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World Cocktail Day: Celebrate Like a Pro with Tips from Morgan Schick of Aaxte

May 13, 1806 marked the day that The Oxford Dictionary published and defined the word cocktail:

Cocktail (noun): An alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, lemonade, or cream.”

We celebrate World Cocktail Day each year on the anniversary of that momentous day. But let’s be real; the cocktail has since become more than a simple wedding of ingredients and a flick of the wrist. To shed light on modern day cocktail menus and trends so that you can enjoy World Cocktail Day for all it has to offer, we sat down with Morgan Schick for a drink (or three!), the bar manager of revered San Francisco hotspot Trick Dog and the town’s newest Basque-inspired restaurant and bar Aatxe. A self-proclaimed charmer who openly admits to bringing his own liquor on long flights, Schick, who is part of the Bon Vivants, a nationally recognized cocktail, hospitality, marketing, and design firm, shares his secret recipe for understanding, mixing, and enjoying au courant cocktails.

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Have fun! Drinking is about a good time. Schick advises, “Take drinking seriously, but don’t be too serious.” Appreciate the craft and enjoy the art.

Ask the experts. “It’s hard to tell from a cocktail list if a drink will be sweet, sour, or bitter,” says Schick. Don’t hesitate to chat with the bartender, so you can feel confident about exactly what you’re ordering.

Write your own tale. A cocktail is an experience, not a drink. At Trick Dog, menus are conceptually themed and cocktails are named after colors, zodiac signs, and San Francisco landmarks. Give your home-mixed favorite a quirky twist by coining it after a memorable adventure, or order something extra exotic when out to make it a night to remember. Currently, the menu at Trick Dog is Chinese-themed, and anyone who dares to enter may order the Boduolige Shuang. Say what?  Count us in.Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Cocktails: 10 to Try as You Toast Mom

Blog Mom's Day Cocktails Founding Farmers Cucumber Delight copyAs you raise a glass to the special mom in your life on Mother’s Day, we invite you to think beyond the Bloody Mary. We’ve rounded up 10 refreshing craft Mother’s Day cocktails from some of the OpenTable 2015 Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America to make Sunday even more delicious.

1. Absolutely Smashing at Lokal, Chicago, Illinois: Orange vodka, pineapple, and orange juice combine for a decidedly adult way to start the day.

2. The California Cooler at Great Maple, San Diego, California: Strained over ice, this cooler with fresh-pressed watermelon juice, mint, lemon press, agave, and organic Square One cucumber vodka will help you chill out.

3. Cucumber Delight at Founding Farmers, Tysons, Virginia: American Harvest vodka is mixed with the fresh flavors of Domaine de Canton, cucumbers, and cantaloupe (pictured).

4. Dirty Gertie at Gertrude’s, Baltimore, Maryland: Get down with a dirty blend of lemon peel-infused‏‏ Tito’s vodka, ‘dirty Gertie’ mix, Old Bay-dusted shrimp, and an Old Bay-seasoned rim.

5. Duck, Duck, Goose at Echo and Rig Steakhouse & Butcher Shop, Las Vegas, Nevada: With a blend of Ketel​ One Oranje and fresh pomegranate arils, and muddled with fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and mint bitters, this almost sounds like a health drink. Almost.

6. Pimm’s Cup at Rosebud, Atlanta, Georgia: Drink like the royal family with Pimm’s, lemonade, fresh citrus, mint, and cucumber. PS: Don’t forget to raise a glass to Charlotte.

7. Pistol Punsch at Root & Bone, New York, New York:  Sugar moonshine, black tea, cardamom, and pineapple come together for a Southern-style wake-up call on Mother’s Day.Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Gifts: Present Mom with a Delicious OpenTable Gift

frozen souffle mother's day blog copyNo Mother’s Day gifts? No problem! OpenTable has you covered with delicious OpenTable Gifts — up until the very last minute.

With thousands of restaurants from which to choose, OpenTable Gifts is the easiest and most convenient way to send the special mom in your life a personalized online gift card to her favorite restaurants. And, you don’t need to even do the choosing. When you visit https://gifts.opentable.com, if you select “Choose a restaurant,” you pick the city, the restaurant, and the amount. If you select “Let your friend choose,” you can buy a gift card that is good at any participating restaurant; you only decide on the amount. The gifts will be delivered via email, either instantly or at a future date. You can also print the gift card to present it to mom in person.

Still searching for the perfect table for Mother’s Day? Find restaurant reservation inspiration by browsing the 2015 Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America!Continue Reading

Save $20 on Mother’s Day Dining When You Pay with OpenTable

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You’re invited to give mom the royal treatment this Mother’s Day. When you book a table and pay through the OpenTable app this week, you’ll get $20 off* your dining experience—talk about an easy way to impress Mom. Here’s how it works:

* Make a reservation and dine May 4 – May 10 at a restaurant that accepts OpenTable mobile payments.

* Add the promo code lovemom when prompted to view your check in the app. (You can only use it once!)

* Bam! There’s your $20 credit toward your bill. Enjoy the sweet taste of savings.

View participating restaurants in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. View all participating restaurants here.

* To use your $20 credit you must enter the promo code lovemom in the payment settings section of the OpenTable app, make a reservation and dine by 11:59 pm PT on May 10, 2015. The $20 credit is only available at select restaurants on the OpenTable network. The $20 credit is only valid for a dine-in meal paid for via Pay with OpenTable and is non-transferrable and cannot be combined with any other promotion or coupon code. Only one $20 credit may be redeemed per person. Not valid for previous purchases. Cannot be redeemed for cash. OpenTable reserves the right to change or terminate this offer at any time without notice. You must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the United States. Void where prohibited.