Improved Stinger

The Stinger is a drink traditionally made with brandy and white créme de menthe, shaken and poured over ice. In spite of the fact that this would be, by traditional cocktail methodology, a stirred drink, the shaking adds aeration and mouthfeel that’s irreplaceable in the drink. An “improved” cocktail is a traditional cocktail to which either maraschino liqueur … Read More

The Plain Whiskey Cocktail

The Plain Whiskey cocktail
Cocktails can vary wildly from elaborately muddled affairs to relatively simple concoctions with only three ingredients. But once upon a time, people were accustomed to a more standardized drink. The time was the late-1800s, and the beverage was the Plain Whiskey Cocktail. This recipe was once so pervasive that it also served as the Plain Gin Cocktail and the … Read More

The Joe Rickey

Joe Rickey cocktail illustration
The Joe Rickey was once a popular bourbon cocktail named after Colonel Joe Rickey, who was one of history’s magnificent losers. To start with, he served as an officer in the Confederate Army. But no one ever talks about that, or the fact that he spent the rest of his life working as a lobbyist and a political fixer. … Read More


Tools: mixing glass, strainer Glass: cocktail glass Garnish: orange slice, lemon twist or cherry A misplaced classic, the Boulevardier was once the toast of a golden age—1920s Paris. While credit for the cocktail is often given to Harry MacElhone, the proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, he names Edward Erskine Gwynne as the original creator. Edward … Read More

The Mint Julep

Mint Julep cocktail
Like so many classic cocktails, the Mint Julep’s history is a vast series of smaller tributaries flowing together into the mighty river of bourbon that we know today. The term ‘Julep’ most likely originated with the Arabic word Golâb, which meant ‘rose water.’ That word in turn gradually changed into julab, which became associated with sweet, medicinal drinks. … Read More