Whether heading down to the bars at wharf dc, your favorite lounge, or your neighborhood watering hole, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing cocktail to get your evening started. But with so many options (and seemingly new cocktails devised every single day), it can feel overwhelming when hopping up to the bar and ordering a drink.
So, how do you know which drink to order the next time you’re out with friends or family? Sure, you could go with your typical screwdriver or gin and tonic, but isn’t it about time you graduated from these classics and tried something new and exciting?
Here, we’re taking a closer look at some of the hottest and most creative cocktails for this year and beyond. Hopefully, this article inspires you to try something new next time you’re out.
10 Best Cocktails for 2022 and Beyond
No matter the time of the year, it’s always a great time for a cocktail with friends. Whether you’re a fan of gin, bourbon, tequila, or any other classic spirit, there’s sure to be one (or a few) cocktails right up your alley at your favorite bar.
But if you’re looking for some inspiration to try something new this year, take a look at some of the best and most innovative cocktails for 2022 and beyond.
1. The Forever Young
Tap back into your younger years (still older than 21, of course) with this exciting cocktail. Inspired by the Adonis cocktail including vermouth and sherry, this cocktail balances fermented Chungju (a drink from Korea that is brewed with rice) with amaro—a liqueur from northern Italy. This cocktail offers up a pleasant and nutty flavor while the vermouth adds just enough sweetness.
2. Be Cool
Chill out no matter the weather with this crisp and classy cocktail. Not too sweet, this cocktail tastes like you’re sipping on a slushy Negroni.
This cocktail infuses the Blanc vermouth with whole-dried hibiscus flowers which provide a fruity and flora sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm the rest of your ingredients. This cool cocktail is perfect for a summer afternoon spent out on the balcony with those you care about.
3. Lemon and Lavender Gin Fizz:
Speaking of the summertime, try another of these seasonal cocktails for that perfect summer afternoon. This unique lemon and lavender gin fizz offer up a smooth finish with a whole bouquet practically of floral flavors that give this drink some real life. You’ll pick up on subtle notes of lemon, lavender, sage, and some cucumber to keep it crisp.
4. Rosemary Gimlet
Don’t skimp on the lime juice here. This delicious Rosemary Gimlet cocktail will be sure to make you pucker up as the lime juice blends perfectly with your favorite kind of gin. The rosemary-honey syrup also adds a nice and unique touch to this twist on the classic drink. You can even consider substituting the gin for some white rum instead.
5. Winter Berry Cocktail
looking for a delicious cocktail to get you through those colder months? Well, then look no further. This winter berry cocktail offers up a rich, fruity, and slightly sweet taste using dark-berry liqueur that works both as a cocktail and even for sparkling wine.
The punch of bourbon in this one also adds some body that will keep you warm wherever you happen to be enjoying this one.
6. White Gold
Looking for a true glassful of elegance? Then you may want to give this cocktail a try. This sweet and sour blend of gin and hints of Golden Barley really allow for the fizz to come through loud and clear. Add some frothy egg white to cut through some of the acidic flavors for a truly balanced cocktail that makes for some easy enjoyment.
7. Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail
If you’re looking to still get in on the fun but you don’t want to drink, why not order yourself a delicious mocktail? This alcohol-free drink tastes great (and has far fewer calories than the traditional version) and is topped off with a thin slice of cucumber at the top so that this drink doesn’t just taste good—but it also looks great, too.
8. Grilled Pineapple Tequila Punch
Take a trip south of the border with this southern-inspired tropical drink that really packs a punch. This classic tequila punch, not too sour and not too sweet, gets an even sweeter twist by adding a little wedge of grilled pineapple at the top.
This fresh fruit perfectly balances the acidic bite of your drink so that you’ll have the perfect smooth cocktail to enjoy with all your friends.
9. Irish Buck Cocktail
Are you looking for a cocktail that’s light and yet still comes in with a strong taste? If this sounds like you, then you owe it to yourself to give the Irish Buck a try.
This unique cocktail blends classic Irish whiskey with tart lemon juice, a bit of honey, and some ginger beer to round it all out. Light, refreshing, and delicious, that’s what you’re getting here.
10. Seriously Dirty Martini
Looking for a suave drink that might just make you feel a little bit like James Bond? Get serious with your dirty martini with floral gin and olives to open this one up.
Conclusion – 10 Best Cocktails for 2022 and Beyond
Feeling thirsty yet? Hopefully, this list got you inspired to try something new and exciting the next time you’re out for a drink.
Move beyond that traditional gin and tonic and get bold with your next cocktail order. The winterberry cocktail can be perfect for those colder months while the grilled pineapple is your perfect summer drink sure to help you make some amazing memories no matter where you are.
Of course, this list is just the beginning as there are truly so many unique and flavorful cocktails to choose from. Keep exploring for even more delicious cocktail creations. Or, don’t hesitate to ask your local bartender at boardwalkwharf.com for some inspiration. After all, isn’t that part of the job?