Modern Classics of the Cocktail Renaissance

I’m delighted to announce today the immediate availability of the seventh (and last planned, so far) recipe app in the suite! Modern Classics of the Cocktail Renaissance is a collaboration with noted drinks journalist Robert Simonson, who brings a well-traveled and crucially independent perspective to a daunting and original challenge: sifting through the innovations of the last couple decades and identifying the drinks that have not only distinguished themselves, but become new classics.

Every drink in Modern Classics—except those designated critic picks—had to meet objective criteria:

  1. The drink must have traveled well beyond the bar at which it was created, appearing on multiple menus throughout its native city, country and possibly, the world

  2. The drink must have been popular enough with the public to warrant a standing place on those menus

  3. The drink must be generally regarded by the bartending community as a significant achievement, worthy of promulgating

These criteria do not constitute a low bar, and to-date, we’ve found only 23 drinks that meet all three! However, along the way we also found another fifty-odd that meet most of these criteria, yielding a second tier, some of which might one day ascend to the first.

And here they are—your modern classics:

  • Aperol Spritz - Corporate creation, somewhere in Italy
  • Barrel-aged Negroni - Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Clyde Common, Portland, OR, 2009
  • Benton’s Old Fashioned - Don Lee, PDT, New York City, 2007
  • Bramble - Dick Bradsell, Fred’s Club, London, UK, 1991/2
  • Breakfast Martini - Salvatore Calabrese, Library Bar, Lanesborough Hotel, London, 1997
  • Chartreuse Swizzle - Marcovaldo Dionysos, San Francisco, 2002
  • Cosmopolitan - Toby Cecchini, Odeon, New York City, 1988
  • Earl Grey MarTEAni - Audrey Saunders, Bemelmans Bar, New York City, 2003/4
  • Gin Basil Smash - Joerg Meyer, Le Lion, Hamburg, Germany, 2008
  • Gin Gin Mule - Audrey Saunders, Beacon, New York City, USA, 2000
  • Gold Rush - T. J. Siegel, Milk and Honey, New York City, USA, 2001
  • Gunshop Fizz - Kirk Estopinal and Maksym Pazuniak, Cure, New Orleans, 2009
  • Jasmine - Paul Harrington, Townhouse, Emeryville, California, 1990
  • Oaxaca Old Fashioned - Phil Ward, Death & Co, New York City, 2007
  • Old Cuban - Audrey Saunders, Beacon/Tonic, New York City, 2001
  • Paper Plane - Sam Ross, The Violet Hour, Chicago, 2007
  • Penicillin - Sam Ross, Milk & Honey, New York City, 2005
  • Red Hook - Vincenzo Errico, Milk & Honey, New York City, USA 2003
  • Tommy’s Margarita - Julio Bermejo, Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, San Francisco, early 1990s
  • Trident - Robert Hess, Seattle, Washington, USA, 2002
  • Trinidad Sour - Giuseppe Gonzalez, Clover Club, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
  • Vodka Espresso - Dick Bradsell, Soho Brasserie, London, 1980s
  • White Negroni - Wayne Collins, Bordeaux, France, 2001

And here’s the second tier:

