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Stay cool and start your summer off right with these fresh and fortifying libations from local bars and restaurants.   Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group   The Big Hash Tequila Sunrise from Hash Kitchen It takes two to make a thing go right – team up with a pal to partake in this chilled cocktail for two ($26) and cheers to the long weekend. Made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, muddled orange and pomegranate...

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Cool down during the sweltering summer months ahead with these refreshing cocktails from Valley restaurants. Photo courtesy Zinqué   Zinqué Sangria Take your mind off the heat with this tasty tipple from Scottsdale Fashion Square’s French-inspired eatery, Zinqué. The ice-cold beverage ($13) consists of chilled wine and seasonal fruit like lemon, lime and various berries. 4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., 623-745-9616, lezinque.com   Photo courtesy The Knight Agency Blue Clover Distillery Lemon Dropsicle This micro distillery in...

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Photo by Will Coles    Mellow evening temps are here for a brief visit in the Valley before the sweltering summer months, and with them come my favorite springtime activity – drinking on rooftops. I could always opt for a White Claw on the sundeck of my Midtown Phoenix apartment complex, but why do that when I can venture to Scottsdale and enjoy a craft cocktail, the sunset and sweeping views? Well, that is precisely...

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Photo by Tayden Savage   The Valley is home to many breweries and restaurants with craft alcoholic beverages, but Old Town Scottsdale features the always crowded Blue Clover Distillery (7042 E. Indian School Rd). As the area’s first ever microdistillery, Blue Clover is famous for its small-batch, hand-distilled vodka and gin. With an indoor-outdoor bar and huge dining patio, it’s perfect for laidback dinners and weekend brunches. Because of its growing popularity, Blue Clover has...

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Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Matcha and vodka?! OK, it may not be an iconic duo… yet. But these local bars and restaurants are mixing green tea into their cocktails in such fun and creative ways that it might just be the next big thing. And because it’s loaded with antioxidants, sipping a green tea cocktail will technically improve brain function and prevent diseases. To your health! Shogun Powder from Highball We got...

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James Beard-honored mixologist Kim Haasarud has worked with hundreds of liquor brands, restaurants and hotels to create one-of-a-kind cocktail programs across the globe. She established her beverage consulting company, Liquid Architecture, nearly two decades ago and recently created The Cocktail Collaborative (nicknamed “The Lab”), a Phoenix-based nonprofit that serves as a space for budding beverage professionals to hone their mixology skills. Now, she’s helming a homegrown hospitality concept in the heart of Phoenix, with an...

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UnderTow was one of Scottsdale’s premier bars before its closure in December due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t mean its staff was done working. A new UnderTow pop-up recently opened at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. I took a visit to see how the Valley’s standout tiki bar has fared during the sea changes. Location 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale Opened: January 2021 The Scene: This tropical oasis feels like you’re taking...

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It wouldn’t be overstatement to say that 2020 drove us to drink. Off premise and online liquor sales boomed this past year as we stayed away from bars and restaurants — which have had a dismal year by contrast — and drowned our coronavirus sorrows in home-made cocktails. As the owner of perennially popular Park Plaza Liquors & Deli in Prescott, Trevor Phillips could see that opening a boutique liquor store in South Scottsdale might...

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Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy, to quote an old pop song by Ohio Express. Everyone loves fall, and local bars and restaurants are offering great seasonal foods and drinks for everyone’s tummy. Just ruminate on this roundup. Halloween-Themed Macarons With Halloween hiding just around the corner, you can buy individual macarons or pre-order “Trick or Treat” two-packs with the Parisian delectables disguised as bats, ghosts and more, flavored in Pumpkin Spice,...

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The new ARRIVE Hotel has arrived in Uptown Phoenix.  I was invited to a hosted lunch at Lylo Swim Club, ARRIVE’s outdoor poolside lounge, and was delighted by this fresh mid-century urban oasis. Located on Camelback Road nestled between Central and 7th Avenue, ARRIVE Hotel sits just west of the restaurant Southern Rail. Lylo occupies the long strip of space right on Camelback cleverly hidden behind mural-covered walls. As you walk through the gate, you...

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Call me extra, but I believe that dining out should be an experience. Sure, the food could be fantastic, but if it’s not paired with a personable server, a fun atmosphere, eclectic environs or other fanciful flourishes, I personally feel that it’s not worth it. That’s why I’m so intrigued with the concept of “dinnertainment” a la Medieval Times. It’s also why I was over the moon when I got an invite for a hosted...

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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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As the pandemic plods along and I continue to largely self-quarantine at home with my partner, our dogs and my mother, I have been coming up with imaginative and increasingly desperate ways to pretend like I’m somewhere else.   I know I’m not the only one. I’ve read articles about parents setting up in-home “pub crawls” for their newly 21-year-olds, Zoom dance parties for milestone birthdays and virtual tours of tropical isles. I read a great essay by a kindred spirit who opened a “pretend restaurant” for...

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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