One of the best places to see the biggest trends and best ideas in cocktail-making is at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Dozens of the best bartenders (or, if you prefer, mixologists) in the world line the floors of the New York Public Library to serve 3,000 people in black tie, cocktail dress, and, in the case of Big Boi who performed at the event, gold chains.
We did our best to try all the best cocktails there, but since there were over 100 different drinks, we could only sample a small percentage of all that was offered. Here are our favorite 11 cocktails that we'll be trying to recreate at home.
Best for Amaro Lovers: Ramazzotti's Tuscan Breeze
Amaro is in vogue this year and as such we chose two cocktails with this bittersweet Italian spirit, which artfully make use of the bitter and floral taste of the liquor. This one from amaro maker Ramazzoti puts the liquor front and center – successfully selling the virtues of this wonderful liquor.
Ramazzotti's Tuscan Breeze
1 oz Ramazzotti Amaro
1 oz Small's Gin
0.75 oz fresh grapefruit juice
0.75 oz rosemary syrup
Credit: Bonnie Burke