Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour Recipe

 

Amaretto Sour Recipe

Amaretto Sour Cocktail Recipe

Without a doubt this is the best Amaretto Sour recipe you will come across, thanks to Jeffrey Morgenthaler.
The original recipe was devised by the importer of Amaretto di Saronno (now simply known as Disaronno), and consisted of 2 parts amaretto and 1 part lemon juice. The drink was popular in the 80s, during a terrible time when bartenders used sour mix instead of fresh juice. Bartenders used sour mix in place of lemon juice, resulting in a sickly sweet mess of a drink.
Please don't make your Amaretto Sours like this.
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a renowned Portland bartender and author, saved the drink's reputation by using fresh ingredients and adding in a cask-strength bourbon whiskey. Amaretto liqueur is too sweet and weak on its own, so the higher-strength whiskey adds proof, cutting back it's sweetness, whilst the fresh egg white adds a velvety texture.
Check out the video for a side by side tasting of Amaretto Sours using popular amaretto liqueurs (Disaronno vs Lazzaroni vs Luxardo).
2.89 from 1627 votes

Ingredients
 

  • 45 ml amaretto liqueur Luxardo recommended
  • 22.5 ml cask-strength bourbon whiskey
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rich syrup (2:1)
  • 15 ml egg white

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients
  • Dry shake (without ice)
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Double strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and a skewered maraschino cherry
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Vieux Carré

Vieux Carre Cocktail Recipe

 

Vieux Carre Cocktail Recipe

Vieux Carré Cocktail Recipe

The Vieux Carré was created by the head bartender at the Hotel Monteleone, Walter Bergeron, during the 1930s. The recipe was first featured in Stanley Arthur's Famous New Orleans Drinks and Hot to Mix Them in 1937. Best made with a whiskey with a higher proof, around 100 proof.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing glass, combine all the ingredients
  • Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds
  • Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
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Enzoni

 

Enzoni Cocktail Recipe

The Enzoni cocktail is a cross between a Negroni and a Gin Sour where the Sweet Vermouth comes in the form of muddled green grapes. An ideal drink to introduce a novice to Campari!
First created by Vincenzo Errico whilst tending bar at Milk & Honey, NYC. Vincenzo was trained by the legendary Dick Bradsell (creator of the Espresso Martini).
The original was created with concord grapes which aren't available year round, or in many countries, so opt for an alternate variety of green grape if needed.
3.82 from 665 votes

Ingredients
 

  • 5 white grapes, muddled
  • 30 ml gin
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 5 grapes
  • Add the remaining ingredients
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Strain over fresh ice into a double old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with 3 skewered grapes
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Penicillin

Penicillin Cocktail Recipe
Penicillin Cocktail Recipe

Penicillin Cocktail Recipe

The Penicillin is a modern classic cocktail created by Australian-born bartender, Sam Ross. Sam has made many well-known cocktails whilst spending his time behind the bar at infamous NY cocktail bars such as Milk & Honey, Pegu Club and Attaboy. The Penicillin combines sweet honey and spicy ginger syrup along with a blended whisky and a smoky Islay whisky floated on top.
3.58 from 106 votes

Ingredients
 

  • 60 ml blended Scotch whisky
  • 22.5 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml honey syrup
  • 10 ml ginger syrup
  • 7.5 ml Islay whisky, float

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except the Islay whisky
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass
  • Float the Islay Whisky
  • Garnish with skewered candied ginger or a lemon wheel
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Mezcaletti

Mezcaletti Cocktail Recipe

 

Mezcaletti Cocktail Recipe

Mezcaletti Cocktail Recipe

The Mezcaletti combines mezcal and Meletti for a smokey, bitter, citrusy and chocolate-y sipper. As the drink continues to dilute the chocolate notes from the Meletti become more apparent. I'm a big fan of using this 50/50 split of spirit and amaro as a cocktail template to create my own unique drinks too.
Industry veteran Richard Boccato created the Mezcaletti while at Fresh Kills Bar in NY. Richard started as the doorman of Sasha Petraske’s bar Little Branch before eventually moving behind the bar. Petraske was so impressed with his work that he brought him over to the Milk & Honey team.
In 2009 Richard opened Dutch Kills with Sasha Petraske and in 2010 opened Painkiller with Giuseppe Gonzalez. He still owns several bars including Dutch Kills, Fresh Kills Bar, Bar Clacson and The Slipper Clutch.
Recommended Read: Learn more about the contemporary craft cocktail revival and the figures that shaped the industry by grabbing a copy of A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ingredients into an old fashioned glass
  • Briefly stir with ice
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
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Banana Boulevardier

