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Signature Drink: Rum Russian

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz Mason Dixon Distillery Aged Rum
— 3 oz pecan syrup
— 1.5 oz half and half 

DIRECTIONS: 
To make the pecan syrup combine 4 parts water and 4 parts sugar, then heat (but do not boil). Remove from heat once the mixture becomes clear. Add chopped pecans and let sit until mixture darkens. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Mason-Dixon Distillery 

Signature Drink: Gintly Down the Stream

INGREDIENTS
— 2 oz. Queen’s Courage Old Tom Gin
— 3 dashes Aromatic Bitters (Hella Bitters is a good substitute however, use only two dashes)
— .25 oz. tonic syrup (Use Tomr’s or honey as a substitute)
— Orange Twist for Garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. In a mixing glass or tin combine the gin, bitters and tonic syrup.
2. Add ice and stir until well chilled.
3. Pour into a well-chilled glass or over large ice cubes/whiskey stones if you have them.
4. Garnish with the peel of an orange.

Taking Honey & Themes to the Max

Sweet can mean two things: tastes great or stellar experience. There is a lot of sweetness in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada, but I’ll limit this to talking about the new “Buzzed at Bernardus” experiences at Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley, California.

Signature Drink: Coconut Key Lime Swizzle

The Orange Squirrel takes chef Francesco Palmieri’s philosophy of serving simple, but not simplistic global comfort food using approachable, wholesome ingredients. The accessible menu features quirky, creative takes on comfort classics.

The Orange Squirrel accommodates groups with special menus customized specifically to their needs. Seated dinners are for 35-40 people, while cocktails/buffet-style events can be up to 50. 

Hotel Indigo Denver Set to Open Early 2017

Hotel Indigo Denver is set to open in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood in mid-January of 2017. It will be located at 1801 Wewatta Street and will have 180 guest rooms and 1,188 square feet of meeting and event space.

Cocktail Caravan Bar Puts a Liquid Spin on the Food Truck

Cocktail Caravan Bar is ideal for those looking for a different cocktail experience. Started by sisters Ashley and Amanda Willis of Sisters’ Soiree, LLC, Cocktail Caravan puts a spin on the popular food truck by providing everything in one business: delivery of supplies and ice, connections to liquor stores across the state for a wide variety of selections to match any price point, a staff with attention to detail, clean-up services and of course the bar itself, which makes a great conversation piece, photo backdrop and more.

Signature Drink: Pasternak

Located in the mountains of Northwest New Jersey, Crystal Springs has two hotels, six golf courses, a working farm, two top-ranked spas, cooking classes, four-star Restaurant Latour and the largest wine cellar in the Northeast. Restaurant Latour is the resort’s fourstar dining room; Crystal Tavern is an upscale bistro with New American cooking; Springs Bistro focuses on Italian-inspired dishes; and the seasonal outdoor Chef’s Garden is set within the stunning working organic garden.

Signature Drink: Goldenrod

Named for the Goldenrod plant that grows in the fall, there’s no better way to celebrate fall than with an apple brandy cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Laird’s bonded apple brandy
—1 oz. Woodford rye
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—.5 oz. Benedictine
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—1 egg white

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a mix - ing tin and dry shake to emulsify the egg white, add ice and shake until cold. Double strain into cold cup and garnish with a thin slice of red apple.

Network and Create Craft Cocktails at coup d'etat

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a mixology class at coup d’etat in Uptown Minneapolis. The class was held in one of their semi-private dining areas, where 18 of us had the pleasure of creating five signature cocktails with our mixologist Alex.

Tips From a Pro for Achieving Proper Bar Etiquette

Yes, bar etiquette. And why not? If you’re like many professionals in the meetings and events industry, you end up in a bar at the end of a business meeting, trade show or industry conference. When you’re in business-social situations, you’re still making impressions. Don’t let rudeness rule your thirst. ¶ Here are some simple bar etiquette rules that allow you to drink with decorum:

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