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Idle Hands

Rum , Modern Classics

Using a clarification technique pioneered by New York culinary whiz Dave Arnold, Kevin Beary, the beverage director at Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash, creates a clear banana rum and a banana syrup by adding an enzyme called Pectinex. The enzyme helps break down the fruit’s pectin, which is a naturally occurring starch. When each solution is run through a centrifuge, the banana solids compress at the bottom of the device, leaving a crystal-clear liquid on top.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Clear Your Mind. Because the Time Has Come to Experience the New Banana Daiquiri.”

Rum & Ginger

Rum , Modern Classics

BlackTail, the Lower Manhattan retro Cuban bar from the team behind The Dead Rabbit, is known to modernize classics like the Rum & Coke. For its contemporary riff on the Dark ’N’ Stormy, bartender Nate Dobson added passion fruit, bitters and a blend of funky Jamaican spirits to the usual ginger and rum base.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The 5 Recipe Variations Every Dark ’N’ Stormy Lover Should Know.”

Jacq La Ginger

Rum , Modern Classics

Named after the famed female pirate of the Caribbean, Jacquotte Delahaye, this Dark ’N’ Stormy riff adapted from The Bluffton Room at Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, S.C., has Redlock spiced rum from Hilton Head Distillery, a vanilla-forward spirit with tones of allspice and nutmeg.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The 5 Recipe Variations Every Dark ’N’ Stormy Lover Should Know.”

Dracarys

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Named for the command that Daenerys Targaryen uses to get her dragons to breathe fire in “Game of Thrones,” this kicky riff on a Dark ’N’ Stormy kinda does the same thing, says Jenn Harvey, the bar manager at Temple Bar in Cambridge, Mass. “While too much spice tends to kill people's palates, this cocktail has an initial gentle heat that builds as you drink it, ultimately leading one to breath fire.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The 5 Recipe Variations Every Dark ’N’ Stormy Lover Should Know.”

Phoenix Colada

Rum , Modern Classics

Matt Giarratano, the beverage director at Phoenixville, Pa.’s Bluebird Distilling, wanted to remove the endless sun-and-beach associations with his favorite tropical flavors—rum, coconut and pineapple—and added an element of what he calls everyday drinkability. Bourbon, rum and Tiki bitters balance the sweet, and the name is a nod to the Philadelphia suburb where the distillery and cocktail bar are located.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The 5 Recipe Variations Every Dark ’N’ Stormy Lover Should Know.”

Apprentice

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Tokyo Record Bar beverage director Ashtin Berry was inspired to create this Dark ’N’ Stormy riff by the izakaya cuisine at this New York City lounge where vinyl rules. She loves the way heat coaxes out white miso’s butterscotch notes. “The Dark ’N’ Stormy has this perfect blend of baking spiced fruit and ginger spice,” says Berry. “I decided to use the white miso and sweet potato notes of the sochu along with the bitterness of the Cynar liqueur to create a more savory version.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The 5 Recipe Variations Every Dark ’N’ Stormy Lover Should Know.”

Storm the Beach

Rum , Modern Classics

At The Cocktail Club in Charleston, S.C., bar manager Ryan Welliver puts an inventive spin on the usual citrus rum cocktail by combining two types of rum with citrus and spice in the form of an infused syrup with cinnamon sticks and toasted cumin seeds.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Can the Classic Drinks of Summer Be Transformed for Winter? Yes. And This Is How.”

Change in Seasons

Rum , Modern Classics

At Bar Mash in Charleston, S.C., bar manager Teddy Nixon wanted to replicate the changing leaves during a New England autumn. “I also wanted the flavors to change from bright and sunny to a little more earthy and spicy,” he says. “So the drink goes from bright green to a deep red, just like the leaves.” The trick? Ice cubes made with pomegranate, beets and allspice, which transform the color of the drink’s muddled baby peas.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Can the Classic Drinks of Summer Be Transformed for Winter? Yes. And This Is How.

Winterbird

Rum , Modern Classics

At Nine Mile Station in Atlanta, bar manager Randy Hayden’s winterized version of the Mai Tai uses dark rum instead of white for a richer, fuller flavor and apricot liqueur rather than banana.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Can the Classic Drinks of Summer Be Transformed for Winter? Yes. And This Is How.”

Winter Mojito

Rum , Modern Classics

Eden Laurin, the head of spirits programs at Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Anker and The Violet Hour in Chicago, spices an aged rum with warming cinnamon, cloves and star anise for her cold weather take on the Mojito. A splash of Licor 43, a Spanish liqueur flavored with vanilla and botanical herbs and spices, adds aromatics.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Can the Classic Drinks of Summer Be Transformed for Winter? Yes. And This Is How.”

Cubata

Rum , Modern Classics

This two-ingredient cocktail is a twist on the Cuba Libre. Instead of white rum, it takes dark rum.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “How to Drink Rum in Havana.”

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Mango Batida

Cachaça Rum , Tiki / Tropical

No mini umbrella is required for this remarkably refreshing Tiki cocktail. All you need are fresh, natural island flavors and some premium dark rum.This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tiki Grows Up: Three Drinks That Will Win You Over.”

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Miami Vice

Liqueurs Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This recipe may come from Cleveland, but it boasts the Tiki flavors you want from a Miami Vice cocktail.This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tiki Grows Up: Three Drinks That Will Win You Over.”

Scallywag’s Scandal

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

No need to get out your blender. This Tiki masterpiece is shaken to perfection. One sip of this, and you’ll see Tiki cocktails in a brand new light.This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tiki Grows Up: Three Drinks That Will Win You Over.”

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.”