Banana Boulevardier Cocktail

 

Banana Boulevardier Cocktail

Banana Boulevardier

The Banana Boulevardier was inspired when general manager at Anvil Bar & Refuge, Terry Williams, emptied the last remains of a bottle of banana liqueur. Upon mixing it with Campari, Terry discovered that the combination worked surprisingly well. He then naturally segued into adding the banana liqueur into a well known classic Campari cocktail, the Boulevardier.
I recommending using a bourbon whiskey with a little higher proof to stand up to the bitterness of the Campari. A higher ABV whiskey will also combat the additional sweetness brought on by the banana liqueur.
I've long used the Negroni / Boulevardier recipe as a cocktail template, substituting half the Campari for an alternate liqueur - Mr Black coffee liqueur, amaro, etc. Try it with your favourite liqueur.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing glass, combine all ingredient
  • Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds
  • Strain over a large cube into an old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with an orange twist
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Milano Torino

Milano Torino Recipe

 

Milano Torino Recipe

Milano Torino Cocktail Recipe

What is the Milano-Torino cocktail?
The Milano-Torino is a simple two ingredient cocktail that was first served in an Italian cafe in 1860.
What does the Milano-Torino taste like?
The Milano-Torino combines bitter Campari with sweet vermouth, resulting in bittersweet drink with herbal and citrus notes.
What is the story behind the Milano-Torino cocktail?
Italian bartender Gaspare Campari created Campari, a bitter red liqueur, in 1860. Shortly after, he mixed his bitter liqueur with sweet vermouth and named it the “Milano-Torino”, paying homage to the Italian ingredient’s origins (Campari from Milan and vermouth from Turin). The name is often shortened to "Mi-To".
What ingredients are in a Milano-Torino?
Campari + sweet vermouth
The Milano Torino is the predecessor to both the Americano and the Negroni. Check out my Guide to Making the Perfect Negroni.
3.36 from 39 votes

Ingredients
 

  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml Vermouth di Torino

Instructions
 

  • In an old fashioned glass, combine both ingredient
  • Add ice and stir
  • Garnish with a slice of orange
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Mexican Firing Squad Special

Mexican Firing Squad

 

Mexican Firing Squad

Mexican Firing Squad Special

Charles H. Baker was an author that wrote about his food and drink discoveries whilst traveling the world. He discovered this drink whilst he was in Mexico City in 1937 and later featured it in his book The Gentleman's Companion: The Exotic Drinking Book.
The Mexican "Firing Squad" Special is now known a little differently. Nowadays the most common recipe uses the classic sour template (2 oz tequila, 3/4 oz lime juice, 3/4 oz grenadine), plus bitters. And many like to serve it tall with soda water, although the original recipe omits this.
The original Mexican Firing Squad recipe called for a tall collins glass, 2 jiggers of tequila, the juice of 2 small limes (not exactly an accurate measurement!), 1.5-2 teaspoons (1/3 oz) of grenadine and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.
The drink is bright, tart and strongly dependent on using a good quality grenadine. Don't skimp out here.
- Liber & Co. = tart pomegranate with subtle floral notes (orange blossom)
- BG Reynolds = pomegranate with hibiscus concentrate (most likely for the colour)
- Homemade = simple to make at home - try this grenadine recipe from The Educated Barfly
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Double strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass
  • Garnish with a slice of orange, pineapple and a cherry
  • Alternatively, garnish with a lime wheel and maraschino cherry

Notes

What ingredients are in a Mexican Firing Squad?

Blanco tequila, lime juice, grenadine and Angostura bitters.

How do you garnish a Mexican Firing Squad?

