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homemade daiquiri is coupé glass on a table by the rose garden

The Daiquiri originated in Cuba and was made by pouring a teaspoon of sugar, the juice of two limes and three ounces of white rum, in succession, over ice in a tall glass. This mixture was then stirred and served. Over time, this process has become one of mixing the ingredients, shaking them together and then serving the Daiquiri into a coupe glass. There is some discussion as to who invented the drink and made it popular in the US. Was it created by Jennings Cox, an American living and working in Cuba in the late 1800s? Was it

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The Americano cocktail is made of Campari, vermouth and sparkling water. We used Club Soda in this version, but as always, feel free to experiment with mineral water, tonic or sparkling water. According to cocktail history the Americano is a descendent of the Milano-Torino which is a descendent of the Torino-Milano. Each of these is a slightly different blend of Campari, Amaro (or Milano) and vermouth. The Amaro and Milano were dropped to form the Americano. Perhaps the bitterness was dropped so the Americans could enjoy it? The Americano is also the first drink ordered by James Bond in

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Bees Knees

The Bee’s Knees is a Three Bottle Cocktail dating back to Prohibition when the gin was illegal and generally awful. The honey was likely added in order to cover the taste of the dreaded bathtub gin. With all the different gins on the market today –from the New American style to London dry varieties– it is best to try this cocktail with a variety of them as each one will provide a different experience. This recipe calls for honey syrup which is easily made at home by following this recipe: Combine 1 cup of honey with one cup of

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Clementine Whiskey Sour

The Clementine Whiskey Sour is a radical take on the classic Whiskey Sour. The Whiskey Sour is simple, delicious, balanced. This cocktail takes a seasonal approach and right now it is citrus season so we are going to add in clementines. If you are a fan of more spirit-forward cocktails, then keep the clementine to one per drink. If you like more citrusy drinks, then experiment with two or more clementines per drink. More whiskey cocktails can be found here. image credit: By © Erich Wagner (, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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Grave Digger

cocktail glass with bourbon cocktail

The Grave Digger recipe makes an excellent Bourbon based winter cocktail when it is cold outside and warm inside. This version of the Grave Digger uses Bourbon as the base spirit and red wine as the secondary alcohol.  We have mixed up slight variations of this using Rye in place of Bourbon and even hard cider in place of the red wine. Have fun, mix and match the ingredients but most importantly, enjoy the cocktail and stay warm. For more cocktails, check out our recipe page.   Photo credit: Patti Glumac, Fancy a Drink Contributor.

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The Skyscraper

August 10 is Skyscraper Appreciation Day To celebrate, we’ll give you a drink called the Skyscraper, but if you’re thinking of the tall Manhattan by that name, we’re throwing you a curve ball. We’ve already covered the Manhattan and several bourbon drinks, so it’s time to mix it up. Too much? You can shake this drink.   (photo credit: Tuxyso / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Rosemary (Simple) Syrup

This is a great substitute for Simple Syrup that is also cost effective. Once made this will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. We here at Fancy A Drink make all our own simple syrup and since we are sugar conscious as well, we make it with 1/2 cup of sugar to one cup of water. Feel free to experiment and let us know what you think on Instagram, Facebook or the comments below.  

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The Skinny Gimlet

Gimlet. A cocktail for the calorie conscious. Even if you eat right and exercise, you can undo a lot of your hard work when you hit the bar for drinks in the evening. Since it’s summer and we all want to look great at the beach, we thought it would be helpful to recommend a refreshing drink that won’t hit your waistline. Our skinny cocktail of choice is the gimlet. The gimlet was originally made and consumed by British sailors in the 19th century. While they were not particularly concerned with the calorie count, the lime was believed to

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Leo Street Special

The Leo Street Special was invented in the 1940s in San Diego, California. Less than 20 years removed from the repeal of Prohibition and within a few years of the end of World War II men and women across the country were enjoying their freedom and their cocktails. As the economic boom was expanding, so too was cocktail creativity. In that environment, on a small street in San Diego, the Leo Street Special was born.   Thank you to Fran & Ken for this addition to cocktail history.

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Vesper Martini

According to Wikipedia, this drink was invented by none other than James Bond himself (In the 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale). See for yourself. “A dry martini,” said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.” “Oui, monsieur.” “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” “Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea. “Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter. Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than

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The American Flag

In a cordial glass, pour the grenadine, then layer the crème de cacao, and finally the blue curacao. To layer, slowly pour of the crème de cacao on top of the grenadine and repeat for the blue curacao. Layering takes practice, but you can drink your mistakes and they’ll be delicious too!

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Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal on a bar with lime, simple syrup and a shaker

February 22nd is National Margarita Day (though, any Monday will generally do just fine). The Fancy A Drink staff’s consensus favorite modification to the classic is to substitute in Mezcal for the Tequila. Gives it a nice smokiness and takes away some of the sweetness. Salud!

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Aperol Spritz

Aperol, the classic Italian bitter liqueur from Padua, provides the base for this iconic aperitivo drink. A simple combination of three parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol and one splash of soda water, the Aperol Spritz is an outright phenomenon in Italy. It has also made significant inroads in America, where riffs on its bitter, bubbly, low-alcohol formula have proliferated.

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Mint Julep

The Mint Julep one of the first American cocktails to go global and provide Europeans with some insight into the ways of the American bartender. And it can definitely be enjoyed anytime and not simply at the races. (Photo: Mangomix, Wiki user)  

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Bobby Burns

“I want someone to laugh with me, someone to be grave with me, someone to please me and help my discrimination with his or her own remark, and at times, no doubt, to admire my acuteness and penetration.” -Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796) (Photo: Armbrust, Wiki user)  

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Rob Roy

Raibert Ruadh MacGriogair of the early 1700s was a Scottish outlaw, folk hero and legend in his own time. In 1894 he finally got some recognition when a bartender at the Waldorf Hotel created and debuted the Rob Roy in his honor. (Photo: Armbrust, Wiki user)  

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At its core, the Manhattan is a spirit forward cocktail based on Rye, Bourbon or Whiskey. We at Fancy A Drink are partial to one made with Bourbon. .rhebus-responsive-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; } .rhebus-responsive-container iframe { position: absolute; top:0; left: 0; }

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Remember The Maine

The USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor when Cuba revolted against Spain in 1933 and “Remember the Maine” became the catchphrase of the Spanish-American war that year as well as this now classic cocktail. (Photo credit: Kenn Wilson via

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Corpse Reviver #2

During Prohibition, good Gin was hard to come by. Americans, ever the entrepreneurs, distilled Gin in their own bathtubs. It was not necessarily very good but it was good enough with a bit of lemon thrown in to revive the corpse when necessary. This is the origin story for the Corpse Reviver #2.  Salud!    

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