We love love love cocktail bars in NYC, but sometimes we need to give our wallets a night off. That’s why we rounded up these cocktail recipes for you to make at home (and then humble-brag about on Instagram, obviously). Whether you’re into classic negronis or fabulous flaming cocktails, there’s a recipe for amateurs and cocktail connoisseurs alike.
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1. The Some Like it Hot in Rio
Created by Nick Bennett of Porchlight
1½ oz Avuá Cachaça
½ oz sherry
¾ oz lime
¾ oz habanero syrup
¼ oz passion fruit
3 to 4 dashes of cayenne pepper powder, as garnish
1 dried red chili, as garnish
Build all of the ingredients except the garnishes in a small shaker tin. Add 10 to 15 pieces of pebble ice and whip shake until the pebbles have dissolved. Pour contents into glass and top with pebble ice. Garnish with pepper and cayenne pepper powder.
2. The Girl Scout
Created by Eryn Reece of Sons & Daughters
1 oz Fords Gin
¾ oz Branca Menta
¾ oz Marie Brizarrd crème de cacao
¾ oz lime juice
5 to 7 pieces of mint
Thin Mint cookie for garnish
Add all ingredients to a tin. Add 10 pieces of pellet ice and whip shake. Pour all ingredients into a double rocks glass. Top with a mound of pebble ice and garnish with mint and Thin Mint.
3. Saude! Sangria
Created by Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch
¾ oz Leblon cachaça
¾ oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
¾ oz white wine
½ oz blue curaçao liqueur
1 blackberry, muddled or crushed
1 strawberry, muddled or crushed
Shake all ingredients and strain into a collins glass with ice. Top with club soda.
4. Shadow Boxer
Created by Ivy Mix of Leyenda
1½ oz Yaguara
¾ oz Campari
¾ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
¼ oz Blume Apricot Eau de Vie
¼ oz Giffard Pamplemousse
Stir up all ingredients. Add an orange twist for garnish.
5. Mia Wallace
Created by Grant Wheeler of the Garret East
1 oz cacao-infused Avuá Prata Cachaça
½ oz Amaro Montenegro
½ oz condensed milk
½ oz whole milk
Shaved nutmeg for garnish
Add ingredients to a shaker, add ice and shake lightly. Strain over a juice glass filled with crushed ice and top with shaved nutmeg.
6. Suffering is Optional
Created by Robert Sachse of Nitecap
1½ oz pineapple-infused Vida Mezcal
¾ oz Carpano
¼ oz Campari
¼ oz Giffard Banane du Bresil
¼ oz Giffard pamplemousse
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a double rocks glass with ice and garnish with a half pineapple fan.
7. Golden #1
Created by Enzo Cangemi of Babbalucci
1¼ oz Frangelico
¼ oz coffee syrup
2 dashes chocolate mole bitter
Combine Frangelico, coffee syrup and chocolate bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Top off with prosecco.
8. Twin Lion
¾ oz lemon
¾ oz sugar
9. Table for Two
Created by Micaela Piccoolo of Distilled
¼ part Frangelico
½ part St. Germain
Gruet (sparkling pinot noir) or champagne
Lemon horse’s neck for garnish
Combine Frangelico and St. Germain in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain. Top with Gruet or champagne and garnish with a lemon horse’s neck.
10. Avocado Daisy
Created by Tim Cooper of Sweetwater Social
1½ oz Del Maguey Vida mezcal
1 oz Avocado Business (equal parts avocado, water and sugar)
¾ oz Lime juice
2 dashes Hella Smoked Chili bitters
Pinch of smoked Alder salt
2 cucumber dials, as garnish
Muddle cucumbers. Add all other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain to a double old fashioned glass and run with smoked alder salt. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon.