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CRYSTAL LIGHT Mocktails Lighten Up Drink Menu

This past spring marked the one-year anniversary of the CRYSTAL LIGHT Mocktails launch in the foodservice industry. The refreshing, sugar-free premium line of low calorie (5 calories per serving) Peach Bellini, Margarita, and Appletini Mocktails offer delicious, convenient ways to expand operators’ beverage business and keep up with consumer demands.

Ebanos Crossing Opens, Highlighting a Bootleggers Journey

Urban America LLC, in partnership with Luminosity Entertainment, announces the opening of Ebanos Crossing in Downtown Los Angeles. A stimulating cocktail-dining concept helmed by celebrated mixologist Philip Ward of Mayahuel, Ebanos Crossing will spotlight the spirits and flavors encountered on the smugglers’ routes forged during the 1920s and 1930s along the South-central Texas crossing from Mexico to the United States.

Robert St. John Brings His Progressive Modern Cocktail Bar to Life

Mississippi master of the culinary arts, Robert St. John, is painting a new picture for Hattiesburg’s restaurant scene after 25 years and is “branching out” with a destination spot focused on the artful craft of the cocktail and a wine list that will rival any other in the region.

TGI Fridays Sets the Stage for Summer of Music

TGI Fridays is launching the Red Hot Summer of Music, a summer-long celebration featuring an online contest in search of the best undiscovered musical artists, with three-time Grammy Award-winning artist and Creative Director for Malibu Red NE-YO, and some of YouTube’s top artists.

Sip Northwest Magazine and Pan Pacific Hotel Present Sips of Summer Series

With temperatures rising, the Lobby Bar patio at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is the coolest place to listen to live music and sip on tastes from Washington winemakers this summer. Launching June 4 in the Lobby Bar at Pan Pacific, Sips of Summer will feature Sip Northwest Magazine and tastings from two local acclaimed winemakers or wine experts each Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.

Escape with Liquid Vacation

Multi-faceted Las Vegan P Moss combines mixology expertise with his knowledge of tiki culture in his new book, Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas.

Firefly Sweet Tea Mixes It Up For National Iced Tea Day

Get Ready! Monday, June 10, is “National Iced Tea Day.” It is the perfect day to celebrate with Firefly’s famous Sweet Tea Vodka cocktails and raise a glass to summer fun. It’s on a Monday this year so if one day does not give you enough Firefly “Tea-Time,” that’s okay because the entire month of June is “National Iced Tea Month.

Tales of the Cocktail Announces Top Four Finalists

Following the largest nomination pool in the history of the show and a rigorous judging process by the most respected minds in the cocktail industry, the Top Four finalists have been selected for the 7th Annual Spirited Awards.

The Final Rose Cocktail

Will this be THE summer of love? The Pan Pacific Hotel will host Seattle’s open casting call for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette on June 15 from noon – 4 p.m. To celebrate (and calm any pre-casting nerves), the hotel’s Lobby Bar has created a special cocktail that is perfect for Seattleites both single and taken.

Prices Acclerate in Most Spirits Categories

According to GuestMetrics, the overall average price for spirits in full-service restaurants and bars accelerated during the first quarter of 2013, the result of consumers trading up to more expensive brands in the Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, and Vodka categories, as well as incremental pricing being taken in the majority of the spirits categories.

Demand for Bourbon Outpaces Supply

Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries are struggling to keep up with demand since bourbon whiskey consumption has been on a roll. Nowhere is this more true than at Buffalo Trace Distillery, producer of brands such as Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, and Pappy Van Winkle.

Cinco de Mayo Beverage Sales Down from 2012

According to GuestMetrics, Cinco de Mayo experienced weaker spirits and cocktails on-premise sales this year compared to 2012 largely driven by the fact the holiday had shifted from a Saturday last year to a Sunday this year.

Bourbons Continue Strong Growth

According to GuestMetrics, bourbons continued to display strong growth in full service restaurants and bars in the first quarter of 2013, helped by particular strength among flavored bourbons. “It appears that bourbons continued their on-premise momentum during the first quarter of 2013.