Cocktails & Spirits

Bartender Cocktails: Brittany Chapman of Grille 401's Red Cougar and Açaí Mojito

As annoying as it may be for bartenders -- it takes precious time away from serving other customers -- muddling fresh fruit and herbs makes a huge difference in cocktails.

From traditional mojitos to ubiquitous new specialties like cucumber basil martinis, freshly pressed ingredients are available all over the place these days, and frankly, we think it's fantastic.

The only problem is the $14-a-pop price tag. A that price, you want to make sure you understand what you're getting into.

See also: Bartender Q&A: Brittany Chapman of Grille 401 on Grey Goose and Vodka and Her Least Favorite Bar Customers

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