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Death Star

Liqueurs Vodka Whiskey , Modern Classics

Life may be all sunshine and Disney magic in Orlando, but at Taverna Opa, bartender Alex Attart likes to take a walk on the dark side of life. Here, his homage to the imperial superweapon skews the color of Darth Vader’s cape with good use of Jägermeister digestif and Coca-Cola. He also makes a nifty little ice orb replica of the Death Star for extra empirical effect, but regular cubes will do just fine.

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

Mint Chocolate Chip Shot

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

For your next party, make this shot from Brandi Austin of STIRR in Dallas. You can sub in vodka for the Frangelico liqueur if you want it a touch more potent.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tired of Boring Bartender Staff Parties? These Tips Will Change How You Celebrate.”

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.

Garibaldi

Liqueurs Rum , Modern Classics

Challenge your palate with this complex Italian cocktail.

Monastery

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Arlington’s lively all-day cafe Baba opened last spring with a cocktail menu that occasionally showcases Eastern European spirits like rakia (fruit brandies popular throughout the Balkans). The Monastery cocktail features another Eastern European spirit, slivovitz (plum brandy), highlighting the intense plum flavors of Maraska slivovitz and plum jam with the herbaceous green of fresh basil.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: October 2017.”

Bamboo #2

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

It has been a long time since the first Bamboo cocktail was made in Japan back in the 1890s. The drink was nearly forgotten after Prohibition, but it has recently enjoyed a comeback. At Washington, D.C.’s Mirabelle, lead bartender Zachary Faden's twist substitutes pineau for the original sherry. This simple cocktail has an elegant roundness with hints of caramel and nuts.

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

Raisin’ Cane

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The bar team at Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio has long praised pineau and always has a bottle on the backbar. Recently, a customer asked bar manager Myles Worrell to make a cocktail with it after tasting it on its own. The result was an on-the-fly concoction.

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

Head Over Heels

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Bartender Patrick Natola of Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago wanted to create a great Martini by swapping in tequila for gin but felt that vermouth alone lacked something. He recalled rich vanilla and stone fruit notes in pineau and combined that with tequila, sweet white vermouth and Gran Classico bitter liqueur for a bitter finish. The result is a refreshingly balanced drink with big floral notes rounded out with hints of vanilla and orange.

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

Alpine Hippie Juice

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

More of a chef's table Rickey than a backyard Rickey, the Alpine Hippie Juice is “hyperconcentrated, super tart and and dry,” says creator Jeremy Allen, of Los Angeles’ MiniBar. The Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps does the work of juniper berries in gin. “It’s a new yet familiar flavor in a clean and simple drink,” says Allen.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.”

Aperol Spritz

Liqueurs , Classics

The coral-hued Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular aperitifs in Italy, and for good reason. Low in alcohol, aromatic with citrus and slightly bitter, Aperol pairs seamlessly with chilled Prosecco to whet the appetite. Meeting friends for an after work Spritz is a long-established Italian tradition—and one that’s easily replicated anywhere.

Scarlet Spritz

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

What’s the one downside to enjoying a Spritz? Getting to the end of it, of course. Head bartender Brandon Lockman, the head bartender at Red Star Tavern in Portland, Ore., meets that challenge with this Spritz version filled with fresh, seasonal flavors. He infuses Aperol with strawberries and stirs it with Lillet Blanc apéritif and rhubarb bitters, served in an absinthe-rinsed Nick & Nora glass and topped with sparkling wine. It comes alongside a tiny carafe nestled in ice, to refill your glass as it’s depleted.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “9 Spritzes to Take You Through the End of Summer.”

Old Pal Negroni

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The Old Pal Negroni is an authentic and savory spin on the Italian cocktail. Dry gin gets replaced by whiskey while the vermouth is dry rather than sweet. This tinkering with the classic recipe creates a cocktail that feels both familiar and fresh.

Franny & Joe

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Some people would rather start their day with caffeine. Those drinkers will appreciate the Franny & Joe. The mix of authentic hazelnut liqueur and cold-brew coffee makes this cocktail perfect for brunch. Add cream to transform this cocktail into the right kind of morning starter.

Campari Orange

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Think of this as a refined Italian alternative to a Screwdriver. The orange juice makes it a natural fit in the family of brunch cocktails, while the Campari gives it Italian authenticity. The Campari Orange isn’t the most famous use of Campari—that distinction goes to the Negroni—but this aperitivo should really, truly be a brunch staple.

Frangelico Frizzante

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The Frizzante is a perfect sip for enjoying brunch alfresco. Crafted with wild Tonda Gentile hazelnuts from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, Frangelico adds the perfect nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness complemented by the lime citrus in the Frizzante cocktail.

