Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

The Perfect Summer Soirée: Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

We can’t believe we’re already hearing about summer’s end but with a month left, it is inevitable. Thankfully there was and is plenty to remind us about the greatness of the warmer season. We were part of the lucky few who had the opportunity to enjoy the superbly elegant Alìe Rosé with Frescobaldi Toscana estates and Brand Ambassador and Winemaker, Livia le Divelec. It was love at first sip for us of this bright, fresh rose. We were immediately enchanted by the sensuality and intoxicating personality of this intriguing pale pink rose.

 Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

Frescobaldi Toscana boasts six wine estates which feature various varietals. Today we focus on Tenuta Ammiraglia Magliano, the Toscana by the Sea. This wine territory is warmed by the sun and mitigated by the sea and is home to the Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

The Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé, an elegant rosé with a pale pink hue and subtle ruby highlights. It is a stylish, beautifully-balanced blend of Syrah and Vermentino. These varieties express their finest qualities when grown near the sea. Alìe boasts scents of white flowers, wild strawberries, and citrus peel, combined with a hint of earthy minerality; all typical of this growing area. With its delicate structure and lengthy, complex finish, Alìe Rosé makes an enchanting aperitif wine and a great meal companion.

Tiki-inspired foods at The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42 Tiki-inspired foods at The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42

In fact, Alìe Rosé was perfectly paired with the amazing dishes served at the event’s location, The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42. The richly flavored Tiki-inspired foods were paired wonderfully with Alìe. The flavors highlighted the fruity notes, intoxicating Mediterranean aromas, and deliciously refreshing bouquet of this mellow rose.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

What makes the Alìe Rosé stand out against other rose wines? Several factors actually. It’s proximity to the sea, vineyard cultivation typical of white varieties and a production process off the skins for the Syrah variety all give life to Alìe. The sharp and unmistakable bouquet floods the senses with intoxicating aromas that meld with the fragrances of fresh and ripe fruit. September peach bursts forth, followed by floral notes with subtle scents of rose.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

We’d love to visit the Tenuta Ammiraglia Magliano estate one day to personally experience the stunning beauty of the region and get first-hand knowledge of what makes this exquisite rose so delicious. For now, we have to settle for Brand Ambassador and Winemaker, Livia le Divelec’s extensive knowledge. Check out the My Life on and off the Guest List Facebook page for our interview with her.

Perfect July 4th Sips

Red, White and Booze: Perfect July 4th Sips to Enjoy

Are you ready to raise your glass in a patriotic toast to celebrate America’s independence from England? No adult 4th of July celebration is complete without one or more delicious red, white, and blue cocktail to raise to old glory. Luckily we’ve got you covered with the perfect July 4th sips, a collection of patriotic cocktail options to enjoy while you party the day way.

Perfect July 4th Sips

We’ve got decadent libations from some of the most distinctive spirit brands, including Bacardi Rum, Facundo Rum, Tanteo Tequila, and Nosotros Tequila. We’ve even included a very patriotic cocktail from Miami’s Casa Tua Cucina at Saks Brickell City Centre. For those not currently enjoying Miami’s weather and beaches, you can create this drink (and all featured above) right at home thanks to the recipes below.

American Dream

American Dream Cocktail

2 oz. Blue Lavender Infused Gin
2 oz. Raspberry Sour Foam
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 Mint Leaf
Blue base: infuse the gin with dock anchan flower and dry lavader, add 1 oz of fresh lime juice and 1 oz of simple syrup, shake vigorously and pour on wine glass over ice.
Raspberry foam: fill the siphon with fresh strained raspberry juice, 2 egg white, 1 oz simple syrup. Charge the siphon with 1 cream charges. Spray in the glass. Decorate with a fresh mint leaf.

Bacardi Lime Frozen Daiquiri

Bacardi Lime Frozen Daiquiri

2 parts Bacardi Lime Flavored Rum
1 part fresh Lime Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
Lime Zest
Lime Wheel
Combine all ingredients in a blender with 2 cups of ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Red Rum Punch

Bacardi Red Rum Punch

¾ parts Bacardi Limon
¾ parts Bacardi Raspberry
¾ parts Bacardi Superior
½ parts Grenadine
2 parts Sweet & Sour
1 part Cranberry Juice
Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Mint
Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl that is filled with ice blocks. Stir. Garnish the bowl with lemon wheels and raspberries.

The NEO Fleur

Facundo Rum The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo NEO
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant Cucumber twist.

