Cocktail Recipes

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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.

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.

Sidecar

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.”

Limoncello & Raspberry Whiskey Sour Popsicles

Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

If you love popsicles and love cocktails, there’s nothing better than these easy-to-make treats. Have these on hand at your next summer gathering!

Watermelon–Blackberry Margarita Popsicles

Tequila , Frozen / Blended

If you love popsicles and love cocktails, there’s nothing better than these easy-to-make treats. Have these on hand at your next summer gathering!

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.

Frosé

Frozen / Blended

To think that a little more than a year ago, frozen rosé, aka frosé, was on the fringes of summer refreshers. After all, its very existence seemed more sorority house dare than sound cocktail concept. Wine was something to be sniffed, swirled and studied, not dumped mindlessly into a blender. America begged to differ. Today, the adult slushie sensation appears on bar lists (and Instagram feeds) from coast to coast, proving that sometimes the best rule to good imbibing is to just chill out and drink.

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.

Rich Coffee

This coffee cocktail by Tommy Quimby at San Francisco’s Rich Table is perfect post-dinner—or whenever you want a warming treat.

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.

The Robert Baratheon

Scotch , Modern Classics

Scotch as complex and rich as Aberlour can elevate almost drink. The Robert Baratheon shows how single malt and vermouth can bring out one another’s strengths.

Charred Maple Wood Tipperary

Irish Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

This drink at Trifecta in Portland, Ore., is designed to replicate a barrel-aged cocktail. Maple wood is charred in a wood-fired oven, then added to a bag with Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and Chartreuse and cooked sous vide at 149.9oF for two hours.

Normandie Old Fashioned

Bourbon / American Whiskey

This cocktail by Alex Day and Devon Tarby at The Normandie Club in Los Angeles employs bourbon cooked sous vide for two hours along with toasted coconut flakes—a much quicker and intense infusion than you’d get by simply adding a handful of flakes to the bottle and shaking it periodically for a few days.

Sous Vide Gin & Tonic

Gin , Modern Classics

Making this sous vide G&T by A.J. Schaller at Sterling, Va.’s Culinary Research & Education Academy (CREA), Cuisine Solutions’ research arm, starts with a sous vide tonic syrup. Keeping infusions under 185°F is crucial, says Schaller. “This is the temperature at which the flavor of the volatile oils will change on the fruit and thicken the product,” she says. Starting with room temperature ingredients will also help with a more rapid transfer of flavors, according to Schaller.

Vida Paloma

Mezcal , Modern Classics

At new Chicago restaurant Fat Baby Tacos, mezcal stands in for tequila and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, with simple syrup and club soda forming the grapefruit-soda-like component. However, the real wild card is a spicy chile piquin glass rim–dried, pulverized hot pepper with a smoky-citrusy flavor.

Palomita

Vodka , Modern Classics

Paloma means “dove” in Spanish, which means this drink’s name translates to “little dove.” This Paloma interpretation at April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's modern taco restaurant and bar Salvation Taco swaps in vodka for tequila and adds a rim of vanilla-flecked salt but otherwise leaves the original intact.

Mourning Doves

Tequila , Modern Classics

This Paloma at Nashville’s Pinewood Social winks at the Whiskey Sour, adding lemon alongside grapefruit as the citrusy element, as well as mix of maple and simple syrups to sweeten. It’s missing the fizziness that usually lightens a Paloma, making it a bit more substantial than the original. At Pinewood Social, a spicy chipotle tincture is spritzed over the top of the drink.

Freek’s Mill Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

This tasty Paloma version at Freek’s Mill in New York City keeps the tequila and lime juice but turns the rest of the drink on its head. Instead of grapefruit soda, pamplemousse liqueur, a splash of Contratto bitter (an apéritif similar to Campari), plus cava provide the right flavor and effervescence. And rather than a pinch of salt, as is customary in a Mexican Paloma, this drink takes a few drops of saline to add that mouthwatering hint.

