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Greta Garbo

Rum , Modern Classics

Few actresses captured the world’s imagination like Greta Garbo did in the 1920s and ’30s. The Swedish-born star won her way into people’s hearts with roles in such films as “Torrent,” “Flesh and the Devil” and her first talkie, “Anna Christie,” whose opening line—“Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby!”—cemented her legendary status in Hollywood and beyond.So it’s no surprise that someone created a cocktail in her honor. But who invented it and where? Sadly, those details have eluded history. What we do know is that famous people often inspire famously delicious drinks, and this one’s no exception. Adapted from Knut Sundin’s 1930 book, “Two Hundred Selected Drinks,” this recipe calls for a delicate mix of BACARDÍ® Carta Blanca rum, Cointreau liqueur, fresh lime juice and grenadine, made silky with a few drops of absinthe. Whiskey and ginger it ain’t. But we think Garbo would love it just the same.

Bellevue Heights

Gin , Modern Classics

This cocktail by bar manager Julieta Campos at The Whistler in Chicago takes inspiration from a classic Clover Club and the Bellevue-Stratford hotel in Philadelphia, where that drink was invented. Playing delicately with gin and fino sherry, the drink unfolds with subtle nutty, creamy, fruity, tannic and dry notes from a house-made pistachio white tea syrup and banana bitters.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Gin Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Negroni Sorbet

Gin , Frozen / Blended

The classic three-ingredient Negroni is reimagined as a boozy sorbet.The Negroni Sorbet originally appeared in our DrinkWire channel.

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Mary Pickford

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Actress Mary Pickford was known as America’s Sweetheart in the 1920s, when she landed in Cuba to shoot a film with husband Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. As the story goes, Fred Kaufman, one of the many American bartenders who relocated to the island during Prohibition, dreamed up this BACARDÍ® rum-based concoction special for the silent-film star. Some recipes call for prepackaged juice only, but according to Basil Woon’s 1928 book, “When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba,” it’s not a Mary Pickford without the addition of freshly squeezed pineapple juice. We tend to agree.

Sotolero

Sotol , Modern Classics

Behind lead bartender Candice Jae, San Francisco’s Mosto boasts more than 200 tequilas, 200 mezcals and even a vegan pechuga mezcal flight. The Sotolero drinks like a Martini made with sotol (Mexico’s desert spoon plant spirit) rather than gin. It’s earthy green notes are highlighted by Lillet blanc apéritif, Salers apéritif and orange bitters.This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: April 2018.”

Whiskey Sour

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This 1850s classic predates many of today’s most beloved cocktails, from the Daiquiri to the Margarita. But they all owe a tip of the cap to the three-ingredient OG, the Whiskey Sour. Here it’s topped off with egg white and Angostura bitters to give it a creamy, earthy texture.

Izak

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Fresh orange and lemon enlivens this Whiskey Sour variation, with spiced notes of cinnamon and dried harissa in a house-made syrup, resulting in a nuanced but bracing sipper.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Whiskey Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Easter Bunny Shot

Vodka , Modern Classics

Turn your cotton-tailed confection into the perfect shot glass with this seasonal treat that will have you rethinking your next Easter basket.

Mollymock

Rum , Modern Classics

This black-rum-based cocktail is sweet, bitter and herbal, with a bit of brightness from lime juice and an orange peel garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Everything You Need to Know About Black Strap Rum.”

Charleston Breakfast Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Jerry Slater, a bartender and forthcoming owner of The Expat in Athens, Ga., and co-author of “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails”—has created a Southern take on the Irish Coffee that’s a much more grain-forward, slightly richer version of the drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Gran Rosta Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Ray Burns, the owner of Prohibition in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., says there’s never a wrong time of year to drink an Irish Coffee, but it’s especially perfect for winter sipping.

“As Irishmen, we take our Irish Coffee very seriously. The Gran Rosta Coffee has become one of our signature drinks at both Prohibition locations,” Burns says of the drink, which derives its name from the Gaelic words for “popcorn.” “The secret ingredient is a sprinkling of popcorn powder on top.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Fort Defiance Irish Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Listed under the “Hot Helpers” category on the drinks menu at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, this Irish Coffee by owner St. John Frizell was once dubbed "the best in the known world" by The New York Times.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Scotch & Soda

Scotch , Classics

A little bit of soda helps bring out all of the complex flavors in your favorite Scotch. Get the proportions right to this fizzy combination and you've got an instant classic on your hands that will never go out of style.

French Martini

Vodka , Martinis

James Bond wouldn’t want any fruit in his signature cocktail, but maybe you do.

