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Getting a mixed drink while gambling made easier at this Las Vegas gambling establishment

[not able to recover full-text content] The days of awaiting a mixed drink server to take your beverage order while playing a slots are over at one Las Vegas gambling establishment. Now, it’s as simple as pressing a few buttons. The more than 600 devices at the Westgate Las Vegas are equipped with the Drink Ordering Service System that permits players to skip waiting on a cocktail server to make their rounds. Westgate is believed to be among the very first homes in Las Vegas to …

Keurig purchases Dr. Pepper Snapple, creating a drink giant


Jim Cole/ AP This April 28, 2016, picture reveals bottles of Dr. Pepper on a store rack at Quality Money Market in Concord, N.H.

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018|7:09 a.m.

PLANO, Texas– Keurig will purchase Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, producing a beverage giant with about $11 billion in annual sales.

The business, both the outcome of previous mergers, will bring under one camping tent international brand names like Dr. Pepper, 7UP, Snapple, A&W, Mott’s, Sunkist and Keurig’s single-serve coffee machine.

The business is still significantly outsized by PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., which had sales in 2016 of $63 billion and $41 billion, respectively.

Keurig Green Mountain Inc., which is an independently held business, stated Monday that Dr. Pepper Snapple investors will receive $103.75 per share in a special cash dividend and keep 13 percent of the combined business.

Shares of Dr. Pepper Snapple skyrocketed more than 39 percent before the opening bell.

Keurig CEO Bob Gamgort will lead the new company, called Keurig Dr. Pepper. Larry Young, CEO at Dr. Pepper Snapple will become a director.

Keurig and Dr. Pepper Snapple will continue to lack their existing locations. Keurig is based in Waterbury, Vermont and Dr. Pepper Snapple has headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Keurig was obtained by Europe’s JAB Holding company in 2016 in partnership with the snackmaker, Mondelez International.

JAB will be the controlling shareholder, and Mondelez will hold a stake of about 13 percent to 14 percent.

The deal is anticipated to close in the second quarter, with the business approximating overall debt to be about $16.6 billion at that time.

The acquisition needs to still be approved by investors of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.


A paintbrush in one hand, and a drink in the other


Beth Hall/ The New york city Times A class at Painting with a Twist, a so-called paint-and-sip studio, which blends art and alcohol, in Bentonville, Ark., Sept. 9, 2017. The paint-and-sip pattern has been growing for nearly a decade, as more and more individuals look for diversions in experiences rather than in purchasing things.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017|2 a.m.

BENTONVILLE, Ark.– On a rainy Friday night in August, clients dripped into an art studio in a strip mall on a hectic main road here. The crowd, mainly ladies, talked and swarmed a bar for wine and beer before taking stools at paper-covered tables and relying on the task at hand: painting.

The group was settling in for a so-called paint-and-sip class, a progressively popular activity that mixes art and alcohol. The pattern has actually been growing for almost a decade, as increasingly more people look for diversions in experiences instead of in buying things. Paint-and-sip classes are now used in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and London.

The gathering this night was at a regional outlet of Painting With a Twist, among the fastest-growing chains in a classification that likewise includes Bottle & & Bottega, Pinot’s Palette, and Wine and Style. (Business owner magazine listed Painting With a Twist this year amongst its 50 fastest-growing franchises.)

The bigger chains have numerous places, however single-outlet operations are surfacing too, attracting grownups who wish to relax, interact socially and bend their creative muscles.

“We do not really see this pattern ending anytime soon,” said Marci Freede, who opened the Paint Place on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 2014 and added a 2nd place, in Astoria, Queens, in 2015.

Whether run by franchisees or sole owners, the classes have a similar structure: An artist uses step-by-step guidelines on the best ways to paint a fixed image. While they paint, clients delight in a liquor of their choice (or, if they prefer, coffee or water). And when they end up, they get to keep their developments. Classes can cost $35 to $65 an individual, depending upon place and format.

