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Aquarelle

Gin , Modern Classics

After a trip to NYC’s Attaboy, The Eddy head bartender Brian Elder in New York created this pastel-colored drink after looking to add a refreshing easy-sipping cocktail to his list. The drink at Attaboy used muddled strawberries, but to lessen the prep time and reduce spent fruit waste, Elder makes a strawberry cordial, which combines with lemon juice, gentian, gin and pineau. The drink takes a garnish of fresh basil for extra aromatics.

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

New Slang

Gin , Modern Classics

Schuyler Hunton of Tiger Mama in Boston was tired of watching the compost pile stack up night after night, so she decided to do something about it. This gin-based cocktail is made from lime peels, coconut water (from coconuts the bar typically uses to make Tiki cups) and the oft-discarded syrup from the Luxardo cherry jar, for a tall drink that’s bright, refreshing and easy on your conscience.

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

Manu de Chango

Tequila , Modern Classics

This drink by Kim Stodel of Providence in Los Angeles is a hybrid of a Margarita and a Paloma, made with tequila, dry curaçao, guava, lime juice and grapefruit juice. Stodel makes her own house-made guava syrup—a process that results in a lot of guava pulp. Throw it away? Nope. Instead, Stodel repurposes it to make the fruit leather garnish that adds the finishing touch to the cocktail.

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

Pour Ma Guele

Gin , Modern Classics

Cassia bark and lemon peels are usually discarded. But in this room-temperature gin cocktail by Justin Lavenue at The Roosevelt Room in Austin, the peels and bark are used to make the smoke for the cocktail, as well as the give the drink an added bit of zest at the end.

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

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.

Beet Royale

Gin , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Aaron Ranf of Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon is a take on the Kir Royale and consists of gin, rose-geranium-infused beet juice, lemon juice and prosecco.

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

Classic Bloody Mary

Vodka , Classics

While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary's staying power leaves no question. The Bloody Mary is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else can you want?

Rosemary Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

The classic grapefruit Paloma gets a hint of herby goodness.

Bananas Foster Le Coupe

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Add the flavors of the classic dessert to a sweet, frothy cocktail.

A Sweet and Spicy Desiree

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This peach-jalapeño cocktail is sweet, spicy and smooth all at once.

Black Car

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Tea cocktails meet the Sidecar in this update of a classic.

Pilikia Smash

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try a refreshing cognac cocktail with lime juice and Thai basil leaves.

Banana Surfer

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Hang 10 with a Tiki-inspired cognac cocktail laced with coconut and banana.

Uptown Ways

Brandy / Cognac Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cognac , Modern Classics

Bubbly and berries are cognac’s BFFs in this bright sparkling rosé cocktail.

Broken Bread Crusta

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Let the flavor of cognac shine in this sweet, spicy interpretation of a Sidecar.

Bana’nac Attack

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You’ll go bananas for this tropical swizzle.

Furry Berry

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Capture the bright flavors of blackberries in this simple cognac and cherry cocktail.

Horse’s Neck

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A burst of C02 gives the traditional Horse’s Neck a breath of fresh air.

PH Champagne Punch

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This sparkling cognac and rum punch bursts with citrus flavor.

Talking Backwards

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Los Angeles–inspired cocktails has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Burning Meadow

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Vegas-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

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.

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.

Sous Vide Gin & Tonic

Gin , Modern Classics

Making this sous vide G&T by A.J. Schaller at Sterling, Va.’s Culinary Research & Education Academy (CREA), Cuisine Solutions’ research arm, starts with a sous vide tonic syrup. Keeping infusions under 185°F is crucial, says Schaller. “This is the temperature at which the flavor of the volatile oils will change on the fruit and thicken the product,” she says. Starting with room temperature ingredients will also help with a more rapid transfer of flavors, according to Schaller.

Haiballer

Shochu , Modern Classics

At Washington, D.C.’s Dram & Grain, the latest menu was dubbed Dram & Global, offering a series of drinks inspired from different cities across the world, including this Tokyo-style highball.

Mojito

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

What's the perfect way to capture summer all year long? A well-mixed Mojito, of course. A decedent of the Cuban cocktail El Draque, this five ingredient highball is a favorite of many, including Ernest Hemingway.

