INSTEAD OF A GIN & TONIC...
TOM COLLINS: "A simple, elegant, and refreshing classic that has been around since the late 19th century. To those who claim to not like gin because of a ‘bad experience,’ this would be a great cocktail to reintroduce them to it. The most likely scenario is that the local dive used tonic syrup loaded with artificial sweeteners that led to such a life-altering hangover."
1/2oz fresh lemon juice
1/2oz simple syrup
Top with club soda.
INSTEAD OF A WHISKEY GINGER...
PRESBYTERIAN: "Drop the ‘e’ and swap in some whisky (Scotch) for something a little more complex. And if the bar is making fresh ginger syrup, you are seriously in for a treat."
2oz Scotch (may substitute bourbon or rye whiskey)
Serve in a collins glass.
INSTEAD OF A TEQUILA AND SODA...
LA PALOMA: "A little bitter, a little savory, a little sweet, a little citrusy, and a little boozy; there is nothing not to like about this beverage. A cocktail bar might opt for fresh grapefruit juice, but South of the border, these are enjoyed mostly with grapefruit soda."
2oz tequila reposado
1/2oz lime juice
Pinch of salt