AZ Bitters Lab

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Cowboy Ciao's Wildly Collaborative Cocktails Are Barely Legal

    You'd think getting three different people with three different mixing styles and three different palates to work together to make one cocktail menu would be tricky. However, Mari Howe, Rich Furnari, and Kiefer Gilbert did just that for Cowboy Ciao's most recent menu -- and they say it was easy. " ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Meet the 2014 Arizona Last Slinger Standing Bartending Team

    The results of last month's Last Slinger Standing tryouts are in and the five competitors have been announced. It's no easy task to get in the finals, as each bartender had just five minutes to craft a well balanced and tasty cocktail using a random spirit base and liqueur of the judge's choosing an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Charlie Zeller Mixes Up Fall Cocktails the Right Way at The Mix Up Bar

    You won't find pumpkin spice syrup or any other artificial junk on Charlie Zeller's new Mix Up Bar cocktails menu. The Royal Palms' bartender, instead, builds on classic recipes with new ingredients to make unique autumnal drinks. While discussing his new menu, Zeller explains which ingredients he's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Justin Beckett's Southern Rail: Southern Food Requires A Little More Soul

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Chandler Craft Spirits Festival Brings the Love of Booze to Downtown Chandler

    With Arizona Cocktail Week and now Chandler Craft Spirits Festival celebrating the world of all things liquor-based, it seems the liquor scene in Phoenix is really taking off. Local vendors like Arizona Distilling Co., AZ Bitters Lab, and Desert Diamond Distillery of Kingman mixed in with national d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Bitters Lesson with Travis Nass of Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn

    After learning all about the types of bitters on the market and the history of the non-potable tincture last week with Bill and Lill Buitenhuys of AZ Bitters Lab, Travis Nass of the Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn shows us this week how to use bitters in a cocktail. Nass says that if you're using ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Bitters 101 with Bill and Lill Buitenhuys of AZ Bitters Lab

    If you haven't been building your bitters collection, it's time to start. Bill and Lill Buitenhuys, the couple behind AZ Bitters Lab, explain that chefs have spice racks and bartenders equip themselves with an arsenal of bitters, which act as the seasoning element to finish and round out any cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    20 Lessons Learned at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    Imagine a magical land where the best Valley restaurants are crammed into one courtyard serving flavor-packed samples to grab your attention and win you over. That magical land happened Sunday at Devoured, where Phoenix's top spots, including Crudo, Virtu, and FnB, set up shop at the Phoenix Art Mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    50 Awesome Gifts for the Food and Drink Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    5 Gifts for the Cocktail Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the cocktail lover. Craft cocktailing has become as much a culinary art as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Here's What to Expect from the New T. Cook's & Mix Up Bar at Phoenix's Royal Palms Resort

    After a summer-long renovation, a new chef, and a menu re-vamp, the transformation of T. Cook's, the longstanding restaurant inside the Royal Palms Resort, is complete. And (bonus) there's a new bar concept, too. Officially unveiled last Monday, T. Cook's newly remodeled interior emphasizes a mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix Debuting New Bar Concept in September

    Following a whirlwind of executive chefs and a trip to renovation land for the summer, the Royal Palms Resort & Spa has announced a new bar concept to accompany the re-opening of its new and improved T. Cook's Lounge on Monday, September 9. Called The Mix Up Bar, the upscale pub will take over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Six Chefs Six Bartenders = All-Star Cocktail Dinner at Scottsdale's Citizen Public House

    For one night only, Citizen Public House is setting out to prove you can't have too many cooks in the kitchen -- or bartenders behind the bar for that matter. At 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 22, the notable Scottsdale restaurant is throwing a multi-chef/multi-mixologist cocktail dinner -- a six-course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    AZ Bitters Lab Makes it One Step Closer to Retail Production

    See Also: Mixing It Up with AZ Bitters Lab For the last couple years, cocktail lovers and husband and wife team Bill and Lillian Buitenhuys have been keeping themselves busy in their Chandler kitchen by experimenting with exotic and indigenous ingredients to create perfect tiny batches of their ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in thi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Mixing It Up with AZ Bitters Lab

    Bill and Lillian Buitenhuys aren't bitter people. They're bitters people, ardent food lovers whose interests have broadened from food-and-wine pairings to food-and-cocktail pairings to the distinctive components, such as bitters, that go into both classic and craft cocktails. Although the Buitenhu ... More >>