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For Memorial Day, Where to Get Great Cocktails in Flyover Country

FLYOVER052611_key_blog.jpgHeaded to the vast hinterlands of America's interior this Memorial Day weekend? Well don't think for a minute that your drinking options are limited to Bud, Schlitz, and Wild Turkey on ice. It may have taken a while, but America's cocktail renaissance has spread beyond the capitals of hipness to the heartland's second-tier cities, where you can now find oversize ice cubes, artisanal spirits, arsenals of bitters, and barkeeps who know how to use them. Click below for a slideshow of our favorite places to get cocktails in flyover country.
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    Signature Drink: Parisian Monk, a pungent concoction of gin, Chartreuse, Lillet, and herb syrup.

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    Anvil Bar & Refuge,
    Signature Drink: Seoul Train, a Franco-Nordic-Asian mash-up of aquavit, Dubonnet, orange bitters, sour tincture, and sujeonggwa, Korean persimmon liqueur.

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    Kansas City, Missouri
    R Bar,
    Signature Drink: Perfect Cocktail, a simple, thoughtfully crafted mix of barrel-aged Ransom Old Tom gin, sweet and dry Dolin vermouths, and rhubarb bitters.

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    Madison, Wisconsin
    Signature Drink: High Plains Drifter, an assertive combination of rye, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and bitters, made frothy with an egg white.

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    Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant,
    Signature Drink: Old Nick Manhattan, a strapping revision of the classic, tricked out with bourbon, Punt e Mes, Lillet, and kÿmmel, a caraway liqueur from Holland.

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    Side Door Lounge, 402-504-3444
    Signature Drink: Aviation, an oft-overlooked old-school cocktail done right with gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and Crÿme de Violette.

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    St. Louis
    Signature Drink: Duck and Cover, a study in boozy maximalism that combines reposado tequila, mezcal, vermouth, orange juice, and duck-fat-infused Grand Marnier

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    Scott & Co.,
    Signature Drink: Barrel-Aged Seelbach Cocktail, a cask-mellowed spin on the classic Kentucky cocktail that combines bourbon, triple sec, bitters, and sparkling wine.

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    Velvet Tango Room,
    Signature Drink: Lime Fizz, a rediscovered classic, this take on the frothy mix of gin, cream, seltzer, and egg whites gets its distinctive bite from a few drops of orange flower water.

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    Green Russell,
    Signature Drink: Jalisco Sour, blanco tequila, locally produced peach whiskey, and pepper make this take on the margarita subtle yet strong.

—By Rob Willey

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