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2015 Best Cocktails in America: Whaftiki

2015 Best Cocktails in America: Whaftiki

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 >>

Whaftiki cocktail

Category: Rum

Restaurant: Café ArtScience, Cambridge, MA

Creator: Todd Maul

Inspiration: “I wanted to create an amuse-bouche for cocktail enthusiasts using alcohol vapors while incorporating classic tiki flavors in a decomposed way through flavored ice cubes and a rum mixture.”

Key Ingredients: Appleton 12 Rum, Cockspur Rum, clarified lime juice, burnt cinnamon, flavored ice, cachaca garnish.

Price: $14

What the judges said: We’re generally not fans of smoke and mirror theatrics from our bartenders, and there are plenty used here, but the result is a deliciously earnest cocktail that features almond and pineapple-flavored ice cubes engulfed in alcohol vapors. Customers must first inhale the vapors, which are contained under a sugar and cachaca crisp placed over the glass. We know; it sounds a bit too much, but it’s a damn good sip and a head turner, which leads to more sales of the cocktail, and that, friends, is magical.

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