Festive Cocktails Published Oct 22, 2008 8:00 AM Drink This off-dry cocktail skews savory, thanks to the sherry. Matt Taylor-Gross SHARE 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 » 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. Get the recipe for Calvados Hot Toddy » 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 » Elderflower Old Fashioned Elderflower liqueur replaces the traditional sugar cube in this floral twist on an old favorite. Get the recipe for Elderflower Old Fashioned >> 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 recipe 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. Get the recipe for Hierba Gin and Tonic » Jerez Martini This off-dry cocktail skews savory, thanks to the sherry. MORE TO READ RELATED The Outlier of Natural Wines Just Got Its Very Own Shop Welcome to Orange Glou. READ NOW RELATED The Gin Gimlet Is Deceptively Simple—Here’s How to Make Each Ingredient Shine And stay true to the storied English cocktail’s... RELATED Pitcher-Perfect Sangria Recipes to Sip Through All Season A summer classic for a reason.