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2015 Best Cocktails in America: Trembler

2015 Best Cocktails in America: Trembler

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 >>

Trembler cocktailCategory: Rum

Restaurant: Noble Experiment, San Diego

Creator: Lindsay Nader

Inspiration: “The Trembler takes inspiration from the glamorous and prestigious history of the classic Cuban cocktail, El Presidente. I add a decidedly fresh twist by channeling a little more poolside and a little less black tie to create the perfect Saturday night sipper.”

Key Ingredients: Clement Rhum Agricole, Rothman and Winter Apricot Liqueur, Dolin Dry Vermouth, honey.

Price: $13

What the Judges Said: It’s not often we go into a bar and say, “I’ll have an El Presidente, please.” With that said, we do understand why it’s a classic sip. Nevertheless, we love what Ms. Nader has done here. Replacing traditional rum with a world-class version from Martinique is a serious step up, but her most interesting move is using high-quality apricot liqueur rather than the customary orange curacao. In doing so, she succeeds in removing some stuffiness from a revolutionary cocktail. Would Fidel approve? Who cares?

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