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Best Craft Cocktail

Into craft cocktails?

Check out Volume One's Craft of Cocktails special section - with articles and info about the local craft cocktail scene.


Let’s be real: All these concoctions are top shelf! However, when it comes to readers’ favorite craft cocktail, the Maple Bourbon Old-Fashioned at the Red Mixer earns a well-deserved first place. Thirsty for another? Lucky for you, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse has its own twist on the popular cocktail: the Brown Sugar Bourbon Old-Fashioned. Shaking things up in third is The Lakely with the famous Great Grampa, another riff on the Old Fashioned that consists of rye whiskey, brown sugar, lemon juice, angostura, and lemon peel. Here’s to good drinkin’! —Natalie Derks