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F&W’s Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Recipes

Many of the best cocktails are inspired by classic drinks, the starting point for any modern mixologist. Here, pre-Prohibition standbys and new favorites.

Rosalind Russell cocktail with cured salmon (photo at right)

Reinvented Classic Cocktails

  • The Savoy Daisy

    In updating the classic Daisy cocktail, bartender Erik Lorincz uses muscovado, an unrefined brown sugar with a very moist texture and a strong molasses flavor.

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    Cocktail Recipes: The Savoy Daisy
  • Cucumber Cosmopolitan

    The bartenders at Great Bay restaurant in Boston make their spin on a Cosmopolitan with Hendrick’s, a Scottish gin that’s infused with both cucumber and rose petals.

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    Cocktail Recipes: Cucumber Cosmopolitan
  • Sazerac Reborn

    Cocktail king Greg Best of Atlanta’s Holeman & Finch infuses apple brandy with star anise in this version of a classic.

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    Cocktail Recipes: Sazerac Reborn
  • Mango Margarita

    Bartender David Yan coats the rim of the glass with citrusy Tajin-brand chile powder, but any powdered chile will give the drink a fun kick.

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    Cocktail Recipes: Mango Margarita
  • Lychee Gimlet

    Lychee nectar balances the tartness of fresh lime juice in this Asian-Peruvian take on the gimlet.

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    Cocktail Recipes: Lychee Gimlet
  • Wry Manhattan

    The Wry Manhattan was created to honor Fritz Maytag, the San Francisco brewer and distiller behind Anchor Steam beer and Old Potrero single-malt rye whiskey.

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    Cocktail Recipes: Wry Manhattan
  • Champagne Mojito

    This puckery drink is prepared with rum and fresh mint like a classic mojito, but New Orleans chef John Besh tops it with a splash of Champagne.

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    Cocktail Recipes: Champagne Mojito
  • The Un-Usual Suspect

    Bartender Kai Braaten offers the Un-Usual Suspect as an alternative to the Negroni. Both drinks use Italian bitters, but Braaten prefers Fernet-Branca’s herbal complexity to the Campari in Negronis for this drink.

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    Cocktail Recipes: The Un-Usual Suspect
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