Despite the name, the classic Mind Eraser is really just a watered down Black Russian. This version subs in mighty 151-proof rum to give it a little more kick. It's worth seeking out Lemon Hart 151 for its rich, bold flavor.
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The Lemon Drop was one of the most popular cocktails in the US in the later part of the 20th century. It should follow a simple formula of spirit, lemon, and sweetener, but sadly, in many bars the drink disintegrated into a candied mess. It's time to give the Lemon Drop the glory it deserves.
This sweet and spicy cocktail packs a fiery punch but won't overwhelm your tastebuds.
Whatever your feelings are regarding the Cosmopolitan, it is arguably one of the most influential cocktails to come along in the past 25 years. Now, it's time for an upgrade, a re-imagined Cosmo for today's tastes.
The Surfer on Acid is most often consumed in shot form. This variation is a long drink, made extra-refreshing with coconut water.
The Lynchburg Lemonade was the center of a legal battle between a restaurant owner and the Jack Daniels Distillery. While that drink was much ado about nothing, this version is worth fighting over.
If any drink was in desperate need of redemption, it's the Appletini. Taking inspiration from James Bond and his Vesper Martini I reached for a unique Polish spirit in order to create this tasty libation.
I upgraded the old-school Harvey Wallbanger by swapping out the orange juice with orange tea.
A celebration of the original adult milkshake with a cognac and rum foundation.
The old-school Long Island Iced Tea receives an upgrade with homemade cola syrup, adapted from Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda, but punched up with a little extra spice.