Vesper

Gin Vodka , Classics

Pay tribute to 007 by mixing up his signature Vesper cocktail. The drink first appeared in Ian Fleming's 1953 novel Casino Royale when Bond asked for "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"

Road to Kyushu

Japanese Whisky Whiskey , Modern Classics

When Meredith Hayman, the bar manager at Michael’s in Santa Monica, Calif., had a bunch of Galliano liqueur to use up, she created this market-driven take on the Manhattan. It makes use of kumquats, the diminutive citrus fruit with a thin rind and a low amount of pith.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Muddled Drinks in Bars to Crush on Now.”

High Horse

Rum , Modern Classics

Shannon Tebay Sidle, a bartender at New York’s Death & Co, created this cocktail inspired by colonial-era ingredients.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Surprising Thing That Fueled the American Revolution. And the Rise of Our First President.”

Pot of Gold

Scotch , Modern Classics

While the rest of the drinking world sips from the green-beer spigot this St. Patrick’s Day, class it up with this gold-studded Irish whiskey cocktail.

Blood & Sand

Liqueurs Scotch Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

The recipe for the Blood and Sand first appeared in print in Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. It's a complex combination of fruity and smoky, and a cinch to make with just four ingredients of identical proportions. Try it yourself with the fool-proof recipe below.

Dark ’n Stormy

Rum , Classics

Even when this drink describes the weather, you'll feel warm on the inside.

Pinot Noir Chocolate Brownies

Wine

Deep, dark chocolate is every so slightly accented with pinot noir in this decadent adults-only dessert.

These Pinot Noir Chocolate Brownies originally appeared in our DrinkWire channel.

Harvest Time

Scotch Whiskey , Hot

Both locations of RedFarm are local NYC go-tos for hip dim sum and a red-and-white-checkered farmhouse vibe. During these cold winter days, Shawn Chen serves the warming Harvest Time. BenRiach scotch’s smoky campfire notes are given tart, bitter and spiced balance from warm apple cider, a touch of Campari liqueur, house-made ginger syrup and fresh yuzu citrus.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Cold Enough? Try These 11 Warm Cocktails in Bars Now.”

Cold-Brew Negroni

Gin Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Rather than adding coffee as an ingredient, Pam Wiznitzer of New York City’s Seamstress infuses it straight into Campari liqueur. From there, you can make a Boulevardier or anything else with the liqueur, but the classic Negroni is the best way to go.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

Roman Holiday

Amaro , Modern Classics

Campari liqueur and pineapple juice in your cup of joe? Yep! From Cindy’s in Chicago, this cocktail is a balancing act of bitter and sweet, with a backbone of Amaro Meletti and cold-brew coffee. Think of it as Tiki’s Italian cousin with a caffeine buzz.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

Italian Chocolate Martini

Amaro , Modern Classics

Head bartender Nicholas Boden invented a caffeinated, bittersweet take on the classic Chocolate Martini for his bar at Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, in Kansas City, Mo.’s Hotel Phillips. The foamy drink uses Italian amaro to complement the Italian cuisine served at the restaurant, and the drink is topped with three coffee beans meant to represent health, happiness and prosperity.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

Oaxacan Tail

Mezcal , Modern Classics

This mezcal- and amaro-based coffee cocktail was cooked up as a brunch drink for Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica, Calif. This Mexican-themed drink packs a zing from agave and mole bitters and can be mellowed with a bit of cream. While the recipe calls for Foro amaro, other amari can be easily substituted, such as Ramazzotti, Cynar or Averna.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

Cafe Correcto con Coco

Rum Whiskey , Hot

Created at Upstairs at The Gwen in Chicago, this original recipe uses a house-made coffee cordial and coconut water, but home bartenders can easily replicate it by substituting brewed coffee and a bit of almond milk. Either way, it’s a slightly sweet, rich coffee drink that’s great for any time of day.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

Brother’s Keeper

Rum , Modern Classics

At The Patterson House in Nashville, Strategic Hospitality beverage director Matthew Tocco wanted to make a version of the Toronto cocktail that swapped out Canadian whisky for aged rum. "Rum is a product that comes from sugar, so pairing it with sugar makes sense,” he says. “A lot of people associate rum with sweet, fruity drinks, but there are a lot of different ways you can apply it.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Freehand Old Fashioned

Rum , Modern Classics

Jackson Cannon, the co-owner and bar director of The Hawthorne in Boston, created this Old Fashioned variant in honor of the Freehand hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., that’s home to the Broken Shaker bar. “All spirits have a place in the Old Fashioned because it’s, in truth, the simplest and first cocktail ever mixed,” says Cannon. “Saying ‘I’ll have the Old Fashioned whiskey cocktail’ would have been a phrase used in the Golden Age in New York City bars, and the term stuck through the 20th century.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Expense of Honesty

