December, 2023

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Champagne Cocktails

Imbibe Magazine

Champagne cocktails are a fun way to put an even more celebratory twist on the traditional glass of bubbly. From a Prohibition classic to an Italian-inspired modern sipper, here are some of our favorite ways to add a little extra pop to your cocktail glass. Airmail A supercharged Daiquiri made with honey and Champagne. The Bee’s Gees The Bee’s Gees cocktail from JoJo’s Beloved in Atlanta is a clever mash-up of the Bee’s Knees and the French 75.

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Christmas Cocktail at Manetta’s Bar

Chilled Magazine

Our Drink of the Week is the Christmas Cocktail at Manetta’s Bar at Fleming’s Mayfair in London. Step into the timeless elegance of Manetta’s Bar at Fleming Mayfair where nestled within the historic walls of the hotel, this intimate and stylish bar offers a blend of innovative cocktails with holiday charm. Gin Christmas Cocktail at Manetta’s Bar Ingredients 40ml Gin del Professore 15ml Cointreau 10ml Apple Juice 15ml lime juice 5ml Gingerbread 1 half spoon of cinnamon powder 10ml gomme syrup Pre

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All You Need For A Successful Dry January: Mocktail Recipes, Ingredients, And Tips

A Bar Above

It’s that time of year already! While alcohol consumption is up during the holidays, it may be time to rethink your relationship with alcohol for the month of Dry January. Photo by Neha Deshmukh via Unsplash What the heck is “Dry January,” you ask? For some people (such as regular drinkers who maybe partied a little too hard in December), it’s abstaining from alcohol through the entire month of January in order to reset.

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Our 2023 “Best Beer” and “Best Beer Experience” Roundup

Guys Drinking Beer

When we think about 2023's best beer and our favorite beer experiences, here's what we'll look back on fondly: The post Our 2023 “Best Beer” and “Best Beer Experience” Roundup appeared first on Guys Drinking Beer.

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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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How Do You Make Sorrel? It Depends Who You Ask.

PUNCH

With ginger or without, fresh or fermented—the right way to prepare the Caribbean holiday staple is hotly debated between islands.

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Bar Owners Outraged as Beefeater Sneakily Lowers ABV (Again)

VinePair

One day recently, Toby Cecchini received a text message from a spirits industry friend of his. It was a photo of a bottle of Beefeater Gin sitting on a shelf at a Maryland liquor store, showing an ABV of 40 percent. “I was gobsmacked,” says Cecchini, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Long Island Bar. He went down to his liquor storage room and looked at his Beefeater bottles.

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Must Mix: 4 Holiday Cocktails From Smoke Lab Vodka!

Chilled Magazine

With The Holiday Season Upon Us, Smoke Lab Vodka Is Serving Up A Menu Of Original And Festive Seasonal Cocktails, Created By National Mixologist And Industry Expert, Paula Lukas, @Paulalukas27. Inspired By Rock And Roll Classic Tunes, Each Cocktail Celebrates The Distinct Qualities Of Award-Winning Smoke Lab Classic, Aniseed And Saffron Vodka. Cheers!

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Mark de Witte retires after nine years as De Kuyper Royal Distillers chief executive

Drinks International

De Kuyper Royal Distillers has announced the retirement of chief executive Mark de Witte who will be stepping down on April 30 2024 after a nine-year tenure in the role.

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Review: Mr. Pickles Gin

Drinkhacker

Named after the pit bull rescued by Wolf Distillery Master Distiller Ben Green, Mr. Pickles Gin carries the adorable face of the eponymous pup on the front of the bottle, and I’ll admit it, I’m smitten. The fetching blue bottle bearing a sweet-faced dog surrounded by flowers speaks directly to my heart. But let’s check out what’s inside the bottle. There we find a distillate made from locally grown, soft white winter wheat.

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Less Beer, More Foam

PUNCH

Foamy beer and Lukr taps, a special tool for traditional Czech-style pours like hladinka, šnyt and mlíko, are taking over craft breweries.

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The Strange History of Medicinal Whiskey and Its Modern Revival

VinePair

The 13 years of national Prohibition aren’t usually associated with high-quality spirits. Bootlegged and diluted whiskey, bathtub gin, and backwoods moonshine were indeed all consumed in great quantities in the era’s underground bars and speakeasies. But a lesser-known reality of Prohibition was that it was possible to legally acquire well-aged, bottled-in-bond bourbon and rye.

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Imbibe 75 Person to Watch: Morgan Owle-Crisp

Imbibe Magazine

As a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee living in Haywood County in the North Carolina mountains just west of Asheville, Morgan Owle-Crisp long held caution around beer. “Many people in my culture are not proponents of alcohol,” she explains. “Liquor was historically used to manipulate Native people into contracts and negotiations when they were not of sound mind.

