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Heat Up Your Weekend With These Tasty Cocktails For National Watermelon Day

CÎROC Watermelon Frosé

Ingredients

7 oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon

24 oz. Cups of ice cubes

½ Bottle of pink Moscato (Pink)

.25 oz. Lime juice

22 oz. Watermelon flesh, seeds removed

Method:

-Puree Watermelon Flesh & Freeze into ice cubes

-Blend frozen watermelon cubes, lime juice, vodka & pink Moscato

-Serve in empty watermelon & garnish with mint

Note: Expect 10 minutes of prep and about 14 hours of freezing time

 

Summer Watermelon Sparkle

Ingredients:

.85 oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon

.34 oz. Cranberry

Topped with Champaign

Method:

-Pour Cîroc Watermelon and cranberry into a flute glass

-Top with Champaign

-Garnish with a Watermelon skin twist

 

Watermelon Le Twist

Ingredients

Ingredients:

1.35oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon

.68 oz. Lemonade

1.35 oz. Soda

.34 oz. Splash of Cranberry

Method:

-Pour the ingredients in a tall glass filled with cubed ice

-Garnish with a lime wheel, fresh watermelon wheel & sprig of fresh mint

 

CÎROC Watermelon Refresh Pitcher

Ingredients

8 oz. CîROC Summer Watermelon

16 oz. lemonade

8 oz. club soda

Glassware: Pitcher

Garnish: Lemon, wheel, mint or sliced watermelon

Preparation: Combine CîROC Summer Watermelon, lemonade and ice in a pitcher ,Stir until contents are well mixed, Top with club soda

 

Twisted Maria

Ingredients

6oz DeLeon Platinum tequila

4oz Watermelon Juice

12 Cherry tomatoes on Vine

4 oz Lime juice

4 tsp Agave

Glassware: Rocks Glass/Collins

Garnish: Lime Wedge and Tomato

Preparation: Mull 12 cherry tomatoes in a shaker. Blend 10-12 pieces of watermelon or 1oz of watermelon juice into shaker,Add in remaining ingredients and pinch of salt. Shake, strain and pour over ice

 

Sandia Margarita

Ingredients

1.5oz DeLeon Platinum tequila

.75 oz lime juice

.5 oz agave

3 large chunks of watermelon

Glassware: Margarita/Rocks Glass

Garnish: Watermelon cube, lime wheel & sprinkle of salt

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice & fine strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass

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How to Get Financing to Start a New Bar

So you’ve decided to become a bar owner, congratulations! Now, you find yourself in the same dilemma many creative, business-minded entrepreneurs know all too well: You need additional funds to make your dream come true. What to do?

Lucky for you, there are several options you can look into. Let’s examine each one to see which one is the right move for you.

Take out a personal loan

This is a popular option among budding entrepreneurs because it has a higher success rate and offers a greater degree of flexibility. This is your best bet if you are starting a bar from scratch or if you don’t have an established business history yet.

Unlike a business loan, a personal loan will not require you to put down collateral or provide proof of cash flow. After all, it’s difficult to show income if you don’t have it yet. Business loans also have major restrictions on how the loan is used, but a personal loan gives you more freedom.

Your personal financial history and credit score will determine your eligibility and the rates and terms of your loan. A credit score of 600 puts you in an excellent position to qualify. Documents you need to submit include but are not limited to personal identification, bank statements, W-2 or pay stubs, and tax return.

Keep in mind that personal loans are generally smaller compared to a business loan so you may need to look into more options to acquire the rest of the funding you need. We discuss more below.

Look for investors

This is an excellent solution to share the financial burden with someone else. Investors provide startup money and can bring their business management expertise to the table. For this to work, you’ll have to get comfortable with splitting profits and giving up a share of your business.

If you wish to retain control of your bar, silent investors are great because they get out of your hair after providing the funding. They might be involved in big-picture dealings and will offer help if needed, but other than that, they stay in the background and leave the daily management to you.

The catch? They might pressure you to turn a profit sooner rather than later though. They may get restless and force a sale.

Active investors will generally be more involved in the day-to-day operations of your bar in an effort to enhance the return of their investment. They can also be helpful to first-time entrepreneurs looking to make industry connections and learn the tricks of the trade.

