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Screwdriver

Vodka , Classics

The Screwdriver is an essential part of the mixological toolkit.

White Russian

Vodka , Classics

Made infamous by The Dude's in The Big Lebowski, the White Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. Sweet, creamy and boozy, this three ingredient cocktail is dessert in a glass – an old fashioned glass, no less – with the ability to get you tipsy in no time. What more can you ask for?

Coffee & Ti’

Rum , Modern Classics

Nick Detrich of Cane & Table in New Orleans created this riff on the classic Ti’ Punch.This recipe originally appeared as part of “It's About Time to Fall in Love with This Rum Cocktail. It’s Called the Ti’ Punch.”

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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.

Speyside Smash

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail takes single malt for a slightly tropical spin. And yes, it’s as delicious as it looks.

Tequila Corpse Reviver

Tequila , Modern Classics

Sweet and citrusy, this innovative take on the classic Corpse Reviver could most certainly wake the dead.

Tequila Martini

Tequila , Modern Classics

Okay, okay: It’s not technically a Martini if it’s made with tequila. But this kicky version of the classic is well worth going against the grain for.

Junior Buffalo GDE

Gin , Modern Classics

“When it’s hot out—and it’s always hot in Arizona—I want something light, refreshing and sessionable,” says Clayton MacGregor, who created the Junior Buffalo GDE cocktail at Phoenix’s Pig & Pickle. (GDE stands for greatest dog/drink ever.) “It’s an homage to my late favorite dog ever, Buffalo the Bulldog, and this drink lives up to his standard of greatness.” It’s elegant, refreshing and easy to love.

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

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.

Tropical Fruit Sangria

Tequila , Tiki / Tropical

Sangria is most often made with wine. But when you swap the grape stuff for tequila and toss in some tropical fruit, a good drink gets a little more interesting.For more great Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos, too!—head right this way.

Gin & Juice

Gin , Modern Classics

Mix up this Gin & Juice recipe when you've got your mind on your money and your money on your mind.

The Ultimate Daiquiri

Rum , Classics

The alchemy of the ultimate Daiquiri lies in keeping it simple: two parts rum to lime juice, with just enough sugar to take the edge off. Using a rich simple syrup made of demerara sugar gives the drink necessary sweetness and balance without turning the drink into the sugary mess that many associate with the Daiquiri.The original Daiquiri was invented in the early 1900s but didn’t become popular until the 1940s. World War II rationing made whiskey and vodka hard to come by, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy made relations with Latin America better and thus rum easily accessible. It was one of six classic cocktails that was later featured in David A. Embury’s 1948 seminal book on cocktails, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.”

Simple Syrup

Non-Alcoholic

Learn how to make this easy syrup for all your cocktailing needs.

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.

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.

M Gin & Tonic

Gin , Modern Classics

Chicago’s RPM Steak rolled out three G&Ts for its summer menu—an “R,” a “P” and an “M,” appropriately. The M is an especially distinct take on the classic Gin & Tonic—a darker, more lush version of the usually bright and zippy drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Gin & Tonics Across the USA: These 9 G&Ts Will Make You a Believer.

Absolut Elyx Vodka Martini

Vodka , Martinis

The lightest, crispest Martini you’ve ever tried.

The Elyx Spritz

Vodka , Modern Classics

Meet your new favorite light, effervescent Spritz.

Elyx Cold Fashioned

Vodka , Modern Classics

Forget milk and sugar. Spike your next cold brew with vodka and sherry.

B&T

Gin , Classics

A proper Gin & Tonic is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

London Spritz

Gin , Modern Classics

Give your next Spritz a British upgrade with this gin-based version.

Spanish Gin & Tonic

Gin , Modern Classics

It’s time to give your G&T a facelift. Originally from Basque Country, Spain, this fun twist on the classic Highball looks as good in the glass as it will on your brunch table. The key is in the garnish. Experiment with seasonal fruit and herb combos to find the one that best suits you.

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.

Aperol Spritz

Champagne & Sparkling Wine , Classics

A lot of people like a little something bubbly with their brunch. Move past the Mimosa and the rosé, and satisfy that craving with an Aperol Spritz. An Aperol Spritz is bubbly and low-proof, making it the perfect cocktail for daytime drinking. This is one of the most popular cocktails in Italy. Soon enough, it will be a favorite for your customers, too.

The Duchess of Detroit

Brandy / Cognac Cognac

Embrace the simplicity of a restrained layered cocktail.

Standard Summertime Punch

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Sherry , Punches

Cognac, sherry and peach tea make this summery punch a year-round crowd-pleaser.

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.

Don’t Dance With the Orchids

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Transport yourself to cognac with a Champagne cocktail inspired by the aromatics and spices of the region.

Perfect Thyming

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This slightly boozier take on the classic Sangaree balances citrus and sweetness with a hint of spice.

Cailleach’s Bath Collins

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail is named for the Gaelic hag goddess of winter, Cailleach Bheur, to whom the great Corryvreckan serves as laundry basin. The use of preserved citrus and seed serve as ode to her season's bounty, with a crack of pepper to highlight the malt's spice.

Outlaws

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Washington, D.C.–inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Promenade

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Three French spirits combine for one elegant cocktail.

Top Hat

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

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

Que Linda

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This cognac cocktail packs a citrusy punch with lemon, orange and grapefruit flavors.

Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This twist on the classic combines cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

The Hennessy Highball

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You can’t get much easier than this refreshing two-ingredient cognac cocktail.

St. Charles Punch

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This no-nonsense, four-ingredient cocktail created by the legendary Jerry Thomas is crisp, citrusy and sweet.

The Henny Bee

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Put a Margarita-ish spin on your next cognac cocktail.

Belle Amie

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Bea’s twist on an Old Fashioned hits sweet, tart, and chocolate-y notes.

Tequila Sour

Tequila , Modern Classics

A solid shake is required for this refreshing Tequila Sour. It’s worth every move. For more great summery Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos too!—head right this way.

Between the Sheets

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

Swap out the lemon juice for rum in this boozy update on the Sidecar.

Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You can’t get much more simple or refreshing than this three-ingredient Sidecar.

Sazerac De Los Reyes

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This cocktail is warm take on the Sazerac, with cardamom, bitters and Luxardo maraschino liqueur.

Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Classics Modern Classics

If you’re craving a classic cocktail, pour yourself this three-ingredient stunner.

Ti’ Punch

Rhum Agricole , Modern Classics

The national cocktail of Martinique is as easy to make as it is to drink, using just three ingredients, including the island’s native spirit, rhum agricole.

Hotel Nacional

Rhum Agricole , Classics

The signature drink at Havana’s historic Hotel Nacional mixes pineapple juice and apricot liqueur for a cocktail that’s smooth, fragrant and big on tropical flavor. You can use either white or dark rum (or both), depending on your mood.

NOLET’s Silver Raspberry Martini

Gin , Modern Classics

This bright and refreshing spin on the Martini trades in olives for raspberries. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Grab your muddler and a little mint to make it yourself.

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