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Paddington

Absinthe Rum , Modern Classics

Named for the marmalade-loving bear, this drink gets a jolt of fruit flavor from orange preserves.

Tequila Corpse Reviver

Tequila , Modern Classics

Sweet and citrusy, this innovative take on the classic Corpse Reviver could most certainly wake the dead.

Shredded Beef Tacos

A little Cuban, these effortless beef tacos are modeled after the famed dish ropa vieja.

From Jura to Java

Rum Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Kansas City, Mo.’s Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge feels plucked straight out of London—but with a Midwest welcome. Pull up to the white Italian marble bar for bar director Brock Schulte’s inspired cocktails, which include the From Jura to Java, a drink that showcases Jura Superstition scotch with Foursquare 2004 single-blended rum, Batavia-arrack, Lazzaroni amaro and The Bitter Truth chocolate bitters. The drink is rich and smoky yet delicate and sophisticated, with notes coffee, chocolate, wood and subtle funk, garnished with a black garlic financier.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Scotch Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Monastery

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Arlington’s lively all-day cafe Baba opened last spring with a cocktail menu that occasionally showcases Eastern European spirits like rakia (fruit brandies popular throughout the Balkans). The Monastery cocktail features another Eastern European spirit, slivovitz (plum brandy), highlighting the intense plum flavors of Maraska slivovitz and plum jam with the herbaceous green of fresh basil.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: October 2017.”

Tequila Martini

Tequila , Modern Classics

Okay, okay: It’s not technically a Martini if it’s made with tequila. But this kicky version of the classic is well worth going against the grain for.

Aquarelle

Gin , Modern Classics

After a trip to NYC’s Attaboy, The Eddy head bartender Brian Elder in New York created this pastel-colored drink after looking to add a refreshing easy-sipping cocktail to his list. The drink at Attaboy used muddled strawberries, but to lessen the prep time and reduce spent fruit waste, Elder makes a strawberry cordial, which combines with lemon juice, gentian, gin and pineau. The drink takes a garnish of fresh basil for extra aromatics.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.”

Bamboo #2

Liqueurs Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

It has been a long time since the first Bamboo cocktail was made in Japan back in the 1890s. The drink was nearly forgotten after Prohibition, but it has recently enjoyed a comeback. At Washington, D.C.’s Mirabelle, lead bartender Zachary Faden's twist substitutes pineau for the original sherry. This simple cocktail has an elegant roundness with hints of caramel and nuts.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.”

Sour Grapes

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Bellecour bar director Robb Jones in Wayzata, Minn., wanted to introduce pineau to the menu of this super hot restaurant 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis. The Sour Grapes is his nod to a Whiskey Sour.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.”

Raisin’ Cane

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The bar team at Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio has long praised pineau and always has a bottle on the backbar. Recently, a customer asked bar manager Myles Worrell to make a cocktail with it after tasting it on its own. The result was an on-the-fly concoction.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.”

Head Over Heels

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Bartender Patrick Natola of Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago wanted to create a great Martini by swapping in tequila for gin but felt that vermouth alone lacked something. He recalled rich vanilla and stone fruit notes in pineau and combined that with tequila, sweet white vermouth and Gran Classico bitter liqueur for a bitter finish. The result is a refreshingly balanced drink with big floral notes rounded out with hints of vanilla and orange.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.

Stone Barn

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

A floral, herbaceous twist on the classic bourbon and ginger. Learn how to make it today at Liquor.com.

New Slang

Gin , Modern Classics

Schuyler Hunton of Tiger Mama in Boston was tired of watching the compost pile stack up night after night, so she decided to do something about it. This gin-based cocktail is made from lime peels, coconut water (from coconuts the bar typically uses to make Tiki cups) and the oft-discarded syrup from the Luxardo cherry jar, for a tall drink that’s bright, refreshing and easy on your conscience.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Manu de Chango

Tequila , Modern Classics

This drink by Kim Stodel of Providence in Los Angeles is a hybrid of a Margarita and a Paloma, made with tequila, dry curaçao, guava, lime juice and grapefruit juice. Stodel makes her own house-made guava syrup—a process that results in a lot of guava pulp. Throw it away? Nope. Instead, Stodel repurposes it to make the fruit leather garnish that adds the finishing touch to the cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Pour Ma Guele

Gin , Modern Classics

Cassia bark and lemon peels are usually discarded. But in this room-temperature gin cocktail by Justin Lavenue at The Roosevelt Room in Austin, the peels and bark are used to make the smoke for the cocktail, as well as the give the drink an added bit of zest at the end.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Godfather 101

