Twin Peaks celebrates International Whiskey Day with their Kentucky Mule on March 27th

Another day another day celebrating a food or drink and on March 27th whiskies from around the world get their own day to shine as somebody has anointed the last Monday of March International Whiskey Day.  To celebrate the two Phoenix area Twin Peaks (Phoenix & Scottsdale) are putting a unique twist on the classic cocktail Moscow Mule with their Kentucky Mule on this festive day.

Twin Peaks will be 86’ing the vodka on this day and using Maker’s Mark Bourbon whiskey in its place for their Kentucky Mule. If you can’t make it out to Twin Peaks to toast International Whiskey Day with the brown spirit you can make your own Mule with Twin Peaks recipe below. Cheers!

Ingredients below yield 1 cocktail

1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark

.5 oz. lemon juice

.5 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. ginger beer

1 lemon wheel

1 mint spring

Directions:

Add Maker’s Mark to a copper mule mug. Add lemon juice and simple syrup and stir with a bar spoon. Top with ice and ginger beer. Garnish with a mint spring and lemon wedge.

Twin Peaks two Valley locations – Camelback (2135 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix) and Scottsdale (8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale). http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/

 

 

Bloody Mary’s with a twist on New Year’s Day 2017

Two weeks from today many of us will be waking up with cob webs in our head while waiting for the coffee to kick in after ringing in 2017. New Year’s Day 2017 falls on a Sunday and it’s also National Bloody Mary Day. There’s no way better to cure the hangover while continuing the celebration than with the traditional hangover cocktail. Put your New Year’s resolution to get in shape or drink less on hold for another day or 2 and head to these restaurants that will be offering Bloody Mary’s with twist.

Vintage 95’s Miss Mary

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Locally owned Grimaldi’s Pizzeria recently launched a cocktail menu that has a Bloody Mary made with their secret pizza sauce. The Grimaldi’s Bloody Mary is made with Grimaldi’s famous pizza sauce and is combined with New Amsterdam Vodka, Demitri BM mix and is served ice and topped with a medley of pizza toppings. To find a Grimaldi’s near you visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

Vintage 95 The Miss. Mary is Vintage 95 Wine Lounge’s nod to the classic morning drink. Created with house made Bloody Mary mix that includes horseradish, Worcestershire, Sriracha and tomato juice to give the drink a nice spicy kick. Mix in Svedka vodka and garnished with Beeler’s bacon, olives and a lime wedge makes this drink a standout. $5.00  For information visit www.vintage95.com.

Twin Peaks If you like a drink that will put a bit of hair on your chest, Twin Peaks has the Bloody Mary for you. Absolut Peppar Vodka mixes with tomato juice for a spicy concoction that’s garnished with celery, an olive, and of course, bacon. www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com.

Thirsty Lion The Gastropub offers two Bloody Mary’s on their menu. Try the Sriracha Bloody Mary Vodka made with sriracha sauce, tomato juice and Demitri’s spices. If you want something even spicier try the Wasabi Bloody Mary made with wasabi, tomato juice and Demitri’s spices! For Thirsty Lion locations visit www.thirstyliongastropub.com.

 

Windsor rolls out 4 new Fall inspired cocktails.

When mornings start getting cooler and weekends being dedicated to football we know the seasons have changed and Fall is upon us. With this seasonal change we also see the change on restaurant menus and cocktail list using seasonal ingredients and flavors. Central Phoenix’s Windsor has created 4 new cocktails with shorter days and longer nights in mind.

Photo courtesy of Upward Projects
Photo courtesy of Upward Projects

windsor cocktail’s no. 36, 40,77 & 83

With no pumpkin spice in sight, Upward Project’s Beverage Director Brent Karlicek has created 4 new numbered, not named, cocktails that uses artisan spirits with the bold flavors of Autumn.

No. 36 is a Manhattan with Karlicek’s personal touch combining Bourbon, red Vermouth, spiced honey, Lustau Sherry & garnished with a spiced honey lollipop.

No.40 uses Dominacan & Demerara rum, this inspired cocktail from a 120 year old recipe blends strawberry syrup, a bold Cocchi Barolo Chinato red wine, Sombra Mezcal, fresh lime juice and a strawberry garnish is “just plain dreamy” as an Italian styled dessert wine.

