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Spirited Conversations: Help holiday guests create their own bar experience

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It is a wonderful thing to host a holiday party for friends and family, but not so wonderful to be stuck behind a bar making cocktails all night. Read More
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Spirited Conversations: Harry Yee’s famous Blue Hawaii allows for variation

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You may see plenty of orange and black everywhere in October, but for a lot of bartenders, blue has been the color of the month — more specifically, the brilliant hue of the iconic Blue Hawaii cocktail. Read More

Spirited Conversations: Use peppers to spice up cocktails

Red, yellow and green, shishito to poblano, the diverse pepper offers varied flavor profiles in myriad colors, textures and heat levels. Read More
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Pink wines infuse and inspire vibrant cocktails

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No matter where you look, rose wines are being thrown at us in all shapes, forms and price points, so that this modern-day icon can be an attainable luxury for all. Read More
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Pinch of salt brightens, balances range of cocktails

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Salt. A simple mineral essential to life, preservation and seasoning. Read More

Build a Better Bar: Whiskey

Whiskey has a rich history all over the world. This week, columnist Chandra Lucariello takes a look at the different types of brown spirit produced by distilleries in different regions. Read More
 

Build a Better Bar: Cognac and Cocktail Modifiers

Check out some of the basic spirits that should be stocked in a your home bar if you would like to have something for everyone when you entertain. Read More

Build a Better Bar: Base Spirits

If you find yourself staring blankly at the wall of spirit offerings at your favorite liquor store wondering, “What’s good?” wonder no longer. Read More

Build a Better Bar: Tools of the Trade

Local mixologist Chandra Lucariello takes a look at some of the more useful bar tools, including how to use them and where to get them. Read More
 

Start off 2018 right with ‘healthy’ cocktails

It may be a stretch to think of a cocktail as a health drink, but some newfangled ideas for healthy drinking can be used to add nutritional benefits to your aperitifs. Read More

Punch recipes make festive holiday cocktails

If you’re hosting a holiday party and looking for an easy way to meet the beverage needs of everyone — drinkers and not — a festive punch is a good solution, allowing your guests to serve themselves while still feeling treated to a crafted cocktail. Read More

Crack-seed cocktails conjure childhood memories

The unique smell of the crack-seed store brings back childhood memories. The sweet and salty taste of li hing mui can have local folk reminiscing about football tailgates, trips to the movies and treats from our grandparents. Read More

Fresh blueberries a tasty addition to cocktails

These cocktail ideas will use up some of the excess blueberries in your fridge and even preserve some of them so summer can last a little longer in your glass. Read More
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Mangoes sweeten summer sippers

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It’s that time of year again, when mangoes on trees seem to multiply within weeks and you find yourself being extra nice to the neighbors in the hopes that they will offer you some of their “excess.” Read More
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Sugar cane from Kunia fields yields distinctive line of rum

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The next time you find yourself in the area, do yourself a favor and get lost in the cane fields of Kunia. Read More
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Smoke-infused libations add drama to Father’s Day

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This month’s cocktails are for all of the hardworking dads out there. Read More
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Fine tequila cocktails are in order for Cinco de Mayo

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The fifth of May is right around the corner, and these simple recipes are guaranteed to get the party going. Read More
 
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Bring on the ’bucha

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Tart, effervescent and refreshing, kombucha is the probiotic drink that is giving coconut water a run for its money. Read More
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Delivering holiday cheer

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As much as we stress ourselves out with the busyness of the holidays, it is equally as satisfying to relax and enjoy the festivities that come with this time of year. Read More
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Thanksgiving cocktails bear spirits, flavors of autumn

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Even though we don’t have real “seasons” here in Hawaii, we can trick our palates by tempting them with the flavors of fall, spiceand everything nice Read More

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