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Our 18 Favorite Easy Stirred Cocktails

September 22, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Our 18 Favorite Easy Stirred Cocktails

September 22, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

From low-proof nightcaps to tropical-leaning classics and more.

The category of stirred drinks tends to evoke a roster of classics: the Manhattan (and the many contemporary riffs), along with the Martini and Boulevardier, to name just a few. But the stirred template knows no bounds. Alongside its classic constituents are low-proof nightcaps, full-proof aperitivo drinks, and many of our favorite three-ingredient cocktails.

To get to know the breadth of the style, here are 18 easy recipes to stir up year-round.

Brainstorm Cocktail
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Al Sotack’s Brainstorm

A pre-Prohibition Irish whiskey cocktail with dry that drinks like a modified Old-Fashioned.

Blackstrap Rum Recipe
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The Black Stallion Sets Sail

A neo-tiki Negroni, made with blackstrap rum and "Ferrari."

Sherry Nightcap Drink Recipe
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Sketches of Spain

A low-alcohol nightcap featuring sherry, sweet vermouth and a measure of brandy.

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Felices Los 4

A spiritous—yet "crushable"—combination of bourbon, rum, sherry and Scotch whisky.

Stinger cocktail
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William Elliott’s Stinger

By design, this improved Stinger is diamond-clear like a Martini.

Jungle Cocktail Recipe
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Chantal Tseng’s Jungle Cocktail

This little-known cocktail belongs to a vast family of sherry-tinged Martini variations.

Chauncey Cocktail Recipe
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Chauncey

A historic equal-parts formula that requires little tinkering.

Banana Boulevardier
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Anvil’s Banana Boulevardier

A fruit-forward spin that’s developed a life of its own.

Black Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
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Black Manhattan

Averna stands in for sweet vermouth in this Manhattan-inspired modern classic.

Old Hickory Cocktail Dauphines
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Neal Bodenheimer’s Old Hickory

An obscure vermouth-based classic, retooled for more flavor and less dilution.

Fernet Cocktail Recipe
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Eeyore’s Requiem

A “deep dark Negroni, turned on its head.”

that vogler's El Presidente
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Thad Vogler’s El Presidente

The Cuban classic gets an update, with bianco vermouth swapped for the traditional dry.

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South Bronx

The classic Bronx, stirred not shaken.

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Thou Shall Not Be Named

An agave spin on the Boulevardier.

session manhattan recipe
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Session Manhattan

Sweet vermouth and rye switch places.

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Rosita

This softer riff subs smoky tequila for mezcal and Aperol for Campari.

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False Start

A mix of tequila, Cardamaro, rosso vermouth and Cynar that’s rich but surprisingly light on its feet.

Easy Stirred Drink Recipe
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I.B.F. Pick-Me-Up

A subtle update to the 1920s-era classic.

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