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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.”

H2O Highball

Modern Classics

They say the simplest cocktails are the hardest to master. This pre-Paleozoic sipper is no exception, consisting of just three vital ingredients. Our foolproof recipe will have you mixing it again and again. For a much stronger drink, try including actual alcohol.

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.”

Cinnamon French Toast

Rum , Modern Classics

When it comes to cooking with rum, you can’t completely eschew the sweet. At the weekend brunch at San Francisco’s Kaya, chef and co-owner Nigel Jones serves this Caribbean-inspired French toast topped with maple syrup infused with dark aged rum.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Another Thing to Do with Good Rum? Cook with It.”

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.

Smuggler’s Cove Hurricane

Rum , Modern Classics

Black rum was touted after Prohibition as a great base for punch. It works especially well in the classic Hurricane, where its richness is offset by tangy lemon and passion fruit. This version is from famed San Francisco Tiki bar Smuggler’s Cove.

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

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.”

Kon-Tiki Grog

Rum , Modern Classics

Head under the palapa at Oakland's new Kon-Tiki for Christ Aivaliotis and Matthew Reagan’s rum and Tiki drinks. This cocktail is a riff off a classic Trader Vic’s Grog.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: March 2018.”

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Vegan Pisco Sour

Pisco , Modern Classics

You don’t have to be vegan to appreciate this dairy-free spin on the Pisco Sour. The innovative use of aquafaba is enough to make it a can’t-miss cocktail.

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Chilecano Cocktail

Pisco , Modern Classics

A little fizz goes great with the distinct floral flavors of El Gobernador pisco. Pamela Wiznitzer’s bright and refreshing recipe is an amazing introduction to the world of pisco cocktails.

Thin Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

For those who love Girl Scout season and whiskey year round, this simple take on the classic Mint Julep will have you emptying your cookie boxes.

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.

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Bacardí Superior Mai Tai

Rum , Modern Classics

Try this upgrade on the classic summer cocktail.

Happy Pill

Rum , Modern Classics

This cocktail at Chica in Las Vegas’ Venetian is a balanced version of a Tiki classic, the Painkiller.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: February 2018.”

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.”

Mint-Basil Limeade

Modern Classics

Get all the flavor of a refreshing sipper minus the hangover with this easy-to-make mocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Essential Mocktails for the Best Kind of January Recovery.”

Jessica Rabbit

Tequila , Modern Classics

Every cocktail on the bar menu of Fort Lauderdale restaurant Terra Mare contains a freshly pressed juice. “We wanted to use the natural characteristics of our fruits and vegetables to enhance our cocktails instead of sugars, syrups and other additives,” says general manager Ryan Zemel. For this Margarita riff named for the buxom redhead in the 1988 animated film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” carrots, and their inherent sweetness, pretty much replace sugar.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 Vegetable-Heavy Cocktails You Can Make at Home.”

Green Tox

Vodka , Modern Classics

The green juice used in this drink has been a staple since Las Vegas’ Honey Salt opened. “We wanted to offer a lighter cocktail option where you can get your nutrients and a buzz in one glass,” says Elizabeth Blau, the founder and CEO of restaurant planning and development company Blau + Associates.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 Vegetable-Heavy Cocktails You Can Make at Home.”

Fields of Travel

Champagne & Sparkling Wine , Modern Classics

Green Chartreuse liqueur gives herbal sweetness and sparkling sake makes it fizzy and refreshing in this cocktail at Pagu. “We use healthful, whole ingredients, such zucchini water in the Fields of Travel cocktail,” says Tracy Chang, the chef and owner of the Cambridge, Mass., restaurant.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 Vegetable-Heavy Cocktails You Can Make at Home.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

The Fennel Countdown

Calvados , Modern Classics

Created by bartender Alexis Osborne of Acorn in Denver, this warming drink evokes campfire chats and cold days when you're snuggled under a blanket with a good book. It's bright and flavorful with a fruity undertone. The fennel—which is good for bones, treating heart disease and possibly fighting cancer—proves mild and slightly minty but helps give the cocktail body and a slight clarifying aftertaste.

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

Along the Beeten Path

Gin , Modern Classics

Bartender Alexis Osborne of Denver’s Acorn created this cocktail to both be visually appealing and give drinkers a little healthy boost. "You drink with your eyes a lot, and I love colors," she says. "Beets are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, and nutmeg is considered a brain tonic." The result is a sweet and earthy beverage that tastes warm and inviting while packing an electric pop of color.

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.

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.

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