Cocktails

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We could all use an excuse to drink these days. Conveniently, today is National Tequila Day! Celebrate this boozy occasion with these to-go tipples – and one dine-in treat. We’ll drink to that! Teaspressa Teaspressa provides premixed and premeasured non-alcoholic ingredients in its Green Gold Tequila Cocktail Kit – just add tequila! The kit includes Teaspressa’s signature Green Gold Tea, lime juice, agave syrup and Pellegrino Blood Orange sparking water. Each kit is $9 and...

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May 22 is designated as “National Craft Distillery Day” and in Arizona, it’s easy to find a local spirit maker to lift a glass to and support. Here are 14 distillers  we’ve written about over the years. Read responsibly. Cheers! Adventurous Stills 2125 E. 5th St. Tempe 480-292-8770, adventstills.com Winner of ‘Best Distillery’ in the 2019 Best of the Valley from PHOENIX magazine. *Vote for Best of the Valley 2020 here* Arizona Distilling Co. 601...

Ladera Taverna y Cocina may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tipple or two from its award-winning mixologist, Colton Brock. He won Arizona Cocktail Weekend’s Last Slinger Standing competition in February, but lately he’s been slinging simple mezcal drinks at home. We caught up with Brock and asked him to share a couple of recipes for us to try.   What have you been mixing up at home? I predominantly drink mezcal and other agave spirits,...

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The first time I heard someone talk about tiki drinks in a positive light was at a “lunch and learn” with famed mixologist Jason Asher at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa six or seven years ago. I was new to professional journalism and new to drinking – green in every sense of the word. Instead of partying, I’d spent my high school and college years studying, working and being a designated driver for my “wild” friends (in retrospect: not wild at all). At 25 or so, I was playing major catch-up, trying to educate myself...

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Lightening flashed and thunder crashed outside as we descended into the subterranean chamber that is UnderTow. The rare Arizona stormy weather set the perfect tone as we embarked on UnderTow’s newest chapter, Drake’s Pass, for a recent media tasting. The frosty adventure unfolded throughout the evening as we sipped on UnderTow’s newest imaginative cocktails and submerged into the fantastical icy atmosphere proving, once again, that UnderTow is a lot more than just your average tiki...

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Agave Del Scottsdale On February 22, the Mango, Spicy Cucumber and Tamarindo margaritas will be served at $8. Agave Del Scottsdale offers eight different types of tacos for lunch including pork tacos, seafood tacos, and a vegetarian taco option. Ghost Ranch From 1-6 p.m. on National Margarita Day, Ghost Ranch will have $5 margaritas including its classic Ghost Ranch Margarita, spicy Pina Picante or fruity Chilton. Choose one of their taco platters that is served...

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If you’re alcohol-averse, it can be hard to find delicious drinks sans booze. That’s why Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale recently unveiled its new mocktail menu, which features three handcrafted concoctions with all the flavor and fanfare of a regular cocktail without the alcohol. As more people jump on the “sober curious” bandwagon, the demand for healthy, alcohol-free alternatives to traditional cocktails is growing. Sushi Roku is at the forefront of the trend. Are you...

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Fall officially starts on Sept. 23, but most of us have already been dreaming about wearing sweaters and picking out apples at the farmers market. To help us make the seasonal transition, True Food Kitchen’s beverage director, Jon Augustin, shares an autumnal cocktail recipe that recently debuted on the restaurant’s new fall menu. True Food Kitchen uses Old Forester Bourbon, but Augustin says you can use any bourbon that you prefer. While preparing, he advises...

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What's your favorite summer pastime? For lots of people, maybe yourself included, the answer is doing absolutely nothing with a refreshing drink in hand. Let's be honest though, another bloody mary or a simple margarita just isn't going to cut it this time around. Solution? Grab your drinking buddies and check out the new summertime cocktails debuting at restaurants across the Valley. With the 4th of July right around the corner and the pool calling your name, now is a perfect time to sip something new. Check out the list below to see our summer cocktail highlights.

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