This cocktail is inspired by the classic Jack Rose cocktail (apple brandy, lime, grenadine) and uses Amaro di Angostura instead of brandy. The bracing drink, named for a character in pirate legends (Angostura is from Trinidad, hence the name), is all about the balance of the spice and bitterness of amaro, vibrant lime and the sweet-tart grenadine.
For this white version of the classic Americano, bartender Tristan Willey mixes Suze, a gentian-based herbal apéritif from Switzerland, with Carpano Bianco, a lightly sweet, round white Italian vermouth. The resulting drink is fragrant and low-alcohol, perfect for day drinking.
For this slightly bitter and super refreshing drink, bartender Jeff Steiner uses Rainier beer (named for Seattle’s Mt. Rainier), which is a lager-style brew, but feel free to swap it out for your favorite lager.
“The Ruby is a fruit-centric drink,” says bartender Tony Abou-Ganim. “I use a vodka with a good structure, rich mouthfeel and diverse fruit flavors. A potato-based vodka is ideal to help soften and moderate the drink’s bitter and floral elements.”
The Canadian answer to the Bloody Mary, this vodka cocktail originally hails from the Calgary Inn, where it may be the only cocktail recipe inspired by a pasta dish.
This dessert-y sipper has rich, chocolaty underpinnings, so “the drink will pair best with a New-World corn-based or wheat-based vodka rich in vanilla or cocoa elements,” according to bartender Tony Abou-Ganim.
This version of a Brass Monkey, made famous by the Beastie Boys, uses a chilled glass and cold beer, instead of a warm 40-ounce bottle.
A Blue-Cheese–Olive Martini is a steakhouse classic that’s arguably more appetizer than cocktail. This modification uses pickled green tomatoes and Atsby Amberthorn vermouth, an herb-forward vermouth that works especially well in a savory Martini.
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Moscow’s Delicatessen turns out old classics with new twists and brings surprising new ingredients into the mix, like this vodka cocktail made with beetroot shrub.