bold manhattan

I had this one in a surprising retro bar. The bartender used Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, but any quality bourbon suffices. It’s a very uncomplicated yet delicious drink.

2 oz bourbon
¾ oz agave syrup
3 dashes chocolate bitters (or more to taste)

combine in a cocktail shaker over ice.

point of no return

I discovered this one at the Mistral Kitchen, in downtown Seattle. The honey adds a delicious complexity.

3 oz gin
¼ oz charteuse
1 ¼ oz lime
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz honey syrup

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

To make the honey syrup: combine ½ honey and ½ water. Bring to boil while stirring, and cool.

whiskey sidecar

The Sidecar is one of the best cocktails ever conceived. This version replaces the brandy with whiskey.

2 oz whiskey
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

{bourbon is preferred, but scotch is a nice variant.}

vavilov affair

1 oz calvados (apple brandy)
1 oz bourbon
1 tsp sugar
2 dashes angostura bitters
slice of tart apple, juiced

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass. garnish with another slice of granny smith apple

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