• Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    Pomo Pizzeria's Matteo Schiavone Shares His Secret Limoncello Crema Recipe

    If you've ever stopped in for one at Matteo Schiavone's authentic Neapolitan pizzas at Pomo, you likely remember how your meal ended. Every customer (of legal drinking age, of course) is treated to a complimentary shot of Schiavone's handmade limoncello crema along with a side of fried chiacchiere o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    3 DIY Christmas Gifts You Need to Start Now

    If you couldn't tell by the Halloween candy already being pushed aside for candy canes, Christmas is coming. In lieu of gifting people with more stuff (since we are currently trying to purge junk), I've decided to make delicious edible presents this year. Every year I intend to do this, but typicall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    How to Make Brain Hemorrhage Shots for Your Halloween Party

    In last week's Last Call, I got to show off a punch recipe with a sanguine hue. It's great for just about any variety of Halloween party you can imagine, especially one that leans more toward the sophisticated end of the Halloween party spectrum. However, there's a lot of fun to be had in silly, ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Give the French 75 Cocktail a Tropical Twist with a Colonel's Big Opu

    I find the classic French 75 a perenially enjoyable cocktail. It's a simple but elegant affair of champagne spiked with gin and a splash of lemon. It's sort of a Tom Collins with an extra kick. See also: The French 75: Not French, But It's So Good, Who Cares? While the French 75's simplicity is pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Rooh Afza: My New Favorite Bar Ingredient

    When I need some kitchen or bar inspiration, one of my favorite things to do is head to an international grocery store. With such a dazzling array of unusual ingredients at my beck and call, I'm sure to find something to kick myself out of whatever rut I might be in. One particular ingredient that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    How To Make a Blue Hawaii Cocktail

    The umbrella drink is one of the most derided categories of cocktail. People say that they're foofoo, that the garnishes are ridiculous, and that drinks shouldn't be a color not found in nature. Do you know what? They're right. A serious drink shouldn't be any of those things. The thing is, these w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    How to Make a Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

    Satan's Whiskers is sure one hell of a name for a drink. (Pun most definitely intended.) It's yet another in the long line of drinks with lurid names to get a drinker's attention. These days, the name Satan's Whiskers almost seems quaint instead of titillating. Still, the drink is a darn fine one. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Licor 43 Is My New Fascination Behind the Bar

    I find trends in liquor to be both fascinating and puzzling. Lately, I'm left wondering how the hell marketing executives come up with ridiculous flavors of vodka. Nothing quite says "I'm using a fake ID" than trying to order a drink made with vodka that tastes like Froot Loops cereal. But through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    How to Make a Twentieth Century Cocktail

    It's kind of fun looking through my bar books for some cocktailian inspiration. Quite a few of the recipes (especially the ones on the sticky pages, just like cookbooks) have memories attached to them, and good times are always involved. It beats the hell out of looking at now-questionable hairstyle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day, Pinterest Style

    My husband thinks Pinterest is dumb. I honestly don't think he even really knows what it is, considering Facebook and ESPN are the only apps on his phone. However I believe his dislike comes from wondering where I am at midnight, only to find me in my office, aggressively "pinning" dream kitchens an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    The Last Call Guide to Amaretto

    Recently at work, I found a bottle of amaretto in the back stock of liquor. A co-worker piped up, "Oh, yeah, that's the almond-flavored liqueur, isn't it?" I could only reply, "Au contraire, my friend! Everyone thinks it's an almond liqueur, but it's not."

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    How to Make Keoke Coffee

    You know you're a native Arizonan when it's 60 degrees outside and your thoughts turn to wintry things. There I was, enjoying a late-night dinner on a restaurant patio after work when I got in the mood for a warm nightcap. Dinner was hearty, so coffee sounded good. What should I have? The bartender ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    How to Make a Rusty Nail

    As the days get shorter and the weather turns cooler, my cocktailian thoughts turn toward darker spirits. Out go the gin and rum, and in come the whiskey and brandy. And I start to get more of a taste for after-dinner cocktails. Lately, I've been in the mood for whiskey with a tinge of something swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    All About Chartreuse, and How to Make the Last Word Cocktail

    These days, a sure sign of autumn's arrival (or at least what passes for it in these parts) is the reintroduction of pumpkin spice-flavored everything on store shelves. I have a better idea. Let's break out the Chartreuse. What is Chartreuse, you ask? For starters, it's a yellow-green color. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    How to Make the Best Appletini Ever, "An Apple A Day"

    Cocktail trends come and go. I was talking with some friends, and realized that the appletini had quietly become passé a few years ago. I do have a certain nostalgia for them. I blame their popularity in my nascent drinking years. I remember extensive discussions with friends about what places mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Crème de Menthe and Crème de Cacao: How Sweet It Is

    Goodness, I've been getting lots of questions lately. I love it. Send me more! Leave them in the comments if you so desire. This week's burning question reads: "What's the difference between white and green crème de menthe, and white and dark crème de cacao? And why is it 'crème' when there's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Fernet Branca: Why Does Your Bartender Love It?

