The 50 best drinks at Australian bars in 2022 are right here.

The Boothby Drink of the Year Awards are a celebration of how we drink right now.

The 50 best drinks at Australian bars in 2022 are right here.

If you ask us, our bars make some of the best drinks in the world, and the Boothby Drink of the Year Awards represents our effort to shine a light on the drinks — and the bartenders behind them — that make the drinking in Australia as good as it is.

The drinks here are those drinks bartenders serve to their punters night in and night out — drinks that people (and our judges) love. They've been ranked by a panel of 100 industry judges — experienced bartenders, bar owners, and industry personalities — and the drinks here give us a little taste of how we drink at bars in 2022.

The Boothby Top
50 Drinks of the Year


1. Africola


A play on hot and cold temperatures, this is a drink by Michael Chiem that has its own tee shirt.

Ingredients: Mr Black, native wattleseed cola, coconut foam.

Get the full recipe here.

2. H.S.L. Special

Above Board

Inspired by the Bramble, this drink is named for its creator, Hayden Lambert.

Ingredients: Amaro Montenegro, creme de mure, lime juice, sugar syrup, absinthe.

Get the full recipe here.

3. Tiramisu Milk Punch


A bartender favourite Milk Punch by Darren Leaney.

Ingredients: Rum, muscat, coffee, biscuits, milk.

Get the full recipe here.

4. Snow


Luke Whearty's love letter to Victorian winter citrus.

Ingredients: Victorian yuzu, citrus coconut ice, Geraldton wax pow pow.

Melbourne bar Byrdi was also awarded the Drinks List of the Year 2022 for its innovative, beautifully designed menu.

Get the full recipe here.

5. Salted Piña Colada


Possibly the best Piña Colada we've ever had. A recipe by Michael Chiem.

Ingredients: White rum, aged cold pressed pineapple, lime juice, Coco Lopez, Murray River flaked salt.

Get the full recipe here.

6. Sea & Shell

Pearl Diver Cocktails & Oysters

A complex Martini served with an olive oyster from Alex Boon.

Ingredients: oyster shell gin, coastal dry vermouth, verjuice, orange bitters.

Get the recipe here.

7. Clare de Lune

Maybe Mae

An elegant exploration of grape and pear from Nick Corletto.

Ingredients: Pisco, Lillet Blanc, quince eau de vie, clarified pear juice, vanilla syrup, jasmine tea oil.

Get the full recipe here.

8. Japanese Slipper No. Blue

Bar Liberty

The Australian modern classic made blue by Nick Tesar.

Ingredients: Yuzushu, melon liqueur, blue curacao, gin, water.

Get the full recipe here.

9. Discretionary

Double Deuce Lounge

A clarified Milk Punch built on tequila and coffee by Oliver Churcher.

Ingredients: Anejo tequila, cold brew, maple, whey, salt.

Recipe coming soon.


Cantina OK!

Unexpected flavours and fresh fruit star in this drink by Harrison Kenney.

Ingredients: Silver tequila, fino sherry, simple syrup, lime juice, celery juice, kiwifruit puree, vanilla olive oil.

Get the full recipe here.

11. The Prince & The Showgirl

Maybe Sammy

A twist on the Ramos Gin Fizz, the drink is inspired by Marilyn Monroe and comes from Sarah Proietti.

Ingredients: Gin, peach wine, honey macadamia cream, egg white, champagne acid, simple syrup, peach & jasmine soda, coconut veil.

Recipe coming soon.

12. House Martini

Caretaker's Cottage

A super-cold, always delicious Martini by Rob Libecans.

Ingredients: Plymouth gin, house vermouth.

Recipe coming soon.

13. Shady Lane

Bar Rochford

A smart, stirred down and elevated riff on the rum and Coke from Liv Kelly.

Ingredients: Pecan dark rum, oloroso sherry, cola spice syrup.

Get the full recipe here.

14. Margarita OK!

Cantina OK!

The signature Margarita of Cantina OK! from Jeremy Blackmore.

Ingredients: high-proof tequila, mezcal, lime juice, sugarcane syrup, shaved ice.

Recipe coming soon.

15. Pandan Airways

Old Mate's Place

A refreshing and moreish fixture of the Old Mate's Place list by Sarah Mycock.

Ingredients: Young coconut, pandan and strawberry gin, sugar, verjuice.

Get the full recipe here.

16. Blinky Bill


A long and refreshing drink using super-local ingredients by Jack Connor.

Ingredients: eucalyptus vodka, strawberry gum vodka, lime leaf vodka, quandong gentian liqueuer, verjus, aloe vera, soda.

Get the recipe here.

17. Back To Black


A carbonated, flavoursome and refreshing drink by Matt Whiley.

Ingredients: Blackened pumpkin brains distillate, bourbon, lacto koji water, blackened banana 'honey', osmosis water.

Recipe coming soon.

18. Fallen Fruit


A drink by Luke Whearty that gives new life to old wine.

Ingredients: Poached pear, verjuice caramel, curry leaf, nitro sorbet.

Recipe coming soon.