Vice Royalty

Pisco , Modern Classics

Beverage director Taha Ismail wanted to do a seasonal riff on a Pisco Sour that was clean and refreshing. Fresh mandarin and yuzu juices make for a citrus-y cordial that offsets Strega’s piney profile, while Peychaud’s bitters meld nicely with the pisco’s floral notes. “This drink has enough complexity without being overwhelming and [is] very consumable on any patio,” he says.

Rosso Bellini

Vodka , Modern Classics

This cocktail at Las Vegas’ Lago by Julian Serrano, created by Ricardo Murcia, who’s now the beverage director at MGM National Harbor, represents elements found at the Bellagio hotel. The froth represents the lake in front of the hotel, the caramel nest is an homage to the fountains timed to the music, and the golden raspberry is a nod to the dome on top of the building. The overall effect is sweet, tart and frothy.

Favola Bella

Amaro , Modern Classics

When SoBou’s executive chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez was ordering cases of perfectly in-season satsuma, a Chinese seedless and easy-peeling orange, bar chef Laura Bellucci felt she had to do a cocktail using the sweet fruit. “I really like working with Amaro Montenegro and wanted to create something really floral and delicate to go with the citrus juice.”

Bit of Tongue

Modern Classics

“I enjoy using grapefruit in a shrub because it allows the brightness and flavor of the grapefruit to come through and cuts down on the typical tartness of the grapefruit,” says Nic Christiansen, the beverage director at Lola. “Allowing the acid from the apple cider vinegar and the sugar to lift the grapefruit flavor [creates] a more complex grapefruit flavor.” Locally produced Copper & Kings Absinthe Superior lends the sip classic anise flavor, as well as forward floral and citrus notes.

Mirabelle 75

Brandy / Cognac Vodka , Modern Classics

Washington, D.C. French restaurant Mirabelle's take on the classic French 75 uses a namesake brandy from France, made from delicate mirabelle plums, as well as locally made vodka. “The fresh lemon juice adds brightness and acidity, while the simple syrup rounds out the drink, without making it cloying,” says Zach Faden of his cocktail. “The Mirabelle brut rosé provides refreshing levity and effervescence.”

Land of Happy

Gin , Modern Classics

“Sweet, herbaceous and acidic all at once, this is a great pre-dinner cocktail before a nice glass of white wine,” says 312 Chicago head bartender Jenn Knott of her cocktail. She experimented with using a syrup instead of a shrub, but the latter ended up keeping the drink more fresh and tart. White balsamic vinegar, made in Italy from the trebbiano grape, is mixed with white wine vinegar and cooked at a low temperature to retain its clearish color.

Mrs. Robinson

Gin , Modern Classics

For this cocktail at Portland Ore.’s Bacchus Bar, Andrew Call pours local Aviation American gin because its complex, herbaceous flavor plays off the tart lime and grapefruit. “Adding some house-made pineapple simple syrup gives it a welcome hint of a day on the beach,” says Call. “[And] topping it off with dry sparkling wine and Peychaud’s bitters makes all the flavors come together and light up your tongue.”

Veronica Rose

Modern Classics

This red-tinged cocktail by Erick Castro at San Diego’s Polite Provisions gets its heady fragrance from syrup steeped with rose petals, while Aperol lends bittersweet pink grapefruit and orange notes. “The scent of flowers in bloom is such a visceral experience that is so difficult to capture in a drink,” says Castro. “Having tried rose petals in tea, I was confident that it would lend itself to the steeping process well.”

Verbena

Tequila , Modern Classics

At The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, chief mixologist Mariena Mercer has been experimenting with Szechuan buttons for years, and this cocktail is one of the bar’s most popular signature drinks.

#402

Scotch , Modern Classics

Different single malts mingle in this spirit-forward cocktail. It’s a wonder that the peaty flavor still shines through all the other tasty elements.

Speyside Smash

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail takes single malt for a slightly tropical spin. And yes, it’s as delicious as it looks.

Traveling Riverside

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail manages the impressive feat of using award-winning single malt in a light and refreshing cocktail. Make one for yourself to discover how cooling scotch can be.

Frontier

Scotch , Modern Classics

A cocktail doesn’t need to be complicated to have a complex flavor profile. Just look at this simple, elegant scotch cocktail.

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