1. MICHAEL MINA: The Dakota Hotel Manhattan
Lead bartender (and Girl We Love) Jennifer Russik introduced the storied NYC hotel's "training wheels" version of the classic cocktail. This lighter, Bulleit-based sipper is a great pick whether you're still acclimating to the smokey bite of rye, or you're just searching for a new take on an old favorite.
252 California St., FiDi (415-397-9222)