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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?

Luck of the Irish

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers in Cork, Ireland, recommends this Irish version of a Manhattan. The cocktail consists of equal parts West Cork Distillers 10-year-old single malt, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse. Combine the three, stir, strain and serve over ice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Black Barrel Old Fashioned

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

Jameson brand ambassador Killian Lee suggests using Jameson Black Barrel whiskey in this version of an Old Fashioned. The whiskey mingles with two different kinds of bitters and a little Bénédictine liqueur to amplify its malty sweetness, making it a worthy twist on the classic.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Franny & Joe

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Some people would rather start their day with caffeine. Those drinkers will appreciate the Franny & Joe. The mix of authentic hazelnut liqueur and cold-brew coffee makes this cocktail perfect for brunch. Add cream to transform this cocktail into the right kind of morning starter.

Campari Orange

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Think of this as a refined Italian alternative to a Screwdriver. The orange juice makes it a natural fit in the family of brunch cocktails, while the Campari gives it Italian authenticity. The Campari Orange isn’t the most famous use of Campari—that distinction goes to the Negroni—but this aperitivo should really, truly be a brunch staple.

Frangelico Frizzante

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The Frizzante is a perfect sip for enjoying brunch alfresco. Crafted with wild Tonda Gentile hazelnuts from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, Frangelico adds the perfect nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness complemented by the lime citrus in the Frizzante cocktail.

Hennessy Old Fashioned

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try a citrusy take on the legendary cocktail.

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.

Sazerac

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Accentuate the subtle nuances of fine cognac in this boozy classic.

Bananas Foster Le Coupe

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Add the flavors of the classic dessert to a sweet, frothy cocktail.

C-4

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

Sazerac

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Add the warm, bold spice star anise to your next Sazerac.

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.

Perfect Storm

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Warm spices and sweet apricot make this cocktail suitable for any weather (storm or not).

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.

Bana’nac Attack

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You’ll go bananas for this tropical swizzle.

Stow Away

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Tawny port and cognac are a match made in after-dinner heaven in this simple cocktail.

Dram Rickey

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

This Rickey by herbalist and cocktail specialist Lukas B. Smith at Washington, D.C.’s Cotton & Reed showcases the rum distillery’s allspice dram. “The lime juice and soda water show off the lighter side of dram,” says Smith.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Pioneering Return of the All-Important Allspice Dram.

White Lion

Rum , Modern Classics

This riff on a classic Daiquiri, by herbalist and cocktail specialist Lukas B. Smith at Washington, D.C.’s Cotton & Reed, incorporates Cotton & Reed’s white rum and its allspice dram, which has rum as a base, resulting in a complex and spicy new take.

This recipe originally appeared as part of The Pioneering Return of the All-Important Allspice Dram.

Nou-vieux Riche

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Put a spicy twist on the Vieux Carré with this cardamom- and sherry-spiked Hennessy cocktail.

Vieux Carré Sour

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Welcome the summer with open arms by making a citrusy, spicy spirit-forward spin on the classic Vieux Carré.

Furry Berry

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Capture the bright flavors of blackberries in this simple cognac and cherry cocktail.

Don’t Dance With the Orchids

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Transport yourself to cognac with a Champagne cocktail inspired by the aromatics and spices of the region.

Perfect Thyming

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This slightly boozier take on the classic Sangaree balances citrus and sweetness with a hint of spice.

Broken Bastard

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You won’t be suffering through this cognac-based update on the Suffering Bastard.

Horse’s Neck

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A burst of C02 gives the traditional Horse’s Neck a breath of fresh air.

PH Champagne Punch

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This sparkling cognac and rum punch bursts with citrus flavor.

Improved Brandy Daisy

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Made with cognac and topped with bubbly, this Brandy Daisy is improved, indeed.

Cognac Amaretto Stone Sour 75

Amaretto Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This marriage of the Amaretto Sour and French 75 is a relationship that’s built to last.

Between the Sheets

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

Give your next Champagne cocktail a tropical twist with cognac and rum.

Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Add a touch more sweetness to a traditional Sidecar with a sugar rim.

Rampart Rambler

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Fresh citrus, sparkling wine and premium cognac bring out the best in one another in this refreshing new cocktail.

Hello Good Sir

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This take on the Sidecar is just peachy.

Prime 75

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

When it’s blood orange season, do yourself a favor and add it to this take on a classic French 75.

Tread Lightly

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Start your evening (or your day) with a coffee-cognac concoction.

French 75

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You need a French 75 in your life, especially one that’s made with cognac.

Over the Top

Amaro Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This take on the classic Horse’s Neck uses premium cognac to add a whole new level of complexity and richness.

Talking Backwards

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Los Angeles–inspired cocktails has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Cailleach’s Bath Collins

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail is named for the Gaelic hag goddess of winter, Cailleach Bheur, to whom the great Corryvreckan serves as laundry basin. The use of preserved citrus and seed serve as ode to her season's bounty, with a crack of pepper to highlight the malt's spice.

Outlaws

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Washington, D.C.–inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Scottish Breakfast

Scotch , Modern Classics

This San Francisco–inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

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