Tag: The Weekender

The Weekender: Hazel’s Brandy Old Fashioned

January 10, 2014 | 10:06 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

brandy-old-fashioned-290x290There is seriously a web site for everything. We guess we’ve never really thought about it, but Liquor.com totally exists and they have some great recipes. Here is their unique twist on one of our favorite drinks. The Hazel’s Brandy Old Fashioned uses brandy instead of the traditional bourbon. Hey, it’s okay to mix everything up every once in a while.


1 Maraschino cherry

1 Orange wedge

1 tsp Sugar

3 to 4 dashes Angostura Bitters

.25 oz Water

2 oz Brandy

Sprite or 7Up


Put the cherry, orange, and bitters on the bottom of a glass and muddle until the sugar dissolves. Add ice and fill with the brandy and top with the soda. Garnish with an extra orange and cherry.

The Weekender: Buenas Noches

December 13, 2013 | 9:36 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Buenas NochesWith a name like Buenas Noches, you automatically assume that this is a cocktail that will kick you on your butt. That’s not the case. This is a delicious, warm beverage to enjoy on these cool nights. Thanks to the Boulders Resort, this spiked hot chocolate is exactly what you need while hanging out by the fire with good friends and family.


3/4 oz Grand marnier Liqueur

1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila

1/2oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

1 packet swiss miss hot chocolate


Combine the ingredients in a footed mug, except the hot chocolate. Fill with hot chocolate and top with whipped cream and orange zest at the end.

The Weekender: Grape Ghoulade

October 31, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

RA Sushi Grape Ghoulade - low resFirst of all, we know it’s not Friday, sorry to be a buzz kill. Since today is Halloween, we thought we would share a Halloween-inspired cocktail with all of you. Courtesy of RA Sushi, who will be having a Boo Bash Halloween party tonight, the Grape Ghoulade is the perfect potent potion for tonight. The Boo Bash party will be happening at all five RA locations and will go from 7:00 pm to midnight. If you don’t feel like heading to RA and would rather hand out candy tonight, check out the recipe.


1.75 oz Three Olives Grape Vodka

.25 oz Blue Curacao
.25 oz cranberry juice
Splash lemon sour
Splash lemon lime soda
Lychee and blueberry for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. For “eyeball” garnish, soak a peeled lychee in grenadine, and then place a blueberry in center of lychee.

The Weekender: Strawberry Shamrock

October 25, 2013 | 10:12 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Kelly's Strawberry ShamrockAw yeah, it’s Friday. We probably don’t have to mention this every week, but we’re pretty excited about the weekend. After five days of strenuous work, it’s about time we got to relax. You can do that with Kelly’s at South Bridge‘s signature cocktail, the Strawberry Shamrock. Shall we take a look?





Margarita Sensations

Club soda

Strawberry garnish


Muddle mint with grenadine. Add ice and spirits with Margarita Sensations and shake. Return to glass, top up with ice and a splash club soda. Add strawberry section and mint sprig for garnish

The Weekender: Copper State Mule

October 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Copper State MuleWe’re not going to remind you. You’ve been looking forward to this day all week. That said, let’s get right into The Weekender. Courtesy of our friends at the Salty Sow, they don’t call Arizona the Copper State for no reason. This is the Copper State Mule.


1 & ½ oz. Vodka

.25 oz. of Fresh Lime Juice

3 oz. Ginger Beer

Lime wedge garnish


In a shaker glass, combine ice, vodka and lime juice. Shake and pour contents with ice into a copper mug. Fill with ginger beer and add lime wedge garnish.

The Weekender: Pumpkin Cocktail

September 27, 2013 | 10:10 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

PumpkinCan you believe October is already here? We know we talk about the weather a lot but it’s kind of hard not to when you live in the Valley. Since is has finally started to cool down, we thought we would start bringing you fall inspired drinks. The Pumpkin Cocktail, courtesy of the folks at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, is exactly what you’re looking for.


1 ounce maple whisky

2 ounces vanilla vodka

1 tsp. pumpkin spice

½ ounce simple syrup

Splash hazelnut liqueur

Graham cracker crumbs

Cinnamon stick


Spread a layer of graham cracker crumbs on a saucer. Press cocktail glass rim into the graham cracker crumbs. In a shaker, add ice, maple whisky, hazelnut liquor, vanilla vodka, simple syrup and pumpkin spice and shake. Double strain into the cocktail glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

The Weekender: Vanilla Old-Fashioned

September 20, 2013 | 10:01 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

fw2006_c_vanillaoldfashioneNothing makes you feel classier than drinking an old fashioned… Well, Old-Fashioned. It’s one of our favorite drinks and everyone seems to have a different take on it. This is a new recipe we stumbled upon that we wanted to share with you. This is the Vanilla Old-Fashioned, courtesy of Food and Wine.


One 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, split

One 1-inch piece of orange zest

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

2 dashes of orange bitters

2 ounces bourbon


1 orange wheel


Muddle the vanilla bean and orange zest with the Simple Syrup and bitters in a rocks glass. Add the bourbon and ice. Stir and garnish with the orange.

