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Pornstar Daiquiri at The Ranstead Room
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The 15 Best Damn Cocktails in Philly

From experimental martinis to crowd-pleasing punches, here’s the exceptional libations worth sipping

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Pornstar Daiquiri at The Ranstead Room
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Strict alcohol laws haven’t been able to stop Philadelphia from making some of the most remarkable cocktails in the region. The city’s cocktail scene has been revitalized by award-winning bartenders who are bringing their A-game in restaurants both grand and chill. From martinis being served with a twist to bold spritz that are abundant in flavor — there’s something for everyone thanks to the creative imagination of our restaurants and bars. Here’s a map of 15 stand-out cocktails that you must sip immediately.

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Millionaire Martini at The Prime Rib

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This unapologetically flashy martini lives up to its name with grand ingredients that include Bombay Sapphire, Lillet, Cava Brut, and a caviar-stuffed olive that’s the epitome of maximalism in a glass.

Mariah Carey Can’t Dance at Southwark

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Southwark has been a constant cocktail hit-maker for years. But with “Mariah Carey Can’t Dance,” they have produced an undeniable concoction that’s tastefully made with reposado tequila, carrot juice, galliano, lemon, and angostura.

Por Dio at Rex at the Royal

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This unlikely concoction of blanco tequila, galliano, carrot, turmeric, lime succeeds at tasting herbal and intoxicating. It’s a great cocktail that will have you thinking its both a vibrant tonic and a jazzy libation at the same time.

Haymaker at Enswell

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In a city where coffee-infused cocktails are contagious, Enswell is bold exception with their definitive take on the popular trend. Made with Rival Bros. Coffee, the Haymaker is made dazzles with Moscatel cask whiskey, Liberty Belle coffee liquor, house orgeat, espresso, vanilla coffee cream. Translation: This isn’t an espresso martini, it’s an espresso escape.

We Can Pickle That at Royal Boucherie

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Nowadays, it’s hard to find a creative martini that’s both refreshing and zesty. Royal Boucherie keeps it cute, fun, and festice with this twist on the classic martini that features Bluecoat gin, cocchi americano and loaded with house pickled vegetables.

Assassin’s Handbook at Friday Saturday Sunday

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This award-winning cocktail should be in the hall of fame of Philly cocktails for its unapologetically bold embrace of spice, liquor, and aroma. Cognac, Jamaican rum, averna, amaro, and mulled wine, with a dash of habanero tincture makes this a drink that’s not for the meek — but a true rollercoaster ride for the senses.

Limoncello Mint Martini at La Scala’s Fire

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Limoncellos martinis come a dime a dozen in Philly, but at La Scala’s Fire, they are masterfully crafted. Made with Union Forge Vodka, Pallini limoncello, mint, and lemon — this is an ideal fruity cocktail that’s sweet, tart, and boozy.

The Universal Remedy at a.bar

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There’s countless gin martinis in Philly that’s worthy of praise, but a.bar has created one that’s hard to compete with. The Universal Remedy isn’t a fussy boozy martini, but one that’s as mature and effortless as its blend of dutch gin, sage, white port, lavender and other flavors that makes it stand out.

Serbian Kiss at Restaurant Aleksandar

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Made with a fruit brandy that’s popular in the Balkans, this inventive cocktail at Restaurant Aleksandar is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Serbian Kiss at Restaurant Aleksandar
Restaurant Aleksandar

Cosmo Spacely at The Continental Mid-town

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Stand-out cosmopolitans in Philly are rare. But fortunately, the bartenders at this Stephen Starr classic restores hope. Shaken with Smirnoff citrus vodka, triple sec, white cranberry, lemon, and lemon bitters — this is a cosmo that can’t be ignored.

Pornstar Daiquiri at The Ranstead Room

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Legendary bartender Nico Diaz creates the magnum opus of daiquiris with this unforgettable drink that’s made vanilla-infused rums, Madagascar vanilla demerara, passionfruit nectar, lime super juice, and prosecco. It’s tasty, it’s naughty — it’s what an uncensored cocktail should taste like.

Pennsylvania Punch at Philadelphia Distilling

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The Pennsylvania Punch should be a required beverage for any cocktail enthusiast in Philly. It’s a simple concoction (lemon juice, orange juice, honey syrup and Aperol), but the inclusion of the citrus-forward Bluecoat American Dry Gin takes it to infinity and beyond.

A citrus cocktail served in a large wine glass with a orange peel.
Pennsylvania Punch at Philadelphia Distilling.
Philadelphia Distilling.

Paloma Milk Punch at R&D Cocktail Bar

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There’s a lot of tropical drinks out there, but this one is a superstar. Made with blanco tequila, grapefruit, poblano, 5 spice, Thai basil, lime, and coconut milk — it’s undeniably paradise in a glass and a testament to the consistent hit-making cocktails only R&D can produce.

Any Type of Spritz at Middle Child Clubhouse

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Nobody can serve a spritz in Philly right now like Middle Child Clubhouse. Whether it’s a fun boozy orange wine spritz or refreshing blueberry spritz, this charming hot spot has made one of the most predictable tasting cocktails a pleasant surprise.

