The Cape Codder

About The Cape Codder

The granddaddy of so many famous cocktails like the Seabreeze, Woo Woo, Sex on the Beach, Cosmopolitan, and more; the Cape Codder is a true classic. And before you say it; YES, the Cape Codder is a simple Vodka-Cranberry. Developed in the 1940s by the Ocean Spray company as The Red Devil, the cocktail took on the name Cape Codder in the 1960s. Although it is simple and its name is commonly forgotten in the bar scene today, the Cape Codder is still a fan favorite and a huge base cocktail for many variations. Remember to respect your elder cocktails.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka

  • Fill Cranberry Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Mild

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Cranberry

Method:

Build all ingredients in an ice filled highball glass and stir. garnish with a lime wedge.

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The Gimlet

About The Gimlet

The Gimlet was developed around the time of the Roaring Twenties and is of disputable origin. A simple and light cocktail, the Gimlet is an easy creation that can be altered in a myriad of ways to suit the customer’s taste. The classical recipe calls for a cocktail made with equal parts gin and lime juice, garnished with the such, served neat. We at Empire Mixology enjoy and respect the classic recipe, but we preferred a less intense lime juice addition (around 1 oz. or less), and added lemon-lime soda to create a more highball-esque version.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Gin

  • Lime Juice to taste

  • Lemon-Lime Soda/Club Soda (optional)

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Preference

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Strong

Method:

Pour gin into desired glass; typically a martini glass or wine glass. Ice optional. Add desired lime juice quantity (classically a 1:1 ratio). If desired, add soda to make the cocktail more of a highball.

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The Greyhound

About The Greyhound

The Greyhound is a prohibition era cocktail and is the same cocktail as a Salty Dog, except without the salt. Although a Greyhound is more commonly served with vodka presently, we prefer to stick to the classic recipe and use gin. The natural flavor of gin and grapefruit comes to life with this simple recipe and makes for a tasty and deceiving drink.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Gin

  • Fill Grapefruit Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Fruity

Method:

Shake Gin and Grapefruit Juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass with fresh ice.

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The Brave Bull

About The Brave Bull

If you’re in need of a real pick-me-up, look no further than the Brave Bull. This cocktail is for those with a strong palette as the dominating tastes of tequila and Kahlúa are in full force. The Kahlúa coffee taste does lessen the overall “sting” of the tequila but does nothing to mask the flavor. This is a morning cocktail that must be enjoyed slowly.

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Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Tequila

  • ½ oz. Kahlúa

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Strong

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Strong/Coffee

Method:

Pour tequila and Kahlúa into old fashioned glass with ice. Stir gently.

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The Salty Dog

About The Salty Dog

The Salty Dog is thought to have originated during or just after the Prohibition Era. Without the salt, a Salty Dog is known as a Greyhound Cocktail. Like many drinks from this era, the Salty Dog is traditionally made with gin, however more modern recipes have replaced gin with vodka. Fruity yet bitter, the Salty Dog is a decent brunch or late afternoon cocktail.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Gin

  • Fill Grapefruit Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:       Straight

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Fruity/Salty

Method:

Shake Gin and Grapefruit Juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into salt-rimmed highball glass.

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The Kangaroo

About The Kangaroo

Meet the Vodka Martini. It’s technically a Kangaroo Cocktail by trade, however vodka has nominally replaced Gin in the classic recipe seen here. The favorite of James Bond and others, the Vodka Martini is not a traditional Martini according to most purists. The cocktail is meant to be stirred and not shaken, contrary to the popular quote. This recipe is very popular in the modern US cocktail scene and is likely to always remain a symbol of class and elegance.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka

  • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth

  • 1 Cocktail Olive/Lemon Twist

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:   Simple

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Just like the Martini, stir this one until well chilled and strain into a martini glass.

Empire Tip: Garnish with a lemon twist or olives to your preference.

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The White Russian

About The White Russian

The Dude abides. The White Russian or known as the “Caucasian” is a 1960s Oakland, CA variation of the IBA Classic Black Russian cocktail. Neither cocktail is actually Russian in origin, but is called Russian due to the primary ingredient being vodka. Originally considered boring and an alcoholic milkshake, the White Russian was almost forgotten had it not been for the movie The Big Lebowski.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka

  • .5 oz. Coffee Liqueur

  • 1 oz. Fresh Cream

  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Similar to the Black Russian, pour the vodka and coffee liqueur into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Float the cream on top and stir slightly. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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The Gin & Tonic

About The Gin & Tonic

The cornerstone of the Gin scene, and one of the longest preserved recipes in all of mixology; the Gin and Tonic hails from the country of India and was invented by the British East India Company soldiers. The “original” recipe was founded in the 19th century and was used as a medicine to fight malaria for soldiers. Small amounts of gin were even included in soldier’s ration kits!

The Gin and Tonic is a widely popular recipe due to its own sort of uniqueness surrounding its taste. Although the main ingredients of this recipe are often bitter, the finish of the cocktail is shielded from the bitter taste. Gin is an art form in the East, and is often served much differently than in the United States. Other countries including Spain and India prefer to use a coupe glass that allows the gin to breathe as it is served instead of the oft-used highball glass. Try this method for yourself and see what you think is best!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. (or to taste) Gin

  • Fill Tonic Water

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:   Simple

  • Flavor:       Juniper

Method:

In a glass filled with ice cubes, add gin and tonic. Garnish with lime wedge.

Empire Tip: The Gin and Tonic is a interesting recipe when it comes to garnish; as different brands often suggest different fruits. For example, when using Hendrick’s Gin© the garnish is normally a cucumber; when using Beefeater© the garnish is normally an orange slice; and when using some other brands its even lemon. If you use both lemon and limes as a garnish the recipe is called an “Evans.”

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The Red Headed Slut

About The Red Headed Slut

The Red Headed Slut is a fan favorite hailing from the 1980s era of X-Rated Name Drinks. The taste of the Jägermeister is easily hidden by the sweet and fruity flavors of the Schnapps and cranberry juice. The drink is an easy crowed pleaser but too much Jäger mixed with the fruity additions will cause you to get sick fast.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jägermeister

  • 1 part Peach Schnapps

  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks (cocktail)/Neat (shot)

  • Strength:  Medium

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Shot Version: Combine all ingredients in shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into shot glass.

Cocktail Version: Combine Jägermeister and schnapps in glass full of ice. Add cranberry juice to fill to top. Stir as necessary.

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The Orgasm

About The Orgasm

The former IBA Official Cocktail (no longer since 2011) the Orgasm was a staple of the 1980s mixology scene, and is still popular today. This drink can be made various ways typically using half-n-half cream and is sometimes mixed with vodka to form the Screaming Orgasm.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Amaretto

  • 1 part Kahlúa

  • 1 part Irish Cream

  • 1 Maraschino Cherry (garnish for cocktail version)

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Build all ingredients over ice in an Old Fashioned Glass. Stir until cold and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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