    A curious reader recently asked me: Why do all you bartenders love Fernet Branca so much? You know, that's a really good question. I partake in Fernet Branca on a semi-regular basis. I enjoy it enough that I've written about cocktails with it. But calling Fernet Branca an acquired taste is polite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Exploring the Rainbow of Fruit Liqueurs

    I had fun writing about triple sec last week. It was one of those articles that almost asked more questions to me than it answered. After all, triple sec is but one liqueur of literally hundreds out there. Why should triple sec have all the fun? Let's take a look at some other fruit liqueurs you hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Last Call Mailbag: What the Hell Is Triple Sec?

    This week, the mailbag fell open to reveal this missive: "I have a bottle of triple sec on my shelf, and I have no idea why I have it. What is it, and what should I do with it?" As you might have guessed by the pictures on labels, triple sec is orange-flavored liqueur. It's a very versatile liqueu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    How to Make a Breakfast Martini

    Thanks to a recent shift change at work, I'm now off on Sundays. This means I can once more be on the receiving end of that wonderful Sunday morning drinking tradition, brunch. Some of my favorite cocktails are tailor-made for brunch. I can get picky with my brunch drinks. The Bloody Mary is the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    How to Make a Bushwacker Cocktail

    It's nice to have a finely crafted drink. These days, a well-made frozen piña colada or margarita is especially delicious. But sometimes, I want to let down my hair. I want something that I can throw together with a minimum of fuss that's still delicious and full of booze. That's where this week's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    How To Make Perfect Frozen Margaritas

    This week for Last Call, my frozen drink series continues with arguably the most popular cocktail in the state. That's right, it's time to make some frozen margaritas. Sounds simple enough. I've already written an article about "regular" non-frozen margaritas; all I'd have to do is take one and toss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    The Secret to the Perfect Margarita (Hint: It Does Not Include Agave Nectar)

    I just took a look at the calendar, and realized that Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Never mind that it's barely a blip on the radar in Mexico; around here, it's become Cinco de Drinko, where it's socially acceptable to get wasted on crummy margaritas and horrible Mexican beer. If you're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    7 Spots for St. Patrick's Day Dining in Metro Phoenix -- Plus Green Velvet Cupcakes

    This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, which means you'd better prepare for one hell of a hangover on Monday morning. Get some extra work out of the way this Friday so you can make the best of one of these seven St. Patty's celebrations in the Valley. And if you'd rather drink at home (wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Aviation Cocktail: Your Taste Buds Are Cleared for Takeoff

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, in which JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. Every now and again, a movie comes along where the supporting actors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    When Life Throws Lemons (and Other Citrus-y Stuff), Chrysa Robertson Makes Limoncello

    Italians are nuts for limoncello, a sweet, bright lemon liqueur traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestif. They drink it in restaurants and make it at home, using family recipes passed down for generations. In the last few years (and possibly owing to cocktail culture's interest in tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The 5 Best Shots for Your New Year's Eve Party

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. When we Chow Bella folks were discussing our New Year's Eve plans, I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Three Holiday Liqueurs You Can Make at Home

    See also: Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender See also: Make Puerto Rican Egg Nog Now, Enjoy It Later I'm officially committed to making all of my gifts this year. I blame Pinterest. And while I don't expect you to make everything yourself too, I do urge you to explore a little. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Kahlúa Gingerbread: How to Make It Tolerable

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. A simultaneous perk and hazard of the bar industry is learning about ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    A Blue Hawaii for Barack, a Shirley Temple for Mitt -- and for You, the Recipes

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. In case you haven't noticed, the Presidential election is just a few da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Two Great After Dinner Drinks: Stinger and Golden Cadillac

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. The other day, someone emailed me an excellent question. Namely: What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    How to Make the Perfect Sidecar

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. One of my favorite parts of writing Last Call is getting to answer peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    A Modern Classic Deserves Your Attention: The Cosmopolitan.