Sweet Heat Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Sweet Heat Margarita

2 oz. Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Agave Nectar
4 – 5 Raspberries
Rim with Tanteo Jalapeño Salt
Shake, muddle and stir the Sweet Heat Margarita for a flavorful twist on the spicy margaritas you already love. The subtle sweetness will draw you in, and the spicy jalapeño will keep you wanting more.

Habanero Coconut Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Habanero Coconut Margarita

2 oz. Tanteo Habanero Tequila
1 oz Coconut Cream
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Agave Nectar
Garnish with Red
Coconut is a unique addition to a spicy margarita, adding the tropical flair that just feels right when you’re hovering around the grill on a steamy July afternoon. A dash of lime juice takes it over the top.

Chipotle Blueberry Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Chipotle Blueberry Margarita

2 oz. Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
3/4 oz. Agave Nectar
Garnish with a Blueberry skewer
Blueberries pack in plenty of flavors without the sweetness overload you’d get from other fruits. Surprisingly low in sugar, the flavor plays nicely with Chipotle infused Tequila and Blue Curacao, combining for a blue that tastes as appetizing as it looks.

Nosotros Blood + Sand

Nosotros Reposado Blood + Sand

¾ oz Nosotros Reposado
¾ oz orange juice (preferably blood orange)
¾ oz Cherry Heering
¾ oz dry vermouth
3 dash vanilla extract
Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry

We hope you have a safe time celebrating the July 4th weekend celebrations and partake in one or more of these perfect July 4th sips.

Jonathan Van Ness & Smirnoff Celebrate Pride w/ the House of Pride Event

What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot than to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. With a long-standing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, Smirnoff and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness hosted a House of Pride event toasting to World Pride and Pride Month. The House of Pride event, which also celebrated Smirnoff’s 2019 “Welcome Home” campaign, featured a home-inspired, immersive pop-up experience features six insta-worthy rooms; each painted one of the colors of the pride flag.

The “red” room boldly stated “My Bed. My Business” and featured a giant bed with room for many; an orange room which featured a vintage kitchen; a yellow room which promised makeovers and playing dress-up; and a green room with a garden of Eden-like swing.

The event featured so many stunning drag queens who sprinkled utter fabulousness throughout the entire event. Forgive us for not getting all their names but once the Smirnoff started flowing…you know how that goes.

Numerous cocktails flowed as Fashion Designer and Celebrity DJ, Timo Weiland, kept the crowd moving with some of the most iconic songs by LGBT+ loved artists old and new. The “blue” room featured international cocktails, almost all of which were made with the classic Smirnoff 21 “Love wins” vodka.

As the event was underway, host Jonathan Van Ness made his entrance in epic pride fashion, arriving in a rainbow taxi. sipped on specialty Smirnoff cocktails while toasting to Pride Month and the LGBTQIA+ community with guests. Check out Jonathan Van Ness’ Welcome Home speech on our Instagram.

Jonathan Van Ness and Smirnoff celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and ongoing fight for equality with House of Pride pop-up on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Smirnoff)Driving home the global celebration of Pride, and Smirnoff’s Welcome Home campaign, were the bottles of Smirnoff vodka which boasted the word “welcome” in various languages including English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

The revelry continued well into the night as the Jonathan Van Ness and Smirnoff House of Pride event was the place to be. When we left, the party was still in full swing and the vodka cocktails still flowed.

We’re GLAAD That These Brands Exist: How 5 Companies Have Supported Pride Month

In an effort to create a more inclusive world, it’s thanks to big businesses that many consumers hear about LGBTQ+ issues for the first time. It’s because of their efforts through media, marketing, and special products that even the most isolated individuals are able to tune in to what’s happening throughout the world. Today we highlight a few brands that continue to support inclusion efforts. Check out what Absolut, Sally Hansen, Bud Light, ASOS, and Express has available for Pride Month.

Through partnerships with GLAAD, a non-governmental media organization promoting LGBTQ+ advocacy and equality, the following brands deserve special recognition for their nation-wide support during Pride Month. Check these five brands out when you want to show your support.

1. Express

Express Pride Month

When you want to look good poolside, Express has got you covered (literally). The clothing brand recently launched its Love Unites Campaign in partnership with GLAAD to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The campaign unveiled a completely new collection of 25 pieces of gender-fluid clothing options. For every piece of clothing purchased from the collection through July 15, Express will also donate 25% of its net income to GLAAD up to $100,000.

