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A Spirit Lovers Holiday Gift Guide


We all know what everyone really wishes for this holiday season--a little liquid courage. While the holidays are mostly a time to embrace our loved ones and be grateful for what we do have, spiking everyone’s drinks at your family’s annual holiday party might make for an extremely entertaining evening. Instead of paying a visit to your local liquor store and browsing the shelves for hours contemplating the right bottle, take some suggestions from our holiday spirits gift guide! Not only will you be the hero this year, impressing everyone with your impeccable taste in liquor, you’ll be the one everyone envies with the perfect treat to share with your loved ones this season.

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Weekend Pick: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Drink the District

This weekend, drink to December at DOCK5 at Union Market, where a wide range of breweries will be sampling over 50 beers, which can be sampled over the three-hour timeframe each entry ticket allows. Guests will also be treated to unlimited full pours of two beers of their choice, in addition to delicious eats from local food trucks.

Attendees can choose between one of three sessions (from 12:00pm-3:00pm; 4:30pm-4:30pm, or 9:00pm-12:00am). Whether you're more of a day-drinker, or prefer to imbibe at night, your options are open. Admission is $40, for all-access beer and bites (as mentioned above) and enjoyable live entertainment. Hoppy Holidays!


What: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Drink the District

When:Saturday, December 6th, 12pm

Where: DOCK5 @ Union Market,1309 5th St. Northeast, Washington, DC

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Win New Friends by CraftingThese Bomb Holiday Cocktails

1.) Fall Classic

While this piece is aimed at helping you create the most glam holiday party possible, some of your guests might not be ready to dive head first into the December holidays, and that’s okay! For those of us still clinging to fall with tightened, cloyed grips, feel free to mix up a Fall Classic, inspired by the expert mixologists at Gramercy Tavern. Because nothing says fall like a giant martini glass full of boozy apples.

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The NYC 2nd Annual Autumn Wine Festival at the Broad Street Ballroom


If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Broad Street Ballroom, a wine event is not a terrible reason to take the train to the Financial District and give it a whirl. The ceilings, made of the kind of stone that makes you feel you there might be a gargoyle perched somewhere up above you, stretch into the heavens, and give the space a cathedral-like feel. The live band’s performance is bombastic and fills every inch of the lofty, historic ballroom, and with internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Marshak taking the lead, creates a comfortable environment for working your way from table to table, sipping and noshing as you go.

This Year Be Thankful for Free Whiskey

From December 1st-7th, The Shanty (the New York Distilling Company's associated bar) is going to set guests up with complimentary samples that demonstrate what happens when the house whiskey, rock candy sugar, dried Bing cherries, cinnamon, and orange peel are combined -- allow us to introduce you to Mr. Katz's.

With its festive flavors, the rockin' combo launches at an opportune moment: the start of the holiday season. During the first week of the month, the establishment is welcoming walk-ins to try Mr. Katz's Rock & Rye. Other than free glasses of the original recipe, a menu of creative cocktails, including the Cave Creek (a Mr. Katz's, scotch, Campari, grenadine, and lemon juice mixture) or the Harpers Ferry (which pairs Mr. Katz's with cognac, rum, and lemon juice).

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The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event Came Just at the Right Time

The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event could not have come at a more perfect time, as last week welcomed the coldest days we’ve seen this fall and people all over NYC were in need of merry distraction. For three hours, we delightfully warmed our bones with unlimited spirits, beer and wines aboard a luxurious yacht while cruising the New York City waterways.

Once we checked into our maiden voyage on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship we were given our souvenir tasting glass and our spirits program book complete with a list of all the featured distilleries as well as map to better guide our drinking itinerary for the evening.

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You Need to Try The Hop, Skip and A Jump, Specialty Cocktail at Eastside Cantina Right Now


Innovative Mixologist Roberto Rosa of NYC’s Eastside Cantina has won first place in the New York City qualifying round of the Diplomático World Tournament! The well-respected premier South American rum brand, Diplomtico, has created a global competition where participants can submit an original creation using Diplomatico Rum with a maximum of six ingredients.

In January he will take his ambition, creativity and mixology expertise to create his winning “A Hop, Skip and A Jump” cocktail in one of the final competitions against bartenders from across the country, with a chance to represent the U.S in April at the Diplomático World Tournament against cocktail connoisseurs from 28 different countries.

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Weekend Pick: Drink Local Chicago at Chicago Marriott

This Saturday, November 22nd should be a drinking holiday for Chicago citizens. Drink Local Chicago is a one-day showcase of domestic beverages, from local distilleries, breweries, and wineries. It also brings together local vendors to give everyone an extremely pleasing drinking experience.

All guests will have the opportunity to attend three shows which will take place in intervals throughout the day, starting at 11 am. General admission gives access to samples from Drink Local vendors, with food available for purchase, while VIP admission gives access to the VIP lounge, the mixed-drinks bar, a live Culinary Fight Club, a 1-hour Chef Fight between three local chefs, plus samples of their dishes.

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Weekend Picks: DC Craft Beer Festival


Winter is fast approaching, but this weekend there's a reason to trek into the cold weather. DC's Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday. Taste the lingering autumnal flavors and test out the winter's new brews. It's also a chance for Washington DC's local breweries to show off the unique flavors they have been cultivating in anticipation for the winter season. There are going to be around 75 different participating breweries from all around the country, but mostly focused on DC's local brewing community will be showing off their creations for you to sample. All of the beers will be the finest from each brewery with an emphasis on limited edition and seasonal releases. Come taste a beer that will no doubt be delicious and warm you up from the inside out. Get your tickets now for access to unlimited beer tasting!

What: DC Craft Beer Festival

When: Saturday, November 22nd, 1pm

Where: Hall D Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl. NW, Washington, DC

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NYC Champagne Week Brings in the City's Top Talent and Lots of Champagne

New York Champagne Week came and went in the blink of an eye, or maybe we were just having so much fun that the time slipped by us. From cocktail contests featuring the city’s best bartenders, to one-on-one chats with world-class sommeliers about how to hold a champagne glass, if this week taught us anything, it is to appreciate champagne in a way we never have before.

One of the most unique events of the week was hosted at an East Village spot called Evelyn Drinkery. A half dozen top tier bartenders created unique champagne cocktails with a randomly drawn liquor accompaniment. This truly highlighted both the versatility of the champagne and our city’s bartending talent! From a strong champagne-tequila blend to a chai tea, grapefruit and gin concoction that really snuck up on you, each drink was so uniquely satisfying we had a hard time choosing our favorite! Luckily, a panel of judges gave out the final prize (a grand to the creator of the best cocktail) so our only dilemma was which to drink first.