The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Cocktail Quarterly Vol.X

Shoot from the hip

The hip flask is one of the great advancements in civilized rule-breaking.

Passed down — and around — for centuries as man’s clandestine, booze-filled companion.

Aliases: the liquid handshake. The personal nightcap. The ire of authorities everywhere.

To pay proper homage, we hit up seven of the nation’s best drinkmakers for their favorite “flask cocktail.” This is The Cocktail Quarterly, Vol. X.: Shoot from the Hip.

Refined flaskmanship for the vagabond drinker, if you will.

Now, before you dig in, a few steadfast guidelines on flask-cocktailing to keep in mind:

Citrus is out. Any stirred cocktail will work … so long as you stay away from anything perishable.

Account for dilution. No ice, no problem. But general rule of thumb: if you make a cocktail without stirring it over ice, that cocktail will lose the expected dilution that ice typically lends it.  

Must taste good warm. When you commit to the flask, remember it’ll be on your person. Losing the chill crisp taste is a given, so plan accordingly.

Pack a punch. Standard flask size: six ounces. Be economical with your mixers. Obviously a cocktail won’t get the job done as well as, say, anything straight up — but the object here is taste, not just buzz.

Share and share often. It’s what a gentleman would do.

We’ve also got seven flasks to pair with whatever beverage tickles your fancy, and all the hooch inside is shoppable — in under an hour, no less — thanks to our booze-peddling pals at Drizly (check out their coverage map to see if they deliver in your city).

The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Ryan Wainwright | Terrine, Los Angeles

3 oz. Dolin Blanc
1 oz. Old Tom Gin

Prepare directly in the flask. Says Wainwright: "Ensembles are one of my favorite classes of mixed drinks that is all but forgotten. This drink is so easy, and damn it if isn't a good shot, sipper or flask drink."

Old Tom Gin

Old Tom Gin

Hayman's

$24.96

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The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Tom Macy | Clover Club, NYC

2 oz. Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye
.5 teaspoon simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters (optional)

Stir cocktail over ice and pour into flask. For a 6 ounce flask, double the measurements. And if going straight into the flask, add 1 ounce of water to account for dilution. 

6 Year Straight Rye

6 Year Straight Rye

Russell's Reserve

$44.99

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Stirrings

$6.20

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Aromatic Bitters

Aromatic Bitters

Angostura

$9.99

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The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Juan Arboleda | Whiskey Social, NYC

2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
2 oz. Martell VSOP Cognac
2 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1 bar spoon of Benedictine
2 dashes peychard bitters
2 dashes aromatic bitters

Stir ingredients together over ice and funnel into flask.

The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Sarah Rahl | Four Seasons, Austin

6 oz. serrano-infused Illegal Joven Mezcal*
6 dashes of Orange Bitters
1.5 oz. Ancho Reyes Liqueur

Use six ounces of the above mentioned mezcal in a mixing glass, along with six dashes of orange bitters, and a bar spoon of Ancho Reyes chili liquor. With a few ice cubes, stir this drink mildly for about 5-8 seconds so as to get the temperature without diluting the content in ice.

*Steep serrano peppers into the Mezcal and let sit for at least 48 hours

The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Priscilla Young | Travelle Restaurant, Chicago

6 oz. Elijah Craig 12
1.5 oz. Leopold's New York Sour Apple Liqueur
2 oz. Fernet Amaro

Prepare directly in flask.

12 Year Bourbon

12 Year Bourbon

Elijah Craig

$26.99

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New York Sour Apple Liqueur

New York Sour Apple Liqueur

Leopold Brothers

$41.99

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Fernet Amaro

Fernet Amaro

Luxardo

$23.99

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The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Dustin Olson | Drexler's, NYC

3 oz. Russel's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon 
3 oz. Domaine Dupont 8 Year Calvados
3/4 oz. Cocktail & Sons Spiced Demerara Syrup 
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
3 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters

Build ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for about ten seconds. Strain into flask. To add a final aromatic touch, express a lemon or an orange peel (or both) over the mouth of the flask.

10 Year Bourbon

10 Year Bourbon

Russel's Reserve

$37.99

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8 Year Calvados

8 Year Calvados

Domaine Dupont

$80.00

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Orange Bitters

Orange Bitters

Reagans

$5.95

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Aromatic Bitters

Aromatic Bitters

Angostura

$9.99

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Spiced Demerara

Spiced Demerara

Cocktail & Sons

$14.99

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The Cocktail Quarterly Vol. X: Flask Cocktails

Courtesy of Anthony Bohlinger | Chefs Club by Food & Wine, NYC

1.5 oz. Snow Leopard Vodka
1 oz. Barbieri Aperol
1 oz Strawberry infused Dolin Blanc Vermouth*
2 drops of Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Cocktail Syrup

In a mixing glass, add all ingredients, add ice. Stir for 15 seconds, and strain into a a chilled rocks glass with a big ice cube.

*Muddle 10 cored strawberries (washed) in a cambro with a bottle of dolin blanc. Let sit for 3 hours, and strain out and refrigerate.

Snow Leopard Vodka

Snow Leopard Vodka

Snow Leopard

$48.99

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Aperol Liqueur

Aperol Liqueur

BARBIERI

$27.00

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Orange Cream Citrate

Orange Cream Citrate

Bittermens

$18.95

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