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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.

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.

Beet Royale

Gin , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Aaron Ranf of Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon is a take on the Kir Royale and consists of gin, rose-geranium-infused beet juice, lemon juice and prosecco.

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.

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.

Midnight Special

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Camille Cavan, the bar manager at Portland Ore.’s Quaintrelle, recalls the tart sweetness of a Whiskey Sour with the subtle bitter of a Boulevardier or Old Pal. With a bourbon base, sherry provides structure, and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter brings a bitter touch. In the end, this is a citrus-forward drink, rounded out with drops of lemon oil and silky egg white.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Love Bourbon? Go Drink These 11 Bourbon Cocktails in a Bar Near You.”

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?

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.

Glendalough Sling

Gin , Modern Classics

Sam Treadway, the owner of Somerville, Mass.’s backbar and a pioneering barman in the broader Boston area, plays with Irish whiskey producer Glendalough Distillery’s Wild Botanical gin in this riff on a Singapore Sling. The gin’s citrus-forward but herbaceous spirit shines with fresh pineapple and lime juice, given a vegetal kick from a dash of dandelion and burdock bitters, as well as an aromatic cucumber slice and basil leaf garnish.

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

Espresso Martini

Vodka , Classics

It’ll wake you up, then eff you up.

The Ultimate Daiquiri

Rum , Classics

The alchemy of the ultimate Daiquiri lies in keeping it simple: two parts rum to lime juice, with just enough sugar to take the edge off. Using a rich simple syrup made of demerara sugar gives the drink necessary sweetness and balance without turning the drink into the sugary mess that many associate with the Daiquiri.The original Daiquiri was invented in the early 1900s but didn’t become popular until the 1940s. World War II rationing made whiskey and vodka hard to come by, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy made relations with Latin America better and thus rum easily accessible. It was one of six classic cocktails that was later featured in David A. Embury’s 1948 seminal book on cocktails, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.”

Sex on the Beach

Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

Warning: this drink is not the for the faint of heart. Sex on the Beach boasts one of the most provocative names for a cocktail. Fruit-filled and perfect for enjoying a night in the tropics, its no wonder why this cocktail has stayed around for so long.

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.

Daiquiri

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

It's easy to see why the dark rum-based Daiquiri is a classic. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet, sour and spirit is refreshing and tangy, but also quite simple to make at home. Try making the recipe below and add this fool-proof drink to your bartending arsenal.

Classic Bloody Mary

Vodka , Classics

While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary's staying power leaves no question. The Bloody Mary is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else can you want?

Cita

Rum , Modern Classics

Bartender Vanessa Coupar (currently the bar manager at El Santo) created the Cita cocktail at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar (cita being Spanish for “meeting” or “appointment”). Orgeat and pineapple juice lend a rich mouthfeel to robust Havana Club three-year-old rum, while Campari liqueur lends bittersweet backbone. Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech bitters perk it up with whispers of lemon zest cinnamon, cumin, mint and black pepper. A touch of crème de cacao ensures a luxurious chocolate undertone, enhanced by chocolate shavings dusted on top.

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

Tequila Limeade

Tequila , Modern Classics

Your refreshing limeade needs a blast of good tequila.

Fade to Black

Rum , Modern Classics

This month, as daytime skies grow dark for the first total solar eclipse in 38 years, you’ll want to find yourself a comfy perch, some protective eyewear and a tasty cocktail. We have you covered on the last one with this playful spin on a Rum Sour, made with activated charcoal and seasonal berries.

Beefeater Basil Gimlet

Gin , Modern Classics

Basil brings out the best in the 100 percent natural botanicals in Beefeater gin. Get fresh ingredients and make this refreshing cocktail.

Ruby Sipper

Gin , Modern Classics

A splash of citrus is all it takes to highlight the floral notes in Beefeater gin. The Ruby Sipper is a refreshing mix of these natural flavors, both perfectly suited for summer.

