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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.

Golden Frog

Vodka , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Steve Schneider appears on the inaugural menu of Panama City’s The Strangers Club in honor of Panama’s national animal.

Wolfberger Punch

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Ciaran Wiese, the bar manager at Tucson, Ariz.’s Agustin Kitchen, is an updated version of a Picon Punch.

Celebratini

Vodka , Modern Classics

This cocktail from The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking (Cocktails Without Regrets) (Regan Arts, $24.95) by Ariane Resnick and Brittini Rae occupies a middle ground between Martini and green juice.

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.

Coin-Operated Boy

Rye , Modern Classics

From Perez Klebahn, the bar manager at Baltimore’s Rye, this cocktail is a tall on-the-rocks refresher that surprises. The drink unfolds with salty-sweet intrigue from a house-made caramel by bartender Steve Lamb.

Haiballer

Shochu , Modern Classics

At Washington, D.C.’s Dram & Grain, the latest menu was dubbed Dram & Global, offering a series of drinks inspired from different cities across the world, including this Tokyo-style highball.

Canadian Manhattan

Canadian Whisky , Modern Classics

An all-Canada ingredients list makes this cocktail by Simon Ogden of Veneto in Victoria, British Columbia, extra nice.

Whisky Contardo

Scotch , Modern Classics

With a little bit of care and thought, the old-school Whisky Mac can be reimagined and turned into something worthy of our more particular modern cocktailing palates, the Whisky Contardo, from bartender Adam Bernbach at Washington, D.C.’s 2 Birds 1 Stone.

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