While active investors bring their business to the enterprise, you will definitely have to give up a degree of control. Some investors might agree to simply advance capital in exchange for collateral and payback with interest or a percentage of your profits.

Turn to your friends, family, and peers

Use your connections! Do you know someone who has the resources to spare? You can start reaching out to your peers in the industry or even to friends and family. This fast-tracks your funding process by skipping the legal entanglements typically involved in a traditional loan.

If you go the family and friends route, the pitch probably isn’t going to be all that complicated. But keep in mind that money and family sometimes don’t mix. If your bar fails to take off, things might get ugly. Especially with equity involved, put everything in writing and bring in a business lawyer as a safety net.

Reach out to the world through crowdfunding

If you’ve exhausted all your connections to no avail, the internet might be your savior. Yes, you can raise money for your new bar from strangers online through websites like GoFundMe, Patreon, and Kickstarter. How great is that?

Needless to say, you will have to convince these people why they should fund your bar. Tell your story and make sure to let your passion shine through.

Transparency will get you far down this route. Be specific on how you intend to spend the money they give you and provide updates. You would be surprised at how many people would be willing to donate their own money to help you with your venture.

Depending on your campaign, you can give these backers perks or rewards in return. However, if you choose to do it via equity crowdfunding, which will easily attract investors, you are selling off a degree of ownership control over your company.

Know that you will also need to actively market your campaign, so it can be seen and gain traction fast. This will take a lot of patience and hard work.

Use your 401(k)

If you are looking to ditch the 9-to-5 life in favor of being your own boss as a bar owner, this might be something to consider if you have saved up enough from your previous jobs.

You’re staking your retirement savings here, so make sure you are 100% certain of your bar idea. Most people can get overconfident for their own good. Consult a tax attorney, if needed, and look at all angles before you take the leap.

Consider the other options presented in this article first before cracking your 401(k) nest egg.

Get funding for expensive equipment

Equipment is an essential investment for any bar operation that comes that a premium price. A lender or bank can help you purchase the required furnishings to get your business up and running through equipment financing.

Here, you receive the entire amount based on a price quote you provide to the lender. You can’t use the funding for anything other than the equipment you intend to buy.

The collateral here is the equipment itself, which is great because you won’t have to worry about paying off more in the unfortunate event that your bar goes under.

When securing your bar equipment, it is important to anticipate your needs and choose the right configuration for your establishment. For a bar, you’ll need equipment such as keg coolers, undercounter refrigerators, and commercial ice makers.

While it can be tempting to go for second-hand items, buying brand new equipment can benefit your business in the long run. Used equipment can lead to unpleasant surprises that might cost you way more than the savings you initially had. Replacement parts for last-generation models will likely be very hard to find, thus halting your operation longer than it should.

Plus, it can be difficult to find out how well it has been maintained and the service life it has left. With any luck, you might be able to track down the original invoice and check the warranty it comes with.

With brand new equipment, you enjoy more savings and peace of mind that your business runs as it should. Benefits include:

• For the higher price tag, you get equipment that is less likely to break down to avoid disruptions that can cost you precious business, especially during peak hours.

• New units are generally more energy-efficient and environment-friendly than older models

• They go for much higher resale value, especially for well-known brands

• You can count on a more responsive service department for servicing and readily available replacement parts

We are committed to protecting your investment. We have an excellent selection of brand new and highly durable products from Manitowoc ice makers to Beverage Air refrigerators that come with excellent warranties and unrivaled customer support. We make sure your purchases work their best beyond the initial quality control.

Explore the benefits of a business credit card

This is the perfect option for buying ingredients and supplies. You’ll only need your credit score as qualification, and it doesn’t have to be all that impressive either. If you are at 600, you have a good chance of getting approved. Plus, the application process is easy.

You know how you get some perks and rewards every time you swipe your personal credit card? You can enjoy the same for your bar here. You can get excellent cash back and credit for business expenses.

Consider credit card receipt financing

There are some lenders that partially base their loan on receiving part of the credit card receipts from your customers. The process basically involves selling your future credit card sales in exchange for a cash advance. A portion of each credit card sale is taken out as payment. This can be an interesting approach but can also interfere with your finances.