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Instead of stocking bottles of amaretto liqueur, Jeremy Allen of MiniBar in Los Angeles makes his own using discarded the tiny bitter kernels encased in discarded cherry pits. He gets the pits from the cherry juicing process when he makes maraschino cherries for cocktails and when he cures cherries to be used as garnishes. That would be an awful lot of waste. He spends all of cherry season making large batches of amaretto to be used in cocktails like this one, a take on the classic Godfather cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Beet Royale

Gin , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Aaron Ranf of Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon is a take on the Kir Royale and consists of gin, rose-geranium-infused beet juice, lemon juice and prosecco.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Alpine Hippie Juice

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

More of a chef's table Rickey than a backyard Rickey, the Alpine Hippie Juice is “hyperconcentrated, super tart and and dry,” says creator Jeremy Allen, of Los Angeles’ MiniBar. The Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps does the work of juniper berries in gin. “It’s a new yet familiar flavor in a clean and simple drink,” says Allen.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.”

East Coast Lover

Gin , Modern Classics

This is a good Rickey to imbibe as you head into the fall. Instead of citrus and botanical flavors, this cocktail by Katie Astrauskas at Chicago’s GreenRiver relies on a base of genever, the juniper-based ancestor to gin that’s popular in the Netherlands. “This fall take on the classic Gin Rickey, with a malty genever base, is the perfect tall drink for brisk weather,” says Astrauskas.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.

Junior Buffalo GDE

Gin , Modern Classics

“When it’s hot out—and it’s always hot in Arizona—I want something light, refreshing and sessionable,” says Clayton MacGregor, who created the Junior Buffalo GDE cocktail at Phoenix’s Pig & Pickle. (GDE stands for greatest dog/drink ever.) “It’s an homage to my late favorite dog ever, Buffalo the Bulldog, and this drink lives up to his standard of greatness.” It’s elegant, refreshing and easy to love.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.

Tavernonna Classic Gin Rickey

Gin , Modern Classics

This modern take on the Gin Rickey by Nicholas Boden at Tavernonna at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo., is a fusion of new and old. “It has all the elements of the classic recipe, but the Builders gin used was selected because of its lavender-forward properties, and the use of citric acid instead of lime juice is an updated technique used by many bartenders,” says Boden. “The extremely herbal cocktail is then topped off with lavender-infused soda water. Everything comes together in a symphony of flavors when the drink is served in a rosemary-smoked Martini glass.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.

Pale Horse Rickey

Gin Mezcal Whiskey , Modern Classics

This twist on a traditional Rickey by China Morbosa at West Hollywood’s Eveleigh subs mezcal for gin or whiskey, using lemon for citrus, a half ounce of manzanilla sherry for dryness and depth and a house-made mango coconut soda water in place of traditional club soda. Technically, that makes it just a Rickey and not a Gin Rickey, but gin can easily be substituted into this cocktail to keep the original style intact.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.

Tropical Fruit Sangria

Tequila , Tiki / Tropical

Sangria is most often made with wine. But when you swap the grape stuff for tequila and toss in some tropical fruit, a good drink gets a little more interesting.For more great Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos, too!—head right this way.

Midnight Special

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Camille Cavan, the bar manager at Portland Ore.’s Quaintrelle, recalls the tart sweetness of a Whiskey Sour with the subtle bitter of a Boulevardier or Old Pal. With a bourbon base, sherry provides structure, and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter brings a bitter touch. In the end, this is a citrus-forward drink, rounded out with drops of lemon oil and silky egg white.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Love Bourbon? Go Drink These 11 Bourbon Cocktails in a Bar Near You.”

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Everyone loves Sriracha, that famous spicy condiment. Put it on some shrimp for a perfect taco that’s as crowd-pleasing as it is delicious.

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

Enjoy the heat with this refreshing pineapple Margarita that boasts a touch of spicy jalapeño. Because what goes better with pineapple and tequila than a hit of chile heat?

El Rey del Patio

Beer , Frozen / Blended

Basically the cocktail version of salsa verde, this Michelada riff by Lucien Conner at Irvine, Calif.’s Puesto gets its tangy, smoky, spicy flavor from blistered jalapeños and tomatillos, while cucumber and lime add brightness and a fresh note.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These 5 Micheladas Are Exactly What You’ll Want to Drink in Bars During Football Season.”

