The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012


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La Fin du Monde
La Fin du Monde at The House Brasserie

Okay, the world didn't end on December 21, and La Fin du Monde (which is French for "the end of the world") isn't even a cocktail. It's a cloudy blonde tripel-style golden ale produced in Quebec by Unibroue. But let's not split hairs. This is, after all, one of the best things I've drunk this year and that was the question put to me. Although it's maltier than a hefeweizen, its notes of banana, clove, coriander and citrus remind me of one. Really, the aroma is heavenly. With its rich, yeasty and slightly fruity taste, this smooth, medium-bodied beer has a lot going on -- and all of it's good. The House has a terrific beer selection (go, try), and the cocktails sound amazing too, making this #1 on my 2013 cocktail to-do list.

Heathen Child at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails

Thanks to super-star mixologist Shel Bourdon and Kimpton's master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout (who curates rare and artisanal spirits) Blue Hound boasts an impressive range of cocktails -- classics, hangover cures, cocktails made with wine, cocktails made with beer and serious cocktails for the aficionado. The pretty, walk-on-the-beach Heathen Child falls into the last category, combining Smith and Cross rum, strawberry coconut crème, domaine de canton (an elegant ginger liqueur with hints of orange blossom, almond and vanilla), lime and angostura bitters ($10). Like almost everything on my favorites list, it's breezy and refreshing with a dark undertow.

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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

Searsucker

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: Restaurant

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rickyleepotts
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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.

snakeoilcocktailco
snakeoilcocktailco

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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