Bebesita

Bebesita. Origami Social photo

Recipe courtesy of Bodega on Main

• 1.5 oz Pisco El Gobernador

• 0.5 oz Koch Espadin Mezcal

• 1 oz Peach and Chili Pepper Shrub

• 0.5 oz Lemon

• 0.5 oz Lime

• 0.5 oz Egg White

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Poet’s Dream

Poet’s Dream. Getty Images photo

When this cocktail appeared in the 1935 Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, it was an equal-parts cocktail and, like La Louisiane, has been made stronger and less sweet over time. Some versions are almost Martini dry; this one retains enough liqueur to highlight its sweet spice.

• 1 oz gin

• 1 oz dry vermouth

• 0.5 oz. Bénédictine

• 2 dashes orange bitters

• Garnish: lemon twist

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De La Louisiane

De La Louisiane. Getty Images photo

The original La Louisiane cocktail dates back to the late 19th century in New Orleans, where it featured equal amounts of rye, vermouth and Bénédictine. This contemporary version, which is far less sweet, is adapted from The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan (2011).

2 oz rye whisky

0.75 oz Bénédictine

0.75 oz sweet vermouth

3 dashes absinthe

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Garnish: 3 brandied cherries

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Ampersand 50/50 Martini

Ampersand Distilling’s 50/50 Martini. Supplied photo

As the author of a forthcoming book on essential cocktails, Ampersand co-founder Jessica Schacht recommends this sophisticated classic to make the most of the distillery’s award-winning spirits.

1.5 oz Ampersand Gin

1.5 oz Imperative Dry Vermouth

Garnish: lemon twist

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Margarita

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The classic, ideal for sipping all summer long, is Trevor Kallies’ suggested cocktail.

• 1.5 oz Altos Silver Tequila

• 0.5 oz Curacao, Triple Sec or Cointreau

• 1 oz fresh lime juice

• 1 tsp simple syrup (1:1)

• Garnish: salted rim

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Division Bell

Division Bell. Getty Images photo

Robyn Gray recommends this contemporary classic with a subtle smoky note.

• 1 oz Los Siete Misterios Mezcal Doba-Yej

• 1 oz Aperol

• 1 oz maraschino liqueur

• 1 oz lemon juice

• Garnish: grapefruit zest

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Paloma

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Sabrine Dhaliwal offers her take on the easy-drinking Mexican classic.

• 2 oz Volcan de mi Tierra Blanco

• 1.5 oz grapefruit juice

• 0.75 oz lime juice

• 0.75 oz agave nectar

• Soda water

• Garnish: salted rim, grapefruit half-moon.

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Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Spritz

Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Spritz. Jeff Malo photo

Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit perfectly complements spirits and captures the essence of easy-to-make spritzes.

¼ vodka (we suggest Grey Goose)

¾ Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit

Garnish: grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig (optional)

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Fever-Tree Paloma

Fever-Tree Paloma. Supplied photo

Mexico’s favourite cocktail, the refreshing Paloma, is also the easiest to make.

• ¼ tequila (we suggest a 100% agave, like Patrón)

• ¾ Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit

• Garnish: grapefruit wedge

• Optional: salt rim

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