Veteran mixologist Tona Palomino (formerly of NYC's WD-50) serves creative drinks like the Green Hornet, a gin-and-tonic riff made with celery juice and bitters, to pair with bar snacks like pickle tater tots. trenchermen.com
When the conversation turns to cocktails, as it often does at Food & Wine, there's one person we listen to loud and clear: Jim Meehan. He's been called many things, including: Bartender of the Year; the bar manager at Manhattan's outstanding PDT; and Deputy Editor of the F&W Cocktail book series. Because this is one of the best times in memory to be drinking great cocktails, we asked Meehan to pick his favorite new spots in the country. Here, his picks.