The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012

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Courtesy of J&G Steakhouse
The Queen's Park Swizzle
Queen's Park Swizzle at J&G Steakhouse

Popularized in the States by Trader Vic in the 40's, this beautifully layered cocktail is Trinidad's sexy answer to the mojito. Although it isn't on the menu at J&G, bartender Julie Hillebrand will happily whip one up for you (and you should watch the process), combining Mount Gay Eclipse rum, muddled mint, lime juice, simple syrup and Angostura bitters ($12). It's the bitters that give this hot-weather cocktail a bit of depth and complexity. As the swizzle stick is spun through the crushed ice, frost forms on the outside of the glass, making this the most refreshing looking drink imaginable.

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Courtesy of Rich Heider
Market Street Hot Chocolate
Market Street Hot Chocolate at Market Street Kitchen

At first blush, Green Chartreuse combined with hot chocolate may sound weird, but think about it. Chartreuse has herbal, botanical notes that pair very nicely with chocolate -- as artisan chocolate bars containing rosemary and other herbs so deliciously prove. Rich Heider's warm and ultra-rich concoction turns sweet, simple hot chocolate into something soothing and sophisticated at once, capping off the cocktail with a drift of cinnamon whipped cream ($12). It goes down mighty easy, so be careful. Or save it for dessert.

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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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