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Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer and contributor to Fine Cooking. He likes good tonic water, big ice cubes, fresh juices, and pretty much any cocktail with black pepper as an ingredient.

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A Dainty Little Drink

A Dainty Little Drink

Vermouth takes the lead in this floral cocktail.

Swapping Gin for Vodka

Swapping Gin for Vodka

This play on the Aviation cocktail trades gin for vodka, but adds absinthe to keep it interesting.

A Honeyed Highball

A Honeyed Highball

This tall refresher uses a base of Drambuie for its honey notes.

Rum, Lime, and Mint, But This is No Mojito

Rum, Lime, and Mint, But This is No Mojito

To a Mojito-style combination of ingredients, we add cucumber and a whisper of absinthe.

The Scent of Summer with Elderflower and Apricot

The Scent of Summer with Elderflower and Apricot

Get a head start on summer with this refreshing pisco cocktail.

Not Your Typical Sangria

Not Your Typical Sangria

Tequila and grapefruit are found in this not-so-close Sangria cousin.

A Lighter Shade of Negroni

A Lighter Shade of Negroni

The classic Negroni gets a splash of citrus in this cocktail.

Horchata Meets Tequila

Horchata Meets Tequila

Almond milk is the base of this cocktail with Mexican flair.

Chocolate and Scotch, Together in the Glass

Chocolate and Scotch, Together in the Glass

A dessert cocktail combines smoky scotch and chocolate liqueur.

A Beer Lovers Manhattan

A Beer Lover's Manhattan

Beer and wine make the base for delightful syrups.

A Tea Toddy

A Tea Toddy

This soothing hot cocktail calls for black tea with vanilla and smoky mezcal.

A Hot Beer Cocktail

A Hot Beer Cocktail

Warmed oatmeal stout makes the base of a great winter cocktail.

The Ward Eight Cocktail

The Ward Eight Cocktail

This vintage cocktail from Boston contains rye whiskey, two kinds of juice, and grenadine.

Rum for the Holidays

Rum for the Holidays

Aged rum and apricot liqueur aren't your typical holiday cocktail ingredients.

A Bit of Panama, a Bit of France

A Bit of Panama, a Bit of France

This rum-based cocktail also contains a touch of cognac.

Pineapple and Chartreuse

Pineapple and Chartreuse

This unexpected flavor combination is great in cocktails like the Chartreuse Swizzle.

This Form of Penicillin will Cure Your Thirst

This Form of Penicillin will Cure Your Thirst

Scotch, Lemon, Ginger, and Honey come together in this delightful drink.

A Less Famous Classic Cocktail

A Less Famous Classic Cocktail

A book on retro cocktails skips the popular ones and suggests some others for revival.

Reconsidering Creme de Menthe

Reconsidering Creme de Menthe

A new brand of creme de menthe inspires reconsideration of the Stinger and other 1970s cocktails.

A Cocktail by Hemingway

A Cocktail by Hemingway

A new book looks at the drinks in the books and life of Ernest Hemingway.

When a Shot Becomes a Palate Cleanser

When a Shot Becomes a Palate Cleanser

A new book on sophisticated shots might make you consider them in a different light.

A Vodka Cocktail with Class

A Vodka Cocktail with Class

Most vodka cocktails and simple and juicy. This one is rich and seductive.

A Chocolate Manhattan By Way of Boston

A Chocolate Manhattan By Way of Boston

This cacao-enhanced drink comes from a new book of recipes for cocktails from Boston.

The Mojito Grows Up

The Mojito Grows Up

The Old Cuban is a sophisticated Mojito variation made with dark rum and champagne.

Where in the World to Have a Drink

Where in the World to Have a Drink

This cocktail comes from a great new book about the best bars in the world.

A Drink With Muddled Cherries and Rosemary-Pepper Syrup

A Drink With Muddled Cherries and Rosemary-Pepper Syrup

Warm up your muddling arm for this gin drink with cherries.

A Fancy Shandy from Maine

A Fancy Shandy from Maine

Beer, ginger beer, and blackcurrant liqueur make a spicy and refreshing combination.

Honey and Hot Sauce

Honey and Hot Sauce

Earthy manuka honey and hot sauce provide the sweetness and spice for this tequila cocktail.

Strawberries and Peppercorns (and Gin!)

Strawberries and Peppercorns (and Gin!)

