Sacramento often plays second fiddle to San Francisco and Oakland in the food and beverage game, but local mixologists are standing out with specially-crafted cocktails, many of which are inspired by what's on the menu. "One of the things that is unique about Sacramento is that due to the way the liquor licenses work there, you pretty much have to serve food. It gives the bartenders an advantage to pull ideas from a chef's point of view," said Jayson Wilde, who heads the cocktail program at the Wilson.

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