2. Bud Light

Bud Light Pride Month

No celebration is complete without a great beer. When you want to celebrate Pride this month, why not choose Bud Light’s new rainbow-inspired bottles?

But the Beer company isn’t simply releasing a new print for its boxes; partnering with GLAAD, Bud Light has released its first-ever rainbow aluminum bottles. Studies have shown that adding or changing a sign can benefit a business’ sales by up to 7%. For every case sold between May 27 and June 30, Bud Light pledged to donate $1 to the advocacy group for up to $150,000 in total donations.

This is in honor of the company’s 20-year anniversary working with GLAAD. GLAAD Chief Programs Officer Zeke Stokes recognized the importance of their partnership following their debut.

“For twenty consecutive years, Bud Light has partnered with GLAAD in its mission to accelerate acceptance of LGBTQ people,” Stokes noted. “Bud Light stood with the community at a time when many brands did not, and their continued outspoken support sets the bar for other global brands.

3. Absolut

Absolut Pride Month

If beer isn’t your cup of, well, beer, you can always invest in Absolut instead. The vodka powerhouse was the first spirits brand to throw its public support behind LGBTQ+ rights more than 38 years ago. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Pride, Absolut has teamed up with a number of organizations, local festivals, and activists in the community to accelerate LGBTQ+ acceptance.

Along with their social appearances, the vodka brand has also showcased a new bottle featuring a hand-painted rainbow flag design. To prove that their devotion to LGBTQ+ issues will last long after Pride Month, Absolut will stock your favorite store’s shelves throughout the rest of the year.

Best of all? The brand is also working to raise awareness and start a conversation about LGBTQ+ issues through its digital hub. Not only will this promote understanding, but the company also hopes that this conversation will inspire future endeavors for Absolut. Though the company undoubtedly relies on the help of the world’s 700,000 consulting firms on projects and manufacturing locations, getting this user feedback is vital for the company’s future success in sociopolitical movements.

4. ASOS

ASOS Pride Month

Express might be leading the charge for the middle class, but ASOS is truly a fan favorite among frugal fashionistas. As an online retailer, its managed to tap the global market of consumer spending where more than $2.86 trillion is spent each year online alone. Partnering with GLAAD for the third time, the online retailer has unveiled a collection of 50 new pieces in honor of Pride Month, including ASOS Curve and ASOS Plus styles.

ASOS notes that their collaboration with GLAAD has raised more than £200,000 in their efforts to date (more than $252,600 U.S.). This year, 100% of their net profits garnered from the collections will be donated to help GLAAD and their efforts.

5. Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Pride Month

Sally Hansen knows that good drinks and good outfits aren’t photo-ready without beautiful nails. In its newest collaboration with GLAAD, Sally Hansen has released its Pride Collection. The collection features six Xtreme Wear shades in strikingly bold colors that represent the colors of the rainbow.

Sally Hansen Pride Month

You can order the colors online or from your local Walgreens or Ulta locations. At the Ulta locations, you can also invest in the entire collection as a gift set for only $16.99.

Celebrating the organizations who do it right is essential during Pride Month. Since 50% of all customers enter a business because of its signage, it’s expected that similar numbers will buy a product because of its packaging. If we want to encourage corporations to continue making strides for LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy, recognizing organizations that are doing it well is just as important as calling out the corporations who are getting it wrong.

Kona Craft Beers

Celebrating the Summer with Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company

Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company graced New York City just in time for summer – introducing we “mainlanders” to some of their most popular beers offered nationwide.  We must give kudos to Kona Brewing for making light beers that are actually interesting! We had the opportunity to try Kona’s Tropical Pineapple Gold Cliff IPA, Big Wave Golden Ale, Kanaha Blonde Ale, and Longboard Island Lager.

Kona Craft BeersKona Craft Beers

Kona has brews that are available both on the mainland and some exclusive to Hawaii only. They brew more than a dozen beers a year, but the regulars are our classic ales and lagers available in all 50 states.

