Jonas Halpren

Memorial Day Cocktails & Entertaining

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Memorial Day celebrates those who have served our country, so please take a moment and raise a glass. The long weekend also marks the beginning of the summer holiday season. We’ve collected a few fun cocktail, food and history related links to help you get your summer season started right.

    10 Things to Remember about Memorial Day
    AmazingRibs.com Craig “Meathead” Goldwyn is the Oracle of the grill. This site is about more than just ribs, … Read more

Shaker Faces

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The way a bartender shakes will tell you a ton about the bartender and the quality of your cocktail. I’d say a bartenders shaker face can become their signature. There are some good, some bad. Combier, “the original triple sec,” figured they’d make a game out of it. What a better reason to travel the US visiting the country’s top mixologists. Each day a duo of mixologists compete for the best shaker face, and you … Read more

More Sex and the City 2 Cocktails

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With the opening of Sex and the City 2, cocktail folks have been busy creating a slew of new drinks to celebrate.

This collection comes to us from Prairie Organic Vodka, a corn based vodka from Minnesota. Prairie is made by Phillips Distilling, a family run operation now in its 5th generation.

    Carrie Cosmo
    Red Headed Miranda
    Sultry Samantha
    Sweet Charlotte
    Mr. Bigtini

Courtesy Prairie Organic Vodka.

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Mahattan Cocktail Classic Gala

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The inaugural Manhattan cocktail classic kicked off last Friday night with a booze laden gala at the New York Public Library. Spread over 4 floors this fabulous fête that spanned two city blocks of space. Over a 100 of America’s top mixologists were on hand mixing up incredible cocktails. Professor David Wondrich made us all punch and H. from Elixr taught us about Cognac and Esteban from Don Q. Rumcreated a fun take on the … Read more

Nightclub and Bar Convention 2010

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Despite the sobering effect of the current economy this year’s Nightclub and Bar Convention and Trade Show was once again a reason to celebrate an industry built by the hardy entrepreneurs who made America great. In this spirit, the exhibitors and speakers this year showed that despite adversity the future is bright.

This year saw many specialty products aimed at creating a more interesting cocktail experience. From the naughty Filthy Food, with their conversation starting … Read more

PaQui Tequila Review

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Meaning “to be happy” in Aztec, PaQui Tequila embodies the phrase. Dubbed a “luxury” tequila, PaQui is hand crafted in small batches from 100% pure blue agave. Made through a process called “selective distillation,” the makers of PaQui Tequila separate the heart of the distillate only use the best part in the final product.

We take you through the PaQui Tequila below:

PaQui Silvera Tequila

(100% Blue Tequila), 40% Alcohol, Tequila, Mexico

Clear. Aromas of … Read more

How to Read a Bourbon Label

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From the recent Nightclub and Bar Show in Vegas, Jim Beam’s Bobby G. teaches us how to read a bourbon label and the finer points of what makes a whiskey Bourbon:

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Absolut Berri Açai Review

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The latest infusion from Absolut, Berri Açai draws upon the characters of three of today’s most popular berry flavors: açai, blueberry and pomegranate.

Clear with the slightest tinge of purple. Very sweet aroma of bubblegum, fruit punch, overripe mixed berries and açai. Light bodied with strong taste of alcohol, overripe fruit and fruit punch. Light finish with little alcohol.

It is very good for sipping over ice with a touch of soda. Although a little … Read more

Beer & Brats Stew

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You can’t go wrong with beer and brats. Another way to enjoy this dynamic duo is to make a stew. It includes vegetables, so let’s call it healthy. You can try this same recipe with steak instead of brats; it tastes just as great.

Ingredients

    1 lb bratwurst
    5 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 cup chopped savoy cabbage
    1 lb sliced white mushrooms
    1 onion
    2 carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 stalk … Read more