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America’s best cocktails

Our ultimate guide to the best cocktails, best cocktail recipes and best bars across America

Photograph: Martha Williams
El Dictator cocktail at Ward Eight

We love our wine bars in these parts. And we love our craft beer breweries too. But we have a special kind of love for cocktails—sometimes we just have to bow down at the altar of some of our most gifted bartenders in the country and respect what they can do with some bottles, a shaker, some ice and a little garnish. Here, bartenders from some of the best bars in the country—from the best bars in New York to L.A. and in between—give us their recipes for classic cocktails. Plus, we've got the best bars to get those cocktails and everything else you could want to know about the art of mixing, shaking, stirring and then drinking it all down. 

Cocktail recipes from top U.S. bartenders

How to make a negroni
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How to make a negroni

Perfect your negroni, one of Italy's great contributions to the cocktail world

How to make a Sazerac
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How to make a Sazerac

Created in the 1800s, New Orleans’ famed classic cocktail spotlights the city’s love affair with rye

How to make a mai tai
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How to make a mai tai

Among the umbrella-topped roster of tropical tiki drinks, the playful mai tai might be our absolute favorite

The 15 best easy cocktail recipes to make at home
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The 15 best easy cocktail recipes to make at home

Impress all your party guests with these surprisingly simple cocktail recipes from America’s top bartenders

How to make a French 75
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How to make a French 75

Gin, citrus, simple syrup and sparkling wine, what more do you need? Make this easy cocktail at home

How to make a dark and stormy
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How to make a dark and stormy

To make Bermuda's national drink, you'll need dark rum, ginger beer and lime

How to make a bramble
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How to make a bramble

Fruity, sharp, and refreshing, this is the perfect sunny day drink. But how exactly do you make a bramble?

How to make a mint julep
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How to make a mint julep

Place your bets on this simple yet refreshing cocktail, a bourbon-and-mint classic from the Kentucky Derby

How to make a margarita
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How to make a margarita

When it comes to margaritas, you can do so much better than pre-made neon mixes. Here’s how to craft the perfect one.

How to make an espresso martini
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How to make an espresso martini

With its heady mix of booze and caffeine, it’s the ultimate pick-me-up. But how do you make an espresso martini?

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Find the best cocktails in the world

The best Sazeracs in NYC
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The best Sazeracs in NYC

Here’s where you’ll find the best Sazerac cocktails in NYC, for a piece of the Big Easy in the Big Apple

The five best daiquiris in Chicago
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The five best daiquiris in Chicago

Chicago's tiki bars are a sure bet for the best daiquiris, but you can find these great classic rum drinks all over the city

The eight best sazeracs in Los Angeles
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The eight best sazeracs in Los Angeles

Hard day in L.A.? Wash away your worries with one of the booziest drinks in American history.

The six best mai tais in Chicago
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The six best mai tais in Chicago

Chicago is a Tiki town, and these guys are doing mai tais that demand attention

The 10 best negronis in NYC
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The 10 best negronis in NYC

With New York temperatures heating up, an icy negroni, all lip-smacking refreshingness, is the best way to cool down after a long, humid day

The seven best negronis in Los Angeles
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The seven best negronis in Los Angeles

ATTN negroni lovers: The City of Angels has classics and twisted takes that will set your heart aflutter

The 10 best mai tais in Los Angeles
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The 10 best mai tais in Los Angeles

No two bartenders’ mai tais are completely identical, and in L.A., you don’t have to go to a tiki bar or a dive bar to find a good one

The eight best mai tais in NYC
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The eight best mai tais in NYC

Mai tais in NYC aren’t just umbrella-adorned slushies at lame tiki restaurants—these are the actually great ones

The 11 best Bloody Marys in NYC
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The 11 best Bloody Marys in NYC

From the 80-year-old original to a new Korean-accented number, these are the best Bloody Marys in NYC

The 8 best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles
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The 8 best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles

It's never too early for a Bloody Mary. Start your weekend off right with a boozy brunch featuring this savory cocktail.

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Bar reviews from across the globe

Paris
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Paris

London
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London

New York City
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New York City

Chicago
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Chicago

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

San Francisco
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San Francisco

Miami
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Miami

Boston
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Boston

Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.

Las Vegas
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Las Vegas

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