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Scotch , Modern Classics

Different single malts mingle in this spirit-forward cocktail. It’s a wonder that the peaty flavor still shines through all the other tasty elements.

Speyside Smash

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail takes single malt for a slightly tropical spin. And yes, it’s as delicious as it looks.

In My Defense

Scotch , Modern Classics

This complex and spirit-forward cocktail is a showcase for award-winning single malt. And other delightfully unexpected ingredients elevate the scotch.

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.

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.

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.

Needful Things

Whiskey , Modern Classics

More refreshing than your average Irish Coffee, this drink from Drexl in Oakland, Calif., packs a surprising and delightful mix of flavors.

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