6 Coffee Cocktails from the Phoenix Public Market Cafe's First Coffee and Booze Mash-Up

Categories: Cocktails, Grind

Zaida Dedolph
Local coffee and booze: a match made in heaven.

On Sunday Phoenix Public Market Cafe hosted their first ever Coffee Cocktail event. The evening featured cocktails crafted by six of our favorite Phoenix-area cafes. Here's a summary of the highs and lows of this event, just in case you missed it.

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Kim Haasarud, Author of 101 Tropical Cocktails, on Tiki Culture and the Versatility of Rum

Categories: Cocktails

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When it comes to market-fresh cocktails with high-quality ingredients, beverage consultant Kim Haasarud knows her way around a bar. As the woman behind Liquid Architecture, a beverage consultancy, she's helped top restaurants, hotels and spirit brands create one-of-a-kind liquid cuisine. The master mixologist and author has worked with Maxim, P.F. Chang's, and Campari America and has had her cocktails featured in publications such as Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue.

Recently, Haasarud has been working on the latest book in her best-selling cocktail series, 101 Tropical Cocktails, and she'll be at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore later this week to sign copies and shake up a few specialties. Leading up to the event, we caught up with her to chat about tiki drinks and the history of rum.

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DIY Coconut Vodka Berry Slush

Laura Armenta

If you're looking to impress your guests at Fourth of July celebrations and weekend BBQs, look no further. We've got you covered with this simple slush recipe. Just be sure to keep it away from the young ones because it packs a punch! Non-alcoholic versions of this could made -- but let's not go there.

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DIY Raspberry Red Wine Spritzer

Laura Armenta
The season of outdoor parties and barbecues is officially under way, and refreshing cocktails are a must. Whether you're hosting or an attendee at your next soiree, indulge in this simple and delicious cocktail.

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DIY Alcohol-Infused Paletas

Laura Armenta
Many of us are lucky enough to have our very own neighborhood paleta man. I hear the ringing of the little bell and the sound of the paleta cart coming down my street just before sunset each day. The sound of that bell makes me want to run out the door with a dollar in hand, but there's one thing the friendly neighborhood paleta man can't deliver: boozy, icy goodness on a stick. Turns out, neither could I -- on the first try. But I made it work and I'm ready to share.

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Put Your Juicer to Good Use with Our Margarita Recipe

Categories: Cocktails, Recipes

Laura Armenta
Pineapple, Cucumber, Watermelon
The juicing craze seems to still be in full swing, so let's go a step further from the typical post gym pick-me-up and throw some alcohol in the mix! Margaritas are a summer staple 'round these parts. They're easy to make, refreshing, and can be made in frozen form. What's not to love? Take a look at these non-traditional but still delicious margaritas made using a juicer.

See Also: How to Make Perfect Frozen Margaritas,10 Best Margaritas in Metro Phoenix

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Copper City Bourbon: Made in Downtown Tempe by Arizona Distilling Co.

Courtesy of Rodney Hu.
Arizona Distilling Co. has released its locally-made Copper City Bourbon.
If you've seen the historic-looking Copper City Bourbon bottle springing up around town at your favorite watering holes, like Casey Moore's, Little Woody and even Tucson's historic Club Congress, you probably didn't get a chance to read the back label. If you did, you'd have read the story of the Copper City Brewery, which was shut down during prohibition, and how Arizona Distilling Co. is keeping it local and reviving the history of the defunct beer-maker in making locally-produced spirits.

See Also:
- Weird Cocktails: Put Down That Jack and Coke This Summer
- The Most Popular Spirit in the World is Chinese Firewater Baijiu -- And It May Be Coming To The States

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Wine Geek and Spirit Savant Steve Olson: On What We're Drinking Now and What We'll Be Drinking in the Future

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Steve Olson moderating a panel on building a wine team
Steve Olson

Chef Salad is taking a detour this week and next, interviewing four of the country's leading beverage industry experts, all of whom will be speakers at seminars held at the Hotel Valley Ho for the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, February 16-22. Their excitement about cocktail culture is infectious and their knowledge of wine, spirits, cocktails and the history behind them is beyond impressive.

See also:
-- Small-Batch Spirits Dazzle at Micah Olson's Bar Crudo
-- AZ Cocktail Week Kicks Off Feb. 16. Expect a Carnival, Competition and Seminars. Better Line Up a Designated Driver.

Geeky? You bet! But they're also down-to-earth hospitality types who started out behind the bar (Olson excepted) and still love being there. Today, you'll hear from Steve Olson (background after the jump). Come back Tuesday for Charlotte Voisey's take on bartenders versus mixologists and how Prohibition affected cocktail culture.

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Drynuary: A Sober Look Back on a Month Without Booze

Categories: Cocktails

Because you're happy. Because you're sad. Because you just got promoted. Because you just got fired. Because you're lonely. Because you're out with friends. Because your girlfriend just dumped you. Because you're trying to get laid. Because you're golfing. Because you're at the game. Because a steak just doesn't taste right without a martini. Because JÄGER BOMBS, BRO! Because it's Saturday night. Because you're hung over from Saturday night. Because you need to. Because you want to.

See also:
- Drynuary: Zach Fowle Vows to Give Up Beer for the Entire Month of January
- Drynuary: A Mid-Month Update

There are many, many reasons to have a drink. What a month without alcohol shows you, mostly, is that there really aren't that many reasons not to.

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The 5 Worst Valentine Cocktails of All Time

Love is in the air -- and as with other airborne pathogens, you'd prefer to keep a safe distance. For the Hallmark haters and the Valentine adverse, Chow Bella has put together a list of the 5 least romantic cocktails around. Order one for yourself or send some over as a gritty gesture to the PDA couple at the bar -either way, the satisfaction will feel a lot like stepping on Cupid's arrow.

See Also:
- 3 Hot (Literally) Cocktails in Downtown Phoenix
- Dwayne Allen of Rum Bar Gives a Tasty Tutorial on Rum

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