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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.”

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.

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.”

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?

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.”

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.

Spanish Gin & Tonic

Gin , Modern Classics

It’s time to give your G&T a facelift. Originally from Basque Country, Spain, this fun twist on the classic Highball looks as good in the glass as it will on your brunch table. The key is in the garnish. Experiment with seasonal fruit and herb combos to find the one that best suits you.

Teal-quila Sunrise

Tequila , Modern Classics

This fun, summer take on the Tequila Sunrise knocks out the grenadine for homemade raspberry syrup (don’t worry, it’s easy!) and a dash of blue curaçao for a drink that’s as tasty as it is colorful.

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.

Aperol Spritz

Champagne & Sparkling Wine , Classics

A lot of people like a little something bubbly with their brunch. Move past the Mimosa and the rosé, and satisfy that craving with an Aperol Spritz. An Aperol Spritz is bubbly and low-proof, making it the perfect cocktail for daytime drinking. This is one of the most popular cocktails in Italy. Soon enough, it will be a favorite for your customers, too.

A Sweet & Spicy Desiree

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This peach-jalapeño cocktail is sweet, spicy and smooth all at once.

The Duchess of Detroit

Brandy / Cognac Cognac

Embrace the simplicity of a restrained layered cocktail.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

Frozen Sangria

Frozen / Blended

Wine, fruit and booze—what’s not to love?

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila , Classics

Created in the 1970s, the Tequila Sunrise adds tequila to the citrusy and sweet ingredients popular in many cocktails during the party decade. Make this classic cocktail for a small sunrise whenever you want it.

Orange Sherbet Mimosa Punch

Punches

Joy Wilson, aka Joy the Baker, has created this perfectly springy and bubbly brunch drink found in her book Over Easy. The citrusy cocktail for a crowd perfectly combines the whimsy of sherbet we all know and love from childhood with the adult effervescence of a weekend morning Mimosa. The result is simple yet brilliant.

Make It Count

Modern Classics

Pamela Wiznitzer of Seamstress in New York City thinks that if you have just one drink, you might as well Make It Count. This lovely red-hued cocktail takes the bitterness of Campari and mellows it out with a little honey syrup and sweet blood orange. It gets a little sparkle from soda water and proves perfectly refreshing on hot day or as an after-dinner treat.

Bone & Bacon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Yep, that’s a baby back rib garnish.

Duck Hunt

Hot

Consomme gets boozy on this woodsy adventure.

Chicken Soup Hot Toddy

Gin , Hot

Spike your Jewish Penicillin with a shot of gin.

Chicken & Apple Wassail

Hot

Whoa: applejack, cider and a shot of stock.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Toddy

Gin , Hot

Your favorite Chinese takeout in boozy form.

Kir Royale

Classics

The best-known Champagne cocktail, the Kir Royale, turns any glass of bubbly into a special occasion.

Lynx

Cognac , Modern Classics

If you’re looking to add a little chill to your pre-dinner coffee but don’t quite want to go the cold-brew route, the Lynx at Cambridge, Mass.’s Park is the cocktail for you. Instead of serving the drink over ice, the chilling agent is actually a giant, frozen cube of coffee. (This idea could get very dangerous, very fast.)

Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosa

Modern Classics

This three-ingredient celebration cocktail from The Cookie Rookie couldn't be simpler. It's perfect for every winter holiday, from Thanksgiving straight through to Valentine's Day.

Harvest Nog

Modern Classics

This drink doubles as a dessert and cocktail in one. Two different approaches to preparing acorn squash allow the vegetable to flex its muscles in a couple of different directions. For the vegetable-cocktail skittish, though, never fear: Allspice and clove help the drink to retain a more traditional “nog” flavor profile while adding in a welcome dose of crispness.

Guinness Chocolate Float

Beer , Frozen / Blended

Booze buzz meets sugar buzz in this decadent dessert cocktail. (Trust us, you need this in your life.)

Game Day Sangria

Punches

Made with white wine and hard apple cider, it's the perfect football party cocktail.

Brancamenta Frappe

Frozen / Blended

Mint liqueur, mocha gelato and a whole lotta love.

Ranye West

Beer , Modern Classics

For this slightly bitter and super refreshing drink, bartender Jeff Steiner uses Rainier beer (named for Seattle’s Mt. Rainier), which is a lager-style brew, but feel free to swap it out for your favorite lager.

Lillet on the Rocks

Classics

Every home bar should have a bottle of Lillet Blanc. And a glass of Lillet on the rocks makes for a perfect afternoon.

Beermosa

Beer , Modern Classics

This version of a Brass Monkey, made famous by the Beastie Boys, uses a chilled glass and cold beer, instead of a warm 40-ounce bottle.

¡A Huevo!

Beer Tequila , Modern Classics

This mashup of a Michelada and Margarita is a big ¡a huevo! (or “hell, yeah”).

Bodega Dog

Beer Gin Vodka , Modern Classics

Mess up a Salty Dog with grapefruit beer and spicy seasoning salt, and you get a Bodega Dog.

Harry Potter Butterbeer

Vodka , Modern Classics

No need to a trip to the Three Broomsticks! Harry Potter's favorite boozy beverage is easy to make at home. Grown-up wizards and adult muggles can make this famously boozy Diagon Alley treat right in their own cauldron. (No spells required.)

Demi Peche

Beer , Modern Classics

The Demi Peche Shandy is the French version of the classic Radler.

Professor

Beer , Modern Classics

The Professor is ideal for those completely green to mixing cocktails who want something light for summer.

Stone’s Shandy

Beer , Modern Classics

The Stone’s Shandy is made with ruby-red-infused vodka to make this Shandy a spirit-driven delight.

Coppa Shandy

Beer , Modern Classics

The Coppa Shandy is a version of a Shandy with Chartreuse.

Ginger Gin Fizz

Gin , Modern Classics

This brunch cocktail, served at Barcelona’s popular Xixbar, is ideal for an early-morning pick-me-up.

Ginger Shandy

Beer , Classics

Most popular in western Europe, especially Germany, this two-ingredient beer cocktail is easy to make and refreshing.

Lemon Shandy

Beer , Classics

Most popular in western Europe, especially Germany, this two-ingredient beer cocktail is easy to make and refreshing.

Kalimotxo

Classics

This simple drink, sometimes spelled calimotxo or calimocho, is wildly popular in the Basque Country.

Maple Beet Shrub

Non-Alcoholic

The beautiful thing about shrubs is that there are only two rules: something sweet and something acidic. And although the beets maybe seem like an odd or unnecessary addition, they actually keep the sweetness in check with a welcome earthiness.

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