19. Basquiat

Dean & Nancy on 22

A Manhattan-style drink by inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat from Krisztian Csigo.

Ingredients: Coconut oil fat-washed rye, vermouth, Cherry Heering, peaty whisky, bitters.

Get the full recipe here.

20. Pavlova Milk Punch

The Gidley

Channeling the flavours of the classic pavlova, and smartened up by Jenna Hemsworth.

Ingredients: White rum, strawberry & vanilla milk, passionfruit liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit btters, lime juice, sugar syrup.

Get the full recipe here.

21. Strawberry Gum Gimlet

Foxtrot Unicorn

This Gimlet riff by Shirley Yeung employs native ingredients and fresh fruit flavours.

Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, strawberry gum & cucumber syrup, elderflower liqueur.

Get the full recipe here.

22. Zombie

Jacoby's Tiki Bar

Jacoby's take on the all time tiki classic is a collab between Pasan Wijesena, Sam Pinerri, and Dan Hunt.

Ingredients: Jacoby's House Grog, overproof rum, violette liqueur, apricot brandy, passionfruit syrup, orgeat, falernum, lime juice, absinthe.

Get the full recipe here.

23. Rum & Coke Spritz


This drink by Sion Roberts is a Rum & Coke — just not as you know it.

Ingredients: Vanilla rum, yuzushu, cacao husk cordial, prosecco, lavender hojicha, soda, white chocolate.

Get the recipe here.

24. Lychee

Long Chim Perth

An exploration of all things lychee by Eoin Kenny.

Ingredients: Lychee, gin, lime leaf fino sherry, blackberry distillate.

Get the full recipe here.

25. Seabreeze

Double Deuce Lounge

An updated and flavoursome take on the Sea Breeze by Oliver Churcher.

Ingredients: Vodka, lime leaf acid, grapefruit syrup, cranberry juice.

Get the full recipe here.

26. Mary Celeste

The Rover

A savoury-style of Martini by Alex Gondzioulis.

Ingredients: Olive oil gin, lemon juice, dry flor apera, clarified watermelon cordial, dill vinegar.

Get the full recipe here.

27. Tanlines

Eileen's Bar at Four Pillars Lab

A clarified and gin-focused homage to the Pina Colada, from James Irvine.

Ingredients: Gin, coconut whey, pinepaple, lime leaf.

Recipe coming soon.

28. The Coffee Negroni

Continental Deli

A clear, coffee-fied Negroni variation by Michael Nicolian.

Ingredients: Campari, sweet vermouth, coffee gin, citrus.

Get the full recipe here.

29. 22nd Century

Grain Bar

A barrel-aged take on the 20th Century cocktail by Adam Lau.

Ingredients: Sloe gin, gin, Lillet Blanc, cacao, Muyu Jasmine Verte, clarified lemon juice, grenadine, oak.

Get the full recipe here.

30. Georgette

Savile Row

A long, Spritzy drink by Andie Bulley.

Ingredients: Citrus vodka, clarified lychee and blueberry wine, soda water.

Get the recipe here.

31. Cold Irish Coffee

Maybe Sammy

The classic Irish Coffee made anew for a warmer climate by Martin Hudak.

Ingredients: Irish whiskey, honey sugar mix, filter coffee, double cream.

Get the recipe here.

32. Over & Above

Hanky Panky Lounge

Using local botanicals and Mango, a Darwin take on tequila by Anneliese Grazioli.

Ingredients: Anejo tequila, mango vermouth, Campari, lemon myrtle olive oil.

Get the full recipe here.

33. Cup O Joe

Memphis Slim's House of Blues

A bourbon-led take on the Espresso Martini from by Michael Keogh.

Ingredients: Coffee bean bourbon, coffee bean cognac, Averna, cold brew coffee, vanilla syrup.

Recipe coming soon.

34. Hills of Savocca


This Jason Williams creation is a Southside riff made textural with milk-washed gin.

Ingredients: Milk-washed gin, orange syrup, lemon juice, mint, lavender bitters.

Get the full recipe here.

35. Pike Place Mule

Memphis Slim's House of Blues

Named for the Pike Place Markets in Seattle and from the hand of Michael Keogh.

Ingredients: Burnt butter & sage Bacardi, ginger-infused Lillet Blanc, plum & makrut lime syrup, lime juice.

Get the recipe here.

36. Lace

Savile Row

A light, floral and long drink by Nicholas Sebar.

Ingredients: Fino sherry, dry vermouth, orange bitters, strawberry & nasturtium tea, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, carobonated.

Recipe coming soon.

37. Belle of Barbados

Nick & Nora's Melbourne

A tiki-style, frappe'd, complex and punchy drink by Kayla Reid.

Ingredients: Pineapple rum, absinthe, amontillado sherry, bitters, house pineapple caramel, orange juice, lime juice, coconut cream, cream.

Get the full recipe here.

38. Buttered Pecan


Inspired by butter pecan ice cream, this silky cocktail comes from Ellery Low.

Ingredients: Bourbon, butter, toasted pecan, Licor 43, saline, orange bitters.

Get the full recipe here.

