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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.


Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Three French spirits combine for one elegant cocktail.


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.

Honey Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

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

Strawberry Fields

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This strawberry-mint cognac cocktail is a perfect for drinking on a porch on a warm summer evening.


Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This twist on the classic combines cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

The Hennessy Highball

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You can’t get much easier than this refreshing two-ingredient cognac cocktail.

St. Charles Punch

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This no-nonsense, four-ingredient cocktail created by the legendary Jerry Thomas is crisp, citrusy and sweet.

Blood Orange Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This cocktail is an updated Sidecar with bright blood orange flavor.

The Henny Bee

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Put a Margarita-ish spin on your next cognac cocktail.

Ginger 75

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Try a brighter, fresher take on the French 75 with honey and ginger.

Mother of Dragons

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Named for a character in Game of Thrones, this Sazerac update is full of warm masala spices.

Dauphine Special

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Named for a street in New Orleans, this herbaceous take on the Sazerac shines with maple and cardamom notes.

Jitter Bug

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Green chile vodka adds a layer of heat to this lime-spiked cognac Swizzle.

The V.S.O.P Rickey

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This cognac-based Rickey is tart, bubbly and a perfect summertime sipper.

K-Town Sidecar

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

A warmly spiced pineapple syrup adds extra dimension to an updated Sidecar.

Belle Amie

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Bea’s twist on an Old Fashioned hits sweet, tart, and chocolate-y notes.

Shiso Unusual

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Whiskey , Modern Classics

This play on the Mint Julep that’s named after Cyndi Lauper’s first album is guaranteed to be interesting.

Piedmont Boulevardier

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Inspired by Italian apéritifs, this crisp cocktail pairs well with handmade pasta.

Tequila Sour

Tequila , Modern Classics

A solid shake is required for this refreshing Tequila Sour. It’s worth every move. For more great summery Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos too!—head right this way.

Between the Sheets

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

Swap out the lemon juice for rum in this boozy update on the Sidecar.


Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

You can’t get much more simple or refreshing than this three-ingredient Sidecar.

Sazerac De Los Reyes

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This cocktail is warm take on the Sazerac, with cardamom, bitters and Luxardo maraschino liqueur.


Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Classics Modern Classics

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

Busy Bee

Gin , Modern Classics

When Allison Lindsey, the head bartender at Baltimore’s Bar Vasquez, is juicing cucumbers for this salty riff on the Bee’s Knees, she starts with no more than a teaspoon or so of sea salt per quart. “You have your sweet, your bitter, your salty and the aromatics,” she says. “It makes a great well-balanced cocktail and something a little unexpected.”

Apple Press

Bourbon / American Whiskey Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

Jeremy Allen, the head bartender and general manager at Los Angeles’ MiniBar, incorporates Four Roses bourbon, Laird’s apple brandy, fresh apple juice, apple cider vinegar and Fee Brothers black walnut bitters into this cocktail. Apple cider vinegar has long been considered healthful with a laundry list of potential benefits, including helping control blood sugar, supporting immune function and aiding digestion. The Apple Press “screams fall/ winter fireplace without being a hot drink,” says Allen. “It incorporates apple cider vinegar, which is helpful in preventing the onset of colds and the flu.”

Cucumber Snapper

Gin , Modern Classics

With some tomato but also other ingredients to tone it down and chill it out, this cocktail by Brian Bartels, of New York City’s Fedora and the author of The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond (Ten Speed Press, $19), includes an ounce of tomato juice. But it’s tempered by cucumber, gin and ginger beer, yielding a refreshing quaff.

Shannon’s Sangrita/Michelada

Beer , Modern Classics

Lower alcohol than most Bloody Marys, Shannon’s Sangrita/Michelada (named for creator Shannon Ponche of Clover Club and Leyenda in New York City) mixes carrot, papaya, orange and lime juices, spiced with two types of chile powder and topped up with Mexican beer for a drink that’s not exactly a Bloody but offers a similar sweet-savory-spicy appeal.

Bunny Mary

Aquavit Vodka , Modern Classics

Carrots, cayenne and caper brine, yes. Tomatoes, no! The Bunny Mary, created by Extra Fancy’s Rob Krueger in New York City, gets its vibrant hue from carrot juice, punched up with savory carrot brine and a spicy cayenne-and-paprika rim for the glass.

Sphered Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

To make this cocktail served at The Circular at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa., a syringe of Maker’s Mark bourbon, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, aged orange bitters and simple syrup goes into a frozen, drained ice sphere that’s cracked and garnished with an orange twist.

Duck Fat Sour

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

There’s a lot going on in this Sour at Bacari GDL, at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., but savory cocktails are often pretty complex, and this is no exception. Using duck-fat-infused dry orange curaçao (made sous vide style), it’s mixed with rye, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white.

Nam Chim Gimlet

Vodka , Modern Classics

At New Orleans’ delightful SoBou restaurant, situated in the French Quarter, bar chef Laura Bellucci brings the kitchen and bar together in this cocktail. The drink features Oryza rice vodka, fresh lime juice and Laura’s Thai chili sauce, resulting in a delicate, savory sipper that shows off citrus, chile spice and sesame oil texture.

NOLET’s Silver Raspberry Martini

Gin , Modern Classics

This bright and refreshing spin on the Martini trades in olives for raspberries. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Grab your muddler and a little mint to make it yourself.

High King Highball

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

At East Village cocktail destination Pouring Ribbons, cocktails get “rated” on a scale of “refreshing” to “spirituous,” “comforting” to “adventurous,” to help guide you to the right drink. (Chartreuse lovers, ask for the bar’s vintage Chartreuse selection). On the refreshing side, the High King Highball was created by bar-star Joaquín Simón and features Clontarf Irish whiskey and Aperol, along with muddled raspberries, lemon and grapefruit juices, simple syrup, Peychaud's bitters and a splash of soda. The artful creation is then garnished with a skewered lemon wheel and raspberry.

Smoked Old Fashioned

Scotch , Modern Classics

Spice up the Old Fashioned by bringing in smoke and single malt. This spin on the traditional recipe will make you fall in love with the classic all over again.

Scotch & Ginger

Scotch , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Scotch & Ginger is better experienced than explained. The unforgettable blend of sweetness and spice defies description.

Aberlour 12-Year Highball with Soda

Scotch , Modern Classics

Of course Aberlour 12 year is good enough—by far—to stand on its own. Make a highball to open up the premium single malt even more.

Aberlour Highball

Scotch , Modern Classics

You might be surprised by what a splash of soda can add to a premium single malt. Toss in a slice of red apple to enjoy this highball in style.

The Rapscallion

Scotch , Modern Classics

The mouthwatering mix of spirits in the Rapscallion strike a delicate, delicious balance. The result is proof that fine single malt loves company.

The Horseapple

Scotch , Modern Classics

You don’t need to overthink things when you’re working with fresh, high quality ingredients, like fresh pressed apple juice and fine single malt whisky. The Horseapple is greater than the sum of its parts.

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