I always look forward to December and this year I want to celebrate even more. It’s finally the LAST MONTH OF 2020!! It’s been a long year folks, and I am more than happy to show 2020 the door. Grab a glass and let’s sip our way through this month.
I don’t know about you but our liquor cabinet is much better stocked than it was in 2019 and I’m not mad about it. What to do with all that liquor? Cocktails of course.
The only trick to creating 2020 sustaining cocktails is a variety of liquors and a few essential tools:
- cocktail shaker or canning jar with a lid
- ice cube trays
I also recommend keeping simple syrup on hand to avoid waiting for the syrup to chill before mixing up your favorite drink.
Let’s celebrate the end of 2020 with a variety of classic and seasonal cocktails. Cheers!
Chamomile-Honey Hot Toddy
Add a little bourbon to your evening cup of tea and ease into the end of 2020. I love this simple, pantry cocktail, especially with fresh lemon and ginger.
A simple weeknight cocktail to sip after dinner, made with whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Don’t forget the maraschino cherry (or two)!
A gin cocktail requiring only lime juice and simple syrup steeped in lime zest to round out into the perfect pre-weekend drink. Leave yourself a little time to make the special syrup.
Brandy Alexander Cocktail
Celebrate the first weekend of December with a special, creamy cocktail made with crème de cacao, brandy, and heavy cream. You’ll want a cocktail shaker and strainer to get the frothy, creamy texture.Continue to 5 of 31 below.
It’s citrus season so make the most of it with this white gin cocktail mixed with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and maraschino liqueur.
Pear and White Wine Sangria
Pitcher cocktails are perfect for the new 2020 norm: day drinking. This sangria has one bottle of wine and a can of ginger beer mixed with pear nectar, sliced pears, and spices. Perfectly spiced for the season.
French 75 Cocktail
This is one of my favorite cocktails and since it’s my birthday, lets toast! Shake simple syrup, gin and lemon until frothy and then strain into a flute glass. Top with champagne. Cheers!
Pomegranate Mimosa with Hard Cider
Mimosas aren’t just for brunch! This pomegranate version replaces the champagne with easy to open cans of hard apple cider. The orange juice is replaced with pomegranate juice.Continue to 9 of 31 below.
Classic Vodka Martini
Replacing the gin with vodka, this martini is exactly the classy, easy, drink I want in my hand. Get your zen on by stirring the vodka and vermouth with ice. Strain into a glass and enjoy!
Fall-Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail
Make a batch of the maple infused bourbon and enjoy this spiced twist on the Old Fashioned.
Most Friday nights we eat Mexican food and drinking this classic Margarita is exactly how I want to end the work week. All you need is tequila, orange liquor and lime. Flaky salt for the rim of the glass is not optional in my opinion but the ice is!
Whiskey Sour Cocktail
This simple cocktail of whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup is balanced and delicious as is, but we recommend adding an egg white to the shaker for a frothy, creamier Whiskey Sour.Continue to 13 of 31 below.
Spicy Bloody Maria Cocktail
We often eat brunch instead of breakfast on Sundays. Adding a smoky adobo sauce to this vodka-based rendition of a Bloody Mary, sounds like the perfect accompaniment to toast and eggs. Better yet, serve with Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos.
Scotch blended with a honey-ginger syrup and lemon juice makes Monday more bearable. The fresh ginger and honey syrup can be made up to a month in advance but needs at least an hour head start so that it can chill in the fridge.
Tequila mixed with pomegranate juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda makes an eye-catching drink. Be sure to use tequila that is 100% agave. A cube of sugar can be substituted for the simple syrup if needed.
Dark and Stormy
The name seems like an accurate assessment of 2020. Grab a highball glass and stir together black rum (or other dark rum), lime, and ginger beer to recreate this moody cocktail.Continue to 17 of 31 below.
Shake citrus vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass. Enjoy the prettiest cocktail in town while wearing your comfy pants.
Start the weekend with this classic. Stir gin with sweet vermouth and Campari and garnish with an orange peel. You’ll be sipping in 2 minutes flat.
Chocolate Lark Cocktail (Low-Proof)
Start the week off with a festive, low-alcohol, judgment free cocktail. This full-bodied drink uses chocolate bitters and crème de cacao to achieve the hint of chocolate that runs throughout.
Warm up on a cold evening with a whiskey cocktail similar to a Negroni. Stir sweet vermouth, Campari, and whiskey of your choice (bourbon for me!) in an ice-filled glass. On a Monday night, I’d skip the step of straining into a second ice-filled rocks glass and just drink it right then and there.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
Coquito (Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog)
Save yourself the hassle of cooking egg yolks and beating egg whites and drink this egg-free version of eggnog. Serve Puerto Rican Salmorejo (Stewed Crab and Tomatoes with Rice) for dinner and pretend you’re on vacation in Puerto Rico!
Spiced Mulled Wine
I love that this recipe uses the slow cooker for an oh-so-easy approach. Plus, it will use up all that boxed wine I panic bought!
Orange & Vanilla Hot Buttered Rum
Sit by the fire and enjoy a warm hot buttered rum after the children are nestled all snug in their beds. It’s best to make the compound butter a few days in advance to give it time for the flavors to fully develop.
Serve up a classic cocktail of champagne and orange juice and celebrate the last Friday of 2020!Continue to 25 of 31 below.
Sip on this whiskey forward cocktail and up your bartender skills with Herbsaint (anise-flavored liqueur) rinse for the glass.
Pretend you’re dancing in the streets at Mardi Gras with this boozy, celebratory rum cocktail.
Shake away the gloom of 2020 with this citrusy drink of Cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice. Make it extra special with a sugared rim.
Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail
Replace lemon juice with freshly squeezed blood orange juice and sip your way to the end of 2020 in style.Continue to 29 of 31 below.
Warm your blood with a boozy whiskey cocktail straight from New Orleans. Stir brandy and rye whiskey, bitters, Benedictine, and vermouth and remind yourself that there is only 1 day of 2020 left!
Chamb' and Bubbly (Chambord Kir Royale)
We made it! Celebrate with a bubbly champagne and Chambord cocktail. You deserve it!
Gold Rush Cocktail
Enjoy this refreshing, easy-to-make cocktail with bourbon, honey, and lemon juice.