Not everyone is lucky enough to get Thanksgiving off of work. That’s okay. You can have your own version of Thanksgiving the night before at Crudo. From 9:00 pm to close, they will be featuring ”bird” related spirits and food. It’ll be a great way to celebrate the turkey day by sipping on hand-crafted cocktails, featuring featuring Wild Turkey Whiskey, Black Grouse Scotch, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and more, by Bar Crudo’s Micah Olson. There will also be special guest bartenders Jason Asher and Clint Spotleson to give Micah a hand. Chef Cullen Campbell will be in the kitchen, doing what he does best, making dishes like Pastrami-style Chicken Wings with Mustard Vin.
The most insane shopping day of the year will soon be here. Yes, the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, or better known as Black Friday, is just a couple weeks away. We’ve all seen the footage on the news and Internet of shoppers being trampled. It’s almost worth it with all the savings. If you plan on venturing out on that day, all RA Sushi locations will be extending their happy hour because you know you’re going to need a drink. Those drinks range from beer to wine to fancy cocktails, all ranging from $3.75 to $7.75. To give you some more energy, there will also be more than 30 appetizer, tapas and sushi selections ranging from $2.75 to $7.75. The happy hour will be from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Eight whole of hours food and drink specials that will make that shopping nightmare a little more bearable.
Brunch has been done. Mimosas are cool. Bloody Marys are alright. Eggs Benedict are hard to get right. Is anyone going to do something different about brunch? Well, it looks like Crudo is on top of that. Starting in October, the restaurant will be redefining brunch. Chef Cullen Campbell’s new breakfast that features a robust cocktail list (which is pretty cool in itself) kicks off on Oct. 6 and will be featured every Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Some featured items include $5 Jars of Bacon, Avocado & Chevre or Roasted Tomatoes with Ricotta, Plus “Eggs” and “Not Eggs” dishes such as Meatloaf Burgers, Pork Belly Poutine and Polenta Hoe Cakes. If you want to see the whole menu, you might as well head to Crudo next month.
We know it’s early, but we just got the news and couldn’t be more excited. The 2014 Arizona Cocktail Week kicks off on February 14. This is the third year the awesome week of cocktail culture will be taking over the Valley. And yes, it does start on Valentine’s Day. You may be worried about that. If you don’t have a date, ACW starts with the “Love On The Rocks” anti-Valentine’s Day cocktail party. Some other activities include Pop Up Bars created by nationally-noted mixologists, an outdoor Pig & Punch BBQ on that will feature modern twists on classic punchbowl cocktails. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll keep you posted as the date draws closer.
Tommy Bahama is all about relaxation. Honestly, can you really relax without wearing the always stylish Hawaiian shirt? If you’re paying more than $100 for a Hawaiian shirt, you better be relaxed. Anyway, Tommy Bahama will be celebrating National Relaxation Day on August 15. To help you relax, they’ve been kind of enough to share a recipe for the rightfully-named Chilax cocktail.
1½ parts Cruzan Mango Rum
¾ parts Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 part Mango purée (Perfect Puree: 1:1 water to concentrate)
1 part Cream of Coconut
1 ½ parts Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients and pour over shaved ice. If you don’t have access to shaved ice, go ahead and serve it on the rocks.
CORRECTION: On July 23, we ran this Scoop and need to make a correction. The $100 Manhattan at Dominick’s Steakhouse is indeed $100. We apologize for any confusion or frustration this may have caused.
Who doesn’t love the show Mad Men? With the ever-increasing popularity of the show set in the 1960s, bourbon has been making a comeback in the bar scene. Honestly, an Old Fashioned sounds great right about now. Anyway, like we said, bourbon is coming back and Dominick’s Steakhouse in north Scottsdale is jumping on that bandwagon. The bar has more than 20 different bourbons to choose from and will be offering the offering the original $100 Manhattan. It is a mix of Crown Royal XR, CinZano Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Float of Louis XII, Brandy Soaked Bing Cherry, and served in a martini glass. Along with the cocktail, Dominick’s has a slew of appetizers and bites to go along with the drink. We really just care about the Manhattan, though. Enjoy.
This is the kind of drink that we couldn’t imagine being from a steakhouse. It takes one to know one, we guess. Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse has this margarita, which is perfect for the heat. The Prickly Pear Margarita is a replenishing blend of tequila, agave nectar and fruity juices.
Prickly Pear Margarita
2 ounces Reposado Tequila
1/2 ounce agave nectar
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce Prickly Pear Puree
Pink salt (for the rim of the glass)
Take a shaker and add ice, tequila, agave nectar, lime juice and prickly pear puree and shake. Salt the rim of a martini glass. Pour into the glass and garnish with a lemon.
Sunday-Funday is one of our new favorite expression. No longer will Sundays be filled with dread due to the upcoming work week. Sundays are days for relaxing, having fun, and overall enjoying life. REWIND SUNDAYS at the Paradise Pool at the Arizona Biltmore celebrate just that. Every Sunday afternoon, you can hang out around an amazing pool with one the Valley’s top DJs spinning all day long. Every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm until August 25, DJ P-Body plays some jams outside by the Paradise Pool. If you happen to party a little too hard while there, you can purchase the Sunday Funday Package and make a night of it. That includes a guest room and two complimentary cocktails at the pool starting at $99 per night.
Martinis are one of the drinks where you just can’t help but feel classy while drinking. Sure, the glass makes it nearly impossible to walk around but hey, at least you look like you know what your doing. National Martini Day is this week, June 19, and to celebrate Bar Louie will be giving them away at half-price. Bar Louie is pretty much a professional martini making establishment and have been doing so since the 1990s. With 16 cutting-edge martini selections, 5 of which launched with their new menu in April, the bar is the perfect spot to drink on the 19th. With all the different kinds, there’s sure to be one you’ll like. Or two, or three, or more.
Bar Louie | 2000 Rio Salado Parkway Suite | Tempe, Arizona | 85281.
If you’re like us, then you definitely hit the swimming pool this season multiple times already. If you haven’t, we don’t know how you’re surviving. To help you get through the brutal summer and thanks to Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, here is a recipe for a delicious cocktail: the Swimming Pool.
1 Oz. Absolut Vodka
2 Oz. Malibu Rum
2 Oz. Pineapple Juice
1 Oz. Heavy Cream
Splash of Blue Curacao
Mix your Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum, pineapple juice, heavy cream and Blue Curacao. Shake with ice. Fill a tall glass with ice and strain the contents in your mixing glass over the ice. Garnish with one slice each of pineapple, orange and lemon, and a Maraschino Cherry.
It’s never fun drinking alone. Some of you may love to be the host of a nice get together. When you have your friends over for a good time, some of you may also be finding yourself as the bartender. The Sasquatch Cocktail Shaker will make your drink-making so much easier. It is a giant 110 oz shaker that can make large drinks for 10 or more people. It’ll be a good workout because when you’re shaking that thing, you can bet it’s heavy.
In case you didn’t know it, Friday is here. That means it is time to party. That’s where the Weekender comes in. This week, we’re bringing you a cocktail from Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery at the SHOPS at Gainey Village. The Basil Caipifruta is a Thai inspired drink guaranteed to get you ready for summer. Let’s take a look.
2 oz. of Cachaca Rum
4 Freshly squeezed lemon wedges
4 basil leaves, muddled
2 tsp. of powdered sugar
Splash of soda
Add all ingredients to a martini shaker and mix well. Pour entire contents into a short glass with ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
With May comes Cinco de Mayo. Seeing how we’re in the southwest, there will no doubt be plenty of Cinco de Mayo deals going on around the Valley. Millagro Grill wants to celebrate the holiday with you. Not just for one day but for three glorious days filled with food and drinks. Check out the menu that will be available on Friday and Saturday and Sunday, May 3 – May 5.
$3 domestic bottled beer
$4 all draft beer & premium bottled beer
$5 Milagro Margarita, Ruffino Pinot Grigio, Bogle Chardonnay, Red Diamond Pinot Noir,14 Hands
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangria Rojo, Sangria Blanco, Well Drinks
$6 Habanero Raspberry Margarita
$7 Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Chateau St Michelle Cab
$10 Talbot Pinot Noir, Stratton-Lummis The Riddler
$5 Pan Plano Queso, Guacamole Traditional
$6 Salsa Trio & Chips, Camarones Dulces,
$7 Tostados de Costilla, Pollo Tacos, Costilla Tacos, Al Pastor Tacos
$8 PB&J Puerco, Wings
$9 Carne Tacos
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
$2 each Chicken or Costilla (Short Rib) Tacos
$3 Mexican Draft Beer, Margaritas, All Domestic Bottle Beer, Mimosas
$4 Import/Premium Bottle Beer, All Craft Beer on Draft, Well Drinks
$5 Sauza Margarita, Sangria Rojo Sangria Blanco
$7 Cruz/Cointreau Margarita
20% off All Bottles of Wine
Like you need another reason to party. In case you actually did, Cinco de Mayo will soon be upon. Since we’re in the southwest and neighbors with Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a partying tradition in the Vally. This year, you should probably head to anyone of Sandbar’s locations. All three locations will be hosting an all-day and all-night fiesta on May 4 and May 5. Called Cinco de Sandbar, the days will be filled with drink specials and live music from local bands and DJs like Black Bottom Lighters, The Walkens, and The Hourglass Cats.
Has it really been a year since Crudo first opened doors? Time really flies when you’re eating great food and drinking the perfect cocktails. On Thursday, April 25, Crudo will be celebrating their anniversary and you all are invited. Chef Cullen Campbell, the newly named Chef of the Year by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, will be offering his entire food menu at half-price. Bar Crudo next door will be joining the festivities with stellar wine and drink deals all night long, as well. The party goes down from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the restaurant and until midnight in the bar. To make reservation, call 602.358.8666. See you all there.
Recently, we told you about the newest hot spot in Tempe. Salut Kitchen Bar is now open and it definitely wants your business. We figured since it’s the weekend, you’re probably looking for some stuff to do. Look no further. Here is a list of Salut’s happy hour drinks and bites. All of which you can get every day of the week from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Drink specials include:
· $1 bottles of wine (with a purchase of a bottle)
· $2 Coors Light/Bud Light
· $3 Well drinks
· $3.50 Draft wines
· $4 Craft Draft
· $5 Absinthe
· $6 Craft cocktails
Food specials include:
· $5 Apple salad
· $5 Peppy dew peppers
· $5 Hummus nachos
· $5 Caprese kabobs
· $5 Ravioli
· $5 Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
· $6 Bruschetta
· $10 chefs board
It’s about time a little more class was added to Tempe. Don’t get us wrong, Tempe is great but sometimes it would be nice to be able to hang out near Mill Ave and have a classy evening. Now you can. Salut Kitchen Bar is now open for business. The restaurant features surprisingly affordable bruschetta, gourmet tapas, salads, sandwiches, and delicious entrees. Salut’s extensive wine selection is what sold us, though. It’s the perfect spot for a nice wine and dinner date. The comfortable and loungy atmosphere will make your experience there that much better. Seriously, check it out.
Salut Kitchen Bar | 1435 East University Drive | Tempe, 85281
Is it Friday already? With the weekend comes the Weekender. Today’s cocktail of choice comes from Z’Tejas. With Spring in the air, adding a little lemon and lime to your drinks is almost a necessity. The Skinny Blonde has everything you could want and at only 184 calories, why not drink one?
1.5 oz SKYY Vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz Agave Nectar
8 ea mint leaves
Topped with splash club soda
Finished with Lime Fomz
Combine 1.5 SKYY vodka, .75 oz lemon juice, .75 oz lime juice, .75 oz Agave Nectar and 8 mint leaves in a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice and top with a splash of club soda and finish with Lime Fomz. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the edge of the glass and a mint sprig.
Tonight, March 20, Crudo will be hosting a spectacular wine dinner event. Chef Cullen Campbell and Ryan Zepaltas with Zepaltas Winery will prepare a 4-course, wine paired dinner. Zepaltas isn’t your average winemaker. How you ask? Ryan Zepaltas is a professional skateboarder. Who says extreme athletes don’t have class? Tomorrow, Ryan and Chef Cullen will be teaming up for a great night filled with food, wine, and fun. For just $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, you can make reservations by contacting Crudo at 602-358-8666
Ahi Crudo with Guanciale, Spring Garlic, Bone Marrow
2009 Hanzell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Farm Egg with Spring Herbs, Bacon and Polenta
2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Gnudi with Brown Butter Mushrooms and Spring Garlic
2010 La Cruz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Pork Belly Stracotto with Turnips, Carrots, Radish and Cippolini
2011 Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah
From the brilliant minds behind The Mint, Sandbar, Axis/Radius, and RnR, comes their newest experiment: Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails. As the name suggests, the new concept is centered around a music theme. Surrounded by steel beams and garage doors for a contemporary artsy loft feel, Hi-Fi will be located in the vibrant Old Town Scottsdale. Its full menu will be served late into the night for all of the partiers in Old Town. Obviously its cocktail menu will be up to par, as well. The place is unique in that it will be functioning as a indoor/outdoor place. A giant square, island bar accomplishes that. It also features a vintage speaker wall that also displays old school black and white televisions. But the coup de grâce is their “$100,000 digital graffiti wall that will show an ever evolving array of 3D images that will morph the mood throughout the night.” Sounds pretty cool. Expect to see it fully functioning on March 20.
If you enjoy your occasional (or more) adult beverage then you need to head to the Hotel Valley Ho this weekend, February 16, for the Arizona Cocktail Week’s signature event, the Cocktail Carnival.
The AZ Cocktail Week kicks off this Saturday, Feb. 16. If you want to celebrate the Valley’s cocktail culture, you can do so with a unique carnival experience at the Valley Ho. You’ll see the latest innovations from national mixologists, live entertainment, food and games, and of course, cocktails.
There will be pop-up bars featuring the country’s greatest bartenders and carnival games with the chance to win some pretty great prizes. You can even get a free tattoo courtesy of Sailor Jerry.
Tickets start at $55. For more information, click here.
Alright folks, with a little under two week until Valentine’s Day, have you figured out what you and your beloved will be doing? You haven’t? Don’t worry, we got your back. Up and leading to V-Day, we’ll be bringing you some of the best spots around town for a romantic night for two. Let’s get started.
SASSI in North Scottsdale will be offering a four course, pre fixe menu for two by Executive Chef, Christopher Nicosia on February 14th.
Brugos Pizza Company at el Pedregal will be offering a six course, Italian feast by Christina and Troy McDonald on Thursday, February 14th
The signature Latilla restaurant at the Boulders Resort will be offering a three course, aphrodisiac menu by Executive Chef, Michel Pieton and live music all evening long on Thursday, February 14th
In just a couple days, February will be upon us. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear February? Valentine’s Day. The day of love. So, for the next couple of weeks, we’ll be showing you some of the best Valentine’s spots. Today, we’re starting out with The Cove Trattoria.
The Cove is an excellent contemporary Italian restaurant located in Scottsdale. An wonderful wine list, cocktails, and the blending of old and new world Italian food will make for a Valentine’s dinner you won’t soon forget. Speaking of which, check out the V-Day menu.
· Beef Carpaccio – Thinly sliced beef, drizzled with olive oil, capers and shaved parmesan
· Homemade Mozzarella in Carrozza with spicy marinara, each bread slice is dipped in egg and flour and lightly fried and wrapped around fresh mozzarella and topped with marinara
· Seafood Risotto complete with a delightful trio of scallops, salmon and halibut
· Grilled Lamb Chops served with pesto sauce and sautéed radicchio, asparagus and snow peas
· Sliced Hanger Steak with Cognac Sauce served with creamy polenta and grilled asparagus
· A sinful, homemade chocolate raspberry torte
· “Absolut Kiss” – Absolut Raspberry Vodka with a splash of pineapple juice – $9.50
· St. Germain Champagne Cocktail – St Germain liqueur and sparkling wine garnished with fresh strawberry and/or lemon twist – $9.50
We all know how difficult the work can be. Sometimes you just want to cut out early and take an extra long weekend. Next Wednesday, Jan. 30, will be like a Friday night for you. At 7:00 pm on the 30th, chef Cullen Campbell, mixologist Micah Olson, along with special guest mixologist Clint Spotleson from Mabel’s on Main, will prepare a delectable four-course cocktail paired dinner for $65 per person at Crudo.
Albacore with Salsa Gribiche
Herbed Southside – Gin, Muddled Parsley & Chive, Lemon, Egg White, Bitter Truth Celery Bitters. Served Up.
Fried Butterfish with Tomato Agrodolce
Fresa Fizz – Sombra Mezcal, Luxardo Abano, Muddled Strawberry, Lemon, and Prosecco. Served in a flute.
Gnocchi with Smoked Tuna Chowder
Grappa Manhattan- Alexander Grappa, Dolin Blanc, Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters, Corsair Triple Smoke Rinse. Served Up.
Short Rib with Polenta, Gremolata, and Bone Marrow
Rogue Rouge- Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Kastell Rouge, Clear Creek Kirschwasser, Sweet Vermouth, Arizona Bitter Lab Mas Mole bitters. Served Up.
Finally, the weekend is here. Do you have any plans? Maybe you should think about having some of your friends over. But what are you going to serve them? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Check out the Bourbon Ginger Snap. It’s refreshing, sweet, and easy to make. Let’s take a look.
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup honey
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
6 cups fresh orange juice
4 cups pear nectar
1 liter bourbon
2 lemons, thinly sliced
ice, for serving
In a large saucepan, combine 2 quarts water, the fresh lemon juice, honey, and ginger; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Then strain into a large bowl and let it cool. Add the orange juice, pear nectar, bourbon, and lemons to the lemon syrup and serve over ice.