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2016 Best Cocktails in America: Uva

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 uvaCategory: Vodka

Restaurant: Nora's Italian Cuisine, Las Vegas

Creator: Adam Giles

Inspiration: "Nora's is known for its craft cocktails and its tasteful selection of wine, so we created a white wine-inspired cocktail that is approachable for wine drinkers as well as those seeking a unique cocktail."

Key Ingredients: Absolut Citron vodka infused with thyme and lemon grass, Carpano Bianco vermouth, Tintero Moscato d'Asti, coriander seed, green grapes, lemon juice, lemon bitters and egg white

Price: $12

What the Judges Said: This cocktail, with a name that means "grapes" in Italian, might seem like a lot of work to make a cocktail that tastes like wine, but it's mostly batched in advance and served from a keg. When the drink is ordered, Giles pours three ounces of the batched cocktail from the tap, adds egg white, shakes it, pours it into a coup and floats the Moscato d'Asti on top. Okay, it's a fair amount of work, but the result is worth it, reminiscent of an herbaceous, effervescent northern Italian wine, but one with a serious wallop of alcohol. 

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