Each month, Chilled is bringing you five essential cocktails based on our National Drink Day Calendar. Don’t forget to reference it so you can prepare for the upcoming holidays.
As the season begins to close, it’s the last chance to enjoy those winter-inspired cocktails. Spring is around the corner but while we wait for the sunshine and flowers, indulge in one of these craft cocktails.
Bar owner tip: Create a food pairing for each cocktail this month. Instead of just offering the drink, have a chef create a dish to accompany the drink. Those with a sophisticated palette will gravitate.
Here are five cocktails you should sip this March.
Perfect “Baklava” Manhattan
Starting the month strong with National Peanut Butter Lovers Day (3/1). This delicious twist on a classic will surprise anyone who sips it. The peanut butter whiskey offers a sweet, dessert-like taste, while the bourbon gives that classic manhattan flavor. Top the cocktail off with a few drops of chocolate walnut bitters to bring this drink to life.
Hot Mint Grasshopper
For National Oreo Day (3/6), give this hot and minty cocktail a try. The notes of chocolate, mint, and matcha bring together this drink. It’s crafted with a plant-based cream and topped with crushed Oreos (which are vegan). The dessert-style cocktail is perfect for ending the night cuddled up by a fire.
On March 8, celebrate International Women’s Day with a cocktail crafted by Suzy Tweten. Warm up with this whiskey-based drink that has notes of honey, lemon, ginger, and spices. The honey syrup adds the perfect touch of sweetness, while the spiced liqueur and whiskey bring warmth.
Chai Espresso Martini
Declared by Chilled, Espresso Martini Day happens every March, the day after daylight savings—because we all need a little pick me up. Mix up this twist on the classic and try something different. The coconut chai syrup adds a depth of flavor without overpowering the espresso flavor.
St. Kevin Sling
It wouldn’t be a March essential cocktail list without a St. Patrick’s Day (3/17) dedicated one. Rather than serving green beer and cocktails, sip on an Irish Whiskey drink. The St. Kevin Sling packs a punch making it the perfect option to serve on this heavily-celebrated holiday.