Executive Chef Admir Alibasic, of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Old Town Scottsdale, shares the cool and tasty Candy Cane Blitz-tini. The invigorating, cocktail costs $12.95 (or $7.95 during happy hour) — or you can whip one up at home for holiday guests.
Tucked into the Forum at Gilbert Ranch on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field Road in Gilbert is Isabel’s Amor, a new mom-and-pop restaurant serving homemade Mexican food and craft cocktails.
More than 700 wines, liqueurs, ales, microbrews, coffees, teas, and sparkling waters will be available for tasting at the March 24 Bon Vivant food and drink festival, along with food from more than 30 Valley catering companies, restaurants and resorts.
Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students — especially the cooking-impaired ones — that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.
It’s no secret that liquor is a simple solution to holiday gift-giving. You don’t see a lot of people lining up Dec. 26 to return bottles of 12-year-old Scotch. And what better way to embrace the spirit of giving than by giving a spirit?