Gold Cliff IPA Tropical Pineapple

Kona Gold Cliff IPA Tropical Pineapple

Gold Cliff IPA draws you in with its beach and postcard-worthy dark brown bottle embossed with the Hawaiian islands. For those not familiar, an IPA is an acronym for ‘Indian Pale Ale’ – this is a lighter brown beer that typically has a very herby but subtle medicinal note. Every side of this vintage sized bottle gives you a nostalgic feeling of exploring the Hawaiian coasts – or at least watching amazing surfing films from the ’50s and ’60s.
Gold Cliff IPA is a great entry point to appreciating the distinct taste of IPAs – it is floral and fruity with a real natural pineapple flavor. It’s not too sharp but definitely not sugary sweet. I found this IPA very refreshing and totally get why they embossed “Liquid Aloha” on the neck of the bottle – this is perfect light IPA to put in the cooler for sipping beach-side (or poolside then beach side) on a sun-drenched day. I especially love that the bottle lists the calorie and carb content – for those who are actively counting – Gold Cliff is only  212 calories per serving.

Big Wave Golden Ale

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

Big Wave like a long cool drink from an oasis.  It is LIGHT and bubbly. At 4.4% ABV and 142 calories, each sip was refreshing and airy. Kona describes their Golden Ale as the perfect beer for after a day out on the water – it felt very hydrating. This is a chill beer for a low key buzz so that you can fully experience the environment around you and share the adventures of the day with others.

Kanaha Blonde Ale

Kona Kanaha Blonde Ale

For those who enjoy a low key sip, chill, and share moments, this Blonde Ale has the lowest ABV (4.2%) and calorie count  (99 calories per bottle). Although not sweet, Kanaha Ale is infused with a very small but bright note of mango and is palatable to enjoying with…dare we say it? Cannabis. Have you ever considered pairing beer with your favorite strains of weed? If it’s ever crossed your mind, the most important thing to consider is picking a beer and a bud with terpenes that won’t overpower each other in the aroma.  (Terpenes – (terps) in case you are wondering, are the organic compounds found in herbs that give it flavor). The mild and light tropical flavors of Kanaha are a great candidate for pairing. Kanaha would also pair well with grilled seafood and salads.

Longboard Island Lager

Kona Longboard Island Lager

For the traditionalists, Longboard Island Lager is a smooth, refreshing traditional beer, fermented and aged for five weeks for a smooth flavor. Another year-round favorite for the beach that pairs well with pizza, chicken, garlic knots, and many other party foods that will marry well with the beer’s hoppy aroma.  You can drink this lager goes with almost any meal. At 4.60% ABV, and 144 calories, you’ll make any of your friends happy you brought a few six packs to the luau.

Kona Craft Beers

Keep an eye out for their Hanalei Island IPA. After launching exclusively in Hawaii in 2016, Kona Brewing Company opened its refreshing fruit-forward IPA, to the U.S. mainland. The tropical fruit-forward brew features Passionfruit, Orange and Guava.

To find Kona Brewing Company beers near you, visit www.konabrewingco.com.

 

 

 

 

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Vinho Verde Wine Experience Returns to NYC for 3rd Year

Last year we celebrated National Rose Day by attending the 2nd Annual Vinho Verde Wine Experience and sampling some amazing rose, white, and red wines. Although the day of celebrating rose wine has passed, we’ll be returning to the Vinho Verde Wine Experience to enjoy its 3rd year of amazing Portuguese wines in NYC.

Herald as one of the most anticipated NYC summer events, over 30 top, specially curated wineries from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal will be on-hand to share their varietals. The day-long festival will feature three tasting sessions. Also with ever-flowing wine, sommeliers hosting informative sessions about Vinho Verde, mixologists custom curating delicious beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar, live music, food bites from some of NYC’s hottest restaurants, and a photo booth.

Vinho Verde Wine Experience

Wine enthusiasts and foodies can enjoy the following sessions on Saturday, June 15, 2019:

Session 1 VIP + GA: 12pm – 3pm
Session 1 GA: 1pm – 3pm
Session 2 VIP + GA: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Session 2 GA: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Session 3 VIP + GA: 7pm – 10pm
Session 3 GA: 8pm – 10pm

The wine event takes place in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at Second Floor’s amazing indoor and outdoor spaces, located at 849 6th Ave.  Some of the winemakers in attendance include Adega Ponte da Barca | Viniverde, Adega de Monção, Quinta da Lixa, Arcas, Casa de Mouraz, Adega Ponte Lima, Vecoope, Manuel Costa & Filhos, Encosta do Xisto, José Maria da Fonseca, Aveleda, Campelo, Quinta da Calçada, Enoport Wines, Provam, and much more!

