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3 New Liquor Products to Set Your Sights On

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When a new James Bond movie comes out, it always brings with it catchy tunes, sold out movie seats, and tons of merchandising. Of all the 007-themed stuff out there, though, we can really get behind the limited-edition Belvedere 007 bottle by Belvedere Vodka. Sure, inside there’s the same ‘ole 600 year-old, absolutely perfect vodka. But outside, there’s a specially designed bottle with Bond’s iconic iris over the signature frosted finish of Belvedere. For the upgrade, there’s also the “Silver Saber” bottle, made with a polished metallic finish. Plus, this bottle is the perfect excuse to mix up a classic 007 Martini with two ounces of Belvedere and a quarter-ounce of Dry Vermouth, shaken, not stirred, of course. But since everybody’s a mixologist now, maybe try something a little more thought-provoking:

Belvedere SPECTRE 007
1.5 oz Belvedere
.5 oz lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup
4 fresh raspberries
Ginger Beer

Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in the base of a mixing tin, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a raspberry. 

And while you’re making it, don’t forget to Instagram with #BondChoosesBelvedere and #ShakenNotStirred while tagging @BelvedereVodka.

In other less villainous liquor news, also look for the new Peppermint Twist Smirnoff Vodka on shelves around the holidays. This new scratch-and-sniff bottle delivers a soothing hint of cool peppermint that makes the vodka perfect as a chilled shot or mixed into your favorite holiday cocktail.

Speaking of holiday cocktails, it’s the time of year when your martinis get a splash of Bailey’s Original Irish Cream Liqueur, because, well, it’s awesome. But for a caffeinated kick, try Bailey’s newest flavor, Espresso Creme. It starts with bold dark roast coffee aromas and then delivers the taste of fresh ground espresso beans on top of Irish Cream and chocolate. It finishes with those smooth classic Bailey’s flavors you love.

And speaking of finishes, this EATERAZ story is finally over.

Tequila Tuesday Means Art, Auctions, and Margaritas

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We’ve always thought Taco Tuesday was a good idea, but Tequila Tuesday – now there’s a great idea. This Tuesday, November 3rd, Blanco Tacos & Tequila at The Biltmore will celebrate Tequila Tuesday with Herradura Tequila by auctioning off the Barrel Art submission created by local artist Caitlin Jensen.

Barrel Art was the local art competition prepared by Herradura for our Arizona Taco Festival, whereby local artists each paint Herradura tequila barrel heads and compete in a public voting competition for a $1,000 prize.

Now, each of the barrel heads are getting auctioned off for a charity of the artists’ choosing at individual parties around town. This is the first one. Jensen’s works will benefit Lucky Dog Rescue – a non-profit dedicated to finding good homes for dogs in need.

That evening (and all October long, actually) sales of Blanco’s Blueberry Clementine Margarita made with Herradura Silver Tequila will benefit the Rescue.

So head to Blanco at The Biltmore on Tuesday November 3rd from 5pm-7pm and sip on the special marg while bidding on the work of a local artist in support of Lucky Dog Rescue.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Parties This Week

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Every summer, Veuve Clicquot Champagne embarks on a cross country tour called En Route. The team travels 15,000 miles and visits about 20 cities, hosting parties at restaurants and bars along the way. They bring with them live music, lawn games, a Photo Booth, letter writing station, and more, while there’s always Champagne specials, food pairings, and tons of Instagramming. They travel in a giant yellow mailbox and use the hashtag #clicquotmail wherever they go.

Here’s the best part – they’re kicking off their tour from Phoenix and Scottsdale! Below are some of the parties around town you can attend.

Thursday, June 11
7pm-10pm
The Montauk
For $20, enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label paired with a complimentary mini Maine lobster and blue crab cake with Veuve Clicquot champagne caviar sauce. For $25, receive a glass of Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Rosé with a complimentary mini Burrata.

Friday, June 12
4pm-7pm
Olive & Ivy
Guests will be treated to a custom happy hour spread including prosciutto and fig bruschetta, funghi bruschetta, and a funghi trifolati flatbread. Yellow Label will be available by-the-glass for $18 and by-the-bottle for $83.

Saturday, June 13
All Day

W Scottsdale
Clicquot will be taking over the W’s iconic rooftop WET pool and Sunset Lawn, for an afternoon of sun, champagne, and Clicquot popsicles. Relax poolside with Yellow Label by-the-glass for $20 or Rosé for $25.

Saturday, June 13
7pm-10pm
Dakota
Yellow Label and Rosé will be available by-the-glass for $15 and $20 respectively, and served with complimentary gourmet popcorns in a variety of sweet and savory flavors.

Sunday, June 14
Brunch
The Gladly
In addition to brunch favorites, guests can sip on Clicquot mimosas for $12 while enjoying live music from Lee Perreira and Clicquot games on the patio.

Craft Beer & Scottsdale Beer Palooza – June 20th

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The most air-conditioned and beeriest event of the summer—Scottsdale Beer Palooza—will take place for its second year (in a row!) on June 20th, indoors at WestWorld from 1pm to 6pm. Here are some of the freakin’ amazing highlights:

HOLLYWOOD CELEBS: Actor Kerr Smith (formerly of Dawson’s Creek and recently of ABC’s The Fosters) has begun a career brewing craft beer with Venice Beach Beer Company. He will attend Palooza to serve his beer and sign autographs. He will not attend Palooza to read your movie script, so leave your treatment for a movie about underwater vampires who save earth from a giant meteor at home.

DEAR ‘OLE DADS: The day after Palooza is Father’s Day! So tickets to the event make a great gift for your dad, who probably just wants to drink all weekend anyways.

OH, THERE’S BEER: Over 30 breweries including Four Peaks, SanTan, Oskar Blues, Prescott, New Belgium, Mike Hess, Rogue, Nimbus, Odell, and more.

PACKY: Attendees will be able to purchase all of the beer they tasted during the event at SBP’s Beer Store. This is a great opportunity to keep the party going well into the next day’s Father Day party!

NOSH: A beer-friendly menu of sausages, pizza, nachos, burgers, and more will be prepared by Chef Michael DeMaria and his M Culinary Concepts. A special appearance by The Mustache Pretzel food truck will round out the offerings.

ADULT PLAY AREA: A life-size foosball table, beer trivia, movie screen showing clips of your favorite beer-y movies, a huge chalk drawing zone, and much more!

FREE AIR CONDITIONING: Conditioned air is a modern marvel and we will have a ton of it. No sunblock needed!

TICKETS: GA—$30 ($35 at the gate); 20 4-ounce samples of beer & collectible mini-mug. VIP—$50; 25 4-ounce samples, mini-mug, and hour earlier access for special beers.

Saturday, June 20
1pm-6pm (VIP access at 12pm)

WestWorld
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
www.scottsdalebeerpalooza.com

World Whiskey Day Class at The Gladly

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Remember all the classes you ditched in college? It’s time to make up for all that missed knowledge and get your a** to class. Need a little incentive? How about whiskey, lots and lots of whiskey.

Register for the World Whiskey Day Class at The Gladly on Saturday, May 16, from 3pm to 5pm. Your teacher will be Dr. Tom Turner, a Master of Whiskey and lifetime easy grader. He’ll tell you all about production methods, styles, trends, and cocktails. During class, you’ll sip on:

Scotland’s Oban 14 Year Single Malt
Canada’s Crown Royal Special Reserve
Ireland’s Tullamore Dew
Kentucky’s Bulleit Bourbon
Tennessee’s Dickel Sour Mash
I.W. Harper Bonded Whiskey

Don’t worry, there won’t be an exam, but there will be peer pressure to keep up with the whiskey drinking part of the curriculum. Good luck!

Tickets: www.thegladly.com/events

The Gladly
2201 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-759-8132

Great Affordable Wine Tasting Events

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You know the wine for sale at AJ’s Fine Foods is good. How? 1) it’s AJ’s. 2) their cellar masters expertly review hundreds, if not thousands, of wines each year and only the finest make the cut. And 3) Along with #2, they’re always looking for unique stuff you don’t see in other shops.

But there’s a 4th reason we love the wine selection at AJ’s: during events like the Summer Wine Spectacular, all AJ’s stores offer 40 exceptional wines priced between $6.99 and $12.99 for a couple months.

When AJ’s changes over the wine shelves for the spectacular Spectacular, they celebrate the occasion with, well, an occasion – The Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event. You have two chances to spend an afternoon sampling these great wines, noshing on gourmet AJ’s fare like sushi, deli counter meats, cheeses, baked goods, and other prepared foods, while mingling in a festive atmosphere. At the event, purchases of over six bottles get you 20% off the already killer prices. Tickets: $35 each. We’ve been going to this affordable wine tasting event for years and give a value rating of A+.

Here are the details:

SCOTTSDALE
Saturday, May 30
2pm-4:30pm
In the Atrium at SMoCA
480-499-TKTS
http://tickets.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/tickets/SelectTime.aspx?id=6792

CHANDLER
Sunday, May 31
12pm-3pm
In the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art
Tickets may only be purchased at 2 AJ’s locations:
Chandler (56th & Ray) & Mesa (Baseline & Val Vista)

All Aboard Herradura’s Tequila Express!

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Hola tequila lovers! There’s a bus you’ll want to catch this Thursday night and it’s going to do more than get you from A to B. It’s going to take you from one tequila cocktail to the next, getting louder and livelier as it goes. It’s called the Tequila Express and it’s produced by our friends at Herradura. It’s a great way to learn some stuff, drink great cocktails, and meet some tequila-loving amigos.

You’ll start at the Westin Kierland Resort. Then it’s on to Los Sombreros, Jalapeños, and SOL. At each stop, there will be a different interactive experience, including bites of food and signature cocktails. Here’s what it looked like last year.

Tickets for the Tequila Express are $20 and can be purchased here: www.ticketfly.com

Tito’s Vodka Parties w/The Arizona BBQ Festival

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Whoever invented the pre-party, well, we’d like to party with them. What a good idea! Have some fun before you, well, have some fun. We’re throwing a couple this Thursday and Friday night at Bootelgger’s Modern American Smokehouse with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to get in the mood for next weekend’s Arizona BBQ Festival.

Here are the details:

Thursday, April 23
Bootleggers Scottsdale
6pm-8pm

Friday, April 24
Bootleggers Phoenix
5pm-7pm

We’re setting up a couple Redneck Games in the spirit of the BBQ Festival and Tito’s Vodka will provide insane specials on spiked lemonades and mint juleps. Enjoy specials on Bootlegger’s world-famous BBQ, too! So, work up an appetite while playing Bra Pong or Nintendo Duck Hunt. Then grab some smoked meat and julep. All the while, thinking about how much Rednecky fun you’ll be having next Saturday, May 2nd, at the 6th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival.

A Wine That Saves Dogs

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Attention dog lovers: Rosenblum Cellars has released a portfolio of wines that benefit no-kill animal shelters! Called Chateau La Paws, each varietal of this wine that saves dogs features different pups that got new leases on life at one of the country’s largest no-kill shelters, North Shore Animal League.

Here’s the best part: the wine’s delicious! The initial release includes a Pinot Noir, a Chardonnay, and a Red Blend of Zinfandel, Petit Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The blend is medium-bodied with notes of dark cherries, black raspberries, and vanilla pie crust. The Pinot Noir is silky smooth and juicy with notes of warm baked cherries, ripe strawberries, mocha, and caramel. And the Chardonnay is rich and toasty with notes of juicy pineapple and green apple, as well as a pinch of vanilla. They’re all perfect for pairing with everyday meals or enjoying with your best friend.

Speaking of, you can drink Chateau La Paws at O.H.S.O., Salut, Uncle Bear’s, Crust, Janey’s in Cave Creek, and Champion Field on Bell. Ironically, most of these places have big ‘ole dog-friendly patios. So bring you dog, order up a glass of Chateau La Paws, and think about all the animals you both are saving as you imbibe.

http://chateaulapaws.com

Tequila Herradura at the Westin Kierland Makes you Waltz

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Another full barrel of one-of-a-kind Tequila Herradura has landed in the Valley – this time at Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar and Cantina inside The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. You might be asking: one-of-a-kind? Full barrel? Herradura Tequila has a program whereby a restaurant can go down to the distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, and tweak their favorite batch of Herradura. Then the folks at Casa Herradura rest a full barrel of their type before bottling it and sending the barrel up to Phoenix. Called “Double Barrel,” special tequilas have been made for T. Cook’s, Cien Agave, Coach’s Corner, Taco Guild, and other places around town.

But back to Waltz & Weiser. Known for their fine tequilas and whiskeys served alongside a menu infused with south-of-the-border flavors, their own Casa Herradura Double Barrel Reposado Tequila is being launched on Friday, March 20th, with a bevy of Double Barrel tequila cocktails.

Every bottle of this Herradura Tequila at The Westin Kierland began with 100 percent blue agave tequila that was rested (“reposado”) in toasted oak barrels for 11 months. The tequila was then matured for an additional month in a brand-new, toasted oak barrel to provide smoothness and the complex flavor notes of cooked agave, dried fruits, and sweet brown spice. Jeff Barba, the Resort’s director of Food and Beverage, says, “Its aroma has hints of anise, fruit, and spice, and its flavor is smooth and sweet with sweet agave notes, slight vanilla, butter, and dried fruit … guests will no doubt enjoy the smoothness and quality of the tequila we have selected for them,”

To celebrate this launch, they’re hosting “Treasures of Jalisco” from 6pm to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, from tonight until April 4. The fiestas, located on the Resort’s scenic Dreamweaver’s Canyon patio overlooking the golf course, are open to the public and will feature Casa Herradura tequila samples, live mariachi music, and a special menu of mouth-watering Guadalajaran cuisine served in traditional molcajetes.

Cocktails include the refreshing Cucumber-dura with mint, cucumber, and ginger beer; the Herradura Passion with lime, orange, and pineapple juices and a Grand Marnier float; and the Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita with lime juice, Cointreau, and agave nectar topped by a whole strawberry and a half jalapeño.

For Herradura Tequila at The Westin Kierland, head to:
Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina
6902 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-624-1202
www.kierlandresort.com