21 Cocktail Recipes to Make in 2022

Banana Rum Old Fashioned Recipe
Photo: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

When we asked cocktail pros to give us their trend predictions for 2022, we got even more excited to drink delicious cocktails in the new year. Twists on classic cocktails are in; so are non-alcoholic sips. According to the pros, we'll see lots more bubbly cocktails, drinks with vegetables, bitter concoctions, and tequila, tequila, tequila. We've rounded up our favorite cocktail recipes for these 2022 trends, so you can be ahead of the curve.

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Rum and Orange Cocktail

Rum and Orange Cocktail
Eva Kolenko

Amaro Montenegro, an Italian digestif, brings strong flavors of orange to this pleasantly bitter cocktail. The drink starts out warm, with light, molasses-y sweetness coming through the first sip, but packs a pleasantly bitter bite. It's a touch smoky and delightfully strong. Finish it with a dash of grapefruit bitters, and garnish with a grapefruit peel twist.

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Aged Negroni

Aged Negroni
© Lucas Allen

This delicious gin, Campari and vermouth cocktail develops a smooth, deep flavor after being aged in an oak barrel for a month.

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Sparkling Rosé Cocktail

Rose cocktail
Caitlin Bensel

Bright and bubbly, this simple cocktail is as drinkable as it is endlessly riffable. For added sweetness, stir in an extra spoonful of jam, or try grilling your peaches for a hint of smoke that accentuates the tequila.

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Banana Rum Old-Fashioned

Banana Rum Old Fashioned Recipe
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

A bold, strong cocktail with both high-proof bourbon and light rum gets a hit of floral sweetness from mellow crème de banane.

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Jardín Verde Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

Jardin Verde non-alcoholic cocktail
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

For Julia Bainbridge, going booze-free isn't about doing without-the nonalcoholic bottles and cocktails she celebrates are extra in the best way possible. This refreshing nonalcoholic cocktail from Bryan Dayton is featured in Bainbridge's book, Good Drinks. It is sweet and mildly bitter from Seedlip Garden 108 with botanical notes that shine with the addition of fragrant, herbal tonic water.

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Forever Young

Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Inspired by the classic Adonis cocktail of sherry and vermouth, this stiff drink from Kim Kyungmoon balances earthy, fermented Chungju with amaro. Chungju, a Korean alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, and Amaro Nonino, a liqueur from the region of Friuli in northern Italy, both offer a pleasantly musky, nutty flavor, while vermouth shines through with a burst of sweetness. For a source of artisanal Chungju from Korea's oldest brewery, visit Woorisoul.

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Cucumber-Rose Gin Spritz

Cucumber Rose Gin Spritz
Victor Protasio

A classic combination of gin, lemon, and club soda gets a refreshing twist with cucumber, basil, and black cardamom infused syrup. Dried rose petals add a subtle floral flavor and act as a beautiful garnish.

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Seriously Dirty Martinis

Seriously Dirty Martinis
Charissa Fay

Dirty vodka martinis are a staple at television personality Alex Guarnaschelli's parties, but she also likes to mix it up from time to time. A floral gin martini made seriously dirty with olives is a great palate opener, she says, but the real secret is adding the brine from the jar of capers in the door in her fridge.

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Verbena-Infused Tequila and Tonic

Verbena Infused Tequila and Tonic Recipe
Aubrie Pick

This fresh cocktail balances light citrus and herbal notes from the infused syrup with bubbly club soda and smooth blanco tequila. Substitute gin for a more prominent botanical flavor.

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Be Cool

Be Cool Negroni Slushies
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

Boozy, bitter, and tart, this vibrant red blended drink sips like a frozen Negroni. It's the perfect not-too-sweet boozy frozen summer slushy. Keyatta Mincey-Parker's method of infusing the blanc vermouth with whole dried hibiscus flowers imparts their fruity and floral sweetness without masking the delicate aromas and flavor.

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Irish Buck Cocktail

Irish Buck Cocktail
Eva Kolenko

Light yet oaky, Irish whiskey joins tart lemon juice, honey, and spicy ginger beer in this refreshing, fizzy, basil-scented Irish Buck cocktail.

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Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco

Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco

In this refreshing cocktail, Prosecco adds a lively spritz to a light, watermelon-forward margarita. If you happen to have a juicer on hand, you can certainly use it here.

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Lemon-and-Lavender Gin Fizz

Lemon and Lavender Gin Fizz
Victor Protasio

Leopold's Summer Gin brings a smooth, floral flavor to this botanical cocktail with notes of cucumber, sage, lemon, and lavender. Be sure to use food-safe rose petals, not ones treated with pesticides or insecticides, for garnish.

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Grilled Pineapple–Tequila Punch

Grilled Pineapple Poncha Recipe
Greg Dupree

In this festive punch, the sweet and smoky notes of grilled pineapple meld deliciously with tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde (a spicy, crisp poblano liqueur), and splashes of pineapple and lime juices

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Rosemary Gimlet

Rosemary Gimlet
Eva Kolenko

With a generous portion of lime juice, this puckery Rosemary Gimlet is balanced by the piney rosemary-honey syrup. Using botanically bracing gin makes it a gimlet; if you like, try substituting white rum for the gin to make a rosemary daiquiri.

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Gin-Campari Old-Fashioned

Gin-Campari Old-Fashioned
© Marcus Nilsson

This variation on the old-fashioned swaps gin for the whiskey. A splash of Campari adds bitterness and a rosy color.

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Pomegranate Margarita

The Rock's Pomegranate Margarita
Photo by Andrew Bui / Food Styling by Caitlin Haught Brown

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson loves a good margarita, especially when it's made with his Teremana tequila (which he calls a "Manarita"). This sweet-and-sour version has a tart kick from the pomegranate juice and a vibrant red color.

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Winter Berries Cocktail

Winter berries Cocktail
Eva Kolenko

Fruity, rich, and mildly sweet dark-berry liqueur plays well with both effervescent sparkling wine in this Winter Berries cocktail, while grain-forward bourbon adds a touch of heat. Garnish this bubbly sipper with a thin half-moon slice of lemon.

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Smoky Mezcal-Fig Sour

Smoky Mezcal-Fig Sour Recipe
Victor Protasio

The spicy-sweet fig-ginger syrup rounds out the smoky mezcal and bright lemon juice in this cocktail. Mezcal is still the dominant flavor in this barely sweet drink that lets the liquor shine.

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White Gold

Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

This sweet and sour soju cocktail from Kim Kyungmoon brings to mind the tart creaminess of a gin fizz but brings the punchier, grain-forward notes of Golden Barley 40% soju in place of floral gin. The frothy egg white cuts through those brightly boozy and acidic flavors to balance each sip.

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Patagonian Negroni

Patagonian Negroni cocktails
Photo by Adam Friedlander / Food Styling by Pearl Jones

A Chilean twist on an Italian Favorite, this Negroni swaps out gin for Träkál, an herbaceous spirit from Northern Patagonia. Matias Supan, the bartender-owner of Santiago's Seite Negronis, uses slightly less Trakal than you would gin so that the spirit doesn't overpower the Campari and vermouth.

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Cucumber-Lemonade Mocktail

Cucumber-Lemonade Mocktail Recipe
© John Kernick

A super-thin slice of cucumber pressed against the glass adds an artistic twist to this refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail with lemon, lime, and cucumber juice.

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