No.77 is a savory blend of Bourbon, Cutty Sark Scotch, Fernet Branca, lime juice, ginger syrup, Redd’s Ginger Brew and a candied ginger garnish. It’s 27 secret ingredients offer complexity and character.

No.83 uses infused spirits such as Chamomile infused Bourbon, gin, lime juice, house made Mango syrup, Reed’s Ginger Brew and Luxardo Amaro with a mint sprig garnish for a layered cocktail that can also refresh your taste buds.

These new cocktails are now available at Windsor 5223 N. Central Ave Phoenix, 85012 (602)279-1111 http://www.windsoraz.com

 

Fall ingredients and a nursery rhyme make for new Fall cocktails at The Ostrich in Chandler

A nursery rhyme is not the only place you’ll find the Butcher, the Baker & the Candlestick maker but on the new Fall cocktail menu at The Ostrich created by beverage director & mixoloigist Brandon Casey, just in time for the fall. Using locally sourced ingredients such as figgy pudding bitters, desert blossom honey syrup and mulling spices, Casey brings to life classic cocktails for the new Fangled Fall menu as the seasons begin to change.

Photo courtesy of The Ostrich
Photo courtesy of The Ostrich

casey’s inspiration

Casey says he is  “Drawing inspiration from classic cocktails and breathing autumn life into them, these redesigned classics pay homage to their roots while embracing new and local ingredients. The new cocktail menu features spirits from all over the world paired with local ingredients to help both reach their ultimate potential.  We’ve married sweet, smoke, spice and citric to create a collection of drinks that are perfect for fall.”

Photo courtesy of The Ostrich
Photo courtesy of The Ostrich

The ostrich and Rub a dub dub

The nursery rhyme “Rub a Dub Dub” dates back to the late 17th century when 3 townsfolk head out-of-town with dubious intentions and upon their return a bath was much-needed. Several cocktails on the menu are inspired by this story so much so patrons will enjoy theatrical entertainment with their cocktails. Below are a few of the new cocktails….

The Butcher – an inspired cobbler. Lagavulin 16, Don Zoilo Amontillado, spiced stone fruit syrup, served over cut ice with a cherry mint bouquet

 The Baker – a fall inspired whisky sour. Bulleit Rye, Montenegro Amaro, Cocktail and Son’s King Cake Syrup, AZBL Figgy Pudding bitters, lemon juice, egg white.

 The Candlestick Maker – a Mezcal riff on a last world. Montelobos Joven, Caskwerk’s Apple Pie, Yellow Chartruese, lemon juice. With dehydrated mulling spice.

 Under the Norman Sun – simply the best Sazerac you’ll ever drink. VSOP Calvados, Rye, desert blossom honey syrup, AZBL Orange Sunshine, Peychaud’s, Pernod Absinthe Rinse, lemon twist.

The below ground cocktail lounge The Ostrich is opened Tues. – Sat. at 6pm. and is at 10 N. San Marcos Pl. Chandler 85225 http://www.crustrestaurants.com/ostrich

 

 

The Wing Counter huddles up with Football Wing Specials and Kool Aid cocktails

Glendale’s The Wing Counter has been serving up 15 varieties of rubbed and sauced chicken wings since 2015 and have now introduced Kool Aid cocktails, beers and wing specials for the upcoming football season.

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter
Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Kool Aid Cocktails and beer

The Kool Aid cocktails known as TWC Punch are available in 3 flavors….Fruit Punch Vodka, Grape Vodka and Blue Raspberry Tequila all sell for $6. Beers now include Coors Light & Angry Orchard Cider for $2.75 and Blue Moon, Corona, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Lagunitas IPA are $3.75.

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter
Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Football Specials

Starting Sunday September 11th, owners Shane and Sheri Sender will be offering their Football Madness Specials that include 10% off party trays of 50 wings or more AND with a Cardinals win they will offer 25% off party trays (50 wings minimum too) for the next Cardinals game day.

Stop in on Cardinals game day wearing Cardinals gear and you will receive a free order of fries with your wing order.

