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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 & 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.

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.

Burning Meadow

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Vegas-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

10 Year Lifted Flip

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Dallas-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Bonfire Banana Alexander

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Chicago-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Early Start

Aquavit , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Alex Negranza, the bar manager at Houston’s Better Luck Tomorrow, pulls from the already-savory green caraway and dill notes of aquavit, accenting them with sorrel, lime, orgeat syrup and egg white for a frothy finish.This recipe originally appeared as part of 11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: July 2017.

Promenade

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Three French spirits combine for one elegant cocktail.

Alyssum

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Warm cinnamon syrup adds heat to this sweet-bitter cognac cocktail.

Inferno’s Spirit

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A bit of heat goes a long way in this spicy cognac cocktail.

Top Hat

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Sweet, bitter and rich, this cocktail hits all the right notes.

Top Down

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Chartreuse and Bénédictine add herbal notes to cognac in this spirit-forward creation.

Que Linda

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This cognac cocktail packs a citrusy punch with lemon, orange and grapefruit flavors.

Honey Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Add a little more depth to your next Sidecar.

Honey Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Sweet honey syrup adds another layer of flavor to the classic citrusy Sidecar.

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