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The Artisanal Cocktail Trend Includes Ice, Too

With so much focus on the spirits, juices, herbs, and spices in creating a cocktail, it’s easy to lose sight of one of a drink’s essential ingredients: ice. This modicum of frozen liquid—formed into a cube or sphere, cracked, crushed, or as part of a slush—can easily make or break any cocktail.

Mixologist Brian Heese Joins Lousville Hotspot Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole, Lousville’s newest bourbon distillery in the progressive Nulu community, welcomed Brian Heese to its team as Bar Manager and mixologist for OverLook, the distillery’s on-site event space and where tours will conclude, beginning summer of 2018.

Ashley Saylor Wins Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' Beverage Competition

Last summer, in the spirit of always putting its people first, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants hosted its inaugural Ocean Prime associate beverage competition in partnership with Absolut Elyx. The fulfilling and enriching experience for associates, coupled with the overwhelmingly positive reception of the winning cocktail from guests, inspired the team to turn this into an annual event.

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®.


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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.