By Melissa Dowling
When it comes to domestic beer, light still dominates as far consumption, while craft is king in terms of grown. Craft brews are clearly the biggest trend in American beer, but not the only trend. Here are seven things happening now in domestic beer.
SCENE: A Religious Cocktail Experience in Toronto
By Monica Kass Rogers
Cocktail lovers in Toronto have an authentic place to worship: Church Aperitivo Bar, which opened in February 2012 in a former Slavic Pentecostal parish. The space boasts 16-ft. cathedral ceilings, a white marble bar and original exposed brick walls and wood beams; the former raised alter now houses an open kitchen.
2 oz. Cha Cha Cha mezcal
6 oz. Chipotle hot chocolate
½ oz. Maraschino liqueur
Combine ingredients in glass. Serve with whipped cream dusted with cocoa/chipotle powder and orange peel twist.
The mixologists at Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood created this recipe.
Anthony Bohlinger, executive bar director from Chefs Club by Food & Wine in Aspen, CO, shares his favorite drink of the moment.
Make It Whiskey in a Barrel, Neat
More bar and restaurant operators are seeking proprietary whiskey they can call their own.
Beyond Orlando’s Theme Parks, a Beer Culture Grows
Jim Beam has added two new flavors to its Pinnacle Vodka portfolio: Pinnacle Peppermint Bark and Pinnacle Caramel Apple. Caramel Apple highlights flavors of tart, green apple with hints of caramel, while Peppermint Bark features the taste of peppermint and white chocolate. Both expressions lend themselves to a variety of cocktails, are 70 proof and retail for $12.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Mionetto “IL” Ugo
Mionetto USA has introduced a companion cocktail to its “IL” range: “IL” Ugo is inspired by the popular Hugo sparkling elderflower cocktail from Northern Italy’s Alto Adige region. The sparkling-wine-based cocktail notes of elderflower, pear, peach and citrus, the company says. “IL” Ugo, which is packaged in a frosted, lime-green bottle and has an alcohol level of 8%, has a suggested retail price of $12 and comes in both 750-ml. and 187-ml. bottle sizes.
The Thirst Boston cocktail convention kicked off with a black-tie thing Nov. 9 at the Harvard Club.
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