The Rouge No. 10 combines black pepper-infused gin with strawberries.

Sea Salt & Lime Soda

Sea Salt & Lime Soda

This simple soft drink comes from a new book on homemade sodas.

Youll Flip for this Rhubarb Cocktail

You'll Flip for this Rhubarb Cocktail

A cocktail from Chicago uses rhubarb and rosemary to delicious effect.

El Presidente: A Cuban Classic Cocktail

El Presidente: A Cuban Classic Cocktail

This Cuban cocktail with rum, vermouth, and grenadine or curacao has unclear origins.

A Rosemary-Lemon Vodka Sour

A Rosemary-Lemon Vodka Sour

Use this 'sour' cocktail as a model for creating originals on the fly.

Cocktails in San Francisco With Us

Cocktails in San Francisco With Us

Join FC's drink blogger Camper English and Senior Editor Denise Mickelsen for cocktails in San Francisco.

Italys Summer Spritzer

Italy's Summer Spritzer

The Aperol Spritz is a warm weather refresher that can go from the picnic to the beach.

Sake Gets the Spritzer Treatment

Sake Gets the Spritzer Treatment

A simple and refreshing way to drink sake this summer.

A Drink Both Refreshing and Bitter

A Drink Both Refreshing and Bitter

This drink from Portland, Oregon combines two bitter citrus flavors to great effect.

Tequila, Stirred

Tequila, Stirred

The Matador is a vintage tequila drink that shuns citrus in favor of vermouth and orange curacao.

Grape Expectations: A Vermouth Spritzer

Grape Expectations: A Vermouth Spritzer

This low-alcohol cocktail is great for summer sipping.

A Drinkable Fruit Bowl

A Drinkable Fruit Bowl

Cherries, limes, and the flavor of oranges come together in this summer drink.

Fire and Ice: A Spicy Tequila Pop

Fire and Ice: A Spicy Tequila Pop

From a book on frozen treats with liquor comes this recipe for a cucumber spice pop with a bit of a kick.

Gin & Tonic & A Little Extra

Gin & Tonic & A Little Extra

A few suggestions for sprucing up a summer classic.

The Improved Cuba Libre

The Improved Cuba Libre

Fancy up your Rum and Coke with a couple of other ingredients.

Garden To Glass

Garden To Glass

A new cocktail book focuses on using fresh ingredients in drinks.

Blackberries and Beer, Together At Last

Blackberries and Beer, Together At Last

From a new book on beer cocktails comes this recipe containing berry flavors and hoppy ale.

A Cocktail to Kick Start the Summer

A Cocktail to Kick Start the Summer

Give this juicy cocktail with Pimm's and cucumber gin a try.

The Sangria Spectrum

The Sangria Spectrum

Summer’s favorite cocktail for a crowd, now appearing in a rainbow of colors.

A Different Drink From Kentucky

A Different Drink From Kentucky

Though Derby day approaches, we'll look beyond the Mint Julep for another recipe out of Kentucky.

A Devilish Drink With Tequila and Cassis

A Devilish Drink With Tequila and Cassis

The El Diablo is a delicious cocktail with tequila, ginger beer, and creme of cassis.

Like Lemonade at a Barbecue

Like Lemonade at a Barbecue

This cocktail is juicy with a touch of smoke.

A South American Sazerac

A South American Sazerac

In which Peruvian pisco stands in for rye whiskey in the Sazerac.

Pouring Port in Cocktails

Pouring Port in Cocktails

A cocktail with rum and port.

Irish Whiskey, Part II

Irish Whiskey, Part II

All brands of Irish whiskey come from just a few distilleries.

Irish Whiskey, Part I

Irish Whiskey, Part I

A look at blended versus pot-still Irish whiskeys.

A Taste of the Irish

A Taste of the Irish

A whisk(e)y spelling lesson and a cocktail with Irish whiskey and honey.

Hemingway Goes to Mexico

Hemingway Goes to Mexico

This version of the Hemingway Daiquiri uses tequila instead of rum.

A Cocktail from Canada

A Cocktail from Canada

From a hotel bar in Vancouver comes this cocktail of vanilla, orange, and mint flavors.

The Pisco Sour And A Simple Spin On It

The Pisco Sour And A Simple Spin On It

The classic Pisco Sour gets an update with the addition of rose water.

