Proof Magazine Winter 2023 Issue
Food + Drink

Proof Magazine | For Ohio Spirit Lovers

Whether you want to find new cocktail recipes, learn about interesting spirits or explore distilleries across Ohio and beyond, Proof Magazine is your guide. 

Proof Magazine offers insight, inspiration and ideas for Ohio’s spirit lovers. Each issue is packed with information on great bottles, tasty recipes and places to explore during your travels. Here is what you’ll find in the Winter 2023 issue of Proof Magazine

Exploring Bourbon’s Magical CityWriter Michael Pramik embraces the allure of Louisville and stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, including the bed-and-breakfast Chateau Bourbon. 

That’s the Spirit: Ouzo: As the year comes to a close, we recommend toasting with a spirit steeped in a culture of camaraderie. Ouzo, an anise-flavored aperitif, is the perfect pour.

7 Cocktails to Make This Holiday Season
: Impress your friends with these concoctions that will take you from Halloween to New Year’s Eve.

5 Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Cocktail Bars You’ll LoveCreative cocktails and Christmas go together like Clark Griswold and over-the-top holiday decorating. These spirited experiences are a gift to festive Ohioans.

Meet the Bar Owner Creating Spots Inspired by Movies: Jacob Trevino’s Gorilla Cinema gets creative in Cincinnati with cocktail bars that reflect the feel of some of our favorite films.

Behind the Bar: The Van Buren Room and The Flying Pepper CantinaOne is a single-room cocktail bar alongside a Dayton distillery. Another is a fun downtown spot in Bellefontaine. Both are well worth a visit. 

Check Out These Spots on Louisville’s Whiskey Row: As the starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Louisville’s Whiskey Row is ground zero for visitors to bourbon country. Here are two spots our writer loved.

13 Distilleries to Visit in Louisville: A spirits-focused getaway to Louisville offers plenty of choices. Here are more than a dozen good ones you can make when exploring bourbon in the city. 

Explore Northern Kentucky’s B-Line Trail
: This route hits seven distilleries and a multitude of bars and restaurants that give a taste of what makes bourbon country great.

How to Make Flourless Bourbon BrowniesDuring the holidays it’s especially heartwarming to infuse a little extra spirit into your seasonal sweets. This treat is perfect for parties or a nighttime snack.

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Explore a Pittsburgh Tiki Bar: Writer Michael Pramik takes us along on a trip to Hidden Harbor and his conversation with co-owner Adam Henry.  

That’s the Spirit: Chartreuse: Sip on the spirit known as the elixir for “long life.” Its origins date back 1764, and the story of its rise to prominence makes for quite the cocktail-party tale. 

7 Cocktail Recipes that are Perfect for Summer: Celebrate by shaking up these festive cocktails that pair well with parties and picnics all season long.

How Ohio’s Anti-Saloon League Helped Lead a Last Call on Alcohol: The 18th Amendment and Prohibition put an end to the United States enjoyment of spirits — an effort spearheaded by a group that was founded in Oberlin in 1893.

A Bartender to Know: The Gristmill’s Brooke Rodwancy: Her Port Clinton cocktail bar offers a drink lineup featuring fresh ingredients and house-infused spirits.

A Guide to the Northern Ohio Distillery Passport: 
Take a tour across the top half of our state by planning stops at these distilleries stretching from Toledo to Geneva. 

Behind the Bar: Opa Grill & Tavern and Longfellow’s Other Room: One is a charming spot in downtown Delaware. The other is a hidden back-room bar in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Don’t miss either of them.

The Epiphany that Created Maggie’s Farm Rum: Tim Russell shares his audacious journey of defiance that helped him start what is now a fixture in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. 

How To Make Whiskey Barbecue Sauce:
 Food writer Nicholas Dekker shares the recipe for one of his summer grilling favorites: Weber’s Whiskey Barbecue Sauce. 

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