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Pour a drink (pg 3)

It's true for both wine and work: just because something's different than what we're used to doesn't mean it can't be delightful. We've come to accept that wine from a screw cap bottle can be just as legit as that from a fancy cork. And drinking Forty Ounce Wine's rosé, you'd never know it came out of a 40 oz. bottle. The wine itself is made by hand in France, using sustainable farming methods, and the oversized, screw cap bottle is ideal for sharing on the go (or stashing in a big purse).
The holiday season is upon us. Chai Bourbon Sour, another craft cocktail from the experts over at American Fifth Spirits, tastes like a cozy evening by the fireplace feels. The recipe combines their Chai Bourbon with house-made simple syrup, lemon, lime, and egg whites for a balanced, slow sipping experience. It's the quintessential festive drink that can still pack a punch.
The best creative ideas take risks. The Coffee Tree, and American Fifth signature cocktail, is delicious proof of that. Made with American Fifth Gin, American Fifth Curaçao, tonic and cold brew coffee, this cocktail is a high-risk combination that pays off ten-fold. Smooth and easy to drink, it's a blend of chocolate, coffee and a hint of citrus that pairs perfectly with both Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Sometimes, the simplicity of a good, barrel-aged bourbon whiskey is all you need when your calendar gets hectic. Calumet Farms's 10-year barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon whiskey has become our go-to. Its warm hints of caramel, baking spices and oak will help you buckle down and get to it.
Episode: Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

Liqueur
Jen isn't a huge fan of amaretto sours. So, we went on a quest to find a recipe she'd love. The winner was this grown-up version by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager of Pépé Le Moko and Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. The recipe was featured in the New York Times as one of the best cocktail revamps, and they weren't wrong. Aged bourbon whiskey and frothy egg whites provide a modern twist on a classic drink.
Episode: Shirley You Jest

Shirley You Jest

Mocktail
Sometimes it's hard to believe that we are, in fact, in charge. Surely, you jest. But your qualifications are no joke. Our first mocktail recipe, Shirley You Jest, pays homage to overcoming the imposter syndrome. The balanced blend of clementine, cranberry, lime, and Fresca creates a fresh, citrusy drink that's perfect for sipping out of a martini glass. And you can always add some vodka, if it's one of those days.
Episode: Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Vodka
We usually think of a Bloody Mary as a morning cocktail. But it can also be just the drink you need when everything gets a little messy. Our recipe includes a couple of our favorite Michigan-made boozes and an array of go-to garnishes, including (but not limited to) dilly beans, pearl onions, green olives and sausages.
Cucumbers are wonderful in anything. So why would a cocktail be any different? Cool Hand Cuke is an aromatic blend of muddled cucumber, gin and Pimm's, and citrus flavors. Hendrick's and cucumber are a natural pair, and the notes of citrus make this the ideal end-of-summer drink.
This cocktail is just like sales and prospecting: it's sweet, but it still knows how to get the job done. Though bold, The Charming Foxtale is ideal for slow-sipping while you contemplate your next sales move. It's bold and polished, with a smooth tequila base. And the Aperol brings a few unique flavors into the mix, including bitter and sweet oranges, herbs, and rhubarb.
This drink is a heavy-hitter. The olive brine meshes nicely with the dry vermouth, delivering a strong dose of saltiness and flavor. It's a martini you drink after you've (metaphorically) climbed a mountain and can see how great it is from the top.