The Washie 75 at Hook & Ladder Sky Bar

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The Washie 75 is a best-selling cocktail for good reason. Crafted with pear-infused Stateside Vodka, house-made ginger liqueur, St. Germain, and a splash of lemon juice — it’s topped with sparkling wine and a touch of candied ginger for a showy effect.

Millionaire Martini at The Prime Rib

This unapologetically flashy martini lives up to its name with grand ingredients that include Bombay Sapphire, Lillet, Cava Brut, and a caviar-stuffed olive that’s the epitome of maximalism in a glass.

Mariah Carey Can’t Dance at Southwark

Southwark has been a constant cocktail hit-maker for years. But with “Mariah Carey Can’t Dance,” they have produced an undeniable concoction that’s tastefully made with reposado tequila, carrot juice, galliano, lemon, and angostura.

Por Dio at Rex at the Royal

This unlikely concoction of blanco tequila, galliano, carrot, turmeric, lime succeeds at tasting herbal and intoxicating. It’s a great cocktail that will have you thinking its both a vibrant tonic and a jazzy libation at the same time.

Haymaker at Enswell

In a city where coffee-infused cocktails are contagious, Enswell is bold exception with their definitive take on the popular trend. Made with Rival Bros. Coffee, the Haymaker is made dazzles with Moscatel cask whiskey, Liberty Belle coffee liquor, house orgeat, espresso, vanilla coffee cream. Translation: This isn’t an espresso martini, it’s an espresso escape.

We Can Pickle That at Royal Boucherie

Nowadays, it’s hard to find a creative martini that’s both refreshing and zesty. Royal Boucherie keeps it cute, fun, and festice with this twist on the classic martini that features Bluecoat gin, cocchi americano and loaded with house pickled vegetables.

Assassin’s Handbook at Friday Saturday Sunday

This award-winning cocktail should be in the hall of fame of Philly cocktails for its unapologetically bold embrace of spice, liquor, and aroma. Cognac, Jamaican rum, averna, amaro, and mulled wine, with a dash of habanero tincture makes this a drink that’s not for the meek — but a true rollercoaster ride for the senses.

Limoncello Mint Martini at La Scala’s Fire

Limoncellos martinis come a dime a dozen in Philly, but at La Scala’s Fire, they are masterfully crafted. Made with Union Forge Vodka, Pallini limoncello, mint, and lemon — this is an ideal fruity cocktail that’s sweet, tart, and boozy.

The Universal Remedy at a.bar

There’s countless gin martinis in Philly that’s worthy of praise, but a.bar has created one that’s hard to compete with. The Universal Remedy isn’t a fussy boozy martini, but one that’s as mature and effortless as its blend of dutch gin, sage, white port, lavender and other flavors that makes it stand out.

Serbian Kiss at Restaurant Aleksandar

Made with a fruit brandy that’s popular in the Balkans, this inventive cocktail at Restaurant Aleksandar is truly one-of-a-kind.

A purple cocktail in a coup glass with a fruit piece as a garnish.
Serbian Kiss at Restaurant Aleksandar
Restaurant Aleksandar

Cosmo Spacely at The Continental Mid-town

Stand-out cosmopolitans in Philly are rare. But fortunately, the bartenders at this Stephen Starr classic restores hope. Shaken with Smirnoff citrus vodka, triple sec, white cranberry, lemon, and lemon bitters — this is a cosmo that can’t be ignored.

Pornstar Daiquiri at The Ranstead Room

Legendary bartender Nico Diaz creates the magnum opus of daiquiris with this unforgettable drink that’s made vanilla-infused rums, Madagascar vanilla demerara, passionfruit nectar, lime super juice, and prosecco. It’s tasty, it’s naughty — it’s what an uncensored cocktail should taste like.

Pennsylvania Punch at Philadelphia Distilling

The Pennsylvania Punch should be a required beverage for any cocktail enthusiast in Philly. It’s a simple concoction (lemon juice, orange juice, honey syrup and Aperol), but the inclusion of the citrus-forward Bluecoat American Dry Gin takes it to infinity and beyond.

A citrus cocktail served in a large wine glass with a orange peel.
Pennsylvania Punch at Philadelphia Distilling.
Philadelphia Distilling.

Paloma Milk Punch at R&D Cocktail Bar

There’s a lot of tropical drinks out there, but this one is a superstar. Made with blanco tequila, grapefruit, poblano, 5 spice, Thai basil, lime, and coconut milk — it’s undeniably paradise in a glass and a testament to the consistent hit-making cocktails only R&D can produce.

Any Type of Spritz at Middle Child Clubhouse

Nobody can serve a spritz in Philly right now like Middle Child Clubhouse. Whether it’s a fun boozy orange wine spritz or refreshing blueberry spritz, this charming hot spot has made one of the most predictable tasting cocktails a pleasant surprise.

The Washie 75 at Hook & Ladder Sky Bar

The Washie 75 is a best-selling cocktail for good reason. Crafted with pear-infused Stateside Vodka, house-made ginger liqueur, St. Germain, and a splash of lemon juice — it’s topped with sparkling wine and a touch of candied ginger for a showy effect.

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