London Mule

Gin , Modern Classics

This spicy gin and ginger cocktail bites back. This British version of a Moscow Mule marries the clear spirit with ginger for a spicy kick. Lime adds a citrusy touch for a taste that will keep you coming back for more.

Federal Ave. Swizzle

Gin , Modern Classics

Bartender McLain Hedges created this cocktail at RiNo Yacht Club in The Source hotel to celebrate the city's ethnic diversity. The clean, well-balanced cocktail comes off as both familiar and exotic, and, as Hedges says, "It's a cocktail that feels good to drink."

This recipe originally appeared as part of “13 Healthy Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

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Guava Hot Buttered Rum

Rum , Hot

When temperatures drop and you’re looking for a sipper to warm your bones, check out this tropical twist on a classic Hot Buttered Rum from bartender Juan Coronado. The secret ingredient? Guava paste, a popular ingredient in the Spanish Caribbean.

Hot Buttered Fun

Rum

“There’s something so comforting about a good ol’ Hot Buttered Rum—the spices, the rich mouthfeel and a good barrel-aged rum,” says lead bartender Bryan Galligos. He adds Plantation five-year-old rum, lemon juice, hot water and a syrup made from apple tea and demerara sugar. But the pièce de résistance? A pat of butter filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, star anise, cardamom, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and brown sugar, floated so the spices melt into the drink and the flavor develops as you drink it down. “You can’t beat butter,” he says. Um, nope.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “7 Hot Buttered Rum Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Rum Dum

Rum , Modern Classics

This rum sour was created 40 years ago by Wilfred Sands, who at that time was the bartender at the exclusive Lyford Cay Club in New Providence, Bahamas. Today, he serves at mixologist at Red Turtle Tavern at John Watling’s Distillery in Nassau. The rum float here is important so you can really enjoy the different layers of flavors in the drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “How to Drink in the Bahamas.”

Lemon Bar Clarified Milk Punch

Rum , Modern Classics

"Capturing the essence of lemon bars, our milk punch utilizes gorgeous winter citrus with fresh Meyer lemon juice, as well as a Meyer lemon baking spice oleo saccharum, graham-cracker-steeped organic whole milk, aged rum, amaro and liqueur,” says Anna Caporael, the general manager of Portland, Ore.’s Irving Street Kitchen. “Plan to make this recipe during a rainy week and reward yourself at the weekend!"

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Eggnog Is Great. But This Holiday Season, Go for a Beautifully Clear Milk Punch.

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Belvedere Toddy

Vodka , Hot

It won’t take much to warm up this refined take on the Hot Toddy. Great vodka and all the right garnishes add up to an unforgettable cocktail.

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Belvedere Polish 75

Vodka , Modern Classics

There’s nothing wrong with a French 75, but replacing gin with Polish vodka is an inspired twist. Make it today to see which one you prefer.

Cheeky Peach

Vodka , Modern Classics

The fresh peaches of summer may be long gone, but you can relive the magic in this fruity fun cocktail. All you need is vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and a little mint, and you can party like it’s the middle of July.

Drink Me, You Will

Calvados , Modern Classics

Bryan Gall of Portland, Ore.’s Bacchus Bar at Kimpton Hotel Vintage uses a bright bunch of smashed basil to give this Yoda-inspired drink its requisite gasp of green, reminiscent of the Jedi master’s lovely skin tone. Sage simple syrup is a natural nod to Yoda’s wisdom, and a couple of those leaves make a nice, perky Yoda ear garnish too.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

The Frost Awakens

Rum , Modern Classics

What could melt the slick, seemingly frosty demeanor of a stoic storm trooper in ‘Star Wars’? Well, for starters, Ryan Morris, the general manager of Venkman’s in Atlanta, thinks one must start with rum. Of course! Sometimes, when the weather calls in the balmy South, he likes to run this tropically tweaked tipple through his on-premises slushy machine. But you can shake it up, too.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

Ti’ Bijou

Rum , Modern Classics

This twist on the Bijou cocktail was created by Shannon Mustipher, the head bartender at Glady’s in Brooklyn. She pairs Haitian rhum agricole and London dry gin for a drink that’s equal parts earthy, bracing and herbaceous.This recipe originally appeared as part of “This New York Bartender Thinks You Should Drink More Rum.”

Batida

Cachaça , Modern Classics

This blended cocktail proves there’s more to cachaça than just Caipirinhas.This recipe originally appeared as part of “Funky Rum. Everything You Need to Know About the Booming Trend.”

El Guapo

Tequila , Modern Classics

This signature cocktail at The Box Social in Portland, Ore., is vividly rosy with a purée blend of passion fruit, blood orange and pomegranate.

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

Pear & Pub Ale Party Punch

Rum Rye Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Get everyone congregating around the punch bowl instead of the water cooler with this convivial sip from Jonathan Webb, the bar manager at Fine & Dandy in Jackson, Miss. Feel free to temper the amounts if it seems too boozy for your crowd by upping the amount of juice or beer and cutting back on the rye whiskey and rum. And prep the syrup in advance so you can easily mix the punch before the party. You can serve it in a large punch bowl garnished with a round Jell-O mold ice block filled with sliced fruit.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tired of Boring Bartender Staff Parties? These Tips Will Change How You Celebrate.”

Chinese 5 Spiced Dark ’N’ Stormy

Rum , Modern Classics

This easy-to-prep, seasonal take on the Dark ’N’ Stormy by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, the bar manager of Portland, Ore.’s Clyde Common and Pépé Le Moko, is super forgiving even if you eyeball the amounts rather than rely on a jigger.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tired of Boring Bartender Staff Parties? These Tips Will Change How You Celebrate.”

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.

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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.”

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