Financing your new bar the right way

As a rule of thumb, you should have at least six months of expenses available in the bank when you start. Most businesses fail because of a lack of financing. So either do it right from the beginning or hold off until you can.

The Taste Returns

Los Angeles Times’ annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene returns with events in L.A. and Costa Mesa. The pop-up block parties will take place at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot over Labor Day weekend (Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1) and The MET over two days in October (Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19).

Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, each edition of The Taste will include three individual events. Unlimited tastings from the region’s best restaurants, a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations and talks by renowned chefs are included with admission. Tickets, ranging from $80 to $115, are on sale now at latimes.com/TheTaste. Early birds can take advantage of $20 off the ticket price with offer code SAVE20.

Photo credit: Courtesy of LA Times The Taste

Spark Joy with these 4th of July Cocktails

The most-anticipated summer weekend is just around the corner! Level up and make your Independence Day celebration sparkle with these simple yet elevated cocktails, each profiling a different flavor and sure to suit everyone’s preferences. After a heavy afternoon of  burgers and hot dogs, wash it all down with refreshing and low-sugar cocktails while jiving to your favorite tunes.

From a delicious Watermelon Firecracker Margarita to a Berry United Lemonade and elevated G&T, sip back and enjoy the summer weather.

The Independent G&T

    • 4 ounces Fever-Tree tonic water
    • 2-3 frozen cranberries (garnish)
    • 1 popsicle (garnish)
  • Ice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin and tonic water over ice in a tall glass. Stir and garnish with a popsicle and cranberries.


Berry United Lemonade

    • 3 cups lemonade
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
    • Lemons (garnish)
    • Blueberries (garnish)
  • Ice

In a pitcher, pour Diplomatico Rum, lemonade and water. Add in lemon and bitters. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries. Serve chilled.


Firecracker Margarita

    • Kosher salt
    • 1 lime wheel
    • 3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
    • ¾ ounces fresh lime juice
  • Watermelon (garnish)

Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime wheel (reserve for serving); dip in salt.

Combine watermelon juice, Partida Tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into prepared glass and garnish with watermelon lime wheel.


Malibu Cocktails For Memorial Day

 

MALIBU LIME MOJITO

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 parts Malibu Lime
    • .75 parts Fresh Lime Juice
    • 3 parts Soda water
    • 10 Mint leaves
  • Method: Add mint leaves to a chilled highball glass and fill with ice cubes, Add Malibu Lime and fresh lime juice.
  • Garnish: Top up with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

MALIBU LIME FRESH

  • Glass: Highball
  • Ingredients:
    • 2 parts Malibu Lime
    • 3.5 parts soda water
  • Garnish: lime wedge

10 Ways to Monitor Your Drinking this Cinco de Mayo

1. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Savor your meal before you start drinking an alcoholic beverage.

2. Do not overeat and Sip your drink. Enjoy your beverage.

3. Avoid binging. The definition of binging is 5 drinks or more in less than 4-5 hours.

4. Keep your consumption of drinks as low as possible – not more than 3 drinks for a man and 2 for a woman.

5. Alcoholic beverages are similar in alcohol content. One beer is equivalent to a glass of wine or a shot of liquor.

6. Find a driver. Don’t drive after drinking. It is hard to judge your blood alcohol level and its effects on your cognitive ability and reflexes.

7. If you are a diabetic or hypertensive, suffering from a heart or liver condition, take your daily medications, and check with your doctor to avoid alcohol interactions with your medications.

8. If you are going to use Tylenol, don’t exceed more than 3 grams in one day. Be aware that a lot of headache medicines or pain killers contain acetaminophen (Tylenol), so avoid accidental overdosing.

9. Don’t mix alcohol with other recreational drugs.

10. Space your beverages to allow your body the ability to metabolize what you ingested and avoid intoxication.

Savor, Sip and Space

Curated by Dr. Tarek Hassanein of Southern California Liver Centers

Drink Altos Tequila this Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching – it’s time to whip up your favorite cocktails. We are equipping you and your readers with the perfect recipes to celebrate this Tequila filled holiday.

