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5 Cocktail Classics (and Modern Takes to Try on Them)

Sep 13 2012 - 6:26am

It may only be Thursday, but I'm already looking forward to Saturday afternoon, when I can take a moment to bask in the fleeting Indian Summer sun with a skewer in one hand and a cocktail in the other. After all, the season's prime time for entertaining with friends at home. To inspire you, I thought I'd tempt you with recipes for favored alcoholic beverages — along with five modern updates on them. Quench your thirst for cocktails both creative and classic, when you keep reading.

The Classic: Harvey Wallbanger

The simple 1970s cocktail [1] isn't much more than orange juice, vodka, and Galliano.

The Contemporary: Modern Henry #1

Bar historian Martin Cate updated the original with a less-cloying Modern Henry #1 [2], which relies on the addition of lemon, honey syrup, and Peychaud's bitters.

The Classic: Margarita

It's always fun to savor the tried-and-true combination of tequila, lime, and orange liqueur [3].

The Contemporary: Watermelon Margarita

Combine fresh watermelon and margaritas — two of our most beloved Summer spectacles! — to create Emeril Lagasse's watermelon margarita [4].

The Classic: Cosmopolitan

Sex and the City may be over, but the cranberry-vodka combo known as the cosmopolitan [5] is timeless.

The Contemporary: White Cosmo

Trick guests into believing they're drinking something entirely different with a white cosmopolitan [6].

The Classic: Bloody Mary

The bloody mary's such a satisfying daytime drink, it's practically synonymous with the term "hair of the dog [7]." Tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and celery salt add salty-spicy kick.

The Contemporary: Gazpacho Bloody Mary

Go farm to table with your cocktails by using homemade Spanish gazpacho [8] and house-pickled vegetables in place of processed ingredients.

The Classic: Bellini

Those who vilify orange juice have long considered the bubbly-and-peachy bellini [9] a more appealing alternative to the mimosa.

The Contemporary: Herb-Infused Bellini

Counter the floral-fruity notes of ripe peach with the brightness of muddled basil [10].

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