20 Strong Drinks to Help You Forget 2020

Written by Erin Alkire

December 31, 2020

We can confidently say 2020 has been a challenging year for most of us. But, hey, there’s still a lot to be grateful for and always something to drink to. Whether you’re deciding what to shake up for New Year’s Eve, celebrating something awesome, or simply searching for new drinks to explore in 2021, we’ve got your back. Here are 20 shots and cocktails so strong you’ll forget about 2020.

Whether you’re cheers-ing in 2021 on your own or with your closest friends (aka your social-distance-pod people), everyone loves a themed drink. Later, 2020.  View Recipe

Equal parts Irish cream, absinthe and black sambuca (an anise-flavored liqueur), this small, layered shot is big on style, flavor and booziness. View Recipe

This fun shot is made pink by purple Viniq and Sweet Revenge, a citrus-y and wild strawberry-flavored liqueur. View Recipe

This shot is perfectly balanced between the sweetness of whipped cream and the bite of Fireball Whiskey. View Recipe

Dream of better days and good vibes (or just forget the bad stuff) with this colorful shooter. View Recipe

Especially when it’s chilly, the campfire treat s’mores really hit the spot. Make a grown-up version complete with marshmallows and a lil’ fire. View Recipe

This shooter’s simple — and effective. Enough said. View Recipe

Classic’s always a good way to go. If you haven’t yet tried making your own martini, there’s no better time than 2021. View Recipe

There’s a lot of ingredients in this drink but it’s well worth it. Plus, you’re lighting it on fire with a hot knife. How cool is that? View Recipe

This one’s for our no-fuss friends who mean business when it comes to having a beverage or 2. View Recipe

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, deliciousness. This drink reminiscent of simple times on hot summer days will start your night off right. View Recipe

No matter where you are, this smoky yet refreshing drink will have you feeling like you’re on vacay. View Recipe

Get good vibes from Bad Thoughts, a flavorful, classy-looking tequila cocktail. View Recipe

Simple yet tasty, this gorgeous cocktail features vodka, grand marnier, cointreau and orange juice. View Recipe

Have more interesting words ever been strung together? Adios. Sugar. Goblet. This beautiful disaster is definitely one for a celebration. View Recipe

Here’s another colorful cocktail made bright with blue Curaçao, and it’s a fun twist on the classic Long Island iced tea. View Recipe

When you say, “Make me a strong drink,” we know just the thing: moonshine! View Recipe

With all the other disasters of this year, a volcano fits right in. Maybe make this one early in the evening for your safety. View Recipe

Don’t let this layered drink’s name fool you. Vodka, grenadine, triple sec, melon liqueur, peach Schnapps and fresh lime — nothing evil here. It’s fruity, delicious and oh-so pleasant to look at. View Recipe

Aptly named for saying goodbye to this year and gleefully ringing in 2021, the Adios Motherfucker is boozy, bright and everything that’s still right with the world. View Recipe