The trend of reinventing classic libations has been circling around the mixology world for quite some time now. When the weekend rolls around we look forwarded to heading to the bar and trying a new spin on one of our favorite classics. However, some gentlemen find many classic libations, such as vodka and gin martinis to be quite girly. We fortunately have a solution for those who are hesitant to jump on the modern classic cocktail bandwagon, fearing that these cocktails seem a little too frilly. Because there isn’t many other spirits more manly than bourbon, we are introducing you to a few bourbon based libations with a modern twist that are sure to put some hair on your chest.

1 oz. rye
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
1 maraschino cherry to garnish

Stir together rye, vermouths, and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass or mixing tin until very chilled; strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry, if you like. Recipe found on

Surfer Rosa
1½ oz Four Roses small-batch bourbon
3/4 oz raspberry syrup
1/4 oz Aperol
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Build in a julep tin, add crushed ice, stir to combine, add more crushed ice. Insert two straws and a large sprig of mint. Recipe found on

Fancy Free
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Orange twist to garnish

Place a large ice cube in an old fashioned glass. Add bourbon, maraschino, orange bitters, and Angostura and stir until chilled, about 15 seconds. Garnish with an orange twist. Recipe found on