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum Whiskey , Modern Classics

Admittedly, Strategic Hospitality beverage director Matthew Tocco says guests are less apt to order a cocktail if it has rum or brandy as a base, so he paired this drink at Nashville’s Pinewood Social with bourbon to make it a tad more accessible.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Autumn Rum Old Fashioned

Rum , Modern Classics

The staff at Kansas City, Mo.’s Julep Cocktail Club wanted a seasonal take on the classic Old Fashioned that emphasized some of fall’s favorite flavors and ingredients. This recipe from co-owner and bar manager Beau Williams uses Barbadian rum, which lightens the drink, and apple cider syrup for added sweetness. Bonus: The syrup can be further reduced and drizzled over everything from warm apple pie a la mode and coffee cake to pancakes and waffles.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Bangalore Old Fashioned

Rum , Modern Classics

Inspired by the ingredients traded along the old spice routes in India and Sri Lanka, the best-selling cocktail at San Jose and San Mateo, Calif.’s Mortar & Pestle Bar, by beverage director Lucas England, balances the spicy and the lightly sweet. “Swapping in rum for whiskey in an Old Fashioned is a great way to surprise guests with warm, spiced flavors,” says England. “If the rum is overproof, it can be softened with sugar syrups or bitters.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

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.”

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 Daiquiri

Rum , Modern Classics

Eden Laurin, the head of spirits programs at Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Anker and The Violet Hour in Chicago, subs out standard white rum for a duo of more complex bottles for a winter version of the classic Daiquiri.

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

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BACARDÍ Rum Old Fashioned

Rum , Modern Classics

No offense to whiskey, but the most delicious, inspired take on the Old Fashioned might just be the one that includes dark rum. Judge for yourself by making the BACARDÍ® Rum Old Fashioned today.

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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.”

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, of this cocktail by lead bartender Joel Schmeck. “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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Rum Fireplace

Rum , Hot

Kick your feet up beside this winter-worthy cocktail, a cozy blend of BACARDÍ Ocho eight-year-old rum, cinnamon-star anise syrup and a trio of fresh fruit juices. Be sure to make extra syrup as it’s an easy way to winterize your favorite classic drinks.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Winter Charm

Rum , Hot

The season’s best sippers bring a little brightness to the warm and fuzzy. The Winter Charm cocktail does exactly that—a balancing act of spiced and tropical flavors held together by a backbone of BACARDÍ Black rum. And if barley syrup sounds too strenuous an undertaking, don’t worry—it’s easier to make (and more delicious) than you think.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Rum Cider

Rum , Hot

This boozy hot cider touches all the bases: BACARDÍ Carta Oro gold rum, apple cider, chamomile tea and a one-two punch of simple syrup and citrus to round out the edges. For an added snap of seasonal spice, don’t miss the grated nutmeg garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Belvedere Unfiltered Hot Cider

Vodka , Hot

What happens when you mix unfiltered premium vodka and unfiltered apple cider? You get a unique and delicious spin on a classic winter drink.

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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 Negroski

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine Vodka , Modern Classics

This Negroni takes a delicious detour to Poland. You have to taste this cocktail to appreciate how unfiltered vodka can elevate the classic cocktail.

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Belvedere Unfiltered Old Fashioned

Vodka , Modern Classics

It’s common knowledge that an Old Fashioned is a great vehicle for good whiskey. What’s surprising is just how well it showcases unfiltered vodka, too.

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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.

Hot Red Rum

Rum

Danny Sawyer, a bartender at Chicago’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, describes this glögg riff as warm, rich and spicy.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Hot Mulled Rum

Rum

In addition to spices, bartender Aaron Joseph at Baltimore’s r.bar uses citrus, ginger and dried hibiscus flowers in his heady rum sip. He recommends reserving the strained out flowers and ginger slices and using them to garnish the drink. Select a lighter-style pinot noir so it won’t compete with the delicate, lightly aged rum.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Is It a Full Moon?

Rum

This drink by owner and bartender Brian Nixon of Washington D.C.’s McClellan’s Retreat has a big dose of fall in the form of a house-made liqueur of vodka and toasted pie spices that’s the liquid equivalent of pumpkin pie. He starts with Scarlet Ibis Trinidad rum, a spirit originally commissioned for New York cocktail bar Death & Co, and mixes it with warm apple cider and the liqueur.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

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