A Gentle Gin Drink With Fruity Undertones

A Gentle Gin Drink With Fruity Undertones

From a new cocktail book comes a subtle apricot and peach-touched gin cocktail.

Absinthe and Oranges, Together at Last

Absinthe and Oranges, Together at Last

A surprising combination of licorice-laden absinthe and orange flavors in this drink.

Tequila With a Touch of Honey

Tequila With a Touch of Honey

This tequila and honey drink will have you buzzing.

Smoke in the Flower Patch

Smoke in the Flower Patch

How do floral flavors pair with smoky scotch whisky? Pretty well, it turns out.

A Drink Good Enough to Eat

A Drink Good Enough to Eat

With apples, cherries, maple syrup, and baking spices, this cocktail tastes like pie.

Winter in the Tropics

Winter in the Tropics

The cognac gives this otherwise tropical cocktail a wintery twist.

A Creative Caraway Cocktail

A Creative Caraway Cocktail

A tiny splash of aquavit brings the bold flavor of caraway to this cocktail.

A Drink with Brazilian Rum and Spices

A Drink with Brazilian Rum and Spices

A cocktail created around aged rum from Brazil with ginger and cinnamon.

A Little Hanky Panky

A Little Hanky Panky

The classic cocktail the Hanky Panky was invented by Savoy Hotel bartender Ada Coleman.

A Fall-Forward Cocktail

A Fall-Forward Cocktail

The flavors of ginger and allspice lend this cocktail a warm winter spice quality.

A Lovely Limoncello Cocktail

A Lovely Limoncello Cocktail

A combination of fresh lemon, limoncello, and tonic water makes for a tall low-alcohol cocktail.

Eggnog Goes Bananas

Eggnog Goes Bananas

This non-alcoholic eggnog is flavored with bananas and your choice of chocolate, ginger, or pineapple.

Grapes Make Great Garnish

Grapes Make Great Garnish

A pickled grapes recipe from a new book will have your garnish tasting as good as your drink.

Fall in Love with this Autumn Brandy Cocktail

Fall in Love with this Autumn Brandy Cocktail

This fall-flavored cocktail works with apricot, peach, or pear liqueur.

Tastes As Pretty As Its Name

Tastes As Pretty As Its Name

The Chrysanthemum is a lovely, low-alcohol classic cocktail.

Pina Basil Collins

Pina Basil Collins

A basil-flavored vodka and pineapple juice form the heart of this cocktail.

A Cocktail for Copenhagen

A Cocktail for Copenhagen

This rich cocktail pays tribute to the city of Copenhagen where it was created.

A Rich Cocktail With a Vinegar Kick

A Rich Cocktail With a Vinegar Kick

Fall back with this hearty cocktail containing vodka, pomegranate, and a touch of vinegar to make it interesting.

Seaside Potatoes That You Can Drink

Seaside Potatoes That You Can Drink

A unique potato vodka from Sweden adds depth to light cocktails.

A Drink Between Seasons

A Drink Between Seasons

Combining winter citrus, spicy ginger, and bourbon, this cocktail bridges the gap between the summer and winter.

A Honey Cocktail For Hunters

A Honey Cocktail For Hunters

This cocktail centers on Barenjager, a honey liqueur originally made for bear hunters.

Tequila Terminology

Tequila Terminology

Learn how to tell your reposado from your anejo in this explanatory post about tequila.

Polands Gift to Cocktails

Poland's Gift to Cocktails

A cocktail that tastes like apple pie is made with a unique grass-flavored vodka from Poland.

A New Use For Coconut Rum

A New Use For Coconut Rum

Sure, orange juice and coconut rum go together. But throw some Benedictine and ginger beer into the mix and you've got a more sophisticated sipper.

A Strawberry Surprise

A Strawberry Surprise

This vodka-strawberry cocktail would be straight-forward were it not for some surprise ingredients.

An Easy and Versatile Watermelon Cocktail

An Easy and Versatile Watermelon Cocktail

This watermelon drink from a San Francisco bartender can be made with a variety of base spirits to suit your mood.

Welcome Back, Rye Whiskey

Welcome Back, Rye Whiskey

Once all but extinct, American rye whiskey has made quite the comeback.    

The Vesper

The Vesper

Being true to vintage recipes can require a touch of cocktail archaeology.

The New Gins

The New Gins

Fruity, floral,and fun are not the typical descriptors used for gin, but this new batch of brands is anything but traditional.

