Earlier this month, we covered seven of the major cocktail families: highballs, sours, fizzes, juleps, and more. These are the politicians of the cocktail families. They’re well-known, either loved or hated, and get plenty of action.
But, they certainly aren’t the end-all-be-all of drink recipes. Today, we’d like to share five more cocktail families with readers. These families are slightly less known – and less popular – but are worthy of their own spotlight.
Duos & Trios
Duos are very simple cocktails: base spirit + liquor. A Stinger is a great example of a duo. It contains just brandy and white crème de cacao. If you were to add a dash of cream (or cream-based liqueur) to a duo then it would become a trio. A White Russian is a popular example of a trio cocktail.
A flip is an old-fashioned (pre-Prohibition Era) cocktail that includes a base spirit, water, an entire egg, and powdered sugar. Nutmeg is often used as a garnish on flip cocktails. Though originally served hot, they’re much more common as cold drinks today.
The “orphan” family of cocktails, as Gary Regan categorizes them, is really just a family of drinks that fall under no other umbrella: the Sazerac, Kir, and Gimlet are three well-known, popular cocktails that fall into this anti-category.
By the way, if you love Sazeracs, but don’t want to buy an expensive bottle of absinthe, then pick up a bottle of Amoretti Premium Anise Syrup. Affordably priced at just $11.99 (with free shipping via Amazon Prime), you’ll get 152 Sazeracs (1 teaspoon per Sazerac). 12 cents a Sazerac? That’s a bargain!
A pousse-café drink is a layered – or built – drink. These drinks tend to feature bright and exotic ingredients like green chartreuse, blue curacao, cherry brandy, and grenadine. Pousse-café drinks exist in the barista’s world, too. Check out the Undertow to see what we mean!
A “Snapper” cocktail is one that uses savory ingredients, the most obvious example being the Bloody Mary. While we would hesitate to call this Amoretti original drink recipe a member of the Snapper family, we think that the use of Amoretti Aged Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar in a cocktail definitely suggests kinship with the Snapper family.