Top Rated Cocktail Recipes

Grog Cocktail
From the famous and famously-hard-to-find PX Lounge in Alexandria (hint: look for the blue light) comes this recipe for the bar's own version of pirate grog, engineered this time for a more refined audience. The spiced rum, soothing lemon tea, and citrus juice creates a nice, bright refreshment that's just as good for enjoying slowly as it is for fighting off scurvy (kidding).       
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Sure, the name sounds juvenile, but this is a much more sophisticated cocktail than you might think. If you and your friends still love a good vodka cranberry, consider this the grown-up version (but you know, you can still take a #selfie with it). The #Selfie cocktail comes from Beau du Bois from Culver City's cocktail haunt, The Corner Door. 
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In honor of New York Fashion Week, Royalton is offering a "fall collection" of drink specials (paired with amuse bouches) that are sure to make your fashionista giddy. 
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The Presidential cocktail is served at Quill at The Jefferson in Washington, D.C.; perfect for both your Republican and Democrat cocktail parties. 
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For a true throwback, nothing can beat summer’s Southside, a drink that originated during Prohibition. According to cocktail folklore, this concoction was created by an Irish gang in gangster-ruled Chicago who were attempting to mask the bitter taste of bathtub gin with mint, a refreshing green garnish. Another tale insists it was created at Manhattan’s 21 Club, a preferred hot spot for the elite. It was such a hit among the city’s tastemakers that it became the preferred choice of country club-goers in the Hamptons during the steamy summer months. Today, you can still order this sought-after number at Manhattan’s PDT (Please Don’t Tell), an East Village speakeasy famous for its ultra posh crowd and cozy atmosphere. Nothing sets the mood at a classic joint quite like this classic favorite.
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Kick off any Friday night with a cocktail that’s silky smooth, but potent enough to pack a mean, oh so welcoming punch. The self explanatory Kashmir, served at Jimmy at The James NY, resembles spiked sweet tea, except it features freshly squeezed orange juice like a mimosa with an added dose of bubbling ginger beer, highlighting refreshing citrus notes. Bottoms up, guys and dolls!
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With its jewel tone hue and crisp, thirst-quenching taste featuring a medley of juicy raspberries and zesty mint, it’s no wonder both the ladies and gents are falling over the Karthago, which, like its namesake, is unique and unforgettable. It's wonderfully fruity and refreshing, and you may think this tantalizing number has no alcohol, but beware: it’s spiked and doesn’t mind giving a mean punch after several rounds. But rest assured, you won’t regret ordering one or three at Manhattan’s hot spot Center Bar, courtesy of Michael Lomonaco.
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The Patriot, made in honor of the 2012 presidential election's swing states, is a kicker to one of the most hotly contested states in this election, New Hampshire. Try it at D.C. hot spot Artbar, at Art Smith's Art and Soul.
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The Oasis cocktail, made in honor of the 2012 presidential election's swing states, is inspired by the notorious swing state Nevada. Try it at D.C. hot spot Artbar, at Art Smith's Art and Soul. 
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There's no better time to try a savory cocktail than fall. Whip out your favorite gin (we like BULLDOG London Dry Gin) to make this endive, tomato, and celery bitters concoction. 
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Parma Cocktail
Once while in Italy, I saw people snacking on platters of prosciutto and cantaloupe, and the memory inspired this drink years later. People clamor for it at the beginning of summer, but I like to wait until the cantaloupes are super sweet and juicy.      
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During Prohibition, Americans were flocking to Italy not just to enjoy a fabulous European getaway, but to indulge in cocktails guilt-free. During this time, thirsty Italian count Camillo Negroni asked his barkeep at Café Casoni in Florence for a stronger version of his signature drink, the Americano. Since this era’s reigning spirit was gin, his cocktail was "accidently" prepared with plenty of it. The result was the Negroni and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, this bitter aperitif, also known as "a gentleman’s drink," can still be savored at Manhattan’s gastropub Park Avenue Tavern, where the mixologists take pride in serving guests this old-school favorite
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