Birds & Bees

Gin , Modern Classics

Jamie Boudreau, the proprietor of Seattle’s Canon, was excited to discover loose-leaf butterfly pea tea from Thailand. Here, it’s infused into gin in this delicate, aromatic sparkling wine cocktail. “People are always amazed that the colors produced are all natural and not some weird chemical that we cooked up in our lab,” he says.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “This Is How to Turn Your Cocktails Purple. And Not in the Way You Probably Think.”

Rosemary Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

The classic grapefruit Paloma gets a hint of herby goodness.

Rumours

Pisco Wine , Modern Classics

At New Orleans’ Root, bartender Waites Laseter created this cocktail using tawny port and pisco, drawn together in earthy, nutty, herbaceous harmony.This recipe originally appeared as part of "11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: August 2017."

Appletini

Vodka , Modern Classics

Originally called Adam’s Apple Martini, the Appletini became a crowd pleaser from the day it was invented at L.A. restaurant Lola’s in 1996. The original recipe simply used vodka and green apple schnapps, but we updated the modern classic with calvados and fresh Granny Smith apple juice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Appletini Is 21 Years Old. Is It Time to Rethink the Famous Cocktail?

Valley of the Dark Lords

Mezcal , Modern Classics

One part inspiration from a Blood & Sand, one part terrarium, this cocktail from GM Sol Trece is a terrestrial textural treat from La Cuevita in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. “We wanted a cocktail that if you were looking through a telescope from another planet you would see sand and living creatures,” says Trece. “We added turmeric for sand color and texture and chia seeds for the ‘creatures’ effect.’”

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

A Drink, Yoda Is

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The folks at Datz in Tampa like to have fun with their food and drink, be it with candy in the cocktails or nods to pop culture icons. This homage to that tiny little pointy-eared bundle of wisdom, Yoda, by bar manager Morgan Zuch manages to make wayward whimsy taste pretty great.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Flying Solo

Tequila , Modern Classics

Louis Hirsch, the GM of Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, created this nod to reluctant rebel pilot and all-around intergalactic heartthrob Han Solo because only a person of his confidence could find a positive use for that pink-headed stepchild of the wine world, white zinfandel.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Elyx Fennel Countdown

Vodka , Modern Classics

Fennel and citrus pair beautifully in salads. So why not try them in a cocktail?

Elyx Raspberry Mule

Vodka , Modern Classics

Make your Mule even more refreshing by adding a fruity twist.

Watermelon Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

A Margarita is always good. With watermelon in it too?

Teal-quila Sunrise

Tequila , Modern Classics

This fun, summer take on the Tequila Sunrise knocks out the grenadine for homemade raspberry syrup (don’t worry, it’s easy!) and a dash of blue curaçao for a drink that’s as tasty as it is colorful.

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?

Southern Peach

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This summer thirst quencher celebrates the bright, sweet flavors of peaches.

One Night Stand

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This energizing blend of fruit and cognac has a fizzy ginger twist.

The Lion’s Den

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try an elegant, tangy Martini for your next aperitif.

C-4

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

A Sweet and Spicy Desiree

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This peach-jalapeño cocktail is sweet, spicy and smooth all at once.

Mo Better Blues

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A little bit tropical, a little bit tart, this is bound to be your next easy-drinking cocktail.

Black Car

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Tea cocktails meet the Sidecar in this update of a classic.

The Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try a sweet-tart Sidecar made with cognac and Cointreau.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This chocolate, cognac, coffee and berry cocktail hits all the best notes of the dessert course.

Pilikia Smash

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try a refreshing cognac cocktail with lime juice and Thai basil leaves.

Banana Surfer

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Hang 10 with a Tiki-inspired cognac cocktail laced with coconut and banana.

Uptown Ways

Brandy / Cognac Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cognac , Modern Classics

Bubbly and berries are cognac’s BFFs in this bright sparkling rosé cocktail.

Top Down

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This summery take on a Sidecar, bright with Meyer lemons, is sunshine in a glass.

Broken Bread Crusta

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Let the flavor of cognac shine in this sweet, spicy interpretation of a Sidecar.

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