As part of
Philadelphia magazine’s Bar issue we list Philly’s 20 Best Drinks. Check out the slideshow of top drinks and where to get them. And be sure to check out the special 21st slide, Philadelphia’s Signature Cocktail.
Captain Radcliffe's Punch at The Farmers' Cabinet
Sauterne, cognac, lemon sherbet, nutmeg.
Dark and Stormy at Alma de Cuba
Gosling's Black Seal rum, lime juice, Caribbean ginger beer.
d'Anjou Yvette at Parc
Tarragon-infused pear vodka, lemon juice, Creme Yvette.
Bleecker Street at Fish
Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, griottines and simple syrup.
Belgian Whitbier Mimosa at Memphis Taproom
A short Wittekerke and the best orange juice you've got.
Long Island Iced Tea at Oscar's
Vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec over ice, with a splash of orange juice, a splash of Coke and no regrets.
Reina Maria at Tinto
Beefeater gin, scratch-made Bloody Mary mix, simple syrup, orange juice and two muddled lime wedges, garnished with Espelette chili powder to totally kick your ass.
The Special at Bob & Barbara's
One can Pabst Blue Ribbon, one shot Jim Beam and a smile.
Harvard Girl at Village Whiskey
Vermouth blanc infused with cinnamon, cardamom and chamomile, Barbancourt rum, lemon juice, apricot preserves, apricot liqueur, demerara sugar with a dash of Angostura bitters and genius.
Whatever's on the hand-pump at Standard Tap
One beer, well served.
Scotch Honeysuckle at Dandelion
Dewar's scotch, dry vermouth, honey, lemon and rosewater.
Jockey Club at Southwark
Rye whiskey, Punt e Mes sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur and a cherry.
Negroni at Chick's Cafe
Bluecoat gin, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Campari bitters.
Alma Blanca at Tequilas
Fresh corn, pineapple juice, Siembra Azul Blanco tequila infused with habanero, aloe vera, Herbsaint and Domaine de Canton, all in a glass rimmed with hibiscus salt.
Hillbilly Gatorade at Percy Street BBQ
House barbecue sauce, pickle juice, Miller High Life, awesomeness.
Lemonnana at Zahav
Fresh lemon juice, muddled mint, verbena-infused simple syrup, Jim Beam, ice.
Cowboy Killer at Franklin Mortgage
Famous Grouse, Laphroaig, Punt e Mes, maraschino liqueur, Peychaud's bitters.
Mother's Ruin Punch at Oyster House
Spiced simple syrup, gin, grapefruit juice, a bit of lemon juice and some sweet vermouth infused with chai tea, mixed and topped with chilled champagne.
Barrel-Aged Manhattan at Pub & Kitchen
Rye whiskey, Dubonnet Rouge and orange bitters, aged for 20 days in white oak Tuthilltown whiskey barrels.
Bartender's Choice at Ranstead Room
Your perfect drink, as chosen by your bartender. For us, it's the Blackthorn: Irish whiskey, dry vermouth, a dash of absinthe, a touch of Angostura bitters and a cherry, served straight up.
Philadelphia's Signature Cocktail
The Philly Flyer 2 oz. Bluecoat Gin, 1/3 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1/4 oz. creme de cassis.
All Photography by Trevor Dixon