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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Moulin Rouge

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: Martini Italian Bistro, Louisville, KY

Creator: Colleen McCarthy

Inspiration: To honor a spirit that was the first to be called a cocktail or martini.

Key Ingredients: Bombay Sapphire Gin, house-made plum syrup and orgeat-rosemary soda, lime, plum bitters and a dried plum chip dusted with almond and rosemary sugar

Price: $8

What Others Said: Third place winner in a Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Contest in Louisville

What the Judges Said: “First of all, we want to move to Louisville if you can get such a beautiful, hand-crafted cocktail like this for eight bucks! We were smitten by McCarthy’s red plum syrup, which marries beautifully with the all the botanicals in the gin. Add to that the hand-made orgeat-rosemary soda, and this is a bangin’ cocktail. The soda topper tames the botanicals just enough, while adding a slight herbal dimension of its own. On top of all that is a dried plum chip garish, which is a crowning achievement on a terrific cocktail.”

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