Pomegranate Pink Tonic Mocktail Recipe––an Aperitif for People Who Hate Bitter

The pomegranate pink tonic mocktail looks cool. Let’s show it off! Tonics and aperitifs get a bad rap for their awful flavor and association with medicine. If you’re a drink, you stay away from medicine. Dr. Pepper still has it rough even now, with only medium-sized niches praising its perfect combination of 23 flavors. But…

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Yes, These Are Cocktails! The Top 5 Pre-mixed Drinks I Found in South Africa

There I was, perusing the drink options at the various establishments at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, when I came across a product that caught my eye. Bottled cocktails? Pre-made to perfection? My American mind couldn’t comprehend, but sure enough, there they were––pre-mixed cocktails in bright, colorful packaging, just waiting for me to…

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A Thousand Miles East to Omaha: a Story of Burgers and Ale

The wind blew, and I found myself cast a thousand miles east, having been lifted from the Salt Lake Valley and its sprawling mountain roots beneath the earth, landing among Omaha, Nebraska’s rolling hills. Culture is seeded here in clumps of arbitrary districts where like-minded individuals have gathered, evolving over decades into sects that have…

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South Africa’s Trendsetting St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail: Eye of the Hurricane

What’s a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail without the green dye? That’s the Eye of the Hurricane––an Irish-themed cocktail from South Africa. That’s not a place Americans would associate with Irish traditions like St. Patrick’s Day. But this little-known drink is gaining in fame.  Eye of the Hurricane is a bitter lemon and passion fruit flavor…

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SOL Sky Bar Is Dubai’s Summer Mocktail Master

Mojitos, sangrias, punches––the most popular summer mocktails in Dubai. I tried each of these at SOL Sky Bar, a fun summer-themed rooftop bar with one of the friendliest bartending staff in Dubai. Wait, but it’s January, the depth of winter!  Dubai can provide a summer experience in the middle of winter. That’s why you’ll find…

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Abu Dhabi’s Seaside Mocktail Paradise: The Beach House

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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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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