Slideshow: The 16 Prettiest Drinks of 2012

Horse and Carriage at Madame Geneva, NYC
Horse and Carriage at Madame Geneva, NYC
This gin punch from Madame Geneva features chamomile tea, St. Germain, Combier, and Beefeater 24 along with sugar flavored with aromatic lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange zest. It's topped off with sparkling wine and a slow-melting ice block studded with pomegranate seeds.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Hotel Georgia from Hawksworth in Vancouver, BC
Hotel Georgia from Hawksworth in Vancouver, BC
For this signature cocktail, Plymouth gin is shaken with orgeat, fresh lemon juice, orange blossom water, and an egg white for body. A little nutmeg on tap adds aroma.

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[Photo: Melody Fury]

Smokin' Maria at Maven in San Francisco
Smokin' Maria at Maven in San Francisco
This brunch drink from Maven in San Francisco's Lower Haight starts with light and fresh tomato water, mixed with lemon and honey, lime juice, Espolon reposado tequila, and Sombra mezcal, along with a touch of hot sauce they make in house.

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[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

One Flight Up from Pouring Ribbons, NYC
One Flight Up from Pouring Ribbons, NYC
This riff on the pisco sour from second-floor bar Pouring Ribbons has Campari and soda on the bottom, frothy eggwhite, lemon, pisco, and Dolin blanc on top.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Bonita Applebum from Pouring Ribbons, NYC
Bonita Applebum from Pouring Ribbons, NYC
We couldn't resist selecting a second pretty cocktail from Pouring Ribbons, this one made with pineapple macerated in Laird's apple brandy mixed with Luxardo Maraschino, Campari, and Sailor Jerry rum.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Gaugin's Cure from 1534 in NYC
Gaugin's Cure from 1534 in NYC
Mango purée and Bombay East gin come together in this tropical libation topped with a decorative flower.

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[Photo: Allan Zepeda

Charlie Horse at Clyde Common, Portland OR
Charlie Horse at Clyde Common, Portland OR
Clyde Common's brunch menu features this easy-drinking orange juice cocktail spiked with spicy ginger syrup, Monopolowa Vodka, and Averna.

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[Photo: Katie Burnett]

La Vie en Rose from Pops for Champagne, Chicago
La Vie en Rose from Pops for Champagne, Chicago
Pops for Champagne in Chicago shared this recipe with us for holiday celebrations. Peychaud's bitters give it its rosy red color, while a little elderflower liqueur adds interest.

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[Photo: Roger Kamholz

Shibui at Neta, NYC
Shibui at Neta, NYC
Maurin Quina, Bittermens Burlesque Bitters, Gran Classico, and Hakushu Single Malt Whiskey make up this bitter and boozy cocktail from Neta in New York.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Gentle Persuasion from Middle Branch, NYC
Gentle Persuasion from Middle Branch, NYC
Developed to showcase Lillet Rosé, this cocktail from Middle Branch accents the aperitif wine with cane syrup, lemon juice, bonded Applejack, and Peychaud bitters.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

The Gilsey at The NoMad, NYC
The Gilsey at The NoMad, NYC
This elegant two-gin cocktail has a touch of Kirschwasser, Cocchi Americano, pale cream sherry, and orange bitters, plus a spray of Green Chartreuse for added aroma.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Scotch + Rock at Perry Street in NYC
Scotch + Rock at Perry Street in NYC
Nice ice makes for a pretty presentation for single malt Scotch.

[Photograph: Alice Gao]