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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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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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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These Healthy Vermont Mocktails Are Good As Gold

When it comes to mocktails, all that glitters is gold––at least in one Vermont town. Brattleboro’s premier vegan eatery, SuperFresh!, has a lineup of specialty golden drinks, which are perfect for celebrating your health or just commemorating a special event. Jessica Weston, the owner, has her own cookbook with recipes fit to empower any health-conscious…

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1911 Has Great Labels, Delicious Ciders and Might Just Replace Your Beer

Everyone has tried hard ciders, and chances are my impressions of them are shared among many: they are a tasty novelty, and you pick up a six-pack every few months just as a change of pace or to refresh your memory of their delicious sweetness. But perhaps too sweet to consume on a regular basis.…

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Canned Cocktails Can Have Quality Ingredients

Emphasis on delicious since the market is saturated with cocktails in bottles, cans and bags, whose origins of ingredients are questionable at best. I was hesitant to go through a taste test for each of these alcoholic options in the slow march of trial-and-error because 1: it’s a lot of work, and 2: I’ve never…

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