Scotch and Russian vodka are not merely drinks in their respective homelands, they are the manifestations of tradition and deeply held beliefs. This is the appeal of the exotic drink -- that it offers centuries of refinement and craftmanship and a window into a different culture.
But many cocktails are not what they seem. Given names that are more evocative than accurate, they trick barflies into believing they're having an authentic experience when, in fact, they're being treated to a bit of refreshment thought up by a mixologist in far-off Flagstaff.
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