NOLET’S Cucumber Smash

Gin , Modern Classics

No need to be delicate with this recipe. Grab your muddler, NOLET’S Silver Gin, fresh mint and cucumber. Then smash your way to a mouthwatering cocktail. This is how you make a Cucumber Smash.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Your slow cooker does most of the work in this big-flavored pork taco recipe. A touch of sweet potatoes and Mexican chorizo builds the flavors even more.Need a drink to go with those tacos? Try one of these great hot-weather tequila drinks.

Spiced Tequila Old Fashioned

Tequila , Modern Classics

The beautifully simple Old Fashioned gets a Mexican makeover with the addition of reposado tequila and a hit of allspice dram.

Gin & Juice

Gin , Modern Classics

Mix up this Gin & Juice recipe when you've got your mind on your money and your money on your mind.

Glendalough Sling

Gin , Modern Classics

Sam Treadway, the owner of Somerville, Mass.’s backbar and a pioneering barman in the broader Boston area, plays with Irish whiskey producer Glendalough Distillery’s Wild Botanical gin in this riff on a Singapore Sling. The gin’s citrus-forward but herbaceous spirit shines with fresh pineapple and lime juice, given a vegetal kick from a dash of dandelion and burdock bitters, as well as an aromatic cucumber slice and basil leaf garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: September 2017.”

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.”

Sex on the Beach

Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

Warning: this drink is not the for the faint of heart. Sex on the Beach boasts one of the most provocative names for a cocktail. Fruit-filled and perfect for enjoying a night in the tropics, its no wonder why this cocktail has stayed around for so long.

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.

Simple Syrup

Non-Alcoholic

Learn how to make this easy syrup for all your cocktailing needs.

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?

Cita

Rum , Modern Classics

Bartender Vanessa Coupar (currently the bar manager at El Santo) created the Cita cocktail at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar (cita being Spanish for “meeting” or “appointment”). Orgeat and pineapple juice lend a rich mouthfeel to robust Havana Club three-year-old rum, while Campari liqueur lends bittersweet backbone. Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech bitters perk it up with whispers of lemon zest cinnamon, cumin, mint and black pepper. A touch of crème de cacao ensures a luxurious chocolate undertone, enhanced by chocolate shavings dusted on top.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Rum Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Hibiscus Summer Garden Punch

Gin , Punches

The punch bowl can make or break any summer gathering. The Hibiscus Summer Garden Punch is just the recipe to delight your guests, with its fresh blend of natural ingredients.

Tequila Limeade

Tequila , Modern Classics

Your refreshing limeade needs a blast of good tequila.

Scarlet Spritz

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

What’s the one downside to enjoying a Spritz? Getting to the end of it, of course. Head bartender Brandon Lockman, the head bartender at Red Star Tavern in Portland, Ore., meets that challenge with this Spritz version filled with fresh, seasonal flavors. He infuses Aperol with strawberries and stirs it with Lillet Blanc apéritif and rhubarb bitters, served in an absinthe-rinsed Nick & Nora glass and topped with sparkling wine. It comes alongside a tiny carafe nestled in ice, to refill your glass as it’s depleted.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “9 Spritzes to Take You Through the End of Summer.”

Old Pal Negroni

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

The Old Pal Negroni is an authentic and savory spin on the Italian cocktail. Dry gin gets replaced by whiskey while the vermouth is dry rather than sweet. This tinkering with the classic recipe creates a cocktail that feels both familiar and fresh.

Fade to Black

Rum , Modern Classics

This month, as daytime skies grow dark for the first total solar eclipse in 38 years, you’ll want to find yourself a comfy perch, some protective eyewear and a tasty cocktail. We have you covered on the last one with this playful spin on a Rum Sour, made with activated charcoal and seasonal berries.

Ardbeg’s Smoky Bloody Mary

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Why settle for the usual Bloody Mary? Give it a delectable smoky update by adding Ardbeg and all the right garnishes. It will quickly be clear how premium scotch can elevate the classic vodka cocktail.

Beefeater Basil Gimlet

Gin , Modern Classics

Basil brings out the best in the 100 percent natural botanicals in Beefeater gin. Get fresh ingredients and make this refreshing cocktail.

Ruby Sipper

Gin , Modern Classics

A splash of citrus is all it takes to highlight the floral notes in Beefeater gin. The Ruby Sipper is a refreshing mix of these natural flavors, both perfectly suited for summer.

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