Reverse Cocktails

In the current trend of lower ABV drinks and spritzers, reverse cocktails are one of the top cocktail trends of 2016.

Reverse Cocktails

Reverse Cocktails are usually based on popular classics where the ratio of spirit modifier is flipped on its head to lighten the drink and bring the flavour of the low alcohol modifier to the fore. An example of a reverse cocktail is the Reverse Martini, known to be one of Julia Child’s favourites.

Their popularity of reverse cocktails is attributed to the rise in aperitifs and low alcohol cocktails, along with the current vermouth renaissance and the popularity of food-friendly drinks.

Reverse Cocktail Recipes

In light of the current trend, we’ve put together three reverse cocktail recipes to get you started.

Reverse Manhattan

The classic recipe switches the ratio of rye whiskey to vermouth for a drink that puts the flavour focus on the sweet vermouth. Get the recipe for the Reverse Manhattan here.

Reverse Vesper Martini

James Bond’s cocktail that is named after the character Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale is flipped on its head with a generous measure of Lillet Blanc, gin and vodka, shaken just the way 007 likes it. Get the recipe for the Reverse Vesper Martini here.

Reverse Rob Roy

Just like the Reverse Manhattan above, the Reverse Rob Roy brings the sweet vermouth forward so go all out and use the best. Get the recipe for the Reverse Rob Roy here.

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Reverse Cocktails was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.