Ultra Violet Cocktails: Drink in Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

We really love Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet. We love this regal color so much, we’ve highlighted this color in makeup collections, and beauty products and tools, and a hair color giveaway. Now, we’re highlighting this blue-based purple color in a new form…………Ultra Violet cocktails!! Join us as we share five libations in the intriguing hue musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix used to express their individuality.

Feast your eyes, and drink palates as we highlight Ultra Violet cocktails from some must experience brands.  Two drinks you can create at home, the rest we recommend you visit the respective locations to indulge. We present the Purple Haze from DeKuyper Liqueurs, the Karma Chameleon cocktail at Beast + Bottle in Denver, The Right Empression at Loopy Doopy at Conrad New York, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired We’re All Mad Here at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and a non-alcoholic option, Sparkling Ice‘s After School Smoothie.

Karma Chameleon at Beast + Bottle in Denver, Colorado

.75 oz Plantation 3 Star
.75 oz Avua Prata Cachaça
.25 oz Leopold Bros Marashino
.25 oz Giffard Pamplemousse
1.0 oz Lime Acid
.50 Simple Syrup

DeKuyper Purple Haze

2 parts Pinnacle® Vodka
2 parts DeKuyper® Pucker® Grape Schnapps
Splash of Sour Mix & Lemon Lime Soda
Add the Vodka, Pucker Grape Schnapps and Sour Mix to an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Top with Lemon Lime Soda and stir with a bar spoon. Strain into a chilled martini glass

The Right Empression at Loopy Doopy at Conrad New York

Empress Gin
White Cranberry
Mint
Prosecco

We’re All Mad Here at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Empress Indigo Gin
St. Germain Elderflower
Soho Lychee
Lemon Juice
Apple Rosewater
Chardonnay Cardamom Ginger Syrup

Sparkling Ice After School Smoothie

6oz Greek Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

What do you think of these Ultra Violet cocktails? Are you open to drinking in the color that celebrates artistic creativity and spiritual mystery and reflection?

Is Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde the Best Brunch in NYC?

We had the great pleasure of finding out for ourselves. Join us as we regale the tale of the very indulgent culinary journey we took to find out if the new Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde is the best Sunday brunch you will ever experience. If you are not yet familiar, Vida Verde is a Mexican-inspired cocktail bar tucked away in the sometimes stiff neighborhood of midtown west. To say it is a colorful and most welcomed oasis in the middle of a concrete desert is an understatement. Honestly, you can get lost in the eye-catching colors and striking artwork that makes up the decor. Let’s put it this way, imagine walking into a secret room of a grey house filled with every bold color imaginable……that is what we thought when we arrived at Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde Cocktail Bar.

The Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde promised a fantastic line up of specialty cocktails by Vida Verde’s star bartenders, a Mezcal tasting, an amazing taste of their brunch specialties menu including tacos, tortas, small dishes, and desserts. It did not disappoint! First up was delicious cocktails that celebrated the colors of the rainbow. We indulged in the Mango & Habanero Margarita, Paloma de Tamarindo, Classic Frozen Margarita, Red Sangria, and the amazing Juna Punch Wonder Punch Bowl which is as delicious as it is vibrant. We enjoyed these wonderful libations with a round of light bites including Chips, Salsa and Guacamole….to start.

After we were properly soused with our starter cocktails, it was time for the Mexcal tasting. We learned all about the cultivation, harvesting, cooking, fermenting, and distilling processes of some of Mexico’s leading Mezcal brands. Some of which we got to sample. Vida Verde actually offers classes on spirits daily, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about your favorite alcohol or get to know a new one, Vida Verde is the place to be.

After the Mezcal Tasting, we went into full-on brunch mode. The Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde menu is decadent. You will enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless brunch and a pinata at two price levels. For $40.00, you can enjoy a brunch entree and bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Beer or Cava. For $50.00, you also get a brunch entree and bottomless Margaritas or Micheladas, and Palomas. Speaking of entrees, the choices are vast for Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde. Feast your eyes on some of what’s available to enjoy:

The extensive brunch menu features so many choices. Some of Vida Verde’s Boozy Brunchacha brunch menu items we enjoyed included Chilaquiles, Mexican Poutine, Grilled Steak Fajitas, Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Torta, Avocado smash on Tortilla, and Garden Frittata, many of which are pictured above and below. Our most gluttonous moment came when we first laid eyes on the Aztec Pancakes. The word divine doesn’t begin to do justice to how delicious this banana, brown sugar, cocoa, and whipped cream delight, so we’ll just let you droll over the below photo and tell you to visit Vide Verde to experience it for yourself.

