There are many versions of the Creole Cocktail. My favorite looks a lot like a Sazerac: whiskey, curaçao, and bitters, with a fragrant nose of absinthe.
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.
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 Red Snapper and the Bloody Mary
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.
Short and evil: the Devil’s Soul cocktail
The Devil's Soul cocktail: rye whiskey, smoky mezcal, two amaros, and a dollop of St. Germaine.
Stiff Steadier: the Burnt Fuselage Cocktail
The Burnt Fuselage Cocktail: Cognac, Grand Marnier and French vermouth.
The Bijou Cocktail
A jewel from the 1880s, the Bijou Cocktail: Plymouth gin, sweet vermouth, and Green Chartreuse.
A taste of the Gilded Age: the Stinger
The Stinger: a simple mix of brandy and creme de menthe. A fine end to the evening.
The Widow’s Kiss
The Widow's Kiss: apple brandy, Chartreuse, Benedictine, and bitters. A nineteenth century classic.
Apple whiskey and the Full House Cocktail
The Full House Cocktail: Chartreuse, Benedictine, Apple brandy, and bitters.
The Savoy Tango — sloe gin’s revenge
Rehabilitating sloe gin with the Savoy Tango — sloe gin and apple brandy.
Making Eggnog for New Year’s
Eggnog: eggs, bourbon, rum, cream, milk, sugar, spices — and time.
Is that your real name? The Diki-Diki Cocktail
The Diki-Diki Cocktail: Calvados, Swedish Punsch and grapefruit juice.
Punch and Rum — the Doctor Cocktail
The Doctor Cocktail: Swedish Punch and Jamaican rum, with lemon and orange juices. The Doctor is in.
The Satan’s Whiskers Cocktail
Satan's Whiskers: London Dry Gin, orange juice, Grand Marnier, sweet and dry vermouths, and bitters.
Drinking with Titans: The Atlas Cocktail
The Atlas cocktail — rum, apple brandy, Cointreau and bitters.
The Derby Cocktail, gin and peaches
The Gin Derby Cocktail: Genever, brandy, sugar and mint. And there's a peach version, too...
Gimlet Cocktail: the libertarian’s delight
The Gimlet Cocktail: gin, lime juice and sugar. And a little controversy.
Crimson Slippers Cocktail
The Crimson Slippers Cocktail taught me that rum and Campari are an astonishing, and nearly perfect, combination. Just make sure it doesn't get too sweet.
Trilby Cocktail (Vermouth)
The Vermouth Trilby Cocktail: dry vermouth, Cointreau and bitters, with a whiskey float.