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Playboy's Best Bars 2013
  • June 20, 2013 : 07:06
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In this era of hand-carved ice, house-made bitters and $50 shots of microbatch bourbon, it’s hard to get anything approaching a bad drink. We’re thrilled about that, but the downside of the cocktail revolution is too many cookie-cutter pseudo-speakeasies lorded over by know-it-all mixologists who’ve replaced simple drinking with too much thinking. To cut through the pretense, we perched on stools across the ­country--at old standbys and groundbreaking ­newcomers--to bring you the best bars for your buck.

You can thank Mad Men and the bourbon boom for the resurgence of the old fashioned, which is showing up in many guises on cocktail menus across the country. Here’s how to make a new and improved version at home.
  • 2 Luxardo mar­aschino cherries
  • 2-inch strip orange peel
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2 dashes ­orange bitters
  • 2 oz. bourbon
Muddle the cherries, orange peel, sugar and bitters in a lowball glass. Fill glass with ice, add bourbon and stir. If it’s too strong for your taste, tame it with a splash of soda water.
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