Tag: The Weekender

The Weekender: Cognac Snap

October 17, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Cognac SnapAs much as we don’t want to admit, the holidays are practically upon us. You’ve seen the Christmas decorations are already up at Target and Halloween is a stone’s throw away. For the next couple of weeks, we are going to bring you holiday inspired cocktails for the Weekender. Courtesy of the people at Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, this is the Cognac Snap.


1 1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac

3/4 oz Snap Liqueur

3/4 oz Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup


Shake ingredients in a shaker two times and pour into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

The Weekender: Prickly Palmer

October 10, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

photo 5Obviously, we don’t have to mention what day it is. Working for the weekend is kind of a depressing way to go about life, but there’s really not much we can do about it. Well, we have a drink or two. Speaking of which, Boulders Resort was kind enough to share a couple cocktail recipes with us. This one, as always, is pretty unique. This is the Prickly Palmer.


Sweat Tea Vodka 1.5 oz

Fresh squeezed Lemonade 3 oz

Prickly Pear puree ½ oz


Combine in a shaker and shake to your heart’s content. Pour over ice in a rocks glass.

The Weekender: Cactus Heart

September 26, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

photo 2 (1)Who’s ready for the weekend? We certainly are. The plan is to relax and forget about the next work week ahead of us. Do you feel the same way? If that’s the case, let’s do something about it. The Boulders Resort will be releasing a couple new drinks made with prickly pear in October. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peak. Here is the Cactus Heart.


Herradura Double Barrel Tequila 1.5 oz

Fresh Lime 1.5 oz

Prickly Pear puree 1.5 oz

Blue Curacao ½ oz float


Fill shaker with tequila, lime, and prickly pear puree and shake with ice. Fill a margarita glass with ice and pour drink in. Top it off with the Blue Curacao.

The Weekender: Tom Collins

September 19, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

tom-collins1You know, we’re feeling particularly classy today. So, we’re going to go a classic route with this edition of the Weekender. The Tom Collins is a drink that is suited for the country club. Let’s face it, a lot of us aren’t country club members, but we can still make that drink. It’s fairly easy to do so. By the way, this is a recipe for four drinks, so try to share.


1 cup dry gin

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup

1 cup club soda

4 orange slices

4 maraschino cherries


Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir. Fill four glasses with ice and pour the gin combination in each glass. Add a splash of club soda in each glass and garnish with the orange and cherries.

The Weekender: Sweet Lily

September 12, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image010It’s been a crazy week, hasn’t it? Arizona saw an insane amount of water on Monday. With that flooding comes a lot of stress. Do you know what calms your nerves? It might not be the same for everyone, but usually a drink or two will put us at ease. That’s why the Weekender is here, to provide you with delicious cocktail recipes to get the weekend started right. This is the Sweet Lily from TapHouse Kitchen.


1.5 Oz. Patron Silver Tequila

.75 Oz. St. Germaine Elderberry

.75 Oz. Grapefruit Juice

.5 Oz. Simple Syrup

Splash Lemon Juice

Splash of Soda Water


Mix the Patron Silver Tequila, St. Germaine Elderberry, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, splash lemon juice and splash of soda water in a shaker with ice. After shaking, strain the contents into your martini glass. Garnish with a flamingo orange peel.

The Weekender: Berry Acai Margarita

September 5, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

SOL.RaspGingerEven though we had a short week because of Labor Day, we’re still ready for the weekend. It’ll be a good one, too. We’ve got college football, the first NFL Sunday of the season, and beautiful weather. That said, let’s get the weekender started. This is the Berry Acai Margarita, courtesy of the good people at SOL Mexican Cocina.


3 Blackberries

1 Strawberry

1oz Agave

1oz Veev Acai Liquer

2oz Don Julio Blanco

2 oz Lime Juice


Muddle the blackberries and strawberry and combine with other ingredients in a shaker and shake like your life depended on it. Pour over rocks in a glass and enjoy.

