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Jack Daniel’s Vieux Carre

Cognac Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine Whiskey , Modern Classics

Freshen up this classic cocktail by adding Jack Daniel’s Tennessee rye. The incredible new spirit adds a whole extra level of complexity.

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.”

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.

Perfect Storm

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Warm spices and sweet apricot make this cocktail suitable for any weather (storm or not).

Top Hat

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Sweet, bitter and rich, this cocktail hits all the right notes.

Charred Maple Wood Tipperary

Irish Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This drink at Trifecta in Portland, Ore., is designed to replicate a barrel-aged cocktail. Maple wood is charred in a wood-fired oven, then added to a bag with Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and Chartreuse and cooked sous vide at 149.9oF for two hours.

Django Reinhardt

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This cocktail, which appears in Kat Odell’s Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz (Workman Publishing Company, $15.95), was created by Erick Castro of San Diego’s Polite Provisions. It’s a rare drink that uses vermouth as the drink’s main component, notes Odell, as opposed to using vermouth more like a seasoning.

Adonis

Sherry Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Vermouth, sherry and the favor of the gods.

Sandeman Sparkler

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Port and sparkling wine make a perfect holiday duo that’s easy as can be.

Ciderhouse Punch

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Punches

Entertaining a crowd? This port-based punch will happily serve a group of 20.

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.

Embarcadero

Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Meet the trifecta of perfectly balanced, bittersweet flavor: amaro, sweet vermouth and rye.

Point Reyes Punch

Rum Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Punches

Who doesn’t love an equal parts cocktail? Pineapple juice lends a sweet-tart thread to this sunny blend of rum and dry vermouth.

Golden Gate Spritz

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Want to lighten up? Try this refreshing glass of amaro and grapefruit capped with bubbly.

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.

Falling Leaves

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Pear eau de vie and dry Riesling make natural mates in this gently spiced coupe.

Train’s A Comin’

Brandy / Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

In celebration of New York’s historic 7 subway line extension, this cocktail salutes the purple route emblem of the 7 train and marries essential characteristics of the Sazerac and Aviation.

Concord Grape Negroni

Gin Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

The secret ingredient behind this new age Negroni? Concord grape–infused vermouth.

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.

Piha Spritz

Gin Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

You can find this pineapple and gin concoction at The Musket Room in New York.

Miss Me Not

Tequila Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

A fresh celery and sugar snap pea syrup brightens this tequila-based Highball, complete with an absinthe mist.

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.

Rosé Cobbler

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This refreshing cocktail is low in alcohol and high in flavor.

Spring 2014

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This cocktail combines spring flavors like lemon thyme, verjus and sugar snap peas.

Café Corrección Ponche

Rum Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Punches

This rum punch plays off cold-brew coffee’s bright orange-peel and spice flavors.

Sin Cyn

Liqueurs Scotch Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Try this simple but sophisticated Scotch-and-Cynar cocktail.

Neighborhood Negroni

Gin Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

It would be rude not to introduce yourself to the neighborhood with this delightful Negroni recipe.

Perfect Pearl Manhattan

Bourbon / American Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Try the classic bourbon and vermouth Manhattan with just a hint of smoky Scotch.

Blackthorn

Irish Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This Irish-whiskey Manhattan has a subtle anise note.

Grey Goose Parisian Martini

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine Vodka , Martinis

This twist on the classic Vodka Martini recipe will transport you to the City of Light.

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Absinthe Canadian Whisky Gin Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Rekindle winter Olympic glory with this multinational cocktail.

Fernando

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine

This rich drink should both revive you and settle your stomach after a big holiday meal.

Nick & Nora Dry Martini

Gin Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Martinis

Drink like the husband-and-wife detective team in The Thin Man.

Gaelic Flip

Irish Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Fortify yourself with the Irish-whiskey-and-egg Gaelic Flip cocktail.

Rob Roy

Scotch Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Celebrate the Scottish folk hero with the classic whisky-based Rob Roy cocktail. This recipe is similar to the beloved Manhattan, but uses Scotch instead of rye whiskey and orange bitters instead of aromatic bitters. The difference is delicious—try it for yourself.

Blood & Sand

Liqueurs Scotch Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

The recipe for the Blood and Sand first appeared in print in Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. It's a complex combination of fruity and smoky, and a cinch to make with just four ingredients of identical proportions. Try it yourself with the fool-proof recipe below.

Negroni

Gin Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

The Negroni Cocktail is a classic Italian drink. Order a Negroni and you'll be sure to Impress your bartender.

Magic Hour

Vermouth / Aperitif Wine

Celebrate in style with this fizzy aperitif.

1942 Martini

Tequila Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Martinis Modern Classics

A really good tequila can make a really good Martini.

Dry Martini

Gin Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics Martinis

The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail that, like a tailored suit, is timeless. Although the original of the tipple is unclear, the Dry Martini has maintained a place in cocktail history due to being easy to use and endlessly sophisticated. Elegant for the fancy and boozy for the heavy-handed, this potation is truly the everyman's cocktail.

The Rose

Brandy / Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Kirschwasser, vermouth and raspberry make a romantic combination.

Dub Treo

Liqueurs Rum Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Jamaica meets Italy in this powerful combination of rum, vermouth and Aperol.

Dubious Manhattan

Bourbon / American Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Don't worry about the name; there's no reason to doubt this classic cocktail.

Americano

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Mix up the Americano on the Fourth of July or anytime the spirit moves you.

El Presidente

Rum Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Hail to the chief and mix up El Presidente cocktail.

Negroni Sbagliato

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics Punches

Though its name means “incorrect Negroni,” this bubbly punch is the right drink for your next party.

Mata Hari

Brandy / Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

You’ll think completely differently about chai after tasting it in this cognac-based cocktail.

Manhattan

Bourbon / American Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Every home bartender should know how to make one of these.

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