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Current Issue: Frozen Delights!

Break out the blender and mix up some frozen delights! The July-September issue spotlights cold concoctions such as the classic Pina Colada and frozen Margaritas and Mojitos that beat the Virginia heat. Speaking of heat, if you can’t get enough of it, check out the feature on spicy cocktails. Kick your favorite cocktail up to another level with chile peppers. Explore avenues of convenience with canned cocktails and pre-mixed, ready-to-drink cocktails for your next outdoor gathering or trip. Check out ways to prepare your home bar prepared for summer with tips and tricks on products to have on hand and easy recipes that will put you on the patch to become a mixologist in no time.

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Old Glory Cocktails

Cheers to the red, white and blue! The April - June 2024 issue features 13 toasts celebrating the U.S.A.! Explore our patriotic cocktails—perfect with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers—in time for Flag Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. As the weather turns warmer and you’re hitting the links or kicking back to watch The Masters, check out our golf-themed cocktails. Looking to increase your spirit knowledge? Dive deep into mezcals with Charlottesville’s River Hawkins, whose in-depth understanding of the Mexican spirit is unparalleled. Finally, celebrate the opening of Virginia ABC’s 400th store. Read about the grand opening in Jonesville and learn how a store is built.

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Cozy Cocktails

The January-March 2024 issue features cozy cocktails for winter! We’ve hand-picked some warm beverages that are perfect companions to a blanket, a book and a fire on a cold winter’s night. Celebrate with Virginia ABC as the authority turns 90! Virginia ABC was created following the passage of the 21st Amendment—follow the historical trail that leads to ABC’s presence today as a modern retailer. Do you read your horoscope daily? Whether you’re a Leo, a Gemini or fall under another sign, delve into the cocktails that sync with your sign. Up to the challenge of a Dry January? This issue features good information about consumption patterns, blood alcohol content levels and mocktail recipes that make a tasty, low- or no-alcohol treat.

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Dress Up Your Holidays

The October–December 2023 issue is all about the holiday season! Dress up your holidays with Virginia ABC’s guide to entertaining this holiday season. Check out the Top 10 best-selling spirits that appear on ABC store shelves during winter, grab some quick and easy cocktail recipes that truly bring the season to life and discover the perfect gift to bring to those who open their house up to host! Speaking of gifts, if you’re looking for a present that will really bring a shine to a loved one’s bar cart, look no further than our feature on bottles that are truly works of art. Finally, kick your next cup of coffee into another gear with spirits!

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American Single Malt

The July-August-September issue introduces Virginia to a new spirit category—American Single Malt. Perhaps you can celebrate this new spirit category by the fire. Turn your attention down under as the USWNT takes to the pitch in Australia and New Zealand in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Read a primer on the women distillers following the USWNT’s lead in taking the industry by storm. Finally, learn all about tequila and the steps distillers in Mexico are taking to ensure the agave plant’s survival with their sustainable distillery practices.

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Coastal Visitors' Edition

Welcome to Virginia! If you’re heading to the beautiful beaches and riverfronts of Virginia’s coast, be sure to pick up the first-ever Coastal Edition! The publication includes easy cocktail recipes, recommendations for canned cocktails and information about where you can purchase spirits in Virginia. In addition, there’s also a handy map for exploring coastal distilleries. 

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Fields of Floral Spirits

The April–June 2023 issue is in tune with the changing seasons! As spring arrives and floral colors begin dotting yards and fields across the commonwealth, Spirited Virginia focuses on exploring the magic of botanicals in cocktails! Explore moonshine, a Virginia tradition that is on the rise and leaving its bootlegging history behind. As the weather warms, so do grills around the state as people turn to outdoor entertaining options. Learn about how smoke and barbeque can complement each other with smoke-infused cocktails to perfectly pair with your next rack of ribs or brisket. 

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Big Spirits for the Big Game

The January–March 2023 issue is all about big spirits for the big game! Salute Diageo, the Official Spirits Sponsor of the NFL, with ideas featuring its products to create a sumptuous buffet of food and cocktail recipes to maximize your enjoyment of Super Bowl LVII! Meet the incredible individuals behind the Black-owned spirits that have become household names across the nation. Learn the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first known African American distiller, and see how innovators in Virginia and beyond have used their skills, talents and knowledge to create award-winning spirits. 

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From Fam Back to Glam

The October–December 2022 issue shines the spotlight on glamming it up for the last day of the year! Explore ways to reignite your enthusiasm for New Year’s Eve and how to safely and responsibly pregame prior to your party of choice! Speaking of a worldwide party, the 2022 World Cup kicks off in November in Qatar. Peruse our guide for the perfect spirit to match with your favorite national team. Embrace the minis! These 50 ml bottles are a perfect testing ground for unfamiliar spirits or just enough for a cocktail or a gift. 