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1800 Spicy Margarita

Chilled Magazine

Our Drink of the Week is a Spicy Margarita using 1800 Cucumber & Jalapeño This refreshingly spicy tequila is perfect in margaritas or even just as a chilled shot. Check out the recipe below! Photo by 1800 Tequila Tequila 1800 Spicy Margarita Ingredients 2 oz 1800 Cucumber & Jalapeño Tequila.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice.75 oz Agave Syrup Preparation In a mixing tin, combine 1800 Cucumber & Jalapeño Tequila, fresh lime juice and agave syrup.

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Teamsters members at AB InBev prepared to strike

Just Drinks

Union workers at Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have voted to authorise a strike across the brewer’s 12 US breweries. The post Teamsters members at AB InBev prepared to strike appeared first on Just Drinks.

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Cosmo Pony to open in Jakarta in 2024

Drinks International

Jigger & Pony Group has announced the opening of Cosmo Pony in Jakarta in 2024, the company’s first overseas venture, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

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Mastering Eggnog

PUNCH

The best spiked eggnog cocktail recipe features a blend of bourbon, rum and Cognac and won our blind tasting of the holiday drink.

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10 Drinks Trends to Look Out for in 2024

VinePair

In 2023, drinkers really knew what they wanted. Espresso Martinis ? Obviously. Chilled red wines ? Already in the fridge. Everyone had their highly specific Martini specs down to a science and knew which allocated bottle of bourbon they were willing to splurge on. So what could possibly change in 2024? While existing trends will continue to soar, we also expect some that have lain dormant to re-emerge.

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Gear: Champagne Glasses

Imbibe Magazine

A Champagne flute’s signature slim shape is more than just an aesthetic choice. A glass’s style will highlight different characteristics in the wine—a tapered rim keeps more bubbles in the glass, a wider bowl emphasizes aromatics, and a pointed base creates an alluring stream of bubbles. Whether it’s for a casually festive function or an elegant affair, a Champagne glass is a signal of the celebratory.

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12 Days of Christmas Cocktails

Chilled Magazine

Holiday Cheers: 12 Festive Cocktails for a Merry Christmas As the holiday season unfolds, we’re thrilled to bring you a delightful journey through twelve unique and festive cocktails, each inspired by the classic Christmas carol. From the first day to the twelfth, we’ll explore a variety of flavors and spirits that capture the essence of the holidays.

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PepsiCo invests in new soft drinks line in Romania

Just Drinks

Pepsi is investing $13m in a new production line in its soft drinks factory in Romania, making Pepsi, Pepsi Max, 7UP, Mirinda and others. The post PepsiCo invests in new soft drinks line in Romania appeared first on Just Drinks.

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Beam Suntory agrees Courvoisier deal with Gruppo Campari

Drinks International

Gruppo Campari has agreed a billion-pound deal to buy Beam Suntory's cognac brand Courvoisier. Courvoisier, known historically as one of the top four.

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Holiday Cocktails for 2023

Cheers

We love holidays and we love cocktails, so December is the most wonderful time of the year for us. We get so many festive drink recipes submitted for the early winter occasions that it’s almost impossible to narrow them down, but we gave it a shot. (We seem drawn to the creamy drinks, perhaps seeking some indulgence after a long year.) Here are 10 we rounded up for 2023, and here are the holiday drinks from 2022.

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Doritos Just Launched a Nacho Cheese-Flavored Spirit

VinePair

America’s favorite tortilla chip is now available in booze form. On Tuesday, Doritos announced its collaboration with flavor company Empirical: Empirical x Doritos Nacho Cheese Spirit. According to the brands, the snack-flavored spirit tastes and smells just like the beloved corn chip, delivering savory umami, corn tostada, and nacho cheese notes with a hint of acidity.

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Review: Breckenridge High Proof Blend Bourbon and Back to Back Blend Bourbon

Drinkhacker

Breckenridge Distillery is no stranger to Drinkhacker, though we’ve been keeping tabs more recently on their Buddy Pass collaborations with the coincidentally named but unrelated Breckenridge Brewery and their beer/bourbon barrel aging crossovers. Alas, we have not delved into their straight bourbons in nearly a decade despite steady releases since our review in 2012.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Skrewball Whiskey!

Chilled Magazine

The sweet and nutty whiskey that we all know (and love!) makes the perfect base for holiday libations. While it is delicious on its own, here are 3 festive cocktails from Skrewball Whiskey that make the most of the O.G. PB liquor! For a hot cocoa with a kick: Whiskey The Skrew-Dolph Ingredients 1 ¾ oz. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey ¼ oz. Peppermint Schnapps 4 ½ oz.

