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Pardy Hardy

Tequila , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Bobby Daglio, the beverage director at Emily West Village in New York, is a perfect daytime cocktail that goes savory but not treading the weary Bloody Mary route. Here, tequila, lime and cilantro are given tart, green roundness from a house-made fire-roasted tomatillo and jalapeno salsa, shaken and strained in the drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: January 2018.”

Zig a Zig Ahh

Rum , Modern Classics

In this cocktail by Kate Perry, the general manager at Seattle’s iconic rum bar Rumba, spiced rum plays with bold flavors.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Next Generation of Spiced Rum Will Make You a Believer.”

Bacardí El Espresso de San Juan

Rum , Modern Classics

Coffee-based rum cocktails are perfect for warming you up. This recipe was created for the coldest winters, using hot coffee, spicy Mayan chocolate, rum and a kick of chili.

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

Enjoy the heat with this refreshing pineapple Margarita that boasts a touch of spicy jalapeño. Because what goes better with pineapple and tequila than a hit of chile heat?

El Rey del Patio

Beer , Frozen / Blended

Basically the cocktail version of salsa verde, this Michelada riff by Lucien Conner at Irvine, Calif.’s Puesto gets its tangy, smoky, spicy flavor from blistered jalapeños and tomatillos, while cucumber and lime add brightness and a fresh note.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These 5 Micheladas Are Exactly What You’ll Want to Drink in Bars During Football Season.”

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?

Tequila Limeade

Tequila , Modern Classics

Your refreshing limeade needs a blast of good tequila.

Fade to Black

Rum , Modern Classics

This month, as daytime skies grow dark for the first total solar eclipse in 38 years, you’ll want to find yourself a comfy perch, some protective eyewear and a tasty cocktail. We have you covered on the last one with this playful spin on a Rum Sour, made with activated charcoal and seasonal berries.

Valley of the Dark Lords

Mezcal , Modern Classics

One part inspiration from a Blood & Sand, one part terrarium, this cocktail from GM Sol Trece is a terrestrial textural treat from La Cuevita in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. “We wanted a cocktail that if you were looking through a telescope from another planet you would see sand and living creatures,” says Trece. “We added turmeric for sand color and texture and chia seeds for the ‘creatures’ effect.’”

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

A Drink, Yoda Is

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The folks at Datz in Tampa like to have fun with their food and drink, be it with candy in the cocktails or nods to pop culture icons. This homage to that tiny little pointy-eared bundle of wisdom, Yoda, by bar manager Morgan Zuch manages to make wayward whimsy taste pretty great.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

One Night Stand

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This energizing blend of fruit and cognac has a fizzy ginger twist.

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 Down

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This summery take on a Sidecar, bright with Meyer lemons, is sunshine in a glass.

Broken Bread Crusta

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

Stow Away

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Tawny port and cognac are a match made in after-dinner heaven in this simple cocktail.

Nou-vieux Riche

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Put a spicy twist on the Vieux Carré with this cardamom- and sherry-spiked Hennessy cocktail.

Perfect Thyming

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

Inferno’s Spirit

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A bit of heat goes a long way in this spicy cognac cocktail.

Mother of Dragons

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Named for a character in Game of Thrones, this Sazerac update is full of warm masala spices.

K-Town Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A warmly spiced pineapple syrup adds extra dimension to an updated Sidecar.

Shannon’s Sangrita/Michelada

Beer , Modern Classics

Lower alcohol than most Bloody Marys, Shannon’s Sangrita/Michelada (named for creator Shannon Ponche of Clover Club and Leyenda in New York City) mixes carrot, papaya, orange and lime juices, spiced with two types of chile powder and topped up with Mexican beer for a drink that’s not exactly a Bloody but offers a similar sweet-savory-spicy appeal.

Bunny Mary

Aquavit Vodka , Modern Classics

Carrots, cayenne and caper brine, yes. Tomatoes, no! The Bunny Mary, created by Extra Fancy’s Rob Krueger in New York City, gets its vibrant hue from carrot juice, punched up with savory carrot brine and a spicy cayenne-and-paprika rim for the glass.

Nam Chim Gimlet

Vodka , Modern Classics

At New Orleans’ delightful SoBou restaurant, situated in the French Quarter, bar chef Laura Bellucci brings the kitchen and bar together in this cocktail. The drink features Oryza rice vodka, fresh lime juice and Laura’s Thai chili sauce, resulting in a delicate, savory sipper that shows off citrus, chile spice and sesame oil texture.

Scotch & Ginger

Scotch , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Scotch & Ginger is better experienced than explained. The unforgettable blend of sweetness and spice defies description.

Spicy Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

Don’t settle for a sickly sweet blender bomb this Cinco de Mayo.