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The July–September 2022 issue features the perfect summer treat—watermelon! Learn about watermelon-flavored spirits and delectable cocktails inspired by this popular summer fruit. Say aloha to Hawaii and Hawaiian spirits as this issue delves into the history of our 50th state and the roots of the tiki bar. Yard work got you down? Discover the perfect canned cocktail to kick back with after tackling your lawn. Just in time for the Midsummer Classic, read about Virginia ABC’s all-star lineup of products honoring MLB’s All-Star Game.
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Derby Day and the Mint Julep

The April–June 2022 issue features your guide to “the greatest two minutes in sports”—the Kentucky Derby! Check out a short history of the race and how the Mint Julep quickly became synonymous with the first jewel of the Triple Crown. April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes, but they also bring celebrations! Peruse our guide on creating the perfect signature cocktail for your next bridal shower or baby shower, complete with dry options for the mom-to-be! Also discover a feature on the classic South Korean spirit, soju, and the hows and whys of dealing with supply chain problems in ABC Econ 101.
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Mardi Gras: Hosting Your Own Celebration

The January–March 2022 issue is all about celebrating! After you raise a glass to 2022, get your plans together for a Mardi Gras party to remember. Check out tips for creating the carnival-like atmosphere and recipes for 10 cocktails that will make it feel like New Orleans is in your living room! You’ll also find suggestions for the perfect cocktail whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s or Single’s Day. Additionally, learn all about Virginia’s official shell, the oyster, and how it wonderfully pairs with a unique aquavit made right here in the commonwealth!  
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Beyond the Glass: Cooking with Spirits

Our October–December 2021 issue features John J. Bowman bourbon, the clear winner of an open-ended poll conducted in June via social media that asked consumers to submit the name of their favorite Virginia-made spirit for inclusion in a time capsule at ABC’s new headquarters. This issue dives into the delightful spirit of liquor-kissed foods, featuring tried and true food recipes from Virginia ABC employees. Learn about the trend of spirits aged in wine barrels, producing new and unique tastes. Finally, read about Virginia ABC’s new headquarters and distribution center in Hanover County.
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50 Fabulous Martinis

The July–September 2021 issue features martinis! See how many varieties of this gin-and-vermouth classic have been concocted and see which you’d like to try. Also, peruse tips for creating a top-notch home bar for your next get-together. Think whiskey is only made in Tennessee? Think again! Discover quality whiskey varieties made right here in the Commonwealth. Finally, enjoy tips and tricks to ensure you’re always prepared for cocktails with friends (whether you knew they were coming or not!)  
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Kickstart Your Day: Great Brunch Recipes

The April–June 2021 issue showcases brunch! Peruse our main feature for outstanding food and cocktail recipes for the perfect brunch experience. This issue also shines a spotlight on the 3,500 retail associates who bring daily service excellence to customers in the commonwealth! Also learn about the past 100 years of alcohol consumption trends in the United States and dive in to how peat makes scotch so unique
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Going for the Gold: The Luck of the Irish

The January–March 2021 issue features the luck of the Irish! Dive in to a feature about Ireland—its traditions, geography and the hard work done to create some treasured sips. Also check out the final installment of our Sweet, Savory and Sour series—sour winter cocktails! You can also learn about how wood and aging create whiskeys made just for ABC as well as some recommendations for lighter post-holiday drinks.  


The October–December 2020 issue showcases the holiday trend of Friendsgiving and the unique cocktails that have spawned from these new age gatherings! Also inside is a salute to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military (along with some cocktails inspired by each branch), savory fall cocktails and some show-stopping bottles and baubles to elevate your home bar to new heights and learn about Southwest Virginia distilleries.
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Sweet Summer Cocktails

The July–September 2020 issue explores sweet cocktails that express the excitement of summer. Take a look back at the history of alcoholic milkshakes and how spirits are making their way back into these tasty treats, find some hidden treasures with accessible versions of spirits that are as satisfying as their expensive and elusive cousins, learn what makes the best sangrias (hint: simplicity!) and discover what the Tidewater distilleries have to offer.

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Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

The April–June 2020 issue introduces readers to the latest craze—canned cocktails! Learn all about what makes these delicious and convenient concoctions so popular. Immerse yourself in the stories behind some of your favorite spirits, learn about the conservation and earth-friendly efforts by distillers in Virginia and around the world, take notes about how to ensure your daughter’s wedding reception goes off without a hitch and check out some Richmond-area distilleries.

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Love at First Sip

The January–March 2020 issue explores the joys of spirits that can be enjoyed by itself and simplicity of cocktails with just an ingredient or two. Delve into spirits that prove age does matter, get dressed up and attend the Spirited Virginia Awards where we hand out some awards for worthy spirits and escape the dreary winter weather with some cocktails that will transport you to a nice beach and sunny weather in a tropical escape.
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Holiday Cheers

It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails in the October–December 2019 issue as recipes are featured that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Check out the gift-giving guide for ideas on finding the perfect present for the spirits lover on your list, learn about rare and expensive scotches and read about tips and tricks for your next holiday gathering.
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Blender Magic

The July–September 2019 issue is about bringing magic to your party—blender magic that is! Read all about great frozen drink ideas for the summer, take a tour of bourbons from across the U.S.A, learn about which special event license you might need for large outings and celebrate 50 years of Virginia is for Lovers!

Orange You Glad It's Spring?

The April–June 2019 issue brings a zest to the spring season with a primer on orange-flavored spirits, discusses the difference between mezcals and tequilas, how to craft the perfect signature cocktail for your special event and goes over the ABCs of party planning so you throw the perfect shindig.


Spirited Virginia magazine is produced and printed quarterly by an independent publishing company at no cost to Virginia ABC. The publication is supported by liquor advertisements.

In addition to being available online, Spirited Virginia magazine is distributed through Virginia ABC's 395+ stores and is provided to each of the 5,100+ establishments in the Commonwealth licensed to sell mixed beverages.

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