Just the thing for a hot summer day. Gin, lime, soda, and plenty of ice: the Gin Rickey.
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 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?
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.
The Lucien Gaudin Cocktail
The Lucien Gaudin Cocktail—gin, Campari, dry vermouth and Cointreau. A fine, orangey riff on the original Negroni.
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.
The Japanese Cocktail
The Japanese Cocktail, with brandy, orgeat and bitters. The forerunner of the modern, "fancy" cocktail.
Scions of the Boulevardier: the 1795 Cocktail
Descended from the Boulevardier, the 1795 Cocktail: rye whiskey, Campari, Aperol, Carpano Antica, Punt e Mes, and Xocolatl Mole bitters.
Ritual drinking: the Ephemeral Mint Julep
The ephemeral Bourbon Mint Julep: we see it about one day a year—Kentucky Derby Day—and then it's gone. Whiskey, sugar, mint, and ice—lots of ice.