Volunteer

Tequila , Modern Classics

This cocktail served at Snackbar in Oxford, Miss., both cleanses the palate and complements dishes with its blanco tequila and Cointreau base enlivened by cilantro, jalapeño, cucumber, melon, cumin seed, lime, grapefruit bitters and a pinch of salt to tie it all together.

Red Snapper

Gin , Classics

This classic gin cocktail is an alternative to the Bloody Mary.

Death Star

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.“I have been a Cowboys fan since I was about six years old,” says bartender Peter Novotny of Dallas’ Armoury D.E. “I go to games when I can, but getting a good seat at the Death Star [the nickname for the Cowboys stadium] costs a pretty penny. I usually end up tailgating and sitting in the cheap seats or party-pass seats.”This bright blue riff on a Margarita is a nod to the Cowboys team colors. Novotny even stencils a Cowboys star onto the top of the drink.

Broncos Sunset

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Denver is known for these amazing orange-hued sunsets, so I wanted to incorporate that into this cocktail, says Bryan Dayton, the beverage director and co-owner of Denver’s Acorn and Brider and Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth. “Obviously, the orange and blue is also a nod to the Broncos jersey. In terms of the ingredients, I wanted to stick to local Colorado, so I used Suerte tequila, which is based here in Boulder. We also love spicy food here, so I added the Ancho Reyes for some heat.”

Blue Steele Slushie

Vodka , Frozen / Blended

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Every Friday of football season, in honor of the Colts, Indianapolis’ Spoke & Steele serves these electric-blue drinks from a slushie machine alongside its spicy “famous nug” meatballs during happy hour.

Gjallarhorn

Aquavit , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
Jesse Held, a bartender for Minneapolis’ Jester Concepts group, felt a certain obligation to not only create a cocktail that represents the Vikings but also pays homage to Minnesota’s “fabric of heartiness.” “The color had to be purple for many reasons, for our recent loss of our Prince and of course our gridiron gladiators, the Minnesota Vikings,” he says. “The gold leaf garnish is an atypical flash we Minnesotans aren’t accustomed to having, but staying true to our purple people eaters, by wearing purple and gold, is only fitting when it comes to imbibing in the name of the Vikings.”
This drink has a base of aquavit from Minneapolis’ Tattersall Distilling. “Using aquavit was essential to making a cocktail that was a true representation of the Great White North,’” says Held. To sweeten the drink, he uses a syrup and a shrub from his elixir company, Earl Giles, which can be subbed for homemade versions.

Let’s Pumpkin

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Punches

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

¡A Huevo!

Beer Tequila , Modern Classics

This mashup of a Michelada and Margarita is a big ¡a huevo! (or “hell, yeah”).

Bodega Dog

Beer Gin Vodka , Modern Classics

Mess up a Salty Dog with grapefruit beer and spicy seasoning salt, and you get a Bodega Dog.

Sanka, Ya Dead?

Beer Rum , Frozen / Blended

This variation on a Guinness Punch has ice cream stepping in for condensed milk and a splash of Appleton Estate rum for extra hair on the chest.

Ginger Gin Fizz

Gin , Modern Classics

This brunch cocktail, served at Barcelona’s popular Xixbar, is ideal for an early-morning pick-me-up.

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.

Tea & Sympathy

Cachaça Liqueurs , Hot

Forget the whiskey. This warming Toddy replaces the brown spirit with cachaça laced with chai and spicy ginger liqueur.

Hobnail

Scotch , Modern Classics

Smoky Scotch is tempered with a hint of bitter amaro and a slick of spicy ginger syrup in this straightforward glass.

Rudolph’s Nose

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 maraschino, cognac and bitters.

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.

RCMPiña

Canadian Whisky , Modern Classics

You’ll find whisky, spice and everything nice inside this tall glass of Canadian whisky, ginger syrup and Chinese 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.

Pumpkin Pie Brew

Beer , Modern Classics

Pumpkin fans will love this easy blend of pumpkin beer and freshly-brewed black tea laced with chai spices, coconut and pineapple.

Apple Crisp Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Craving gooey apple crisp? Create the drinkable version with a base of freshly-brewed English breakfast tea laced with lemon peel plus spicy ginger bourbon, apple slices and cinnamon.

Matador Norteño

Tequila , Modern Classics

A few drops of habanero tincture transform this sotol-and-pineapple cocktail—for the better.

Schlitzie

Tequila , Modern Classics

At New York's County Restaurant, this spicy serrano-infused cocktail can be made with interchangeable base spirits like tequila or rye whiskey.

First Frost

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

Despite its chilly temperature, this brandy cocktail offers warming notes of spice-infused vermouth, maple syrup and cardamom.

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