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Our 15 Favorite Easy Shaken Cocktails

July 22, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Our 15 Favorite Easy Shaken Cocktails

July 22, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

From an aperitivo spin on the Daiquiri to a Trader Vic-inspired sour and more.

There’s something about shaken cocktails—perhaps the vigorous nature of their creation, or the propensity for the whole thing to go flying in the process—that suggests they’re harder to make than their stirred or built counterparts. For this reason, when it comes time to mix up a drink at the end of a long day, we often find ourselves turning to the simplicity of a Negroni or a Calvados & Tonic. But whipping out the shaker offers the opportunity not only to add new dimension to a favorite amaro, it opens up the possibility of exploring entire genres of cocktails—from sours to cobblers—that are as easy to make as they are to drink. Some, like the Campari Shakerato, require no housemade ingredients at all, not even simple syrup. Here, 15 easy cocktail recipes that prove turning to the shaker is never a bad idea.

campari shakerato aperitivo cocktail recipe
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Campari Shakerato

A more approachable take on the austere and quite bitter Shakerato.

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Trader Vic’s Sour

A tiki sour that works equally well with bourbon, Scotch or brandy.

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More Supreme

An aperitivo-inspired spin on the Daiquiri.

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The Cutter

The Paper Plane by way of Atlanta.

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Pineapple Martini

A pioneer of fruit-forward 'tinis.

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Darryl Strawberry (at the Yankees)

A fruit-forward smash starring Amaro Montenegro and rum.

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Gold Rush

Honey syrup shines in this Whiskey Sour update.

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Milano-Torino Sour

The two-ingredient, equal-parts aperitivo classic gets the sour treatment.

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Cloister

A gin sour with two types of citrus and yellow Chartreuse.

Coconut Highball
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Snake Eyes

A mezcal take on the Caribbean staple of Scotch and coconut water.

French Pearl
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French Pearl

Audrey Saunder's bold pastis-laced spin on the Mojito.

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Sarah Morrissey’s Cosmopolitan

A textbook example of the citrusy classic.

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The Smoke Also Rises

A Hemingway Daiquiri variation featuring smoked rhubarb amaro.

Sherry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe
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Dan Greenbaum’s Sherry Cobbler

This is a close copy of the cobbler previously served at The Beagle.

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Chip Tyndale’s Sidecar

A refined, subtle revision of the Cognac classic.

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