Make some delicious cocktails with Amoretti.

Make some delicious cocktails with Amoretti.

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.


Anise Syrup

If you’re looking for a few ideas on how to use anise, try adding it to a root beer float, or mixing it with a dark spiced rum.

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.

Between this list and our last list of cocktail families, what are we missing? We want to know! Tell us on the official Amoretti Facebook page.

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