March, 2024

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In Search of the Ultimate Old-Fashioned

PUNCH

We asked 10 of America’s best bartenders to submit their finest recipes for the Old-Fashioned—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best.

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How It Started: Elixir Saloon

Imbibe Magazine

San Francisco boasts a plethora of world’s best bars , including ABV , Pacific Cocktail Haven , and Trick Dog , plus new destinations, such as Stoa , that continue to elevate the city’s cocktail scene. But H. Joseph Ehrmann’s Elixir Saloon has something none of these bars can claim: legacy status. With 165 years under its belt, the award-winning Elixir is the second-oldest operating bar in the city and a museum of San Francisco’s history.

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Espresso Ginger Martini

Chilled Magazine

Celebrate National Espresso Martini Day with this riff on the classic! Manny Hinojosa, Cazadores global brand ambassador, mixes his Espresso Ginger Martini with coffee liqueur to mellow espresso’s bitter side. The result: an amazing blend of powerful espresso and the spicy heat of ginger. Check out the recipe below! Photo by Manny Hinojosa Tequila Espresso Ginger Martini by Manny Hinojosa Ingredients ½ oz.

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Join Us at the National Restaurant Association Show 2024

A Bar Above

Ready to spice up your culinary journey? Then the National Restaurant Association Show 2024 is calling your name… And the best part? Chris will be there repping A Bar Above! When : May 18-21, 2024 Where : The bustling city of Chicago ( McCormick Place : 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616) Find Us : Booth 11143 Photo by Tim Gouw via www.unsplash.com This awesome expo promises to be an unforgettable experience for foodservice professionals and enthusiasts alike, so we hope to see you there.

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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 Week's Craft Beer Events & Socials

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Most everyone I know already has their OOOs set for Spring Break and my world’s feeling fairly slow heading into this weekend, but I do have a barrel-aged Odd Side stout with hazelnuts and bacon in my fridge, so I should probably tend to that today, huh? Beats shoveling the driveway. If you’re looking to get out and about over the next few weeks, the events calendar is still pretty dang full while breweries wait for warmer, more beer-friendly weather to arrive.

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Mexican Authorities Raid Home of Tequila Matchmaker Founders

VinePair

Earlier this week, Mexican federal authorities carried out a raid at a home belonging to Grover and Scarlet Sanschagrin, the founders of tequila transparency advocacy site Tequila Matchmaker. Officials claim the home, Casa Lotecito, was being used as “an adulterated tequila factory,” Mexican news outlet Mural reported early on Wednesday afternoon. The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) in Jalisco was tipped off by a legal representative of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT), which allegedly in

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Vermouth Cocktails

Imbibe Magazine

Vermouth’s original companions may have been no more illustrious than a simple dribble of water or a lump of ice. But in the late 19th century, when this European import encountered gin and whiskey in American bars, it not only made vermouth a cocktail staple but also spurred a level of innovation that still resonates today. The modern cocktail renaissance saw bartenders renewing their appreciation for vermouth, which in turn energized the category.

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Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day with Power’s Irish Whiskey and the Chilled 100 Bartenders: Jess Gutierrez-Switaj, Golden Vale

Chilled Magazine

Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day with Power’s Irish Whiskey and the Chilled 100 Bartenders. Power’s Irish Whiskey has teamed up with the Chilled 100 bartenders in our cocktail countdown to St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with us by mixing original cocktails created by our talented bartenders using Power’s Irish Whiskey. Throughout its long history, Powers Irish Whiskey has shaped not only Irish culture but the world far beyond the Emerald Isle.

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An Irish Whiskey Sazerac Riff With a Bit of Scotch

Cocktails with Suderman

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For this year’s Irish whiskey holiday — that’s what it is, right? — we’re going to make one of my favorite Irish whiskey cocktails, the Cooper Union. The Cooper Union was created by one of this newsletter’s heroes, bartender Phil Ward, during the early days of Death & Co. Like most of Ward’s creations, it’s deceptively simple — an easy-to-make mix of high quality Irish whiskey , St.

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Equiano Rum announces debut vintage rum

Drinks International

Equiano Rum, the maker of the world’s first African and Caribbean rums, has announced the launch of its first vintage release, an 11-year-old blend of Gray’s and Foursquare Rums.

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We Asked 20 Sommeliers: What’s the Most Underrated Wine? (2024)

VinePair

If you drink wine on a regular basis, chances are you have a go-to glass or grape you gravitate to on menus or your local shop. But if you’re in the mood to shake up your standard order in favor of something a bit unexpected, then you’ve come to the right place. Seeking expert advice, we asked sommeliers for the overlooked and underappreciated bottles, grapes, and wine styles they are currently coveting.

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Are Beer Flights Passé? The Debate Captures Craft Beer’s Growing Pains.

