3 Bottles, 6 Cocktails

3 Bottles, 6 Cocktails

In our feature story this month, we posed a question: With three basic spirits in the liquor cabinet, how many cocktails could be made?

In addition to our own experiment, we asked Damon Boelte, head bartender at Prime Meats in Brooklyn, New York and host of “The Speakeasy” podcast on Heritage Radio Network, for his input. Here are three more cocktails to enjoy, using Bourbon, gin or Campari:


This refreshing sparkler is a close cousin to the Negroni. The difference is that the Negroni also includes gin.

1½ ounces sweet vermouth
1½ ounces Campari
Club soda
Orange slice, for garnish

Pour the vermouth and Campari into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top with club soda and gently stir. Garnish with an orange slice.


Many cocktail lovers have a bottle of orange liqueur on hand, such as triple sec or Cointreau. If not, sub equal parts simple syrup and orange juice for this tasty cocktail.

1½ ounces gin
1 ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce Campari
Lemon wedge, for garnish

Pour gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and Campari into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

New York Sour

The classic sour gets its name from its flavor, contributed by the lemon juice. Without the wine float, this is a classic whiskey sour, but the wine adds a little extra punch and color. Gin can be substituted for the Bourbon to make a gin sour.

2 ounces Bourbon (or other whiskey)
¾ ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ ounce red wine
Lemon slice, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Shake whiskey, lemon juice and sugar with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. Use a spoon, rounded side up, to gently pour a float of red wine on top of the drink. If desired, garnish with a half slice of lemon and maraschino cherry.

For more cocktail ideas using gin, bourbon and Campari, click here.

Published on September 8, 2011
Topics: At-Home BartendingCocktail RecipesSpirits Trends