• Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Phoenix Heavy Metal Bands Enter the Whiskey Game

    Some of the most legendary artists found inspiration from their favorite alcoholic spirits -- and unfortunately for several, an untimely death. However, it wasn't until the past decade or two when artists and the creators and distributors of said brands decided to put their (metal) heads together to ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    How to Make Halloween Black Currant Blood Punch

    I'm more than a little excited that Halloween is almost here. Part of my excitement is that Halloween parties can be some of the most enjoyable soirées of the year. The mix of spooky kitsch and childhood nostalgia is irresistible. Of course, now that we're grown-ups, our Halloween parties are a li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    5 Ways to Learn More About Liquor and Cocktails in Metro Phoenix This Fall

    You might fancy yourself an at-home mixologist and maybe you have been building up that home bar selection into something quite respectable. Well, it's time to put all of those bottles to use and learn how to implement their boozey goodness in the best way possible. Luckily, there are a few spots in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Spotted Donkey Cantina Tuesday, September 9 Tomorrow Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal in North Scottsdale will host a tequila dinner event featuring Tequila Chamucos. The five course dinner will start with appetizers including la canasta chips and salsas; cheese chicken quesadillas; and salmon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Cocktail Summer Camp at The Gladly: 200 Years of Whiskey Cocktails Passed in a Flash

    Are you good at retaining information while consuming a formidable amount of alcohol? If so, then chances are you'd get a lot out of The Gladly's Summer Cocktail Camp, a series of bi-monthly cocktail classes featuring some of the Valley's top mixologists this summer. Each booze-soaked camp feature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    How to Make a Ward Eight Cocktail

    The name of the Ward Eight cocktail has some interesting possible connotations. What could the history of the drink entail? Was there a sanitarium wing that treated heavy tipplers who tended to enjoy this particular drink? Did a church ward make a non-alcoholic drink that was later tainted with demo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Arizona Distilling Company Wins Silver, Bronze Medals at San Fransisco Spirits Competition

    Local craft distillery Arizona Distilling Company received some exciting recognition this weekend when two of their three currently released spirits medaled in a national liquor competition. The San Francisco Spirits Competition recognizes international distilleries through extensive tasting panels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    7 Products We Really Want After Visiting the Arizona Cocktail Week Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market

    On Monday, we hit the Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market, a part of Arizona Cocktail Week, to taste products from craft distillers from all over the country. The event featured dozens of craft spirits and well as other cocktail accouterments. Here are seven of the best things we tasted at the even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Ron Burgundy Has His Own Blended Scotch Whisky and It's Kind of A Big Deal

    Ladies and gentlemen we have some urgent breaking news. In anticipation of the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues you can now give the gift of Ron Burgundy scotch this holiday season. Aptly named "Great Odin's Raven," the scotch comes courtesy of Rivera Imports, a totally real marketer and importer ... 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

    September 16, 2013

    Tuesday Night TV Dinner, Bourbon Heritage Month and More This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Another weekend has passed us by but this week in Phoenix there are more than a few dining and drinking opportunities for mid-week fun. Here are a some of the events we have on the books. Monday Night Chef's Table with Four Peaks Brewery Monday, September 16 To kick off the week ZuZu in Old Town ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Scotch Chef's Table at Cafe ZuZu in Scottsdale on May 20

    A Mr. Ron Burgundy once said, "I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly." And if, like Mr. Burgundy, you're a fan of the stuff, then you might just be thrilled to know that Cafe ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale will be having a scotch-filled chef's table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Get Ready for Mardi Gras with the Perfect Sazerac

    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. Mardi Gras is coming up quick. The fuel of Fat Tuesday's debauchery is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Under The Weather? The Resident Bartender Has Just What You Need: A Hot Toddy.

    I couldn't help but notice that this week, it seems like everyone has some form of plague. I should know. I'm still sniffling and stuffy. My prescription is a nice Hot Toddy. See Also: -Need a pick-me-up? Irish Coffee is just the ticket. The Hot Toddy is more of a method than a specific cocktail. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2012
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    May 31, 2012

    Glenfiddich's Cask of Dreams

    We all have dreams, though some might be more easily attainable than others. Is your dream to travel to a foreign country? Easy. Is your dream to be CEO of a company? Tough, but not impossible. Is your dream is to taste a Scotch aged in casks inscribed with the hopes of thousands of American dreamer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Talking Bourbon with Rob Samuels, COO of Maker's Mark

    Rob Samuels comes from a long line of whiskey-makers -- the Samuels clan has been distilling as far back as the 1500s in Scotland and was making whiskey in America before the country was founded. Bill Samuels Sr. (Rob's grandfather) began producing Maker's Mark in 1954, and Rob took over as chief op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Irish Whiskey: A St. Patrick's Day Primer

    It's been said that God created whiskey to keep the Irish from taking over the world. If it's true, he didn't do a great job of it -- the Irish take over the world every day on March 17. But while everyone may be from the land of the clover on St. Patrick's Day, before you go around pinching everyon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Rula Bula's Irish Rose

    ​There' s more than one way to drink like an Irishman on St. Patrick's Day. You could, of course, go wild with the Guinness and food-coloring-spiked beer, but you'd be missing out on the true national drink of Ireland: whiskey. And while Steve Goumas, owner of Rula Bula, recommends tasting whiskey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Irish Whiskey School this Saturday

    Skip the evening crowd and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the afternoon at Old Town Whiskey, located in Scottsdale's The Saguaro hotel. This Saturday from 2 to 4 pm, learn all about Irish whiskey from the Whiskey Professor, including how to make Old Town Whiskey's signature Irish cocktail -- The Cel ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2012
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    March 22, 2011

    The Single Malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza and Sweet Pepper Soup in Today's Eater's Digest

    Girl Cooks World​​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Whiskey ExtravaganzaIf you're a scotch or whiskey connoisseur you are not going to want to miss out on the 18th Annual Single Malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza happening this Thursday at ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010
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    February 17, 2009

    Get Your Whisky On

    Seems like there are wine tastings going on all the time, from your neighborhood grocery store to the ritziest restaurants in the Valley. But how often do you get a chance to sample the harder stuff? And no, I'm not talking about whatever you're carrying in that flask. This Sunday, the brand-new Spo ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2008

    5 nights of pints

    Pint-size guide to Phoenix's Irish Pub scene