One of the latest great tiki drinks, the Jungle Bird is all about Pineapple and Jamaican rum—and, uniquely, Campari.
Tequila and Grapefruit — the Paloma
Cinco de Mayo and tequila just go together, and the Paloma is the vehicle to get you there. A delicious highball of tequila and grapefruit soda, and lots of ice in this tall cooler.
Tall and Cool: the Gin Rickey
Just the thing for a hot summer day. Gin, lime, soda, and plenty of ice: the Gin Rickey.
What’s Wrong with the Blood and Sand Cocktail?
The Blood and Sand Cocktail isn't everyone's cup of whisky. Here are a couple variations that might broaden its appeal: one with port and a big, peaty Scotch, the other a mezcal version.
Sazerac Variations: the Cooper Union Cocktail
The Cooper Union: an Irish whiskey Sazerac with St. Germain and a smoky Laphroaig Scotch nose.
Champagne, Mistakes, and the Brut Nature Cocktail
Cognac, maraschino, bitters, and champagne: Johnny Michaels's Brut Nature Cocktail, two ways.
The Tale of the Tuxedo Cocktail
Want to amp up your martini? Gin, vermouth, bitters, absinthe, and maraschino: the Tuxedo Cocktail.
The Automobile Cocktail, Two Ways
Two spirited salutes to the auto industry, one with champagne, the other with Scotch and gin: the Automobile Cocktail, two ways.
The Rise of Vermouth and the Pantomime Cocktail
Vermouth, orgeat, grenadine, and a luscious eggwhite foam, with just a dusting of nutmeg—Harry Craddock's Pantomime Cocktail.
The X-15, Saturn, and the Finer Points of Bad Behavior
Originally called the "X-15", the Saturn is one of very few gin tiki drinks: gin, lemon, falernum, orgeat, and passionfruit syrup.
Another Round of Whiskey Sours: the Ward 8 Cocktail
One of the most famous of the whiskey sour variants: rye whiskey, lemon and orange juices, and grenadine—Boston's Ward 8 cocktail.
Two Nights at the Opera
Gin, Dubonnet, and curaçao: Jacques Straub's original Opera Cocktail.
Extra effort, extra reward: the Pearl Diver’s Punch
Rum, honey, fresh juices, spices, and the secret ingredient, butter: Don the Beachcomber's Pearl Diver's Punch.
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail: Barbados rum, fresh lime juice, falernum and curacao. A bit of the Caribbean in the North Atlantic.
Swizzling the Noa Noa
Rum, lime, sugar and mint---and plenty of crushed ice. That's Jeff Berry's Noa Noa swizzle.
A Martini with Something In It — The Merry Widow Cocktail
Gin, vermouth, Benedictine, bitters and absinthe: a Martini with something in it, the Merry Widow Cocktail.
Three Dots and a Dash
Three Dots and a Dash: rum, juices, falernum, honey, and allspice liqueur. And a most excellent, hallmark garnish.
The Diamondback Cocktail
The Diamondback Cocktail: rye whiskey, apple brandy, and yellow Chartreuse. Simple and herbal, a post-Prohibition version of the Old-Fashioned.
Another Old-Fashioned the hard way: the Conference Cocktail
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 drink that's important to know if you take your cocktails seriously. And it tastes good. Why did it disappear?