Sour-Cherry Gin Slings
Like Paul Virant, Mike Page and pastry chef Todd Feitl think hyper-seasonally. They based this sweet-tart concoction on the classic Singapore sling, replacing the traditional cherry brandy with an intensely vibrant homemade sour-cherry syrup. With a squirt of sparkling water, the syrup also makes a great base for kid-friendly cherry soda.
Mexican-born mixologist Junior Merino balances flavors like a chef, creating classically inspired, invariably pretty drinks, such as this sherry-spiked riff on a brandy sour.
Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.
The Red and the Black
A clever black pepper-infused simple syrup makes this strawberry-and-tequila cocktail taste more sophisticated than most fruity drinks.
When a Brazilian soccer team stopped in to El Vaquero for caipirinhas one night, bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler came up with this drink to tempt them away from his declining supply of limes.
A swizzle is an icy drink named for the tool used to mix it, traditionally fashioned out of a woody stem. The base for this swizzle is rhum agricole, made from fresh cane juice in the French-speaking Caribbean islands.
Sour Cherry-Yuzu Bellinis
This effervescent sour-cherry cocktail gets a pleasant citrus kick from yuzu juice (from the bumpy-skinned Japanese citrus fruit).
Kerry Simon's Asian-style sangria combines Sauvignon Blanc with green tea-flavored vodka, but it can be made with plain or citrus vodka as well.
Blackberry & Cabernet Caipirinha
This punch-like take on the caipirinha blends Cabernet with a good amount of spicy Syrah.
Muddled blackberries give this refreshing version of a margarita its beautiful purple-red hue.