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Beer flights are a divisive debate in craft beer. For some, they are unnecessary holdovers. For others, they're a key to accessibility.

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Drink of the Week: Natterjack Irish Whiskey

Imbibe Magazine

As we recently explored in our Drinks Atlas column, Irish whiskey is experiencing a renaissance. From near oblivion less than a century ago, the industry has rebounded with both historic makers pushing the category and new brands entering the fray. Natterjack Irish Whiskey was conceived of by entrepreneur Aidan Mehigan, who aimed to create a contemporary Irish whiskey, both incorporating American techniques and paying homage to the spirit of the island.

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Inside Manska’s Mind: Whiskey Drinkers Can Be Their Own Worst Enemy

Chilled Magazine

We go inside the mind of George F. Manska for an analytical look at how whiskey drinkers can be their own worst enemy. Recently we’ve refocused on a broader profile of the spirits/whiskey taster/drinker. As a sensory research company since 2002, we have noticed that the public’s predilection for alcohol, particularly among neat, straight whiskey drinkers, inevitably results in a lack of recognition of the very spirits they claim as their “favorites.

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Cerana Meads launches taproom in Nashik

Spiritz

Cerana Meads has announced the launch of their taproom. The Cerana Taproom will feature a variety of meads available on tap, with a menu curated specifically to pair with their meads. Mead flavours include Pomegranate Vanilla mead, Chenin Blanc mead, Blue Ppea Lavender mead, Jamun mead, Yule Spice mead among others. Additionally, Cerana Meads will launch flavours which will be exclusively available at the taproom.

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Diageo to appoint new chair of the board

Drinks International

Drinks group Diageo has announced that current non-executive director, Sir John Manzoni, will be appointed chair of the board upon the retirement of current chair Javier Ferrán.

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The States That Drink the Most Wine in America (2023) [Map]

VinePair

Despite the bleak forecast for much of the global wine industry, Americans still love their red, white, and rosé. In 2021, the U.S. imported a whopping 456 million gallons of wine, accounting for roughly 17 percent of the world’s total wine imports. And with the U.S. being home to over 11,000 wineries, American drinkers have no shortage of options when it comes to great bottles — and their consumption habits prove it.

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A Life and Death in Beer

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For brewer DeWayne Schaaf, a strain of wild yeast became the only living connection to his late father—then it was lost to history. Or so he thought.

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Veggie Cocktails for Spring

Imbibe Magazine

Fruits have long been a go-to for cocktail mixing. But when you’re looking for a more savory flavor profile, head toward the veggie aisle. Peppers, cucumber, corn, beets, carrots—the options are many, but here’s a list of veggie cocktails that will get you heading in the right direction. California Cooler Whatever the outdoor occasion, this bubbly, herbaceous cocktail will lend the perfect sunny-day touch.

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We Ask Inspirational Influencer Eric LeGrand about his Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Chilled Magazine

Eric LeGrand Bourbon, a two-and-a-half-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon out of Owensboro, Kentucky-based Green River Distillery, which is owned by the Bardstown Bourbon Company, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Eric LeGrand and Brian Axelrod co-founded the brand and first set out to win over their home state of New Jersey with their product.

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Two More Easy Bénédictine Old Fashioned Variations

Cocktails with Suderman

For the last month or so, we’ve been looking at simple Old Fashioned-style cocktails made with sweet liqueurs at a 4:1 (spirit:liqueur) ratio. Those drinks include the Rusty Nail , the Cooper Union , and several variations on the Monte Carlo. These drinks comprise a lesser-known subcategory of cocktails that sits somewhere between the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned — the Liqueur-Sweetened Old Fashioned, or LSOF.

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China removes tariff on Australian wine

Spiritz

China has scraped tariffs on Australian wine. Australia and China are rebuilding trade ties after a period of strained relations which hit a low in 2020 after Australia called for an independent investigation into the origin of Covid-19. In 2020, Beijing had imposed tariffs of above 200 percent on Australian wine products, at the height of the diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

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We Asked 6 Bartenders: What’s the Most Overrated Bourbon? (2024)

VinePair

There are many reasons why a bourbon fan may find a brand overrated. They may scoff at the hype generated by limited allocations. They may not understand the zealous enthusiasm of rabid enthusiasts. They may feel the price point doesn’t jibe with the quality of the juice. A special technique used to create the brand may strike them as gimmicky, or they may just simply have given an expression a taste and decided, “meh.

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Alaskas Are Having a Moment. Why Not Try Them All?

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The Chartreuse-spiked Martini has inspired a range of modern takes, incorporating everything from satsuma-infused gin to Midori and more.

