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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.”

That’s How We Cass-e-role

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Mushy green beans from a can topped with canned onion straws? No, thanks. At Washington, D.C.’s Firefly, lead bartender Brendan Ambrose’s vegetal elixir (a new version of one he does with sugar snap peas,) is smoky, herbal and bitter, thanks to smoked beans and mezcal, and a splash of Chartreuse and Cynar liqueurs.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Holiday Dinner

Gin , Modern Classics

This play on the classic Gin Martini by Chicago’s Dos Urban Cantina bar manager Larry Rice evokes thoughts of carving up that stuffing-filled bird (or enjoying an open-faced sandwich or mushy piece of gravy bread for days afterward). Gin infused with thyme and saffron, as well as a salty syrup made with turkey broth, lend the drink a super savory component.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Beet-On

Arak , Modern Classics

Ruben Hernandez, the head bartender at New York City’s Miss Ada, was inspired to create a salad stand-in that stems from the Mediterranean tradition of mixing arak with water, mint and citrus over ice. Beets provided the perfect base—not to mention a gorgeous, intense color—and purple, pink and even rainbow ones work equally well. To add savory tanginess, feel free to garnish with a sprinkle of goat cheese.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Honey-Kissed Cosmopolitan

Vodka , Modern Classics

Put away the can opener and forget about that whole “jelly or whole berry” debate. Unlike the plate-staining side dish, this Cosmo variant at Bridges at New York Hilton Midtown has a boozy kick. Grapefruit vodka mimics the citrus peel that gives popping, simmering berries bright citrus, and a rosemary sprig adds a whiff of herbaceousness.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Bacardí Cocktail

Rum , Classics

The Bacardí Cocktail became one of the most popular drinks of the period immediately following the repeal of Prohibition. It is a variation of the Daiquiri that involves rum, lime and grenadine. It is rare on menus today but was a stalwart of the 1930s bar repertoire.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Amazing Story of the Bacardí Cocktail and How It Came to Be.”

Samarian Sunset

Rum

“Conundrum,” the episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in which everyone gets their memories erased and Data thinks he’s a bartender, is one of the series’ best. He makes this drink for Troi after losing a game of 3-D chess. It goes from clear to green to red in the blink of an eye. We don’t yet have the technology to recreate that marvel, but we can mimic it using a trick with red-cabbage-infused rum. The drink will turn from purple to red with the addition of the fruit juices.

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Bacardí Superior Daiquiri

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

A standout Daiquiri doesn’t need to be complicated or crowded with garnishes. You simply need quality ingredients, like Bacardí Superior.

Hot Buttered Rum

Rum , Classics Hot

In winter, Hot Buttered Rum always hits the spot.

Singapore Sling

Gin , Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Singapore Sling has enjoyed a long and celebrated lifespan, having been created at Raffles Hotel in Singapore around the turn of the 20th century. Many claim that no two Slings are made the same way, but the smooth, fruity and herbal qualities in the recipe below are sure to satisfy.

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.

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.”

Maracuya Mistress

Rum , Modern Classics

T.J. Palmieri, the owner and operator of Madrina's in Gainesville, Fla., created this take 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.”

Tequila Manhattan

Tequila , Modern Classics

Is it still a Manhattan when it’s made with tequila? Who cares when a drink is this satisfying?

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Monaco Hotel lead bartender Kyle Darrow macerates sugar-coated brûléed banana slices and cinnamon sticks in bourbon for at least a week. For the drink, he flambés blueberries, brown sugar and overproof rum in a Julep tin, sprinkles it with cinnamon, crushes the mixture into a slurry and extinguishes the flame. He adds the infused bourbon and crushed ice and swizzles it, garnishing the drink with skewered blueberries and banana chips. “If you would throw it on your oatmeal at breakfast, it’ll probably taste good infused with bourbon,” he says.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “9 Infused Bourbon Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

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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.

The Apple Fell Far from the Tree

Tequila , Modern Classics

This SoCal-style fall refresher by Steven Tuttle, the bar manager at San Diego’s Kettner Exchange, includes butterfly-pea-flower-infused blanco tequila, which means the drink turns a rich shade of blue to purple. It hints at autumn with the allspice-rum notes of Hamilton pimento dram, brightened by lime and Fuji apple syrup—all without losing the vibrancy of the tequila.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: November 2017.”

Tequila Blood Orange Soda

Tequila , Modern Classics

What’s even better than a tequila and soda? A tequila and soda with a hit of blood orange juice to brighten the color and flavor in the best possible way.

