Mai Tais

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Local Bartender Michael Soo Wins World Mai Tai Competition in Hawaii

    Over the weekend, Phoenix's bartending scene earned some major bragging rights at the world Mai Tai competition in Kona, Hawaii -- especially since the winner Michael Soo was the first mainlander to nab a win at the event since it began in 2009. Soo's cocktail scored high on aroma, taste, appearance ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    10 Best Metro Phoenix Cocktails of 2014 -- So Far

    It's been a great year thus far for craft cocktails in Phoenix, making it pretty difficult to pin down just 10 drinks to mention. While original tiki drinks have made their way back into the scene in a big way, simplicity, with a focus on high-quality craft spirits, seems to be king. Other trends in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    How to Make a Samoan Fogcutter Cocktail

    It amuses me to no end to watch local news outlets treat summer in Phoenix like a newsworthy event. The Sonoran Desert gets hot in July? The hell you say! Give me something else to think about besides an oppressive climate. Give me a tropical cocktail by a pool surrounded by tiki torches. Better, g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Judging Cocktails: 9 Lessons Learned After Drinking 18 Mai Tais in a Row

    Last night, 18 of Phoenix and Tucson's best bartenders took to the stage at Sandbar in Chandler to compete in the Mai Tai Competition. The two winning drinks were chosen, along with their bartenders, to go to Kona, Hawaii to represent Arizona in the national Don's Mai Tai Competition, named after ic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    How to Make a Royal Hawaiian Cocktail

    It's certainly busy season around the restaurant. It's great to see endless streams of happy folks from out of town coming in to enjoy themselves. And the corresponding bump in my paycheck is pretty damn nice, too. But I can't help but feel a little envious. I've found myself researching vacation d ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014
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    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

    May 13, 2013

    Matt Taylor of Market Street Kitchen on Robert McGrath, Brad Thompson, and the Trend He Hates (You'll Be Surprised)

    Matt Taylor Market Street Kitchen 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 480-278-7044, See also: -- Matt Taylor Becomes Head Honcho at Market Street Kitchen; Robert McGrath Stays On as Consultant -- Maple-Rye Creme Brulee at Market Street Kitchen This is part one of my interview ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    10 Favorite Summer Cocktail Tips from Chow Bella's Resident Bartender, JK Grence

    For more than a year now, Shady's bartender and regular Chow Bella contributor JK Grence, has been providing invaluable advice to the alcohol-infused masses with his "Last Call" column. Considering this grand milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of his best tips as we head into the summ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    "James Dean" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Ice Cream Sodas at MacAlpine's

    The Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream Soda Where To Get It: MacAlpine's Soda Fountain, 7th Street and Oak How Much It Costs: $3.75 What It Really Costs: Possibly hundreds or thousands more. Depends on how much you like vintage furniture. I am a shameless fan of all things retro. My closet is crammed with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    How to Make the Perfect Mai Tai

    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. After working for five years at the now-shuttered Trader Vic's in Scott ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    July 27, 2012

    The Tale of Two Suffering Bastards

    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: Trader Vic's original Mai Tai, from yours truly. This coming ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    Pop Your Cocktail Party Cherry with Advice from Chow Bella's Resident Bartender

    Since I sling drinks for a living, I get to hear quite a bit about people planning soirées at their houses. These descriptions of upcoming cocktail parties always come with an implication that they are looking for feedback on how to better throw their party. So, since many of you likely have the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    DiVerti Bar & Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'NeilThe spread from DiVerti's happy hour.​The Spot: DiVerti Bar & Grill, 4 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-284-5972 The Hours: Every day of the week from 3 to 7 pm and reverse happy hour from 10 pm to midnight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Hula's Modern Tiki Celebrates First Birthday in Style

    Hula's Modern Tiki threw its own first birthday party last night, and we, along with the rest of CenPho, showed up for the free food, scratch that, booze.

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    July 20, 2010

    Trader Vic's: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil A taste of the islands with Trader Vic's retro rollback happy hour.​The Spot: Trader Vic's, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 421-7799 The Hours: Every day of the week from 4 to 6 pm and again from 9 to 11 pm ... More >>