Whether you want to mix up a new take on the classic Negroni that uses mezcal, or you’re just looking for a great new nightcap to try using that extra bourbon sitting on your cart, here are three must-try cocktail recipes that you’ll want to sip all summer.
1. Long Way Home
Evan Bucholz, the master of ceremonies at Brix & Rye, in Greenport, New York, serves this hard-hitting nightcap.
2 oz high-proof bourbon, like Old Forester Signature
3⁄4 oz Amaro Sibilia
1⁄4 oz Luxardo Maraschino
Stir over ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
This is the most popular cocktail at Rocket Surgery, in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.
11⁄2 oz Plymouth gin 1⁄4 oz St-Germain
1⁄4 oz Suze
3⁄4 oz lemon juice
3⁄4 oz honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
3. Francoise Bonnaire
Every drink at Birmingham’s Atomic Bar & Lounge is named after a regular, including this riff on the classic Negroni.
1 oz mezcal
1 oz Campari
1 oz Bonal
Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a coupe, twist an orange peel over the cocktail, and discard the peel.