2022 is gone in the blink of an eye, and here we are in 2023 already. So many drinks have been made here at Alchemix Bar, and many more by other YouTube Bartenders.

We have reached out to some of our friends on YouTube and asked what their favorite cocktails of 2022 were.

Some are originals, some are modern classic cocktails, and even classic drinks.

We appreciate each of these YouTube bartenders taking their time out and helping us with this list.

We have left links to each of their YouTube and Instagram accounts, so if you don’t follow them, please do and let them know Alchemix Bar sent you.

YouTube Bartenders Favorite Drinks

  1. Anders – Anders Erickson

    Favorite Cocktail – Bramble

    “I gotta say the first drink to come to mind was the Bramble. When we made the video I had forgotten how much I liked it – and it became my unofficial drink of the summer. Even got a little sad when the weather started cooling off because I wanted to keep drinking them 😂”

    Bramble Recipe

    • 1.5 ounces The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
    • .75 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
    • .5 ounce semi-rich simple syrup (1.5:1 sugar:water)
    • .5 ounce Combier Crème de Mûre (float)
    • Lemon wheel and blackberries for garnish
    1. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaking tin.
    2. Add ice.
    3. Shake for 8 – 10 seconds.
    4. Fill a low ball glass half way with crushed ice.
    5. Strain cocktail over the ice.
    6. Top off with more crushed ice.
    7. Float the rème de Mûre over the top of the cocktail.
    8. Garnish.
  2. Andy – Easy Tiki Drinks

    Favorite cocktail – Bitter Grog

    “It’s a cocktail I created specifically for me. I came up with it based on my current palate, that included some current trendy ingredients, and wanting to create a cocktail that hit that intersection of sour, sweet, and bitter in a simple easy to replicate format.”

    Bitter Grog Recipe

    • 1.5 ounces Campari
    • 1 ounce Smith & Cross
    • .75 ounce Passionfruit Syrup
    • .75 ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
    • .75 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
    1. Add all of the ingredients into a shaking tin.
    2. Add pebble ice.
    3. Whip shake for 8 – 10 seconds.
    4. In a Double Rocks Glass, dirty dump your cocktail.
    5. Top off with crushed ice.
    6. Garnish with a bouquet of mint.
    7. Add a straw.
  3. Carl – Carl Busch

    Favorite Cocktail – Bullet Train to Iowa

    “This was my favorite cocktail I created in 2022. It has many layers of passion built into it; music, old-fashioned, and mixing flavor profiles.”

    Bullet train to iowa cocktail
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    Bullet Train to Iowa Recipe

    • 1.5 ounces Cedar Ridge Bourbon
    • .5 ounce Ancho Reyes
    • .25 ounce Rich Demerara Syrup
    • 1 Dash Mole Bitters
    1. Add syrup and bitters into a Double Rocks Glass.
    2. Add a large ice cube.
    3. Add the Ancho Reyes and bourbon.
    4. Stir slightly for 10 seconds.
    5. Express an orange peel and place inside cocktail.
  4. Jean-félix – Truffles on the Rocks

    Favorite Cocktail – Apricot BLVD

    “Well here’s the thing. I’m a sucker for spirit forward cocktails. That’s what I have 90% of the time. I also get tired of the classics sometimes because well… I drink them quite often.

    I also like to focus on the recipes not including long prep time but that a bit limitating. So when I come up a new recipe that taste completely new with ingredients we have in most home bars, it as a little « je ne sais quoi » for me.

    The Apricot BLVD was exactly that. Also, the specs on paper doesn’t really work. It seems sweet, like the flavors are going all directions, but it truly works. It’s bold, fresh, fruity and yummy. 😋

    So I abused of it until I ran out of Benedictine. I truly love this drink and I think it’s great for anyone who hate to dislike Fernet because I think it has that potential of making those linking it’s falloir profile.”

    Apricot BLVD Recipe

    • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
    • 0.5 oz Fernet Branca
    • 0.5 oz Benedictine
    • 0.25 oz Apricot liqueur
    • 8-10 mint leaves
    1. Build this cocktail right into a highball glass.
    2. Give the mint leaves a little slap and place in the bottom of your glass.
    3. Add the reminder of the ingredients into your glass.
    4. Fill your glass half way up with crushed ice.
    5. Take a bar spoon and slightly churn the drink while slightly pressing on the mint leaves.
    6. Fill the glass the rest of the way up with more crushed ice.
    7. Garnish with a mint bouquet.
    8. Place a straw right next to the mint bouquet. This help add a great amaora with sipping on your cocktail.
  5. Johan – WhiskeySugarBitters

    Favorite Cocktail – Base Camp

    “Reason I like it? Straightforward, easy to make, classic in style and attainable.”

    Base Camp Recipe

    • 1.5 ounces Bourbon
    • .25 ounce Allspice Dram
    • .25 ounce Creme de Cacao
    • .25 ounce Peaty Scotch
    • 2 Dashes of Orange Bitters
    1. Add all of the ingredients in a mixing glass.
    2. Add ice cubes.
    3. Stir for 20 seconds.
    4. Strain over a large ice cube in a Double Rocks Glass.
    5. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  6. Kevin – Cocktail Time with Kevin Kos

    Favorite Cocktail – The HighFall

    “Simply because I like Highballs in general and I like this combination of flavors.”

