Pizza by Elizabeths, Matilda’s Pub, Columbus Inn, Espuma and David Twining’s Nantuckets Restaurant: Best Cocktail Selection in Delaware (readers & editors)

Pizza by Elizabeths, 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-4478,
Matilda’s Pub, 801 S. College Ave., Newark, 737-4800,

The mixologists at Columbus Inn take time to purée fresh peaches and prepare their own honey syrup for drinks such as the Peach Bellini and the Honey Badger (as ferocious as the animal itself). Offerings range from the classic Moscow Mule to the modern Pomegranate Sunrise, with new and old twists on standards like The Manhattan. The tavern is just right for a New York Sour, the patio for a cool Strawberry Blonde. 2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 571-1492,

Espuma, 28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4199,

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In travels far and wide, we’ve never seen a drink like the Smoked Martini at David Twining’s Nantuckets Restaurant. Start with good gin. Add good Glenlivet Scotch. Shake with ice. Pour into a classic martini glass. Drop in a smoked oyster. Feel the glow. The cozy taproom is the perfect place for enjoying a true original. Another one: The Saketini of Square 1 cucumber vodka and Ozeki sake. Together they make a perfect summer cooler. 601 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-2607,

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