Vinho Verde is a diverse region that produces many different types of wine: White, Rosé or Red, Sparkling or Spirits. Whether blended or single grape variety, dry or sweet, still or sparkling, floral or fruity, all of them have one thing in common: their authenticity and fresh flavor. Born in a coastal region, characterized by fruity and floral aromas, Vinho Verde wines have the perfect level of acidity, providing a long-lasting sensation of harmony in the mouth.

All wine tastings stop 15 minutes prior to the end of the session time. For more information including ticket purchase options and additional event details, head over to www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com. If you’re posting from or following the event on social media, use hashtag #VinhoVerdeWineExperience.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond

A Spirit of Authenticity: George Dickel Bottled in Bond Whisky

We’ve long stated that women enjoy much more than what’s deemed as “girly drinks” – you know, pink, sweet, and fruity. Many of us enjoy something a bit more complex and strong. Which is why we were really excited to experience George Dickel’s latest whisky release, George Dickel Bottled in Bond. Why you may ask? For many reasons, one of which is this newest release was created by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.’s General Manager and Distiller, Nicole Austin; the first new whisky innovation for the distillery.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond

We also want to continue spreading the word that women enjoy drinking complex and “hard” cocktails. As you can imagine you don’t see too many female distillers, so celebrating Nicole and her rich whisky. What makes this whisky so special?

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for George Dickel)

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for George Dickel)

For starters, if you can’t tell by the name, it’s a Bottled in Bond Whisky. The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was enacted in order to help guarantee a spirit’s authenticity and level of quality. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, a spirit must be aged and bottled according to the following U.S. Government regulations that include the following:

  • It must be the product of one distillation season by one distillery; the George Dickel Bottled in Bond is distilled by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. at the Cascade Hollow Distillery, DSP-TN-2, during the fall season of 2005.
  • It must be stored in oak containers, a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision; the George Dickel Bottled in Bond is stored at Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, TN for at least four years (13 years old).
  • It must be bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV) and reduced in proof only by the addition of water to not less than 100 proof

orge Dickel Bottled in Bond

This 13-yr old whisky is bold, balanced. The flavors blend very well, without overwhelming each other. It can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite whisky cocktail. We joined a slew of George Dickel whisky lovers and Distiller, Nicole Austin, at The Robert Bar on Bond Street (of course) in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch. We enjoyed three delicious Bottled in Bond drinks at the event. The first was Neat to get the full flavor and notes at room temperature; On the Rocks to open up the blend, and of course, a classic Manhattan.

A 750ML bottle of George Dickel Bottled in Bond whisky is available for $35.99

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

We love and get excited about notable keepsake spirits bottles. While we always enjoy what’s in the bottle, we love the artistic expressions of the outside. One such bottle is the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition bottle. Last year Belvedere Vodka and Janelle Monáe hosted a brunch for Monáe’s grassroots movement, Fem the Future; a movement dedicated to advancing opportunities for women and those who identify as women, through music, arts, mentorship, and education. Following that event, a social media campaign asking the general public to define what “A Beautiful Future” was to them. The responses included optimistic messages of diversity, self-expression, inclusion, and empowerment. This collaboration birthed a global series of uplifting content and the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle.

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

The Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle boasts a metallic collage design that peels away to reveal the beauty within. This design detail illustrates the multifaceted character of both Janelle Monáe and Belvedere vodka. The final punctuation is the phrase “Beautiful Future”.  A nod to Monáe and Belvedere’s shared vision of a future where diversity, self-expression, and inclusion are celebrated.

“When I sat down with the Belvedere team, it was incredible to realize that they shared my passions of philanthropy, community, the desire to uplift others, my vision for a Beautiful Future, which is one where women feel empowered and are given equal opportunity,” said Janelle Monáe. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the brand on championing positivity and charting a path for a Beautiful Future.”

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

“There indeed was an obvious synergy between us,” said Rodney Williams, President of Belvedere Vodka. “This collaboration is a convergence of our shared beliefs: optimism and the power of the “we, not me” to bridge divides and make the world a more positive place. We’re looking forward to year two of this empowering campaign alongside Janelle with our beautiful partnered bottle.”

Belvedere and Monáe will reveal the limited-edition Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle at several events planned for this summer. Along with the bottle launch, fans have the chance to attend “A Beautiful Future” brunch this November, hosted by Janelle Monáe. Additional information on this brunch will be available in July 2019 at www.belvederevodka.com.

The bottle comes in 750ml at $29.99 and 1L at$37.99; both are available for purchase on www.clos19.com and in local retailers.