Every hour is a happy hour in Greater Palm Springs, where a thriving craft cocktail culture (dating back to the 1950s) and a growing number of local breweries, distilleries and wine bars offer countless libations to sip and savor. The craftGPS video series shines a spotlight on some of the destination's best sips, introducing top mixologists and how they're using local ingredients and innovative techniques to create something new (like a surprising twist on an Old Fashioned or a colorful Tiki-inspired concoction). Several foodie events, such as the annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival and Palm Desert Food & Wine, are great opportunities to taste some of the region's unique offerings.
Visitors can explore Greater Palm Springs' beer scene at a handful of award-winning breweries, where everything from IPAs to lagers made with locally grown dates are on tap.
Spirit connoisseurs can sample craft gin, vodka and rum at Greater Palm Springs' first micro-distillery, Desert Distilling, while wine enthusiasts can attend tastings at lounges and bars throughout the area or enjoy award-winning wine lists at many restaurants. And just over an hour away lies Southern California's wine country, Temecula, home to more than 30 wineries (there are even private wine-country hummer tours that depart from Greater Palm Springs).
Raise a glass at one of the spots below.
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