6 Ways to Be a Better Drinker in 2016

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In a world that is painted in shades of grey and uncertainty, we have a tendency to make resolutions black or white: I’ll start doing this. I’ll stop doing that.

A rather handsome Old Fashioned
A rather handsome Old Fashioned Photo by James Ransom

When we make resolutions, we forget the nuances of real life, the endless little day-to-day challenges on which we expend our willpower, and we think we can make ourselves better people by being extreme. I’ll go to the gym every day or bust. I’ll give up sugar entirely or bust.

But this year, why can’t we be a little gentler on ourselves, and resolve, simply, to make some steps, to do something a little less, a little more, or a little better?

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Alcohol is one of the go-to's when it comes to resolutions. So many people give up drinking when January rolls around, but run out of resolve come cold, dreary February.

Now, call me self-serving since I do make spirits for a living, but I think that for many of us, alcohol can have a very positive place in our lives. It is rich with tradition and symbolism, the fuel on which the pyramids were built, the tinder that has ignited many meaningful discussions. Drinks, like meals, are one of the ways we gather together.

Photo by James Ransom

This year, let’s resolve, perhaps to drink less, but also to drink better!

  1. Know where alcohol comes from in the first place!
  2. Learn the history of the cocktail, and what makes an Old Fashioned, well, old-fashioned
  3. Execute your cocktails with proper mixing technique, even if you don’t have fancy barware
  4. Make some of your cocktails low-proof (but still wonderfully tasty!)
  5. Mind your manners when drinking wine
  6. And up your dinner party game, starting with big batch cocktails and ending with a digestif

Ready to shake and stir?

Yotam Ottolenghi and Lukasz Rafacz's Sumac Martini

Yotam Ottolenghi and Lukasz Rafacz's Sumac Martini by Samantha Weiss Hills

An Americano in Paris

An Americano in Paris by fiveandspice

French 52 Cocktail

French 52 Cocktail by Michael Hoffman


Harlequin by Bee Local

Vieux Carre Cocktail

Vieux Carre Cocktail by Ali Slagle

Boo Radley

Boo Radley by Marian Bull


Virago by Erik Lombardo

Darkness At the Edge of Town

Darkness At the Edge of Town by fiveandspice

Are there any cocktails you want to try making in 2016? Share with us in the comments!

Tags: Cocktail, Alcohol, New Year's Eve, Lists