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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Blaise's Basil

Not only has America’s love for cocktails grown tremendously in recent years, so has the skill of those who prepare them. Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff selected 29 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Category: Shrub

Restaurant: Azure by Allegretti, Atlantic City, NJ

Blaise Spinelli, bartender

Inspiration: A cocktail that salutes my Italian-American heritage

Key Ingredients: Belvedere Vodka, lemon-basil syrup, St. Germain, fresh squeezed lemon juice and white balsamic vinegar

Price: $17

What Others Said:
It was the only cocktail to get a perfect score at UV Vodka’s 2013 Shakeup Showdown competition.

What the Judges Said: “Unfortunately, the Azure at the Revel Resort closed. That’s too bad because Spinelli is a talented barkeep. His use of the white balsamic vinegar is a nice touch that provides balance to the elderflower liqueur and lemon-basil syrup. Another nice touch is the inclusion of a two-inch ice cube with a basil leaf frozen inside. It’s a delightfully refreshing drink that, according to Spinelli, sells an average of 60 times a night. At $17 a pop, it’s a rock star.”

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