A Punch That Packs Absinthe

A Punch That Packs Absinthe

We've seen a lot of punch recipes, but this refreshing cucumber-lime version is a rare number with a base of absinthe.

Coconut Cream and the Pina Colada

Coconut Cream and the Pina Colada

When making a Pina Colada it is helpful to know the difference between coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream, and cream of coconut.

The Surprisingly Refreshing Combination of Cinnamon and Gin

The Surprisingly Refreshing Combination of Cinnamon and Gin

This summertime drink, discovered at a cocktail contest in France, combines gin, plum wine, lemon, and cinnamon.

Japanese Whisky and a Drinking Ritual

Japanese Whisky and a Drinking Ritual

The Japanese have been making whisky since the 1920s. The mizuwari serving style is a fancy way of making a whisky highball.

Sweet, Sparkling, and Full of Pomegranate

Sweet, Sparkling, and Full of Pomegranate

Sparkling wine, pomegranate, gin, and lemon all share space in this tasty cocktail.

Hardly the Last Word About the Last Word Cocktail

Hardly the Last Word About the Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word is a newly-popular classic cocktail that has inspired many spin-off drinks.

The Negroni Sbagliato: A Happy Accident

The Negroni Sbagliato: A Happy Accident

Supposedly created by mistake, the Negroni Sbagliato is both bubbly and slightly bitter; a great aperitif.

The Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling

Save yourself the trip to Singapore and make the Sling at home.

Tastier Tonic Tickles More Tastebuds

Tastier Tonic Tickles More Tastebuds

Upgrade your tonic water and improve your drinks dramatically.

The Classic Ramos Gin Fizz and a Modern Variation

The Classic Ramos Gin Fizz and a Modern Variation

The New Orleans classic drink the Ramos Gin Fizz gets an update from a French bartender.

A Multiple-Dessert Drink

A Multiple-Dessert Drink

A cocktail created on-the-spot combines flavors of flan, creme brulee, mango sticky rice, and the milkshake-like Batida.

The Saratoga: Two Base Liquors Can Be Better Than One

The Saratoga: Two Base Liquors Can Be Better Than One

Nearly-forgotten classic cocktail The Saratoga mixes whiskey and cognac to create a blend of deliciousness.

Cocktails for Breakfast

Cocktails for Breakfast

The Breakfast Martini owes its name not to the time of day at which it should be served, but to one of its ingredients: orange marmalade.

Using Simple Syrup in Cocktails

Using Simple Syrup in Cocktails

In this post we examine simple syrup: regular vs. rich syrup, its spoilage times, and use in cocktails.

Mezcal Adds A Smoky Touch To Cocktails

Mezcal Adds A Smoky Touch To Cocktails

Rustic, artisanal mezcals are creating new fans, and those fans are creating new cocktails.

Sloe Gin Rides Again

Sloe Gin Rides Again

Two new-and-improved sloe gins on the market will bring your fizz back to life.

Tall, Dark, and Tasty

Tall, Dark, and Tasty

Over a tall, refreshing cocktail, we discuss the difference between dark rum and aged rum.   Lime BumbooBy John Deragon1 1/2 ounces Zacapa 23 Rum1/2 ounce orange liqueur1 ounce lime brown sugar syrup*1 ounce waterLime wedge for garnishNutmeg for garnish*To make lime brown sugar...

The Caipirinha: Fun to Make, Easy to Drink, Hard to Pronounce

The Caipirinha: Fun to Make, Easy to Drink, Hard to Pronounce

Brazil's most popular cocktail has gone global.

Almond Syrup Is The Source Of This Drinks Success

Almond Syrup Is The Source Of This Drink's Success

Orgeat is an almond syrup essential to a proper Mai Tai but useful in other drinks such as the contest-winning Mi Ruca.

The Art of Irish Coffee

The Art of Irish Coffee

There are many ways to make an Irish Coffee, but most of the fuss is over the cream on top.

Better Cocktails Across the Country

Better Cocktails Across the Country

The biggest trend in cocktails is that they're getting better everywhere.

Orange You Glad You Know This?

Orange You Glad You Know This?

The distinction between curacao and triple sec orange liqueurs is more a matter of history and coloring than the way they’re made today.

