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Rancor’s Toothpick

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink created by the talented Timothy Minor of Brooklyn’s beloved Long Island Bar promises to take you from cranky to calm in a mere sip, even if you’re feeling as rattled as a gnarly-toothed rancor in ‘Star Wars.’

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

Bundevara

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Michelle Poteaux’s aunt brought bundevara, a Croatian pie usually made with pumpkin, to Thanksgiving dinner every year, and she especially loved the slightly crispy, blackened top crust made by mixing bourbon with brown sugar and broiling the top. “With a cocktail tailored after a dessert, you get the flavors without the guilt,” says the owner and executive pastry chef of Alexandria, Va.’s Bastille. “You generally only need a little to satisfy your craving.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Hot Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch Whiskey , Classics Hot

Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Amaretto Sour

Bourbon / American Whiskey Liqueurs , Classics

Forget overly sweet, pre-made sour mix: The best way to highlight amaretto's nutty flavor is with this frothy classic. This recipe for the 1970s throwback is a balanced combination of sweet, sour, nutty and boozy. Intrigued? Try Portland mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler's version of the Amaretto Sour below.

Eggnog

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum

Eggnog, the hot, creamy classic is an essential part of the holidays. Our recipe walks you through preparing the best eggnog you've ever had.

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Monaco Hotel lead bartender Kyle Darrow macerates sugar-coated brûléed banana slices and cinnamon sticks in bourbon for at least a week. For the drink, he flambés blueberries, brown sugar and overproof rum in a Julep tin, sprinkles it with cinnamon, crushes the mixture into a slurry and extinguishes the flame. He adds the infused bourbon and crushed ice and swizzles it, garnishing the drink with skewered blueberries and banana chips. “If you would throw it on your oatmeal at breakfast, it’ll probably taste good infused with bourbon,” he says.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “9 Infused Bourbon Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Sour Grapes

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Bellecour bar director Robb Jones in Wayzata, Minn., wanted to introduce pineau to the menu of this super hot restaurant 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis. The Sour Grapes is his nod to a Whiskey Sour.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.”

Stone Barn

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

A floral, herbaceous twist on the classic bourbon and ginger. Learn how to make it today at Liquor.com.

Midnight Special

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Camille Cavan, the bar manager at Portland Ore.’s Quaintrelle, recalls the tart sweetness of a Whiskey Sour with the subtle bitter of a Boulevardier or Old Pal. With a bourbon base, sherry provides structure, and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter brings a bitter touch. In the end, this is a citrus-forward drink, rounded out with drops of lemon oil and silky egg white.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Love Bourbon? Go Drink These 11 Bourbon Cocktails in a Bar Near You.”

Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

Celebrate Derby Day year-round with the Mint Julep, a classic bourbon refresher.

Whiskey Smashed

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

Give your Kentucky Derby party an extra kick with this smashing combination of small-batch Kentucky bourbon and citrus by Jerry Nevins from his book, Sloshies: 102 Boozy Cocktails Straight from the Freezer (Workman, $14.95).

This recipe originally appeared as part of You're Going to Need Frozen Cocktails This Summer. These 3 Are the Ones to Make.

High on the Hog

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

Ginger, maple and bourbon roll on your tongue while you fight the urge to just eat the bacon garnish first in this cocktail by Jerry Nevins from his book, Sloshies: 102 Boozy Cocktails Straight from the Freezer (Workman, $14.95).

This recipe originally appeared as part of You're Going to Need Frozen Cocktails This Summer. These 3 Are the Ones to Make.

Apple Press

Bourbon / American Whiskey Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

Jeremy Allen, the head bartender and general manager at Los Angeles’ MiniBar, incorporates Four Roses bourbon, Laird’s apple brandy, fresh apple juice, apple cider vinegar and Fee Brothers black walnut bitters into this cocktail. Apple cider vinegar has long been considered healthful with a laundry list of potential benefits, including helping control blood sugar, supporting immune function and aiding digestion. The Apple Press “screams fall/ winter fireplace without being a hot drink,” says Allen. “It incorporates apple cider vinegar, which is helpful in preventing the onset of colds and the flu.”

Sphered Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

To make this cocktail served at The Circular at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa., a syringe of Maker’s Mark bourbon, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, aged orange bitters and simple syrup goes into a frozen, drained ice sphere that’s cracked and garnished with an orange twist.

Normandie Old Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey

This cocktail by Alex Day and Devon Tarby at The Normandie Club in Los Angeles employs bourbon cooked sous vide for two hours along with toasted coconut flakes—a much quicker and intense infusion than you’d get by simply adding a handful of flakes to the bottle and shaking it periodically for a few days.

Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Classics

This classic brunch cocktail hails from New Orleans.

Fallen Leaf

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin created this intricate take on the Hot Toddy. It gets a nice spice from ginger liqueur, a round sweetness from house-made honey syrup and plenty of spice from cinnamon and allspice. Keep in mind this tipple proves strong, so it's best to sip slowly.

