52 Weeks of Cocktails Challenge: 2023

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.

a cucumber martini with cucumber garnish.

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.

a pale green cocktail in a coupe on a silver tray.

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.”

white wine sangria jello in a standing and fallen wine glass.

Cocktail of the week

1January 6Martini
2January 13Rum
3January 20Garnish
4January 27Mocktail
5February 3Clarified Cocktail
6February 10Champagne Flute
7February 17Tropical
8February 24Grapefruit or Other Citrus
9March 3Fortified Wine
10March 10Non-Martini “Martini”
11March 17Baileys Irish Cream
12March 24TV or Movie-Inspired
13March 31Coffee or Tea
14April 7Old Fashioned
15April 14Brandy
16April 21Lowball (Rocks) Glass
17April 28Margarita
18May 5Mint Julep
19May 12Layers and Floats
20May 19Gin
21May 26Use the Blender
22June 2Simple Syrups
23June 9Vodka
24June 16Punch
25June 23Spritz
26June 30Jello
27July 7Mojitos
28July 14Moscow Mule
29July 21Wine
30July 28Frozen
31August 4Sour
32August 11Highball Glass
33August 18Berries or Stone Fruit
34August 25Amaro
35September 1Purple
36September 8Tequila
37September 15Apple or Pear
38September 22Negroni Week
39September 29Martini Glass
40October 6Manhattan
41October 13Liqueur
42October 20Pumpkin
43October 27Halloween
44November 3Whiskey
45November 10Infusion
46November 17Cranberry
47November 24Creamy
48December 1Mai Tai
49December 8Absinthe
50December 15Fire!
51December 22Red
52December 29Bubbly
a cranberry negroni in a lowball glass surrounded by fresh cranberries.


Where and when will you post?

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!

Do you have a cocktail recipe book you can recommend?

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.

I don’t know where to start. Help!

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.

a orange cocktail garnished with a passion fruit half on a white tray with another half and a glass of bubbly.

What’s next

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:

Or check out a range of fun cocktail ideas from the Purple Pumpkin blog!

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egg nog in a glass in front of three mini gingerbread houses.

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