A Bubbling Bouquet

A Bubbling Bouquet

For the simplest of champagne cocktails, add a splash of a floral liqueur and behold the aromatic fireworks.

Dont Forget the Vermouth

Don't Forget the Vermouth

French, Italian, sweet, dry, red, white: Here’s a quick tip on remembering which vermouth is which.

Absinthe Apparatus

Absinthe Apparatus

Do you really need all that equipment to enjoy absinthe? The short answer: Nope.

A Little Dash of Celery

A Little Dash of Celery

With an explosion in the variety of bitters on the market, one unexpected flavor seems to dominate: celery.

Tastes Great And Prevents Malaria

Tastes Great And Prevents Malaria

The tasty aperitif Dubonnet was originally designed to help the anti-malarial medicine go down.

The Original Cocktail

The Original Cocktail

Once upon a time, a cocktail was a specific drink rather than an entire category of beverages. Today it goes by a different name.

Spicy Infusions Make Better Bloody Marys

Spicy Infusions Make Better Bloody Marys

These spicy vodka infusions will be done in a day and ready for tomorrow's Bloody Mary brunch.

A Drink For Rudolph

A Drink For Rudolph

This scotch cocktail contains an unusual set of ingredients that make magic together.

Hot Buttered...Tequila?

Hot Buttered...Tequila?

While we most often associate warm drinks with whiskey and rum, the Hot Buttered Anejo makes the case for tequila.

Chartreuse and Chocolate: Perfect Together

Chartreuse and Chocolate: Perfect Together

If you like peppermint hot chocolate, try this grown-up version made with green Chartreuse.

Let The Tequila Shine Through in the Dragonwell Punch

Let The Tequila Shine Through in the Dragonwell Punch

Move over, margarita mix: The Dragonwell Punch plays well with tequila.

A Cocktail Lovers Thanksgiving

A Cocktail Lover's Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, your turkey can come in cocktail form.

Speaking Highly of Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric

Speaking Highly of Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric

Speakeasy, a new cocktail recipe book from the owners of New York's Employees Only bar, features clever spins on classic drinks.

Homemade Grenadine and the Jack Rose Cocktail

Homemade Grenadine and the Jack Rose Cocktail

Make your own grenadine and put it to good use in the juicy Jack Rose Cocktail.

The Pinky Nutscadero: A Cocktail Designed Online

The Pinky Nutscadero: A Cocktail Designed Online

When cocktail bloggers gather, strange drinks happen.

Everything Old is New and Improved

Everything Old is New and Improved

The Harvey Wallbanger may have gone out of fashion with the fern bar, but the drink deserves a second look.

The Great Aviation Cocktail Mystery

The Great Aviation Cocktail Mystery

The Aviation is a classic cocktail with a name that confounded mixologists- until they discovered the drink's true origin.

Buck Up with Ginger Beer

Buck Up with Ginger Beer

Homemade Ginger Beer is delicious on its own and mixes well with most spirits.

Great to Drink, Easy to Remember

Great to Drink, Easy to Remember

The Negroni is a classic cocktail made with Campari, a bitter aperitif celebrating its 150th birthday in 2010.

Sherry: Not Just for Sipping

Sherry: Not Just for Sipping

Sherry is not only a food-friendly fortified wine, it's also a versatile cocktail ingredient.

A Real (Good) Gimlet

A Real (Good) Gimlet

Though the historically correct Gimlet should be made with preserved lime, fresh citrus is far more tasty.

The Double Rainbow Cocktail

The Double Rainbow Cocktail

This refreshing vodka cocktail from Fine Cooking drink blogger Camper English can be prepared one at a time or in bulk for parties.

Recent Comments

Re: A Lovely Limoncello Cocktail

Thanks for catching my error! It is supposed to be tonic water. I have corrected the recipe.

Re: Poland's Gift to Cocktails

Agreed!

Re: The Negroni Sbagliato: A Happy Accident

Thank you MelMM - Typo now fixed!

Re: The Caipirinha: Fun to Make, Easy to Drink, Hard to Pronounce

Honey sounds like a great option. I haven't been to Brazil yet to have them on-site but I'm hoping to get there soon!

Re: Everything Old is New and Improved

gaz- I always heard that it was the "Sloe Comfortable Screw" that would become "Up Against a Wall" if you added Galliano to it. It has vodka and OJ in it, so add some Galliano and you've got a more Wallbanger-esque drink.

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