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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Without Fear

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: Whiskey/bourbon

Restaurant: The Roof, Viceroy Hotel, New York City

Creator: Andres Santillana, Gerber Group resident mixologist

Inspiration: To create a cocktail that would appeal to more than just traditional Irish whiskey drinkers.

Key Ingredients: Jameson Black Barrel, Winter Rothman Apricot Liqueur, lemon juice, honey, Angostura Bitters, soda

Price: $18

What Others Said: CBS New York said it was one of the city’s eight best St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails.

What the Judges Said: “Irish Whiskey drinkers are a tough bunch and belong to a small fraternity, so we salute Santillana for creating a cocktail with a broader appeal. In the case of the barrel-aged Jameson, which has notes of apricot, using an apricot liqueur makes more sense than one would think. The lemon juice provides balance and the soda adds lightness. Who would have thunk a Jameson cocktail could be refreshing, but damn, this one surely is.”

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