My home-bar is very narrow (rum, cachaça, brandy, whisky, bourbon, gin, angostura, triple sec and 43).

All I drink is sours, Collins, old fashioned, and sometimes mint juleps or mojitos.

But sometimes I just want something different.

A nice way to do something off the usual is just play with the classics.

Here are some ways to play:

  • Change a ingredient  

Change that white rum for some gin, or for some cachaça, or why not split it?

Cherry Slidecar (JONNY RAGLIN)

1,25oz Brandy
1oz Cherry Brandy
0,75oz lemon juice
2ds Cherry bitters

Shake, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

  • Change proportions

Maybe a wetter Manhattan or a reverse Margarita? What about a reverse Sazerac?

Mischief
1oz Herradura Silver tequila
1oz Charbay Key Lime vodka
3oz fresh orange juice
Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a orange wheel.

  • Change the glass

Make that sour a collins.  Or the other way around.

S.S.S (Short Singapore Sling)
1oz Gin
1oz Cherry Brandy
0,25oz Benedictine
1oz lime juice
2ds Angostura
Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  • Use fresh products

Why not try a fresh mango juice? Or a home-made orgeat? What about putting a fresh juice into your all-booze cocktail?

Alaskan Sour
1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
1/4 oz egg white
Shake, strain into a goblet. Garnish with a lemon peel.
  • Use special products

Change that sparkling water for some champagne, or maybe some full flavored beer.

Little Achiever
2oz Dark Rum
0,5oz gomme syrup
1 egg white
2oz Stout
Shake, strain into an Old Fashioned glass with two to three ice cubes and top with the stout. Garnish with several drops of Java juice.

  • Use a food inspiration

Try to reproduce that thai food into a cocktail. Or use a gastronomic pair as a inspiration.

Pear & Cardamom Sidecar (Oloroso Bar)

  • 3 Cardamoms
  • 25ml Xante (pear brandy)
  • 25ml Cointreau
  • 25ml Lemon juice

Crush the cardamoms and muddle with the rest of the ingredients, shake, strain in to an ice filled cocktail glass.

Now that you have inspiration to change try it out, and then give it a name!