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How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Bar’s Ordering

Bar-i

At Bar-i , we’ve performed over 30,000 bar inventory audits in over 40 states during the last 15 years, and this broad experience has given us a good look at the way most bars do their ordering. Quite simply, most bars don’t do a great job managing this aspect of their business. When we start working with a new bar or restaurant, we typically find that they tend to overorder.

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CIABC urges for increased market access in European

Spiritz

Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) is urging for increased market access for Indian alcoholic beverage products in European markets. The industry body is calling on the European Union (EU) to eliminate non-tariff barriers that currently hinder the sale of the majority of Indian alcobev products in the European market. According to CIABC, the stipulated conditions for a product to be classified as whisky (requiring a maturation period of not less than three years) and br

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New Year’s Cocktails With Sparkle for 2023

Cheers

The holiday season is all about the sparkle, especially when it comes to wine, and especially on New Year’s Eve. Ingredients such as apple brandy, pear liqueur and wintery spices add seasonal flair for drinks you can enjoy long after the ball has dropped and the holiday decorations are put away. Here are 10 recipes that we like for this year. (And for more bubbly ideas suggestions, here’s our New Year’s drinks roundup from 2022.

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We Asked 22 Brewers: What’s the Best New Beer of 2023?

VinePair

As with any exceptional wines and spirits one has over the course of a lifetime, the best beers should linger long after the last sip, lip smack, and smile. They might conjure a specific moment in time, or a specific place or person. They might tell a compelling story or carry a powerful message. They might or might not be flavored with rocket pops.

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San Francisco’s Iconic Bay To Breakers Joins Forces With The City’s Chamber Of Commerce

PubClub

Bay to Breakers in San Francisco is a fun run and then some. Photo: Bay to Breakers Bay to Breakers, the historic and iconic annual event in San Francisco, has joined forces with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for 2024. The assocation, which includes starting a Corporate Teams program, is aimed at helping boost the downtown area and the city as a whole, which is still suffering the effects of the COVID pandemnic.

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Fig Old Fashioned Featuring Espanita Tequila

Chilled Magazine

This holiday season, add this perfect cozy drink to your winter cocktails repertoire. For this yummy riff on traditional old-fashioned cocktail, we used Espanita Double Barrel Añejo tequila finished in KY bourbon casks. This rich, elegantly executed, and decadently delicious Añejo tequila will charm your palate with tantalizing, aromatic bourbon notes while expressing its grassy, fruit-driven Blue Agave foundation; a perfect base for a flavor-packed Old-Fashioned cocktail.

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How Weird Can You Make Your Flip?

Cocktails with Suderman

In last week’s newsletter, we looked at the New York Flip , a classic of the whole-egg cocktail genre that combines a whole egg with cream, port, and bourbon. And then we took that drink and, with some straightforward substitutions, transformed it into an even more familiar, conventional cocktail format — the Manhattan — with some egg and cream to round it out.

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UP approves new excise policy for next fiscal

Spiritz

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has greenlit a new excise policy for the upcoming fiscal year, effective from April 1, 2024. As part of the policy changes, the excise duty on country-made liquor will witness a Rs 5 increase starting from the specified date. This decision, sanctioned by the state cabinet on December 19, is anticipated to impact the prices of country-made liquor.

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Campari to buy Courvoisier from Beam Suntory

Just Drinks

Campari has today (14 December) announced a deal to buy the Cognac brand Courvoisier from Beam Suntory. The post Campari to buy Courvoisier from Beam Suntory appeared first on Just Drinks.

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The 11 Best Champagne Cocktails

VinePair

Nothing says celebration quite like a glass of Champagne. With its vivacious bubbles, the French sparkler brings a bit of cheer everywhere it goes. But given the effort it takes to produce a high-quality bottle, Champagne prices can run high, meaning some may be hesitant to pour their sparkling investment into a glass full of other ingredients. While it is true that the bubbles hold up more than fine on their own, Champagne cocktails can really take the wine to new heights.

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Happy New Year Cocktail - Party Like Its Nineteen Ninety Now

Barina Craft

The Happy New Year Cocktail - An Eve(ning) Of Fun Toasts The Happy New Year cocktail is a drink mixed with brandy, ruby port wine, orange juice and champagne. Yes, it is named after the annual greeting and well wishing phrase uttered when the calendar cycle starts all over again, Happy New Year. However, it does get a little confusing. Sort of similar to how The Classic Cocktail is an actual drink recipe but sounds like it is describing another one altogether as in; “The Resolution Martini

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