The Conference Cocktail: rye, bourbon, cognac and Calvados. Add some Demerara syrup and Angostura and Xocolatl bitters, and you have a rich mouthful built on the classic Old-Fashioned model.
An Old-Fashioned the hard way: the Brandy Crusta
Brandy, curacao, lemon, and bitters: the Brandy Crusta is the prototype of the modern sour, and a forerunner of the Sidecar. More historic marker than living cocktail, it's a…
The Blackthorne Cocktail
The Blackthorne Cocktail: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, absinthe and bitters.
Drinking with Titans: The Atlas Cocktail
The Atlas cocktail — rum, apple brandy, Cointreau and bitters.
The Seventh Heaven Cocktail
Seventh Heaven is an Aviation variant from the prohibition years. No creme de violette? Try this: Old Tom gin, Maraschino, grapefruit juice and mint.
Detroit’s Finest: The Last Word Cocktail
Detroit's Last Word Cocktail: gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino and lime juice.
The Silver Cocktail
The Silver Cocktail: gin, dry vermouth, Maraschino and bitters. A martini with something in it.
The Red Hook Cocktail
The Red Hook Cocktail: rye whiskey, Punt e Mes and Maraschino — the best Manhattan variant ever.
Rum, lime juice, honey and champagne: the Airmail cocktail. Make this Prohibition-era Cuban classic now.
The Bloody Mary — salt, pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire, lemon and, of course, tomato juice. Add vodka for the Bloody Mary, or gin for the Red Snapper.
The Lucien Gaudin Cocktail—gin, Campari, dry vermouth and Cointreau. A fine, orangey riff on the original Negroni.
The Devil’s Soul cocktail: rye whiskey, smoky mezcal, two amaros, and a dollop of St. Germaine.
The Japanese Cocktail, with brandy, orgeat and bitters. The forerunner of the modern, “fancy” cocktail.
Descended from the Boulevardier, the 1795 Cocktail: rye whiskey, Campari, Aperol, Carpano Antica, Punt e Mes, and Xocolatl Mole bitters.
The ephemeral Bourbon Mint Julep: we see it about one day a year—Kentucky Derby Day—and then it’s gone. Whiskey, sugar, mint, and ice—lots of ice.
The Libertine: rye whiskey combines with London Dry gin, Benedictine, sweet vermouth and a healthy dose of bitters in this riff on the Old-Fashioned.
“Trader Vic” Bergeron’s lemonade for grown-ups, the Fog Cutter: rum, brandy, gin, lemon juice, orange juice, and orgeat, all with a sherry float. (I’ll have mine without the float, thank you.) But wait, there’s more: the Jamaican Fog Cutter!