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Bacardí Eggnog

Rum , Classics

Who says rum is a summertime spirit? Try this Eggnog recipe, and you’ll be enjoying premium rum throughout the holidays.

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.

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.”

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.

Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

Celebrate Derby Day year-round with the Mint Julep, a classic bourbon refresher.

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.

Aperol Spritz

Liqueurs , Classics

The coral-hued Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular aperitifs in Italy, and for good reason. Low in alcohol, aromatic with citrus and slightly bitter, Aperol pairs seamlessly with chilled Prosecco to whet the appetite. Meeting friends for an after work Spritz is a long-established Italian tradition—and one that’s easily replicated anywhere.

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?

Room Temperature Martini No. 3

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Room Temperature Martini No. 2

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Room Temperature Martini No. 1

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

B&T

Gin , Classics

A proper Gin & Tonic is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Americano

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

The name is misleading, since this aperitivo is an Italian classic. It’s the perfect marriage of Campari and Cinzano, two of the most delicious and historic Italian exports. Encourage customers to kick off their brunch with this Italian original, and don’t settle for any knockoffs.

Aperol Spritz

Champagne & Sparkling Wine , Classics

A lot of people like a little something bubbly with their brunch. Move past the Mimosa and the rosé, and satisfy that craving with an Aperol Spritz. An Aperol Spritz is bubbly and low-proof, making it the perfect cocktail for daytime drinking. This is one of the most popular cocktails in Italy. Soon enough, it will be a favorite for your customers, too.

Hennessy Privilège Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Classics

The orange-kissed Sidecar is a classic that will never go out of style.

Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Classics Modern Classics

If you’re craving a classic cocktail, pour yourself this three-ingredient stunner.

Hotel Nacional

Rhum Agricole , Classics

The signature drink at Havana’s historic Hotel Nacional mixes pineapple juice and apricot liqueur for a cocktail that’s smooth, fragrant and big on tropical flavor. You can use either white or dark rum (or both), depending on your mood.

Negroni

Gin , Classics

This three-ingredient Italian cocktail is as classic as a drink can get.

Whisky Mac

Scotch , Classics

This old timer’s whisky cocktail is shorthand for the Whisky Macdonald, so named for a Colonel Hector MacDonald, who first crafted the drink while serving during the British Raj in India. It’s a simple combination of blended scotch and Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine , a fortified wine described on the bottle as a "ginger flavored currant wine" with a 13.5 percent ABV.

Hot Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch Whiskey , Classics Hot

Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Organic Moscow Mule

Vodka , Classics

Check out this organic take on the legendary vodka-based Moscow Mule. Born in the 1950s heyday of vodka, the Moscow Mule combines ginger beer, lime juice and the clear spirit. Refreshing and easy to make, this drink is perfect for any time of day.

Traditional Mai Tai

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

In Tahitian, “Mai Tai” means “The best—out of this world,” as exclaimed by the first person to taste Trader Vic’s original version. The iconic tiki drink was created to showcase the flavor of good quality rum, and should never be neon-colored or overly sweet. A proper Mai Tai is a deep amber hue and allows the rum to shine through.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila , Classics

Created in the 1970s, the Tequila Sunrise adds tequila to the citrusy and sweet ingredients popular in many cocktails during the party decade. Make this classic cocktail for a small sunrise whenever you want it.

Long Island Iced Tea

Gin Liqueurs Rum Tequila Vodka , Classics

The Long Island Iced Tea is what happens when four different spirits collide to create one powerful drink. With a mysterious origin story, this potent drink will bring on the good times (and hangovers) for years to come.

Mojito

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

What's the perfect way to capture summer all year long? A well-mixed Mojito, of course. A decedent of the Cuban cocktail El Draque, this five ingredient highball is a favorite of many, including Ernest Hemingway.

Momisette

Pastis , Classics

This classic French cocktail combines licorice and almond flavors.

Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Classics

This classic brunch cocktail hails from New Orleans.

DIY Pink Gin

Gin , Classics

Adapted from the 1939 classic cocktail book The Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker, the original cocktail nods to the drink’s Navy roots, suggesting that the excess bitters “go back in the bottle, on the floor or out the porthole or window, depending upon who, where and what we are.”

Posset

Classics

Although the full recipe takes a couple of hours, this classic drink is accomplished in a crockpot, so it’s basically a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Get a batch started before friends arrive, then spoon into coffee mugs.“We use an IPA as the beer base,” says Mike Bohn of New York City’s Olmsted, “which gives the drink a contrasting freshness from the hops and citrus, plus a little porter thrown in to add some coffee richness.”

Remember the Maine

Rye Whiskey , Classics

If you appreciate a good Manhattan—a rye Manhattan specifically—then the Remember the Maine will most likely find a home in your drinks repertoire. The cocktail comes from Charles H. Baker, Jr’s. The Gentleman’s Companion from 1939 and is notable for its additions of cherry liqueur and a touch of absinthe.

Cobra’s Fang

Rum , Classics

Until recently, fassionola syrup, which was used in many old Tiki drinks including the Hurricane, was lost to the past. The Jonathan English Company bottled it in the 1950s, and modern bartenders have either created house-made versions or substituted passion fruit syrup. Recently, Cocktail & Sons’ Max Messier bottled a seasonal version of it with local New Orleans strawberries, as well as pineapples, mango, passion fruit and steeped hibiscus flower syrup. The little-known Cobra’s Fang was created at Don the Beachcomber and also uses falernum, which has seen its own resurgence in recent years.

Red Snapper

Gin , Classics

This classic gin cocktail is an alternative to the Bloody Mary.

Wisconsin Old Fashioned

Brandy / Cognac , Classics

This cocktail, aka the Brandy Old Fashioned, is practically the official Wisconsin state drink and takes brandy instead of whiskey.

Rusty Nail

Classics

Cocktails don’t come much easier than this one, which has been around since the late 1930s. A lot of recipes suggest equal parts, but you’re better off starting with two ounces of scotch and a half ounce of Drambuie, tinkering until you find your personal ratio. No matter how you drink it, you’ll be channeling the Rat Pack in no time.

Vodka Gimlet

Vodka , Classics

The classic Gimlet takes gin, but many opt for this vodka version.

Kir Royale

Classics

The best-known Champagne cocktail, the Kir Royale, turns any glass of bubbly into a special occasion.

Stone Fence

Classics

This two-ingredient autumnal classic is traditionally made using two ounces of rye, bourbon, rum or brandy and topped with apple cider.

Manhattan On $15 A Day

Canadian Whisky , Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Manhattan On $15 A Day.

Margarita

Tequila , Classics Margaritas

While the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the margarita as there are margarita recipes. Some like them blended, others with a sweetener, but many argue the best margarita recipe is this classic one. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.

Lion’s Tail with FEW Bourbon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Classics

This bourbon cocktail is perfect for fall.

Alaska

Gin , Classics

Yellow Chartreuse is the last frontier of deliciousness.

Jack Rose

Classics

The pretty pink glow hides a strong punch of applejack.

Coronation Cocktail No. 1

Sherry , Classics

Sherry, vermouth and a dash of royal glamour.

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