By Kate Krader
Updated May 23, 2017
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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
Credit: © Lucas Allen

Photo © Lucas Allen

THE PAIRING

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

Mixologist Leo Robitschek. The NoMad Hotel, Manhattan

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Chef Colby Garrelts. Bluestem, Kansas City, MO

Kansai Kick
Credit: © Lucas Allen

Photo © Lucas Allen

THE PAIRING

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

Mixologist John deBary. PDT, Manhattan

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Chef Jesse Cruz. Lucky Belly, Honolulu

BUY THE BOOK

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