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2015 Best Cocktails in America: Midnight in Chiang Mai

2015 Best Cocktails in America: Midnight in Chiang Mai

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 16 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Midnight in Chiang Mai cocktailCategory: Global

Restaurant: McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods, Pawling, NY

Creator: Andrew Sarubbi

Inspiration: “My favorite nut mix is a Thai lemon-curry flavor and the base of this cocktail contains the same flavor profile of the seasonings, only in liquid form.”

Key Ingredients: Leblon Cachaca, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Thai lemon curry liqueur, fresh lime juice, lemongrass syrup and a habanero shrub float.

Cost: $11

What the Judges Said: One big trend we noticed in this year’s contest was the use of spice. Apparently American palates are heating up, and Sarubbi launched a two-pronged sensory attack with the use of Thai flavors and a float of habanero shrub. This one could have gone over the top, but it manages to stand at the edge of delicious and dangerous. We’ll have another.

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