On-premise Tech For The New Normal

Technology has become more important in beverage alcohol in recent years, for both on- and off-premise operators. But the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the push to adopt new tech and tactics, especially as stay-at-home orders brought a surge in restaurant to-go and delivery business. Whereas restaurant technology previously focused more on business aspects such as point-of-sale and payments, digital menus and signage, full-service operators now seek solutions such as upgraded sanitization systems and products, delivery-route optimization…

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4 Drinks For The Fourth

The Fourth of July weekend would typically be time of parties, picnics, fireworks and celebration, but 2020 is no typical year. Though the coronavirus pandemic has muted the festivities in many markets, consumers can still socially distance with a cocktail or two in honor of our independence. Here are four fairly simple recipes for the 4th. Blueberry + Cranberry Collins Blueberry + Cranberry Collins2 oz. Vegas Baby vodka6 Muddled blueberries½ oz. Lemon juice¼ oz. Simple syrupSplash…

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Answering Vodka Calls: On-premise Trends

“Vodka pays the bills. It’s the leading spirit in terms of sales,” says Jay Giordano, beverage director at SixWest in Boston. The New-American restaurant and bar carries eight vodkas, each made with different bases for variety and flexibility. The lineup includes two flavors—Ketel One’s Citroen and Oranje. [Editor’s Note: The reporting for this article took place before the coronavirus business restrictions went into effect, so many operators are shifting strategies and plans.] “Not all bartenders…

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10 Strategies For Reopening Restaurants

Although restaurants across North America are beginning to open again in a limited capacity, it’s clear that the traditional model won’t be viable in the short-term and will continue to be tested moving forward. This is a challenge, but also an opportunity for reinvention. Using the insight gleaned from our proprietary consumer research, we’ve come up with 10 suggestions for restaurants looking to create new experiences, find new ways to be profitable and make a…

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How Grape Ripeness Affects Wine Varieties

Newcomers often latch onto grape varieties as though wine were like ice cream: the name of the flavor sums up how the product will taste. This is understandable. Grapes are prominent on many wine labels, and seemingly offer a clear-cut way to decode the wine. But varietal flavor is a moving target. There is a much wider range of styles possible within one grape’s wines than there is within the realms of chocolate or vanilla…

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