Chow Bella

The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012

Say what you will about weird weather, the economy, the election, the budget battle, gun control or whatever else has put your brow in a knot and your britches in a bunch this past 12 months, but 2012 has been a fantastic year for cocktail drinkers. Here in Phoenix, we've got serious behind-the-bar talent as well as a growing number of indie restaurants committed to taking cocktails and the culture surrounding them to higher ground.

See also: 10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

I've had my mind blown and whistle wetted in the most delightful ways. Here are 11 luscious libations I hope to drink again -- in no particular order:

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Nikki Buchanan