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A Seat at the Bar: Four experts tell us what to sip, stir and shake in April 2018
By Glenn Bardgett, Katie Herrera and Ted and Jamie Kilgore
Posted On: 04/01/2018   

Tequila is often relegated to margaritas or shots, but we like it in our version of the Mexican Firing Squad. This floral cocktail with notes of cinnamon and clove dates back to 1939 in Charles H. Baker Jr.ís now famous book ďAround the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask.Ē In an ice-filled shaker, combine 2 ounces Milagro Silver tequila, ĺ ounce (real, pomegranate-based) grenadine, ĺ ounce lime juice and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Shake vigorously, strain into an ice-filled highball glass, garnish with pineapple and a cherry and enjoy the taste of the Mexican highlands. - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planterís House

The petite sirah grape is an underappreciated California treasure. When I taste the Vina Robles Petite Sirah Estate, I am consistently amazed, especially by the 2014 vintage. Coming from an impressive West Coast winery, it has a dense, opaque, teeth-staining deep purple hue and tastes like it looks with notes of juicy blackberries, dark chocolate and spice. Itís also budget friendly, so you can sip it all weekend and wonít notice a change in your bottom line. $17. Whole Foods Market, various locations, wholefoodsmarket.com
- Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunnís

Just in time for the weather to turn warm, 4 Hands Brewing Co. cools it down with a crisp and refreshing ode to Belgian wheat. A beautiful, hazy straw yellow shade, Ripple White Ale smells of citrus and Bazooka Joe gum. Significant effervescence pushes the fluffy body and notes of bubblegum and mild spice across the palate to finish with clean and balancing bitterness. Six-pack: $9. The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8788, wineandcheeseplace.com lukasliquorstl.com - Katie Herrera, Director of beer at STL Barkeep and account manager at Craft Republic

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