by Kasey Caminiti | September 21, 2016 10:00 am
1. DRUNKIN’ BOYSCOUTS – The Arthur J (Los Angeles)
A colorful blend of bourbon swizzle with Eagle Rare bourbon, lime, mint and rosemary, the Drunkin’ Boyscouts cocktail at The Arthur J in Los Angeles looks almost too good to drink … almost.
2. COCKTAILS WITH FLAIR – The Rookery (Chicago)
The Rookery in Chicago doesn’t disappoint when it comes to adding pizazz to their creatively named and decorated cocktails, like the Doves Cry, Beat Around the Bush or Romy June’s Bae.
3. FRIEND OF THE DEVIL – Booker & Dax (New York)
Served up warm in a mug with an orange peel, Friend of the Devil at Booker & Dax in New York is made with rye, Campari, sweet vermouth, Pernod and bitters.
4. THE DONKEY PUNCH – Little Donkey (Boston)
Creatively cupped in a grapefruit, The Donkey Punch at Little Donkey in Boston is made with Cimarron reposado tequila, cassis, lime and agave for a punch of citrus and a kick of sweetness.
5. LOKUM AT THE BAZAAR – V Street (Philadelphia)
At V Street in Philly, a cocktail as unique as it tastes is the Lokum at the Bazaar, made with bourbon, smoked date jaleb (fruit syrup) and Turkish coffee.
6. MARGARITA – Hillstone Embarcadero (San Francisco)
A frothy, icy, photogenic blend comes together at Hillstone Embarcadero in San Francisco with its margarita, beautifully completed with a little salt on the rim.
7. FAMOUSLY NAMED COCKTAILS – Suburbia (Los Angeles)
Order The Notebook at Suburbia in Los Angeles and get a tiny love note from “Ryan Gosling” clipped on with a tiny paper clip. With creativity behind every drink and name — like Miles Davis, Birdman and Adriana Lima — you’ll want to share the love.
8. FROZEN MAI-THAI – The Dawson (Chicago)
There’s nothing like a frozen drink to cool you down, and at The Dawson in Chicago, the Frozen Mai-Thai will do just that, while also looking pretty cool itself.
9. SALT AIR MARGARITA – Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (Washington D.C.)
Stop in to Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in D.C. for a Salt Air Margarita, made with Milagro Silver tequila, Combier L’Original liqueur and fresh lime topped with foam to give it a fun and tasty texture.
10. MARMALADE COBBLER – The Perennial (San Francisco)
Presented in a blue bucket-like cup, The Perennial in San Francisco crafts a Marmalade Cobbler, made fresh with Alvear amontillado sherry and grapefruit marmalade.
11. SWEET CORN AZTEC PUNCH – Post 390 (Boston)
Perfectly in season, the Sweet Corn Aztec Punch at Post 390 in Boston has a bright flavor and velvety texture from a mix of lime, agave, horchata milk and frothy egg whites.
12. IRISH COFFEE – Tom Bergin’s (Los Angeles)
Swing into Tom Bergin’s in LA for a classic Irish Coffee. A delicious blend of hot coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar, stirred and topped with thick cream in an elegant glass.
13. SPRUCE GOOSE – Spruce (San Francisco)
Made with Hangar One vodka, Douglas Fir and calvados brandies, maple and lemon, the Spruce Goose at Spruce in San Francisco brings some heat to the mix with its flaming lemon peel garnish.
14. BRUNCH AND HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS – Hutch (Chicago)
Hutch in Chicago not only keeps the delicious food coming all day long but also the drinks. Start with a Thyme After Thyme, try some sangria and end the day with a Basil Peach Smash or Watermelon Martini.
15. GIN AND TONIC – Fiola (Washington D.C.)
Made with a spiced watermelon ice cube, Fiola in Washington D.C. has a beautiful spin on a classic gin and tonic that looks as good as it takes.
16. LOS POLLOS HERMANOS – The Clocktower (New York)
Not your garden variety cocktail, the Los Pollos Hermanos at The Clocktower in New York, topped off with flowers, is a sweet-savory blend of Montelobos Mezcal, Cazadores Blanco Tequila, herb-infused agave, lemon juice, chicken stock and egg white.
17. VARIOUS MIXED DRINKS – Bread & Wine (Chicago)
There’s a whole lot more going on at Bread & Wine in Chicago than the name implies, including a list of interestingly named and beautifully garnished cocktails made with gin, tequila, vodka and rum to get the party started.
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