Restaurant: State & Lake, Chicago
Creator: Linh Pham, g.m.
Inspiration: A cocktail that you can sip and eat (the garnish is an edible flower).
Key Ingredients: Absolut Vanilia, Absolut Craft Smokey Tea, vanilla, almond milk, matcha green tea powder, firestick flower
What the Judges Said: “At first glance, there appears to be an egg-white float on the drink, but then you realize it’s frothed almond milk. It blends beautifully with the vanilla vodka and smoky tea vodka, which have been enhanced with green tea powder. It all tastes better than it sounds, and the edible flower is a nice touch, though we’d wished instead for some vanilla-spiced nuts.”