While classics like the Martini and Manhattan get their fair share of attention, cocktail history books are brimming with lesser-known recipes worth discovering. From Savoy Cocktail Book treasures to recipes from Charles H. Baker, here are 17 classics you might not know but should definitely try.
A La Louisiane
The unapologetically boozy cocktail came out of New Orleans in the 19th century.
Simple and low in alcohol, the Adonis is the perfect aperitif.
A three-ingredient gem to add to your classic cocktail repertoire.
An update on the classic from the Savoy Cocktail Book.
A little-known Italian cocktail from the ’60s.
One of the few classic cocktails to highlight Irish whiskey.
An old tom cocktail worth revisiting.
This smoky Manhattan variation was created by legendary Savoy Hotel bartender Joe Gilmore.
An elegant mix of bourbon, rum, lemon and orange.
Another New Orleans classic.
Daisy de Santiago
Charles H. Baker called the drink “a lovely thing introduced to us through the gracious offices of the late Facundo Bacardi.”
Another Charles H. Baker classic made with brandy and ruby port.
Gin, lime and crème de menthe combine in this once-forgotten Prohibition-era classic.
An oldie but goodie from the Savoy Cocktail Book.
Fancy a bittersweet gin cocktail? Try this elegant classic.
A gin-based tiki classic.
Twelve Mile Limit
A Prohibition-era cocktail worth revisiting.
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