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 to Drink on Its Own: Hangar 1 Gotham
The Amaro here is barely noticeable – but that's because balance is the name of the game in this wonderfully drinkable cocktail.
Credit: Filip Wolak
Hangar 1 Gotham
1.5 oz Hangar 1 Vodka
1.5 oz Cocchi Americano Rosa
0.25 oz Ramazzotti Amaro
2 dashes orange bitters