Americano

The Americano Cocktail recipe blends Campari with sweet vermouth and soda water.

The Americano began life as the "Milano-Torino" at Caffe Camparino in the 1860's, but it was so popular with American ex-pats that it got renamed. As with so many old cocktails, this drink recipe is sometimes stated without specific amounts of the ingredients. You can certainly feel free to … [Read more...]

Algonquin

The Algonquin Cocktail recipe features rye, dry vermouth and pineapple juice.

The Algonquin is a very old classic that dates back to at least the 1930s. It features rye bourbon with dry vermouth and pineapple juice, which makes for a sweet, easy-going, slightly tropical cocktail. If you find this one is a little too mellow, as I do, you can wake it up with a dash of … [Read more...]

The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier drink recipe with whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth.

If you've rejected the Negroni in the past because you don't like gin, you might want to try The Boulevardier. It uses whiskey instead of gin, and the flavor difference is surprising, even with the other ingredients being the same. I like a good Negroni, made with a gin that's strong enough … [Read more...]

Affinity Cocktail

Affinity Cocktail recipe: scotch, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters

The Affinity Cocktail is an old-school style cocktail, with no fruity liqueurs or fancy herbs. It features two fearsome ounces of scotch, plus dry and sweet vermouth, so it's technically a double. With scotch-based cocktails, I always mention that you don't need to break out the expensive … [Read more...]

Cascade Cocktail

Cascade Cocktail recipe with sweet vermouth, creme de cassis and optional gin.

The Cascade Cocktail is an extremely sweet cocktail that tastes like blackcurrant (or raisins) with hints of grape and spice. I find it too cloyingly sweet, so I added my own variation (Recipe #2) which waters those two ingredients down with gin. Still sweet, but less so, and with some herbal and … [Read more...]

Hanky Panky Cocktail

Hanky Panky Cocktail Recipe: gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet-Branca

The Hanky Panky Cocktail is a classic that dates back to at least the 1920s, so there have been some variations on it. The classic version is 1.5 ounces of gin, 1.5 ounces of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of Fernet Branca, a bitter, aromatic spirit, all stirred with ice in a mixing glass rather than … [Read more...]

English Rose Cocktail

English Rose Cocktail recipe: apricot brandy, gin, vermouth, grenadine, lemon

The English Rose Cocktail is gorgeous as well as tasty. It contrasts the sweetness of apricot brandy and grenadine with gin, dry vermouth and lemon. The result is a tart-sweet flavor that's nicely complex but still easy to like. The look of this drink makes it great for Christmas or Valentine's … [Read more...]

Superman Cocktail

Superman Cocktail recipe - Gin, Vermouth, Mandarin Juice, Apricot Brandy, Grenadine

The Superman Cocktail features gin and dry vermouth with mandarin juice, apricot brandy and grenadine. If it wasn't called Superman, you might think it's perfect for a girl's night out. And, well, it is, among other things. This is a drink that's sweet and tart, with notes of cherry and … [Read more...]

Bermuda Highball

Bermuda Highball drink recipe - Brandy, Gin, Dry Vermouth, Club Soda

The Bermuda Highball blends brandy with gin and vermouth, and adds a couple of marrying ingredients to make the whole thing work. It tastes like a carbonated martini that's had some fruit and wood notes added to it. This is a great drink to try if you have never really enjoyed martinis but … [Read more...]

Elderflower Martini

Elderflower Martini recipe - St. Germain's, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dry Vermouth, Lime

The Elderflower Martini takes your standard martini recipe and adds touches of St. Germain's elderflower liqueur and lime. The citrus and herb notes of the traditional martini are rounded out by the full-bodied light sweetness of the elderflower. This is a drink to enjoy while relaxing, even … [Read more...]

Silver Cocktail

Silver Cocktail - gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bitters

The Silver Cocktail is actually more of a pinkish or reddish color, but who cares? It mixes gin, dry vermouth and maraschino liqueur with a touch of simple syrup and orange bitters. This drink tastes like cherry and citrus with hints of spice. It has a warming effect, which makes it a very … [Read more...]

Dirty Bloody Martini

Dirty Bloody Martini recipe - Pepper Vodka, Clamato Juice, Dry Vermouth, Olive Juice

The Dirty Bloody Martini is a spicy drink featuring pepper vodka as its main ingredient. The other dominant flavors come from the Clamato and the olive juice, so this is a savory drink. Overall, it may remind you of a cross between a Bloody Mary and a vodka martini. The savory and spicy … [Read more...]