New Friend

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • .75 oz Aperol
  • .75 oz Lillet Blanc

Garnish: Orange Twist

Glass: Coupe

Tools: Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice until cold.  Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

This is a recipe from the Potation Handbook by Steve Carrow of Naha in Chicago.  It is a variation on the classic cocktail Old Pal.

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.

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.

Old Money

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • .5 oz Aperol
  • 2 barspoons Walnut Liqueur
  • 10 drops Angostura Bitters
  • 3 drops Allspice Dram, for garnish

Garnish:  Orange Zest, Orange Oil, Allspice Dram

Glass:  Old Fashioned

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Zester

Preparation:  Combine the bourbon, Aperol, walnut liqueur and bitters in a mixing glass.  Add ice and stir for 30-40 rotations.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass over large ice.  Garnish with orange oil by zesting a patch of the orange over the drink.  Garnish with 3 drops of Allspice Dram.

This is a recipe from an online article about 20 Iconic Chicago Cocktails and is attributed to Benjamin Schiller of Boka in Chicago.

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.