Bone & Bacon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Yep, that’s a baby back rib garnish.

Dr. Osthimer

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

This shaken cocktail has just enough citrus to brighten up the sweet flavor profile. It’s precisely what the doctor ordered.

Draw Play

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“I’m a lifelong San Diego Chargers fan and travel every year to see my Bolts play,” says bartender Vincent Toscano of Rye in San Francisco. “In honor of the team, this drink is refreshing because every week is a new beginning and bittersweet because we don't always win.”Toscano uses bourbon, American whiskey, because football is America's sport. “And Wild Turkey should be America's bourbon,” he says. “I like the family aspect of it. When you meet [Wild Turkey distillers] Jimmy, Eddie and Bruce, they are such genuine and honest people. It shows in their whiskeys. They don't try to put a spin on their product or have this fantasy world of a story. They are bourbon makers first and foremost.”

Gold Rusher

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“The original 49ers were gold seekers that came through California in 1849 during the Gold Rush,” says bartender Helen Diaz of Bloodhound and Churchill in San Francisco. “When I think about the 49ers, I think Gold Rush, and then I think of the Gold Rush cocktail. This is the Gold Rusher! What better way to represent this team but to add a little fernet to the drink?” she says, calling on the fact that San Francisco consumes more fernet than any other place in the country.

Espresso Milk Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

A coffee-flecked spin on the classic brunch cocktail the Bourbon Milk Punch, this drink has quickly become a weekend favorite at New Orleans’ Cavan. The chicory liqueur adds an extra special New Orleans flourish.

Buddy’s Busy

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“This cocktail is an ode to the ’85 Bears and the fleeting Honey Bears cheerleaders. I have vivid memories of watching them both during that season, even at six years old,” says bartender Christiana DeLucca of Chicago’s Formento’s. “It's also an homage to Buddy Ryan's 4–6 defense. That man is a legend, and this is my tip o’ the hat to him in cocktail form. Served Toddy style, this cocktail is all about embracing the fall season. Make a large batch, grab a thermos, and you've got the perfect tailgating cocktail to impress your friends.”

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum , Hot

No matter how much we fight it, as the weather turns cooler, imbibers turn to pumpkin spiced lattes. But instead of heading to the coffee shop for an overly sweet version, use the slow-cooker recipe by bartender Norma Beekman of Lexington, Ky.’s Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, and make your own at home. Since the drink stays hot in the pot, you can serve it morning, noon and night. And for the boozy kick, you can spike it with a variety of spirits, such as dark rum, bourbon or Frangelico—the darker the better.

Block Party Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

This surprisingly light grog is the crowd-pleasing autumn punch you didn’t even know you were missing. “Squash is amazingly flavorful and adds luscious texture to cocktails,” says Alejandro De La Parra, the bar manager at Teardrop Lounge. “[For this cocktail] we roasted the butternut squash with demerara sugar, mace, clove and allspice.”

Henderson’s Mule

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Fifty years ago, the New Orleans Saints franchise was first announced right here at The Bayou Bar,” says Benton Bourgeois, a bartender at this Pontchartrain hotel bar. “Having been a Saints fan my entire life, one moment stands in my memory above all others: announcer Jim Henderson’s iconic call at the end of the 2010 NFC Championship game. ‘Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!’ I’ll never forget driving home down St. Charles Avenue after the game, every horn in the city honking, high-fiving the wall of exuberant fans that lined both sides of the street, listening to local radio station WWL replay Jim’s call over and over. This drink is for you, sir.”

Rye Bandit

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Two types of amaro liven up this classic.

Lion’s Tail with FEW Bourbon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Classics

This bourbon cocktail is perfect for fall.

Let’s Pumpkin

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Punches

Because who doesn’t like a boozy jack-o’-lantern?

Bourbon Sweet Tea

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Spoil yourself with a boozy taste of Southern hospitality.

Seelbach

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

The glittering mixture of local bourbon, orange liqueur, two kinds of bitters, and Champagne is the signature drink of Louisville's Seelbach Hotel.

High School Friends

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink a tart and boozy riff on a Whiskey Sour.

Godfather

Bourbon / American Whiskey Scotch , Modern Classics

This 1970s-era drink, named for the popular film The Godfather, is often made with equal parts, but this version dials down the sweetness.

Godfather

Bourbon / American Whiskey Scotch , Modern Classics

This 1970s-era drink, named for the popular film The Godfather, is often made with equal parts, but this version dials down the sweetness.

Shandy Maker

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

This beer cocktail adds a hoppy IPA to 100-proof bourbon, some citrus and the kicker: muddled fresh marjoram.

Harper’s Bet

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

This citrus-infused cocktail takes the idea of a Manhattan and builds upon the classic.

Keeneland Breeze

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Bourbon and orange don't usually go together, but this cocktail adds a splash of orange liqueur to bourbon and tops it off with ginger ale to counter the sweetness.

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