The Weekender: The Savory Daisy

September 13, 2013 | 10:08 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

201101-r-savoy-daisyIt is Friday already, are you ready for the weekend? More importantly, are you ready for the Weekender? Since we know you’re gearing up to have a good time for the next couple of days, it is our pleasure to once again bring you a delicious cocktail. Today, the Savory Daisy comes to us from Food and Wine and the head bartender at The Savory hotel in London. This is the Savory Daisy.


2 ounces ruby port

1/4 ounce Bacardi 8-year aged rum

1 ounce Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon muscovado sugar

1/2 tablespoon grenadine

1 orange twist


Add all of the ingredients minus the orange twist in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the twist.

The Weekender: Strawberry Lemonade

August 30, 2013 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001With all the cloud coverage and rain we’ve seen, it’s starting to feel less and less like summer. It’s a bitter sweet thing for Valley residents. In order to get that last taste of summer, check out ZuZu’s Strawberry Lemonade. Trust us, it’s more than just strawberries and lemons. It’s the perfect amount kick to help you enjoy this Labor Day weekend.


1 oz. Cruzan light rum

1 oz. Daly’s strawberry puree

2 oz. fresh lemonade

Splash of club soda


Combine rum, puree, and lemonade in a Boston shaker, shake well. Pour into Collins glass with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry on a pick.

The Weekender: Acai-Berry Lemonade

August 23, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Acai-Berry LemonadeWhat exactly is an acai berry? It’s the fruit of an acai palm tree, which in Portuguese means “fuit that cries water.” Interesting. What’s even more interesting is the Acai-Berry Lemonade. Since it’s the weekend and of course, as you know, it’s still summer. Lemonade is the go-to drink for all ages. This particular isn’t meant for all-ages. Well, not meant for those under 21. Courtesy of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, check out this cocktail.


1.5 oz. Veev Acai-Berry Spirit

4 Raspberries

4 Blueberries

One mint spring

3.5 oz. Lemonade


In a Mason jar add Veev, Raspberries, Blueberries and mint. Gentle muddle. Add Ice and Top with Lemonade. Give the drink a quick stir with a bar spoon to distribute flavor evenly. Garnish with mint.



The Weekender: Green Flash Beer Cocktail

August 16, 2013 | 10:18 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

TL green flash beer cocktailBeer and cocktails are a couple of ur favorite, especially when it’s the weekend. Have you ever thought about combining the two? It’s a crazy thought but we might be crazy enough to try it. The Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe is way ahead of us. This is the Green Flash Beer Cocktail.


.75 oz Gin

3 oz. Green Flash IPA

2 basil leaves

3 muddled lemons wedges


Squeeze and drop 3 lemons into a pint glass with 2 torn basil leaves, simple syrup and Hendricks’s gin. Top off glass with ice and finish with Green Flash IPA.

The Weekender: Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop

August 9, 2013 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Basil Buddha Hand Lemon DropThat’s quite a mouthful but hopefully you’ll literally get a mouthful of this cocktail soon. The Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop is all about keeping it natural. Basil isn’t just for your food, it’s goes quite well with your drinks. Not to mention the extraordinary health benefits associated the herb. It can help heart health, skin, and your immune system. But we don’t think you ever needed an excuse to drink. The drink comes to us from the good folks at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse.


Buddha Hand Vodka


Squeezed Lemon Wedges

Simple Syrup, and Basil


Combine all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice.

The Weekender: Peach Fuzz Fizz

July 26, 2013 | 10:15 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image009You know what day it is. Friday is all about getting ready for the weekend. So, while you’re sitting at work day-dreaming about this weekend, here’s a cocktail recipe, perfect for summer. Courtesy of our friends at Salut Kitchen Bar, the Peach Fuzz Fizz utilizes High West Peach Vodka, which is made with the ripest handpicked peaches. The cocktail is available for $12 or for $6 during happy hour.


1 ½ oz High West Peach Vodka

½ oz Orange Juice

¼ oz Tart Cherry Liquor

Top with Sprite


Combine High West Peach Vodka, Orange Juice, Tart Cherry Liquor then top with sprite. Stir and garnish with an orange wedge and Amarena cherry.

The Weekender: Prickly Pear Margarita

July 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Prickly PearThis 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.

The Weekender: Strawberry Cucumber Spritz

July 12, 2013 | 10:20 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001It’s Friday and we believe you know what that means. The Weekender is all about bringing you a refreshing and easy to make cocktail. Since it’s summer, we’ve been going the fruity-drink-by-the-beach route. Today’s cocktail comes from Benihana. The Strawberry Cucumber Spritz has everything you could want from a summer-time drink.


Strawberry half – 5 each

Cucumber slice – 3 each

Vodka – 2 oz.

Triple sec – ½ oz.

Lemon juice – 2 oz.

Simple syrup – 1 oz.

Soda water


Muddle four strawberry halves in a mixing glass. Add 2 cucumber slices and remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled pint glass and fill to the top with soda water. Garnish with 1 strawberry half and one cucumber slice.

