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Where to Drink Frozen Margaritas in Houston

Imbibe Magazine

It’s strange to position the fourth-largest city in America as an underdog. And yet I find that Houston’s extraordinary, kaleidoscopic culinary scene is often overlooked by those beyond its borders. Truthfully, it’s their loss. The bayou, Beltway, and serpentine freeways of this sprawling city traverse cutting-edge cocktail bars, lively patios, stalwart ice houses, generations-old family restaurants, tiny kitchens serving genre-defying multicultural cuisines, and so much more.

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A Martini Built From the Bounty of the Arizona Desert

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Phoenix’s Bar 1912 calls on more than a dozen local botanicals—cactus paddle to ocotillo blossom—that have been foraged, extracted and preserved in its take on the classic.

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Get Ready for National Moonshine Week, June 1-7

Chilled Magazine

Ole Smoky Distillery is well known for being the first operating moonshine distillery in Tennessee after the legalization of moonshine there in 2009, as well as the driving force in changing perceptions of the spirit. This year’s launch of their National Moonshine Week celebration (June 1 – 7) features a series of activations and events designed to continue spreading the word about this versatile but often misunderstood beverage.

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Beesou Spring In Bloom Competition Grand Final Results

BarLifeUK

The Beesou Spring In Bloom competition reaches a suitably top-class conclusion at its grand final It is often said that a person will become more grumpy and conservative as they get older, but to be honest, I have found the opposite to be true. Petronella Kiss Every year I find one aspect of judging cocktail competitions to be more unsettling, and that aspect is delivering regional heat results to a crowd of bartenders who have all put their heart and soul into the drinks they presented moments

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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 It Started: Umami Mart

Imbibe Magazine

At what point does a pastime become a profession? Around 15 years ago, Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano were both working office jobs (Akabori in New York City, Kumano in Tokyo) and focusing their free-time energies at building a community food blog dubbed Umami Mart. Step by step over the years, what started as a food blogging hobby evolved into an online shop selling Japanese barware, then a brick and mortar location.

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What Are Bartenders Wearing at the World’s Top Bars?

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At the world’s best bars, bartender uniforms are as considered as the drinks. Here’s a look at bar fashion in NYC, London, Barcelona and beyond.

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Iconic Leeds Venue The Maven Reveal New Summer Tasting Menu

BarLifeUK

Exploring The Maven’s Five Course Cocktail Tasting Menu If you’ve never been to the award-winning Maven bar before, you’d be forgiven for not knowing it even exists. Hidden in the quaintest corner of Call Lane and marked only by a singular golden “M” plaque by the door – the only sign that up the stairs and to the left you’ll find one of Leeds’ most talented team of cocktail enthusiasts.

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Shochu Cocktails That Highlight Japan’s Signature Spirit

Imbibe Magazine

In our May/June 2024 issue , we spotlight shochu, from how it’s made to how to best drink it. And Editor in Chief Paul Clarke shared an extensive list of favorite bottles. But for those who want to take their learnings a step further and use Japan’s signature spirit in a cocktail, here are a few of our favorite shochu cocktails. Autumn’s Jacket The warm earthy qualities of barley shochu bring depth to a big bouquet of spice in this cocktail by Chicago bar owner Julia Momosé.

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What Ever Happened to the Session IPA?

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Once dubbed the “hottest style,” the low-proof spin on the genre is waning. But of the few still on shelves, these three beers represent the misunderstood category at its best.

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That’s All Folks!

Chilled Magazine

Vegetal cocktails are all the rage this spring season as they are delicious as they are pretty. Try out the vibrant recipe below, courtesy of TJ Lynch; owner of Lowlife Bar & partner in Lost Isle & Mother’s Ruin NYC , Nashville , and Chicago ! Sherry That's All Folks! by TJ Lynch Ingredients.25 oz. Brown Butter* 1.5 oz. Aged Rum (Plantation Xaymaca or Appleton Reserve work well here) fat washed with.25 oz.

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Block Club Found Tony Magee! (and this Week's Beer Events & Socials)

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Happy Friday, friends! You’re receiving this email a little early today, because I’m heading into town for a show at the Salt Shed this evening, which means I’ll likely be drinking some Salt Shed Goose Island beers slightly before showtime. Keep an eye on IG for updates on anything worth discussing. Obviously the big news from the beer world over the last week was the revelation that Lagunitas Chicago was going to shutter.

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The Rowdy Portuguese Summer Festival of Red Wine, Sardines, and Old-Timers Hollering Raunchy Lyrics

VinePair

Wander into any Portuguese town during the early summer, and you’ll witness enchanting street festivals happening here and there. But show up to Lisbon during the month of June — especially in the first two weeks — and you’ll be left wondering, “What the hell kind of nonstop citywide party did I just stumble upon?” The sweet, pungent scent of charcoal-grilled sardines pervades the air, stinging the nose in the most enticing way.

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In the U.K., It’s Not a Spicy Marg. It’s a Picante.

