Nightcap Cocktail Recipes

Jean Harlow

Enjoy this cocktail, which is a spin on the Martinez or Manhattan that uses Rum instead of Bourbon. This light cocktail was a favorite of Jean Harlow (1911-1937) who was an American actress and sex symbol. Often nicknamed the “Blonde Bombshell” and the “Platinum Blonde”. INGREDIENTS 2 oz Light Rum 2 oz Sweet Vermouth Garnish: Lemon Twist …

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Three Dots and a Dash

This famous cocktail is tiki classic invented by legendary bartender Donn Beach and the name is actually morse code for “Victory”, which also happens to be the namesake of the incredibly popular tiki bar in Chicago called Three Dots and a Dash. It was created shortly after World War II and it contains three types …

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Watermelon Mojito

Once Memorial Day starts, from there on out we can expect long days in the sun and lots of outdoor parties, and they wouldn’t be complete without this fun, refreshing memorial day mojito. We get this Watermelon Mojito recipe from chef Chad Luethje. It stays true to its roots but features a couple clear departures …

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Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner is a tiki drink created by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Annene Kaye. It first appeared in their 1998 drink guide Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log and is named after Coleridge’s 1798 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner because in Berry’s words “by the time we finished with it, that’s how old we felt.” Its signature ingredient is pimento flavored liqueur. INGREDIENTS 1 oz Demerara Rum 1 …

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Test Pilot

The Test Pilot cocktail is a vintage tiki drink invented by legendary bartender Donn Beach. Beach was known for changing his recipes over time, meaning there are multiple versions of the Test Pilot cocktail. Test Pilot recipes call for multiple rums and typically include the use of falernum syrup and lime juice. The following version is a less potent version from …

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Navy Grog

The Navy Grog was a popular rum-based drink served for many years at the Polynesian-themed Don the Beachcomber restaurants; it is still served in many so-called tiki restaurants and bars. It was first created by legendary bartender Donn Beach. The word “grog” originally referred to a drink made with water and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by …

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Blue Hawaii

The Blue Hawaii cocktail was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village (formerly the Kaiser Hawaiian Village) in Waikiki, Hawaii. Blue Hawaii is, not only a cocktail but a 1961 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Norman Taurog that starred Elvis Presley. The title of this cocktail was derived from the film’s hit song, …

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Bahia is actually named after one of the 26 states in Brazil and originally dated back to pre-prohibition times, except the cocktail called for dry vermouth, sherry, absinthe and bitters. It’s become more popular in modern culture as this variation has a more Piña Colada spin to it. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 oz White Rum 3 …

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Cable Car

The Cable Car is an excellent rum sour. The cocktail was created by Tony Abou-Ganim, the Modern Mixologist, and is considered by many to be a modern classic. The drink’s name was inspired by the cable car tracks near the Starlight Room in San Fransisco where Abou-Ganim first created the cocktail. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 oz Rum …

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Jean Gabin

Created in 1986 by Charles Schumann in Munich, Germany, the Jean Gabin is now considered a classic in the cocktail world. It was named after the iconic French actor and singer, and is the perfect hot delicious treat on a cold winter’s day. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum 1 1/2 oz Milk 1 teaspoon …

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