Mixed drinks

Winter Warmer

"Hot Buttered Rum"
Mary Chapin Carpenter
2008

Modern bartenders use all sorts of bizarre mixers, from bacon to balsamic vinegar to bubblegum flavoring. But there are also some traditional ingredients that sound weird to modern drinkers. One of the most delicious, especially this time of year, is butter. Read more about Winter Warmer

Spiked

"Cocktails For Two"
Spike Jones and His City Slickers
1944
"Cocktails For Two"
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1934

The best cover songs are those where the artist truly makes the song his own. When Spike Jones makes a song his own, the song is never quite the same again. Read more about Spiked

Medicinal Waters

"Mi gin tonic"
Andres Calamaro
2007

Today, we think of tonic water as a mixer, something added to straight gin to improve the flavor. But originally, it was the other way around. Read more about Medicinal Waters

A Little Bit Country

"Gin and Juice"
Snoop Doggy Dog
1995
"Gin and Juice"
The Gourds
1996

Sometimes, a simple mixed drink can be appreciated across cultures. And few are as simple as the drink Snoop Dogg made famous: gin and juice.

The principles of mixology teach us that, like any drink composed of a shot of distilled spirits mixed with a single mixer, gin and juice is considered a highball. Orange is the most traditional juice, which leaves you with something like a slightly herbal screwdriver. Others recommend pineapple or grapefruit juice, although unsweetened grapefruit juice leaves you with more of a sipping and less of a rolling beverage. Read more about A Little Bit Country

We'll Take Manhattan

Alfred Hitchcock thought a perfect martini was five parts gin and "a quick glance at a Vermouth bottle." But modern vermouth makers want you to trade in your glass of cold gin and olives for the true classic: two parts gin, one part vermouth—but not from the bottle in the back of your liquor cabinet. Read more about We'll Take Manhattan

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