April, 2024

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In Its Birthplace, the G&T Is a Reclamation

PUNCH

Indian bartenders are reshaping what was once a holdover from British rule into a celebration of homegrown flavors, ingredients and a burgeoning cocktail culture.

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Kentucky Woman Cocktail

Chilled Magazine

Celebrate this year’s Kentucky Derby with an inspired version of the Derby favorite, Mint Julep. Kentucky Woman is the perfect cocktail to savor, whether you find yourself attending a Derby party or watching from home. Check out the recipe below, courtesy of SMOKE LAB National Mixologist, Paula Lukas! Liqueur , Vodka KENTUCKY WOMAN by Paula Lukas Ingredients 1.25 oz.

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Taste Test: Shochu

Imbibe Magazine

The May/June 2024 issue features a deep dive into shochu, Japan’s signature spirit. And while this may be an initial introduction to shochu (and its ancestor, awamori) for many American drinkers, in Japan, the spirit has long been a favorite. “Shochu and awamori outsell sake in Japan,” says Stephen Lyman, who, along with business partner Christopher Pelligrini, co-hosts the Japan Distilled podcast , and sources bottles and imports shochu though their company, Honkaku Spirits.

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A Home Opener Homage to Lucky Dorr

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Is it possible for a bar to feel like “a secret” when it operates just steps from one of Chicago’s biggest tourist destinations and one of the most well-attended parks in baseball? Somehow, Lucky Dorr does — at least for me. Sitting in the literal shadow of Wrigley Field, Lucky Dorr has poured a vast array of exclusive beers made in collaboration with local breweries for years, and somehow manages to also survive a months-long annual seasonal closure that most other bars

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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Your Loyalty Strategy

Speaker: Lauren Barash, Vice President, Brand Marketing

In an ever-evolving industry, building and retaining loyal customers is critical to the success of any restaurant business. Join Lauren Barash, VP of Brand Marketing at Full Course, as she delves into the world of restaurant loyalty programs, and reveals the top five essential strategies to optimize your approach! This webinar will explore: Loyalty trends and what you should be focusing on 📊 Actionable insights and ideas to help you develop the most powerful and effective loyalty program

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This Interactive Map Ranks Every County in America from Drunkest to Driest

VinePair

America’s drinking culture is extremely diverse, which makes it all the more fascinating to dissect. While we’ve covered the states that drink the most in the U.S. before, this new interactive map from IntoxiStates breaks down America’s consumption data on a county-by-county basis. The site generated this map using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) excessive drinking data from county health rankings and roadmaps.

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The bestselling classic cocktails at the world's best bars 2024

Drinks International

The headline act in our newly launched Cocktail Report, this latest edition of our bestselling classics list is the result of a poll of award-nominated or award-winning bars from around the world.

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Martini Trio at Smith & Mills Rockefeller Center

Chilled Magazine

The newly opened downtown Tribeca location of Smith & Mills Rockefeller Center cocktail program, led by Robert Krueger, Beverage Director, offers several favorites like the Martini Trio that is just as aesthetic as it is delicious and is reflective of the new space: refined yet approachable. The trio includes Smith & Mills three Martini selections in a smaller form to create a delightful grouping of mini-tinis.

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Q&A: Ago Perrone of The Connaught Bar

Imbibe Magazine

Long a figure on the international cocktail stage, Agostino “Ago” Perrone has amassed a list of awards and accolades so lengthy it would break the bounds of any standard CV. From his native Italy to his longtime home in London and beyond, Perrone has built his career on not just cocktails, but the art of hospitality. Since he took the helm of The Connaught Bar in 2008, his dedication to both substance and service has garnered the bar regular recognition as one of the world’s best.

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Whiskey Review: Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Batch 2

The Whiskey Wash

We review Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Batch 2, the latest iteration of this particular Daniel’s age-stated Tennessee whiskey. (image via Jack Daniel’s) Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies , this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

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The Treacherous, Untold Toll Bartending Takes on the Body

VinePair

Allan Katz loves bartending. Since the late ‘90s when he used to lobster claw bottles to speed-pour Long Island Iced Teas at TGI Fridays, he’s been hooked on the rush of delivering liquid happiness. But these days he can’t spend more than a few hours at a time behind the bar before needing to be relieved. His medical history — over a decade of invasive surgeries, physical therapy, painkillers, workers’ comp claims, and disability leaves — fits the profile of someone twice his age.

