Sexy Old Fashioned

  • 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • .25 oz Benedectine
  • 1 barspoon Allspice Dram
  • 1 barspoon Rich Simple Syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish:  Orange Twist

Glass:  Old Fashioned/Rocks

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice.  Strain into an old fashioned glass over large ice.  Garnish with an orange twist.

This is a recipe from Imbibe Magazine and is attributed to Jim Romdall of Vessel in Seattle.

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The Champ

  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz AppleJack (or Calvados for a lighter flavor)
  • .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5-6 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 White Sugar Cube

Garnish:  Fresh Mint Sprig and Apple Fan

Glass:  Double Rocks

Tools:  Muddler, Bar Spoon, Straw

Preparation:  In a double rocks glass combine the ingredients and gently muddle, taking care to thoroughly crush the sugar cube, but not pulverize the fresh mint.  Top with crushed or shaved ice, add a straw and garnish with a fresh mint sprig and apple fan.

This is a recipe from Imbibe Magazine and is attributed to Karin Stanley of Fox Liquor Bar in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wall Street

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • .5 oz Punt e Mes
  • .25 oz Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  • 1 bar spoon Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Easter’s Winter Bitters

Garnish:  Brandied Cherry

Glass:  Cocktail/Coupe

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass.  Stir until well-chilled.  Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

This is a recipe from  Imbibe Magazine and is attributed to Trevor Easter of Heaven’s Dog in San Francisco.

Il Sorpasso

  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • .75 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • .25 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 oz club soda

Garnish:  Orange Slice

Glass:  Rocks

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  In a cocktail shaker, combine the Aperol, bourbon, honey, lemon juice and sugar. Shake well.  Fill a rocks glass with ice, and pour in contents of the shaker. Top with club soda, and garnish with orange slice.

This is a recipe from the New York Times and is attributed to Terroni in Los Angeles.

Henry Miller

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • .75 oz Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula)
  • .75 oz Simple Syrup
  • .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 Strawberries
  • 1 oz Soda

Garnish:  Strawberry

Glass:  Collins

Tools:  Muddler, Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Muddle 2 strawberries in mixing glass.  Add the remaining ingredients, except the soda, and shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for 15 seconds.  Strain into a Collins glass over ice.  Top with soda.  Garnish with a strawberry.

This is a recipe from an article in the Wall Street Journal about summer drinks and is attributed to the Darby in New York.  The article describes the drink as follows:

This drink may appear overly sweet – it has strawberries, after all – but it has the heart of a Manhattan (bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters) so it’s not the saccharine concoction you might expect.

Blueberry Julep

  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • .25 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2-4 oz Seltzer

Garnish:  Fresh Blueberries

Glass:  Old Fashioned

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Muddler

Preparation:  Combine ingredients, except the seltzer water, in a mixing glass.  Muddle the lemon and blueberries.  Shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Strain over ice into an old fashioned glass.  Garnish with a blueberry skewer.

This is a recipe from a Women’s Health Magazine article titled “Skinny Sips” which compiled several cocktail recipes that are supposed to be less than 200 calories.

Amaretto Sour

  • 1.5 oz Amaretto
  • .75 oz Cask-Proof Bourbon (such as Booker’s)
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Rich Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz Fresh Egg White, Beaten

Garnish: Lemon Peel and Brandied Cherry

Glass:  Old Fashioned

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and dry shake in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice to cocktail shaker and shake well.  Strain into an old fashioned glass over ice.  Garnish with a lemon peel and brandied cherry.

This is a recipe from Imbibe Magazine and is attributed to Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.  It varies from the traditional recipe by adding bourbon, rich simple syrup and egg white.