ice.
- Ginger Mint Julep
For those who love ginger ale but want something stronger than soda, this is the perfect drink! This cocktail combines whiskey (or bourbon if desired), ginger ale and freshly muddled mint leaves for an interesting flavour profile that will keep you coming back for more. Just add some whiskey (or bourbon) into your glass before filling it up with ginger ale and adding fresh muddled mint leaves on top. Stir together until combined and enjoy!
- Watermelon Margaritas
Add some summer vibes into your winter months by trying out this watermelon margarita recipe! It combines tequila, triple sec, watermelon puree (or chunks if desired), lime juice and sugar syrup shaken together in a shaker before being poured over ice cubes in a glass rimmed with salt or sugar depending on preference.
- Orange Blossom Martini
Make this delicate martini recipe as beautiful as its name suggests by combining gin or vodka (depending on preference), elderflower liqueur, orange blossom water, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and orange zest. Shake all ingredients together until combined then strain into your favourite glass before garnishing with an orange wheel or peel.
- Raspberry Gin Fizz
This fruity fizz combines gin, raspberry puree, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, club soda and freshly muddled raspberries for added texture. Combine everything except club soda in a shaker then shake until combined before straining into your favourite glass, then topping off with club soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries or lemon slices.
- Strawberry Daiquiri
The classic daiquiri gets even better when it’s made with fresh strawberries! To make this delicious drink, combine light rum, strawberry puree (or chopped strawberries), fresh lime juice, simple syrup and crushed ice. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender before pouring into your favourite glass, then garnish with either sliced strawberries or lime wheels.
- Blueberry Sangria
This fruity sangria takes only minutes to put together! Start off by combining white wine, blueberry vodka, blueberry puree, lemon and lime juices, simple syrupand crushed ice in a pitcher.Mix everything together until fully incorporated, then add sliced lemons and limes as well as frozen blueberries as desired. Serve chilled over ice and enjoy!
- Pomegranate Martini
Make this unique martini recipe by combining vodka, pomegranate liqueur, pomegranate seeds, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrupand crushed ice. Shake everything together until combined, then strain into your favourite martini glass and garnish with pomegranate seeds or lemon wheels.
- Apple Cider Mimosa
Take brunch to another level by mixing up these delicious mimosas! Simply combine apple cider, champagne, freshly squeezed orange, lemon juices, cinnamon stick (optional), simple syrup and crushed ice.Mix everything together in a pitcher until fully incorporated, then strain into champagne flutes and serve chilled.
With these 10 original cocktail recipes, 2023 is sure to be filled with moments worth celebrating!
Whether you’re looking for something refreshingly tart or sweetly smooth, there’s sure to be something here that will fit every mood – so grab your friends (virtually or otherwise!) mix up one of these amazing drinks and cheers to an amazing new year full of fantastic memories!