As we previously stated, your boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde experience comes with a pinata, making your time there even more wonderful.

While you are no doubt enjoying your boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde surrounded by the amazing artwork, let the spirit of Frida Kahlo inspire you to explore Vida Verde’s newly opened Rooftop Margarita Market. This hidden oasis boasts a stunning handpainted mural by renowned artist, Victor “Marka27” Quinonez, wonderfully colorful decor and a menu that promises 10 flavor varieties of margaritas. This is no surprise since Vida Verde is known to have the largest Mezcal and Tequila selections in NYC.

So to answer our question, there is no doubt this is the best brunch we’ve experienced. But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself.

Sparkling Ice Low-Calorie Boozy Popsicles and Cocktail Pitchers

How are you doing fellow cocktail lovers and connoisseurs? We are in for a week of great sunny weather, so of course, it’s time to talk about summer cocktails. Now we know many of you have been working on your summer bodies and we don’t want to ruin all your hard work. You’ll be happy to hear that the delicious cocktails we’re featuring today, boozy popsicles and cocktail pitchers, are all low-calorie cocktails made with the zero calorie Sparkling Ice carbonated drinks.

This colorful and delicious array of delicious, low-calorie boozy popsicles and cocktail pitchers are made with several of Sparkling Ice’s lightly carbonated, zero-calorie beverages. Combining sparkling water, fruit juice, vitamins, and antioxidants, Sparkling Ice flavored sparkling waters are perfect for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying a refreshing beverage. We expect these drink recipes to be a hit at all of your summer get-togethers.

Sparkling Pimm’s Punch

1 blood orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 cucumbers, sliced
1 lb whole strawberries
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
One 750-ml bottle Pimm’s No. 1
1 cup gin
4 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade
In a large punch bowl, combine the blood oranges, lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, and half of the mint. Pour in the Pimm’s, gin, and Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade, stir until combined. Fill glasses with ice and ladle in the punch, garnish with the remaining mint and serve.

Tropical Flower Punch

1 cup of coconut rum
1 cup of mango juice
2 cups of orange juice
¼ cup of grenadine
2 cups Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple
Edible flowers, for garnish
In a large punch bowl, combine the coconut rum, mango juice, grenadine, Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple, and stir. Fill glasses with ice and ladle in the punch, garnish with edible flowers serve.

Citrus Punch

2 cups vodka
½ cup lime juice
3 cups pineapple juice
2 bottles Sparkling Ice Orange Mango
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 orange, sliced
1 blood orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
Pineapple slices
Pour the vodka, lime juice, pineapple juice, Sparkling Ice Orange Mango, and nutmeg in a large punch bowl. Toss in orange, blood orange, lemon slices and stir. Fill glasses with a ladle, garnish with fresh pineapple.

Soaked Watermelon Slice Popsicles

¾ cup tequila
½ cup Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
¼ cup lime juice
1lb watermelon
Stir together tequila, Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon, and lime juice in a large bowl. Cut watermelon into wedges and soak in Sparkling Ice mixture for 15 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks into wedges then freeze on a rack-lined baking sheet for 1 hour.

Raspberry Peach Pops

Raspberry Layer:
1 cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup Prosecco
½ bottle Sparkling Ice Grape Raspberry
2 tablespoons sugar

Peach Layer:
1 cup frozen peaches
¼ cup Prosecco
½ bottle Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
2 tablespoons sugar
To make the raspberry layer, purée raspberries, Prosecco, Sparkling Ice Grape Raspberry, and sugar in a blender until very smooth. Fill each popsicle mold ½ full with raspberry mixture. Freeze while you make the peach purée. To make the peach layer, purée peaches, Prosecco, Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine, and sugar in a blender until very smooth. Pour peach mixture over raspberry mixture to fill molds. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

What do you think of these boozy popsicles and cocktail pitchers from Sparkling Ice? Are you ready to try one or all?

