A cocktail created by a great mixologist can be as thrilling as a dish by a star chef. In this preview of the 2013 edition of F&W Cocktails, our annual compilation of the year’s best drink and bar-food recipes, we showcase some of the most inspiring combinations in America. With recipes!
Bacon is great with the smoky flavors in this mezcal cocktail.
Mixologist Leo Robitschek. The NoMad Hotel, Manhattan
Bacon-Wrapped Cherry Peppers
Chef Colby Garrelts. Bluestem, Kansas City, MO
Fried foods go well with boozy drinks. This nutty, tangy one is especially refreshing.
Mixologist John deBary. PDT, Manhattan
Chef Jesse Cruz. Lucky Belly, Honolulu
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