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White Russian

Vodka , Classics

Made infamous by The Dude's in The Big Lebowski, the White Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. Sweet, creamy and boozy, this three ingredient cocktail is dessert in a glass – an old fashioned glass, no less – with the ability to get you tipsy in no time. What more can you ask for?

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Jack Daniel’s Vieux Carre

Cognac Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine Whiskey , Modern Classics

Freshen up this classic cocktail by adding Jack Daniel’s Tennessee rye. The incredible new spirit adds a whole extra level of complexity.

Clarita

Rum , Modern Classics

Belgian bartender Ran Van Ongevalle’s winning drink at the 2017 Bacardí Legacy Global Cocktail Competition is a stirred beauty that pairs Bacardí Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron eight-year-old rum with amontillado sherry, crème de cacao, absinthe and saline solution.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “This Is How Chocolate and a Family Business Won This Bartender a Fancy Cocktail Competition.”

Bacardí Hemingway Special

Rum , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created for Ernest Hemingway by bartender Constantino Ribalaigua of the El Floridita in Havana. Hemingway was diabetic, so the sugar in the drink was replaced with maraschino liqueur, grapefruit juice and an additional measure of rum.

Bacardí Aurum

Rum , Modern Classics

Aurum means “gold” in Latin. The best cocktail bars serve this elegant drink with a spectacular ice ball and flecks of edible gold leaf to add a touch of magic.

Bacardí Martini Santería

Rum , Martinis

When it comes to a Martini, some people believe the less vermouth you use, the more sophisticated the drink. On the other hand, when does a Martini stop being a Martini? This recipe evens the balance with equal measures of Bacardí Superior rum and Martini rosato vermouth.

Bacardí Hurricane

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

This classic rum cocktail is an exotic blend of passion fruit, orange and a hint of lime.

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.”

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.”

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.

Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

Celebrate Derby Day year-round with the Mint Julep, a classic bourbon refresher.

Room Temperature Martini No. 3

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Room Temperature Martini No. 2

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Room Temperature Martini No. 1

Gin , Classics

At Cure in New Orleans, co-owner Neal Bodenheimer believes Arctic temperatures aren’t the right way to approach such a nuanced drink. Instead, he thinks the Martini should be served only slightly chilled and—gasp!—closer to room temperature.This recipe originally appeared as part of Are Martinis Better at Room Temperature?

Absolut Elyx Vodka Martini

Vodka , Martinis

The lightest, crispest Martini you’ve ever tried.

Elyx Fennel Countdown

Vodka , Modern Classics

Fennel and citrus pair beautifully in salads. So why not try them in a cocktail?

Elyx Cold Fashioned

Vodka , Modern Classics

Forget milk and sugar. Spike your next cold brew with vodka and sherry.

Commander in Chief

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

Jillian Vose, the bar manager at The Dead Rabbit in New York City, knows a thing or two about Irish whiskey and cocktails. This drink employs two expressions: Redbreast 12-year-old and Green Spot. Mix these with bitters, passion fruit syrup and Lemorton Pommeau de Normandie brandy, and enjoy.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Luck of the Irish

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers in Cork, Ireland, recommends this Irish version of a Manhattan. The cocktail consists of equal parts West Cork Distillers 10-year-old single malt, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse. Combine the three, stir, strain and serve over ice.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Black Barrel Old Fashioned

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

Jameson brand ambassador Killian Lee suggests using Jameson Black Barrel whiskey in this version of an Old Fashioned. The whiskey mingles with two different kinds of bitters and a little Bénédictine liqueur to amplify its malty sweetness, making it a worthy twist on the classic.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

High on the Hog

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

Ginger, maple and bourbon roll on your tongue while you fight the urge to just eat the bacon garnish first in this cocktail by Jerry Nevins from his book, Sloshies: 102 Boozy Cocktails Straight from the Freezer (Workman, $14.95).

This recipe originally appeared as part of You're Going to Need Frozen Cocktails This Summer. These 3 Are the Ones to Make.

C-4

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

This Sidecar variation celebrates the local producers of Detroit, offering smooth citrus flavors and a tangy finish.

French Coral

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Tiki / Tropical

A little bit of Tiki meets cognac in this stirred cocktail.

Black Car

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Tea cocktails meet the Sidecar in this update of a classic.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Between the Sheets

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Modern Classics

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

Navy Grog

Rhum Agricole , Classics

The Big Daddy of high-octane Tiki drinks, this cocktail dates back to the early days of legendary bartender Donn Beach. The original recipe, packed with three types of rum, calls for an ice cone garnish, but that requires a bit of planning, not to mention freezer space. So we suggest you streamline with a simple mint sprig and lime wheel.

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 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.

Takumi’s Aviation

Gin , Modern Classics

In 2010, while in Athens judging the Diageo World Class bartender competition, barman Gary “Gaz” Regan tasted the very best Aviation cocktail he had ever encountered—one made by Takumi Watanabe, a bartender at The Sailing Bar in Sakurai, Japan. “Since there was no crème de violette available to Watanabe at the time, he used Marie Brizard Parfait Amour, a liqueur that’s similar in color to the original ingredient but boasts orange and vanilla notes rather than the more floral notes found in crème de violette,” says Regan.

Canadian Manhattan

Canadian Whisky , Modern Classics

An all-Canada ingredients list makes this cocktail by Simon Ogden of Veneto in Victoria, British Columbia, extra nice.

Whisky Contardo

Scotch , Modern Classics

With a little bit of care and thought, the old-school Whisky Mac can be reimagined and turned into something worthy of our more particular modern cocktailing palates, the Whisky Contardo, from bartender Adam Bernbach at Washington, D.C.’s 2 Birds 1 Stone.

Needful Things

Whiskey , Modern Classics

More refreshing than your average Irish Coffee, this drink from Drexl in Oakland, Calif., packs a surprising and delightful mix of flavors.

Whisky Mac

Scotch , Classics

This old timer’s whisky cocktail is shorthand for the Whisky Macdonald, so named for a Colonel Hector MacDonald, who first crafted the drink while serving during the British Raj in India. It’s a simple combination of blended scotch and Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine , a fortified wine described on the bottle as a "ginger flavored currant wine" with a 13.5 percent ABV.

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