Best Restaurants 2011: Handcrafted Cocktails

Fresh: Like fresh fruit, ingredients go bad if they're not used. Syrup: It's homemade. Infused: Why buy prepackaged vanilla vodka? Great bars put vanilla beans in a bottle and serve their own. Fail: Order an appletini, and a good cocktail bar will try to talk you into a better drink that you will end up loving more.

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