When it comes to cocktail culture, 2015 celebrated the best of both worlds.
This year’s hottest drinks ran the gamut from old-school classics to forward-thinking creations. Discover which side you were on with a look at the 15 most popular cocktails of the year.
The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the Margarita as there are recipes. Some like it blended, others sweetened, but many argue the best Margarita recipe is this classic version. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.
Muddled fruit gives this version of the classic Old Fashioned a welcome dose of juicy sweetness; club soda lends a burst of bubbles.
When two heavy-hitters like tequila and watermelon team up, magic is bound to happen. The result is a blushing pink beverage made with watermelon-basil puree, agave and fresh lime juice that packs a bit of heat thanks to muddled jalapeños.
A slip of crème de violette gives this old-school gin classic its pale purple hue. The cocktail recalls a more glamorous period of commercial aviation, back in the ’20s and ’30s, when flying was reserved for daredevils and well-to-dos. Balanced with Maraschino liqueur and lemon juice, this might be the only purple cocktail that stands the test of time.