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Drink Different: Four Cocktail Recipes to Shake up Your Happy Hour Routine

Bust out of a cocktail rut with these easy, verified-delicious recipes.

 


By L. Eno


Old Fashioneds made with Proof Traditional are our go-to after-work, pre-dinner cocktail. We love to sip one while we prep supper, or while we kick back in the den while our partner cooks. (Thanks, spouse!) 

But while we love an Old Fashioned, sometimes we find ourselves craving a change of pace. Here are some of our favorite recipes for times like these. Built around spirits most of us keep on hand, and composed of just four ingredients each, these are our go-to’s when an Old Fashioned feels old-hat.


Atlanta Sour

This tangy, herbal concoction is surprisingly refreshing for a spirit-forward cocktail. 


2 oz Gin

¾ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Benedictine

½ oz Proof Traditional


Shake with ice until chilled, then strain into an ice-filled glass. 


Bittersweet Symphony

This Negroni-esque cocktail is pleasantly bitter, nicely herbal, and just the right amount sweet. The recipe is flexible, too — substitute your favorite amaro if Cynar’s not available.


1 oz Gin

1 oz Campari

½ oz Cynar

½ oz Proof Traditional


Shake with ice until chilled, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Express a slice of orange peel over top, and enjoy!


Blood & Sand & Proof

Possibly the only cocktail named for a bullfighting movie, the Blood and Sand is old enough to be a classic but somehow didn’t make the cut. Some tinkering by intrepid bartenders refreshed the recipe, however, and our version makes one further adjustment: replacing the sweet vermouth with Proof Traditional. 


1 oz Scotch

¾ oz Heering Cherry Liqueur

¾ oz Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice 

½ oz Proof Traditional


Shake with ice until chilled, then strain into an ice-filled glass. 


Rose Kennedy

As a rule we like our cocktails boozy, but the lovely Rose Kennedy is an exception. Light, fizzy, and refreshing, this one’s perfect as written or with a favorite flavored vodka. 

 

1 ½ oz Vodka

4 oz Club Soda

½ oz Proof Traditional


Shake with ice until chilled, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.

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