If any year called for a good strong drink, it was 2016: From earthquakes to train crashes to ballot-box upsets all over the world, we’re lucky we had so much excellent booze to choose from. Here at The Feast, we spent the year tracking down the most brilliant cocktail minds from coast to coast, and found them experimenting with ever more genius riffs on drinks we love, from the Negroni to the Moscow Mule to the Dark and Stormy, and inventing drinks and techniques that we can't get out of our heads. This was also the year we heard about anti-aging vodka and learned that Champagne is exactly like medicine for our brains. Which of the five cocktail trends below struck a chord with you most? Tell us in the poll at the bottom of this page.
1. The Trashy Cocktail, Reinvented
Those drinks you bought with your fake ID, and wouldn’t be caught dead sipping now? They’ve had a makeover and they’re more irresistible than ever.
2. Riffs on the Classic Moscow Mule
Vodka plus ginger plus citrus equals happiness. Here’s how bartenders are playing around with the classic Moscow Mule formula, to thrill longtime fans and win new ones.
3. The Hard Cider Cocktail
Hard cider is still having a moment, and what better way to drink your way through the ever-growing number of addictive artisanal ciders out there than by juicing up your cocktail repertoire.
4. The Boulevardier, Rediscovered
Negronis are everywhere, but to track down a Boulevardier—the lesser-known spinoff that dates back nearly a century—you have to search high and low for it. We did the work for you and found these luscious versions.
5. The Equal-Parts Cocktail
Forget memorizing a ton of cocktail recipes so you can impress guests at your next party. There’s only one foolproof formula you need to make dozens of perfect drinks, and we reveal the secret here.
This week on The Feast, we’re celebrating all the inspiring, mind-blowing, over-the-top—and most of all, delicious—things that are catching our attention in the food and drink world. Stay tuned for must-watch videos, features on the chefs and innovators we love, tips on the most incredible Instagram accounts you should be following, and polls that let you vote on your favorites.
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