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Nevermind the Guinness: You Can’t Have an Irish Bar Without Craic

Imbibe Magazine

A lot of Anglophones stumble over the Irish language. We say “slayne-tuh” instead of sláinte and lose all confidence when consonant combinations like b-h-f appear. And yet, there’s one Irish term that transcends translation, let alone pronunciation. Craic, which sounds like “crack” in my Yankee accent, can be interpreted simply to mean “a good time,” though it’s much more than that.

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5 Essential Cocktails for March

Chilled Magazine

Each month Chilled presents you with five essential cocktails based on our National Drink Day Calendar. Don’t forget to reference it so you can prepare for the upcoming holidays. As hints of spring emerge and winter begins to fade, it’s time to embrace change and offer a new and enticing menu. The changing of seasons brings a burst of inspiration, especially when revamping a cocktail list.

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Jack Daniel’s x McLaren Racing Limited Edition Whiskey Unveiled

The Whiskey Wash

The new Jack Daniel’s x McLaren Racing Limited Edition Tennesee Whiskey features McLaren’s signature papaya coloring. Credit: Jack Daniel’s The Jack Daniel’s Distillery has unveiled a limited edition Tennessee Whiskey to celebrate its partnership with McLaren Racing. This release is the second such bottling created by a collaboration between the two companies, as they enter their second year of partnership.

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Assam hikes liquor prices

Spiritz

In a bid to strengthen liquor pricing framework and manage the alcohol consumption in the state, Assam’s excise department announced a hike in alcohol prices in all categories with effect from 1st April 2024. As per the reports, minimum beer prices in the state are set to increase ranging from Rs 33 to 43 per 650 ml bottle. Additionally, prices for India-made liquor will be hiked depending on brand category, with minimum prices set to reach Rs. 530 for a standard 750 ml bottle.

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Bring Back Busch Light Apple

VinePair

Every construction project requires a carrot dangling at the end of the measuring stick. Earlier this year, as Keith Wedeking began building a garage at his house in Cedar Falls, Iowa, he resolved to drink a rare beer upon completing the project. Instead of an imperial stout or lambic of great vintage, Wedeking had squirreled away four expired cans of Busch Light Apple, a flavored lager that was discontinued in 2022.

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Madrid’s Combinación Is Ready for Its Second Act

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Madrid’s Combinación, an easy cocktail made with gin and sweet vermouth from the 1920s, is seeing a revival in Spain and around the world.

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Q&A: Rebekah Peppler on Drinking the French Way

Imbibe Magazine

Expat journalist Rebekah Peppler has spent the better part of a decade living in Paris and traveling through France as she documents the country’s culinary culture. Through transportive imagery and tantalizing recipes, her books take readers into the heart of French gastronomy. After featuring a recipe from her newest book, le SUD , in our March/April 2024 issue , we sat down with Peppler to dive deeper into the microcosms of French food and drink and the spirit of connection that underlin

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Pineapple Xpress

Chilled Magazine

Our first Drink of the Week feature of the Spring season is the Pineapple Xpress cocktail at C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar! Available across their three metro Atlanta locations, this delicious drink features Coconut Rum, White Rum, Pineapple Puree, and lime juice, and is the ideal drink to welcome the warmer weather! Check it out below. Rum Pineapple Xpress Ingredients 1 oz.

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A Visit to The Donum Estate

Drinkhacker

Apparently The Donum Estate has been hiding in plain sight from me for more than two decades. This winery, established in 2001, is located just behind Domaine Carneros, a famed winery just a half hour from my former home and a place where I’ve visited innumerable times. Had I traveled a bit further down the road from Domaine Carneros, I couldn’t have possibly missed it.

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India’s fine whiskies showcased in China

Spiritz

The Indian embassy in Beijing, China, hosted a whisky tasting event this month in which seven different kinds of whiskies from different Indian brands were showcased. Indian whiskies were paired with traditional Indian delicacies. The official X handle of India in China shared about the event on the microblogging platform. India in China posted on X: “On March 5, Embassy of India in Beijing hosted a remarkable Indian Whisky Tasting Event featuring 7 exceptional whiskies from Amrut, Paul Jo

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Martini Magic: How This Classic Cocktail Can Help Your Community

VinePair

With a history that spans centuries, it’s no surprise that gin has found itself at the receiving end of all sorts of tweaks and adjustments. People are curious by nature (spirit distillers, especially), and that often results in out-of-the-bottle ingredients and an emphasis on components other than gin’s mainstay flavor: juniper berries. “It doesn’t serve anyone to dismiss experimentation or innovation,” says VinePair managing editor Tim McKirdy, “but within gin, th

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The “Dirty” Negroni Was Bound to Happen

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The dirty Martini has influenced every classic cocktail, from the Negroni to the spritz. Here’s how the olive briny trend took over.

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