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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.

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.”

Jack Daniel’s Rye Ball

Rye Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

No need to overthink it when you’re working with a spirit as good as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee rye. Here’s how to let it shine in a Highball.

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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.

From Jura to Java

Rum Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Kansas City, Mo.’s Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge feels plucked straight out of London—but with a Midwest welcome. Pull up to the white Italian marble bar for bar director Brock Schulte’s inspired cocktails, which include the From Jura to Java, a drink that showcases Jura Superstition scotch with Foursquare 2004 single-blended rum, Batavia-arrack, Lazzaroni amaro and The Bitter Truth chocolate bitters. The drink is rich and smoky yet delicate and sophisticated, with notes coffee, chocolate, wood and subtle funk, garnished with a black garlic financier.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Scotch 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.

Godfather 101

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Instead of stocking bottles of amaretto liqueur, Jeremy Allen of MiniBar in Los Angeles makes his own using discarded the tiny bitter kernels encased in discarded cherry pits. He gets the pits from the cherry juicing process when he makes maraschino cherries for cocktails and when he cures cherries to be used as garnishes. That would be an awful lot of waste. He spends all of cherry season making large batches of amaretto to be used in cocktails like this one, a take on the classic Godfather cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Pale Horse Rickey

Gin Mezcal Whiskey , Modern Classics

This twist on a traditional Rickey by China Morbosa at West Hollywood’s Eveleigh subs mezcal for gin or whiskey, using lemon for citrus, a half ounce of manzanilla sherry for dryness and depth and a house-made mango coconut soda water in place of traditional club soda. Technically, that makes it just a Rickey and not a Gin Rickey, but gin can easily be substituted into this cocktail to keep the original style intact.

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

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.

Ardbeg’s Smoky Bloody Mary

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Why settle for the usual Bloody Mary? Give it a delectable smoky update by adding Ardbeg and all the right garnishes. It will quickly be clear how premium scotch can elevate the classic vodka cocktail.

Shiso Unusual

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Whiskey , Modern Classics

This play on the Mint Julep that’s named after Cyndi Lauper’s first album is guaranteed to be interesting.

Limoncello & Raspberry Whiskey Sour Popsicles

Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

If you love popsicles and love cocktails, there’s nothing better than these easy-to-make treats. Have these on hand at your next summer gathering!

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.

Allspice Irish Coffee

Whiskey

An Irish Coffee is all about the ingredients. And this one by Mary Chojnacki of the Chicago Athletic Association features amazing coffee, incredible whiskey and a pleasant dash of spice.

Northern Exposure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee from The Dawson is both soothing and luxurious. It’s an upscale cocktail you can make at home.

Wake & Bake Julep

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee by Brian Tasch of Dusek’s Board and Beer in Chicago gets an iced makeover, along with some welcome additions and tweaks to the traditional recipes.

Butter & Scotch Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee, great whiskey and a little sweetness turns this Irish Coffee by Allison Kave of Butter & Scotch into something special.

August Laura Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

A few unexpected ingredients and artisanal touches separate this cocktail by Alyssa Sartor of August Laura in New York City from your average Irish Coffee.

Breakfast of Champions

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee and great whiskey make this an unforgettable Irish Coffee riff by Natalie Streiter of Fools Gold in New York City and the perfect addition to any meal.

The Irish Cure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee by Dave Buggy of The Copper Still in New York City hits all of the right fruity notes. It’s an Irish cure-all for bad coffee and cocktails.

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Rob Giles, the beverage director at Until Tomorrow in New York City, would still be a soothing and subtle Irish Coffee without it, but it’s not truly finished until you’ve added the whipped cream.

The Lark Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Hot

You probably don’t associate root beer syrup and nutmeg with Irish Coffee, but that’s exactly why you have to try this recipe from The Lark in San Francisco.

The Shannon

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The perfect Irish Coffee for a hot day, this light and refreshing cocktail by Mike Di Tota, the head bartender at The Bonnie in New York City, features the right balance of fruitiness and earthiness.
“As we’re moving into warmer weather, we wanted to create a drink that’s more light and refreshing than a traditional Irish Coffee,” says Di Tota. “It does contain actual cold brew, but it’s more focused on pulling out the flavors of coffee through the other ingredients: earthiness and salinity from the Teeling whiskey, fruitiness from the date syrup, smoke from the sea salt and spice from the cardamom. It’s light in body but full of flavor.”

Dublin Pick Me Up

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This riff on an Irish Coffee swaps in espresso from Leo’s in San Francisco and balances those bold flavors with a little mint.

She’s Leaving Home

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The strong coffee flavor in this cocktail from Rusted Mule in San Francisco is bolstered with some welcome citrus notes. You’ll want to savor this version of an Irish Coffee.

Dr. Teeling’s Pick-Me-Up

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This whipped and iced cocktail from Devil’s Acre in San Francisco is a mouthwatering and complex take on the Irish Coffee. It’s just the pick-me-up you need.

Green Tea Highball

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Two of Japan’s most famous beverages get cozy in this uplifting cocktail.

Wabash Avenue Sour

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The Wabash Avenue Sour updates the Whiskey Sour by adding Chicago’s own FEW bourbon or rye. And that’s not the only ingredient shaking up the classic recipe.

Front Seven

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 D line and the linebackers are the strongest group in the Ram's current lineup,” says John Coltharp, the head bartender at Los Angeles’ Seven Grand. “This stiff cocktail is a tribute to those seven players; it also features the earthy flavors the Rams want the opposing running back to experience when they shove his face into the ground.”

Prairie Buzz

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The ideal nightcap for the coffee-inclined, the combination of cold brew and chinato in this cocktail by The Bennett in New York City make for the perfect balance of caffeinated zip and herbal calm.

Mularkey’s Secret Playbook

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 Mularkey's Secret Playbook is named after the new head coach [Mike Mularkey] in hopes that he has the secret playbook to bring us a winning season,” says Etch bartender Mark Kremper. “The main components of the drink are Tennessee whiskey and Chartreuse. It wouldn't be a cocktail celebrating our Tennessee Titans if it wasn't made with Mr. Tennessee Whiskey himself, Jack Daniel’s. I chose to use its new single-barrel rye whiskey for its heat and spicy notes, to give our team the kick it needs to beat the competition, and paired it with Chartreuse, for which the secret recipe is known only by a select few (hence the playbook). This cocktail embodies our hopes for the season.”

Crownberry Apple

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This whisky cocktail is pretty simple—sort of like an alcoholic version of Ocean Spray Cran-Apple.

Wagyu

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This inventive cocktail could only come from the mind of Richard Woods at Sushisamba London, where he puts a richly-flavored spin on the Old Fashioned with Wagyu fat–washed Japanese whisky.

Rumskey Cocktail

Rum Whiskey , Modern Classics

White whiskey and rum join forces in this simple sour cocktail.

Bourbon Old Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

It's been said that the original cocktail contains sugar, bitters, whiskey and water. This variation, made by cocktail legend Dale Degroff, adds muddled fruit and soda water for a lighter, fruitier taste.

Whiskey Smash

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

Like Mint Juleps? You’ll love the Whiskey Smash, a citrusy 19th-century cooler. It was created by legendary bartender Dale DeGroff at the Rainbow Room in New York. DeGroff calls the citrus-and-mint combination the perfect cocktail for those who say they'll never drink whiskey.

Manhattan

Rye Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

The Manhattan cocktail—now this is what the Manhattan Project should've been about.