7 Sly (and Delicious) Swapped-Spirit Cocktails

From Eric Rogell on Mar 21, 2013

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Who says an April Fool's prank has to include convincing your buddy he won the lottery or tweeting a link to a fake story about engineers discovering how to fuel cars with garbage? ("Better start investing in the flux capacitor market!")

A good April Fool can also involve something surprising, unexpected, and even delicious. That's where these cocktails come in. They're familiar classics with an out-of-left-field twist that'll catch them off guard when you use rum in their Old Fashioned or sub in bourbon in their Bloody Mary. No hilarious spit takes, these swapped spirit cocktails are actually just as tasty as the originals. Because you'd hate to waste good booze. That would be foolish.

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Añejo Old Fashioned
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Ingredients:
1 ounce Tequila Don Julio 7http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/98594http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpg1336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_6http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpg.jpg Añejo Claro

1 teaspoon Apertif Wine

1 teaspoon Light Agave Syrup

Orange Zest for Garnish

Preparation:
1. CombineTequila Don Julio 7http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/98594http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpg1336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_6http://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/985940001336b2a58a84384d9fd7eece16f3829c_600.jpg.jpg Añejo Claro, apertif wine and light agave syrup into acocktail shaker and shake well.

2. Pourcontents into a rocks glass.

3. Garnishwith orange zest.


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Zacapa Perfect Manhattan

In your typical Manhattan you'd be expecting a rye-based spirit, but swapping in the barrel-aged Zacapa Rum with rich flavors similar to a fine brown sipping spirit, results in a surprisingly smooth cocktail that lives up to the original.

Ingredients:
1 ounce Zacapa 23 Rum

3 teaspoons Dry Vermouth

3 teaspoons Sweet Vermouth

1 dash Bitters

1 teaspoon Honey Syrup

Orange Twist for Garnish

Preparation:
1. CombineZacapa 23 Rum, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, bitters, and honey syrup into acocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shakewell and strain contents into a rocks glass.

3. Garnishwith orange twist.


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Double Down
Based on the old-school classic, the Mamie Taylor, this version calls for Johnnie Walker Double Black instead of a typical scotch. It'll leave true spirits aficionados guessing where the amplified, smokier flavors come from.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Johnnie Walker Double Black Label Scotch

3 oz Ginger Beer

Lemon Peel for Garnish

Preparation:
1. Build in a rocks glass.

2. Garnish with a Lemon Peel


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