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Beehive Distilling is the Creative Center for Gin in Utah

America is the beehive of the world. From this central hub of technology and culture, busy little bees come and go, pollinating the landscape with their talents and ideas. It’s a hive of individuals contributing to the whole. Diversity is what unites the States. Of all the spirits, gin embodies the American ideals of strength…

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The Beach House: Abu Dhabi’s Seaside Mocktail Paradise

These may be the best mocktail images I’ve taken in Abu Dhabi. Nay! The Beach House, the most lavish local seaside mocktail paradise I’ve found, may be host to the most beautiful zero-proof cocktails ever. Park Hyatt’s The Beach House spotlights the traditional Mediterranean flavors near Abu Dhabi’s seaside. Sweet mango with vibrant blackberry purée. A…

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How Does Laphroaig Taste? The Peaty Scotch Whiskey from Islay

Good whisky ages for years. Great whisky ages over the course of millennia. At the western edge of the windswept moors of Scotland, over white-tipped ocean waves that froth with every frigid winter’s wind, the island of Islay catches a salted mist cast by the sea. In its lowlands, primordial fields of dark earth have…

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Mocktails in San Diego: The 2 Coolest Bars in Town

Mocktails are the new cocktails––and that’s especially true in San Diego. San Diego is a town whose bar scene deeply understands the mocktails trend. It’s not about having any mixed beverage or replacing a buzz with a sugar high. Who doesn’t want a cocktail’s elegance without its unpleasant side effects? Zero-proof cocktails are a delicate…

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Suntory Toki is a Traditional Spirit that Can Make the Best Taboo Cocktail

Time is the rival that my efforts endeavor to overcome.  Of the tools against age and decay, tradition is among the most effective. I sometimes view new customs, untested by the destructive rhythm of passing centuries, as a threat to the traditions that have been passed to me from my family. While time marches forward…

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Century City’s Revived Centerpiece Goes Die Hard for Cocktails

The Century Plaza Hotel is the centerpiece of Century City, which in turn is the center of Los Angeles. It’s the city’s on-call backdrop. You know the building Bruce Willis swung off in Die Hard? That’s here, in perfect view. And the Plaza staff is proud of it. But from hidden in this labyrinth of…

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Outlaw Distillery Has a Place in Utah’s Spirit Scene

There are times when symbols define who we are. Other times we seek out symbols, and people, and places, that resonate with our current values, attracting certain aspects of our own personalities. For Tyler and Outlaw Distillery, the line between symbol and persona is blurred. The romanticization of outlaws is attractive to many of us…

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These Iowa Cocktails Make You Want To Come Back To Decorah

In Decorah, a trendy college town in Iowa, residents enjoy their drinks and calming farmland ambiance. The local watering hole, La Rana Bistro, may be another weekend meetup for these folks, but city slickers coming into town will be surprised. It’s no order-a-drink-watch-tv-and-leave type of bar. It has a small-town kind of friendliness––regional Iowa cocktails…

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There’s a Deeper Meaning Behind King Spirits’ New Seafaring Labels

King Spirits is both inspired and inspiring. The boutique distiller recently released Hope Town and Walker’s Cay, two new labels with a lot going for them and the communities they support.  When I taste the smoke of the Kentucky barrels used in its bourbon, or feel the chill of the South Carolina springs in its…

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At National Harbor, This Pizzeria Is Mixing up Something Special

Fiorella Pizzeria is National Harbor’s unofficial pizza joint, known for its supreme pie with tasty homemade fennel sausage, meatballs, roasted peppers and olives. But I really needed a drink. A manager at the Club Wyndham National Harbor recommended the cocktails at Fiorella and introduced me to its general manager. He was right––I discovered it had…

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