52 Weeks of Cocktails Challenge

52 Weeks of Cocktails Challenge

This 52 weeks of cocktails challenge was suggested by a colleague after I shared my final bake of the 2021 reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge. I dabbled in cocktails last year, and I’m excited to do more!

How will it work?

Below is the list I put together for the cocktail challenge. It’s intended to be broad to get exposure to as many different common spirits and styles of cocktails as possible.

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, because I’ve tried to make the list so that cooling drinks are in summer for those of us in the Northern hemisphere.

And I feel compelled to say, “Please drink responsibly.”

17-JanMartini
214-JanRum
321-JanGarnish
428-JanMocktail
54-FebWine Glass
611-FebRed
718-FebTropical
825-FebCoffee or Tea
94-MarBailey’s Irish Cream
1011-MarGreen
1118-MarSherry
1225-MarDessert
131-AprApril Fool
148-AprOld Fashioned
1515-AprBrandy
1622-AprLowball/Rocks Glass
1729-AprMargarita
186-MayMint Julep
1913-MayLayers and Floats
2020-MayGin
2127-MayUse the Blender
223-JunSimple Syrups
2310-JunVodka
2417-JunPunch
2524-JunChampagne Flute
261-JulJello
278-JulMojitos
2815-JulMoscow Mule
2922-JulWine
3029-JulFrozen
315-AugSour
3212-AugHighball Glass
3319-AugCaipirinhas
3426-AugIce
352-SepPurple
369-SepTequila
3716-SepBees Knees
3823-SepInfusion
3930-SepMartini Glass
407-OctManhattan
4114-OctLiqueur
4221-OctFood Pairing
4328-OctSpooky
444-NovWhiskey
4511-NovNegroni
4618-NovCranberry
4725-NovSidecar
482-DecCreamy
499-DecAbsinthe
5016-DecFire!
5123-DecEggnog
5230-DecBubbly
a cranberry negroni in a lowball glass garnished with and surrounded by fresh cranberries

FAQs about the 52 weeks of cocktails challenge

Where and when will you post?

I will try to post a cocktail on Instagram and Facebook every Friday of this 52 weeks of cocktails challenge. But 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!

How about this. Start with the basics. For the martini in week 1, if you don’t know whether you prefer a gin or vodka martini, make both and compare. Compare gins to see how different they can taste. Change the proportions and use a ratio of 5:1 (dry = less vermouth), 2:1, or even 1:1 (wet = more vermouth) and see which you like best.

Each week, I’ll try to share some of thoughts and suggestions for the following week.

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!

Check out some suggestions for cocktails:
gin espresso martini
cranberry negroni
negroni spritz
rose syrup French 75
cherry Bakewell cocktail
peanut butter manhattan
perfect brandy manhattan
the “Lady Bridgerton” – an Earl Grey and lavender Empress gin cocktail
jalapeño raspberry bramble
elderflower Tom Collins
lavender gimlet

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