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Beam Suntory rebrands to Suntory Global Spirits

Drinks International

Beam Suntory has announced that it is rebranding to become Suntory Global Spirits, as the company marks 10 years of growth since Suntory Holdings acquired Beam Inc in 2014.

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Was California’s Wine Revolution Just a Mirage?

PUNCH

A growing chorus of talented winemakers say that the economics of making wine in the state have turned the promise of the “New California” into a cautionary tale.

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Hey Bartenders, Enter Cardenxe’s Annual Bartender Contest and Get Creative with Sotol!

Chilled Magazine

Hey bartenders, enter Cardenxe’s annual bartender contest now and get creative with Sotol! Deadline April 15th. [ RECAP ] & [ FULL VIDEO ] This May 29th, you are invited to express the poetry of this mystical Mexican spirit with Cardenxe’s Annual Bartender Contest. Cardenxe is a voyage in a bottle. It’s a sotol focused on reflecting its roots—the land and history of its home in Northern Mexico—transporting you there through every sip.

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How the Hallelujah Cocktail Became Famous During Prohibition

Imbibe Magazine

In the fall of 1930, word of a new cocktail spread across the United States. It was called the Hallelujah Cocktail, and it consisted of brandy and rum, shaken with lemon, vermouth, and grenadine. It was several years before Prohibition ended, so most people first learned of it not in a bar, but when they received a postcard with the recipe printed on the front.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Crown Royal Whisky

The Whiskey Wash

Crown Royal is the best-selling Canadian whisky brand in the world. First launched to international markets in the 1960s, the brand’s growing popularity is evidenced by record sales of 7.9 million cases worldwide in 2019. This gained Crown Royal the award of the World Whisky Brand Champion 2020. If you’ve ever been curious about the brand famously declared ‘Fit for a King’, we explore Crown Royal’s origins, production, and iconic purple velvet bag.

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The Cult of Eisbock (and Why Most American Breweries Will Never Be Able to Make It)

VinePair

If you were a somewhat rebellious teenager and happened to replace some of your parents’ vodka with water from time to time, you may have discovered that alcohol and water freeze at different temperatures. Alternatively, if you were a late-19th-century German brewmaster, you might have observed this phenomenon and seen opportunity. Enter the eisbock, the big, bold, booze-adjacent beer that is almost unheard of in American breweries.

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Handshake Speakeasy named best bar in North America

Drinks International

Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy took the top spot in the live awards ceremony of North America’s 50 Best Bars held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, last night.

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For Dave Arnold, No Ordinary Gin & Tonic Will Suffice

PUNCH

The science-minded bartender found bubbly, crystalline perfection via force carbonation, distillation, clarification and more. (Don’t worry, he has an easy recipe, too.

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Chinola Introduces New Mango Flavor from the Dominican Republic

Chilled Magazine

Chinola Fresh Fruit Liqueurs has released Chinola® Mango Liqueur! The artisanal fresh fruit liqueur is meticulously crafted from a distinct blend of mangoes that only grow once a year, plus a touch of passion fruit. In recent years, Chinola Fresh Fruit Liqueurs’ continued double-digit growth underscores the brand’s commitment to sharing the beloved tropical flavors of the Dominican Republic with cocktail enthusiasts worldwide.

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Drink of the Week: Juliette Peach Liqueur

Imbibe Magazine

Here in New York City, spring has been taunting us for weeks. For every gloriously warm and sunny day, we get three of rain and gusty winds. So when a particularly lovely Sunday hinted at the salvation of approaching summer, I leaned all the way in. The new Juliette Peach Liqueur served as my springboard to a warm-weather mindset. Its redolent aroma of ripe peaches immediately sent my thoughts to the summer farmers market.

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Why Weather Is More Important In Whiskey-Making Than You Might Think

The Whiskey Wash

The geography and weather of Kentucky and Scotland vastly affect how their respective spirits mature. Scotch whisky and bourbon, for the most part, go hand-in-hand. On the surface, they seem very similar. However, there are some big differences between scotch and bourbon, particularly in their geography. Of course, they are made on completely separate continents: scotch is produced in Scotland and bourbon in the USA.

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We Asked 17 Wine Pros: Which Wine Region Offers the Best Bang For Your Buck?