The Weekender: Cucumber Basil Collins

July 5, 2013 | 1:06 PM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

067We hope you had a fun and exciting Fourth of July yesterday. For those of you lucky enough to have a four day weekend, here is another cocktail to help you enjoy it. The Cucumber Basil Collins comes to us courtesy of the Salty Sow.


2 oz of BlueCoat Gin

½ oz of Ginger Simple Syrup

2 Cucumber Moons (sliced)

2 Basil Leaves Sparkling Wine (as needed)


In a shaker glass, add ice, gin, cucumbers, basil, and ginger simple syrup. Shake and pour the contents into a 11 oz. rocks glass. Finally, top off with sparkling wine.

The Weekender: Maple Glazed Old Fashioned

June 28, 2013 | 10:48 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

038This edition of The Weekender is going to get a little classy. We’re talking Don Draper class. If you’re a fan of Mad Men, then you know that Don enjoys his old fashioned. Here’s a sweet twist on the classic cocktail, the Maple Glazed Old Fashioned, courtesy of the folks at Salty Sow.


2 oz. of Makers Mark

Splash of Blood Orange Bitters

½ oz of maple syrup

1 Amarena Cherry

1 Orange Slice

¼ oz. of POM juice


In a shaker glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, maple syrup, POM juice, and orange bitters. Pour contents in 8 oz. rocks glass. Add one plain large ice cube. Pour Makers Mark over the cube. Stir to chill

The Weekender: The Lemon Shed

June 21, 2013 | 10:43 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

nonameYes. The weekend is here and that means it is time to party. Well, you need to get through work first. To get your weekend started, you can day-dream about this cocktail, the Lemon Shed, courtesy of New Zealand’s award-winning vodka, Broken Shed.


2 oz Broken Shed Vodka

3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup


Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and a lightly coated sugar rim. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

The Weekender: Swimming Pool

June 14, 2013 | 10:46 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Swimming Pool CocktailIf 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.

The Weekender: Cactus Lemonade

June 7, 2013 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Cactus LemonadeThe weekend is here and the weather is hot. That means you need something refreshing to drink, right? Thanks to the Palo Verde Restaurant at the Boulders Resort, we have the perfect drink for you while you lounge by the pool. Cactus Lemonade sounds delicious, but don’t worry, there’s no cactus in it.


1 & ½ oz. of Absolut Citron Vodka

½ oz. of Prickly Pear Syrup

3 oz. of fresh lemonade


Add all ingredients to a shaker and mix well. Strain into a tall rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge


The Weekender: Fresh Margarita

May 31, 2013 | 10:17 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Fresh MargaritaOkay, since it is just one day away from June, let’s go ahead and call it summer. Today is Friday and that means it is time to get the weekend started. What is one the best summer drinks? Margaritas, of course. Thanks to Village Tavern, here is a recipe for a deliciously fresh margarita.


2 oz. Tequila

2 limes, halved

1 ¼ oz. Agave Nectar

Salt (optional)


In shaker, juice lime halves and put halves in as well. Add tequila, agave nectar and ice. Shake vigorously and put in glass

The Weekender: Mango Cosmopolitan

May 24, 2013 | 10:52 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

DSCN1341Friday is here and we are definitely ready for the weekend. We’re not sure about you, but we’re ready to relax. To help us relax, we need a new cocktail. Check out the Mango Cosmopolitan from Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery. It’s an easy cosmo to make and we’re betting it’s delicious, as well.


2 oz. of Ketel One Vodka

1 oz. of Triple Sec

2 oz. o Mango Juice

1 oz. of Sweet and Sour


Add all ingredients to a martini shaker and mix. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge

The Weekender: Basil Caipifruta

May 17, 2013 | 10:02 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

DSCN1314In 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.

The Weekender: The Flor Bonita

May 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Flor bonita 2We don’t have to tell you but in case you’ve forgotten, today is Friday. With the weekend comes our favorite post of the week: The Weekender. Today’s cocktail comes to us from the Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal. The Flor Bonita is the perfect drink to have this weekend, whether you’re at the cantina or hanging out at home.


1 ½ oz Sauza Hornitos

1 oz O3 Liquor

½ oz Hum (Hibiscus Spirit)

1 oz Margarita Mix


Build in shaker with ice. Shake hard around 10 times. Then strain and serve in short glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Weekender: Lemon Lavender Fizz

May 3, 2013 | 10:37 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Lemon Lavender Fizz 2Is it Friday already? Ah yes, the beloved weekend is here and that means it is once again time for the Weekender. Our latest and possible greatest cocktail comes to you from the brand new Salut Kitchen Bar. The Lemon Lavender Fizz is the perfect drink for summer. If you don’t feel like heading into Salut for the drink, they’ve been kind enough to share the recipe.


2oz Bombay Saphire Gin

¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

¾ oz Lavender Syrup

2 ½ oz Sparkling French Lemonade


Mix the gin, lemon juice, and syrup with ice and shake. Fill your favorite tall glass with ice and add the the mix. Then top it off with French sparkling lemonade. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a fresh sprig of lavender.

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