The book it was first featured in called for a slice of orange, slice of pineapple and a red cherry. Although now it's most commonly garnished with a lime wheel and a maraschino cherry.
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Pornstar Martini (Original)

Pornstar Martini Recipe

 

Pornstar Martini Recipe

Pornstar Martini

The Pornstar Martini is one of the UK's most popular cocktails and is revered as a modern classic cocktail. It was first created by Douglas Ankrah at the Townhouse Bar, London in 2003. Douglas also founded London's LAB Bar which is well renowned for their exceptional Pornstar Martinis. He first named the cocktail the Maverick Martini after a gentleman's club in Cape Town he frequented, but later changed the name to the Pornstar Martini.
"I called it the Pornstar Martini because I thought it was something that a porn star would drink. It's pure indulgence, sexy, fun and evocative,".
Over the years I have compared a number of different recipes for the Pornstar Martini. I recommend trying the recipe by Brian Evans which is listed below the original recipe.
4.43 from 14 votes

Ingredients
 

  • 45 ml vanilla vodka Stolichnaya or Absolut
  • 15 ml passion fruit liqueur Passoa or De Kuyper
  • 30 ml passion fruit puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar heaped
  • 45 ml champagne served on the side

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe
  • Garnish with half a passion fruit floated
  • Serve with a sidecar of champagne

Notes

Pornstar Martini (by Brian Evans)
5 from 1 vote
Brian Evans' entry into the Pornstar Martini blind tasting hosted by Punch Drink took out the winning spot! He incorporated both fresh passion fruit and passion fruit puree as well as the addition of Cointreau. This is by far the best Pornstar Martini recipe you'll come across.
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Best Pornstar Martini
Pornstar Martini (by The Humble Bartender)
4.37 from 25 votes
This particular Pornstar Martini recipe was featured by The Humble Bartender on YouTube. The recipe calls for the addition of pineapple juice which slightly mutes the vanilla notes but creates a luscious texture.
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Pornstar Martini Recipe
Only Fans Martini
5 from 1 vote
The Only Fans Martini is a riff on the Pornstar Martini. Instead of vanilla vodka though, Kevin Beary has used a vanilla-infused cachaca as the base. It landed in second place in a Pornstar Martini blind tasting hosted by Punch Drink.
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Only Fans Martini

How do you drink a Pornstar Martini?

The sidecar of champagne (or prosecco) is designed to be a palate cleanser so it's recommended to alternate sips between the cocktail and the champagne.

What ingredients are in a Pornstar Martini?

Vanilla vodka, passion fruit liqueur, passion fruit puree and vanilla sugar.
You can watch one of the bartenders from LAB, Soho making the original Pornstar Martini (created at LAB by Douglas Ankrah). Note that he uses a scaled back recipe due to the standard pour in the UK being 25 ml. Bartenders in the UK commonly use 25 ml / 50 ml jiggers (5/6 oz / 1 1/3 oz) so standard recipes can differ.
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Cameron’s Kick

Cameron's Kick Cocktail

 

Cameron's Kick Cocktail

Cameron's Kick

Harry McElhone was a Scotsman that learned to bartend in Paris, London and New York. He is credited with creating numerous classic cocktails but one lesser known creation of his is the Cameron's Kick. Not much is known about the naming and history of the drink. It was first published in his cocktail recipe book, ABC of Mixing Drinks, in 1922 and later in Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book. McElhone opened Harry's Bar in Paris a year after publishing his cocktail book.
The most interesting part of this cocktail is the split spirit base of Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey. Whilst splitting the base spirit to add complexity is a common technique in a modern bartender's repertoire, it was rare in the drink's era.
Many people will use the standard sour template (2 oz spirit, 3/4 oz citrus, 3/4 oz sweetener) for this drink but I've stuck with the original specs from Harry McElhone's book. The smaller measures of lemon juice and orgeat let the whiskey's character shine through more.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  • Optionally, add a twist of lemon

Notes

What are the differences between Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey?

Scotch Whisky

  • made in Scotland
  • originally made from malted barley
  • distilleries started introducing other grains in the late 18th century
  • aged for 3 or more years
  • bottled at 40% abv or higher
  • malt whisky must be made from 100% malted barley and be pot distilled
  • grain whiskey must be made with malted barley but often includes other cereal grains
  • grain whiskey is often distilled in a continuous column still

Irish Whiskey

  • made in Ireland
  • aged for 3 or more years
  • often triple-distilled from unmalted barley that is blended with grain whiskey
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