Renowned mixologists Naren Young and Linden Pride head up the beverage program at Fagiani's Bar at The Thomas. They use house-made ingredients like jasmine-citrus bitters and fresh bell pepper juice. thethomas-napa.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.