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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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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?

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.”

Kombucha Mimosa

Champagne & Sparkling Wine , Modern Classics

This light, effervescent drink by Jennifer Peters at Denver’s Just BE Kitchen is perfect in the morning or during tea time. It's festive and fun, and you can change the whole flavor profile and health benefits depending on what kind of kombucha you use.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Everything You Need to Know About the Drinks That Could Save Your Morning.”

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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.

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.”

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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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.

Death Star

Liqueurs Vodka Whiskey , Modern Classics

Life may be all sunshine and Disney magic in Orlando, but at Taverna Opa, bartender Alex Attart likes to take a walk on the dark side of life. Here, his homage to the imperial superweapon skews the color of Darth Vader’s cape with good use of Jägermeister digestif and Coca-Cola. He also makes a nifty little ice orb replica of the Death Star for extra empirical effect, but regular cubes will do just fine.

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

Rancor’s Toothpick

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink created by the talented Timothy Miner of Brooklyn’s beloved Long Island Bar promises to take you from cranky to calm in a mere sip, even if you’re feeling as rattled as a gnarly-toothed rancor in ‘Star Wars.’

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.”

Mint Chocolate Chip Shot

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

For your next party, make this shot from Brandi Austin of STIRR in Dallas. You can sub in vodka for the Frangelico liqueur if you want it a touch more potent.

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

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.”

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.”

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Hot Buttered Rum

Rum , Classics Hot

In winter, Hot Buttered Rum always hits the spot.

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.

Clarita

Rum , Modern Classics

Belgian bartender Ran Van Ongevalle’s winning drink at the 2017 Bacardí Legacy Global Cocktail Competition is a stirred beauty that pairs Bacardí Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron eight-year-old rum with amontillado sherry, crème de cacao, absinthe and saline solution.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “This Is How Chocolate and a Family Business Won This Bartender a Fancy Cocktail Competition.”

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 Aurum

Rum , Modern Classics

Aurum means “gold” in Latin. The best cocktail bars serve this elegant drink with a spectacular ice ball and flecks of edible gold leaf to add a touch of magic.

Bacardí Martini Santería

Rum , Martinis

When it comes to a Martini, some people believe the less vermouth you use, the more sophisticated the drink. On the other hand, when does a Martini stop being a Martini? This recipe evens the balance with equal measures of Bacardí Superior rum and Martini rosato vermouth.

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 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 El Presidente #1

Rum , Modern Classics

Named after Cuban president Gerardo Machado, the El Presidente #1 is a drier version of the original and described as “the aristocrat of cocktails.” It was created by American bartender Eddie Woelke at Jockey Club.

From Jura to Java

Rum Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Kansas City, Mo.’s Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge feels plucked straight out of London—but with a Midwest welcome. Pull up to the white Italian marble bar for bar director Brock Schulte’s inspired cocktails, which include the From Jura to Java, a drink that showcases Jura Superstition scotch with Foursquare 2004 single-blended rum, Batavia-arrack, Lazzaroni amaro and The Bitter Truth chocolate bitters. The drink is rich and smoky yet delicate and sophisticated, with notes coffee, chocolate, wood and subtle funk, garnished with a black garlic financier.

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

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.”

Bamboo #2

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

It has been a long time since the first Bamboo cocktail was made in Japan back in the 1890s. The drink was nearly forgotten after Prohibition, but it has recently enjoyed a comeback. At Washington, D.C.’s Mirabelle, lead bartender Zachary Faden's twist substitutes pineau for the original sherry. This simple cocktail has an elegant roundness with hints of caramel and nuts.

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

Raisin’ Cane

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The bar team at Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio has long praised pineau and always has a bottle on the backbar. Recently, a customer asked bar manager Myles Worrell to make a cocktail with it after tasting it on its own. The result was an on-the-fly concoction.

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

Head Over Heels

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Bartender Patrick Natola of Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago wanted to create a great Martini by swapping in tequila for gin but felt that vermouth alone lacked something. He recalled rich vanilla and stone fruit notes in pineau and combined that with tequila, sweet white vermouth and Gran Classico bitter liqueur for a bitter finish. The result is a refreshingly balanced drink with big floral notes rounded out with hints of vanilla and orange.

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

Pour Ma Guele

Gin , Modern Classics

Cassia bark and lemon peels are usually discarded. But in this room-temperature gin cocktail by Justin Lavenue at The Roosevelt Room in Austin, the peels and bark are used to make the smoke for the cocktail, as well as the give the drink an added bit of zest at the end.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Godfather 101

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Instead of stocking bottles of amaretto liqueur, Jeremy Allen of MiniBar in Los Angeles makes his own using discarded the tiny bitter kernels encased in discarded cherry pits. He gets the pits from the cherry juicing process when he makes maraschino cherries for cocktails and when he cures cherries to be used as garnishes. That would be an awful lot of waste. He spends all of cherry season making large batches of amaretto to be used in cocktails like this one, a take on the classic Godfather cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

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.

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.

Tropical Fruit Sangria

Tequila , Tiki / Tropical

Sangria is most often made with wine. But when you swap the grape stuff for tequila and toss in some tropical fruit, a good drink gets a little more interesting.For more great Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos, too!—head right this way.

Spiced Tequila Old Fashioned

Tequila , Modern Classics

The beautifully simple Old Fashioned gets a Mexican makeover with the addition of reposado tequila and a hit of allspice dram.

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