How to Name a Cocktail: Bartenders Share the Stories Behind Their Most Obscure Drink Monikers

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What's in a cocktail name? There are straightforward drinks that tell you exactly what you'll be sipping—"cucumber martini" leaves little to the imagination. But then there are the cocktails with more conversation-worthy titles. At Lantern's Keep, who is the Wildest Redhead? And what is it that Any Major Dude Will Tell You at Vinegar Hill House?

We decided to find out what inspired some of the cocktails currently being shaken and stirred around NYC. Click through the above slide show for the stories and recipes, told to us by the bartenders who created the drinks.

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