30 of the best cocktails invented since 2000

Last Friday we asked readers on Facebook and Twitter what they think is the best cocktail invented since 2000. Modern drinks that have already become classics: the ultra-modern classic if you like. Compiled below is a list of great drinks that have been gracing our menus since the millennium.

Two drinks were recommended time and again: the Penicillin, invented by Sam Ross at New York's old Milk & Honey and the Trinidad Sour, a creation by Giuseppe Gonzalez. Also proving popular was the Nuclear Daiquiri and the Malecon.

From tampering with old single malt Scotch to using bitters as the main base, the last 13 years have been great for cocktail lovers.


Smoke and honey with subtle spice and plenty of Scottish attitude. Back in 2005 there was a lack of good cocktails using Scotch, let alone the smoky Islay malts. Its creator Sam Ross believes it gained its appeal and reputation as a pioneering drink into the world of whisky.

Glass: Old-fashioned
Garnish: Candied ginger
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
1 shot Dewar's White Label Scotch
1 shot Lagavulin 16yo malt whisky
¼ shot Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
¾ shot Freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ shot Monin Honey syrup

Trinidad Sour

Asked about this drink the most Giuseppe Gonzalez says it was inspired by the competition-wining Trinidad Especial by Valentino Bolognese, and was the one drink he couldn't imagine the flavour of.

Glass: Coupe
Garnish: None
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
1 ½ shots Angostura bitters
1 ½ shots Almond syrup scented with orange blossom or rose water
½ shot Straight Rye whiskey
¾ shot Fresh lime juice

Ultra-Modern Classics

Any we've missed out? Drop us a comment.

1 Art of Choke by Kyle Davidson, The Violet Hour, Chicago.

2 Benton's Old Fashioned (2008) by Don Lee at PDT. .

3 Bloomsbury Fizz by Giuseppe Santamaria

4 Chartreuse Swizzle by Marco Dionysos at Tres Agaves, San Francisco.

5 Christmas Pudding Martini by Josh Powell for Brewhouse, Cardiff.

6 Death Flip by Chris Hysted at Melbourne's Black Pearl.

7 Dopo Cena by Adrian Gomes, 10 Dollar Shake, Aberdeen, Scotland.

8 Earl Grey Mar-TEA-ni (2000) by Audrey Saunders at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, New York City.

9 French Maid -Jim Meehan from PDT, New York.

10 Garden, Grain & Grape Mal Spence, Blythswood Square Hotel.

11 Irish Mermaid by Max La Rocca at Ohla Boutique Bar-Barcelona.

12 Gin Gin Mule (2004) by Audrey Saunders, New York City, USA.

13 Gingerbread Man (2006) by Simon Gilbert in 1812 bar, Bournemouth.

14 Green Park by Erik Lorincz at American Bar, The Savoy, London.

15 Green Basil Smash (2008) by Joerg Meyer, Le Lion, Bar de Paris

16 Gunshop Fizz by Kirk Estopinal and Maksym Pazuniak from Cure, New Orleans.

17 Kiss the Skye by Esther Medina Cuesta, Roux at Parliament Square, London.

18 Maid in Cuba by Tom Walker for Bacardi Legacy Competition, 2013.

19 Malecon by Erik Lorincz, from American Bar, The Savoy, London

20 Mulata Daisy (2008) by Ago Perrone at The Connaught, London, England. This drink won the 2009 Bacardi Legacy Final.

21 Nuclear Daiquiri (2005) by Gregor de Gruyther at LAB bar, London, England.

22 Oaxaca Old Fashioned (2007) by Philip Ward at Death & Co., New York City, USA

23 Penicillin (2005) by Sam Ross at Milk & Honey, New York City, USA.

24 Perfect Host by Nelson Bernardes from Good Godfrey's Bar at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

25 Pop It by Lukas Motejzik for Bacardi Legacy 2012

26 Rapscallion by Adeline Shepard & Craig Harper, Ruby, Copenhagen.

27 Shaky Pete's Ginger brew by Pete Jeary (aka Shaky Pete), head bartender at the Hawksmoor Seven Dials.

28 Spiced Symphony

29 Trinidad Sour by Giuseppe Gonzalez

30 Two-One-Two (212) (2008) by Willy Shine at Contemporary Cocktails Inc. in New York City.

Also suggested, jokingly we hope, was the infamous Jager-bomb and beer.

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