Bacardí Mary Pickford

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

In the 1920s, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were Hollywood’s favorite couple. While they were filming in Cuba with Charlie Chaplin, barman Fred Kaufman created this classic cocktail in Pickford’s honor at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Bacardí Hemingway Special

Rum , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created for Ernest Hemingway by bartender Constantino Ribalaigua of the El Floridita in Havana. Hemingway was diabetic, so the sugar in the drink was replaced with maraschino liqueur, grapefruit juice and an additional measure of rum.

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 Air Mail

Rum , Modern Classics

While many cocktails are garnished with olives or cherries, it’s traditional to serve the Air Mail with a postage stamp. It can be stuck on the edge of the glass or placed to one side.

Bacardí Añejo Highball

Rum , Modern Classics

The Añejo Highball is the hip Caribbean cousin of the Moscow Mule. It was created by Dale DeGroff, one of the masters of modern mixology, as a tribute to the Cuban bartenders of the early 1900s.

Bacardí Sidecar

Rum , Modern Classics

This recipe comes from Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. It’s said to be named after a World War I U.S. army captain who used to be chauffeured to the bar in a motorcycle sidecar.

Bacardí Rum Julep

Rum , Modern Classics

Since 1938, it’s been a tradition to enjoy a Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. The drink is made with good old Kentucky bourbon, but you can’t beat the flavor and smoothness that’s added by substituting it for Bacardí 8 Años rum.

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 Maestro Collins

Rum , Modern Classics

Rich and refreshing, Bacardí Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron elevates the classic Tom Collins cocktail.

Bacardí Daiquiri

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

The best Daiquiris aren’t made in machines and garnished with mini umbrellas. This elegant take on the tropical classic combines freshly squeezed lime juice, real sugar and world-class rum.

Bacardí Piña Colada

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

The original Cuban Piña Colada is a mellow cocktail that is best made with fresh coconut water and pineapple, to remain true to its heritage, which goes all the way back to 1922.

Bacardí Mai Tai

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

Mai tai means “out of this world” in Tahitian, and it’s the perfect name for an irresistible exotic cocktail. This recipe was created in 1944 by Trader Vic Bergeron at his Polynesian-themed restaurant in San Francisco.

Tequila Blackberry Punch

Tequila , Modern Classics

Smash some blackberries to get a drink that’s as easy as it is refreshing. It’s punch but with tequila!

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.

Monastery

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Arlington’s lively all-day cafe Baba opened last spring with a cocktail menu that occasionally showcases Eastern European spirits like rakia (fruit brandies popular throughout the Balkans). The Monastery cocktail features another Eastern European spirit, slivovitz (plum brandy), highlighting the intense plum flavors of Maraska slivovitz and plum jam with the herbaceous green of fresh basil.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: October 2017.”

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.

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.”

Sour Grapes

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Bellecour bar director Robb Jones in Wayzata, Minn., wanted to introduce pineau to the menu of this super hot restaurant 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis. The Sour Grapes is his nod to a Whiskey Sour.

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

Stone Barn

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

A floral, herbaceous twist on the classic bourbon and ginger. Learn how to make it today at Liquor.com.

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.

Alpine Hippie Juice

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

More of a chef's table Rickey than a backyard Rickey, the Alpine Hippie Juice is “hyperconcentrated, super tart and and dry,” says creator Jeremy Allen, of Los Angeles’ MiniBar. The Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps does the work of juniper berries in gin. “It’s a new yet familiar flavor in a clean and simple drink,” says Allen.

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

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.

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.

Tavernonna Classic Gin Rickey

Gin , Modern Classics

This modern take on the Gin Rickey by Nicholas Boden at Tavernonna at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo., is a fusion of new and old. “It has all the elements of the classic recipe, but the Builders gin used was selected because of its lavender-forward properties, and the use of citric acid instead of lime juice is an updated technique used by many bartenders,” says Boden. “The extremely herbal cocktail is then topped off with lavender-infused soda water. Everything comes together in a symphony of flavors when the drink is served in a rosemary-smoked Martini glass.

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.

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.”

NOLET’S Cucumber Smash

Gin , Modern Classics

No need to be delicate with this recipe. Grab your muddler, NOLET’S Silver Gin, fresh mint and cucumber. Then smash your way to a mouthwatering cocktail. This is how you make a Cucumber Smash.

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