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September 6, 2012


Marcy Franklin

The Sweet Stiletto cocktail.

The Sweet Stiletto is on tap at New York City's Stone Rose Lounge, the official lounge of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and Lilium this week — a major plus for New York Fashion Week.



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  • 2 Ounces Herradura Silver
  • 1 Ounce triple sec
  • 1 Ounce guava purée/nectar
  • 1 Ounce fresh sour mix


Combine all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.


16 Unusual Cocktail Recipes For Adventurous Drinkers

My partner and I established a sanity-saving tradition early on in the pandemic: We made it a point to set aside a good chunk of our late afternoons to enjoy happy hour together—with absolutely zero regard for the President’s tweets, the onslaught of work emails, or the blitzkrieg of bad news on CNN and every other news network.

In my mind, this daily (and highly restorative) ritual is all about focusing on ourselves and having a good chat about the ups and downs of the day. A sort of centering, if you will.

Photo Illustration: Kristin Tablang

But after more than half a year of living in Covidland, we needed something new in terms of libations. One can only have so many by-the book margaritas or martinis or Negronis. So, I decided to reach out to some of America’s finest bartenders for inspiration—and they, of course, delivered.

My ask was simple: The recipes needed to be easy but not necessarily “quick.” They had to use six or fewer ingredients and they had to deliver us from our cocktail rut. And by that I meant they needed to be unusual and creative. So without fail, every single spirits professional delivered: Tamari, rice wine vinegar, mustard seeds, gochujang, and vegetable ash are never the norm when it comes to cocktail making—but the simple recipes below are more than stellar and most certainly worth a shot.

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Pour over ice into a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

2 Parts Owls Brew The Classic
1 Part Vodka

Shake and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with fresh dill.

2/3oz MIDORI® Melon Liqueur
1/2oz Vodka
1/2oz Gin
1/2oz Rum
1/2oz Triple Sec
2/3oz Fresh Lime Juice
2/3oz Gomme Syrup
Top with Club Soda / Soda Water Iced Tea

Shake the ingredients (except the club soda)with ice, and pour into a glass. Add the club soda, and garnish with a lime wedge.

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Raspberry
1 oz. Midori
2 oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of fruit peel.

Good 'ol Sugar Cookies from Sarah!


2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

colored sprinkles, for decoration

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
Gradually mix dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture and stir until incorporated (can be done by hand, but I use a stand mixer).
Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in fridge until cold (approx. 1 hour).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll out approximately 1 1/2-2 cups of dough at a time (or whatever amount you have room for on your workspace).
Cut cookies with seasonal cookie cutters.
Place cookies on parchment-lined cookie sheets for easy clean up.
Sprinkle with colored sugar sprinkles.
Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.

Cool on wire rack and store at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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Penicillin: The Cocktail Cure-All

Are you a survivor of the tyranny of the cosmopolitan? Freshly made or frozen, buoyant and regal, it dominated every club and bar, enthroned on the stiletto-thin stem of a martini glass—empress of early-’00s nightlife. Sharing the name of the magazine that championed female libidinal liberation, adopted as the in-house cocktail of HBO’s Sex and the City, the cosmo became an affordable accessory for women—and to a large extent, gay men—who aspired to a lifestyle that was otherwise fantasy. It almost didn’t matter how it tasted.

Eventually, the dictatorship of vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice was overthrown a culture of cocktails that was idiosyncratic and loca-bar, both retro and avant-garde, took over. Still, however, the shadow of the ancien régime persists. Today’s mixologists can barely disguise their annoyance when asked, “When are you going to create something new that’s as successful as the cosmo?”

They will argue that a number of drinks have emerged as new classics, taking a seat at the bar and imparting the new philosophy. Case in point: Penicillin, which has spread from a bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side to establishments around the world. A fancy French bistro overlooking the Las Vegas Strip boasts that its Penicillin is the cocktail of the year (though it did not originate there). Meanwhile, Brooklyn Brewery has created a Penicillin-like beer as a tribute. “Friends send me pictures of Penicillin on the menu from all over,” says Sam Ross of Milk & Honey, who concocted the drink in 2005 and proudly shares the recipe. He says the name is a joke about its being a cure-all.

Essentially, Penicillin is a transmogrification of a whiskey sour with a peaty single-malt, richly muddled ginger and honey, and a heady overlay of an Islay scotch like Laphroaig—tangy, sweet and smoky all at once. Compared with the cosmo, it is a universe of complexity, the ferocity of the single-malt absorbed and lathed by the honey and ginger. In Ross’s hands, Penicillin is particularly luscious, perhaps because of the viscosity of the bar’s freshly made honey-ginger syrup. “Most successful new cocktails are variations on the classics and use only a few ingredients,” says Ross. “Sasha Petraske”—owner of Milk & Honey—“says that if we’ve concocted something with seven or eight, we haven’t been working hard enough on the recipe.” Ross is set to inherit the Milk & Honey space in October and plans to turn it into a new bar called Attaboy.

