Festive Cocktails

Italian Sidecar

Italian Sidecar

The recipe for this rich twist on a traditional sidecar comes from the Portland, Oregon, distillery Stone Barn Brandyworks. See the recipe for the Italian Sidecar »Helen Rosner
Calvados Hot Toddy

Calvados Hot Toddy

This variation on a toddy combines calvados, a French apple brandy, with hot cider for a drink that's autumn in a glass.Laura Sant
Bamboo Cocktail

Bamboo Cocktail

This light, elegant quaff was created for international dignitaries in the 1890s, at the iconic Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. Made with a base of vermouth and fino sherry brightened by orange and Angostura bitters, it’s low in alcohol, making it a perfect before-dinner drink. See the recipe for Bamboo Cocktail »Ingalls Photography
Elderflower Old Fashioned

Elderflower Old Fashioned

Elderflower liqueur replaces the traditional sugar cube in this floral twist on an old favorite.Laura Sant
Sorrel Rum Punch

Sorrel Rum Punch

New York bartender Jackie Summers introduced us to a homemade version of this traditional Jamaican white rum punch made with dried hibiscus flowers and an array of citrus and spices Get the recipeHeami Lee
Hierba Gin and Tonic

Hierba Gin and Tonic

At Spanish-born chef José Andrés’ U.S. restaurants, including the Washington, D.C.– and Las Vegas–based tapas bars called Jaleo, at least ten different variations on the gin and tonic are served. One of our favorites is this pretty version that’s dressed with whole pink peppercorns, citrus, and rosemary. A dry gin lets the aromatic garnishes shine.Ingalls Photography
Jerez Martini

Jerez Martini

This off-dry cocktail skews savory, thanks to the sherry.Matt Taylor-Gross