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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.


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.

In My Defense

Scotch , Modern Classics

This complex and spirit-forward cocktail is a showcase for award-winning single malt. And other delightfully unexpected ingredients elevate the scotch.

Takumi’s Aviation

Gin , Modern Classics

In 2010, while in Athens judging the Diageo World Class bartender competition, barman Gary “Gaz” Regan tasted the very best Aviation cocktail he had ever encountered—one made by Takumi Watanabe, a bartender at The Sailing Bar in Sakurai, Japan. “Since there was no crème de violette available to Watanabe at the time, he used Marie Brizard Parfait Amour, a liqueur that’s similar in color to the original ingredient but boasts orange and vanilla notes rather than the more floral notes found in crème de violette,” says Regan.

Wolfberger Punch

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Ciaran Wiese, the bar manager at Tucson, Ariz.’s Agustin Kitchen, is an updated version of a Picon Punch.


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.

Whisky Contardo

Scotch , Modern Classics

With a little bit of care and thought, the old-school Whisky Mac can be reimagined and turned into something worthy of our more particular modern cocktailing palates, the Whisky Contardo, from bartender Adam Bernbach at Washington, D.C.’s 2 Birds 1 Stone.

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.

Whisky Mac

Scotch , Classics

This old timer’s whisky cocktail is shorthand for the Whisky Macdonald, so named for a Colonel Hector MacDonald, who first crafted the drink while serving during the British Raj in India. It’s a simple combination of blended scotch and Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine , a fortified wine described on the bottle as a "ginger flavored currant wine" with a 13.5 percent ABV.


Canadian Whisky , Modern Classics

A dash of fernet spices up this 416-style Manhattan by Simon Ogden of Veneto in Victoria, British Columbia.

Long Island Iced Tea

Gin Liqueurs Rum Tequila Vodka , Classics

The Long Island Iced Tea is what happens when four different spirits collide to create one powerful drink. With a mysterious origin story, this potent drink will bring on the good times (and hangovers) for years to come.

Green Tea Highball

Japanese Whisky Whiskey , Modern Classics

Two of Japan’s most famous beverages get cozy in this uplifting cocktail.

DIY Pink Gin

Gin , Classics

Adapted from the 1939 classic cocktail book The Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker, the original cocktail nods to the drink’s Navy roots, suggesting that the excess bitters “go back in the bottle, on the floor or out the porthole or window, depending upon who, where and what we are.”

Scottish Beats

Scotch , Modern Classics

Nodding to the classic Blood & Sand, this drink by Jason Percival, the bar manager at Boston’s Post 390, relies on beets for its dramatic rosy hue and a hint of sweetness.

Remember the Maine

Rye Whiskey , Classics

If you appreciate a good Manhattan—a rye Manhattan specifically—then the Remember the Maine will most likely find a home in your drinks repertoire. The cocktail comes from Charles H. Baker, Jr’s. The Gentleman’s Companion from 1939 and is notable for its additions of cherry liqueur and a touch of absinthe.

Rusty Nail

Scotch , Classics

Cocktails don’t come much easier than this one, which has been around since the late 1930s. A lot of recipes suggest equal parts, but you’re better off starting with two ounces of scotch and a half ounce of Drambuie, tinkering until you find your personal ratio. No matter how you drink it, you’ll be channeling the Rat Pack in no time.

Maribell’s Late Again

Gin , Modern Classics

This savory cocktail by bartender Reid Lewis at Dallas’ Bowen House features rosemary-infused olive oil.

Dr. Osthimer

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

This shaken cocktail has just enough citrus to brighten up the sweet flavor profile. It’s precisely what the doctor ordered.

La Bruja Dulce

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

La Bruja Dulce is a witch’s brew of high-quality rye and stand-out liqueurs. The spirit-forward cocktail perfectly balances sweet and spicy flavors.

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.

Vodka Gimlet

Vodka , Classics

The classic Gimlet takes gin, but many opt for this vodka version.

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).

Stone Fence


This two-ingredient autumnal classic is traditionally made using two ounces of rye, bourbon, rum or brandy and topped with apple cider.

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.

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.”

Spark & Stormy

Modern Classics

Who says coffee cocktails can’t be a little topical? This creation from Vance Henderson of Drambuie not only adds in the juiciness of pineapple but also notes of fresh basil and a splash of mezcal—just for fun.

Smoke Show

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The bright, fresh taste and warming herbal properties of this cocktail by bartender Liz Martinez at The Purple Pig bring to mind Christmas trees, cold snowy mornings and evenings spent by a crackling fire.

Flying Elvis

Rum , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.For the New England Patriots, “this cocktail is a little taste of humble pie, with the strength and resolve of some local navy-strength rum providing structure, a little taste of the unexpected from the Amaro di Angostura and egg white, just like the Pats playbook,” says bartender Vikram Hegde at Cambridge, Mass.’s Little Donkey. “Plus, there’s a little something festive and tropical in the Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur (you know, because Gisele).”

Manhattan On $15 A Day

Canadian Whisky , Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Manhattan On $15 A Day.

Autumn Wind

Rum , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“With 2.5 ounces of liquor, this is the perfect cocktail for an Oakland Raiders fan,” says bartender Martin Delgado of Prizefighter in Emeryville, Calif. “Bold and strong while pleasantly refreshing, that is always my take away from a Raiders tailgate and a Raiders win. And as we are the Raiders, rum was without question the base spirit! Go, Raiders!”

On the Wings of Eagles

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. This drink by Matthew Polzin of The Olde Bar is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles, whose team color is represented by the Green Chartreuse and team’s eagle represented on the bottle of Fernet-Branca.

Mularkey’s Secret Playbook

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 Mularkey's Secret Playbook is named after the new head coach [Mike Mularkey] in hopes that he has the secret playbook to bring us a winning season,” says Etch bartender Mark Kremper. “The main components of the drink are Tennessee whiskey and Chartreuse. It wouldn't be a cocktail celebrating our Tennessee Titans if it wasn't made with Mr. Tennessee Whiskey himself, Jack Daniel’s. I chose to use its new single-barrel rye whiskey for its heat and spicy notes, to give our team the kick it needs to beat the competition, and paired it with Chartreuse, for which the secret recipe is known only by a select few (hence the playbook). This cocktail embodies our hopes for the season.”

Curse of Bobby Layne

Tequila , Modern Classics

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Introduced in 1930, Honolulu blue and silver have been the distinctive look of the Detroit Lions for almost the entire life of the franchise,” says Selden Standard bartender Rob Wilson. “Inspired by those colors, the cocktail features blueberries and [blue agave] silver tequila. The idea is to have the vinegar create a really pungent garnish, kind of like a pickled onion on a Martini. Fresh berries will lack that zing, so I’d definitely suggest pickling them or even just soaking them overnight in Champagne vinegar to at least get some of that flavor.”
(As for the name, in 1958, the Lions traded quarterback Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne, in response, supposedly said the Lions would not win for 50 years—though this statement has been disputed as a hoax and was never published at the time. But for the next 50 years, the Lions had the worst winning percentage of any NFL team.)

Vecchia Passione

Amaro , Modern Classics

Five bitter liqueurs team up for one amazing drink.

Fall Into Italy

Amaro Brandy / Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

Averna and cognac balance out this civilized sip.

Rye Bandit

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Two types of amaro liven up this classic.

Italian Bird

Rum , Modern Classics

Leave the jungle behind.

Brown & Orange

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

You don’t have to live in Ohio to love it.

Long Zest

Scotch , Modern Classics

Ditch the vodka, add whisky. (You can thank us later.)

My Golden Dram

Scotch , Modern Classics

The Champagne cocktail with a Scottish brogue.

Lion’s Tail with FEW Bourbon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Classics

This bourbon cocktail is perfect for fall.


Scotch , Modern Classics

Three ingredients add up to one perfect sip.

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