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Chicago's AIRE Crafts Pikachu Inspired Cocktail

Pokémon GO is slowly taking over the world with 15 million downloads in a little over a week and AIRE, located at 100 W. Monroe in Chicago, is honoring the fad by serving up its very own Pokémon inspired drink, the Pikachu.

Ron Zacapa and Zuma Restaurants Announce Global Partnership

Ron Zacapa Rum and Zuma restaurants announced an exclusive partnership that will see the world’s first “evolving cocktail system,” the “Zuma Zacapa Live Solera,” installed across nine Zuma restaurants worldwide from September 2016.

Rum’s the Word

Despite the realities of an oppressive Communist regime, Cuba has long been cloaked in intrigue and glamour. Undoubtedly, the island known for its rum, stogies, and antique cars has in large part been romanticized by the very fact that it’s verboten to starry-eyed citizens of the United States.

Two A. Smith Bowman Bourbons Win Gold at Spirits Competition

Two spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery were awarded gold medals at the 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey and John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey each received this honor.

Exclusive Signature Whiskey Comes to Wolfgang Puck Steak

MGM Grand Detroit and local craft distillery Two James Spirits launched 3rd Street Whiskey, an original in-house, barrel-aged whiskey, offered exclusively at Wolfgang Puck Steak.The new make of rye whiskey created by award-winning Two James Spirits is poured right out of the barrel from a tableside cart created by Taru Lahti, a Detroit-based designer.

Beer Cocktails are a Balancing Act

In the throes of a steamy summer, few rituals are as satisfying as reaching for an ice-cold beer. But in recent years, amid a surge of quality craft brews, bartenders are encouraging patrons to think beyond the usual trifecta of cans, bottles, and draughts.

Spirits Continue to Gain Share of Alcohol Units

On-Premise traffic declined 3.5 percent year-over-year during the four-week period ending May 15, continuing a string of weak periods (March 20, -4.4 percent; April 17, -4.2 percent). While traffic remained well below the 52-week trend (-2 percent), the period was an improvement relative to the latest 12 weeks (-3.

Edible Aesthetics

Stopping to smell the roses—along with the whiskey—adds beauty and flavor to cocktail programs. Always a preferred centerpiece or plating accessory, flowers have become a bartender’s new best friend.

Slush Funs

Like many youth reared in suburbia during the 1980s and ’90s, my fantasies of imbibing revolved around frozen concoctions. The daiquiris and piña coladas that whirred to life in blenders were the emblems of fantastical tropical vacations, handed to television’s prime time stars who were lounging on the azure beaches and boisterous cruise ships I also glamorized.

The Best Restaurants to Eat and Drink in Cleveland

Edwins Leadership & Restaurant InstituteNotable: More than 200 wines and 150 spirits with a focus on French and European regionsBrandon Chrostowski’s restaurant, which equips formerly incarcerated adults with the hospitality skills and support needed to successfully re-enter society, is more than a feel-good story: It’s simply a great venue with an equally stellar beverage program.

The Best Restaurants to Eat and Drink in Philadelphia

a.kitchen+barNotable: A wine and cocktail list that syncs with a charcoal grillThis dual concept from High Street Hospitality Group—the Philly team behind Fork, a 2016 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant, as well as High Street on Market and High Street on Hudson in New York City, could be the group’s most interesting.