11 Thanksgiving Cocktails For 2020

It’s been a crazy year, to say the least, but we are grateful for so much. Namely, for our readers and all of the beverage professionals working hard and trying to make a difference in the on-premise industry, and the supplier companies that support them. Mostly, we are super grateful that 2020 is nearly over. Raise a glass and give thanks with a special seasonal cocktail; here are 11 to consider. Legends of The Fall(Shown…

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A Look At Liqueurs And Cordials

They may not generate the excitement of fast-growing spirit categories such as American whiskey and tequila, but cordials and liqueurs remain an integral component in classic cocktails and modern mixology. The diverse segment encompasses creamy, dessert-like sips, fruity cordials and sweet, flavored-whiskey expressions, as well as bitter aperitifs. Consumption of cordials and liqueurs increased 2.7% in 2019, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2020 Liquor Handbook (a sister brand of Cheers), reaching 25.6 million 9-liter…

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The Trick to Understanding Sparkling Wine Labels

Bubbly wines are made differently than still wines, of course. There are three main styles, which are based on the European wine they emulate during the method of production: Champagne – Fermented twice, with second fermentation in sealed bottles, using the “Traditional Method.” Flavor, texture and mousse are enhanced by long-term aging on yeast sediments, or lees. These wines are most often dry to bone-dry. Prosecco – Fermented twice, with second fermentation in pressurized tanks,…

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To-go Only Sushi Concept Mujō Pops Up in Atlanta

Talk about bad timing. Mujō was scheduled to open as a pop-up sushi restaurant in Atlanta this past March—just as the coronavirus outbreak was shutting down on-premise service in most markets. So parent company Castellucci Hospitality Group (CHG) pivoted to a to-go only, pop-up model that opened in late May. Despite the switch in format, Executive Chef J. Trent Harris prioritized creating an elevated, omakase-level sushi and sake program for Mujō. He wanted to replicate…

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Hella Good Halloween Drinks

Halloween seemed to start earlier this year, perhaps everyone is looking for something to celebrate—or maybe something to be scared of other than current events. A specialty cocktail may make things less frightening; here are eight Halloween recipes that we like. The Sandman’s Serenade (Shown atop)1 ½ parts Hendrick’s Orbium gin¼ part Maraschino liqueur½ part Yellow Chartreuse½ part Honey syrup¾ part Lime juice1 bar spoon White balsamic vinegar1 dash Rose water Combine ingredients and shake. Fine…

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