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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.”

Beet-On

Arak , Modern Classics

Ruben Hernandez, the head bartender at New York City’s Miss Ada, was inspired to create a salad stand-in that stems from the Mediterranean tradition of mixing arak with water, mint and citrus over ice. Beets provided the perfect base—not to mention a gorgeous, intense color—and purple, pink and even rainbow ones work equally well. To add savory tanginess, feel free to garnish with a sprinkle of goat cheese.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Singapore Sling

Gin , Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Singapore Sling has enjoyed a long and celebrated lifespan, having been created at Raffles Hotel in Singapore around the turn of the 20th century. Many claim that no two Slings are made the same way, but the smooth, fruity and herbal qualities in the recipe below are sure to satisfy.

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.

Screwdriver

Vodka , Classics

The Screwdriver is an essential part of the mixological toolkit.

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?

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.”

Tequila Manhattan

Tequila , Modern Classics

Is it still a Manhattan when it’s made with tequila? Who cares when a drink is this satisfying?

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

Monaco Hotel lead bartender Kyle Darrow macerates sugar-coated brûléed banana slices and cinnamon sticks in bourbon for at least a week. For the drink, he flambés blueberries, brown sugar and overproof rum in a Julep tin, sprinkles it with cinnamon, crushes the mixture into a slurry and extinguishes the flame. He adds the infused bourbon and crushed ice and swizzles it, garnishing the drink with skewered blueberries and banana chips. “If you would throw it on your oatmeal at breakfast, it’ll probably taste good infused with bourbon,” he says.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “9 Infused Bourbon Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Jack Daniel’s Rye Ball

Rye Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

No need to overthink it when you’re working with a spirit as good as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee rye. Here’s how to let it shine in a Highball.

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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.

The Apple Fell Far from the Tree

Tequila , Modern Classics

This SoCal-style fall refresher by Steven Tuttle, the bar manager at San Diego’s Kettner Exchange, includes butterfly-pea-flower-infused blanco tequila, which means the drink turns a rich shade of blue to purple. It hints at autumn with the allspice-rum notes of Hamilton pimento dram, brightened by lime and Fuji apple syrup—all without losing the vibrancy of the tequila.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: November 2017.”

Tequila Blood Orange Soda

Tequila , Modern Classics

What’s even better than a tequila and soda? A tequila and soda with a hit of blood orange juice to brighten the color and flavor in the best possible way.

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 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 Mai Tai

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

Mai tai means “out of this world” in Tahitian, and it’s the perfect name for an irresistible exotic cocktail. This recipe was created in 1944 by Trader Vic Bergeron at his Polynesian-themed restaurant in San Francisco.

Tequila Blackberry Punch

Tequila , Modern Classics

Smash some blackberries to get a drink that’s as easy as it is refreshing. It’s punch but with tequila!

Garibaldi

Liqueurs Rum , Modern Classics

Challenge your palate with this complex Italian cocktail.

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.”

Aquarelle

Gin , Modern Classics

After a trip to NYC’s Attaboy, The Eddy head bartender Brian Elder in New York created this pastel-colored drink after looking to add a refreshing easy-sipping cocktail to his list. The drink at Attaboy used muddled strawberries, but to lessen the prep time and reduce spent fruit waste, Elder makes a strawberry cordial, which combines with lemon juice, gentian, gin and pineau. The drink takes a garnish of fresh basil for extra aromatics.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Great Cocktails Made with the Boozy Fortified Wine Pineau de Charentes.”

Stone Barn

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

A floral, herbaceous twist on the classic bourbon and ginger. Learn how to make it today at Liquor.com.

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.

East Coast Lover

Gin , Modern Classics

This is a good Rickey to imbibe as you head into the fall. Instead of citrus and botanical flavors, this cocktail by Katie Astrauskas at Chicago’s GreenRiver relies on a base of genever, the juniper-based ancestor to gin that’s popular in the Netherlands. “This fall take on the classic Gin Rickey, with a malty genever base, is the perfect tall drink for brisk weather,” says Astrauskas.

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.

Pale Horse Rickey

Gin Mezcal Whiskey , Modern Classics

This twist on a traditional Rickey by China Morbosa at West Hollywood’s Eveleigh subs mezcal for gin or whiskey, using lemon for citrus, a half ounce of manzanilla sherry for dryness and depth and a house-made mango coconut soda water in place of traditional club soda. Technically, that makes it just a Rickey and not a Gin Rickey, but gin can easily be substituted into this cocktail to keep the original style intact.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.

