2016 was a great year for cocktail drinking. Fresh, bright fruits, herbs and vibrant tiki cocktails were some of the flavors du jour, alongside boozy gin drinks and some brooding numbers featuring whiskey and mezcal. Here are the top 20 recipes that Imbibe readers loved the most from our daily coverage this year.
A modern whiskey highball combining Campari, ginger syrup and lime.
A little basil brightens this cooling cocktail from Charleston.
A simple twist on the classic Gimlet.
This Manhattan riff uses Averna in place of sweet vermouth.
Casino Old Tom
Originally published in the 1930 edition of the Savoy Cocktail Book, the Casino is a cocktail worth revisiting.
Named after Winston Churchill, this smoky cocktail stretches the boundaries of the classic Manhattan.
Cold-brew coffee gives this Negroni riff a caffeinated boost.
Cold Comfort Cocktail
Featuring Cynar, rye whiskey and a DIY orgeat, this cocktail is a nutty, earthy reward for fans of pistachios.
Dare I Say
If you like your cocktails brown, bitter and stirred, give this cocktail a spin.
Dead Rabbit’s Tipperary
Irish whiskey shines in this update on the classic.
First it Giveth
Bar manager Jason King calls the drink “a ‘nip of gin’ in the ‘old fashioned way.’ ”
Gin Basil Smash
Four simple ingredients make this refreshing cocktail a must-try for springtime sipping.
If you’re a fan of the Last Word, this citrusy cocktail will hit the spot.
Lost Lake Cocktail
Gin and rum share a shell at the Chicago tiki hub.
Red Brick Kitchen’s Mezcal Cocktail
A blend of smoky mezcal with earthy, bittersweet Cynar.
Rye and Pine Old Fashioned
Homemade pine syrup creates a bouquet of big, wintry aromatics in this Old Fashioned riff.
Spicy Dead Lady
This equal-parts cocktail couldn’t be easier to make—or enjoy.
Beachbum Berry reveals the secret recipe for this 1950s-era tiki classic.
Sandia Watermelon Cocktail
A summer sipper primed for poolside parties.
Strawberries and Old Tom Gin & Tonic
There’s no forgetting this gorgeous G&T from Sable in Chicago.