    The HighFall Recipe

    • 1.5 ounces Green Spot Irish Whiskey
    • .25 ounce Connemara Whiskey
    • 2 ounces Clarified Pear Juice
    • 2 ounces Buckwheat Tea
    • 2 Drops 20% Saline Solution
    1. Combine all ingredients into glass container.
    2. Pour when ready into a chilled soda siphon or a cream whipper and charge it with a CO2 cartridge.
    3. Shake the whipper. This helps the gas carbonate the entire drink.
    4. Carefully release the gas before opening.
    5. Pour over an ice sphere in a chilled highball glass.
    6. Garnish with a single pear wedge.
  7. Levio – Master Your Glass

    Favorite Cocktail – Trinidad Especial

    The “new” drink I enjoyed in 2022 is a Trinidad Especial. It was created by an Italian Bartender back in 2008. It’s awesome because it uses 1 full oz. of Angostura bitters. I really enjoyed its burst of flavors of baking spices in a sour cocktail.

    It also was the drink the inspired the creation of the more famous Trinidad Sour the year later. Giuseppe Gonzalez of New York’s Clover Club Bar would create a modern classic, the Trinidad Sour, using this drink as his jumping off point.

    Trinidad Especial Recipe

    • 1 ounce Angostura aromatic bitters
    • .5 ounce Barsol Pisco
    • 1 oz. Premium Orgeat Syrup
    • .75 oz. Lime juice, freshly squeezed
    1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker
    2. Add ice.
    3. Shake for 10-12 seconds
    4. Double strain into a cocktail coupe.
    5. Garnish with a lime peel
  8. Lui – Lui Fernandes

    Favorite Cocktail – Key Lime Pie

    My favorite cocktail of 2022 has to be the Key Lime Pie from Double Chicken Please in NYC.

    It was a cocktail that tasted exactly like Key Lime Pie. And we got it with a cocktail called “Cold Pizza” that tasted exactly like cold Pizza.

    It was weird, it pushed the boundaries of what a cocktail can be, and it challenged me.

    Cold pizza and key lime pie
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    Key Lime Pie Ingredients

    • Bombay Sapphire
    • The Plum, I Suppose
    • winter melon
    • sweet cream
    • egg white
    • lime
    • soda
  9. Riley – Alchemix Bar

    Favorite Cocktail – S’mores Old Fashioned

    S’mores Old Fashioned Recipe

    • 2 ounces Old Grand Dad 114 Bourbon
    • .25 ounce Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
    • 1 Dash Mole Bitters
    1. Add syrup and bitters in a Double Rocks Glass.
    2. Add 1 large ice cube.
    3. Add your bourbon.
    4. Stir the cocktail for 8 seconds.
    5. Use a smoke topper and smoke the cocktail.
    6. Roast a marshmallow and place over the cocktail.
  10. Rob – Rob’s Home Bar

    Favorite Cocktail – Winter Mezcal Mule

    “Inspired by Vino’s winter mule video… but I swapped the vodka for mezcal because all year, I’ve been obsessed with Mezcal Mules!”

    Winter Mezcal Mule Recipe

    • .5 ounce Mezcal
    • 1 ounce Cranberry Juice
    • .5 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
    • .25 ounce Allspice Dram
    • Ginger Beer
    1. Add all of your ingredients in to copper mug full of ice.
    2. Slightly stir.
    3. Garnish with fresh cranberries, lemon wedge and a sprig of rosemary.
  11. Steve – Steve the Bartender

    Favorite Cocktail – Irish Coffee

    “I’d say the Irish Coffee was my favourite discovery.. I’ve had it before but never a decent one.. revisited it and damn, I’ve been missing out all these years! 😂

    Not necessarily my favourite drink.. but my greatest rediscovery.. 🤔”

    Irish Coffee Recipe

    • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
    • .25 ounce Rich Demerara Syrup (2:1)
    • 3 ounces Hot Coffee (pour over or French press)
    • 2 ounces Heavy Cream
    1. Pour hot water in your coffee glassware. This will temper your glass to keep the drink hot longer.
    2. Pour in syrup, coffee, and whiskey.
    3. Float the heavy cream on top of the cocktail.
  12. Tim – The Spirit of the Cocktail

    Favorite Cocktail – Sunflower

    I’m going to have to go with the “Sunflower”. When Russia invaded Ukraine, I found several ways to show my support for the Ukrainians. This cocktail was one of them. This was a special video for me as well!!

    Sunflower Recipe

    • 1 ounce Gin
    • 1 ounce Cointreau
    • 1 ounce St Germain
    • 1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
    • Absinthe (To rinse glass)
    1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, except absinthe.
    2. Shake for 10-12 seconds
    3. Whip shake.
    4. Serve up in an Absinthe rinsed, chilled cocktail glass.
    5. Dehydrated lemon wheel garnish.
  13. Vino – 62nd Cocktails

    Favorite Cocktail – Coconut Willie

    “This summer I unearthed a long lost NYC tropical cocktail and while it wasn’t necessarily my favorite, I loved it and it was probably my favorite experience discovering, mixing and drinking a cocktail.”

    Coconut Willie Recipe

    • 2 ounces Coconut Milk
    • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
    • .75 ounce Jamaican Rum
    • .5 ounce White Rum
    • .5 ounce Orange Curacao
    • .5 ounce Lemon Juice
    • .5 teaspoon Fine Sugar
    1. Fill your shaking tin with all of the ingredients.
    2. Add a small amount of crushed ice.
    3. Whip shake.
    4. Pour into an empty coconut shell or a hurricane glass.
    5. Fill up with crushed ice.
    6. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and dehydrated pineapple slice.

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