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Thirsty Thursday: Bobby Q’s Jalarita

When it’s time to kick the heat without sacrificing your Arizona love for spice, throw back the Jalarita mixed up by the barbecue pros at Bobby Q. The jalapeno cocktail, new to the menu, is served on the rocks, costs $10 at the restaurant and is also available with mango, raspberry, peach and strawberry twists.

What you need to make it at home:
1.25 oz Jose Cuervo
1/2 oz agave
3 oz sweet and sour
1 sliced jalapeño and cilantro to taste

fruitjulius, wb

Thirsty Thursday: Nabers’ refreshing Fruit Julius

Locally-owned Nabers is quite the happy hour spot. With the weather as gorgeous as it is now, the patio gives diners a perfect spot to enjoy good food, drinks and friends.

Happy hour runs from 2 to 7 p.m. every day. Deals include $3 off all appetizers, $4 house wine, $3 domestic draft beer, $4 craft beer and $4.50 well drinks.

Nabers has a loyalty card program, in which customers earn a point for every dollar spent. Upon reaching 100 points, customers get $10 off. To sign up for the loyalty program, visit the restaurant.

Fruit Julius, Courtesy of Evolve PR

Fruit Julius, Courtesy of Evolve PR

Fruit Julius

What you need:

2 strawberries
2 oz. 3 Olives Marilyn
3 oz. of orange juice
Splash of Sprite
Dollop of fresh whipped cream

Muddle 2 strawberries in a bar glass. Add 2 oz. 3 Olives Marilyn, 3 oz. of OJ and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Fill the glass with ice, shake lightly and pour into pint glass and top with Sprite.

Nabers is located at 825 N. 54th St. in Chandler.

Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch, Courtesy of The Cove Trattoria

Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

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
1 cup of pomegranate juice
1 cup of seltzer/ club soda
16oz of citrus vodka
Lemon twists for garnish

Visit The Cove Trattoria at the Seville Shopping Center, 7001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale.

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Thirsty Thursday: TEXAZtini cocktail recipe

TEXAZ Grill may be best known for a rib-sticking menu of classic Texas-style comfort foods, including its signature Chicken Fried Steak (more than 858,526 sold and counting). But, hiding behind three decades of wacky wall art and a well-worn bar top made out of an old shuffleboard table, might just be the town’s best-kept secret. We’re talking about the TEXAZ bar that has been serving up ice-cold beers and Texas-tinged cocktails since 1985. And now for the first time in 29 years, the bar has rolled out its own specialty cocktail menu, including a collection of craveable bar munchies.

Available now, TEXAZ’s cocktail menu features five varieties of Martinis, including the TEXAZTINI made with Texas’ own Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a touch of dry vermouth and a pickled okra spear. Alternately, get Fresh & Fun with 8 different margaritas and other citrus-based cocktails, including the TEXAZ Bluebonnet (Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka mixed with pineapple juice) or the Moscow (Texas) Mule made with English ginger beer (and yes, there is a Moscow, Texas). Finish with any of TEXAZ’s four different Cream & Coffee Drinks, including the signature Bourbon Milk Punch, the Santa Anna Shake spiked with tequila and Kahlua, or the Cowboy Coffee (Republic tequila, Kahlua, Bailey Irish Cream and coffee, topped with whipped cream.)

The fine folks at TEXAZ shared the recipe for its TEXAZtini with Scottsdale Living. See below!

What you need:
2 oz., Tito’s vodka
1 oz., dry vermouth
Pickled okra spear


Add ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into martini glass and garnish with a spear of pickled okra.

Photo by: Anthony TerBush

Thirsty Thursday: TapHouse Kitchen’s Sweet Lily

Sweet Lily, Anthony TerBush

Sweet Lily, Anthony TerBush

Everywhere you turn, restaurants are trying to show pumpkin-flavored everything into your pie holes. Even though that is one of our favorite things about autumn, we’ll happily take a break from our spiced squash at the bar for the Sweet Lily, a citrus and elderberry cocktail from TapHouse Kitchen at The Hilton Village — where it doesn’t feel quite like fall…yet.

