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Current Issue: From Fam Back to Glam!

 
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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. Read about Mini Mondays and the rest of ABC’s specials throughout the holiday season in our $mart $hopping story. Additionally, check out this holiday edition gift guide, featuring perfect gift ideas for anyone on your list!

Read more in the current issue of Spirited Virginia magazine!

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Spirited Virginia Q3 2022 

Watermelon! Taste of Season!

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.
 
Spirited Virginia Q2 2022 

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.
 
Spirited Virginia Q1 2022 

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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Cooking with Spirits

Our October-December 2021 issue of Spirited Virginia magazine features 80 pages (16 pages of extra content) filled with insightful articles, recipes and new product descriptions. In a first for the magazine, a specific brand of liquor is featured on the cover. John J. Bowman bourbon was 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. Don’t want to fully commit to a 750 mL of a spirit you haven’t tried? We have a primer on smaller sizes of spirits—the 375 mL, 200 mL and the ever-popular 50 mL, also known as the airplane bottle. Finally, read about Virginia ABC’s new headquarters and distribution center in Hanover County.
 
Spirited Virginia Magazine Q3 2021 

50 Fabulous Martinis

The July-September 2021 issue of Spirited Virginia 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

The April–June 2021 issue of Spirited Virginia 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
 
Spirited Virginia magazine Q1 2021 

Going for the Gold

The January–March 2021 edition of Spirited Virginia magazine 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.  
 
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Friendsgiving

The October–December 2020 edition of Spirited Virginia 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.
 
Spirited Virginia magazine Q3 2020 

Sweet Summer Cocktails

The July-September 2020 edition of Spirited Virginia 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 edition of Spirited Virginia 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.

 
Spirited Virginia Q1 2020

Love at First Sip

The January-March 2020 edition of Spirited Virginia 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 edition of Spirited Virginia 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 of Spirited Virginia 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!
 
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Orange you Glad It's Spring?

The April–June 2019 issue of Spirited Virginia 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

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.

Related content is published through the Spirited Virginia Facebook page and e-newsletter.

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