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Crafted Cocktails: NH’s Most Innovative Mixologists

January 11, 2017
By: Lindsay Elitharp
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The Old & Gray Ransom Old Tom Gin, Ruby Red Grapefruit juice, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur & orange peel

Photo courtesy of Mint Bistro.

Rum and Coke not cutting it? Check out our list of New Hampshire's best bars and restaurants for unique, well-crafted cocktails.

 

Sonny's Tavern

328 Central Ave | Dover, NH | (603) 343-4332
This Dover spot is known for its house-made infused spirits and hip, industrial-chic meets hunting lodge vibe. Don't let the beanie-clad hipster crowd scare you away, order the Dark Wave, frothy with egg white and tempered with all spice dram. For sweeter tastes, the Modern Love is a delight, a strawberry lemonade with a twist: the addition of a lavender infused vodka.

Modern Love Cocktail at Sonny's Dover

The Modern Love: lavender-infused vodka, strawberry, and lemon. From Sonny's Tavern.

Codex

1 Elm Street | Nashua, NH | (603) 864-0115
Enter through the bookcase, Scooby-Doo style, to reach this Nashua speakeasy. A long list of cocktails from the Prohibition era will please the Negroni lover in your life, or pick something adventurous from their house specialty list. The Pink 75, an effervescent combination of prosecco and grapefruit juice, is light and herbaceous with gin and elderflower. The very on-trend Paper Plane features Caffo Amaro and Aperol, blurring the line between aperitif and digestif.

Mint Bistro

1105 Elm Street | Manchester, NH | (603) 625-6468
Savor one of Mint's bold variations on the mojito, or try the Sake Martini featuring Botanist Gin and ginger liquor. For the Game of Thrones fans, Khaleesi, a mix of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bitter Truth Golden Falernum, and fresh lemon, will leave you feeling like royalty.

Two Ceres Street

2 Ceres Street | Portsmouth, NH | (603) 433-2373
This seasonal martini bar and lounge pops up for the cold months when the Pocos deck closes. Perfect for a cozy pre-dinner drink, try the Killer Bee, a winning combination of gin, local honey, lemon juice, and fiery habanero syrup. Mule variations and a rotating mix of martinis will make this your new favorite winter hideout.

Cotton

75 Arms Street | Manchester, NH | (603) 622-5488
Speaking of martinis, Cotton has won NH Magazine's "Best Martini in New Hampshire" Award year after year. Located in Manchester's historic Mill District, Cotton combines premium spirits with bold flavors. For a classic taste that'll knock you off your feet, try the Signature Manhattan Martini: a blend of Woodford Bourbon, Woodford Spiced Cherry Bitters, Carpano Antica Vermouth and a Luxardo cherry.

Blueberry Basil Mojito: Maine Cold River Blueberry Vodka, Triple Sec, muddled lemon and basil. Photo courtesy of Cotton.

815

815 Elm Street | Manchester, NH | (603) 782-8086
815 is a modern speakeasy with fresh housemade juices and herbal infusions. You'll have to check their social media for the week's password and cocktail specials. Recent offerings include The Hateful Grape, a heady blend of Fino Sherry, Courvoisier, Merlot simple syrup and elderflower tonic.

 

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