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Greta Garbo

Rum , Modern Classics

Few actresses captured the world’s imagination like Greta Garbo did in the 1920s and ’30s. The Swedish-born star won her way into people’s hearts with roles in such films as “Torrent,” “Flesh and the Devil” and her first talkie, “Anna Christie,” whose opening line—“Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby!”—cemented her legendary status in Hollywood and beyond.So it’s no surprise that someone created a cocktail in her honor. But who invented it and where? Sadly, those details have eluded history. What we do know is that famous people often inspire famously delicious drinks, and this one’s no exception. Adapted from Knut Sundin’s 1930 book, “Two Hundred Selected Drinks,” this recipe calls for a delicate mix of BACARDÍ® Carta Blanca rum, Cointreau liqueur, fresh lime juice and grenadine, made silky with a few drops of absinthe. Whiskey and ginger it ain’t. But we think Garbo would love it just the same.

Sotolero

Sotol , Modern Classics

Behind lead bartender Candice Jae, San Francisco’s Mosto boasts more than 200 tequilas, 200 mezcals and even a vegan pechuga mezcal flight. The Sotolero drinks like a Martini made with sotol (Mexico’s desert spoon plant spirit) rather than gin. It’s earthy green notes are highlighted by Lillet blanc apéritif, Salers apéritif and orange bitters.This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: April 2018.”

Smuggler’s Cove Hurricane

Rum , Modern Classics

Black rum was touted after Prohibition as a great base for punch. It works especially well in the classic Hurricane, where its richness is offset by tangy lemon and passion fruit. This version is from famed San Francisco Tiki bar Smuggler’s Cove.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Everything You Need to Know About Black Strap Rum.”

Mollymock

Rum , Modern Classics

This black-rum-based cocktail is sweet, bitter and herbal, with a bit of brightness from lime juice and an orange peel garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Everything You Need to Know About Black Strap Rum.”

French Martini

Vodka , Martinis

James Bond wouldn’t want any fruit in his signature cocktail, but maybe you do.

Vesper

Gin Vodka , Classics

Pay tribute to 007 by mixing up his signature Vesper cocktail. The drink first appeared in Ian Fleming's 1953 novel Casino Royale when Bond asked for "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"

Road to Kyushu

Japanese Whisky Whiskey , Modern Classics

When Meredith Hayman, the bar manager at Michael’s in Santa Monica, Calif., had a bunch of Galliano liqueur to use up, she created this market-driven take on the Manhattan. It makes use of kumquats, the diminutive citrus fruit with a thin rind and a low amount of pith.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Muddled Drinks in Bars to Crush on Now.”

High Horse

Rum , Modern Classics

Shannon Tebay Sidle, a bartender at New York’s Death & Co, created this cocktail inspired by colonial-era ingredients.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Surprising Thing That Fueled the American Revolution. And the Rise of Our First President.”

Phoenix Colada

Rum , Modern Classics

Matt Giarratano, the beverage director at Phoenixville, Pa.’s Bluebird Distilling, wanted to remove the endless sun-and-beach associations with his favorite tropical flavors—rum, coconut and pineapple—and added an element of what he calls everyday drinkability. Bourbon, rum and Tiki bitters balance the sweet, and the name is a nod to the Philadelphia suburb where the distillery and cocktail bar are located.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The 5 Recipe Variations Every Dark ’N’ Stormy Lover Should Know.”

Expense of Honesty

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum Whiskey , Modern Classics

Admittedly, Strategic Hospitality beverage director Matthew Tocco says guests are less apt to order a cocktail if it has rum or brandy as a base, so he paired this drink at Nashville’s Pinewood Social with bourbon to make it a tad more accessible.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Bangalore Old Fashioned

Rum , Modern Classics

Inspired by the ingredients traded along the old spice routes in India and Sri Lanka, the best-selling cocktail at San Jose and San Mateo, Calif.’s Mortar & Pestle Bar, by beverage director Lucas England, balances the spicy and the lightly sweet. “Swapping in rum for whiskey in an Old Fashioned is a great way to surprise guests with warm, spiced flavors,” says England. “If the rum is overproof, it can be softened with sugar syrups or bitters.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “So You Love a Whiskey Old Fashioned. How About the Rise of the Rum Old Fashioned?

Winterbird

Rum , Modern Classics

At Nine Mile Station in Atlanta, bar manager Randy Hayden’s winterized version of the Mai Tai uses dark rum instead of white for a richer, fuller flavor and apricot liqueur rather than banana.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Can the Classic Drinks of Summer Be Transformed for Winter? Yes. And This Is How.”

Death Star

Liqueurs Vodka Whiskey , Modern Classics

Life may be all sunshine and Disney magic in Orlando, but at Taverna Opa, bartender Alex Attart likes to take a walk on the dark side of life. Here, his homage to the imperial superweapon skews the color of Darth Vader’s cape with good use of Jägermeister digestif and Coca-Cola. He also makes a nifty little ice orb replica of the Death Star for extra empirical effect, but regular cubes will do just fine.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

Rancor’s Toothpick

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink created by the talented Timothy Miner of Brooklyn’s beloved Long Island Bar promises to take you from cranky to calm in a mere sip, even if you’re feeling as rattled as a gnarly-toothed rancor in ‘Star Wars.’

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Celebrate the Release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with These Great ‘Stars Wars’ Cocktail Recipes.”

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.

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