The Weekender: Whiskey Sour

August 29, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

enhanced-buzz-20954-1406743382-6Alright folks, it’s Friday. It’s a three-day weekend. This means it is time to party. We’re going to share a drink with you that is often overlooked. The whiskey sour is a classic cocktail. The problem, though, is that it is often made with sweet and sour mix. No. No. No. That is an insult to a real whiskey sour. This is only true way to make one.


2 ounces rye or blended whiskey

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon superfine sugar or simple syrup

Slice of orange or lemon (or both) and a maraschino cherry


Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar with ice in a shaker and shake to your heart’s content. Strain over ice into a chilled cocktail glass or highball glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice (or both) and a maraschino cherry.

The Weekender: Gin Fizz

August 22, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Classic-Gin-Fizz-Cocktail-RecipeAll of this rain we’ve getting can be pretty overwhelming? Sure, it’s better than the heat, but sometimes enough is enough. Maybe you should sit down and have a nice drink to calm your nerves. The Gin Fizz is perfect for that. Coming to us from Inspired Taste, here’s a look at your new favorite drink.


4 tablespoons (2 oz) gin

1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) lemon juice

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

3-4 oz club soda

lemon slice


Shake gin, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon.


The Weekender: Exotic Mojito

August 15, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001Every time Friday morning rolls around, you know it. We know it. Everyone does. So, there’s no need for us to remind what day it is. That being said, we will remind you that it is finally time to relax. Once again, we have another delicious cocktail ready to go for your drinking pleasure. Courtesy of Benihana and their 50th year of serving food and drinks, this is the Exotic Mojito. How exotic is it? Let’s find out.


4 lime wedges

8 mint leaves

2 oz. Malibu Mango rum

1 oz. Island Oasis Passion Fruit puree

2 oz. Dole pineapple juice


Muddle limes and mint in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Pour into Poco Grande glass. Top off with soda water. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

The Weekender: Blackberry Ginger Margarita

August 8, 2014 | 9:58 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image008Can this weekend hurry up and be over? Said no one ever. You all know what today means. It’s time to take a load and off and get to really what’s important: hanging out with friends and family and kicking back a good cocktail or two. Today’s drink comes to us from Sol Mexican Cocina. This is the Blackberry Ginger Margarita.


3 Blackberries

2 Slices of Ginger

.75 oz agave nectar

2oz Partida Blanco

1oz lime juice

Splash soda


Muddle blackberries and ginger in a glass and put in shaker. Combine other ingredients and ice in a shaker. Pour over ice and garnish glass with salt and lime wedge.

The Weekender: Mule-jito

August 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe probably don’t have to remind you what day it is. In case you are wondering, it is our favorite day of the week. With the weekend comes time to relax and have fun. Maybe you want a Moscow Mule. Maybe you want a mojito. Why not both? We’re not crazy, it’s just the Mule-jito, courtesy of the good people at Thirsty Lion.


4 Fresh Raspberries

1 oz Rum, Bacardi

1 oz Rum, Malibu

Splash of Simple Syrup

Splash of ginger beer


Muddle raspberries, mint leaves, lemon, lime and ice in a pint. Add the rums and simple syrup. Shake 12-16 times in a shaker. Grab a new pint and add ginger beer. Pour shaken mixture on top of ginger beer. Garnish as you please.

The Weekender: Southern Cross

July 25, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Southern CrossIt’s been a long week. It’s also been a very hot week. Isn’t it about time we treated ourselves? How about treating yourself with a mix of dessert and alcohol. Sounds weird, right? Wrong. The Southern Cross is the perfectly blend of two of our favorite things. The good people at Union Barrelhouse were nice enough to share this recipe with us.


1oz Southern Comfort

.5oz Deep Eddy Peach Tea Vodka

.5oz Baily’s Irish Cream

1 large scoop Vanilla Ice Cream


Blend and pour into a 20 oz Parfait glass.

The Weekender: Raspberry Martini

July 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001-1Another work week is almost over. You know us, we live for the weekend and chances are, you do too. That being said, it’s time once again to share with you another delicious cocktail to kick off your weekend right. This is the Raspberry Martini from Paul Martin’s American Grill.


