Best Of 2020

Best Cocktail with an Infused Ice Cube: Chef’s Old Fashioned at the Bar at Palm Court

While there’s no shortage of terrific bourbon cocktails around town, including plenty of satisfying old-fashioned drinks, the Chef’s Old Fashioned at the Bar at Palm Court beats them all. While the $18 price tag is eye-popping, you do get to enjoy this scrumptious libation in the splendid Art Deco surroundings of the historic Netherland Plaza. The drink starts with a glass containing a large semi-frozen ice cube made from bitters, simple syrup and water. Your server pours a hefty shot of single-barrel bourbon and you mush the cube around with your little plastic straw. The longer you can wait to sip, the better it tastes. Try something from the excellent bar menu, too, such as a cheese and charcuterie platter, duck confit flatbread or a burger, among many other choices. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, orchidsatpalmcourt.com.