Another classic, the Tom Collins has some unresolved questions about its exact origins, but recipes for similar drinks were published as early as the 1850s. In 1869 a recipe for a John Collins cocktail was published in The Steward and Barkeepers Manual, which called specifically for Old Tom Gin, and the first mention published mention of the Tom Collins, by bartender Jerry Thomas in A Bar-tenders Guide, likely used a Hollands gin. Learn how to make it yourself.
We think that a Sour—not just the flavor, but the family of drinks—is perfect for any time of year, whether it is actually hot enough to break out your tiki torches, or just one of those days you need to get away from the latest Snowpocalypse.
This iconic cocktail from Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale (1953) is the preferred Martini variation of British secret agent James Bond. A discerning gentleman, Bond is particular about his cocktail of choice, always making a point to order it “shaken, not stirred.”
This is a crisp, boozey drink that is a variant on the Negroni, but could also be considered a variant on a Sweet Martini. Instead of equal parts of all three ingredients the Hanky-Panky substitutes an equal part Campari for two dashes of the intensely bitter Fernet Branca.
Homemade Grenadine and Cocktails to Use It In — Grenadine is a non-alcoholic pomegranate flavored syrup. The name grenadine comes from the French word grenade which means pomegranate. Original recipes for grenadine were simply made with pomegranate juice, sugar, and water. Learn to make your own.
Whiskey is full of magic, or so we like to think. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy “uisce beatha,” or “water of life,” that every home bartender should know. We show you three ways to make it—In The Glass, Stirred—Not Shaken, and Shake Hard.
The White Lady was a post-WWI invention by Harry MacElhone, bartender at Ciro’s Club in London. The original drink by this name was made with crème de menthe, not gin, and was heavy on the Cointreau. The Boxcar just substitutes lemon for lime juice. Bartender’s choice.
Liquor, Citrus juice, sugar, and bitters (optional)… and maybe some egg white. Sours are a traditional genus of cocktails that are as about as old as cocktails themselves.
The Gin and Tonic — a classic that needn’t be so simple. Create a complex, citrusy flavor with Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic syrup paired with a citrus-forward gin and topped with soda water, a drink that will convert even the staunchest gin-haters into fans.
The classic Daiquiri is a traditional sour cocktail—and one that uses lime juice instead of lemon. A Daiquiri made well is tart up front, and sweet on the finish. Learn three ways to make it.