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Tools for the at-home bartender

The Barbarian Bar Tools—Exceptional Gadgets My introduction to Barbarian Bar Tools came with the Simple Bar Tool. This multifunctional compact stainless steel contemporary styled efficient tool is designed with the following features:   BOTTLE OPENER — pop your favorite bottle of beer or soda ZESTER — great...

Holiday Cocktails from Zacapa Rum

With the holiday’s quickly approaching, it’s time to gear up for all of the parties, sweets and of course, alcohol! Pass on the eggnog and skip the mulled wine, Zacapa Rum has you covered for your next holiday soiree that will spread the holiday cheer.   Zacapa Rum is one of the finest and most celebrated...

Christmas Wine Guide From The Daffodil Hotel

Wine Guide for Christmas...

Melbourne During the Night – Top Venues to Visit

By Diana Smith Looking for a crazy night out in Melbourne? You’ll be happy to know that you’ve come to the right place! Sweaty dancefloor sessions, booze, happiness, quality music and, above all, enjoyment are all to be expected on the best dance floors in Melbourne. So let’s get the party started! Bella...

Lula Cellars of Anderson Valley

Lula Cellars, a small production premium winery located in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, CA had two outstanding 2015 releases—its Rosato and Sauvignon Blanc. Jeff Hansen is the winemaker who is behind Lula Cellars world class Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Rosato and Sauvignon Blanc wines...

Blood Orange Margarita

Maralyn and I love blood oranges, Patron and Mexico. I will be heading to Baja next week to explore a few rustic vineyards and farms. Here is a bloody good cocktail for a happy Halloween made with Patron Silver. The recipe below is courtesy of the Patron site credited below the photo. INGREDIENTS 1 serving2...

Fall Cocktails from The Still

Fall is here  and while we might be sad to trade in the swimsuits for sweaters –the perfect cocktail will be sure to put a smile back on your face. Lay out by the fireplace or invite some friends over and enjoy the many flavors of these fabulous Fall cocktails! Here are some from Mixologist Mike Monrreal...

Bruce Hilliard Vineyard and Winery in the Santa Rita Hills near Santa Barbara

Spending a sunny Saturday learning, sipping fine wine, and tasting terrific grilled cuisine is my kind of late summer day. Back at the Bruce Hilliard Vineyard and Winery, a large group of wine enthusiasts learned how the 1,220 acres of sandy soil along the highway 246 corridor produces rich and savory...

The Real Mexican Independence Day and a special drink

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is actually not Mexico’s Independence Day? (It was the day chosen to celebrate Mexico’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.) The real Mexican Independence Day is swiftly approaching (September 16th) and I wanted to reach out with a...

Biotta Juices make perfectly delicious drinks

Biotta Juices, an Organic, Non-GMO, and Vegan juice company, has created several different unique cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks to satisfy anyone on those hot summer days. When I checked out the Biotta website, I was shocked and pleased by the selection of juices offered. Biota was founded in...

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