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2014 Best Cocktails in America: The Witching Hour

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: Vodka

Restaurant: The Whitney Restaurant, Detroit

Creator: Tony Muzzi, g.m.

Inspiration: To create a complex-flavored cocktail that could be made quickly in a high-volume environment.

Key Ingredients: White Blossom Vodka, Limoncello, Chambord, raw sugar and fresh lemon

Price: $12

What the Judges Said: “This one made us nervous because we’re not fans of overly sweet, and Witching Hour contains elderflower-infused vodka and Chambord as main ingredients. But the Limoncello cuts the sweetness some, and the fresh lemon juice finishes the job. The result is a nicely balanced drink that can, indeed, be prepared quickly. Do you risk turning into a toad if you order this drink before midnight? We all took a chance and none of us croaked.”

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