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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 Minor 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.”

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.

Amaretto Sour

Bourbon / American Whiskey Liqueurs , Classics

Forget overly sweet, pre-made sour mix: The best way to highlight amaretto's nutty flavor is with this frothy classic. This recipe for the 1970s throwback is a balanced combination of sweet, sour, nutty and boozy. Intrigued? Try Portland mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler's version of the Amaretto Sour below.

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.

Bacardí La Salvación

Rum , Modern Classics

La Salvación is a Caribbean favorite that was made famous by Dale DeGroff. This lovely, aromatic and complex cocktail combines fragrant sage with Bacardí Superior rum and two rather interesting liqueurs.

Bacardí Aurum

Rum , Modern Classics

Aurum means “gold” in Latin. The best cocktail bars serve this elegant drink with a spectacular ice ball and flecks of edible gold leaf to add a touch of magic.

Bacardí Martini Santería

Rum , Martinis

When it comes to a Martini, some people believe the less vermouth you use, the more sophisticated the drink. On the other hand, when does a Martini stop being a Martini? This recipe evens the balance with equal measures of Bacardí Superior rum and Martini rosato vermouth.

Bacardí Hurricane

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

This classic rum cocktail is an exotic blend of passion fruit, orange and a hint of lime.

Bacardí El Presidente #1

Rum , Modern Classics

Named after Cuban president Gerardo Machado, the El Presidente #1 is a drier version of the original and described as “the aristocrat of cocktails.” It was created by American bartender Eddie Woelke at Jockey Club.

Garibaldi

Liqueurs Rum , Modern Classics

Challenge your palate with this complex Italian cocktail.

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.”

Bamboo #2

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

It has been a long time since the first Bamboo cocktail was made in Japan back in the 1890s. The drink was nearly forgotten after Prohibition, but it has recently enjoyed a comeback. At Washington, D.C.’s Mirabelle, lead bartender Zachary Faden's twist substitutes pineau for the original sherry. This simple cocktail has an elegant roundness with hints of caramel and nuts.

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

Raisin’ Cane

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The bar team at Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio has long praised pineau and always has a bottle on the backbar. Recently, a customer asked bar manager Myles Worrell to make a cocktail with it after tasting it on its own. The result was an on-the-fly concoction.

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

Head Over Heels

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Bartender Patrick Natola of Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago wanted to create a great Martini by swapping in tequila for gin but felt that vermouth alone lacked something. He recalled rich vanilla and stone fruit notes in pineau and combined that with tequila, sweet white vermouth and Gran Classico bitter liqueur for a bitter finish. The result is a refreshingly balanced drink with big floral notes rounded out with hints of vanilla and orange.

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

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.

East Coast Lover

Gin , Modern Classics

This is a good Rickey to imbibe as you head into the fall. Instead of citrus and botanical flavors, this cocktail by Katie Astrauskas at Chicago’s GreenRiver relies on a base of genever, the juniper-based ancestor to gin that’s popular in the Netherlands. “This fall take on the classic Gin Rickey, with a malty genever base, is the perfect tall drink for brisk weather,” says Astrauskas.

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

Cosmopolitan

Vodka , Classics

According to Gary Regan’s research, the original Cosmopolitan was created by a South Beach bartender named Cheryl Cook. Eager to invent a new cocktail for the Martini glass, Cheryl riffed on the classic Kamikaze using a newly introduced citrus-flavored vodka plus a splash of cranberry juice. The rest is rose-hued history.

Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

Celebrate Derby Day year-round with the Mint Julep, a classic bourbon refresher.

Room Temperature Martini No. 3

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Room Temperature Martini No. 2

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Room Temperature Martini No. 1

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

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.

Commander in Chief

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

Jillian Vose, the bar manager at The Dead Rabbit in New York City, knows a thing or two about Irish whiskey and cocktails. This drink employs two expressions: Redbreast 12-year-old and Green Spot. Mix these with bitters, passion fruit syrup and Lemorton Pommeau de Normandie brandy, and enjoy.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

True Blue

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

This crowd-pleasing cocktail comes from Harrison Ginsberg at The Dead Rabbit in New York City and uses Tullamore D.E.W. 12-year-old as its whiskey base. Bitters, ginger syrup, sherry, apple brandy and even Guinness are added to the party. All the ingredients are shaken, strained and served with a nutmeg garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Luck of the Irish

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers in Cork, Ireland, recommends this Irish version of a Manhattan. The cocktail consists of equal parts West Cork Distillers 10-year-old single malt, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse. Combine the three, stir, strain and serve over ice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Black Barrel Old Fashioned

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

Jameson brand ambassador Killian Lee suggests using Jameson Black Barrel whiskey in this version of an Old Fashioned. The whiskey mingles with two different kinds of bitters and a little Bénédictine liqueur to amplify its malty sweetness, making it a worthy twist on the classic.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

High on the Hog

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

Ginger, maple and bourbon roll on your tongue while you fight the urge to just eat the bacon garnish first in this cocktail by Jerry Nevins from his book, Sloshies: 102 Boozy Cocktails Straight from the Freezer (Workman, $14.95).

This recipe originally appeared as part of You're Going to Need Frozen Cocktails This Summer. These 3 Are the Ones to Make.

The Lion’s Den

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try an elegant, tangy Martini for your next aperitif.

Sazerac

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Accentuate the subtle nuances of fine cognac in this boozy classic.

C-4

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This Sidecar variation celebrates the local producers of Detroit, offering smooth citrus flavors and a tangy finish.

Sazerac

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Add the warm, bold spice star anise to your next Sazerac.

Nou-vieux Riche

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

Promenade

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Three French spirits combine for one elegant cocktail.

Alyssum

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Warm cinnamon syrup adds heat to this sweet-bitter cognac cocktail.

Top Down

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Chartreuse and Bénédictine add herbal notes to cognac in this spirit-forward creation.

Strawberry Fields

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This strawberry-mint cognac cocktail is a perfect for drinking on a porch on a warm summer evening.

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.

Sazerac De Los Reyes

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

Smoked Old Fashioned

Scotch , Modern Classics

Spice up the Old Fashioned by bringing in smoke and single malt. This spin on the traditional recipe will make you fall in love with the classic all over again.

Aberlour 12-Year Highball with Soda

Scotch , Modern Classics

Of course Aberlour 12 year is good enough—by far—to stand on its own. Make a highball to open up the premium single malt even more.

Aberlour Highball

Scotch , Modern Classics

You might be surprised by what a splash of soda can add to a premium single malt. Toss in a slice of red apple to enjoy this highball in style.

The Rapscallion

Scotch , Modern Classics

The mouthwatering mix of spirits in the Rapscallion strike a delicate, delicious balance. The result is proof that fine single malt loves company.

The Robert Baratheon

Scotch , Modern Classics

Scotch as complex and rich as Aberlour can elevate almost drink. The Robert Baratheon shows how single malt and vermouth can bring out one another’s strengths.

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.

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.

Frontier

Scotch , Modern Classics

A cocktail doesn’t need to be complicated to have a complex flavor profile. Just look at this simple, elegant scotch cocktail.

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