Cathy Deano, a founder of Painting With a Twist, which is based in Mandeville, Louisiana, said that many individuals had actually not done much painting, if any, prior to taking a class, which having a few sips of wine helped tame what she called the “white canvas stress and anxiety” that newbie artists can feel when starting a painting. “It simply unwinds them,” she stated.

“I inform my hubby, ‘It’s like going fishing,'” stated Susan Jean, the owner of Painting With a Twist’s Bentonville, Arkansas location. “You drink a little, yap and bring something home.”

Jean, 59, said she had constantly wanted to run her own service and had chosen a paint-and-sip shop after taking a class with her sister. She is not an artist herself: “I cannot paint a wall,” she said with a shrug.

She works with regional artists to teach the classes, while she and her daughter, Katie Collins, run the business. Some classes are open to anyone; others are geared toward couples or “girls night out” groups. Business likewise set up classes as team-building workouts or fundraising events.

The paint-and-sip pattern has actually been owned in part by a typically increased interest in wine, stated Ben Litalien, a trainer in the franchise-management certificate program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

But, Litalien stated, customers were likewise significantly being drawn to experiences that engage them and permit them to express themselves, “instead of just purchasing something.” Other examples of experience-based organisations that he cited included Top Golf, where clients play golf-related games, and “escape spaces,” where individuals fix puzzles together.

The development of such companies might show the findings of recent mental research study revealing that individuals are happier when they have an experience rather than buying. In a 2014 short article in Mental Science (title: “Waiting on Merlot”), scientists at Cornell University and the University of California, San Francisco, found that simply the anticipation of experiences might be more satisfying than the anticipation of buying merchandise.

Starting a Painting With a Twist location needs a preliminary franchise charge of $25,000; total upfront costs, consisting of that charge, can range from $89,000 to $188,000, depending on area. The company’s franchise agreement calls for a seven-year dedication. Annual gross income for specific outlets averages about $388,000, inning accordance with Painting With a Twist.

Litalien said that demand for so-called experiential classes

Alcoholic drink of the Week: The Sensei Mixed drink


Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015|2 a.m.

Active ingredients

1 1/2 oz Kai Lemongrass Ginger Shochu

1 1/2 oz Ty Ku Cucumber Sake

Fresh cucumber piece for garnish


Stir the active ingredients in a mixing glass fulled of ice. Pressure into a cooled, 7 oz. martini glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.

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° Prepare for a tasty pairing of Japanese sake and shochu (or soju). Sake is a clean-tasting, slightly sweet rice alcohol made by a fermentation process. In this incarnation, the cucumber flavor provides the drink an extra clarity and smooth finish. Kai Lemongrass Ginger Shochu, a distilled rice spirit, has notes of lemon and warm ginger. The duo blend into a cocktail that is refreshing, light and nicely complex.

Alcoholic drink produced by Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Education at Southern Wine and Spirits.

Mixed drink of the Week: The Pisco Trail


Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015|2 a.m.

Active ingredients

1 1/2 oz Barsol Pisco Primero

1 oz Marie Brizard Apry

(apricot brandy liqueur)

2 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

2 oz iced mint tea

Juice of 2 lime wedges

Apricot slices (fresh or canned) for garnish

Sprig of mint for garnish


Develop the beverage over ice in a

12 ounce Collins glass. Stir well. Garnish with apricot slices and a sprig of mint.

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° Pisco, a Peruvian brandy made from grapes, is a high-proof, full-flavored spirit. This mixed drink is exotic, smooth and somewhat sweet but preserves the strong kick for which pisco is understood.

Mixed drink of the Week: The Boulevardier


Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015|2 a.m.


1 oz Wild Turkey 101 Straight Bourbon Bourbon

1 oz Campari

1 oz Cinzano 1757 sweet vermouth

Orange slice for garnish


Stir the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, then stress over an ice-filled rocks glass. Or serve straight up in an alcoholic drink martini glass. Garnish with an orange piece, twisted to release its citrus oils.

