Cocktail making is a careful balancing act, and putting together a list even more so. The best lists have drinks that evoke an emotional and visceral response. Dining out is an experience that often begins at the bar, and cocktails set the mood and tone for an evening. The most creative lists can often tell you as much about the restaurant as a food menu. Great lists change seasonally, adapt and innovate regularly, and speak to the wider experience of dining out. Cocktails aren’t just for show, though presentation is key. Cocktails have to do it all, and these restaurants are proving that they can. That’s something we can all raise a glass to.