39. Up In Smoke

Banco Manly

This spicy, smokey number was created by Jacopo Montis.

Ingredients: Angel Hair chilli pineapple rum, Islay whisky, amaretto, pineapple skins syrup, bitters.

Get the full recipe here.

40. California Soul

Earl's Juke Joint

This is the Earl's take on a Spicy Marg, from Dale Schoon.

Ingredients: Blanco tequila, ,mezcal, dry curacao, lemon juice, mandarin syrup, chilli.

Get the full recipe here.

41. Large Hadron Colada

Burrow Bar

A stirred-down elevation of the Pina Colada by David Fowler.

Ingredients: Coconut fat-washed pineapple rum, Cocchi Americano, raw sugar syrup, unaged agricole rhum.

Get the full recipe here.

42. Coil


A Martini-style drink that champions mezcal by Ellery Low.

Ingredients: Mezcal, nixta corn liqueur, Ancho Reyes Verde, agave syrup, salt, orange bitters.

Get the recipe here.

43. Mademoiselle

Beneath Driver Lane

A Clover Club-inspired cocktail from Melanie Hack.

Ingredients: Vodka, first press pineapple juice, sumac and rhubarb syrup, lime juice, rhubarb bitters, saline.

Get the full recipe here.

44. Giza

Dean & Nancy on 22

A smoky and fun cocktail inspired by the pyramids of Giza from Stefano Filardi.

Ingredients: Vodka, coffee liqueur, Islay whisky, hibiscus burnt honey, raspberry, filter coffee.

Recipe coming soon.

45. Thistle Grasshopper

The Cumberland

Petr Dvoracek's foraged homage to the classic Grasshopper.

Ingredients: Sow thistle, absinthe, creme de menthe, orange blossom, cream.

Get the full recipe here.

46. Belle


Employing Par's wine-like approach to cocktails, from the hand of Tony Huang.

Ingredients: Bourbon, peach liqueur, Xoclatl Mole Bitters, Allee Trop Loin Tropical Blanc wine, soda, peach tea, apple cider vinegar.

Get the recipe here.

47. Chloe Amour

Door Knock

A riff on the modern classic Pornstar Martini, from Liam Gavin.

Ingredients: Tequila, passionfruit fino sherry, salted fig syrup, lime juice, passioifruit wine.

Get the full recipe here.

48. Backlash

The Everleigh

A low-ABV riff on the Negroni by Luke Kelly.

Ingredients: Absinthe, Cocchi Americano, fino sherry, Campari.

Get the full recipe here.

49. Tajin Tommy's

Rude Boy

A spicy twist on the Tommy's Margarita from Hobart's Etien Celzner.

Ingredients: Szechuan spiced reposado tequila, lime juice, miso, mango & red chilli spiced agave syrup.

Get the full recipe here.

50. Hook Turn

Bar Margaux

A riff on the Manhattan by Nat Yao.

Ingredients: Whisky, cream sherry, Aperol, coffee amaro, chocolate bitters.

Get the full recipe here.

Here's how it works.

  1. From September 15th 2023, bartenders are invited to enter their drink in the awards. The big overarching rule? It’s got to be a drink that has been on the list or regularly available during the past 12 months — this isn’t a cocktail competition, but a recognition of the top quality drinks our bars serve year in and year out. You’ll need a good photo of the drink, one of yourself (or the bartender who made the drink), the recipe, and some more info. Entries close 11:59PM AEDT October 31st 2023.
  2. The entries are winnowed down to the Top 50 Drinks of the Year by Boothby and a small panel of industry advisors. These will be showcased online at at the beginning of November.
  3. The public is then invited to cast their votes for the People’s Drink of the Year presented by Orlando, and a 100-plus person panel of industry experts casts their votes to determine the order of the Top 50, the winner of Drink of the Year presented by Patrón Tequila, and the winner of Drinks List of the Year presented by The London Essence Co.
  4. Get ready to party at the invite-only Boothby Drink of the Year Awards in Sydney in late November 2023. This is when we count from 50 all the way down to number one, stopping to present the People’s Drink of the Year 2023, the Drinks List of the Year 2023, and the Drink of the Year 2023.

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When do entries open?
Entries into the Boothby Drink of the Year Awards open in September 2023.

Can I enter a classic cocktail?
Yes, you can. But the classic drinks that have the best chance of making the Top 50 are those which are served a certain way that the bar is known for, for example: the Martini made at The Connaught in London, or the Dead Rabbit’s Irish Coffee in New York.

Can NZ bars enter?
Yes — in 2023, we have plans to open the Awards to the best drinks in NZ, too!

Does the drink need have been created in the last 12 months?
No it doesn’t. And in fact, we’d love to see drinks entered into the awards that have stood the test of time at a bar.

Does it have to be a cocktail I enter?
Not necessarily, no it doesn’t. You could have a particular G&T that is well known and served in a certain way, or it might be a house ferment you make, or even a non-alcoholic drink you pull together. The point is that it’s delicious, and somewhere along the line a bartender is making it. So no, the VB throwdowns at Old Mate’s Place are not what we’re looking for (though we agree — they’re delicious).