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2015 Best Cocktails in America: The Seersucker Cocktail

2015 Best Cocktails in America: The Seersucker Cocktail

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 >>

Seersucker CocktailCategory: Martini

Restaurant: Commander’s Palace, New Orleans

Creator: Ferrel Douglas

Inspiration: “I was inspired by my grandfather, and this is a perfect cocktail for a southern gentleman (or woman) to sip as they sit on the front porch in a seersucker suit. He also has a lot of rosemary growing in his yard, so the two are linked in my mind. And when the kitchen at Commander’s had some black cherry vinegar on hand, I knew I had to make a cocktail with it.”

Key Ingredients: Bourbon, Fee Brothers Cordial Syrup, Mandarine Napoleon, Black Cherry Vinegar, lemon, simple syrup, rosemary.

Price: $9.75

What the Judges Said: As Yankees, we can’t quite connect to the front porch-seersucker suit experience. We can, however, appreciate the beauty of kissing a bourbon cocktail with black cherry vinegar. A back-note of orange liqueur and evergreen adds even more depth to a sophisticated cocktail that crosses all borders. We’d surrender for another.

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