Top Shots: Our 10 Best Cocktails of 2010

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One cocktail says to another: "You're going down!"

Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Some of these bibulous creations leave our head swimming with delight, while others lead to little more than imbiber's remorse. We've sampled the best tiki, 'tinis, sours, swizzles, fizzes, cobblers, juleps, toddies, punches, and everything in between. And yet, only a handful truly quenched our thirst. Well, two handfuls, to be precise. The following roundup isn't of the city's best cocktails (so keep your pants on, cocktail geeks), but rather the best of our Daily Shots, which are sometimes new signature drinks, sometimes old classics -- but always sure to get you tipsy in style.


10. The Brooklyn Cocktail at the Counting Room (44 Berry Street, Williamsburg): Old Overholt rye, dry vermouth, house-made amer picon, and maraschino liqueur make up this classic variation on a Manhattan from the early 20th century. It's more bittersweet than a Manhattan -- like life in the borough, perhaps?

9. The Vieux Carré at Rye (247 South 1st Street, Williamsburg): Rye, brandy, Benedictine, Peychaud's, and Angostura bitters, stirred and served in a cocktail glass. It's named for the "old square" of New Orleans, which is how the French referred to the Quarter in the antebellum South.

8. The Jet Pilot at Dram (177 South 4th Street, Williamsburg): Rhum agricole, Jamaican rum, house-made orgeat Falernum, fresh lime juice, and an absinthe rinse, swizzled over crushed ice. As the name suggests, this sweet-spicy, nutty concoction inspired by tiki may cause you to think you can fly.


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The Mitropa at Orient Express

7. The Mitropa at Orient Express (325 West 11th Street, West Village): Plymouth gin, Aperol, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit bitters, and Peychaud's bitters, stirred and served up in a cocktail glass with a lemon peel. Inspired by luxury-train bar cars of old, this bitter yet bright, herbaceous elixir may make you want to light up a cigarette at the end of a long ivory cigarette holder. Even if you don't smoke.

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