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The Picante, a spicy Margarita from Soho House, has become a modern classic cocktail and go-to preparation for the tequila drink in the UK.

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Check Out Top Entries in the Mango Shotta Paint the Town Mango Cocktail Competition. Last Chance to Enter!

Chilled Magazine

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Tales® of the Cocktail and cash prizes up to $2,000. Grand Prize winner will be feature in Chilled Magazine. Spice up your bar with the vibrant hues and flavors of Mango Shotta. By crafting an original bright orange shooter and cocktail, we invite bartenders to show us how they “Paint the Town Mango”. Inspired by the mangonada, Mango Shotta is designed to elevate and add a kick to any cocktail.

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This Week's New Beer Labels: Zoinks

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Howdy, friends — despite the extended federal holiday weekend, the fine folks at the TTB gave their official thumbs up to a bunch of fun stuff that some of us get to look at this week. Hey, did you ever wonder what kind of van the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine was supposed to be? Well, turns out the pros don’t even agree on that , but we’re going to look at one in… The New Illinois Beer Label of the Week: I think it’s kind of interesting that Chicago’s brewery la

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With Bonanza — a.k.a ‘Baby Caymus’ — the Wagner Family Strikes Gold Again

VinePair

No matter how you measure it, the U.S. wine industry has enjoyed very little good news in 2024. Market data paint a grim picture of declining overall consumption , a less interested consumer, excess grape inventories, and a growing “ wine lake.” Premiumization, which offset declines in sales volumes in recent years as consumers purchased fewer but more expensive bottles, can no longer carry the industry.

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The 5 Most Popular Cocktails of May

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The best Margarita and Daiquiri, an easy Chartreuse sour, Brazil's Batida and the other best cocktail recipes to make and drink right now.

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide is Here!

Chilled Magazine

We’ve got your top spirited picks for Dad in our Father’s Day Gift Guide. Celebrate Dad with unforgettable gifts that will have Dad winking that you’re his favorite. The Chilled Father’s Day Gift Guide is easy to navigate so head over to the guide and get shopping! The post Our Father’s Day Gift Guide is Here! appeared first on Chilled Magazine.

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Brewers Association of India constituted

Spiritz

United Breweries, AB-InBev and Carlsberg have jointly announced the launch of Brewers Association of India (‘BAI’), a new industry body focused on growing the beer category in India, and driving innovation, moderation, and sustainability in the Indian beer market. Headquartered in Delhi, BAI is to be headed by Vinod Giri, who will assume office on 1st June 2024.

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Anchor Brewing Purchased by Billionaire Founder of Chobani

VinePair

On Friday, Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya announced that he’s purchased San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co., which was closed by Sapporo USA in July 2023 after 127 years of business. The billionaire told the Chronicle he discovered Anchor Brewing in August 2023 while reading an article about its closure. After looking further into the historic brewery, Ulukaya learned of its importance to San Francisco and found similarities between the brewery’s journey and Chobani’s.

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Five Underrated Tropical Classics

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Five underrated tropical cocktail recipes to make this summer, from a little-known Daiquiri variation to a Kingston Negroni riff and more.

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We Ask Chai Lee, Gran Coramino Bartender of the Year About The Coramino Cup

Chilled Magazine

Kevin Hart and Gran Coramino Tequila search the nation for this year’s Gran Coramino Bartender of the Year. Gran Coramino Tequila created The Coramino Cup bartender competition to celebrate bartender’s blood, sweat, and tears behind the bar. Gran Coramino is a new trailblazer in the tequila category, entrepreneurial entertainer Kevin Hart’s liquid celebration of success and hard work.

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Nomad finds glory at the Rum & Cachaça Masters 2024

Spiritz

Goa-based East Side Distillery's Nomad Oscuro Dark Rum has got a Gold at the prestigious The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2024. This accolade underscores Nomad's commitment to excellence in crafting exceptional rum. Nomad Oscuro Dark Rum is a product of blending aged rum with Japanese Hinoki and finishing it in Jamaican barrels. This meticulous process results in a versatile and sophisticated spirit, boasting a rich amber hue indicative of its maturation in wooden casks.

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America’s Regional Cheeseburger Styles [MAP]

VinePair

Despite the fact that they were actually invented by the ancient Romans , burgers — with or without cheese — are an American phenomenon. In fact, upwards of 50 billion are consumed on U.S. soil every year. But with such widespread admiration for the fast-food staple, there’s bound to be some deviation from the standard model. As it turns out, there’s a burger style from almost every region in the U.S. that riffs on the classic bun-patty-cheese-LTO (lettuce, tomato, onion) recipe.

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Whiskey Review: Wenzel Whiskey Wheated #2

The Whiskey Wash

We review Wenzel Whiskey Wheated #2, a blend of two Georgia wheated bourbon barrels (both 6.5 years old) now owned by a Kentucky blender. (image via Wenzel Whiskey) 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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Meet the Judges of the Craft the Fun Cocktail Challenge

Chilled Magazine

The Craft the Fun Cocktail Challenge is underway! We’d like to introduce you to the esteemed panel of judges who will be reviewing this year’s submissions. This year’s judges include renowned spirits specialist Lynn House, author and bartender extraordinaire Jeffery Morgenthaler and award-winning mixologist Christine Wiseman. Lynn House Lynn House is the dynamic force behind Heaven Hill Brands’ spirits portfolio, infusing each brand with her expertise and creativity.

