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Blue Hawaii

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A classic tiki cocktail still rocks. No update required. We owe tiki bar exponent Harry Yee many thanks, but we must first express our gratitude for one of his greatest gifts: the Blue Hawaii. It was while bartending at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in 1957 that Yee created this classic beach cocktail. It can be served on the rocks, or blended, but a cardinal rule for Yee was to respect the recipe. That means mixing vodka, not gin, with white rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, a

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The Negroni

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Some of the best cocktails are invented by chance, and the Negroni is no exception. On one Florence afternoon in 1919, Greve Camillo Negroni sat at his local bar, Caffe’ Castoni (now Caffe’ Giacosa), and ordered an Americano—Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda—but switched out the soda for gin. From this casual request an indispensable cocktail was born. Generally served as an aperitif, the Negroni is among the simplest to remember since the proportion of gin to Campari to sweet vermouth i

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The Piña Colada

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It's official: as a resort drink, the Piña Colada is faultless. There's the creamy goodness of the coconut, the spikiness of pineapple, and the hit of rum. Done well it's a dream of tropical heaven, with a cherry on top. Done badly it's a slushie. Like all good cocktails, location makes a difference—we recommend poolside as the sun goes down over the surf. Bless Ramón "Monchito" Marrero, who came up with this glass of wonder at San Juan's Caribe Hilton in 1

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The Manhattan

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As cocktails go, the Manhattan’s always the bridesmaid, never the bride. A staple on bar menus around the globe, the most New York of cocktails is often overshadowed by the Martinis, Mojitos, and Cosmos of the world. But now it’s time to give this wonderful elixir it’s due. Sure it’s more complex than “gin, vermouth, stir” but the little extra effort is well worth it to make this multifaceted concoction that, if done right, hits all the right notes and then goes down smooth.

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The Martini

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If I said the word “cocktail,” what image would pop into your head? Most likely, a Martini. The eponymous glass holds a just slightly-clouded concoction with a lemon twist clinging to the side or green olive skewered with a toothpick. The tipple of choice for James Bond, Winston Churchill, and Lucille Bluth, this concoction of gin and vermouth is much storied and beloved. Sadly it is also very often botched by shake-happy bartenders. That’s why we present to you the proper way to make a Ma

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