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Pour a drink (pg 4)

When you're immersed in a rigorous project, you might want to grab a beer without fussing over a cocktail. But rigor doesn't have to be boring. Citrusy and earthy, Short's Brewing Company's Huma Lupa Licious is rounded out with a malt aftertaste. Short's is no stranger to rigor; the company has grown significantly over the past 15 years, producing about thirty thousand barrels of craft beer annually. (You’ve got to have barrels full of rigor to grow at that rate.)
Episode: Buenos Dias

Buenos Dias

Many of us write out plans with a cup of coffee in hand—why not make it a coffee mocktail? Say good morning with Buenos Dias, a mocktail recipe that comes to us from The Cascade Room in Vancouver. The dark, bitter coffee taste adds a hint of complexity to this non-alcoholic drink, while mango and cilantro provide a refreshing, fruity balance. With a touch of caffeine, this mocktail will help you get down to business and start planning ahead.
Episode: Nellie Kuh

Nellie Kuh

Nothing jump starts our creative muscle quite like a whiskey drink that thinks outside the box. Nellie Kuh brings together a concoction of unlikely flavors to create a fresh perspective; Woodford Reserve Rye whiskey contributes rich notes of clove, molasses and honey without overwhelming the more subtle flavors from crystallized ginger sugar, orange flower water and lime. Fresh but strong, it's a slow sipper that will help you crank out those new creative projects you've been putting on hold.
Episode: La Rosette

La Rosette

Resilience is all about confidence, optimism and risk-taking. All of which can be brought to you by La Rosette. This blend of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Michigan-made MAWBY's dry rosé is delicate, yet strong enough to get those creative ideas rolling. The rosé brings fruit aromas and a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and muscat grapes into the mix, while St. Germain brings notes of lemon and jasmine. Add some soda if you want to give this cocktail an even fresher flavor.
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

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

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.