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Signature Drink: Rum Russian

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz Mason Dixon Distillery Aged Rum
— 3 oz pecan syrup
— 1.5 oz half and half 

DIRECTIONS: 
To make the pecan syrup combine 4 parts water and 4 parts sugar, then heat (but do not boil). Remove from heat once the mixture becomes clear. Add chopped pecans and let sit until mixture darkens. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Mason-Dixon Distillery 

New Drink Trends are Raising the Bar

Cocktail and drink trends come and go, but what we can always count on is an ever evolving scene that gets more creative with every passing year. Whether it’s variations on the classic cocktails or a completely new concoction, the drink trend is headed for another overhaul this season.

Signature Drink: Kalahari West African Ginger Mojito

Not everyone can take two weeks off for a trip to Africa, but if you’re feeling like you need a change of pace without the long trip, visit Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains. This resort has America’s largest indoor water park in addition to one of the state’s top three largest convention centers, as well as a full-service hotel, spa and multitude of restaurants ranging from a buffet and coffee shop to upscale comfort food. The spirit of Africa is everywhere—from the décor down to every last detail, so it’s no wonder they offer an African spin on this Cuban cocktail. 

Signature Drink: Goldenrod

Named for the Goldenrod plant that grows in the fall, there’s no better way to celebrate fall than with an apple brandy cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Laird’s bonded apple brandy
—1 oz. Woodford rye
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—.5 oz. Benedictine
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—1 egg white

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a mix - ing tin and dry shake to emulsify the egg white, add ice and shake until cold. Double strain into cold cup and garnish with a thin slice of red apple.

Tips From a Pro for Achieving Proper Bar Etiquette

Yes, bar etiquette. And why not? If you’re like many professionals in the meetings and events industry, you end up in a bar at the end of a business meeting, trade show or industry conference. When you’re in business-social situations, you’re still making impressions. Don’t let rudeness rule your thirst. ¶ Here are some simple bar etiquette rules that allow you to drink with decorum:

Signature Drink - Symphony No. 11

White Dog Cafe, an iconic restaurant, first opened in Philadelphia’s University City over 30 years ago as a leader in using environmentally sustainable, organic and local foods from farms within 50 miles. Known for warm hospitality and inspiring, award-winning food, White Dog’s historic three brownstones were recently renovated, offering charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork in the many unique dining spaces and outdoor patio. The intimate dining rooms seat from 10 to 55 guests and offer a wonderful option for group dining.

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Cheers to the Philly Beer Festival

Sure, Boston likes to claim its independent roots, but nothing screams American independence quite like Philadelphia. And while we are on the subject of all things American, few things seem more red-blooded, good old US of A than a cold beer. That’s why Visit Philly is serving up one of the best festivals this summer - the "Summer of the Beer Garden." This 12-week festival features pop-up happy hours on Fridays in six distinct settings.

A Caviar-Centric Happy Hour

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? And these early evening respites don’t get any happier than the one offered by Petrossian West Hollywood. During last week’s media happy hour mixer, the indulgent bites included caviar burger sliders, smoked trout tacos wrapped in jicama and topped with tequila-infused trout roe, potato tarts with crème fraiche and a dollop of white sturgeon caviar and caviar deviled eggs.

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