10-Year Cocktail Timeline: From Cosmos to Barrel-Aged Negroni
To celebrate the 10th edition of our outstanding annual book F&W Cocktails, we salute America's mixology madness. These are the 10 cocktails that have ruled the bars for the last decade.
This bold take on a martini becomes one of the most ubiquitous cocktails, thanks to the enduring popularity of Sex and the City.
2006: Gin Mule
After Audrey Saunders opens NYC's seminal Pegu Club, her gingery gin-based twist on the mojito begins to convert vodka drinkers to gin.
The New Orleans classic features absinthe, which is legal again after almost 100 years; bitters beyond Angostura start to take off, too.
2008: St-Germain Cocktail
A simple variation on the ever-popular Aperol Spritz, but prepared with the breakout spirit of the decade, the recently released St-Germain elderflower liqueur.
2009: Oaxaca Old-Fashioned
The twist on the Mad Men–era classic references the trendiness of both tequila and mezcal.
This favorite of the L.A. cocktail boom shows off the emergence of Scotch in mixed drinks instead of simply on the rocks.
2011: Mai Tai
The tropical tiki cocktail goes mainstream, thanks to bars like Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco.
As craft-cocktail popularity grows, so does bar size, requiring large formats like punch and cocktails on tap.
2013: Barrel-Aged Negroni
Because of this ground-breaking drink, spirits producers start aging all kinds of cocktails in barrels.
Rum begins its renaissance, due to the resurgence of classic Cuban cocktails and the hand-shaken daiquiri.