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Velvet Sea

Rum , Modern Classics

Part cabaret, part dinner theater, The Speakeasy lets you step back in time to the 1920s with a choose-your-own-adventure-night underground in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The cocktails keep step with the magic, thanks to producer and bar manager Geof Libby. This spring, they opened a cozy new bar within the speakeasy, Gaslamp Lounge. Alongside Death in the Afternoons and Sazeracs on the general menu, Gaslamp features outstanding house drinks. The Velvet Sea is a crushable showcase of funky Jamaican aged rum given tart and spice layers from velvet falernum, lime and a heavy float of Angostura bitters.This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: June 2018.”

Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

Wine

This refreshing wine cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink.

The Watermelon White Wine Spritzer originally appeared in our DrinkWire channel.

Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

Most people can recite the health benefits of the mighty avocado—loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and plenty of that good fat—but few think of it as a cocktail ingredient. This Margarita recipe doubles down on the green, muddling the superfruit with fresh mint and jalapeño for a warm-weather sipper that will make you feel good in more ways than one.

Mai Tai

Rum , Modern Classics

A classic cocktail made with one of the world’s classic rums, this Mai Tai mixes up tropical flavors like almond and spice to become your next Tiki go-to.

Negroni Sorbet

Gin , Frozen / Blended

The classic three-ingredient Negroni is reimagined as a boozy sorbet.The Negroni Sorbet originally appeared in our DrinkWire channel.

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.”

Kon-Tiki Grog

Rum , Modern Classics

Head under the palapa at Oakland's new Kon-Tiki for Christ Aivaliotis and Matthew Reagan’s rum and Tiki drinks. This cocktail is a riff off a classic Trader Vic’s Grog.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: March 2018.”

La Negra Tiene Tumbao

Rum , Frozen / Blended

The addition of Fernet-Vallet liqueur to Juan Coronado’s riff on the Piña Colada, at Washington, D.C.’s Colada Shop, gives the classic blended cocktail a bracing menthol and herbal note that refreshingly offsets the drink’s rich creaminess.

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Bacardí Superior Mai Tai

Rum , Modern Classics

Try this upgrade on the classic summer cocktail.

Happy Pill

Rum , Modern Classics

This cocktail at Chica in Las Vegas’ Venetian is a balanced version of a Tiki classic, the Painkiller.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: February 2018.”

Idle Hands

Rum , Modern Classics

Using a clarification technique pioneered by New York culinary whiz Dave Arnold, Kevin Beary, the beverage director at Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash, creates a clear banana rum and a banana syrup by adding an enzyme called Pectinex. The enzyme helps break down the fruit’s pectin, which is a naturally occurring starch. When each solution is run through a centrifuge, the banana solids compress at the bottom of the device, leaving a crystal-clear liquid on top.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Clear Your Mind. Because the Time Has Come to Experience the New Banana Daiquiri.”

Rum & Ginger

Rum , Modern Classics

BlackTail, the Lower Manhattan retro Cuban bar from the team behind The Dead Rabbit, is known to modernize classics like the Rum & Coke. For its contemporary riff on the Dark ’N’ Stormy, bartender Nate Dobson added passion fruit, bitters and a blend of funky Jamaican spirits to the usual ginger and rum base.

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

Jacq La Ginger

Rum , Modern Classics

Named after the famed female pirate of the Caribbean, Jacquotte Delahaye, this Dark ’N’ Stormy riff adapted from The Bluffton Room at Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, S.C., has Redlock spiced rum from Hilton Head Distillery, a vanilla-forward spirit with tones of allspice and nutmeg.

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

Dracarys

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

Named for the command that Daenerys Targaryen uses to get her dragons to breathe fire in “Game of Thrones,” this kicky riff on a Dark ’N’ Stormy kinda does the same thing, says Jenn Harvey, the bar manager at Temple Bar in Cambridge, Mass. “While too much spice tends to kill people's palates, this cocktail has an initial gentle heat that builds as you drink it, ultimately leading one to breath fire.”

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

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.”