2 1/2 oz. in house infused raspberry vodka

1 oz. fresh raspberries

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

3/4 oz. sweet vermouth


Muddle six Raspberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Add the raspberry infused vodka and shake vigorously. Sweet vermouth rinse the martini glass and pour all ingredients into the sweet vermouth rinsed glass. Garnish with 3 skewered raspberries, dunked in the martini and placed to the left side of the martini glass rim.

The Weekender: Bombpop

July 3, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

BombpopSeeing how most of us have tomorrow off of work, it’s technically the weekend. This edition is going to be patriotic. Thanks to the good people at RA Sushi, this is the Bombpop and it’s as patriotic as apple pie and baseball. The red, white, and blue cocktail will be a sweet edition to your Fourth of July party.


Bottle of Smirnoff Ice
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
1.25 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
.25 oz. Grenadine
Drizzle grenadine in a sake cup and add vodka. Pour eight ounces of the Smirnoff Ice into a 12-ounce bucket glass. Drizzle Blue Curacao along the inside of the glass. Just before serving, drop the sake glass into the bomber glass. Serve with the remainder of the Smirnoff Ice.

The Weekender: White Peach Cosmo

June 27, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image006Yes, it’s Friday. We feel like we’ve been waiting a whole week for this day. Wait a minute. We have been waiting a whole week. It’s time to ditch the work clothes and actually have some fun. What do you think? Yeah, we thought so. Today’s drink comes to us from the Melting Pot. This is the White Peach Cosmo.


0.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

1.5 oz Pearl Peach Vodka

0.5 oz Monin White Peach Syrup

2 oz White Cranberry Juice

1 each lemon wedge


Squeeze lemon wedge into mixing glass and discard wedge. Add all ingredients into mixing glass, then fill glass 2/3 full with ice. Pour into tin, cap and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish.

The Weekender: Fiery Pineapple Margarita

June 20, 2014 | 10:05 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002It’s Friday and we couldn’t be happier. Just a few more hours of the work day and then the fun begins. You don’t need alcohol to have fun this weekend, but it sure as heck helps. Today’s drink comes to us from the good people at The Melting Pot. This is the Fiery Pineapple Margarita.


0.5 oz Bacardi ® Pineapple Fusion

1.5 oz Sauza® Tequila

0.5 oz Fresh Pineapple juice

2 oz Sweet and Sour

1 oz Monin Chipotle Pineapple Syrup


Fill glass with 2/3 of ice. Add ingredients to mixing glass and then pour into tin, cap and share vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into Poco Grande glass and garnish with one Cayenne-Dusted Pineapple Slice and one Pineapple Leaf.

The Weekender: Green and Blue

June 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image003Friday is finally here. The work week is just about over and that means it’s time to have fun, but we don’t need to tell you that. When the weekend comes, the drinks come out. Today’s cocktail comes to us from the folks at Paul Martin’s American Grill. This is the Green and Blue.

2 large (Approx. golf ball sized) cucumber trapezoids, peeled

2 medium sized basil leaves, clapped then torn

½ oz Lime Juice

¼ oz Simple Syrup

½ oz St Germain

2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin

Splash Soda


In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber and basil leaves thoroughly. Add lime, Simple Syrup, St Germain and Bombay Sapphire. Fill glass with ice and shake vigorously, then pour in a Collins glass with fresh ice. Strain over the fresh ice. Top to 1 finger from top with club soda.

The Weekender: Piña Colada

May 23, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

recipe_c_pina_coladaDo you like Piña Coladas? We like them, but we really hate that song. Anyway, seeing how it is Memorial Day weekend, three next three days should be about relaxation in what already feels like summer. A nice, traditional summer drink is the Piña Colada. If you’ve never made one before, this weekend is the perfect time to start. It’s rather simple.


2 oz. light rum

2 oz. coconut cream

2 oz. pineapple juice

1/2 cup crushed ice


Blend all ingredients until smooth and pour into a chilled collins glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherries.

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.

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