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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Ebb & Flo

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: Tequila

Restaurant: Charcoal Bar, Chicago

Creator: Danielle Pizzutillo, beverage director

Inspiration: To create a cocktail that transitions nicely from summer to fall.

Key Ingredients: Casamigos Reposado Tequila, honey syrup, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, beet horseradish, micro shisho garnish

Price: $15

What the Judges Said: “It was an interesting decision to use the Casamigos, a tequila that actor George Clooney is apparently behind. As far as we’re concerned, this reposado doesn’t have the character of others on the market, but as an ingredient in a cocktail, it’s fine and dandy. Puzzutillo’s use of beet horseradish is off the hook and had us asking why we never thought about doing the same. It offers a nice balance to the honey and apricot. We’ll never be People’s Sexiest Man alive, but this cocktail sure helps ease the pain.”

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