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  • Spirits of the Season

    What do guests crave this time of year? Dishes that coax out feelings of nostalgia, drinks mixing heavier, fuller-bodied spirits and other ingredients, and offerings that incorporate late fall’s and early winter’s bounty, to name a few things. During the holidays, “guests are willing to be more indulgent and pick heartier, braised meats and partake in dessert more often,” notes Matt Adler, executive chef of Osteria Morini in Washington,...

  • Effervescent Elixirs

    While sparkling wine’s appeal as a toast-worthy, special-occasion beverage can’t be denied, it is finally becoming accepted as, well, wine. Consumers have realized that sparklers can and should be uncorked and enjoyed equally and as often as a bottle of white or red wine. Its crisp acidity and refreshing, palate-scrubbing effervescence make sparkling wine easy to pair with food. And with styles ranging from soft and fruity to complex...

  • Blender Bender

    From classic sour styles to barrel-aged beers to innovative beer-wine hybrids, blended beer takes America’s favorite adult beverage to a new level. Blending beer is a traditional technique in brewing with modern applications. Combine two or more component beers to produce a different end result, and you’ve got blended beer. Every bartender knows you can fill a pint glass halfway with pale ale, top it gently with Guinness stout...

  • Border Crossing

    How hot is the whiskey category right now? The brown spirit is set to overtake vodka in terms of sales if not volume. Imported whiskies are particularly popular, “and Scotch is super hot,” says Mike Raymond, co-owner of Reserve 101 in Houston. Japanese malt whisky is also rising in popularity right now, he adds. The bar boasts that it has the largest selection in Texas—more than 330 whisk(e)ys, with...

  • Growth Brands 2014: Beer Here!

    Beer is the adult beverage of choice in the U.S., according to a recent Gallup poll. The study found that 41% of participants typically drink beer; 31% drink wine and 23% consume liquor. Americans’ current preference for beer is among the highest Gallup has recorded since beer fell to 36% in 2005. Still, total beer consumption slipped 1.6% in 2013 to 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases, according to the Beverage...

Current Issue

  • Cheers Nov/Dec 2014

    What’s in the latest edition of Cheers? Our year-end, double issue includes the latest trends in sparkling wine, fresh holiday cocktail ideas, an imported whiskey update, plus special coverage celebrating our 25th anniversary and much more....

Editor's Picks

  • The Top 10 Cocktails of The Past 25 Years

    When the first issue of Cheers came out, the cocktail scene was dominated by drinks that mixed basic spirits—primarily vodka, gin or rum—with fruit juice or soda. The Long...
  • Scene: A Fine Philly Watering Hole

    In the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, Square 1682 is a lively gathering spot for fans of the locally sourced, modern American cuisine of executive chef Caitlin...

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Product Showcase

  • Bloomsbury Punch

    (Makes 16 servings) 20 oz. Tanqueray London Dry gin 6 oz. Fresh lemon juice 10 oz. Earl Grey tea 7 oz. Granulated sugar ½ oz. Orange bitters In a clean jar or pitcher, combine four bags of Earl Grey tea with 10 oz. of cold water. Put a lid on it and let it sit in the refrigerator for 10 hours. Strain into a large bowl or pitcher. Mix gin lemon juice, sugar and bitters in a bowl. Add to tea. Pour over an ice block in a punch bowl and garnish with anise-spiked lemons,...
  • Delish Sauvignon Blanc

    Don Sebastiani & Sons has unveiled a new ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc, Delish. The Delish 2013 California Sauvignon Blanc includes...
  • Lejay Creme de Cassis

    The new French Liqueur Lejay Crème de Cassis is now available, using the same handcrafted family recipe since 1841....
  • Krone MCC Sparkling Wines

    The Indigo Wine Group has released Krone’s Borealis Vintage Cuvee Brut and 2012 Vintage Rose Cuvee Brut. Made in...
  • Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin

    35 Maple Street Spirits of Sonoma, California has spiced up their portfolio with Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, a new...

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Cheers Tastings

  • The Best Wines of 2014

    Our national wine panel recommends wines throughout the year, typically by varietal or season, and provides brief tasting notes,...
  • Bottled In Bond Bourbon

    The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 requires whiskey to be aged and bottled according to a set of legal regulations....

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What I'm Drinking Now

  • What I’m Drinking Now: Stephen Yorsz

    Stephen Yorsz, Creative Director Leave Rochelle Out of It, New York City www.rochellesnyc.com The Speak Easy I’m currently drinking a cocktail called The Speak...
  • What I’m Drinking Now: Dusty Frierson

    Dusty Frierson, General Manager Branch Cocktail Bar, Hattiesburg, MS www.branchcocktailbar.com Streets of Fire The Streets of Fire is a cocktail that is perfect for...

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