Kate Krader
April 05, 2013

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-Wrapped Cherry Peppers

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Bacon is great with the smoky flavors in this mezcal cocktail.

Black Dahlia
Mixologist Leo Robitschek. The NoMad Hotel, Manhattan

Bacon-Wrapped Cherry Peppers
Chef Colby Garrelts. Bluestem, Kansas City, MO


 Kansai Kick Cocktail

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Fried foods go well with boozy drinks. This nutty, tangy one is especially refreshing.

Kansai Kick
Mixologist John deBary. PDT, Manhattan
Shrimp-and-Shiitake Gyoza
Chef Jesse Cruz. Lucky Belly, Honolulu

To buy F&W Cocktails 2013, go to foodandwine.com/books

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