The Ray Long Cocktail, an elegant, absinthe-tinted brandy Manhattan: Cognac, sweet vermouth, absinthe, and Angostura bitters. If you want to put a spin on the original, this is the way to go.
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 Atty cocktail: gin, dry vermouth, absinthe and creme de violette. And don't forget that lemon garnish!
Satan's Whiskers: London Dry Gin, orange juice, Grand Marnier, sweet and dry vermouths, and bitters.
The Bombay Cocktail: brandy, sweet and dry vermouths, curaçao and absinthe.