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America’s best cocktails

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

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Time Out USA editors
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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 Sazerac

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

How to make a mai tai

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

How to make a French 75

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 bramble

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

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

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.

Find the best cocktails in the world

The best Sazeracs in NYC

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 10 best negronis in NYC

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

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