Ring in 2020 in style with some of our chicest and most delicious cocktails from the year, because nobody wants to be empty handed when the clock strikes midnight!
Art Deco Blackberry Bellini
A classic Bellini is peach purée with Prosecco, but the sour-sweetness of blackberries works beautifully to create a darkly elegant drink in keeping with the Art Deco trolley from Bar Cart Style that inspired it.
4 fresh blackberries, plus 1 extra, to garnish
1 teaspoon caster/granulated sugar
30 ml/1 ﬂ oz. gin (Tanqueray No. Ten)
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Well-chilled Cremant or Champagne, to top up
Stainless-steel cocktail stick
Put the 4 blackberries and sugar in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle with a muddler or handle of a rolling pin.
Add some ice cubes, the gin and lemon juice to the shaker and shake until cold, about 20 seconds. Strain into a Champagne ﬂute, top up with cold Crémant or Champagne and garnish with a blackberry on a stainless-steel cocktail stick. Serve at once.
Tristan Stephenson considers highball drinks the best entry route into whiskey appreciation, so here’s an effervescent classic from The Curious Bartender’s Whiskey Road Trip that’ll impress your guests without much effort at all!
40 ml/1¹⁄³ oz Koval Four Grain
120 ml/4 oz ice-cold soda water
A slice of lemon
Add the whiskey to a chilled highball glass ﬁlled with ice and stir brieﬂy. Then top up with soda and give another brief, gentle stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
As the name suggests, this ode to Skyfall from Bond Cocktails is bound to come in handy in the midst of the heavy party season, and it’s as suave and sophisticated as 007 himself.
30 ml/1 ﬂ. oz. Hennessy Fine de Cognac
30 ml/1 ﬂ. oz. Calvados
30 ml/1 ﬂ. oz. Martini Rosso vermouth
Stir all the ingredients together with cubed ice and strain into a chilled champagne coupe glass.
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