The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail: Barbados rum, fresh lime juice, falernum and curacao. A bit of the Caribbean in the North Atlantic.
The Lucien Gaudin Cocktail—gin, Campari, dry vermouth and Cointreau. A fine, orangey riff on the original Negroni.
A variant of the Whiskey Old-Fashioned, with bourbon, bitters, a collection of liqueurs, and a dash of hot pepper—one of Minneapolis's finest inventions.
The “daisy” is a sour made with triple sec or orange curaçao instead of straight sugar. The Margarita is one of the most famous examples: white tequila, lime juice, Cointeau and sugar.
The Cosmopolitan Cocktail: citrus vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and Cointreau.
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.
The little-known Campden Cocktail — gin, Lillet and Grand Marnier — makes a pleasant, cold splash for a spring evening.
The Vermouth Trilby Cocktail: dry vermouth, Cointreau and bitters, with a whiskey float.