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

Sam Howzit via Flickr
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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Charlotte Voisey: On Molecular Mixology and Being a Bartender

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Charlotte Voisey
Chef Salad takes a detour this week and next, interviewing four of the country's leading beverage industry experts, all of them speakers at upcoming seminars held at the Hotel Valley Ho for the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, February 16-22.

See also:
--6 Don't Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week
-- Citizen Public House Plans to Unveil Carbonated Bottled Cocktail on New Year's Eve
-- Dwayne Allen of Rum Bar Gives a Tasty Tutorial on Rum

Today, you'll hear from Charlotte Voisey, Best American Brands Ambassador and two-time Golden Spirit Award Winner at Tales of the Cocktail. If you missed Steve Olson's erudite list of trending wines and spirits -- and those destined to be hot in the very near future, read it here.

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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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Courtesy of starchefs.com
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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6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22

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Courtesy of AZ Cocktail Week
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Phoenix is becoming a bona-fide food-town, "becoming" (present progressive) being the operative word. Exhibit A, for your consideration: the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, a seven-day series of boozy events -- some educational, others not so much -- bringing some of the biggest names in the beverage industry together in one place: Steve Olson, Dale DeGroff, Charlotte Voisey, Tobin Ellis, H. Joseph Ehrmann, Tony Abou-Ganim and dozens more -- right here. In the little food-town that could.

See also:
-- AZ Cocktail Week Kicks Off Feb. 16: Expect a Carnival, Competition and Seminars. Better Line Up a Designated Driver
-- The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012

It's going to be a grand time, but if you don't have $295 to spend on a ticket that gets you into everything, you're going to have to make some hard decisions. I've read the Arizona Cocktail Week website, talked to people and dithered considerably. Here are the six events I don't want to miss, arranged chronologically.

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