Ignited by a new generation of gin-slinging geniuses, the craft cocktail scene is exploding across greater Phoenix. Find the Valley’s top tipples inside, with best bar picks, do-it-yourself mixology hacks, bartender profiles and more.
By The Numbers
214,815 League-record attendance mark registered by the Chicago Cubs in 2014, their first season at newly-built Sloan Park in Mesa.
67,445 League-low attendance by the Cleveland Indians in 2014, when they averaged 4,496 per game.
1947 The Cleveland Indians and New York Giants first hold spring training in Arizona; for all intents and purposes, the “birth” of the Cactus League. Also in 1947, Cleveland outfielder Larry Doby becomes the Cactus League’s first black player. Doby later made his major league debut in July 1947.
Alice Cooper’s thrift store offers one-of-a-kind signed items.
When it comes to Arizona resident Alice Cooper’s shock-rock stage show, some things are to be expected – boa constrictors, straitjackets, guillotines, the trademark black eye paint. Anyone who’s ever seen his live shows or ghoulishly theatrical music videos might expect Cooper’s personal effects to be equally unsettling.
Turn a new page with books by Arizona authors.
Arizona’s never had a shortage of talented scribes. Zane Grey, Erma Bombeck, Edward Abbey and Diana Gabaldon are just a few of the literary standouts who searched our canyon landscapes and desert streets for the muse of inspiration. Here are a few rising Arizona wordsmiths to consider for your winter reading.
Mix and mingle with chefs and wine pros at Valley wine-pairing dinners.
“I don't care how much you know about wine – there’s always something new to learn. Food, too.” Chef Anthony DeMuro of Different Pointe of View at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs has learned a lot about both in the last four years during the restaurant’s Insider’s View Dinner Series, which pairs visiting winemakers’ vintages with DeMuro’s AAA Four Diamond cuisine. “It’s a passionate evening,” DeMuro says. “They’re a blast. It’s quite the experience.” There are pop-up wine dinners aplenty in the Valley, but these three stand out for their location, consistency and, of course, point of view.
Long ridiculed and misunderstood by outsiders, the Mormon practice of emergency food storage remains a central part of the LDS lifestyle – and gains wider secular acceptance in the prepper era.
Phoenix resident Andra Riegel has enough food stored to feed her and her husband – and any number of her seven grown children who pop in from time to time – for a full year.
Homogenous holiday shopping got you down? Step up your gift game with Arizona-made goods.
‘Tis the season for eggnog, fruitcake, twinkling lights, pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and trampling fellow shoppers for limited sales on mass-manufactured products at big-box stores. Eliminate the latter aspect by going local for your gifts.
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