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. I pity the poor Cosmopolitan. At the turn of the 21st century, it becam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Five Tips for Making the Best Sangria Ever

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. See Also: Want Something With Beer? Have a Shandy. See Also: Want a Sum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    National Pecan Pie Day: A Cocktail Recipe for Boozehounds

    It's time for another cocktail! Today's recipe comes from Mabel's on Main in Scottsdale. For National Pecan Pie Day, local bartender Clint Spotleson whipped up a cocktail that he decided to name the "Pecan Flip". His recipe is slightly more advanced than usual, because of the use of a certain elem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    My Favorite Drink: The Pegu Club Cocktail

    My pets know what they're doing these days. The dog is currently laying spread-eagle on the tile floor, right in the fan's path. The cat has all but taken up residence in the bathroom sink. And about all I want to do come 2 PM is lay on the floor and watch the ceiling fan spin. It's time to pull out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Make It Right: The Jamaican Ten-Speed

    If you've lived around here for more than a few years, you're probably familiar with a little drink called the Jamaican Ten-Speed. Odds are good that your favorite bartender will whip up one for you in the blink of an eye. Then you go on vacation in the Caribbean. A Jamaican Ten-Speed sounds like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Last Call Goes On Spring Break: Adios Motherfucker!

    It's that time again, time for the students at ASU to be on spring break, heading off to Puerto Peñasco or Lake Havasu or goodness knows where. And with spring break comes a time-honored tradition for college students everywhere: Binge drinking. One of the most popular mixed drinks for copious cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Six Favorite Specialty Cocktails in Phoenix

    ​ Who says Tuesday morning is an inappropriate time to talk cocktails? Not us. Cheers, Phoenix -- here are six of our favorites. And yours? 6. Caramel Appletini from Amsterdam One of the many things Amsterdam, the haven for gay and straight alike in downtown Phoenix, is known for is its too-long- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Justin Vargo's Roadkill

    ​Justin Vargo at Shady's in Phoenix has a killer "house birthday shot," that breathes German liqueur. What does German booze and roadkill have in common? Uh, we had to ask (dun, dun, dun). Name: Roadkill Ingredients: Equal parts Jägermeister (translated literally as "hunt-master"), Barenjager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Crepes Suzette at Cibo for New Year's Eve

    This New Year's Eve, reserve a table at Cibo in downtown Phoenix to enjoy simple-yet-amazing Crepes Suzette in the restaurant's romantic garden dining area. After all, dessert that's plied with liquor and set on fire just screams New Year's Eve.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Wei of Chocolate: Flourless Chocolate Cake

    courtesy Wei of Chocolatechocolate cake ingredient prep​ Lisa Reinhardt is the CEO and chocolatier behind Wei of Chocolate, a unique Phoenix chocolate business combining the health benefits of dark chocolate with homeopathic floral essence infusions. In our Sweet Talk with Lisa she revealed her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Top 5 Valentine's Day Cocktails for The Hopeless Romantic

    ​Nothing says "I love you" quite like an inappropriate public drunken make-out session at your local bar. It's also a good way to scare off your friends and the fastest way for the entire place to suggest the two of you get a room. Save yourself the embarrassment and keep your friends by shaki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The 10 Best Cocktails for Your Holiday Party

    ​Party season is full swing and the best way to make your holiday party a hit is to serve the best drinks in town. We have compiled a list of our favorite cocktails based on holiday desserts. Pick one to serve as a signature drink or stock up and try them all! ​1. Sugar Cookie Martini - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    5 Ways to Drink Your Halloween Candy

    mixthatdrink.comA rainbow of vodka flavors.​Candy is dandy, liquor is quicker, so combining candy AND liquor must be a jovial jaunt to inebriation.If you've  got a bowl full of Halloween candy and some alcohol in your cabinet, why not get creative and really trick-or-treat.Here are 5 ideas to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    10 Horrific Halloween Shots

    ​ Enough with the candy already, give us our booze! We went on the prowl for as many liquor- filled fun shots we could find to truly captured the heart and soul of the Halloween season. These 10 shots were the winners. Most of them are tasty, but watch out --- a couple might end up on our next vom ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009
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    February 9, 2009

    Tuaca Body Art Evolution Tour at The Orpheum Theatre

    Partially-clothed but fully painted dancers reinvented artistic expression on stage at The Orpheum during the Tuaca Body Art Evolution Tour on Feb. 8, 2009.  See more shots from the tour in our Tuaca Body Art Evolution Slide Show.

  • Dining

    April 4, 2002

    The Jagger Edge

    Furio is no ordinary club pretending to be a restaurant

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