Simple syrup

Inverted sugar syrup, also known as simple syrup, is a basic sugar-and-water syrup used by bartenders as a sweetener to make cocktails. The syrup is obtained by dissolving sugar in water. Simple syrup spreads sweetness evenly throughout liquids of any temperature, making it a critical component of numerous iced drinks and cocktails (like a martini or a whiskey sour).

Syrups are made by melting sugar in water or by decreasing naturally sweet juices such as cane juice, maple sap, sorghum juice, or agave nectar. Corn syrup is produced from corn starch using an enzymatic process that transforms it into sugars.

Simple syrup is also great with

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Russian Spring Punch

The Russian Spring Punch is a highball cocktail made with vodka, Crème de cassis, sugar syrup, and lemon juice. The cocktail was created in the 1980s by Dick Bradsell. Basically a spiked Kir Royale over ice. It is named for the russian vodka, and the Tom Collins, which is a spring drink.

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Espresso martini

The espresso martini is a cold, coffee-flavored cocktail made with vodka, espresso coffee, and coffee liqueur. The now-classic drink was invented by British bartender Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in London, in 1980. Bradsell complied, mixing vodka with espresso and coffee liqueur, and the Espresso Martini was born.

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Pisco Sour

A pisco sour is an alcoholic cocktail of Peruvian origin that is typical of the cuisines from Peru and Chile. The drink's name comes from pisco, which is its base liquor, and the cocktail term sour, in reference to sour citrus juice and sweetener components. The cocktail as it is known today was invented in the early 1920s in Lima, the capital of Peru, by the American bartender Victor Vaughen Morris.

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Zombie

The Zombie is a Tiki cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums. In a cocktail shaker, pour the light and dark rums, pineapple and citrus juices, passion fruit syrup, simple syrup, and bitters. Add the high-proof rum now, or reserve it for a float. Fill the shaker with ice. The Zombie is a classic Tiki drink by legendary bartender and restaurateur Donn Beach, of Don the Beachcomber.

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Old Cuban

The Old Cuban is an IBA official cocktail and is made with aged rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, mint leaves, and topped with champagne brut. The cocktail takes inspiration from the Mojito, but it features a few important tweaks that result in a unique flavor experience. The Old Cuban was created in 2001 by famed mixologist Audrey Saunders.

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New York Sour

The New York Sour is a cocktail similar to the whiskey sour, but it adds a float of dry red wine to the drink. The New York Sour is one of those cocktails that is relatively simple to execute, yet looks impressive and tastes complex. The Whiskey Sour comes from the mid-19th century and is believed to have first appeared in print in the 1862 edition of the famed "Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide."

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Whiskey sour

The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white or cocktails foamer. Spirit, citrus and sugar combined to form the classic sour, one of the oldest types of cocktails. With the egg white, it is sometimes called a Boston Sour. The oldest historical mention of a whiskey sour was published in the Wisconsin newspaper, Waukesha Plain Dealer, in 1870.

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Planters Punch

Planter’s Punch is an is an IBA Official Cocktail made of a simple mixture of rum, citrus, sugar and spice. This classic drink has been quenching thirsts since the late-1800s, but its origins are murky. The cocktail has been said to have originated at the Planters Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, but actually originated in Jamaica. Recipes vary for the Planter’s Punch so feel free to give the drink your personal spin.