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As the saying goes, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet when it comes to the best cocktails, even the most perfected of classics—the martini—can’t escape the whirlwind of adaptation, innovation and riffs that makes New York’s culinary scene so vibrant. Mad-scientist mixologists and cocktail geeks, with their liqueurs, bitters, tinctures and infusions, have left their creative mark on every cocktail imaginable, including this precious concoction of gin-and-vermouth (or vodka), transforming it into countless flavorful variations, each more unique than the last. Explore the wonderful world of alternative martinis with a visit to these bars in NYC.
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