Upgrade classic cocktails with top spirits selections.
There’s little reason to mess with the flavors of your favorite classic cocktail—unless, of course, it’s to add higher-quality spirits. This season, shake up the standard daiquiri, margarita and Manhattan recipes by mixing in top-shelf spirits from Wine Enthusiast’s Top 50 Spirits of 2012.
Classic Daiquiri – Top-Rated Twists
Try this refreshing classic with aged or white rum—or mix both together.w
1½ ounces rum, aged and/or white
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Lime slice, for garnish
Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime slice.
Top-Rated Twists Reposado Tequila Recommendations
96 Siete Leguas Reposado
94 Don Roberto Reposado
94 Mandarine Napoléon Grande Cuvée Liqueur
93 Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao