As a breast cancer survivor for ten years, I’m proud to feature this special.


During the month of October, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel and District American Kitchen & Wine Bar will support breast cancer awareness.  Breast cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. after lung and colon cancer – and for women, the most common type of cancer diagnosis.

To show support, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar will offer Goodness Gracious, a specialty cocktail created in honor of breast cancer awareness. This sweet cocktail will be available for $10 in the restaurant during the month of October.



Start to finish: 5 minutes Servings: one cocktail

Goodness Gracious Ingredients

1 1⁄4 ounce Rain Organic Red Grape Hibiscus Vodka 1 muddled orange slice 3⁄4 ounce simple syrup 3⁄4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1⁄4 ounce grenadine Splash of lemon-lime soda

Preparation: Muddle orange slice with simple syrup in a tall glass. Fill with ice. Mix vodka, juice, and grenadine in glass and shake. Top with splash of lemon lime soda. Garnish with an orange and cherry flag.

Photo Credit: Kelley Karnes

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In addition,  Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel and District American Kitchen & Wine Bar will support breast cancer awareness by offering California Chardonnay,  Hand-crafted by winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr.  California Chardonnay displays classic varietal notes of crisp pear, apple and lemon, with a silky finish. Each glass is $8 and each bottle is $30.


California Chardonnay will be available in the hotel’s Park Lounge and in its restaurant, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Half of the proceeds from California Chardonnay purchased in October will benefit breast cancer awareness and research.


On Sundays, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar offers all bottles of wine for half price – including California Chardonnay.

MORE: District American Kitchen & Wine Bar features live jazz music or DJs most nights – perfect ambiance to enjoy a bottle of California Chardonnay, a glass of the Goodness Gracious cocktail, happy hour, or even a nice dinner.

Every eight cases of wine sold funds a mammogram to a woman in need. To date, more than $750,000 has been donated.



Tuesdays with live acoustic guitarist Kyle Smeback from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays with DJ Elise Welch from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays with DJ Sean Watson from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays with DJ Jared Alan from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturdays with live jazz from 8 p.m. to midnight.


Guests can enjoy complementary three-hour valet with purchase of an entrée. For restaurant reservations, call (602) 817-5400, or visit


Maralyn D. HillThe Epicurean Explorer

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District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, 320 N. Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Van Buren in Downtown Phoenix)