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° The Boulevardier resembles the Negroni’s long lost bro. Using bourbon instead of gin, it is darker, richer and more robust while preserving the very same complex and bittersweet tastes of vermouth and Campari. This alcoholic drink dates to the 1920s, however after waning in appeal, it just recently experienced a revival in bars throughout the country– and for better reason.

The power of the swimsuit for Moorea mixed drink server

The majority of ladies fear putting on one piece of clothes more than other: the bikini. For Larissa Galford, the swimsuit is her bread and butter. Not just does the Redondo Beach native wear one for work, she’ll also wear one when she contends in a fitness competition next April.

“Working in a bikini all the time, you want to look your best,” said Galford, one of Moorea Beach Club’s mixed drink servers. To look her finest, Galford watches her diet and works out with a trainer about four days a week. Working for 2 periods at the Mandalay Bay pool club is what prompted her to train for the competitors.

“I never considered competing at all. Not till I got this task– and now, I’m looking forward to it,” she stated. And although she might be on a stringent diet, that doesn’t stop Galford, who’s half Lebanese and half Native American, from baking some sweet deals with every now and then.

“I like to bake and cook. I bake truly great baklava, the personnel here is always begging for it,” said Galford, laughing. “My grandmother taught me ways to bake baklava and every other Lebanese meal.”

Larissa Galford FWB

And while working poolside has actually guided Galford to a much healthier, fitter lifestyle, exactly what she loves most about working at Moorea “is that I get to belong of people’s holidays. Making people delighted, making an impression on them, so much so that they return just to see me, that’s certainly the very best part about working at the swimming pool club.”

Berry Mule

Among the numerous trademark mixed drinks, mojitos, frozen concoctions and margaritas that Moorea Beach Club offers, the Berry Mule is a delicious and refreshing option. The trademark mixed drink blends together Platform Wild Berry vodka, fresh muddled berries and ginger beer. For some additional enjoyable, visitors can purchase Jell-O shots and any of the alcoholic drinks in a souvenir cup or pitcher size.

Mixed drink king Salvatore Calabrese’s special, skillful Madame Moka at Bound


Visitor writer alcoholic drink king Salvatore Calabrese of Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell. His unique cocktail Madame Moka is imagined right here.

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015|11 p.m.

Visitor Columnist Salvatore Calabrese
Guest columnist cocktail king Salvatore Calabrese, center, and his staff at Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell.Introduce slideshow “

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Visitor writer mixed drink king Salvatore Calabrese of Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell.

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Guest columnist alcoholic drink king Salvatore Calabrese of Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell.

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach takes pleasure in family time in La Jolla, Calif., after going back to the United States from his yearly Italian travels, numerous of our Strip characters have actually stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of knowledge. We continue today with brand-new Live Country Las Vegas President Kurt Melien and the Cromwell’s master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, who uses well the name of mixed drink king. Here’s Salvatore:

To me, a cocktail must initially satisfy the eyes, then the nose, and, 3rd, the palate. The best alcoholic drink is a crescendo of three aspects: color, flavor and appearance.

Last Might, I had the satisfaction of opening my bar, Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell. At Bound by Salvatore, I am able to bring my mixed drink viewpoint to life while having the pleasure to bring perfectly well balanced and artfully crafted alcoholic drink to visitors.

In my more than Three Decade of experience, I have actually been lucky enough to serve royalty, stars and three presidents, but getting to serve the bustling cocktail-lovers scene that is growing in Las Vegas has been among my favorite feats.

It really is an exciting time to be in Las Vegas as it remains to grow its world-class bars, dining establishments and lounges.

I work very carefully with my group right here and have trained them, so every mixed drink you drink at Bound is a true Salvatore Calabrese production no matter which competent hands are crafting it for you.

