Easy and herbaceous, with a relatively low ABV, this aperitif-style cocktail from Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book eschews hard spirits in favor of a dry vermouth base. With bittersweet Bénédictine and absinthe as the only other ingredients, this elegant, simple cocktail is the perfect pre-dinner sipper to wake up your appetite.
Sometimes you just want to drink something blue. In those times, opt not for a Blue Raspberry Slurpee, but instead for this twist on a classic Martini made with vodka, blue curaçao and lightly bitter Cocchi Americano in place of the usual dry vermouth. A few dashes of orange bitters round everything out, bringing out the curaçao’s sweet, citrus...