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This holiday season, why not gift the booze aficionado in your life the complete makings of one of America’s best drinks— recipe, spirits, garnishes, glassware, and all? We tracked down everything you need to make some of the signature drinks at top bars in cities from coast to coast; here, now, a complete guide to recreating them at home. —Sonia Chopra

Three Dots and a Dash

Chicago’s wonderful Three Dots and a Dash is named after this classic tiki drink and serves it in a mug branded with the phrase that’s available for sale behind the bar. Non-Chicagoans can find similar tiki vessels ones online, or serve this nuanced, not-too-sweet drink in a brandy snifter.

1 oz. rhum agricole
1 oz. rum
½ oz. dry curaçao
½ oz. falernum
¼ oz. allspice dram
1 oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. honey syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with crushed ice and shake thoroughly. Shake into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice, and garnish with pineapple leaves, three brandied cherries, a pineapple wedge, and an orchid.

Monticello Mule

This complex, gin-based take on the classic Moscow Mule is served at the Gin Joint, one of Charleston, South Carolina’s best bars. With a double hit of pomegranate from both grenadine and pomegranate molasses, it’s a rich elevation of the old classic.

1½ oz. gin
¾ oz. lemon juice
¾ oz. orgeat or almond syrup
¾ oz. grenadine
¾ oz. pomegranate molasses
1½ oz. ginger beer

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously. Strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice, and garnish with candied ginger.

Dragon Milk

Remember saketinis? The Dragon Milk from Mint/820 in Portland, Oregon, takes it to the next level, pairing a nigori sake with vodka, coconut syrup, cream, and citrus.

2 oz. sake
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. coconut syrup
1 oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. half-and-half

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orchid.

Donaji

Downtown LA’s Rivera is just around the corner from Staples Center. Skip the basketball game and the traffic by making one of the bar’s best drinks—the Donaji—at home instead. This mezcal cocktail has smoke, salt, and sweetness and comes with a ring of chapulin, or grasshopper, salt around the top of the glass.

2 oz. mezcal
½ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. orange juice
¾ oz. agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into a double rocks glass filled with ice and rimmed with salt. Garnish with lime wheels, pomegranate seeds, and a lemon leaf.

New Tokyo

Known across the South as one of the best cocktail bars, Decatur, Georgia’s Kimball House charms guests with its original drinks. The New Tokyo, a riff on the iconic Penicillin, is bright and boozy, with smoky Scotch and bright citrus.

1 oz. peated Scotch
¾ oz. Tokyo juice (one part ginger juice, one part yuzu juice, and two parts sugar)
½ oz. fruit brandy, like raspberry or pear
½ oz. fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice; shake thoroughly. Strain into a lowball or rocks glass over a large ice cube.

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