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An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

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Arizona Cocktail Weekend


 Photo: Debby Wolvos

Photo: Debby Wolvos

The 7th annual Arizona Cocktail Week-End takes place on February 16 - 19. Now hosted in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, make a weekend of it with exclusive AZCW partner rates at Downtown hotels, including Hotel Palomar, The Westin Phoenix Downtown, FOUND:RE Phoenix, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, and the Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Downtown. Below is a sampling of events.  For a complete schedule, visit: https://arizonacocktailweek.com/schedule

Friday, February 16, 2018

Official Arizona Cocktail Week-End Launch Party
Time: 8pm - 2am
Details: Join Toki Japanese Whisky as they kick off the weekend with a cocktail party at Hotel Palomar.
Cost: Free to attend, open to the public. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Yoga & Brunch with Tanqueray 10 London Dry Gin
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Details: There's no better way to start your morning than with yoga, brunch and cocktails with Tanqueray 10 London Dry Gin at the Hotel Palomar. 
Location: Lustre Rooftop Bar + Pool at Hotel Palomar
Cost: Free to attend, limited seating, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

The Wonderful World Of Vermouth Seminar
Time: 1 - 2:30 pm
Details: Join us at the infamous Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour and learn about the history of Carpano Vermouths, along with how different Vermouths affect some of our most beloved cocktails.
Location: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Cost: Free to attend, limited seating, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Spritz Break with Aperol at the Lustre Rooftop Bar
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Location: Lustre Rooftop Bar + Pool at Hotel Palomar
Cost: Free to attend, limited seating, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Ministry of Relaxation with Hendrick's Gin
Time: 2-6 pm
Details:  Hendrick's Lounge is offering an array of spa treatments, from reflexology to facials - along with a lovely array of cocktails.
Cost: Free to attend, limited seating, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Grand Marnier's Grand Manor
Time: 2-5 pm
Details: Step into the Grand Manor. Explore the complex and luxurious world of Grand Marnier through private tastings, small bites, and captivating sensory experiences. You won’t want to miss the surprises we have in store in the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Palomar.
Cost: Free.  RSVP required. 

Melinda's Alley Pre Jam Lee Jam
Time: 5- 8 pm
Details: Melinda's Alley and Lee Spirits Co. combine their powers to bring you your pre-Cocktail Jam mixer. Specialty menu designed by Lee Spirits and Melinda's Alley. Live Music from The Copper States, free food and a raffle with proceeds going towards Grace and Mercy Homeless Ministries.
Cost: Free to attend. No RSVP necessary

The Cocktail Jam
Time: 8 pm - midnight
Details: A music-centric cocktail party featuring the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra with more than 30 of the best brands in the industry offering creative cocktails.
Location: The Van Buren
Cost: $40 in advance, $50 at door, tickets available at www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ministry of Relaxation with Hendrick's Gin
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Details: The Hendrick's Lounge is offering an array of spa treatments, from reflexology to facials - along with a lovely array of cocktails.
Location: Zia Ballroom, Hotel Palomar's 3rd Floor
Cost: Free to attend, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Detox/Retox IV Recovery Drips & Bloody Mary Brunch w/ Ketel One Vodka
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Details: Savor some much needed RnR (and sip on some 'hair of the dog that bit you') and at this brunch party hosted at Blue Hound. 
Location: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Cost: Free to attend, limited seating, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

 "Meet the Distillers" Brunch with Azuñia Tequila
Time: noon - 2:30 pm
Details: Meet the Master Distiller of Azuñia Tequila at a gourmet three-course brunch.
Location: Chico Malo
Cost: $25, limited seating, call Chico Malo (602-603-9363) to RSVP

Top Bars
Time: 8 pm - midnight
Details: Top Bars is an international cocktail experience featuring pop-up versions of renowned bars from around the state, country and across the globe, all under one roof in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.
Location: The Croft Downtown
Cost: $40 in advance, $50 at door, tickets now available now at www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Monday, February 19, 2018

Piña Colada Pool Party with Don Q Rum
Time: noon - 4 pm
Location: Lustre Rooftop Bar + Pool at the Hotel Palomar
Cost: Free to attend, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Bourbon is My Boyfriend: A Women & Whiskey Event
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Details: Join us for a 2-hour cocktail style party with a Welcome Punch featuring Jim Beam Black and neat pour tasting's of Basil Hayden, Baker's and Booker's Bourbons. Lite bites provided.
Location: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Cost: Free to attend, must RSVP.  Call 602-258-0231

Last Slinger Standing

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Young's Market Company (402 S. 54th Pl., Phoenix, AZ 85034)
Details: Don't miss the Southwest's premier cocktail competition as 12 semi-finalists from across Arizona compete alongside a representative from each of the previous 4 contributing markets from past year's (Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico & Utah). 
Cost: Free to attend, must RSVP via www.arizonacocktailweek.com

Earlier Event: February 16
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey Weekend at Proof
Later Event: February 16
Arizona Cocktail Weekend: Launch Party