The 52 weeks of cocktails challenge will continue in 2023! The idea for this cocktail challenge was suggested by a colleague at the end of 2021 after I shared my chocolate peppermint spritz cookies that were my final bake of the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge. Doing a new bake every week furthered my knowledge of baking.
I dabbled in cocktails in my first year of blogging. However, it wasn’t until I started making cocktails at home every week that I began to understand what I liked and how easy it was to create a great, well-balanced cocktail.
Join the cocktail challenge for a great all-around cocktail education and to expand your home cocktail bar. Or join just to play more with your favorite mixed drink and see how it changes when you use different simple syrup recipes. You can join at any time and for any number of weeks. But please join us!
How it works
Below is the new list of cocktail challenges for 2023. It’s intended to be broad to get exposure to a variety of common spirits and styles of cocktails. This year’s challenge adds more weeks that are easier for folks making mocktails instead of cocktails.
Are there things missing? Absolutely. But, for example, if you really love a Sazerac, you should be able to find several weeks where you can have your Sazerac.
I should apologize in advance to any readers who are in the Southern hemisphere. That’s because the list has icy cocktails in summer for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. Feel free to adjust the list to your seasons.
And I feel compelled to say, “Please drink responsibly.”
Cocktail of the week
|5||February 3||Clarified Cocktail|
|6||February 10||Champagne Flute|
|8||February 24||Grapefruit or Other Citrus|
|9||March 3||Fortified Wine|
|10||March 10||Non-Martini “Martini”|
|11||March 17||Baileys Irish Cream|
|12||March 24||TV or Movie-Inspired|
|13||March 31||Coffee or Tea|
|14||April 7||Old Fashioned|
|16||April 21||Lowball (Rocks) Glass|
|18||May 5||Mint Julep|
|19||May 12||Layers and Floats|
|21||May 26||Use the Blender|
|22||June 2||Simple Syrups|
|28||July 14||Moscow Mule|
|32||August 11||Highball Glass|
|33||August 18||Berries or Stone Fruit|
|37||September 15||Apple or Pear|
|38||September 22||Negroni Week|
|39||September 29||Martini Glass|
|48||December 1||Mai Tai|
I will try to post the cocktail of the week on Instagram and my Facebook group every Friday of this 52 weeks of cocktails challenge. If you join, please feel free to share at any time. Just use the hashtag #52weeksofcocktails, so I can find it!
I have the Cocktail Codex, which is fabulous, as well as a few others. Online, I recommend the Difford’s Guide as a resource. But mostly I would recommend learning what it is that you like in a cocktail and playing around with proportions and ingredients. That’s what this cocktail challenge is all about.
Start with the classic cocktails and bartending basics. For the martini in week 1, if you don’t know whether you prefer a gin or vodka martini, make both and compare. Or compare gins to see how different they can taste. Or change the proportions and make a very dry martini with a ratio of 5 parts gin to 1 part vermouth, and compare it with a wet martini and see which you like best.
Each week, I’ll try to share some of thoughts and suggestions for the following week.
This 52 weeks of cocktails challenge was first posted January 5, 2022. It was last updated December 26, 2022.
Join us! Please feel free to leave a comment here or share a pic with me on Instagram using #uglyducklingbakery and #52weeksofcocktails hashtags!
Need cocktail challenge ideas? Check out some of my favorite cocktails:
- dry martini
- gin espresso martini
- creamy espresso martini with Baileys
- pornstar martini
- pornstar martini mocktail
- cranberry negroni
- aperol negroni
- Aperol soda
- negroni spritz
- passion spritz
- rose syrup French 75
- Water Lily
- cherry Bakewell cocktail
- peanut butter manhattan
- perfect brandy manhattan
- blueberry gin and tonic
- the “Lady Bridgerton” – an Earl Grey and lavender Empress gin cocktail
- jalapeño raspberry bramble
- elderflower Tom Collins
- blue mojito
- lavender gimlet
- spicy margarita or the skinny spicy margarita
- vodka sour with blackberry simple syrup
- Aperol sour
- Frangelico sour
Or check out a range of fun cocktail ideas from the Purple Pumpkin blog!
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