All wing specials run through the Super Bowl in 2017.

1 year anniversary special

With The Wing Counter’s 1 year anniversary fast approaching wing fans can save 50% off wing orders on September 23rd & 24th. Customers can use this deal only once on each of the days.

 

La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and Modern Margarita opens in downtown Chandler

Downtown Chandler continues to become a dining destination in the southeast valley as La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and its sister restaurant Modern Margarita brings its pizza, tacos, cocktails and tequilas to the former Coach & Willie’s space on the SE corner of Chandler Blvd. and Boston St. last week. I had the opportunity to preview menu items and cocktails from both restaurants and enjoyed everything.

Modern Marg mural 20160812_134848The restaurants combined account for 6,000 sq. ft. and will share the same kitchen but will have separate street front entrances and have its own identity with individual menus, decor and ambiance. This is the 3rd location for La Bocca Urban Kitchen and 2nd Modern Margarita in the Phoenix area for Mill Avenue Management Group. Both menus are under the direction of head chef Jared Cummings

La bocca urban Kitchen + wine Bar

La Bocca’s menu is full of Mediterranean styled food favorites including Hummus, Charcuterie & Antipasti boards, 10 Bruschetta to choose from and lets not forget the 10 different pizzas including Chicken Pesto, Autumn Garden, Truffled Mushroom , Margherita and more.

La bocca pizza 20160812_130705The beverage program at La Bocca gets as much attention as the food does with over 12 craft cocktails & sangria, wines flights from around the world, 30+ whiskies by the glass and the new house made Cellos.

Daily Happy hour and Daily specials

Sip on drinks at La Bocca’s daily Happy Hour from 3-6:30pm with $5 off glasses of wine and $2 off draft beers and single call spirits. There are daily specials including “Sunday Funday and Monday” with selected bottles of wine 1/2 off, “Mixology Monday” with all craft cocktails $2 off and “Whiskey Wednesday” with $2 off all whiskies. www.laboccapizzeria.com

Hours at La Bocca are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Modern Margarita

Tequila cocktails and Margaritas are the name of the game, literally at Modern Margarita with more than 60 premium tequilas available for mixing or sipping. The award winning Margaritas are made with fresh juices, pure ingredients and innovative flavors that include the Sandia Rita( tequila, watermelon syrup, pineapple juice and more) and Up in Smoke (tequila, barrel smoked maple syrup and house sour mix). Frozen margaritas, beers in the can, bottle & on tap and a few wines are also available.

Moder Marg Taco 20160812_142140Modern Margarita has earned multiple awards for their street tacos on the Phoenix food festival scene and uses seasonal ingredients on both its food and cocktail menu. Other menu items include house made salsa and guacamole, Ultimate Green Chile Burger, Carne Asada Tostada and more. www.modernmargarita.com

Hours at Modern Margarita are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

 

 

 

 

P.F. CHANG’S INTRODUCES PAD THAI

P.F. Chang’s has launched a new Pad Thai menu with entrees starting at $12.95. For a limited time, guests can order a sweet and savory combination of rice noodles, egg, tofu, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, crispy shallots, cilantro and lime, topped with a choice of shrimp, chicken or a combination of both.

Pad Thai combo

To complement these new dishes, P.F. Chang’s suggests two wines. The Fillaboa Albarino offers layers of tropical fruit and crisp acidity, while the Garnet Pinot Noir provides lush fruit, spice and rich textures. On the specialty cocktail menu, the Chinese 88 Martini, Yuzu Ginger Mojito and Platinum Pom Margarita are also suggested to balance the Pad Thai flavors.

“We are very excited to introduce Pad Thai and bring this iconic Thai dish to our menu for the first time,” said Dan Drummond, Brand Director of P.F. Chang’s. “We look forward to sharing Pad Thai with our guests and hope they enjoy it with one of our recommended wines or cocktails to complement the experience. “

Yuzu Ginger Mojito

The new Pad Thai dishes will be offered at all P.F. Chang’s in the continental United States, starting Wednesday, October 3. Pad Thai will be available for a limited time only. More information can be found at www.pfchangs.com/padthai.