Maple Smoked Rumhattan

Rum , Modern Classics

This drink from Zak Doy of Toronto’s Rush Lane & Co. enlists the help of a maple plank for smoking the inside of a glass (and reinforces Canadian pride, of course).

Abbott Road

Gin , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“Our goal in creating a cocktail for the Bills was to capture the pride of the fans, whose loyalty is steadfast win or lose,” says bartender Jeff Yannuzzi of Buffalo’s Toutant. “Abbott Road leads into the stadium area where the real Buffalo Bills fan spirit lives—the tailgate lots! We hope the drink represents the strength we have in numbers, and the power of combining our differences together to make something great.”Yannuzzi’s drink puts to use spirits from Buffalo distilleries, Tommyrotter American gin and Lockhouse Ibisco bitter (a New York State aperitif similar to Campari), as well as grapes from nearby vineyards and bitter local wildflower honey.”

Little FIB

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Hastings Cameron, a bartender at several Madison, Wisc., bars, including Imaginary Bar, describes this cocktail tribute to the Green Bay Packers as a “perverse Shamrock shake,” in which the mint and fennel of Strega are fortified by similar notes in gin from Death’s Door Spirits, a Wisconsin distillery.
“I grew up in Chicago rooting for the Packers as a little contrarian,” says Cameron. “As an adult, I still love blue and orange (mostly orange) but couldn’t possibly care less about the Bears, or the Cubs for that matter,” he says. While this drink was purely aesthetically inspired by the Packers’ team colors—“Lil Wayne didn’t need anything more than the team’s colors to inspire this,” says Cameron—it involves a pretty complex matcha foam, evidence of Cameron’s tendency toward molecular gastronomy-like bartending.The booziness of the cocktail is inspired by the ice-cold winters in Wisconsin. “Drink builds tend to swell in volume the farther north we get from Madison. The 2.5 ounces of 80-plus-proof booze is a nod to that cultural imperative,” he says.

Harvest Nog

Modern Classics

This drink doubles as a dessert and cocktail in one. Two different approaches to preparing acorn squash allow the vegetable to flex its muscles in a couple of different directions. For the vegetable-cocktail skittish, though, never fear: Allspice and clove help the drink to retain a more traditional “nog” flavor profile while adding in a welcome dose of crispness.

Let’s Pumpkin

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Punches

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

Stone & Co.

Gin , Frozen / Blended

Gin, cucumber and a Pop Rocks garnish.

Pepin

Rum , Modern Classics

This rum cocktail by Emil Areng of Open/Closed was created for the Bacardi Legacy competition.

Warm in the Winter

Aquavit Gin , Tiki / Tropical

This completely vegan cocktail takes Tiki to a dramatic level.

Rampart Rambler

Brandy / Cognac Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created by Steven Lucas at Raised for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.

The Japanese

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created by Jon Harris at Virgin for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.

Sidecar #2

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created by James Urycki at Langham for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.

#28

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created by Michael Page at Acanto for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.

Lucy Colada

Rum , Modern Classics

Making your own cannabis-infused liquor that’ll give you a buzz in two ways isn’t as hard as you think. And you can use that liquor to make this rum and coconut milk cocktail.

Chill Wave

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Making your own cannabis-infused liquor that’ll give you a buzz in two ways isn’t as hard as you think. And you can then use that liquor to make this mezcal cocktail.

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.

Sparkling Apple Punch

Tequila , Punches

A smoked honey syrup and spicy bitters lend subtle heat to this tequila-based party punch that serves eight to ten people.

Snow Bunny

Beer Other Whiskey , Modern Classics

Anchor’s Christmas Spirit is the merry result of distilling Anchor Brewing’s Christmas ale, which creates a smooth, winter-spiced spirit that’s ideal for holiday cocktails like this one, mixed with ginger liqueur, honey syrup and allspice bitters.

Spiced Cocoa

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Spice up your next cup of cocoa with this cayenne-spiked recipe mixed with nutty walnut liqueur and bourbon.

Berry Barracuda

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

Leave it to the pros at The Dead Rabbit to create a cocktail that pairs Irish whiskey with strawberries and tart balsamic vinegar. Lillet Rose and sherry complete this ingenious coupe.

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