Apprentice

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Tokyo Record Bar beverage director Ashtin Berry was inspired to create this Dark ’N’ Stormy riff by the izakaya cuisine at this New York City lounge where vinyl rules. She loves the way heat coaxes out white miso’s butterscotch notes. “The Dark ’N’ Stormy has this perfect blend of baking spiced fruit and ginger spice,” says Berry. “I decided to use the white miso and sweet potato notes of the sochu along with the bitterness of the Cynar liqueur to create a more savory version.”

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

Cheeky Peach

Vodka , Modern Classics

The fresh peaches of summer may be long gone, but you can relive the magic in this fruity fun cocktail. All you need is vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and a little mint, and you can party like it’s the middle of July.

Ti’ Bijou

Rum , Modern Classics

This twist on the Bijou cocktail was created by Shannon Mustipher, the head bartender at Glady’s in Brooklyn. She pairs Haitian rhum agricole and London dry gin for a drink that’s equal parts earthy, bracing and herbaceous.This recipe originally appeared as part of “This New York Bartender Thinks You Should Drink More Rum.”

Batida

Cachaça , Modern Classics

This blended cocktail proves there’s more to cachaça than just Caipirinhas.This recipe originally appeared as part of “Funky Rum. Everything You Need to Know About the Booming Trend.”

Chinese 5 Spiced Dark ’N’ Stormy

Rum , Modern Classics

This easy-to-prep, seasonal take on the Dark ’N’ Stormy by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, the bar manager of Portland, Ore.’s Clyde Common and Pépé Le Moko, is super forgiving even if you eyeball the amounts rather than rely on a jigger.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Tired of Boring Bartender Staff Parties? These Tips Will Change How You Celebrate.”

Zig a Zig Ahh

Rum , Modern Classics

In this cocktail by Kate Perry, the general manager at Seattle’s iconic rum bar Rumba, spiced rum plays with bold flavors.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Next Generation of Spiced Rum Will Make You a Believer.”

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Bacardí Superior Daiquiri

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

A standout Daiquiri doesn’t need to be complicated or crowded with garnishes. You simply need quality ingredients, like Bacardí Superior.

Amaretto Sour

Bourbon / American Whiskey Liqueurs , Classics

Forget overly sweet, pre-made sour mix: The best way to highlight amaretto's nutty flavor is with this frothy classic. This recipe for the 1970s throwback is a balanced combination of sweet, sour, nutty and boozy. Intrigued? Try Portland mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler's version of the Amaretto Sour below.

Maracuya Mistress

Rum , Modern Classics

T.J. Palmieri, the owner and operator of Madrina's in Gainesville, Fla., created this take on the classic Ti’ Punch.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “It's About Time to Fall in Love with This Rum Cocktail. It’s Called the Ti’ Punch.”

Bacardí Añejo Highball

Rum , Modern Classics

The Añejo Highball is the hip Caribbean cousin of the Moscow Mule. It was created by Dale DeGroff, one of the masters of modern mixology, as a tribute to the Cuban bartenders of the early 1900s.

Bacardí Rum Julep

Rum , Modern Classics

Since 1938, it’s been a tradition to enjoy a Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. The drink is made with good old Kentucky bourbon, but you can’t beat the flavor and smoothness that’s added by substituting it for Bacardí 8 Años rum.

Bacardí Hurricane

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

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

Bacardí Daiquiri

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

The best Daiquiris aren’t made in machines and garnished with mini umbrellas. This elegant take on the tropical classic combines freshly squeezed lime juice, real sugar and world-class rum.

Bacardí Piña Colada

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

The original Cuban Piña Colada is a mellow cocktail that is best made with fresh coconut water and pineapple, to remain true to its heritage, which goes all the way back to 1922.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rosemary Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

The classic grapefruit Paloma gets a hint of herby goodness.

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.

Elyx Raspberry Mule

Vodka , Modern Classics

Make your Mule even more refreshing by adding a fruity twist.

B&T

Gin , Classics

A proper Gin & Tonic is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Watermelon Margarita

Tequila , Modern Classics

A Margarita is always good. With watermelon in it too?

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