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2016 Best Cocktails in America: Drunken Panda

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

best cocktail drunken pandaCategory: Low-alcohol

Restaurant: Culinary Dropout, Phoenix

Creator: Mat Snapp

Inspiration: “I really wanted to craft an Asian-themed shandy, and this drink includes, white tea, Chinese lager, sake and calamansi.”

Key Ingredients: Cucumber sake, white tea syrup, calamansi and Lucky Buddha lager

Price: $11

What the Judges Said: This is really more of a shandy-Arnold Palmer hybrid, but mellower and smoother. Easygoing calamansi replaces the more sour lemon. White tea brings the floral notes without the bitterness of black tea, and it’s all further rounded out by the sake. It’s like a light, sparkling iced tea, but with alcohol.

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