Americano

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

The name is misleading, since this aperitivo is an Italian classic. It’s the perfect marriage of Campari and Cinzano, two of the most delicious and historic Italian exports. Encourage customers to kick off their brunch with this Italian original, and don’t settle for any knockoffs.

Dram Rickey

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

This Rickey by herbalist and cocktail specialist Lukas B. Smith at Washington, D.C.’s Cotton & Reed showcases the rum distillery’s allspice dram. “The lime juice and soda water show off the lighter side of dram,” says Smith.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Pioneering Return of the All-Important Allspice Dram.

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.

Long Island Iced Tea

Gin Liqueurs Rum Tequila Vodka , Classics

The Long Island Iced Tea is what happens when four different spirits collide to create one powerful drink. With a mysterious origin story, this potent drink will bring on the good times (and hangovers) for years to come.

Mezcal Negroni

Liqueurs Mezcal , Modern Classics

This underrated mezcal cocktail takes a classic Negroni and adds the smoke of mezcal.

Pearl Harbor

Liqueurs Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

This melon pineapple inspired drink is easy to make for those warm Summer days.

Tea & Sympathy

Cachaça Liqueurs , Hot

Forget the whiskey. This warming Toddy replaces the brown spirit with cachaça laced with chai and spicy ginger liqueur.

Patrinos

Liqueurs , Hot

Give your winter Toddy a Greek vacation by adding Tentura, a Greek liqueur spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Thistle

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Cardamaro’s spice and nuttiness are perfect complements to the fresh apple flavor of the Calvados and warming spice of the rye whiskey in this cold weather cocktail.

Fall to Pieces

Brandy / Cognac Liqueurs Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

The spirit-forward nature of this cocktail makes it perfect for enjoying slowly by the fireside.

Type Eh

Canadian Whisky Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Canadian whisky teams up with earthy Cynar to create this burly coupe with a hint of smoked salt.

The Bacchus

Liqueurs Pisco , Modern Classics

Pisco is a natural partner for Concord grapes, which are muddled along with blackberries to create this frothy coupe.

Back to Capistrano

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Built on a base of malty genever and pisco, this cocktail gains warm fall flavor from homemade Demerara and cinnamon syrups and a handful of Concord grapes.

Hwayo Negroni

Liqueurs , Classics

The Hwayo Negroni is a riff on the Negroni using soju.

Washington Apple

Canadian Whisky Liqueurs , Modern Classics

This crisp apple and cranberry cocktail is ridiculously easy to drink.

606 Swizzle

Liqueurs Rum Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Tiki / Tropical

Sherry, pineapple juice and a rummy homemade mix are the stars of this cocktail from Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago.

Al Pachilli

Liqueurs Vodka , Modern Classics

This fruity cocktail from MAMO in New York gets a hint of spice.

Choose-Your-Own-Base-Spirit Piña Colada

Liqueurs Mezcal Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Not a fan of rum? Try this classic tiki drink with Chartreuse instead.

The Inside Scoop

Liqueurs Non alcoholic , Modern Classics

You’ve never tasted a root beer float this good.

Precision Timepiece

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Jäger, amaro and Aperol create one handsome cocktail.

Stag’s Leap

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Who said Jäger can’t be fancy? Mix it with bitters and sweet vermouth for a craft cocktail you’ll love.

German Vacation

Liqueurs Rum , Modern Classics

Who couldn’t use a nice getaway? This Jäger and rum cocktail will take you to faraway lands.

EVOL

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Pistachio-infused sherry? Seattle’s Shaker + Spear knows how to make an innovative cocktail.

Vanilla-Orangecello

Liqueurs

The creamsicle might have begun as a childhood sweet on a stick, but its base flavors can become a very adult beverage: Bright orangecello laced with vanilla beans.

Limoncello

Liqueurs

Limoncello is produced with equal passion in multiple areas of Italy: in Sorrento, along the Amalfi coast and on the island of Capri. It's a staple apéritif after many a dinner in Italy, and most restaurants hawk their own brand. Craving the sweet-tart pucker of this golden liqueur? It's sublimely easy to make at home.

Vickers Valiant

Liqueurs Vodka , Modern Classics

This vodka cocktail is both sweet and tart.

Gotham

Liqueurs Vodka , Modern Classics

Even whiskey-drinkers can enjoy vodka with this Manhattan-inspired concoction.

The Symphony

Brandy / Cognac Liqueurs Mezcal , Modern Classics

It's a very simple drink on all fronts, yet very complex—and some might say that's the beauty of it.

RumChata on the Rocks

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

There’s no easier way to drink RumChata than on the rocks.

RumChata Martini

Liqueurs Vodka , Martinis

You’ll savor every flavorful sip of this Martini.

Root Beer Float

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Try RumChata’s take on the classic Root Beer Float.

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