I’m usually very boring when it comes to cocktails. I love a good old classic such as a Martini or a Negroni. They are easy to make, and you never need too many ingredients. Recently, however, I have also been making some great modern classics (which are basically minor twists of the classics anyway…). These are cocktails that never go out of style, and you can easily make slight changes yourself to create a range of tasty drinks.
Here’s five modern classics you should absolutely be drinking this summer!
Bramble was created in the mid-1980s by London bartender Richard “Dick” Bradsell. It is a take on the classic Gin Fix cocktail, which is made with gin (or genever), lemon and sugar syrup served with crushed ice. Dick Bradsell wanted to create a British cocktail and was inspired by his childhood memories of going blackberry-picking on the Isle of Wight.
30ml Fresh lemon juice
12.5ml Sugar syrup
12.5ml Crème de Múre
To create a ‘bleeding’ effect, shake only the first three ingredients. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice, add more crushed ice and drizzle the Crème de Múre on top. Garnish with blackberries.
Tip: You can also replace the Crème de Múre with Cassis.
Paper Plane gets its name from M.I.A.’s track of the same name. The cocktail was first created by NYC bartender Sam Ross in 2008. Originally, he used Campari, but decided to change it to something slightly less bitter.
22.5ml Bourbon (ideally 46% ABV)
22.5ml Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
22.5ml Fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Tip: Replace bourbon with rye and see what happens.
This is a twist on Marmalade Cocktail, which dates back to the 1930s and could be found in the Savoy Cocktail Book. It also has similarities with White Lady. Breakfast Martini was invented by Salvatore Calabrese in 1997.
50ml Dry gin
15ml Fresh lemon juice
1 barspoon Orange marmalade
First, stir the marmalade with the gin in the cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Tip: Add 10ml Campari to give it an Italian twist.
Naked & Famous
Joaquín Simó, the creator of Naked & Famous, describes the cocktail as ‘the bastard love child of a classic Last Word and Paper Plane, conceived in the mountains of Oaxaca’. Made with four equal parts, it is an easy cocktail to make, and one of the best in this list (in my opinion).
22.5ml Yellow Chartreuse
22.5ml Fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime peel.
Tip: Try it with different mezcals to find the right level of smokiness.
Who doesn’t love a Negroni?! White Negroni substitutes vermouth with Lillet Blanc and Campari for Suze or other gentian liqueur. White Negroni is said to have been invented by Wayne Collins at VinExpo in Bordeaux in 2001.
25ml Dry gin
25ml White vermouth
Pink grapefruit peel for garnish
Stir all ingredients with ice, strain into an ice-filled tumbler and garnish with the citrus peel. Or if you’re feeling lazy, build it straight into the tumbler, stir, add garnish and enjoy.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to alter the measurements away from equal parts. Add a bit more gin and use a little less Suze.
For more Negroni recipes, see my previous article Negroni Recipes For Every Season.
Which one is your favourite? Have you tried any modern classics?
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