Thirsty Thursday Archives

The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival winners

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The forks and knives were clamoring during a busy week at the latest Scottsdale Culinary Festival, with more than 35,000 people attending this year’s fun food events. But for a select few, they’re leaving with another tasty takeaway: bragging rights, and for some, donations made to their charity of choice. Without further ado, here is… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Meet the founder of Railean Distillery

Caipirinha copy, web

A unique meet and greet opportunity with the creator of the first rum certified “Made in the U.S.A.” will take place April 16 at Texaz Grille in Phoenix. Serving special rum drinks at the bar and tequila lime shrimp appetizers, Texaz Grill will welcome Kelly Railean of Railean Distillery. The distiller for Texaz, Railean Distillery… Read More →

High Street hosts first ever Mad Hauter Block Party

123RF.com, Andrey Kiselev

Tumble into the rabbit hole for an evening of over-the-top whimsy and fantasy at High Street’s first-ever Mad Hauter Block Party. On Saturday, April 25, the Phoenix entertainment district will host an evening of sinful fun. Crazy hats, sexy dresses, kinky cocktails, an off-the-chart fashion show and much more await those who enter. The event… Read More →

Juicy J to make Livewire debut May 21

Livewire and Sean Healy Presents announced that Juicy J will perform at Livewire on Thursday, May 21. Doors will be opening at 8 p.m. This is an 18+ event. Tickets will be available for purchase at LivewireAZ.com. Juicy J, born Jordan Houston, former member of Memphis based hip hop group, Three 6 Mafia, launched his… Read More →

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards announces release of new wines

From planting their first vines along Ash Creek in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in 2008 to putting the finishing touches on their Scottsdale-based wine gallery and tasting room in the fall of 2014, Co-Owners Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards have been busy building a highly successful collection of wines to please… Read More →

Beer Palooza returns to WestWorld June 20

The second annual Beer Palooza will take place on June 20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale between 1 and 6 p.m. You’ll find food, yard games, craft beer a beer store and, most importantly, air conditioning. Highlights: CRAFT BEER: Over 30 breweries such as Four Peaks, SanTan, O.H.S.O., Sleepy Dog, Oskar Blues, Mudshark, Prescott, New Belgium, Mike Hess, Stone,… Read More →

Celebrate National Whiskey Day

National Whiskey Day is this Friday and what better way to celebrate than with a classic drink with a whiskey kick? Tilted Kilt takes your traditional Long Island Iced Tea and kicks it up a notch with their own version called a Tilted Tea. The refreshing drink blends four different kinds of liquor with Triple Sec for… Read More →

Transport taste buds to the beach with these summer sips

We’ve all had just about enough of winter this year, so perhaps just thinking about colorful spring and summer cocktails will encourage the weather to clean up its act. Check out some of these recipes courtesy of mixologists across the country that will transport the taste buds to the beach with just a single sip. Toasted Tropics… Read More →

Pink Pony offers Spring Training specials fit for Giants fans

Golden Gate Sazerac, Susan Cope

Spring Training is a few tender weeks away, and Pink Pony is already ready to round the bases with its special cocktail, Golden Gate Sazerac — an ode to the San Francisco Giants, we assume — and “bomb burger.” The specials run March 1 through April 1. The burger costs $13, the cocktail costs $11… Read More →

Blue Hound mixologist Stephanie Teslar is a spirit animal

Stephanie Teslar, Photo by Shavon Rose

Stephanie Teslar serves as head mixologist at downtown Phoenix’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Bar, where classic drinks are among the favorites, for Teslar and the guests. Teslar, who’s been at the Kimpton-owned hotel bar for almost three years, says she appreciates simple drinks, “the less ingredients, the better.” “I like a drink that really enhances… Read More →

Get your sips at Arizona Cocktail Week

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Seven days a year, people from around the country come to Phoenix to celebrate and appreciate cocktails at Arizona Cocktail Week. When half of the country is freezing or hidden under snow, parties and events are being held outdoors and at venues all over the Valley. Arizona Cocktail Week is more than just drinking, though.… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Valentine’s Day Sips

Pear Bistro, Cocktails

Looking to sweeten up your Valentine’s Day weekend? Try out these cocktails from Perfect Pear Bistro (1241 E. Chandler Blvd. in Ahwatukee; 9845 S. Priest Dr. in Tempe). They’re $7.50 on the menu, but the restaurant also shared the recipes and prep instructions below. Cheers! Cherry Kiss 2oz Cherry Vodka 3/4oz Creme De Cocoa 3/4oz… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Drinking with purpose

Photos courtesy of Evolve PR

The holidays are all about fun, friends, family and of course some seasonal cocktails. Kelly’s at SouthBridge is offering its All That Glitters Eggnog Martini for $25. While the cost may seem steep, 100 percent of that is going to nonprofit Andrea’s Closet. The drink is made with homemade eggnog, Bacardi Rum, a splash of… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch, Courtesy of The Cove Trattoria

If you’re looking for something a little lighter than spiked eggnog at your next Ugly Sweater Party, behold The Cove Trattoria’s Sparking Pomegranate Holiday Punch! The ingredients are bulky, so this should be good for more than a few servings of sweet, bubbly holiday cheer. Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch: 1 bottle of champagne or sparkling… Read More →