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.

Midnight Special

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Camille Cavan, the bar manager at Portland Ore.’s Quaintrelle, recalls the tart sweetness of a Whiskey Sour with the subtle bitter of a Boulevardier or Old Pal. With a bourbon base, sherry provides structure, and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter brings a bitter touch. In the end, this is a citrus-forward drink, rounded out with drops of lemon oil and silky egg white.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Love Bourbon? Go Drink These 11 Bourbon Cocktails in a Bar Near You.”

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.”

NOLET’S Cucumber Smash

Gin , Modern Classics

No need to be delicate with this recipe. Grab your muddler, NOLET’S Silver Gin, fresh mint and cucumber. Then smash your way to a mouthwatering cocktail. This is how you make a Cucumber Smash.

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.

Glendalough Sling

Gin , Modern Classics

Sam Treadway, the owner of Somerville, Mass.’s backbar and a pioneering barman in the broader Boston area, plays with Irish whiskey producer Glendalough Distillery’s Wild Botanical gin in this riff on a Singapore Sling. The gin’s citrus-forward but herbaceous spirit shines with fresh pineapple and lime juice, given a vegetal kick from a dash of dandelion and burdock bitters, as well as an aromatic cucumber slice and basil leaf garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: September 2017.”

Sex on the Beach

Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

Warning: this drink is not the for the faint of heart. Sex on the Beach boasts one of the most provocative names for a cocktail. Fruit-filled and perfect for enjoying a night in the tropics, its no wonder why this cocktail has stayed around for so long.

Mint Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

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

Aperol Spritz

Liqueurs , Classics

The coral-hued Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular aperitifs in Italy, and for good reason. Low in alcohol, aromatic with citrus and slightly bitter, Aperol pairs seamlessly with chilled Prosecco to whet the appetite. Meeting friends for an after work Spritz is a long-established Italian tradition—and one that’s easily replicated anywhere.

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?

Hibiscus Summer Garden Punch

Gin , Punches

The punch bowl can make or break any summer gathering. The Hibiscus Summer Garden Punch is just the recipe to delight your guests, with its fresh blend of natural ingredients.

Tequila Limeade

Tequila , Modern Classics

Your refreshing limeade needs a blast of good tequila.

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.

Rosemary Paloma

Tequila , Modern Classics

The classic grapefruit Paloma gets a hint of herby goodness.

M Gin & Tonic

Gin , Modern Classics

Chicago’s RPM Steak rolled out three G&Ts for its summer menu—an “R,” a “P” and an “M,” appropriately. The M is an especially distinct take on the classic Gin & Tonic—a darker, more lush version of the usually bright and zippy drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of Gin & Tonics Across the USA: These 9 G&Ts Will Make You a Believer.

A Drink, Yoda Is

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The folks at Datz in Tampa like to have fun with their food and drink, be it with candy in the cocktails or nods to pop culture icons. This homage to that tiny little pointy-eared bundle of wisdom, Yoda, by bar manager Morgan Zuch manages to make wayward whimsy taste pretty great.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Sarlacc Pit

Rum , Modern Classics

At The Sixth in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, beverage director Benjamin Schiller couldn’t resist making a molded pate de fruit head garnish of Darth Vader (basically a room-stable gummy bear) for this cheerful tropical drink, served up in a Boba Fett Tiki glass, of course. But even if you don’t want to go that deep into Empire kitsch, this drink, named for the sand-dwelling, flesh-eating fave of Jabba the Hutt, is pretty easy to stir up and throw down in a few delicious sips. Bonus: The Han’s mix is really a tweaked version of famed Tiki maestro Donn Beach’s Don’s Mix. Sweet!

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Flying Solo

Tequila , Modern Classics

Louis Hirsch, the GM of Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, created this nod to reluctant rebel pilot and all-around intergalactic heartthrob Han Solo because only a person of his confidence could find a positive use for that pink-headed stepchild of the wine world, white zinfandel.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The Elyx Spritz

Vodka , Modern Classics

Meet your new favorite light, effervescent Spritz.

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.

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