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Pink Flamingo

Rhum agricole , Modern Classics

This rhum agricole cocktail served at Over Proof’s pop-up bar Flip-Flop (upstairs at ABV ) in San Francisco is inspired by the Jungle Bird and uses a house-made blend of aperitivos.

Eau de Lavender

Tequila , Modern Classics

Sexy and smooth, this tequila cocktail has a hint of lavender and a dash of sweet honey syrup. It's spring in a cup, but since the floral flavors come from bitters, you can sip it all year round.

Color Changing Martini

Gin , Modern Classics

This cocktail from Public Belt at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside changes color from light purple to deep purple to a bright fuschia.

DIY Pink Gin

Gin , Classics

Adapted from the 1939 classic cocktail book The Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker, the original cocktail nods to the drink’s Navy roots, suggesting that the excess bitters “go back in the bottle, on the floor or out the porthole or window, depending upon who, where and what we are.”

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.

Posset

Strega , Classics

Although the full recipe takes a couple of hours, this classic drink is accomplished in a crockpot, so it’s basically a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Get a batch started before friends arrive, then spoon into coffee mugs.“We use an IPA as the beer base,” says Mike Bohn of New York City’s Olmsted, “which gives the drink a contrasting freshness from the hops and citrus, plus a little porter thrown in to add some coffee richness.”

Hot Apple Pie

Hot

Looking for something to warm you up when it’s cold out? Try this cocktail from Smith & Whistle at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.

Steeply Devoted

Gin , Hot

This boozy tea by bartender Elia Covino at Chicago’s Rebar in Trump hotel will warm you up during winter. “I wanted to make something to replace the mulled wine we would serve around the holidays that would appeal to the Hot Toddy drinkers and that spirits people wouldn't generally think would go well in a warm cocktail,” says Covino. “I knew I wanted vermouth to be a component, and the gin was a wonderful addition, adding more depth and a floral component. The milk chocolate elixir plays off both of those so well, and the ginger snap liqueur and honey add a touch of sweetness.”

Remember the Maine

Rye Whiskey , Classics

If you appreciate a good Manhattan—a rye Manhattan specifically—then the Remember the Maine will most likely find a home in your drinks repertoire. The cocktail comes from Charles H. Baker, Jr’s. The Gentleman’s Companion from 1939 and is notable for its additions of cherry liqueur and a touch of absinthe.

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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