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Signature Drink: What Angels Drink

Named after a line by Mark Twain, who said of watermelon in the summer “I imagine it’s what angels eat,” this clever mixture of watermelon and kaffir lime ice cubes, cointreau, orange bitters and sparkling wine will make guests swoon.  

INGREDIENTS:
—3 watermelon ice cubes*
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—3 dashes of orange bitters
—2.5 oz. Moscato d’Asti 
—2.5 oz. sparkling wine
—.75 oz. lime juice

Taking Honey & Themes to the Max

Sweet can mean two things: tastes great or stellar experience. There is a lot of sweetness in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada, but I’ll limit this to talking about the new “Buzzed at Bernardus” experiences at Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley, California.

Austin Craft Tequila Distiller Expands Lineup

Austin’s Dulce Vida Tequilas has added 70-proof lime tequila and grapefruit options to its retail mix. The fruit-infusions join a new 80-proof portfolio that has been added to the company’s organic blue agave Los Altos tequila. “These cocktail-ready, category disrupters are providing healthier cocktail solutions,” says Eric Dopkins, founder and CEO of Milestone Brands, parent company of Dulce Vida Tequilas. 

Hotel Indigo Denver Set to Open Early 2017

Hotel Indigo Denver is set to open in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood in mid-January of 2017. It will be located at 1801 Wewatta Street and will have 180 guest rooms and 1,188 square feet of meeting and event space.

Signature Drink: Lavender Collins

Freedmen’s Bar in Austin is a laid-back lounge, beer garden, and smokehouse serving barbecue and retro-inspired cocktails in a historic Austin building. Bartenders often work in tangent with Pitmaster Evan LeRoy, using ingredients that are smoked alongside the restaurant’s awardwinning barbecue. 

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Botanist Gin
—.75 oz. lavender syrup
—.75 oz. lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
Muddle cucumber. Top with soda and stir. Garnish with edible flower

Network and Create Craft Cocktails at coup d'etat

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a mixology class at coup d’etat in Uptown Minneapolis. The class was held in one of their semi-private dining areas, where 18 of us had the pleasure of creating five signature cocktails with our mixologist Alex.

Signature Drink: Pinot Orange Whiskey Smash

Founded in 2009 by Steve Ison and Mike Cameron, Rebecca Creek Distillery was the first legal distillery in South Texas after Prohibition. It has since grown to become one of the largest craft distilleries in North America with nearly 85,000 cases sold annually. The distillery offers free tours on Fridays and Saturdays, and its tasting room and gift shop are open to the public for group tastings and private events for up to 500 people. 

Signature Drink - Texas Valentine

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. vodka
—.5 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
—.5 oz. velvet falernum liqueur
—2 dashes rhubarb bitters
—1.5 oz. rose water
—3-5 rose petals

DIRECTIONS:
1. Muddle rose petals with rose water.
2. Add all ingredients to a shaker.
3. Shake and pour over ice.

Courtesy of OAK RESTAURANT | 214.712.9700

Midnight Rambler's Drinks & Aesthetics Appeal to the Masses

Midnight Rambler is a new craft cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Dallas. Upon entering the bar through a sexy tiled staircase highlighted by a neon “cocktails” sign, guests are greeted by a mix of local business people, cocktail lovers, hotel guests and art lovers alike.

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