Sweet Lily

What you need: 1.5 oz Patron Silver Tequila .75 oz St. Germaine Elderberry .5 oz Simple Syrup Splash Lemon Juice .75 oz grapefruit juice Splash of soda water
How to make it: Mix ingredients in tumbler with ice. Pour through strainer and serve in martini glass. Garnish with Flamingo orange peel.

TapHouse Kitchen at The Hilton Village is at 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd, #108 Scottsdale

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, 2045 E. Camelback Road #A17, in Phoenix

Thirsty Thursday: Boss Hog

Did you know Saturday, Aug. 30, is International Bacon Day?

So, we know it’s a Saturday, but don’t hit “snooze” just yet — the Valley will be wafting with bacon bright and early!

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, in Phoenix gets pretty excited about bacon — all breakfast foods, really — and curated a bacon-inspired menu to pig-out on.

The Boss Hog, courtesy of Allie Marconi

The Boss Hog, courtesy of Allie Marconi

From 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Snooze will serve up hot, sizzling slices of bacon with a side of other delicious, specially prepared breakfast foods, such as, “Cinnfully Cinnfull Pancakes” (buttermilk pancakes filled with while chocolate chips and topped with candied bacon, bacon caramel, vanilla creme, cinnamon butter and toasted pecans) and a BLT Benny on an English muffin (Tender Belly bacon and warmed heirloom tomatoes atop toasted English muffin with cage free poached eggs, cream cheese hollandaise and fresh arugula). And, of course, a fine porcine cocktail to wash it all down with.

Ladies, gents and bacon-lovers, everywhere. We give you the Boss Hog cocktail, from Snooze, an A.M. Eatery.

What you’ll need:
Bacon-infused bourbon
Bloody Mary mix
Bacon strip (for garnish)

How to make it:
Mix and stir (adjusting bourbon ratio to your chest hair needs)
(We stirred this bad boy with our stick of crunch bacon for extra flair — yum!)


Visit Snooze, an A.M. Eatery at: 2045 E. Camelback Road #A17

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Thirsty Thursday: RA Sushi Bombpop

Oh, say can you see? There’s a patriotic cocktail just waiting to turn your Fourth of July weekend into the dawn’s early light. This week’s red, white and blue-themed Thirsty Thursday comes courtesy of RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant, which will make you one of these bombastic babies for $8.

RA Sushi Bombpop!

RA Sushi Bombpop!

What you need:
Bottle of Smirnoff Ice
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
1.25 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
.25 oz. Grenadine

How to make it:
Step 1: Drizzle grenadine in a sake cup and add vodka.
Step 2: Pour eight ounces of Smirnoff Ice into a 12-ounce bucket glass.
Step 3: Drizzle Blue Curacao along the inside of the glass.
Step 4: Just before serving, drop the sake glass into the bomber glass.
Tip: Serve with the remainder of the Smirnoff Ice.

RA Sushi has five Valley locations in Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, north Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale. For information, visit RAsushi.com.

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Thirsty Thursday: Honeydew Cucumber Sour

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite places to spend a day at the spa. But that isn’t the only way for the resorts’ guests to get refreshed. Sanctuary’s newly renovated jade bar is serving up a new Honeydew Cucumber Sour ($14) with its summer menu, and we can’t wait to give it  a try on one of these upcoming triple-digit days! Cool fact, courtesy of jade bar, cucumbers can be 20 degrees cooler on the inside than the outside air.

What’s in the Honeydew Cucumber Sour:
Martin Miller’s Reformed Dry Gin
Fresh-pressed lemon juice
Honeydew juice
Clover honey syrup
Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters
Sliced cucumber

How to make it:
Mix ingredients, garnish with cucumber and sip happily.

jade bar @ Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, sanctuaryoncamelback.com

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Thirsty Thursday: The Paddy Bomb

Once a year, the words “going green” don’t refer to sustainable life choices. We’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day. When the beer taps run shades of emerald and glittery hues of Ireland are pasted up in every bar in town.

Today’s “Thirsty Thursday” can be whipped up in a pinch for this special drinking holiday.

