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Bennigan’s Debuts New Cocktails for Summer

Bennigan’s is elevating its summer experience with the debut of its refreshing lineup of cocktails.Guests can now pair Bennigan’s bold new menu items with its all-new tiki and punch inspired craft cocktails:Hooligan Punch – Blue Chair Coconut Rum, fresh lemon and orange wheels, Midori Melon Liqueur, DeKuyper Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and topped with Sprite®.

Jarmel Doss of The Aviary Wins Chicago STARS Mixology Competition

The National Restaurant Association, in partnership with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association, announced the winner of the inaugural Chicago STARS Mixology Competition. Jarmel Doss, assistant bar director of The Aviary, bested nine other local mixologists to win a $2,000 cash prize.

Rusty Bucket Expands Beverage Program with New Additions Nationwide

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern announced new additions to its award-winning beverage program available at its locations nationwide on May 24. Beginning Tuesday, Rusty Bucket will offer new wine options, draft cocktails, craft beer towers and new daily drink features and specials.

El Fenix Teams with Patrón to Launch Centennial Margarita

El Fenix Mexican Restaurant—the originator of Tex-Mex cuisine—has teamed up with Patrón to create a limited-edition margarita using a custom barrel of El Fenix PatrónÒ Barrel Select Reposado made specifically for its 100th anniversary.

How to Incorporate Vegetables into Cocktails

In response to an increasing number of guests adopting plant-forward diets, the nation’s chefs and mixologists are adding more vegetable-centric options to menus. Even beverage menus are on trend: The National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot list—culled from a survey of chefs—found culinary cocktails containing fresh, savory, herb-infused ingredients as one of the top alcoholic beverage trends for 2018.

Fever-Tree Takes Direct Control of U.S. Operations

Fever-Tree, a leading producer of premium tonics and mixers, has Friday, following a six-month transition period, taken over direct control of its U.S. operations through its U.S. subsidiary, Fever-Tree USA.

1000 Stories Launches New Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend

1000 Stories, California’s original bourbon barrel-aged wine producer, announced the nationwide launch of its newest wine—Gold Rush Red. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Merlot, the Gold Rush Red will be available for purchase through the brand’s website and retailers across the country from June 1.

Activated Charcoal Cocktails: Welcome to the Dark Side

When culinary folks talk about charcoal, it’s typically in terms of a heating agent for barbecued and grilled food. Increasingly, however, mixologists and chefs are looking at one form of the substance—activated charcoal—to provide color, flavor, and texture to their menus.

Sommelier Mark Canak Joins ENO Wine Room and Michael Jordan’s Steak House as Beverage Director

ENO Wine Room and Michael Jordan’s Steak House, both located within the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, welcomed Sommelier Mark Canak to the team as the new Beverage Director. Receiving his Sommelier certification with guidance from the world’s best sommeliers, he looks forward to offering unique expertise and expansive knowledge to the guests at ENO and Michael Jordan’s Steak House.

Fun Without Guilt: 4 Beverages for the Health-Conscious Drinker

What's the worst part of a night out drinking with friends, family or colleagues? For most, the dreaded hangover. And while approximately 25–30 percent of consumers report to have “never been hungover,” a 2015 medical study suggests that is simply not true.

Craft Beer Icon Ballast Point to Open Chicago Brewpub May 15

Ballast Point Brewing Company, a pioneer in the craft beer movement in San Diego with a 20-plus-year history of supporting the art of homebrewing and developing high-quality, innovative, award-winning beer, is opening a brewpub in Chicago’s Fulton Market District.