The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012

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Latin Cinema, Peter Rabbit (front row), El Floridita, Coyote
Peter Rabbit, Latin Cinema and Coyote at Searsucker

Thanks to high-powered consulting from San Diego-based Pick & Rocks, infusion-obsessed Searsucker makes three cocktails ($10 each) I really loved this year: Latin Cinema -- a fat-washed margarita composed of buttered popcorn-infused tequila, pressed lime and agave nectar); Peter Rabbit -- a light, easy-drinking refresher made with Pimm's #1 and basil lemonade); and Coyote -- a fizzy, bourbon-based change-up on the Moscow Mule, warmed with cinnamon. I couldn't really pick one favorite (which is why I'm listing them all here); it would surely depend on the day. But when my colleague Laura Hahnefeld received sloppily executed versions of two of these very cocktails recently, the bad news gave me pause. Sad to say, consistency could be an issue. All I know is, done right (bar manager Chris Rouns made my perfect renditions), they're really fun.

PDWT (Please Don't, White Trash) at Citizen Public House

Fat-washed cocktails are all the rage for good reason. Infusing spirits with fat adds subtle flavor and gives cocktails an unctuous mouth feel. Bartender/co-owner Richie Moe created this hilarious cocktail for a pumpkin cocktail dinner last fall -- which tasted yummy and paired well with mini jarred pumpkin pie dessert. The ingredients couldn't be trashier: Spam-infused Wild Turkey 81, Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill reduction syrup and sweetened Miller High Life foam, the glass rimmed with salted pork rind and Twinkie dust. This is the drink that put Moe in the final three at the Bourbon Battle last August. You won't find it on the menu (more's the pity), but I guess you'd have to be pretty trashy to want it anyway. What does this say about me?

Location Info


The Rum Bar

108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant


6900 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

J&G Steakhouse

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Market Street Kitchen

20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House

6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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You mentioned Citizen Public House, but I am surprised that you didn't mention Citizen R&D. They have a MUCH better selection of drinks. The place didn't "wow" me, but it was a nice atmosphere and a cool place to take someone visiting. From the ice ball to making gin table side, Citizen R&D deserves to be listed over Citizens Public House. If you're talking food... then yes. EVERYTHING I have had at Citizens Public House is amazing. But for better cocktails, head upstairs.


We are excited to have the cocktails that snake oil cocktail co designed for searsucker on the list!

Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

The Kiwi Reserve is a glass of heaven indeed!

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