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The Dry Martini, the most enduring classic cocktail

Anyone who regularly orders a Martini rarely just orders a Martini. They have the specs for the drink they want in their head, and they tell the bartender how they like it. Whether it’s a Vodka Martini, straight-up, stirred, with three olives or a Gin Martini, very dry with a lemon twist, it’s a drink …

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Irish Coffee, warming right down to your toes

When it comes to cocktails that feel cozy, it’s tough to beat classic Irish Coffee. It’s a simple mix of hot brewed coffee, sugar, whiskey, and gently whipped cream. There’s an often-told story that Irish Coffee was invented in 1943 in Foynes, Ireland when a flight bound for New York (by way of Canada—what with …

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Rusty Nail, a Scotch + Drambuie suburban sipper

The Rusty Nail is an old man drink, but it’s a much younger one than, say an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan. The latter cocktails are pre-Prohibition classics that were already popular in the 19th century, but one of the two essential components of the Rusty Nail—Drambuie—wasn’t even available commercially until 1909. And the combination …

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The Manhattan, a whiskey + vermouth classic

There are few cocktails as enduring as the Manhattan. If the original early 19th-century meaning of the word “cocktail” referred to a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters (what we now think of as an Old Fashioned), the current meaning includes all manner of ingredients from syrups to liqueurs to mixtures of many different …

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