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‘Cool’ Down Your Beverage Menu with Ice Wine

Made from late-harvest grapes that have frozen on the vine, ice wine is a sweeter, slightly thicker drink generally enjoyed with—or as—dessert. Known as eiswine in German, this sugary concoction requires patience and remains notoriously difficult for winemakers to perfect, which bumps up the cost.

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®.

Applebee's Offering $3 Goose and Cranberry Drinks all July

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar has a new Neighborhood Drink this month that is unlike anything you've seen before. The new $3 Grey Goose Vodka and Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail—also known as 3 DOLLAR Goose and Cranberry—is handmade with Grey Goose Vodka, a top-ranked, ultra-premium vodka, and mixed with Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail.

8 Simple Steps to Building Your Best Sangria

There’s no better time than the summer to introduce cool, shareable pitchers of sangria to guests. Sangrias offer the perfect vehicle for getting creative with local produce and bar specials. Master the basics, and move on to incorporating seasonal fruits and inventive wines for a unique, captivating thirst-quencher.

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.