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Five Spring Cocktails with Five Ingredients or Less

With sunnier days ahead, it’s finally time to bust out brighter, bolder flavors like lemon, lime, orange and mint. Birmingham cocktail creator Clair McLafferty, a fixture at local favorite Octane, a coffee shop-bar hybrid in the Homewood neighborhood, is sharing five classic cocktails that are perfecting for toasting to the winter vortex’s end. And with only five ingredients or less, […]

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The Secret To Delightful Cocktails

Through many a wasted shot of liquor in failed attempts at making cocktails, I stumbled upon a trick that often turns a so-so cocktail into a “This is delightful!” cocktail. The secret is fresh citrus peel. A simple twist of citrus peel adds essential oils and a burst of flavor onto the surface of the cocktail, enhancing its “nose” or […]

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Ice-Cube Tray from Back in the Day

As the temperature rises, I find my behavior changing in two distinct ways. First, I avoid being outside of air-conditioned buildings between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., and second, I begin to add lots of ice to my bourbon. Being somewhat of an ice snob, I have various sizes and shapes of ice on hand to assist in […]

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5 Birmingham Cocktails To Try Now

In our August issue, we highlight why Birmingham is one of the hottest towns in the nation in “Sweet Home Alabama.” One key component: our bubbling cocktail scene. Thanks to a band of young bartenders who are working together to make the Magic City one of the best drinking towns in the South, there’s never been a better time to […]

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Hot List: Cocktails, Canning & Beach Bites

Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.

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House-Infused Spirits Illegal in Tennessee?

UPDATE: As reported by The Tennessean, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced this afternoon that it will not prohibit infused alcohol. In the mood to order a drink made with bacon-infused bourbon or house-made bitters? Soon it might be tough to do in Tennessee. The buzz at restaurants in the Volunteer State is that the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) […]

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week

Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.

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Cooking with Guinness: Your Guide to Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

This weekend the Irish—and everyone who pretends to be each March—will lift glasses full of Guinness to toast to the greenest of all holidays: St. Patrick’s Day.

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St. Patrick’s Day Beer Guide: Southern Style

When it comes to brewing beer, the Irish may have had the idea first, but boy, have we Southerners improved upon it. Microbreweries have sprung up all across the South, each offering up a variety of styles, infused with local flavors such as pecan, honey, and even bourbon to give their beer a uniquely Southern twist. If you are just […]

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Now Here’s How The South Does Happy Hour

Last week we hosted our very first South-wide happy hour to celebrate our February ode to the South’s Best Bars. We collaborated with 27 bars that offered special deals on cocktails such as sherry cobbler and pecan old fashioned, and micro-brewed beers at a discount. We do love a bargain.

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