Forbes: The Best Spirits And Cocktails For 2019

Featured in Forbes by Adam Morganstern, December 30th, 2018

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It's time to break out the brandy and martini glasses. I asked a group of top mixologists and spirits writers what they're looking forward to drinking more of in 2019, and it looks like brandy is going to be popular this year, especially armagnac, as well as a return to martinis and other less complex cocktails. And while low-alcohol beverages will continue to trend, many are countering with neat, high-proof spirits, to balance that out. Botanicals also loom large, and beware — home ownership may affect your cocktail of choice. (And also check out The Best Wines To Drink in 2019).


Neat! — Barbara Sibley, Creative Director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge, Chef Owner of La Palapa and La Palapa Taco Bar

As I wear many hats in the cocktail and culinary worlds I see 2019 as a year to make changes and take charge. I will be drinking my spirits neat. I enjoy spirits that have individuality of expression, are "comfortable in their own skin” and that have ample flavor, complexity and nuance to be enjoyed on their own. In 2019 you are most likely to see me sipping on a Spanish brandy, like the classic Solera Torres 15, or the innovative Torres 20, Tequila Casa Dragones Joven or Suntory Whisky Toki.