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Smoke Show

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The bright, fresh taste and warming herbal properties of this cocktail by bartender Liz Martinez at The Purple Pig bring to mind Christmas trees, cold snowy mornings and evenings spent by a crackling fire.

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Flying Elvis

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.For the New England Patriots, “this cocktail is a little taste of humble pie, with the strength and resolve of some local navy-strength rum providing structure, a little taste of the unexpected from the Amaro di Angostura and egg white, just like the Pats playbook,” says bartender Vikram Hegde at Cambridge, Mass.’s Little Donkey. “Plus, there’s a little something festive and tropical in the Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur (you know, because Gisele).”

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Manhattan On $15 A Day

Canadian Whisky , Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Manhattan On $15 A Day.

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Autumn Wind

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“With 2.5 ounces of liquor, this is the perfect cocktail for an Oakland Raiders fan,” says bartender Martin Delgado of Prizefighter in Emeryville, Calif. “Bold and strong while pleasantly refreshing, that is always my take away from a Raiders tailgate and a Raiders win. And as we are the Raiders, rum was without question the base spirit! Go, Raiders!”

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On the Wings of Eagles

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. This drink by Matthew Polzin of The Olde Bar is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles, whose team color is represented by the Green Chartreuse and team’s eagle represented on the bottle of Fernet-Branca.

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Mularkey’s Secret Playbook

Whiskey , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“The Mularkey's Secret Playbook is named after the new head coach [Mike Mularkey] in hopes that he has the secret playbook to bring us a winning season,” says Etch bartender Mark Kremper. “The main components of the drink are Tennessee whiskey and Chartreuse. It wouldn't be a cocktail celebrating our Tennessee Titans if it wasn't made with Mr. Tennessee Whiskey himself, Jack Daniel’s. I chose to use its new single-barrel rye whiskey for its heat and spicy notes, to give our team the kick it needs to beat the competition, and paired it with Chartreuse, for which the secret recipe is known only by a select few (hence the playbook). This cocktail embodies our hopes for the season.”

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Curse of Bobby Layne

Tequila , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Introduced in 1930, Honolulu blue and silver have been the distinctive look of the Detroit Lions for almost the entire life of the franchise,” says Selden Standard bartender Rob Wilson. “Inspired by those colors, the cocktail features blueberries and [blue agave] silver tequila. The idea is to have the vinegar create a really pungent garnish, kind of like a pickled onion on a Martini. Fresh berries will lack that zing, so I’d definitely suggest pickling them or even just soaking them overnight in Champagne vinegar to at least get some of that flavor.”
(As for the name, in 1958, the Lions traded quarterback Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne, in response, supposedly said the Lions would not win for 50 years—though this statement has been disputed as a hoax and was never published at the time. But for the next 50 years, the Lions had the worst winning percentage of any NFL team.)

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Vecchia Passione

Amaro , Modern Classics

Five bitter liqueurs team up for one amazing drink.

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Fall Into Italy

Amaro Brandy / Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

Averna and cognac balance out this civilized sip.

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Rye Bandit

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Two types of amaro liven up this classic.

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