Whether you’re having a small get together or a fiesta extravaganza, the Crafted Paloma, Smokin’ Aces and Tommy’s Margarita are sure to be a party favorite.

CRAFTED PALOMA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Altos Plata
  • 2 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt

Method:

  • Frost the glass rim with salt and crushed pink peppercorns.
  • Pour all the ingredients except the grapefruit juice into the glass.
  • Mix using the ALTOS molinillo to dissolve the agave syrup.
  • Fill the glass with ice and finish with the pink grapefruit juice.
  • Garnish with half slice of pink grapefruit.

SMOKIN’ ACES

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata
  • 1 part Altos Plata
  • 1 part Mezcal
  • 1/2 Part Lillet blanc
  • 2 parts Pineapple puree
  • 1 barspoon Agave syrup
  • 1 barspoon Lime Juice

Method:

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with pineapple leaves.

TOMMY’S MARGARITA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Altos Plata
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • Lime Wedge for garnish

Method:

  • Build up all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into an ice-filled cup.
  • Garnish with a lime slice on top.

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National Cocktail Day

Get creative this National Cocktail Day with GEM&BOLT’s selection of tasty, fun craft cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

THE ETHELINE

2 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL

3 DASH TIKI BITTERS

1 OZ FRESH LEMON

0.5 OZ FRESH ORANGE JUICE

0.75 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP

1 BAR SPOON BLACK CURRANT PUREE

GARNISH WITH ORANGE SLICE

VENUS DE NYLON

1.5 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL

0.75 OZ FRESH LEMON JUICE

0.75 OZ PEPPERED APRICOT HONEY

0.5 OZ GRAN CLASSICO LIQUEUR

TOP WITH COINTREAU FOAM FLOAT

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Jameson St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

MINT MOJITO

If you can’t decide between beer or whiskey

Ingredients:

• 1.5 parts Jameson Caskmates Stout

• Heavy cream, to top

• 7-10 drops peppermint extract

• 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

• 10 mint leaves

• 2.5 parts hot coffee

Method:

• Put the heavy cream into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add peppermint extract and whip it using a handheld mixer until it has thickened but is still pourable.

• Place the sugar in the glass and muddle the mint into the sugar. Pour the hot coffee in and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add Jameson Caskmates Stout and stir.

• Slowly pour the whipped heavy cream over the back of a spoon.

• Garnish with mint.

Pairs perfectly with Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders

 

IRISH MIMOSA

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day brunch

Ingredients:

• 1 part Jameson Caskmates IPA

• 12 parts IPA beer (hoppy and citrus IPAs are ideal)

• 3 parts grapefruit juice

• Grapefruit peel for garnish

Method:

• Pour Jameson Caskmates IPA and the grapefruit juice into a glass

• Top it off with the IPA beer

• Garnish with a grapefruit peel

Pairs perfectly with Jameson Soda Bread with Jameson Butter

CELTIC TWILIGHT

For those with a sweet tooth

Ingredients:

• 1 part Jameson Original

• 1 part hazelnut liqueur

• 1 part Irish cream

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Method:

• Combine ingredients in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice.

• Shake until thoroughly chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass over cracked ice.

Pairs perfectly with Grasshopper Pie with Jameson Hot Fudge

SANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

It’s Time to Seek Refuge at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

By Patrick T Cooper

 

Sunshine and serenity await you at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. A unique property nestled in beautiful Scottsdale area with a meticulous landscape design. The views alone will bring your mind & body to a peaceful state. Pairing the view with exceptional service makes this travel destination a must visit. Moreover, the new category of room titled camelback casitas and suites are absolutely phenomenal. Get ready to see sunset in a new way.

Wake up and prepare to sizzle by the pool for a gorgeous Arizona tan. Then dash to the spa where there are 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms that will renew your spirit. Originally designed as a tennis ranch for the elite, this property is steeped in history. It’s no secret, that  American businessman Bob Costellini was a patron of the facility and knew the potential for an award-winning respite for affluent clientele. Year-round outdoor dining is a plus or wrap your day as the hotel boast a magnificent dining experience at Elements with bespoke cocktails. The Sanctuary will have you practicing a new religion of hospitality.

For more about Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa visit : https://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/