Recipes

Cocktail recipes, aka mixed drinks, are generally fairly simple sets of text outlining a selection of ingredients along with some basic instructions on how to mix them. Recipes may involve wine or beer, but most commonly are spirits-based, with various mixers, juices, and others ingredients intended to turn a simple spirit into something elevated. Drinkhacker’s recipe section also occasionally includes food products, either intended specifically to pair with a certain cocktail or incorporating a particular liquor into the recipe directly.

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Recipe: Good Old Pine

By Drew Beard | June 30, 2022 |

It’s summer, folks. And it’s hot. I love a good Gin & Tonic as much as the next person, especially when the temps are rising, but I usually end up spending the warmer months pining for my wintertime staples like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. Cocktails like the Good Old Pine are ideal for scratching…

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Recipe: Velvet Touch

By Drew Beard | June 23, 2022 |

If you’re like me, you drink a lot of Manhattans. Or at least a lot of variations on the Manhattan. I mean, there’s a reason this cocktail has remained in our cultural lexicon for nearly 150 years, amirite? I’m always in search of new takes on this eternal classic, the easier the better. And they…

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Review: Round Barn Winery Black Walnut Cream

By Christopher Null | June 21, 2022 |

Here’s a little twist on the cream liqueur space: Michigan-based Round Barn’s Black Walnut Cream is made not from distilled spirit as a base but from wine, into which cream and natural walnut flavors are added. The resulting cream is low in alcohol and have with nutty elements, particularly on the toasty, vanilla-scented nose. Notes…

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Recipe: Smoky Cola Highball

By Drew Beard | June 2, 2022 |

Rule #1 when getting into whisky: don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should drink the stuff. It’s no cardinal sin to add ice or water, or heaven forbid, a simple soda mixer. And if someone should make a stink at a bar the next time you order a Bourbon and Ginger or an…

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Recipe: Pop Quiz

By Drew Beard | May 19, 2022 |

Pop Quiz! Nah, I don’t have any actual questions for you, just this cocktail recipe created in 2010 by Devon Tarby of New York’s infamous Death & Company. As the story goes, someone challenged her to create a cocktail that used mole bitters (hence the name). Which, well, I’m not sure that’s much of a…

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Recipe: Keeneland Breeze

By Drew Beard | May 5, 2022 |

It’s almost time for the Kentucky Derby, a famously short sporting event with a famously long pre-party (and after party for those who can make it that long). The venerable Mint Julep has become the obligatory tipple for the crowds at Churchill Downs and armchair tailgaters across the country, but the Keeneland Breeze, while newer…

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Recipe: Alaska

By Drew Beard | April 21, 2022 |

Just like the origins of the word cocktail, the exact stories behind the names of some of the oldest libations are lost to time. Take this variation on the Martini, for example. You’d think this one would be an easy tale to remember. When it first emerged in cocktail books right before World War I,…

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Recipe: Brooklynite

By Drew Beard | April 14, 2022 |

The Brooklynite hails from the tiki era during the middle of the 20th century, a golden time in American drinks culture when a bar anywhere could become a vacation spot unto itself, complete with Polynesian music and luau themes. I couldn’t find a specific bartender to credit for its creation, but the recipe can be…

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The Best Cherry Liqueur Roundup: 12 Bottles Tasted, 1 Winner

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2022 |

Aside from the orange, the cherry seems to be the fruit that ends up in spirits more than adnything else. Credit that not just with the popularity of cherry as a flavoring agent, but also, perhaps, with the fact that cherries seem to grow everywhere: The U.S., all across Europe, Russia, and even the middle…

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Recipe: Twelve Mile Limit

By Drew Beard | March 31, 2022 |

Ah, Prohibition. Where would the modern cocktail be without you? Whether out of necessity or the devil-may-care creativity of many a speakeasy bartender (often probably both), the era gave us no shortage of interesting libations that still inspire today’s booming cocktail culture. Take this drink, the Twelve Mile Limit. The cocktail’s creator is believed to…

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