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Busy Bee

Gin , Modern Classics

When Allison Lindsey, the head bartender at Baltimore’s Bar Vasquez, is juicing cucumbers for this salty riff on the Bee’s Knees, she starts with no more than a teaspoon or so of sea salt per quart. “You have your sweet, your bitter, your salty and the aromatics,” she says. “It makes a great well-balanced cocktail and something a little unexpected.”

Apple Press

Bourbon / American Whiskey Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

Jeremy Allen, the head bartender and general manager at Los Angeles’ MiniBar, incorporates Four Roses bourbon, Laird’s apple brandy, fresh apple juice, apple cider vinegar and Fee Brothers black walnut bitters into this cocktail. Apple cider vinegar has long been considered healthful with a laundry list of potential benefits, including helping control blood sugar, supporting immune function and aiding digestion. The Apple Press “screams fall/ winter fireplace without being a hot drink,” says Allen. “It incorporates apple cider vinegar, which is helpful in preventing the onset of colds and the flu.”

Cucumber Snapper

Gin , Modern Classics

With some tomato but also other ingredients to tone it down and chill it out, this cocktail by Brian Bartels, of New York City’s Fedora and the author of The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond (Ten Speed Press, $19), includes an ounce of tomato juice. But it’s tempered by cucumber, gin and ginger beer, yielding a refreshing quaff.

Duck Fat Sour

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

There’s a lot going on in this Sour at Bacari GDL, at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., but savory cocktails are often pretty complex, and this is no exception. Using duck-fat-infused dry orange curaçao (made sous vide style), it’s mixed with rye, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white.

Nam Chim Gimlet

Vodka , Modern Classics

At New Orleans’ delightful SoBou restaurant, situated in the French Quarter, bar chef Laura Bellucci brings the kitchen and bar together in this cocktail. The drink features Oryza rice vodka, fresh lime juice and Laura’s Thai chili sauce, resulting in a delicate, savory sipper that shows off citrus, chile spice and sesame oil texture.

NOLET’s Silver Raspberry Martini

Gin , Modern Classics

This bright and refreshing spin on the Martini trades in olives for raspberries. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Grab your muddler and a little mint to make it yourself.

High King Highball

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

At East Village cocktail destination Pouring Ribbons, cocktails get “rated” on a scale of “refreshing” to “spirituous,” “comforting” to “adventurous,” to help guide you to the right drink. (Chartreuse lovers, ask for the bar’s vintage Chartreuse selection). On the refreshing side, the High King Highball was created by bar-star Joaquín Simón and features Clontarf Irish whiskey and Aperol, along with muddled raspberries, lemon and grapefruit juices, simple syrup, Peychaud's bitters and a splash of soda. The artful creation is then garnished with a skewered lemon wheel and raspberry.

Vida Paloma

Mezcal , Modern Classics

At new Chicago restaurant Fat Baby Tacos, mezcal stands in for tequila and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, with simple syrup and club soda forming the grapefruit-soda-like component. However, the real wild card is a spicy chile piquin glass rim–dried, pulverized hot pepper with a smoky-citrusy flavor.

Palomita

Vodka , Modern Classics

Paloma means “dove” in Spanish, which means this drink’s name translates to “little dove.” This Paloma interpretation at April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's modern taco restaurant and bar Salvation Taco swaps in vodka for tequila and adds a rim of vanilla-flecked salt but otherwise leaves the original intact.

Mourning Doves

Tequila , Modern Classics

This Paloma at Nashville’s Pinewood Social winks at the Whiskey Sour, adding lemon alongside grapefruit as the citrusy element, as well as mix of maple and simple syrups to sweeten. It’s missing the fizziness that usually lightens a Paloma, making it a bit more substantial than the original. At Pinewood Social, a spicy chipotle tincture is spritzed over the top of the drink.

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