VinePair

Buying wine in any setting can be a little overwhelming. Whether you’re perusing a by-the-glass menu for something to sip with happy hour or buying bottles to drink at home, it’s nice to walk the line between value and quality. Even those well versed in the wine world’s many options may find it difficult to determine if they’re getting a great deal.

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Buffalo Trace launches central London visitor centre

Drinks International

Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced the opening of a central London visitor centre, the distillery’s first official home outside of Kentucky.

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The Who’s Who of Beer Cool

PUNCH

The best craft beer breweries in 2024, from a minimalist operation serving lagers to the brewers making IPAs that spotlight regional flavors.

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Winemaker Stephanie Rivin’s Journey from California to Bordeaux with French Blue Wine

Chilled Magazine

Stephanie Rivin embarked on her journey into the world of wine in 2008 with her employment at a quaint, family-operated winery nestled in Anderson Valley, Northern California. The winery was so small that its tasting room shared the same space with winemaking, granting Stephanie direct access to the cellar. Day by day, her fascination with the intricacies of winemaking grew.

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Pisco Cocktails

Imbibe Magazine

For our May/June 2024 issue, we delve into the story of pisco, “the first distillate of the Americas,” according to Museo del Pisco founder Adam Weintraub, and its place in Peru’s history. For those interested in exploring the category in the context of mixology, these are some of our favorite pisco cocktails to make at home, from a pisco Manhattan to a pisco and rosé punch.

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Haryana calls for stringent measures against illegal liquor

Spiritz

Haryana’s Chief Secretary asked for more stringent measures to combat illegal liquor smuggling ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He said this at the meeting to review preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Gurugram, according to an official release. During the meeting, Prasad enquired about the status of illegal liquor seized district-wise.

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New Survey Reveals America’s Favorite Wine

VinePair

A new survey from YouGov analyzing the wine drinking habits of U.S. citizens has revealed more about America’s wine culture. The study examined both the frequency that Americans enjoy wine as well as their specific preferences. The study was conducted from March 5 to March 11 2024, with 1,117 respondents from a random sample weighted according to gender, age, race, education, Presidential vote, and election turnout.

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Whiskey Review: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The Whiskey Wash

We review Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, produced from 133 barrels laid down in December 2005 that were pulled from the third floor of Heaven Hill’s Rickhouse 1I. (image via Heaven Hill) Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies , this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

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In Search of the Ultimate Margarita

PUNCH

We asked 11 of America’s best bartenders to submit their finest recipe for the Margarita—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best.

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Satan's Whiskers named best bar in UK

Drinks International

Satan’s Whiskers took the title of Best Bar in the UK at the CLASS Bar Awards 2024, which took place last night (16 April) at Battersea Arts Centre in London.

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Pairing Mexican Wine With Tacos

Cheers

Mexico may not yet be known for its wine, but the country’s Valle de Guadalupe is home to some of the oldest vines in the Americas, as well as the first woman-owned and operated winery in Mexico. It also boasts a new generation of young winemakers coming into their own and producing unique expressions, such as wild pet nats, blood orange aperitifs and dry-farmed esoteric wines.

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It’s Prime Time for Beer

Spiritz

The Indian beer market is becoming increasingly competitive and breweries will need to differentiate themselves through brand identity, innovative marketing strategies, and a focus on customer experience. By adapting to evolving consumer preferences, embracing innovation, and prioritising sustainability, breweries can tap into the vast potential of this growing market, opines Avneet Singh, Founder and CEO, Medusa Beverages Pvt.

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A Complete Guide to the Best Wine and Cheese Pairings [Infographic]

VinePair

One marriage no one can object to is that of wine and cheese. The pairing is timeless for a few reasons: the two are made in tandem all over the globe, make for gorgeous presentations at a party, and offer near-endless combinations for both novices and pros alike to explore. Be it tannic, light, sweet, or dry, you can bet there’s a wine out there for every cheese.

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Whiskey Review: Chattanooga Whiskey White Port Cask Finished

The Whiskey Wash

We review Chattanooga Whiskey White Port Cask Finished, a custom blend created from three bourbon mash bills and aged for five years, including two in ex-white port casks from Portugal. (image via Chattanooga Whiskey) Editor’s Note: The party behind this whisky gave us a review sample. Per our editorial policies , this in no way influenced the outcome of this review.

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The Best Blanco Tequilas Under $50

PUNCH

The 5 best blanco tequilas for cocktails and sipping that are affordable and additive-free for cocktails like a Margarita or sipping.

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