Better With Age: Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine

Late last year, we were introduced to Sauvage Distillery‘s one of a kind sparkling wine from, Comsi Comsa Sparkling Apple Wine, and we’ve been addicted ever since. We didn’t think anything could top the delicious flavor of a perfectly chilled glass of our favorite sparkling apple wine until we were introduced to the latest from Sauvage, Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine.

For anyone who’s enjoyed wine aged in oak barrels, you’ll know oak often softens the wine and smooths it out. In many cases, aging grape wines in oak barrels also improves the taste of the wine. So you can imagine what it does for an apple wine. Although we didn’t think Comsi Comsa could be any more delicious than it already is. We are happy to be proven wrong. The new Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine is aged in French white oak barrels for a minimum of six months. The result is an apple wine with warm vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavor tones. It also boasts a wonderful oak nose reminiscent of a fine apple brandy.

Unlike their American counterparts, barrels made from French oak, mostly grown in five main forests in France, produce wines that are more subtle and spicy in taste. The wines aged in French oak barrels are said to produce wines with textures so smooth, they are often described as silk. And that is how we would describe the new Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine. You’ll also love its long finish. Both its smoothness and lasting finish will keep you going back for more.

We enjoy this wine the most on the cool rainy days we’ve been having. There’s nothing more wonderful than relaxing at home with a glass or two of Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine while listening to the sound of rain gently hitting the windows. You won’t have to wait long to enjoy this limited edition wine, Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine should be hitting stores any day now.

 

Cocktails for Charity: Campari and Imbibe’s 6th Year of Negroni Week

You’ve all heard of shopping for a cause, now it’s time to drink for a cause. Once again Campari and Imbibe Magazine returns for the 6th year of Negroni Week. The iconic red Italian Aperitivo will be the key ingredient of the global charity initiative that will take place from June 4th-10th, 2018. Bars, restaurants, and retailers around the world will come together over the classic Negroni cocktail – an iconic mix of equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth – to raise money and awareness for charitable causes.

Starting with just 100 participating bars in 2013, last year’s Negroni Week welcomed the involvement of 7,770 partners in 60 countries to raise a phenomenal $1.5 million for charitable causes since the initiative’s launch. The 6th year of Negroni Week promises even more.

To amplify the program’s charitable roots, Campari will be working in partnership with the USBG National Charity Foundation (USBG Foundation) to host its first-ever Campari Community Service Day. On June 5 in over twenty cities across the U.S., bartenders and Campari employees in their respective cities will gather for activities such as volunteering at local animal shelters, organizing beach cleanups and preparing and delivering meals to local charities, community groups and firehouses, feeding the people who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Tony Abou-Ganim will once again lead the Team Negroni bike rides where bartenders and cycling enthusiasts ride through twelve plus cities, including San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago during Negroni Week to benefit the Helen David Relief Fund.

Along with visiting participating bars and restaurants to buy a Negroni cocktail for charity, you can also buy some distinctive Negroni merchandise to help raise even more money. Negroni Week inspired merchandise includes  Negroni Lightbulb Decanter, Izola’s Red Matte Canvas Flask, official Negroni Week T-Shirts,  Gaz Regan Negroni Finger Stirrer, Reclamation Etchworks Laser-Etched Decanters, etc. A percentage of sales from each item will benefit various charities.

Several national partners have already committed to participating in Negroni Week, including Altamarea Restaurant Group, Hilton Hotels, Freehand Hotels, Caffè Umbria, and Hedley & Bennett. All of Freehand’s hotel locations will allow guests to donate a portion of their room stay to Children of Restaurant Employees (and save 10%) during the month of June by using the code NEGRONIWEEK. Caffè Umbria will be offering a special Negroni-inspired coffee that will be available at caffeumbria.com and at their cafes in Portland, Seattle, and Chicago, with a portion of proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Adding a touch of style to the Negroni Week offerings, Hedley & Bennett has created a limited-edition Negroni Week apron (pictured above), also benefitting No Kid Hungry. The aprons are handmade with herringbone and feature an embroidered Negroni on the top pocket for those who wish to wear their love for the classic cocktail on their heart.

Campari and Imbibe will be celebrating the 6th year of Negroni Week with kickoff events in San Francisco and New York, all benefitting local charities.  Campari will also sponsor the eighth annual Negroni Social in Portland, Oregon on June 3 as well as a wrap event with Dante NYC on June 10 to close out another successful year of charitable giving.

