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2014 Best Cocktails in America: I Feel Pretty

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: Gin

Restaurant: Luminary, Atlanta

Creator: Ian Cox, beverage director

Inspiration: A friend wanted a new take on the classic Sazerac, but with gin.

Key Ingredients: Bombay Dry Gin, Benedictine, Gran Classico Bitters, Vieux Carre Absinthe, house-made vanilla vodka and an orange twist

Price: $11

What the Judges Said: “We’re not so sure about the attempt at recreating the Sazerac, but we do know that this is one fine sip. Combining gin and absinthe somehow works, and the addition of spice from Benedictine creates an interesting dimension. Using the Tahitian vanilla bean to infuse the vodka rounds it all off. Some of us haven’t shaved in days, but damn if we don’t feel pretty drinking this cocktail.”

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