Cocktails + Spirits

We bring you the world's best bars, best hotel bars, the history behind famous cocktail recipes, and more. Travel + Leisure keeps tabs on its favorite cocktail destinations, championing new takes on classics—like a rose petal-infused Gin & Tonic—as well as inventive use of ingredients such as coconut cream, Japanese Shiso leaf, and house-fermented herbs. Many of our favorite bars around the world are about more than just cocktails. From San Francisco to Cape Town to Edinburgh, patrons can also enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine, live music, and festive themes. Catering to travelers' diverse tastes, bartenders at the world's top bars will happily whip up a cocktail based on individual preferences—just name a spirit, call out a flavor profile ('spicy,' 'citrus'), and watch the magic unfold. From micro-cocktails to caramelized sugar masterpieces, Travel + Leisure devotes serious time to find the game-changing cocktail trends that are shaking up the scene.
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