Will you be helping in drinking for a cause by joining in the 6th year of Negroni Week festivities?

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Negroni Week

FrutaPOP Boozy Ice Pops: Alcoholic Ice Pops to Enjoy This Summer

Pretty soon we will once again experience blistering hot summer days and as members of the over 21 crowd, we’re sure you will be looking for ways to cool yourself down. While you can pop into a cool bar or hot rooftop venue to treat yourself to a delicious cool cocktail, it’s not something you’d want to do all the time. The best part about going out to drink is spending time with friends – no one wants to drink alone. Fortunately, there is a way to stay cool and enjoy a delicious cocktail if you’re by yourself during those hot summer days – FrutaPOP Boozy Ice Pops. They’re the best and most fun way to enjoy a frozen cocktail.

FrutaPOP is a small-batch, hand-crafted ice pop company, specializing in a variety of the frozen treats – natural fruit and juice ice pops, coffee ice pops, and alcohol-infused ice pops. Founded by Tracy Memoli and Laurance Rassin, FrutaPOP is reinventing the ice pop, a product that hasn’t seen any innovations or changes in the last 50 years. Today we’re concentrating on the yummy adult treat, the FrutaPOP Boozy Ice Pops. The gourmet, ready-to-eat boozy ice pops, aka “Poptails”, (ice pop + cocktails) contains 5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and are guaranteed to make your summer POP!

The best thing about FrutaPOP Boozy Ice Pops, aside from its delicious flavor, is the fact that all of the FrutaPOP is the first company of it’s kind to contain healthy, natural ingredients without any added sugars. If you’ve noticed all ice pops packaged in plastic pouches currently available in the market contain high fructose corn syrups, added sugars, and dyes., FrutaPOP does not.

Already available in 10 flavor varieties: Piña Colada, Watermelon Lemonade, Watermelon Margarita, Red Sangria, White Sangria, Pear & Apple Cider Sangria, Guava Cosmo, Sparkling Mango Mimosa, Sparkling Lychee Prosecco, and Moscow Mule, FrutaPOP Boozy Ice Pops just added three new boozy flavors to their summer line up with the launch of Watermelon Margarita, Guava Cosmo, and Coconut Rosé Boozy Ice Pops.

FrutaPOP Boozy Ice Pops are available in 12, 24 & 48 packs for purchase online at www.frutapop.com, and they can ship nationwide to your home or office.

Restaurant Review: Bagatelle New York’s French Mediterranean Cuisine

New York has changed so much, and while the foodie in us does appreciate every new restaurant or eatery opening, the love for staple neighborhood eateries will never change. One such staple is French Mediterranean bistro,  Bagatelle New York. The French word Bagatelle means “a trifle or a little nothing”, but there was nothing little about our culinary journey there. We had the delicious opportunity to feast at their flagship location in the Meatpacking District in New York.

The esteemed restaurant’s menu has brought a European flair to the now, very modern MeatPacking District for years, with their outstanding seasonal cuisine. Their over-the-top-brunches, recurring musical tribute events Whitney Houston, Madonna, or Michael Jackson dance party, anyone?), perfect balance of flavors of their popular signature dishes make Bagatelle New York a New York institution. So, of course, we jumped at the opportunity to partake in this culinary journey.

STARTERS

Salade Bagatelle

We started off our Bagatelle New York foodie adventure with this simple and leafy delight which features butterhead lettuce, fresh garden herbs, Parmesan cheese, and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. We usually go for salads that are layered in lots of different flavors and textures (there’s usually about 8-9 ingredients in our salads); but we were pleasantly surprised when we found ourselves going back for more of this 4 ingredient treat.

Pizza à la Truffe Noire

Next up was a delicious thin crust pizza that boasts crème fraîche, black truffle oil, and smoked mozzarella cheese. The smoking of the delicious, milky mozzarella gave the pizza a crisp aroma and an abundance of flavor, and the crust with perfect crunchy without being too hard.

Tartare de Thon Bagatelle

Possibly the best tuna tartar we’ve ever devoured. The multi-textured, layered, multiflavored starter dish features yellowfin tuna tartar, topped with perfectly seasoned and creamy avocado with a slight kick, a lime soy vinaigrette, and taro chips.