A few members from my gifted team at Bound made a cross-country trek to the Huge Easy in July for the world’s premier cocktail celebration, Tales of the Alcoholic drink.

Since 2002, the worldwide spirits industry has rated to New Orleans for five days of seminars, tastings, networking and more. While my group is out in Louisiana producing the trademark cocktails of Bound for the masses, I wished to provide you all a possibility to produce one of those cocktails right in your home.

There is an unique section on the menu at Bound created for night owls or early risers. The Vegas Never Sleeps espresso cocktails are exclusively served at the Cromwell. Established from an uncommon technique of producing the distinctively flavored coffees, the alcoholic drinks are served in a frozen conventional Italian Moka Pot.

The Madame Moka is one of five specialized alcoholic drinks because area made with espresso to ensure that visitors can get their mornings or nights off to a fantastic start. The Madame Moka dish can be found in my latest publication, the upgraded edition of my very first cocktail book, “Classic Mixed drinks.”

The New York Times called the original edition “a must-have,” and now it consists of much more: new chapters and images; up-to-date information on the most amazing alcoholic drink trends, tastes, methods and newly uncovered historical bits. “Timeless Alcoholic drinks” can be acquired at Bound and elsewhere.

Madame Moka, offered at Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell

Garnish: 3 coffee beans

Technique: shake

Glass: alcoholic drink

Active ingredients:

1 1/3 oz. ready coffee

1 oz. Cognac

2/3 oz. Amaretto Di Saronno

1/3 oz. simple syrup


To prepare coffee: Flatten champagne in mixer and permit to rest. Make coffee normal method but with flat champagne instead of water and 2 small pieces of cinnamon, dusting of ground nutmeg and crushed cardamom pod added to ground coffee prior to developing. Enable coffee to cool, then shop in fridge.

To prepare beverage: Put all active ingredients into shaker fulled of ice and shake. Pressure into chilled mixed drink glass.

Enjoy this distinctively made up mixed drink, and I intend to see you at Bound by Salvatore at the Cromwell. Salute!

Have a look at our other visitor column today with brand-new Live Nation Las Vegas President Kurt Melien. On Monday, Holly Madison sits for 10 Concerns, and Anita Mann offers us a preview at the 2016 “Fantasy” calendar shoot.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually invested the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Senior citizen Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

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Mixed drink of the Week: Watermelon Basil Margarita


Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015|2 a.m.

Active ingredients

1 1/2 oz Patrón Silver tequila

1 1/2 oz fresh lime sweet and sour (integrate lime juice and agave nectar, 2 to 1)

3 oz watermelon juice

Sprig of basil for garnish

Watermelon spear for garnish

Fresh Origins Mini Herb Crystals Basil for rim

Frozen watermelon cubes


Combine the tequila, sweet and sour mix and watermelon juice in a mixed drink shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake completely. Rim a highball glass with basil mini herb crystals. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass over frozen watermelon cubes. Garnish with basil and watermelon spear.

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Watermelon and basil may not be the most likely combination, but it’s a winner regardless. The organic element of the basil includes a richness and depth to the otherwise sweet beverage.

Mixed drink of the Week: Pimm’s Cup


Sunday, July 19, 2015|2 a.m.

Active ingredients

21/2 oz Pimm’s No. 1

21/2 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

21/2 oz lemonade

Cucumber ribbon for garnish

Strawberry for garnish

Apple slices for garnish

Orange piece for garnish

Blackberries for garnish

Sprig of mint for garnish


Develop the beverage in a tall, 16-ounce glass fulled of ice. Stir, garnish and serve.

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From our friends across the pond, Pimm’s No. 1 is a popular gin-based, herb-infused liqueur and the structure of England’s traditional summer mixed drink, the Pimm’s Cup. Light and revitalizing, this beverage is ideal for a leisurely croquette video game, a casual polo match or, more realistically, relaxing poolside on a Sunday.