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Marzipan Old Fashioned

Mezcal Tequila , Modern Classics

Beverage director Cody Pruitt melts De La Rosa peanut marzipan candies into a marzipan syrup to sweeten this mezcal- and tequila-based Old Fashioned. A touch of oloroso sherry echoes the nutty flavors from the peanut-studded candy.

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Diamond Claret Cup

Eau-de-vie , Modern Classics

Red wine gets a boost from raspberry brandy in this eau-de-vie cocktail from John Codd of San Francisco’s Tradition.

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Carrot Thing

Mezcal Scotch , Modern Classics

New York City’s Saxon + Parole plays with plenty of fresh produce on its drink menu, which means that (depending on the season) guests often request “that watermelon thing” or “that pumpkin thing.” This time, head bartenders Maxime Belfand and Masa Urushido stayed one step ahead and named their heirloom-carrot-packed winter drink accordingly.

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Calafia

Tequila , Modern Classics

Newly opened in December 2016 from Top Chef alum Ryan Scott, the cocktail menu at San Francisco’s Finn Town boasts plenty of fresh juices—cucumber, ginger, etc. But fennel’s not one you see on the drink menu very often. This drink by bartender Anthony Parks lends freshness and subtle anise to a tequila-forward sipper.

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Scottish Beats

Scotch , Modern Classics

Nodding to the classic Blood & Sand, this drink by Jason Percival, the bar manager at Boston’s Post 390, relies on beets for its dramatic rosy hue and a hint of sweetness.

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Pink Squirrel

Crème de noyaux White crème de cacao , Modern Classics

This cocktail has a good deal in common with the Brandy Alexander and the Grasshopper with its crème de cacao and cream. Where it differs markedly is in the inclusion of crème de noyaux, a once popular but relatively forgotten liqueur that is similar to amaretto. The red color of the liqueur usually comes from cochineal, which doesn’t affect the singular herbal-meets-bitter almond flavor.

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Maribell’s Late Again

Gin , Modern Classics

This savory cocktail by bartender Reid Lewis at Dallas’ Bowen House features rosemary-infused olive oil.

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NOLET’S Strawberry Mint Punch

Gin , Modern Classics

NOLET’S Strawberry Mint Punch

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Lunar Eclipse

Vodka , Modern Classics

At upscale Dallas gastropub Victor Tangos, bartender Matt Ragan wanted to offer his guests a turmeric-infused vodka drink that could give them a nice healthy buzz.

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Vodka Red Bull

Vodka , Modern Classics

Sometimes you want an expertly made and well-balanced cocktail. And sometimes you want some booze and artificial energy. Enter the Vodka Red Bull, once and arguably still quite popular at many city clubs and beyond.

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