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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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Photograph: Martha WilliamsEl 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 6 best Manhattans in Chicago
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The 6 best Manhattans in Chicago

Chicago whips up some of the best Manhattans you can find, with a nice rye bite and a sweet vermouth finish

The 10 best Manhattans in NYC
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The 10 best Manhattans in NYC

When it comes to New York City’s best cocktails, it doesn’t get much more classic than the Manhattan

The 5 best Manhattans in Los Angeles
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The 5 best Manhattans in Los Angeles

L.A. may be better than NYC, but we’re all about the Manhattan cocktail. Here’s where to find the best in the city.

The 10 best daiquiris in NYC
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The 10 best daiquiris in NYC

The daiquiri deserves an upgrade from spring break staple—here’s where to find the city’s best frozen concoctions

The 7 best daiquiris in Chicago
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The 7 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 8 best daiquiris in Los Angeles
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The 8 best daiquiris in Los Angeles

Starting with a base of rum, sugar and lime juice, the best daiquiris in L.A. are taking the cocktail to new levels

The 10 best Irish coffees in NYC
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The 10 best Irish coffees in NYC

From a Revolutionary-era pub to a Michelin-starred newcomer, these spots serve the tastiest mugs of Irish coffee

The 10 best mint juleps in NYC
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The 10 best mint juleps in NYC

Raise a toast in a frosty metal cup and make every day Derby Day with the sweet bourbon-and-mint drink

The 7 best Irish coffees in Chicago
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The 7 best Irish coffees in Chicago

If you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up that also has a bit of kick, Chicago serves up some great Irish coffees

The 5 best Irish coffees in Los Angeles
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The 5 best Irish coffees in Los Angeles

These Irish coffee cocktails will warm you up with a nip of whiskey, a splash of coffee and a smooth layer of cream

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Bar reviews from across the globe

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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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