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The New Age 'Cocktail' Without the Morning After

For those who don't drink, who aren't in the mood to drink, or maybe drank too much the night before, a well-balanced, fresh, non-alcoholic beverage with complex flavors and thirst-quenching chararcteristics can be hard to find. Drinking flavored waters, protein drinks, and drinks with low sugar and calories may be fine for some people, but it would be nice to have something more or special. A drink with a little something extra.

Arriving on the scene is the non-alcoholic cocktail known as the 'mocktail'.

Tipping Guide - How Much Do You Tip Your Bartender? Does the Drinking Environment Matter?

Depending on where you are in the world, what you’re ordering, and type of establishment, tipping can be tricky. What is considered a bad tip? When is the tip included and when isn’t it? Is there ever a time where you shouldn’t tip well? Remember, Tipping is not a city in China!

These are all common questions that have been on people’s minds forever.  Nevertheless, there’s one kind of tipping that stays pretty consistent across the board and should be: tipping a bartender.

Celebrating National Mojito Day - History & Variations

National Mojito Day is celebrated on July 11th, but in reality, mojitos can be and should be enjoyed all summer-long. Below you will find many different variations on this classic Cuban-born elixir along with its history. Since I will be away the week of the 11th, I am sharing this post today.

Cocktail of the Month - Hemingway Daiquiri & Other Daiquiris

The classic Hemingway Daiquiri is my "Cocktail of the Month", which is great for sipping by pool or at the beach. Enjoy the different takes on this classic libation, including Michael's version. Also, because I was in the Daiquiri 'spirit', I included a great You Tube video from my friend and colleague, Marsha Meyer, on making a proper classic Daiquiri - check it out. Btw, the Daiquiri, against popular belief, is not a blended frozen drink.

Cocktail Spotlight - NOLA Cocktails RYS-Style

Enjoy these New Orleans/Mardi Gras cocktails offered by Raise Your Spirits, Inc for your next party or event. We, at RYS, can also prepare a batch of these cocktails for a get together with your friends, co-workers, or neighbors. These concoctions are all classics, but some of them have been modified/improved to create a better cocktail experience. If had the opportunity to try them at our kickoff event a few weeks ago, you know how delicious they are. Due to copyright reasons, I have not listed the intended proportions, ratios, measurements, and mixing instructions.

Seasonal Spotlight - "Top 9 Whiskey Cocktails For The Novice"

After a considerable hiatus from blogging, we have returned with this special post. To all of my lovely followers and fans, thank you for sticking around. I hope you enjoy this edition filled with lovely cocktails and info even for the home bartender, whiskey connoisseur, or cocktail aficionado.

Spirit Spotlight - "A New ‘Gin’eration" By FIX.com

Thank you Tom, Morgan, Food & Drink team, and FIX.com for contributing to our blog as guest bloggers! Please share with your colleagues and audience and 'like' our page at "Raise Your Spirits, Inc." and follow! !Visit FIX.com for more great info and stories... Cheers, Michael

 

Purely Spectacular November Cocktails To Warm The Soul

Well, November is here. Halloween has past and winter hibernation is starting to look more and more appealing so it’s time to stay at home and keep warm. The upside - it is time to start planning those holiday parties and preparing cocktails that will warm your heart and soul.

Beer Goggles? How Drunk Are You? Sexy Mixologist?...

For a twist and as the weather changes, I offer up some fun bar related material filled with fun facts, little tidbits, and humor.

The key to millennials’ hearts is through their cocktail glasses, according to a survey commissioned by Southern Comfort.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, researchers polled 1,001 unmarried respondents ages 21 to 34. A whopping 93 percent of respondents said they’re impressed by people who know how to make a good cocktail, and 70 percent said they would date a professional mixologist.

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