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November 14, 2013 Slideshows

34 St. Louis Cocktails You Should Try 

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Each week RFT food & drink blog Gut Check features a cocktail worth trying with its Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion. We've collected all of them here for a St. Louis booze cruise, via these snapshots of St. Louis cocktail culture. Take a spin through these while you practice your impression of Jon Hamm as Don Draper glaring into space.

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360's "Midnight Bloom" includes Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon, blackberries, mint and a topper of club soda.
Five Bistro's "Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels" is a smoky cocktail. Lime juice slices through the smoke, and the subtle spice from the velvet falernum carries the back end. Nothing is overpowering in the drink. We could've had at least one more without blinking.
The Royale's "Subcontinental" is comprised of gin and Cointreau with fresh lime and cucumber juices.
Maryland House's Gin Rickey: Two ounces of gin, the juice of half a lime and sparkling water. It's less harsh than a gin and tonic, and you also sound cooler ordering it.
Annie Gunn's "Just Around the Corner" features a local gin (Pinckney Bend) and a local beer (Civil Life).
Grapefruit and tequila make up the New Moon Room's "Sidewinder".
Sanctuaria's Mint Julep: Served in a chilled silver goblet, the Sanctuaria julep is worthy of a sweet Southern belle sitting on a warm Kentucky porch in May. It's not too fancy or avant garde. It's lots of mint and lots of bourbon and just the right amount of sweetness. And oh, that mint!
The Fortune Teller Bar's "Mason Jar" is made with all housemade ingredients (aside from the dry vermouth, but close enough). The "Mason Jar," which is served in a martini glass, not a Mason jar, has a base of pickle-infused vodka that comes from a big ol' container filled with vodka and pickles on a shelf behind the bar.
Pat's "Blue Molly" (colorful cocktail -- with a straw! -- made with raspberry vodka, sweet and sour, and Sprite).
Pin-Up Bowl's "Sidecar": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion
Much like its cousin the Car Bomb, Pat's "Irish Car Seat" requires half a pint of Guinness and a shot of Kahlua and Baileys: take the shot, drop it in the Guinness, and throw it back like a grizzled veteran. Now we're talking.)
Herbie's Vintage 72's "Blood Diamond" is a light, refreshing drink, which tastes like an upscale riff on a screwdriver.
Eclipse Restaurant's "Set to Kill" features W.L. Weller twelve-year bourbon, Booker's bourbon, Cynar (an Italian liqueur made from artichokes), green Chartreuse and house-made tamarind bitters and topped with a flamed orange peel.
Broadway Oyster Bar's "Horny Gator" Helps Us Drink Away the Cold
Pi Pizzeria's "Pi Squared" is the type of cocktail you want to enjoy while sitting on a patio on a warm afternoon, but maybe not with pizza. It's a blend of fresh basil, agave nectar, fresh squeezed lime juice and Square One organic vodka, so it's a bit citrusy to stand up to pizza. Think a tasty margarita, only with vodka. This drink really calls for Mexican food.
The Crow's Nest's "Better Off Dead" "will knock you off your ass."
Five Star Burgers' "German Chocolate Milkshake" gets its alcohol content from Malibu rum, known for its coconut taste, and Godiva Chocolate liqueur.
Kelly English Steakhouse's "Southern Belle" has a sweet tea vodka and lemonade which reminds us of an Arnold Palmer, while the strawberry purée makes an already thirst-quenching adult beverage much brighter.
Mission Taco Joint's "Piscojito" combines Peruvian liquor pisco (very similar to a brandy) and elements of a mojito.
Just because Modesto's "The Armada" has two ingredients in the glass doesn't mean it's boring.
Cleveland-Heath's "The Matador", a drink that highlights reposado tequila & jalapeno.
Brio Tuscan Grille's "Dirty Martini (with Cougar)" is made with Sobieski vodka, dry vermouth, a splash of olive juice and two bleu-cheese-stuffed queen olives. The olive juice and vermouth make the vodka go down easier, and the olives take on a pungent bite if you let them soak up some vodka before you eat them.
Blood & Sand's "No Rain" contains Hendrick's gin, lime juice, grapefruit juice, agave syrup, the Big O ginger liqueur and orange cream citrate bitters, and the whole mogilla's topped with sparkling wine.
Olio's "Emerson" is a Thinking Man's Cocktail
Tripel's "Smoke Wagon" Cocktail Billows Bourbon, Chocolate and Maple Syrup
Sasha's on Shaw's "Tom Selleck" Will Put Some Hair on Your Chest
Taste's Nameless, Squash Puree-Based Cocktail Is Halloween in a Glass
Little Country Gentleman's "37 1/2" Cocktail Burns So Good
Water Street Cafe's "Vieux Carre" Cocktail is a Punch of Whiskey and a Whisper of New Orleans
Dressel's "Dark and Stormy" is Perfect Cool Weather Drinking
The Libertine's "Elvis Costello Lost in Missouri" is "an English cordial" with a Missouri twist.
Fitz's "Schuman Mule": Bartender Brian Schuman made us what he called the Schuman Mule (for no reason other than the fact that he invented it on the spot) with Fitz's ginger beer, vodka and lime juice.
Three Kings' Pink Gin Julep is a mixture of Bombay Sapphire gin, Chambord, club soda, pink lemonade and some muddled mint. It looks and tastes like spring. And now that the sun is out and the snow is melting, it's time to (finally) celebrate the change of season.
Bar Napoli's "Han Bomb"is an electric-blue shot that looks more like radioactive chemical waste than fruity booze, but don't be fooled by its appearance. It's a mixture of Hypnotiq, Three Olives Cherry and Blue Curaçao, with a little Red Bull kicker. It's wildly popular among the regulars, and, Gut Check is forced to admit, actually kind of delicious.
360's "Midnight Bloom" includes Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon, blackberries, mint and a topper of club soda.

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