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Morpheus Brandy soars in the market

Spiritz

Radico Khaitan Limited has announced that Morpheus Brandy has achieved sales of 1 million cases for consecutive years. Morpheus Brandy stands as a leader in the industry and the first premium brandy to reach this milestone. Morpheus Brandy has captured an impressive 64 percent share of the premium brandy market in India. Building on the success of Morpheus XO Brandy, the company further expanded its brandy portfolio with a more premium extension, Morpheus Blue XO Premium Brandy.

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Suntory In Talks to Acquire Boston Beer Company

VinePair

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Suntory, owner of Jim Beam , has entered early talks to purchase Boston Beer Company (BBC). If the deal comes to fruition, Suntory’s presence on the U.S. beer market will expand significantly. Suntory and BBC have a shared history, so the potential purchase isn’t coming out of left field. In 2021, the alcohol conglomerate announced a strategic partnership with the Boston-based brewery to use Suntory-owned spirits in BBC’s portfolio of RTDs a

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Review: Gracias a Dios Mezcal Tobala and Tepextate

Drinkhacker

We previously reviewed Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin , and today we swing around to try two of their mezcals, alternately made from Tobala and Tepextate agaves. These varieties differ from Espadin in that they are not domesticated and are only cultivated where they grow wild. They also require more time before they are ready to be harvested with Tobala growing 10 to 13 years and Tepextate 20 to 25 years before reaching maturity.

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Whiskey Review: Wenzel Whiskey Rectifiers Rye #2

The Whiskey Wash

We review Wenzel Whiskey Rectifiers Rye #2, which takes 95/5 mash bill Indiana ryes and blends them together, consisting of two 8-year barrels and one 7-year barrel. It is bottled at 114.4 proof. (image via Wenzel Whiskey) 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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Pernod partners with EcoSPIRITS for global distribution

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Pernod Ricard and ecoSPIRITS have announced entering a new stage in their relationship with a five-year global licensing agreement to enable the distribution of Pernod Ricard’s spirits brands in ecoSPIRITS’ circular packaging technology to on-trade venues around the world. This collaboration, which builds on the learnings of a pilot in Singapore in late 2022, aims to further promote circularity in the spirits industry, a core priority of Pernod Ricard’s 2030 Sustainability and

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Of Course Chicago Bars Are Serving Cicada-Infused Malört Shots

VinePair

Ah, Malört, the Midwestern liqueur everybody loves to hate. And if you thought it couldn’t get any worse , it just did: a brewpub in Chicago suburb Lombard is now serving up cicada-infused shots of the stuff. 2024 marks one of the rare years when 17-year-old and 13-year-old cicada broods emerge from U.S. soil simultaneously. With the swarm in full swing, Noon Whistle Brewing decided to freeze, sterilize, and cook locally-sourced cicadas before submerging them in bottles of Malört, according to T

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Review: Natterjack Cask Strength Irish Whiskey

Drinkhacker

We tasted Gortinore Distilling’s flagship Natterjack Irish Whiskey last spring and found it to be exceedingly approachable but not exactly earth-shattering on the flavor front. A cask strength version dropped around the same time, but a sample only recently found its way onto our desk. As a reminder, this is a younger Irish whiskey (under four years old) aged in ex-bourbon casks and made with a corn-heavy mashbill (80%), then finished in new American oak for six months, reportedly to appea

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Whiskey Review: Wenzel Whiskey One 50th Bourbon

The Whiskey Wash

We review Wenzel Whiskey One 50th Bourbon, a “traditional” bourbon blend clocking in at 111.6 proof. (image via Wenzel Whiskey) 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. Wenzel Whiskey is a Covington, Kentucky-based rectifier and blender tied to a name associated with that state’s whiskey past.

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Edinburgh Gin Boutique at Edinburgh Airport

Spiritz

Ian Macleod Distillers has unveiled its first airport boutique for Edinburgh Gin, at Edinburgh Airport, developed in collaboration with Avolta. The Edinburgh Gin Boutique at Edinburgh Airport, the historic home city of Edinburgh Gin, covers 20sqm in the World Duty Free store. It reflects the architecture of Edinburgh Gin’s new distillery and visitor centre at The Arches near Waverley Station in central Edinburgh, which opens this autumn.

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The 25 Best Sparkling Rosés for 2024

VinePair

Sparkling rosé is the solution to almost any drinking dilemma. Popping a bottle of pink bubbly can add a festive touch to an impromptu celebration, provide the perfect pairing for a fine-dining menu, or get the conversation flowing at brunch. Plus, as the category of sparkling rosé continues to grow, there’s an increasingly diverse range of bottles to choose from to help match each occasion.

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