The Paddy Bomb is just one of the many Irish themed drinks that Tilted Kilt will be serving up this St. Patrick’s Day (that’s Monday, March 17).

A crowd favorite, a Paddy Bomb turns green within seconds as Three Olives Orange Vodka and Blue Curacao are dropped into a half pint of Red Bull. The restaurant will also be offering a variety of beers on tap, Irish whiskey, shooters, bombers and brilliant bevvie’s.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Tilted Kilt will be hosting parties across the country and will feature the Irish Hooley Menu in addition to the Tilted Kilt beauties in traditional Scottish kilts, green beer and other festivities. Visit their website for deets.


The Dish: Kentucky Eggnog Spike

Georgia has the best peaches and everyone loves California wine but Kentucky knows its bourbon. Celebrate the holidays with a taste of the South by making this eggnog spike. One glass will be sure to have you kissing under the mistletoe in no time!

This particular concoction is best made at least a week in advance and given time to marinate. So, if you want to be drinking it by Christmas Eve get going now!

Check below the recipe for complimentary gift labels, wrapping suggestions and a tutorial on removing labels from wine bottles.

Kentucky Eggnog Spike

Makes about 4 cups


  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 7 whole cloves


Pour bourbon, rum and brandy into 1-quart bottle. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bourbon mixture; add pod to bottle.

Using mortar and pestle or bottom of heavy small skillet, crack whole nutmeg into 4 or 5 pieces. Add nutmeg pieces, cinnamon sticks and cloves to mixture. Cork bottle tightly. Let stand in cool, dark place for 1 week. (Can be prepared 3 months ahead.)

To make the eggnog


Makes about 6 servings

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 quarts half and half
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1+ cup spike
  • 1 cup milk or more as needed
  • freshly grated nutmeg


In a heavy saucepan with an electric mixer beat together half-and-half, cream, sugar, and yolks until combined well. Cook mixture over moderate heat, continuing to beat, until slightly thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes.

Remove pan from heat. Continue to beat mixture until slightly cooled. Stir in vanilla and nutmeg.
Transfer eggnog to a bowl and chill, covered, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

Add 1 cup of the spike to start and adjust to taste.

Just before serving, thin eggnog with milk to desired consistency. Garnish with cinnamon or nutmeg.


Preparations and Gifting Suggestions

For a quick and easy way to remove labels from wine bottles, check out this tutorial at DIY Idea Time.

Once labels are removed, thoroughly wash and dry your bottle. Using a funnel, pour the eggnog spike in to the bottle followed by the vanilla and spices. Seal firmly with a cork.

Using a thin layer of glue, attach the eggnog spike label to the bottle.

To make your bottle extra special, drip red or green sealing wax around the cork to ensure no leakage and make opening it part of the fun. Finish it off by tying a Christmas ribbon with a big bow around the neck. A fresh piece of nutmeg and a grater would also be great attached to the ribbon.

Use these special touches to let your friends and family know how much you care about their buzz this Christmas.

Click on the image below for complimentary labels or try your hand at designing your own!

Eggnog Label Sheet



Praised for having approximately one-third fewer calories than other vodkas, Voli Light Vodkas proves you can still make healthy decisions when having a cocktail.

Voli Light Vodkas is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with festive cocktail recipes that can be mixed and enjoyed right at home. Be sure and tell us how you like them!

Ferguson(1)FERGUSON, approx. 125 calories

1 ½ oz Voli Lemon

¾ oz Apple Pucker

2 fresh lemon squeezes

Top with soda

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Apple Wedge

Method: Shake and strain


Green Garden EditorialVOLI GREEN GARDEN, approx. 100 calories

1 ½ oz Voli Original

Cut green pepper

1 oz Lime Juice

1 Stevia packet

Handful of Basil

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Basil on top, Salt and Pepper rim

Method: Shake and strain


VolitoVOLITO, approx. 85 calories

1 ½ oz Voli Lemon

½ Fresh Lime

8 Mint Leaves

1 Packet Sweetener

Club Soda

Glass: Highball

Garnish: Mint, Sprig

Method: Muddle lime, mint and sweetener. Add Voli, light shake and pour all ingredients in glass. Top with Club Soda.