Penicillin is the most popular creation of the neo-speakeasy culture that emerged in the middle aughts—one full of secret entrances to tiny bars, long wait lists compiled through arcane connections, sometimes vulgar showmanship and a stunning connoisseurship of flavors that blend, complement and adhere despite conflicting natures. It is easy to spoof the new mixology: there is at least one YouTube satire set to hip-hop. But its brashness—in adopting molecular gastronomy even as it revives old recipes—is bracing. The result is a mixology renaissance not seen since Prohibition. There may not be a new cosmopolitan, but its place has been filled. Says John deBary of the seminal neo-speakeasy PDT, an adviser to the Momofuku restaurant empire: “The cocktail is the new cosmo.”

2 oz. any favorite single-malt or blended scotch (lightly peated)
1⁄4 oz. Islay scotch
3⁄4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1⁄8 oz. honey syrup
3⁄8 oz. sweetened ginger juice
candied ginger to garnish

The New Classics
The new golden age of mixology has spawned other popular creations, apart from Sam Ross’s Penicillin. Here are three more. Directions as well as the recipes for other classics—both new and old—can be found in Ross’s iPhone app “Bartender’s Choice.”

The Bramble
Created by British mixology legend Dick Bradsell, it predates the cosmo, but its friendly-flirty spirit remains nouvelle—thanks to the blackberries
2 oz. gin
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. muddled blackberries
crushed ice

Gin-Gin Mule
Invented by Audrey Saunders—one of the luminaries of the current cocktail scene—it’s like a first ride on a swing: cheerfully addictive fun
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
1⁄2 oz. sweetened ginger juice
2 oz. gin
club soda

Oaxaca Old-Fashioned
Disarming but treacherous, it slides you into a new kind of intoxication with its substitution of mescal and tequila for bourbon. Only real Mad men need apply
1 1⁄2 oz. reposado tequila
1⁄2 oz. mescal
1 tsp. agave nectar
dash of Angostura bitters
orange peel with pith

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The last ingredient is club soda.

You don't need to measure the club soda.

Just add as much as you like.

I prefer to top off my glass since I don't like overly strong cocktails.

But the choice is up to you!

Our 11 Most Popular Tropical Cocktail Recipes

The weather is warm, and summer Fridays are upon us. And though most of us can’t travel every time we get that seaside craving, we can do the next best thing: Drink tropical cocktails.

Whether you’re missing karaoke night at your favorite tiki bar, or just need an excuse to drink more rum, we’ve got you covered with these transportive, tropical drinks. With flavors of pineapple, coconut, hibiscus, and more, these 11 recipes will surely transport you to temporary paradise.

The Hibiscus Colada Recipe

Nothing spells summer like a pineapple and coconut combo. Perfect for those working on their beach bods, this Piña Colada riff swaps out heavy coconut cream for light coconut yogurt. Top with aromatic bitters to balance flavors.

The Blueberry Coconut Margarita Recipe

This take on the Margarita is as elegant as it is tasty. Combine blanco tequila, blueberry simple syrup, lime juice, and coconut cream and serve over crushed ice.

The Tropical Escape Recipe

Add some spice to your life with this fruity, citrusy recipe. With a base of white rum, and the addition of grapefruit juice, orgeat syrup, and aromatic bitters, this cocktail showcases the delightful flavors of the Caribbean.

The Painkiller Recipe

If your lack of summer plans is getting you down, may we suggest The Painkiller? This boozier cousin to a Piña Colada combines rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and coconut cream, and is sure to cure your case of summertime sadness.

The Tiki Punch Recipe

“Batch cocktail” is just a fancy way to say “punch.” This one is perfect for summer barbecues or hangouts. Just add a bottle of vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice, and mint simple syrup together in a big bowl for a batch of instant summer fun.

The Tropical Hibiscus Sour Recipe

Capture the bright spirit of Brazil with this light, frothy libation. Cachaça, lemon juice, egg white, and hibiscus syrup combine to develop sweet and sour flavors.

The Pineapple Jungle Bird Recipe

Tired of Aperol Spritzes? This recipe uses the apéritif in a unique way, combining it with Cognac, pineapple marmalade, pineapple juice, and lime juice. The result? A sweet and bitter flavor you’ll want to sip all summer long.

The Coconut Margarita Recipe

Made with coconut syrup and rimmed with cinnamon, this riff on a classic Margarita can be a year-round sipper. If you want to get extra fancy, use a torch to light your cinnamon stick garnish aflame. (Note: It should be smoking like incense, not on fire)

The Blue Lagoon Spritz Recipe

If you’re feeling blue, this cocktail may be the cure. This festive spritz uses lemon soda, vodka, and blue curaçao for the ultimate summery sipper. We suggest garnishing this drink with an edible flower and drinking it poolside.

The Starfruit Mint Bramble Recipe

Shoot for the stars with this light and fresh Bramble. The subtle flavor of starfruit pairs delightfully with mint, gin, and lemon juice in this refreshing yet complex recipe.

The Tiki Teacup Recipe

This tropical tea cocktail may look too cute for words, but it packs a punch. Use two types of rum, white tea, pineapple juice, hibiscus syrup, and lime juice to make your afternoon tea time a little more exciting.

Amaretto and passion fruit dominate this bittersweet sour.

Adapted from a recipe created by Tess Posthumus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tess says, "The cocktail I won the international Disaronno Mixing Star finals with back in 2013. It is inspired by one of my favourite movies, Jaws."


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