MAIN COURSES

Saumon d’Ecosse

While every dish was superbly delicious, our favorite Bagatelle New York dish was the Saumon d’Ecosse……you can say it was our hero dish. We loved the rustic look and feel of this dish which boasted Scottish salmon, cauliflower, baby spinach, brown butter, pine nuts, and grapes. Each mouthful was a dance of savory, sweet, and earthy flavors that kept us reaching for more.

Poulet Rôti Entier à la Truffe

Continuing the rustic French Mediterranean journey, we dug right into the next dish, a tasty half chicken dish that was tender and homey. This assemblage of country style potatoes, caramelized cipollini, and thyme chicken jus (since we’re allergic to mushrooms, we enjoyed it without the button mushrooms and truffles), was an elegant take on roast chicken and quite delicious.

Le Steak Au Poivre

A succulent 12oz black Angus NY strip steak, topped with a cognac peppercorn sauce, and served with crispy Belgian french fries. The layers of condensed flavors in this mouthwatering steakhouse classic danced in our mouths. Boasting a light char and flavorful browning on the outside, the seared steak was perfectly highlighted by the creamy peppercorn sauce.

Another dish presented to us was the Gnocchi Truffés à la Parisienne de Nicolas, but because of the truffle sauce, we were unable to enjoy. This dish consisting of homemade choux pastry gnocchi truffle sauce and Parmesan is a restaurant favorite that many diners order daily.

DESSERT

Bagatelle Mega Sundae

The final indulgence and we do mean indulgence of our Bagatelle New York culinary journey, was this massive ice cream sundae. We highly recommend not trying to eat this by yourself, it is made to share between 3-4 people minimum, especially when you factor in all the glorious courses you will enjoy before this. This sinful decadence consists of granola, ice cream, brownies, cookies, popcorn, gummy bears, and strawberries with drizzles of chocolate and caramel sauces. This behemoth will definitely bring out your inner child but like they say at Bagatelle New York, Joie de Vivre!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks

If you’ve been reading My Life on and off the Guest List, you know we love a good cocktail. So when we had the opportunity to check out the new cocktail book by the sibling team of food and drink writers André and Tenaya Darlington, we jumped at the chance. Published by Running Press last month, Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks, features iconic music paired with equally iconic cocktails. To simply say we were truly impressed with the entire cocktail recipe book is an understatement. Let us show you why.

The 224-page book showcases 70 iconic albums from the 1930s through 2000s, organized in four mood-inspiring chapters: Rock, Dance, Chill, and Seduce. Every album includes a Side A and Side B cocktail to round out a two-drink listening session, just like vinyl albums. Each entry also has liner notes about the artist, along with a party idea (“When to Spin”). And if you need some food to go along with the booze and the records, there are a few small-plate recipes throughout.

The cocktails range from simple two and three-ingredient standbys to a wide range of classic and lesser-known libations and features some tips and tricks for hosting a successful party: from batching cocktails to bar merchandise worth buying, making your own simple syrup and how to banish the fear of using eggs in drinks. We all know nothing makes your cocktail experience better than some good music, which is why the Booze and Vinyl cocktail book some choice songs to go along with their cocktail recipes. Featured albums in the book include Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, Purple Rain, Born To Run, License to Ill, Appetite for Destruction, Thriller, Like a Virgin, Low End Theory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Hotel California, Buena Vista Social Club, Back to Black, Pet Sounds, Vampire Weekend, and many more. Some iconic cocktail and music pairing include the following:

Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers | Boozy Brunch | Side A: Tequila Sunrise, Side B: Jack & Coke (and Coors)
Madonna: Like a Virgin | ’80s Dance Party | Side A: Between the Sheets, Side B: Beauty Spot

As previously stated, Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks is co-authored by Brother-and-sister writing team André and Tenaya Darlington. Their previous book, The New Cocktail Hour and Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus, was also published by Running Press in 2016. Andre Darlington is a former restaurant critic and award-winning wine and spirits columnist and current drinks, food, travel, and lifestyle writer. His sister, Tenaya Darlington, is a Philly-based food writer for award-winning blog Madame Fromage, as well as Edible Philly, Global Traveler, & The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is teaches food writing at Saint Joseph’s University.

Hardcover copies of Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks is available now for $25.00 and can be purchased through www.boozeandvinyl.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com.