Stephanie Teslar of Blue Hound in Phoenix Uses Sherry in Her Fall Cocktail Menu

Categories: Hooch

stephanie-teslar-blue-hound-sherry-hoch-2.JPG
Heather Hoch
Stephanie Teslar makes one of five cocktails that utilize sherry's complexity on her menu.
The first thing that probably comes to mind when someone says the word sherry is its use in cooking. While the fortified wine does have its place in the kitchen, Stephanie Teslar is using it to mix up five different cocktails at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. If you're not already on the sherry cocktail bandwagon, take note because its combined high complexity and low alcohol content make it a winner for making drinks.

More »

Desert Spoon Infuses Hospitality and History Into Monthly Cocktail Parties

Categories: Hooch

desert-spoon-cal-lundmark-blaise-faber-hoch.jpg
Heather Hoch
Blaise Faber and Cal Lundmark stand in front of their envy-inducing home bar.
On the first Sunday of every month, Cal Lundmark and Blaise Faber invite friends and acquaintances into their home, transforming the Encanto-area duplex into Desert Spoon. Don't get any funny ideas, though: the events, which include a spirit tasting, class, three-course dinner, and a cocktail party to celebrate, aren't some underground (and illegal) speakeasy. Lundmark and Faber are doing it all for the sake of their love of hospitality and craft cocktails--and, to be totally clear, for free.


More »

5 Ways to Learn More About Liquor and Cocktails in Metro Phoenix This Fall

Categories: Hooch

cocktail-strain-gladly-carpenter.jpg
Evie Carpenter
Perfect your double strain this fall at one of these five spirit courses.
You might fancy yourself an at-home mixologist and maybe you have been building up that home bar selection into something quite respectable. Well, it's time to put all of those bottles to use and learn how to implement their boozey goodness in the best way possible. Luckily, there are a few spots in town offering up classes for folks who want to learn more about spirits, mixing drinks, and the history and styles of both.

More »

Barr Hill Gin and Vodka Made with Raw Honey Now Available in Phoenix

Categories: Hooch

barr-hill-vodka-bottle.jpg
Heather Hoch
Caledonia's Barr Hill vodka is definitely not your standard potato or grain liquor.
Hailing from northern Vermont, Caledonia was known for a long time for their local, raw honey. The beekeeping family, now led by Todd Hardie, ventured into the spirit distilling world about five years ago and now the unique vodka and gin from Caledonia Spirits is hitting Arizona. Using the honey from Hardie's farm, the spirits, and specifically the gin, have a great botanical quality lent from the flowers the bees pollinate in the area.

More »

Arizona Cocktail Week and Arizona Beer Week 2015 Are Double-Booked -- Again

Categories: Hooch

cocktail-week-2014-carpenter.jpg
Evie Carpenter
February 14-21 is going to be a very busy time for you if you like cocktails and beer.
At the end of last week, I got two e-mails. One announced 2015 Arizona Cocktail Week, the other 2015 Arizona Beer Week. I should be excited. But I'm just kind of annoyed because both take place February 14 to 21. No big surprise, as that's happened the past few years without fail, and yet I really don't understand why this must be the case.

While the upcoming festival season is looking bright, the competition between events is frustrating in a town that would be better served by the two culinary events building each other up and reinforcing the state's beverage culture, rather than forcing people to pick which is worth the time and money.


More »

8 Ailments You Can Cure or Prevent with Liquor

Categories: Hooch

bitters-travis-nass-hoch-2.JPG
Heather Hoch
Drink up, doc's orders.
It's probably best to begin by saying any of the claims made in the following post apply only to moderate alcohol consumption. In case you didn't know, overindulging in spirits and cocktails is actually bad for you. Go figure.

Acting as the spirit guide, Last Drop bartender Travis Nass schooled me on some of the purported benefits, both past and present, of imbibing liquor. Whether or not you believe it is up to you, but there is certainly scientific evidence to support some of it.

More »

The Truth About Your Arizona Tequila

Categories: Hooch

roger-clyne-mexican-moonshine-facebook.jpg
Mexican Moonshine Facebook/Jeff Turner
This tequila is as Arizonan as Roger Clyne himself, right?
It's no big secret that tequila isn't tequila unless it's made in Jalisco, Mexico. Like Champagne and sparking wine, there's tequila and there are agave spirits. I'm tempted to wax poetic and go full bard status here, so there are some things you should know about just what is in the name tequila and whether it really is any sweeter than its U.S.-made agave spirit brethren.

More »

Sibona Amaro Available at Barrelhouse in Chandler. Rejoice, Amaro Nerds

Categories: Hooch

amaro-glass-flickr.jpg
Liza/Flickr
Cin cin to Sibona in Phoenix!
It's not too often Phoenix gets to brag that we had something before California, but we do get to show off our bottles of Sibona Amaro to everyone in the Golden State because we got it first. The distilled liqueur from Piedmont, Italy is bold and extraordinarily complex and only available to try at a few places locally so far. If you're intent on being at the cusp of amaro trends, get a shot of Sibona at Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails in Chandler.

More »

And the Winner of Tuesday Night's Most Imaginative Bartender Competition Is...

Categories: Hooch

mib-a-la-russe-hoch.JPG
Heather Hoch
Who made this intriguingly yellow cocktail and took top honors Tuesday night?
Who would've guessed that the top two drinks of Tuesday night's USBG Most Imaginative Bartender Competition at the W Hotel, by significant margins, would both prominently feature turmeric? However, taking the sponsored spirit into account -- Bombay Sapphire -- the spice trade botanical definitely makes sense historically. Plus, it gave the drinks a unique savory element and a bright yellow-orange color.

All of those elements, and many more, are important in the competition that tests almost every aspect of competitive bartending from start to finish. And, Phoenix, after a near perfect technical show that was definitely an undertaking to judge for myself and the four other judges, we know who to cheer for in the Las Vegas national competition next month.


More »

Drinking in San Diego: How It Compares to Phoenix's Cocktail Scene

Categories: Hooch

cocktail-craft-commerce-hoch.jpg
Heather Hoch
For one thing, San Diego has cocktails by the beach... so, yeah.
San Diegans are probably sick of the sight of us "Zonies," as they refer to us. During summer months, it's pretty much guaranteed that many Phoenicians will head to the city to escape and when we do it seems every time there's a bevy of new food and drink spots popping up that warrant a visit. While San Diego's unique style is cementing its place in the world of imbibing, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's leagues ahead of us in terms of cocktail culture.

More »

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...