10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix
|Alexa Bowler mixes up her new fall cocktail menu.|
Cocktails don't always have to stand alone, and over at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale, head mixologist Alexa Bowler has kept the flavors of the new menu -- and the season in general -- in mind while mixing up the new menu. Take, for instance, her Pastrami and Rye Old Fashioned ($12), which uses the spice rub of the kitchen's pastrami short ribs to infuse the bitters for a flavor kick while contrasting those hearty, spicy flavors with maple syrup and sweet vermouth. Plus, any drink that utilizes a mustard-brined fried pickle as a garnish is good in our book.
Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
Courtesy of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. A deconstructed cocktail with a lot of flavor at Blue Hound.
Next up on the brand-new cocktail menu train is Stephanie Teslar's culinary-minded program at Blue Hound in the Hotel Palomar. The new menu features a host of unique ingredients from berry gastriques, Eastern European spirits and liqueurs, and even a cherry-almond-infused tobacco smoked glass. The deconstructed three-shot cocktail called the TLC Sangrita ($11) is a must-try for the experience alone. The shots of Don Julio blanco, savory cucumber and spicy and sweet strawberry juices all work together to create a one-of-a-kind imbibing experience without all the mixing and muddling.
Last Drop Bar
You can't really call yourself a big cocktail nerd in the Valley if you haven't geeked out over a Travis Nass cocktail at the Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn. While the hillside surroundings are great for relaxing, the well-executed cocktails don't hurt either. Precision and balance is the name of the game at the Last Drop, with crisp flavors often based on classic drink recipes. The Bijou ($12), with gin, chartreuse, Cocchi di Torino vermouth and AZ Bitters Lab's orange sunshine bitters, is the ideal example of Nass' style of straightforward drink making. Plus, the ever-changing house specialty drinks and teetotaler-friendly mocktails make the Last Drop Bar a place to frequent.
2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