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Cider House Rules

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Billy Grise, the food and beverage director at Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar in Covington, Ky., is a big fan of author John Irving, who penned the cocktail’s namesake novel, a coming-of-age story of an orphan who leaves his home to explore the world. “My inspiration for the cocktail was to create something that kept the essence of the end of summer while equally welcoming the fall.” Feel free to substitute the strawberry cider with another flavor.This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Build-in-the-Glass Bourbon Cocktails to Make at Home.”

Bourbon & Berries

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Originally created by former bar lead Willem Van Leuven at San Diego’s Herb & Wood and adapted by bar lead Emily Carroll, this take on the Old Fashioned rotates in a different flavored syrup depending on the seasonal produce that’s available. “The strawberry-vanilla syrup that we currently use to add dimension to this cocktail was the result of a collaborative effort with our executive pastry chef Adrian Mendoza, who’s the brains behind the berry syrup series and to date has developed a cranberry-cinnamon and blackberry-cinnamon, in addition to the strawberry,” says Carroll. Feel free to riff on a different flavor.This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Build-in-the-Glass Bourbon Cocktails to Make at Home.”

Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

In this adapted recipe, Los Angeles' Copper Lounge bar manager Scott Allen mixes bourbon with a syrup that's basically pumpkin pie seasoning in liquid form. Orange and orange bitters lend a touch of bright citrus flavor, while Angostura bitters give it depth.This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Build-in-the-Glass Bourbon Cocktails to Make at Home.”

Beggars Banquet

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Beer-tails are really easy to make, says Michael Przybyl, the beverage manager at David’s Club at the Hilton Orlando. They maintain their effervescence when they’re gently stirred rather than vigorously shaken. “Beer has become very sophisticated and is the perfect base for a cocktail,” he says. “Besides, why should liquor have all the fun in a cocktail?” Short answer: It shouldn’t.This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Build-in-the-Glass Bourbon Cocktails to Make at Home.”

Brown Butter Old Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Lu Brow, the cocktail director at New Orleans’ DTB knew she wanted the nutty, toasty flavor of brown butter in a cocktail. “Old Fashioneds are such a staple in the South and particularly New Orleans, so I chose to incorporate the flavors together in the glass,” she says. Brown sugar lends an earthy sweetness to this drink, whose complexity is in indirect proportion to the effort it takes to whip it up.This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Build-in-the-Glass Bourbon Cocktails to Make at Home.”

Whiskey Sour

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This 1850s classic predates many of today’s most beloved cocktails, from the Daiquiri to the Margarita. But they all owe a tip of the cap to the three-ingredient OG, the Whiskey Sour. Here it’s topped off with egg white and Angostura bitters to give it a creamy, earthy texture.

Izak

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Fresh orange and lemon enlivens this Whiskey Sour variation, with spiced notes of cinnamon and dried harissa in a house-made syrup, resulting in a nuanced but bracing sipper.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Whiskey Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Charleston Breakfast Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Jerry Slater, a bartender and forthcoming owner of The Expat in Athens, Ga., and co-author of “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails”—has created a Southern take on the Irish Coffee that’s a much more grain-forward, slightly richer version of the drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Gran Rosta Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Ray Burns, the owner of Prohibition in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., says there’s never a wrong time of year to drink an Irish Coffee, but it’s especially perfect for winter sipping.

“As Irishmen, we take our Irish Coffee very seriously. The Gran Rosta Coffee has become one of our signature drinks at both Prohibition locations,” Burns says of the drink, which derives its name from the Gaelic words for “popcorn.” “The secret ingredient is a sprinkling of popcorn powder on top.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Fort Defiance Irish Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Listed under the “Hot Helpers” category on the drinks menu at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, this Irish Coffee by owner St. John Frizell was once dubbed "the best in the known world" by The New York Times.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Thin Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

For those who love Girl Scout season and whiskey year round, this simple take on the classic Mint Julep will have you emptying your cookie boxes.

Road to Kyushu

Japanese Whisky Whiskey , Modern Classics

When Meredith Hayman, the bar manager at Michael’s in Santa Monica, Calif., had a bunch of Galliano liqueur to use up, she created this market-driven take on the Manhattan. It makes use of kumquats, the diminutive citrus fruit with a thin rind and a low amount of pith.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Muddled Drinks in Bars to Crush on Now.”

Harvest Time

Scotch Whiskey , Hot

Both locations of RedFarm are local NYC go-tos for hip dim sum and a red-and-white-checkered farmhouse vibe. During these cold winter days, Shawn Chen serves the warming Harvest Time. BenRiach scotch’s smoky campfire notes are given tart, bitter and spiced balance from warm apple cider, a touch of Campari liqueur, house-made ginger syrup and fresh yuzu citrus.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Cold Enough? Try These 11 Warm Cocktails in Bars Now.”

Cafe Correcto con Coco

Rum Whiskey , Hot

Created at Upstairs at The Gwen in Chicago, this original recipe uses a house-made coffee cordial and coconut water, but home bartenders can easily replicate it by substituting brewed coffee and a bit of almond milk. Either way, it’s a slightly sweet, rich coffee drink that’s great for any time of day.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

Expense of Honesty

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum Whiskey , Modern Classics

Admittedly, Strategic Hospitality beverage director Matthew Tocco says guests are less apt to order a cocktail if it has rum or brandy as a base, so he paired this drink at Nashville’s Pinewood Social with bourbon to make it a tad more accessible.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Mama, I’m Coming Home

Scotch Whiskey

Head bartender Jenn Knott calls this cocktail "a one-stop shop for all of the flavors reminiscent of the changing seasons." For it, she infuses Cutty Sark scotch with roasted pecans, then simmers it with apple cider, Fonseca Bin No. 27 port, honey syrup, cinnamon sticks and cloves. It's served in an Irish coffee mug and garnished with a soft caramel candy. It reminds Knott of growing up in Michigan and picking apples at the orchards with her family during the fall.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Nuts for Pecans? Go Drink These Cocktails in Bars Across the USA.”

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.”

Rancor’s Toothpick

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink created by the talented Timothy Miner 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.”

Pear & Pub Ale Party Punch

Rum Rye Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Get everyone congregating around the punch bowl instead of the water cooler with this convivial sip from Jonathan Webb, the bar manager at Fine & Dandy in Jackson, Miss. Feel free to temper the amounts if it seems too boozy for your crowd by upping the amount of juice or beer and cutting back on the rye whiskey and rum. And prep the syrup in advance so you can easily mix the punch before the party. You can serve it in a large punch bowl garnished with a round Jell-O mold ice block filled with sliced fruit.

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

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

Japanese Whisky 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.”

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