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Django Reinhardt

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This cocktail, which appears in Kat Odell’s Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz (Workman Publishing Company, $15.95), was created by Erick Castro of San Diego’s Polite Provisions. It’s a rare drink that uses vermouth as the drink’s main component, notes Odell, as opposed to using vermouth more like a seasoning.

Jill Rose

Calvados , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Jason Huffman, the bar manager at Coin-Op Game Room, is a play off the Jack Rose, a beloved 1920s–’30s classic (mentioned in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises) featuring applejack as the base spirit. But instead of applejack, Huffman’s version features calvados, Bénédictine, lime and grenadine.

Takumi’s Aviation

Gin , Modern Classics

In 2010, while in Athens judging the Diageo World Class bartender competition, barman Gary “Gaz” Regan tasted the very best Aviation cocktail he had ever encountered—one made by Takumi Watanabe, a bartender at The Sailing Bar in Sakurai, Japan. “Since there was no crème de violette available to Watanabe at the time, he used Marie Brizard Parfait Amour, a liqueur that’s similar in color to the original ingredient but boasts orange and vanilla notes rather than the more floral notes found in crème de violette,” says Regan.

Mayahuel

Mezcal , Modern Classics

This cocktail from Washington, D.C.’s Espita Mezcaleria is a riff on a Margarita, made with mezcal and rimmed with sal de gusano.

Smiling Rabbit

Mezcal , Modern Classics

This mezcal cocktail is the signature drink at Washington, D.C.’s Espita Mezcaleria.

Frozen Sangria

Wine & Champagne , Frozen / Blended

Wine, fruit and booze—what’s not to love?

Blackberry Wine Slushy

Vodka Wine & Champagne , Frozen / Blended

Now you have the perfect use for that bit of leftover wine.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila , Classics

Created in the 1970s, the Tequila Sunrise adds tequila to the citrusy and sweet ingredients popular in many cocktails during the party decade. Make this classic cocktail for a small sunrise whenever you want it.

Mojito

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

What's the perfect way to capture summer all year long? A well-mixed Mojito, of course. A decedent of the Cuban cocktail El Draque, this five ingredient highball is a favorite of many, including Ernest Hemingway.

Volunteer

Tequila , Modern Classics

This cocktail served at Snackbar in Oxford, Miss., both cleanses the palate and complements dishes with its blanco tequila and Cointreau base enlivened by cilantro, jalapeño, cucumber, melon, cumin seed, lime, grapefruit bitters and a pinch of salt to tie it all together.

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