I removed the vodka from the Vesper (because, really, does any drink need vodka?), and added a hint of citrus.

2 oz gin
½ oz lillet
slice of lemon
1-2 dashes orange bitters

Pour the gin and lillet over ice, add the orange bitters and slice of lemon.

brandy sazerac

This of course, is based on the sazerac, substituting the rye whiskey with brandy, making it slightly less spicey.

2 oz brandy
2 drops absinthe
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
¼ oz simple syrup, or 1 sugar cube

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

tequila mockingbird

This was a name, suggested by my daughter, in search of a drink. Of course it needed tequila. And it had to be dark. Initially I drizzled the cassis into the bottom of the glass. But to avoid a margarita flavor and an overwhelming sweetness at the end, I stirred the drink with my finger.

2 oz tequila
1 oz lime
½ oz creme de cassis
½ oz triple sec

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