Scotch whisky, lemon, honey, and ginger. Looks like a classic cold remedy to me. It also turns out to be one of the best Scotch-based cocktails going: the Penicillin Cocktail.
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.
One of the most famous of the whiskey sour variants: rye whiskey, lemon and orange juices, and grenadine—Boston's Ward 8 cocktail.
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?
Rum, lime juice, honey and champagne: the Airmail cocktail. Make this Prohibition-era Cuban classic now.
The Black Pearl—vodka, blackberry syrup, a hint of lime, and a whimsical garnish, topped off with champagne.