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Best Specialty Drink (Non-Bloody Mary)

1st Place: The Grand Illusion’s Delusion
2nd Place: The Livery’s Prickly Pear Margarita
3rd Place: Manny’s Ultimate Perfect Margarita


The Grand Illusion’s (418 Water St., Eau Claire) long-standing 21st-birthday staple, the Delusion, is a 14-ounce plastic cup filled with a secret recipe. The G.I.’s specialty is sweeter than a Long Island Iced Tea and, if heavily consumed, delivers on its implied promise to anyone looking to get deluded. Downtown hotspot The Livery (316 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire) serves up its unique margarita with tequila, prickly pear cactus juice, triple sec, and sour. Choose from strawberry, yuzu, pineapple, raspberry, or mango. Manny’s Cocina (4207 Oakwood Hills Parkway, Eau Claire) has a huge selection of margaritas available in different sizes, and the Ultimate Perfect margarita isn’t just a tricky name — it’s true. Made with Tequila 1800 Reposado, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and lime juice on the rocks, this sweet an delectable treat’s at once classic and fancy. —Amanda Foxcroft