Gallery: Our 10 Favorite Cocktail Recipes of 2012

Tradition's Southside
Tradition's Southside
An easy-drinking cocktail that's easy to make. At Tradition in San Francisco, Ian Scalzo serves this citrusy gin drink in a mason jar with a fragrant mint sprig.

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[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas
Fresh Pineapple Margaritas
We had fun developing a whole slew of fresh-fruit margarita recipes back in April, and all the final drinks ended up delicious. This winner brought together sweet pineapple with rich reposado tequila; it's a drink we'll definitely be making again next year.

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[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Spiked Thin Mint Milkshake
Spiked Thin Mint Milkshake
File these spiked Girl Scout Cookie Milkshakes away for 2013 cookie season; you'll want to throw a party to try them all. The Thin Mint is a must-not-miss; it brings the cookie to life with chocolate and mint-chip ice cream plus peppermint schnapps and bright blanco tequila. Cookie crumbles finish it off.

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[Photo: Robyn Lee]

The Paper Plane
The Paper Plane
Amaro Nonino is one of our favorite bottles to bring out after dinner when we have guests over. It's also excellent in this easy 4-ingredient cocktail made with bourbon, Aperol, and lemon juice. The recipe was created by Sam Ross of New York's Little Branch.

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[Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Jackson Cannon's Adriatique
Jackson Cannon's Adriatique
It's citrus season again, which means we can start making this awesome and simple cocktail from Jackson Cannon of of Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston. Fresh orange juice is the star, along with Amaro Montenegro.

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[Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Improved Mendota
Improved Mendota
Beer's pretty perfect on its own, but adding a little fresh squeezed orange juice makes it even tastier—and perfect for brunch. This cocktail for hop lovers comes from Southpaw BBQ in San Francisco, and it's perfect with a big plate of crispy bacon.

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[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

The Modern's Beneventano
The Modern's Beneventano
We're really into bitter aperitifs and amari these days, and this cocktail from The Modern in NYC brings a few different bittersweet bottles together in an ideal pre-dinner sipper.

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[Photo: Alice Gao]

Apple Crisp Cocktail
Apple Crisp Cocktail
This drink is both autumnal and refreshing, thanks to Laird's apple brandy, cardamom-infused bourbon, and fresh lemon. The recipe comes from Union Square Cafe in NYC.

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[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

Southern Baptist
Southern Baptist
Juicing fresh ginger is a pain, but this delicious rye cocktail is reward enough—it's spicy, bright, and tart, just the thing for a cold winter day. The recipe comes from Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in NYC.

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[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate
Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate
Kenji created this amazing spiked hot chocolate recipe as part of a massive hot chocolate experimentation session—hello, sugar high! This version brings together all the flavors of a foil-wrapped chocolate orange in delicious sippable form. If you don't have pisco on hand, you can also try it with white rum.

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[Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]