GQ chooses their favorite twenty cocktails in the country, and, no surprise, some New York mixologists take top honors. Pegu Club’s Gin Gin Mule gets the nod (this is as obligatory as choosing the Shake Shack as a favorite burger), as does Eben Freeman’s Kaffir Collins and Death & Co.’s Cinder (a jalapeño-infused, mescal-enhanced margarita). The real surprise is the $5 Margaveza that Eric Copeland of Black Dice created while bartending at Daddy’s — essentially the thinking man’s Tequiza, it’s a bottle of Sol topped with four ounces of frozen margarita. Hey, if the Michelada (Mexico’s spicy beer-and-tomato bevy) can work, so can this.
Eben Freeman gets his shake on. Photo: Abbe Benson