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2014 Best Cocktails in America: What What

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: Tag Restaurant, Denver

Creator: Gerard Collier, bar manager

Inspiration: To create a gin and juice drink with a lot of oomph.

Key Ingredients: Golden Moon Gin, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, simple syrup, egg white, rosemary, jalapeno slice, red salt sprinkle

Price: $12

What Others Said: What What was a finalist in the 2012 GQ Bombay Sapphire Competition.

What the Judges Said: “The decision to use this local gin from Golden, CO, was a smart one because of its delightful herbaceous notes. The gin is balanced beautifully by the sweet tartness of the blood orange liqueur and the grapefruit juice. But what won us over was the rosemary and jalapeno finish that gives this cocktail a funky personality. It’s a real eye-catcher, too.”

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