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Editor's Note: These listings are not ranked. They reflect a collection of the best offerings in town.
1. John DalyBluebeard, 653 Virginia Ave., 317-686-1580
Named after the rough-and-tumble golfing pro, the drink is a play on the iced tea-and-lemonade favorite, the Arnold Palmer. This refreshing porch pounder, concocted with silky Austrian-made Monopolowa potato vodka, is mixed with black tea, lemon syrup, and torn basil.
2. Berries & BubblesOcean Prime, 8555 N. River Rd., 317-569-0975
A martini glass arrives, smoking from the chain’s gimmicky dry-ice presentation. But the flavors are there: Belvedere citrus vodka and Chandon brut Champagne blended with blackberries and a not-too-tart sour mix.
3. Classic Mai TaiJW Marriott’s Tavern on the Plaza, 10 S. West St., 317-860-5800
The Tavern’s less-sweet version of this Tahitian beachfront classic comes with a dark, aged, full-bodied Ron Zacapa rum; curacao (a citrus-peel liqueur); freshly squeezed lime juice; and orgeat, a syrup made of almonds, sugar, and rose water. Friendly barkeeps add a floater of Meyer’s Dark rum.
4. Mango TangoMeridian Restaurant & Bar, 5694 N. Meridian St., 317-466-1111
The Mango Tango is perfect as a summer cocktail: fruity, yet herbaceous and refreshing at the same time. The base is made with mango-flavored vodka and a touch of rose-hip liqueur from Chicago’s Koval Distillery. It’s combined with fresh lime, bits of cilantro, and an apricot puree.
5. St-Germain French GimletSabbatical, 921 E. Broad Ripple Ave., 317-253-5252
The addition of the florid elderflower-flavored St-Germain liqueur adds a layer of complexity and a bit of sweetness to the classic French gimlet that makes it dangerously smooth.
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