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: Martinelle

By Christopher Null | December 23, 2021 |

If the French have any say in it, the next de rigueur cocktail ingredient will be an unusual one: Pineau des Charentes, that enigmatic liquor which is neither wine nor spirit, but somewhere in between. For those not in the know, Pineau is made from combining fresh-pressed grape juice with Cognac, then aging the blend…

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Recipe: Fancy Free

By Drew Beard | December 16, 2021 |

For this recipe, we’re going back in time to the heady cocktailing days of the 1940s and the pages of Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion. In my humble opinion, this book needs to rank up there with the best vintage cocktail guides if only for its fantastic illustrations. The cocktail recipes are also…

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Recipe: Jungle Witch

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2021 |

Here’s another fun cocktail featured in Garden & Gun, by way of Chattanooga’s Unknown Caller. The Jungle Witch is a spin on the Jungle Bird, and while it will require a bit of prep on your end, the end result is worth it. The secret is found in infusing Campari with pineapple, an idea which…

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Recipe: Rhum Butter Cider

By Christopher Null | November 14, 2021 |

Ready to warm up as the temp goes down? Try this spiked cider from our friends at Rhum Barbancourt. Rhum Butter Cider 1 ½ oz Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale (5 Star) 8 Years Old 1 oz orange liqueur 1 oz butterscotch liqueur 4 oz hot apple cider Pour the first three ingredients in a mug…

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Recipe: Witch Word

By Christopher Null | October 31, 2021 |

Liquore Strega is a sweet herbal liqueur with a fascinating and lengthy history, and on a recent Zoom event, the brand walked a group of booze writers through the spirit’s background — with a particular eye on how to use it in cocktails. The recipe of the day is called the Witch Word — Strega…

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Recipe: Sound & Vision

By Drew Beard | October 28, 2021 |

It’s finally cold in my part of the world, so Scotch cocktails are starting to call my name. When it comes to cocktails, I really do abide by the seasons. Which I know is ridiculous. I’m sure I’m not the only one though. Despite the onset of fall, it’s not cold enough yet for me…

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Recipe: Hotel d’Alsace

By Drew Beard | October 14, 2021 |

There just aren’t enough Irish whiskey cocktails in the world today. If you ask the random stranger to name one, you’re almost 100% guaranteed to hear Irish Coffee, and while that tipple is timeless, it’s relegated to the less-than-versatile and almost exclusively seasonal category of “hot cocktails.” No one orders an Irish Coffee in the…

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Review: Nixta Licor de Elote

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2021 |

What’s elote? It’s grilled Mexican street corn. What then is licor de elote? Why, it’s a liqueur made from — and intended to taste like — corn. Nixta Licor De Elote comes to us from the folks at Destilería y Bodega Abasolo, the Mexican distillery that makes Abasolo Whisky out of 100% Cacahuazintle corn. Nixta…

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Recipe: Smoke & Whisper

By Christopher Null | September 23, 2021 |

Part of the “modern classics” canon along with the Bramble and the Paper Plane, the Penicillin cocktail is another creation of New York’s Milk & Honey, dating back to somewhere in the vicinity of 2005. Unlike those cocktails, however, bartenders around the globe have taken the basic recipe and tweaked it this way and that…

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Recipe: Van Winkle Old Fashioned

By Drew Beard | September 16, 2021 |

The Old Fashioned was certainly not the first cocktail, but its popularity and versatility over generations has made it perhaps the most classic of classic cocktails. Your devoted Drinkhacker cocktail sleuths have unearthed several variations over the years (Brown Butter and Oaxaca to name just a few). We’ve even shown you (at length) how to…

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