  • Amaretto Sour - Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Clyde Common, Portland, OR, 2010
  • The Art Of Choke - Kyle Davidson, Cure, New Orleans, 2009
  • Basil Gimlet - Greg Lindgren, Rye, San Francisco, 2006
  • Beuser and Angus Special - Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro, Victoria Bar, Berlin, 2007
  • Bitter Giuseppe - Stephen Cole, The Violet Hour, Chicago, 2006
  • Boss Colada - Nick Detrich, Cane & Table, New Orleans, 2013
  • Bourbon Renewal - Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Eugene, Oregon, 2001
  • Brancolada - Jeremy Oertel, Donna, Brooklyn, New York, 2012
  • Bywater - Chris Hannah, French 75 Bar, New Orleans, 2008
  • Carondelet - Maks Pazuniak, Maison Premiere, New York Ciy, 2011
  • CIA - Tonia Guffey, Flatiron Lounge, New York, 2011
  • Conference - Brian Miller, Death & Co., New York, 2007
  • Corpse Reviver Number Blue - Jacob Briar, Cocktail World Cup, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2007
  • Darkside - Adam Bernbach, Bar Pilar, Washington, D.C., 2008
  • Death Flip - Chris Hysted, Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
  • Division Bell - Phil Ward, Mayahuel, New York City, 2009
  • Eastside - George Delgado, Libation, New York, 2004
  • Elder Fashioned - Phil Ward, Death & Co, New York, 2007
  • The Ellison - Charles Hardwick, Blue Owl, New York City, 2007
  • Final Ward - Phil Ward, Pegu Club, New York City, 2006
  • Gin Blossom - Julie Reiner, Clover Club, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
  • Ginger Rogers - Marcovaldo Dionysos, Absinthe, San Francisco, 1998
  • Gordon’s Cup - Toby Maloney, Milk & Honey, New York City, 2002
  • Greenpoint - Michael McIlroy, Milk & Honey, New York City, 2006
  • Hard Sell - Brad Bolt, Bar DeVille, Chicago, 2009
  • Hard Start - Damon Boelte, Prime Meats, Brooklyn, New York, 2010
  • Jamaican Firefly - Audrey Saunders, Beacon, New York City, 2000
  • Joy Division - Phil Ward, Death & Co., New York, 2008
  • Juliet & Romeo - Toby Maloney, The Violet Hour, Chicago, 2007
  • Kentucky Buck - Erick Castro, Rickhouse, 2009
  • La Perla - Jacques Bezuidenhaut, Peche/Tres Agaves, San Francisco, 2005
  • Laphroaig Project - Owen Westman, Bourbon & Branch, San Francisco, 2009
  • Little Italy - Audrey Saunders, Pegu Club, New York, 2005
  • Medicina Latina - Marcos Tello, The Varnish, Los Angeles, 2009
  • Moon Cocktail - Thomas Waugh, Death & Co., New York City, 2008
  • Naked and Famous - Joaquín Simó, Death & Co., New York City, 2011
  • Nuclear Daiquiri - Gregor de Gruyther, LAB, London, 2005
  • Paddington - David Slape, PDT, New York City, 2008
  • Porn Star Martini - Douglas Ankrah, Townhouse, London, 2001
  • Ranglum - Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro, Victoria Bar, Berlin, 2006
  • Revolver - Jon Santer, Bruno’s, San Francisco, 2004
  • Russian Spring Punch - Dick Bradsell, London, 1980s.
  • Siesta - Katie Stipe, Flatiron Lounge, New York City, 2006
  • Silver Lining - Joseph Schwartz, Milk & Honey, 2001
  • The Slope - Julie Reiner, Clover Club, Brooklyn, 2009
  • St. Germain Cocktail - Corporate creation, 2007
  • Staggerac - Don Lee, PDT, New York City, 2007.
  • Tantris Sidecar - Audrey Saunders, Beacon, New York City, 2000
  • Weeski - David Wondrich, Brooklyn, NY, 2004
  • Wibble - Dick Bradsell, The Player, London, 1999
  • Wildest Redhead - Meaghan Dorman, Lantern’s Keep, New York City, 2011

That’s the story in a nutshell. For the app, we’ve tracked down authoritative recipes for all these drinks, contacting the drinks’ creators where necessary. (While recipes for nearly all these drinks already exist somewhere on-line, they’re often wrong.) We’ve endeavored to get all the recipes verified.

Rounding out the collection are a dozen critic picks (under-appreciated drinks that Robert Simonson feels should be in contention) and, because we like to acknowledge history, twenty drinks from the 80s and 90s that may seem dated today, but played a crucial role in the early years of the cocktail renaissance.

You can learn more about the app here and see the complete list of all the recipes here.