Infusing alcohol with flavors isn’t a new technique, but mixologists from coast to coast are going outside the box this season to create exceptional craft cocktails. Check out our roundup of 10 unique liquor infused cocktails around the country.
Blow Your Horn at The Fontaine, Kansas City
Located in the heart of Kansas City’s best upscale shopping at Country Club Plaza, The Fontaine is a sophisticated, new hotel decorated with a gleaming marble floor, intricately carved wood paneling, playful Renaissance artwork on the walls and hand-blown Venetian glass chandeliers. At the bar, guests will find the Blow Your Horn cocktail made with oyster-infused lillet blanc, cappelletti Aperitivo Americano, tequila and orange and black bitter-infused mezcal.
901 W. 48th Pl. Kansas City, MO, Thefontainehotel.com, @thefontainehotel
They Sea Me Roe-Lin at KYU, Miami
KYU is a wood-fired Asian inspired restaurant opened its doors, featuring a diverse menu and a conscious commitment to green practices. Wabi-sabi, “the art of finding perfection in something imperfect” is the beautiful Japanese mindset that emulates throughout the heart and soul of KYU. The bar, facing the open kitchen, pumps out some serious cocktails in categories such as “BOOZY A.F and Mind blown.” The bar works directly with the chef to make sure the end product is cohesive with the food as well as the ethos of the company. The standout infused cocktail is They Sea Me Roe-lin is made with salmon-washed Altos Reposado Tequila, toasted sesame, agave, nam prik rinse, and sea salt and citrus“roe. Keeping it eco-friendly, the restaurant uses no plastic straws and a zero waste citrus program.
251 NW 25th St., Miami, kyurestaurants.com, @kyumiami
Pig Newton at 535 at The Linq Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
535 at The LINQ Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ only infusion bar, with 35 custom-made infusions used to make the most unique cocktails on the Strip. 3535 is all about experimentation and discovery, empowering guests with the opportunity to sample never-before-tasted flavors, select different sizes, order cocktail flights, and even customize their bottle service experience. One of their signature creation is the Pig Newton made with ancho and bacon-infused Jim Beam bourbon and fig-infused Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey.
3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, caesars.com/linq, @thelinq
Peach of A Hand at Honeyfire Barbeque Co., Nashville
Pitmaster Shane Nasby of HoneyFire Barbeque Co. didn’t just make his finger lickin’ good habanero-infused local honey to pour onto the tender cuts of hickory smoked meats. The Peach of A Hand cocktails features his signature sweet heat flavor with bourbon, bitters and fresh lemon juice, sweetened by peach liquor for a refreshing sipper with a bit of a kick.
8127 Sawyer Brown Rd., Suite 304, Nashville, Honeyfire.com, @/honeyfirebbq
Breakfast Punch at Horsefeather, San Francisco
In San Francisco, start (or end) your day with the cereal-inspired The Breakfast Punch at Horsefeather, a casual neighborhood cocktail spot loosely inspired by the American Arts & Crafts period. The delicious drink is made with corn whiskey, aged and Jamaican rums, spices, citrus and clarified cinnamon toast crunch infused milk. Does a body good!
528 Divisadero St., San Francisco, horsefeatherbar.com, @horsefeather_sf
Caprese Martini at Little Dom’s, Los Angeles
Located on one of L.A.’s most pedestrian-friendly streets, in the heart of the sought-after Los Feliz neighborhood, Little Dom’s combines the laid back atmosphere of Los Angeles with the dynamic feel of a New York block. On the fresh cocktail menu, guests will find the Caprese Martini. Made with extra virgin olive oil-washed vodka, Dolin Dry Vermouth, clarified tomato water, balsamic vinegar, basil and a mini mozzarella ball, this cocktail is the drink form of the classic summer salad.
2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, littledoms.com, @littledomsla
Dream On at Raised, Chicago
Atop the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Raised is an urban rooftop bar that is inspired by the Main Stem river district location and boats breathtaking views of The Windy City. With an industrial aesthetic, eclectic style and raw finishes, Raised welcomes locals and guests to enjoy the indoor/outdoor bar, open roof deck and private outdoor areas. Designed to complement the chef’s American cuisine, the beverage program at Raised features an array of wine, beer and house-made cocktails, which are the focal point. The Dream On, crafted by Rachel Johnson, is a unique menu highlight made with butterfly pea flower infused Tito’s Vodka, Poli Chamomile, ginger syrup, and topo chico.
1 West Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, raisedbarchicago.com, @raisedbarchicago
Cacio e Pepe Martini at Better Sorts Social Club, Boston
One of Boston’s most renowned bartenders, Naomi Levy is the creative force behind the bar program at Better Sorts Social Club’s bar program. Her dynamic approach to her craft is evident in each cocktail she creates, using unparalleled fresh, seasonal ingredients. One of her most innovative libations is the Cacio E Pepe Martini made with Ketel One, gouda-infused Dolin Dry Vermouth and black pepper pasta water syrup.
90 Tremont St., Boston, bettersortsboston.com, @bettersortsboston
The Wasabi at Mace, NYC
East Village cocktail hotspot Mace recently moved into its new, bigger digs on 12th Street but continues to serve up new, inventive cocktails featuring infusions including lavender, curry leaves, and kimchi. One standout sipper is The Wasabi. Like its name implies, its made with wasabi-infused blanco tequila, Amontillado sherry, smoked pomelo cordial, wasabi salt, soda, and Pink Himalayan solution. The final product is a perfect balance between spicy, fresh and fruity.
505 E. 12th St., New York City, macenewyork.com, @macebarnyc
Rasa at Rasa Contemporary Indian, Burlingame, CA
The Bay Area RASA opened in November 2014 celebrating India’s rich culinary traditions.To complement the fabulously flavorful and spicy, the bar program incorporates traditional Indian ingredients and spices. The bar’s namesake signature cocktail is made with ghee-infused bourbon, allesio, Cynar, orgeat, mint and chocolate bitters. Ghee that sounds good!
209 Park Rd, Burlingame, CA, rasaindian.com, @rasa_indian
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