Jonas Halpren

International Cachaca Day

Today June 12th, marks the anniversary of a tragedy committed over 250 years ago.

In 1744, the Portuguese Crown declared that the production, distribution, and sale of cachaça, Brazil’s noble spirit, would be illegal in the Portuguese Colony of Brazil. Fortunately for us all, the Brazilians rebelled and the virtues of cachaça won.

Still over 250 years later, cachaça, is still being tortured. Why, in many countries, including here in the United States, cachaça is … Read more

The Glass Makes the Drink

At the recent Nightclub & Bar Conference in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure to attend a seminar lead by Georg Riedel. What a treat, not only did I learn firsthand from a master about fine glassware and how it enhances all types of spirits but I learned how the Reidel family figured it all out. Said Greog to my question, “We’ve been doing this a long time.” And they have the family-run Austrian company … Read more

Beer Can Chicken

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Since the weather is heating up, it’s time to do some cooking outdoors! Beer Can Chicken is an easy way to cook a whole chicken on the grill while keeping it moist and flavorful.

Before getting started, make sure that your grill can accommodate the chicken — since the chicken will have to cook while it is upright and the lid will have to be closed. You can always use a smaller/larger bird, depending on … Read more

Booker’s Bourbon Review

post iconBooker’s Bourbon is serious bourbon for serious bourbon lovers. It is “uncut, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel” bourbon — over 120 proof. So you don’t just pour it into a glass and gulp it down. …Read More

Relax, mellow out, and don’t stress…it must be 2009!

In keeping with our turbulent times anti-energy drinks have emerged to help us try to take the edge off. We tried a few of the following at this years annual Las Vegas Bar Show.

Drank, (www.drankbeverage.com), which uses melatonin, rose hips, and valerian root, is a purple elixir whose sole purpose is to help you relax. With the added melatonin probably best used after you get home.

Blue Lotus, (www.bluelotuslifestyle.com), incorporates the blue … Read more

Football Drinks & Cocktails

post iconCollege, NFL it is Fall and that means I don’t leave the house in Saturdays and rarely on a Sunday. What to do while watching 12 hours of straight football? Cocktails! …Read More

Lights Out in Las Vegas

This past Saturday, June 21, the eve of summer solstice, ABSOLUT Vodka and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino turned off the lights at 9:30 p.m. for 60 seconds during the Outernational Music Festival featuring Gnarls Barkley, Thievery Corporation and special guest Bebel Gilberto. All marquees at Mandalay Bay, including all concert lights, shut down for one minute.

Kicking off a series of “Lights Out” bar promotions across the country, Lights Out Las Vegas was a

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Remy V.S.O.P Bottle by David LaChapelle Review

Remy Martin recently partnered with artist David LaChapelle to create
a limited-edition VSOP bottle that unleashed the youthful energy of Remy Martin VSOP. Remy also asked LaChapelle to draw on the cognac’s origins, the cabaret scene at Parisian nightclubs during the Jazz Age. What he came up is a stunning bottle featuring a sensual woman dancing in a vibrant, intensely colored jungle with a powerful leopard leaping through the air.

Only 150,000 of these bottle … Read more

Sex and the City Cocktails

Sex and the City: The Movie hits the theaters today, so what would be more appropriate than a whole bunch of fun cocktails to go along with the premier?

 
The Classics

Cosmopolitan
Flirtini

 
 
The Girls

SKYY Vodka created this quartet of cocktails, each named for one of the fab four.

    Carrie
    Samantha
    Miranda
    Charlotte

The Cosmos

Ocean Spray gets into the cocktail game with four unique cocktails. Each evokes a bit our heroines.

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