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Mary Small

Mary Small
Content Manager at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

Recent Posts

4 Maker's Mark mint julep recipes for Your Derby party

Wisconsin has its cheese. New York has its pizza. Chicago has its hot dogs. Kentucky has its bourbon. There is literally nothing more appropriate to be sipping on during the Kentucky Derby than Kentucky bourbon. Since 1939, the mint julep has been the official drink of the Derby. This especially-refreshing cocktail boasts sweetened golden-brown bourbon, fresh mint oils and crushed ice and is the ideal customary cocktail for the first Saturday in May.  However, tradition does not mean your drink has to be drab. Put a little South in your mouth with these four variations on the mint julep from Maker’s Mark.

In Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, Kentucky Derby, Mint Julep

6 cocktails for your Game of Thrones Premiere Party

If by now you are quickly approaching your 100th view of the Game of Thrones trailers and you are ready for the Sunday night premiere, then you've come to the right place.We know you can put out some tortilla chips and Sansalsa, but we want to elevate your game. Follow these recipes and make some epic cocktails fit for the Seven Kingdoms that goes beyond mead and ale.

In Party Idea, Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, Wine

Behind the scenes at Unibroue: A beer lover's dream adventure

Prior to this trip, I had minimal exposure to Unibroue. My first experience drinking their beer was years back. I grabbed a bottle of La Fin du Monde at a hole-in-the-wall pub in Pittsburgh simply because the label appealed to me and their unflushed taps seemed unappetizing. The second, snagging a bottle of À Tout le Monde just to tickle my mid-90’s Megadeth affinity with zero intent to consume. The bottle’s sole purpose was to sit on my shelf, more a piece of art or homage.

In Beer, Travel, Canadian Beer, Unibroue

Dinner for two: How to wine and dine your Valentine while staying home

If you haven’t made a reservation yet for Valentine’s Day, we have good news and bad news.

Let’s start with the bad. You probably won’t get in to the restaurant you were ready to splurge at. You waited too long. Most joints will only have walk-in availability left, leaving you and your date on a 45-minute wait.  The good news? There are better options than celebrating your love dining next to a hoard of strangers with a limited menu.
In Wine, Recipes, Valentine's Day, Food Recipes, Date Idea

How to create a cozy Valentine's Day brunch date

Despite its religious origin and commercial value, Valentine’s Day is not a recognized public holiday. This means most of us will still be plucking ourselves out of bed and heading to work on Thursday, February 14th. Some will clock out and rush to the convenient store in hopes they will grab what is left of the flowers and chocolates - or even run to a fine-dining reservation you made weeks ago, hoping it goes quickly. After all, work resumes in the morning. 

In Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, Recipes, Valentine's Day, Brunch, Food Recipes, Date Idea

Five football friendly beer-infused finger foods

To start, let me confess that I hail from The 'Burgh. While my beloved Steelers botched their season and won’t be going for a super 7th ring, I still bleed black and gold (after all, there’s always hockey.) The rest of our office is divided with a handful of Tampa Bay Buc buffs, some Jacksonville Jaguars fanatics, and of course, a few elated Pats fans sprinkled in. They are the ones walking around with sh!! eating grins (I’m lookin’ at you, Marvin.)

In Beer, Party Idea, Craft Beer, Beer and Food, Football, Recipes, Game Day, Super Bowl Party