I try not to get too wrapped up in staying on top of the latest cocktail trends. Sure, I enjoyed a few barrel aged cocktails and Negronis on tap last year, but for the most part I do and drink what I like. A lot of trends disappear as fast as they came, but I think the low-alcohol cocktail trend is going to stick around.
While some people see cocktails as a route to gettin’ drunk, many others simply want to enjoy a few without too much of a buzz. Aperitifs are still popular, so it just makes sense that they would be used as the base of lower-octane drinks. Also, these kinds of cocktails pair better with meals and involve less sugar in addition to a lower alcohol content. Beer and wine are most people’s first choice, so why not get creative and mix with them?
Whatever your reason, here are some drinks on the lower side of the alcohol scale.
Sweet Basil ~ Lillet Blanc, a light and lovely aperitif, is the star of this cocktail, with just a half-ounce of gin present to round out the drink. And of course, lots of basil!
Chrysanthemum ~ Dry vermouth isn’t just for Martinis. Mix it with a little Benedictine and a few drops of absinthe, and you have complex little cocktail without a high-proof spirit.
Girovita ~ Aperol and apricot liqueur join forces with Pimm’s No. 1, for a fresh tasting and refreshing drink.
Black Cup ~ Another Pimm’s-Cup-inspired cocktail, this one uses port as the base and includes the original’s signature effervescence.
Brewed Mary ~ A Bloody Mary made with beer instead of vodka … enough said!