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2016 Best Cocktails in America: Pistols at Dawn

2016 Best Cocktails in America: Pistols at Dawn

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 >>

Category: Whiskey

Restaurant: Culinary Dropout, Phoenix

Creator: Mat Snapp

Inspiration: “I’ve been wanting to name a cocktail this for a while. It’s based off dueling, and how you would say, ‘Then it will be pistols, at dawn.’ Dueling, pistols: Bourbon. That made me think of Mexico; enter Ancho Reyes, a liqueur full of tradition.”

Key Ingredients: Bourbon, Ancho Reyes, ginger, agave syrup, splash of Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $11

What the Judges Said: What a beautiful drink, like blood darkening the sand on a hot Arizona morning. The one-two punch of the chile from the Ancho Reyes and the secondary heat from the ginger play nicely with the sweet bourbon and agave, and the red wine gives it all a little extra soul.

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TAGS: Drink Trends
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