Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé Water

Truly Refreshing: Introducing Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé

Are you looking for a new and healthier way to rosé? Truly Spiked and Sparkling, the gluten-free spiked sparkling water, is debuting its newest style: Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé. This rosy-hued spiked sparkling water boasts lots of refreshing bubbles and a wonderfully light taste. You may remember we highlighted this range of light and refreshing low-calorie, clean and simple spiked sparkling water a few months ago. So we’re really excited for this new flavor addition. Believe it or not, this refreshing spiked water does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol in Truly Spiked & Sparkling comes entirely from fermenting all-natural cane sugar.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water Rose

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé is a delicately sweet, slightly tart, and perfectly refreshing with a hint of California Chardonnay grapes. According to a recent survey of over 1,400 alcohol beverage drinkers, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Truly Spiked and Sparkling, half of alcohol beverage drinkers (50%) wish there was a healthier alternative for rosé wine. Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé takes its cues from rosé wine, so you’ll enjoy everything you love about rosé wine. And like all other Truly flavors, Truly Rosé only has 100 calories, is gluten-free, has only 1g of sugars, 2g of carbs, and a 5% ABV. So guilt-free rosé enjoyment is literally right in this can and in your hands.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé Water

This truly refreshing sparkling beverage will help you beat the heat this summer wherever the season takes you. Available in 12 oz slim cans that made for any on-the-go summer adventure, you’ll enjoy every refreshing drop of Truly Rosé. Want to enjoy this new way to rosé now? Pick up a can or a 12-pack to go from Whole Foods, Duane Reade, 7-Eleven Stores, Fresh Direct, and Target. Or sit and enjoy a can with a meal at Embassy Suites, Intercontinental Hotels, and Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

The Cask Diaries: The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience

There are some experiences we’ve added to our “amazing time” list and recently had the pleasure of adding another one. This latest experience was to celebrate the new era of The Macallan (world renown Scotish whisky) with an immersive experience that highlighted The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience. This visitor experience gave us an insight into the process, production, people and passion that makes The Macallan single malt whisky so special.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

The Weylin was transformed into a whisky-loving haven. As we waited to be alerted for our turn on the virtual tour, we indulged in a few cocktails and explored the gorgeous space. We started at The Macallan 1824 Bar, stood in awe of the collection of vintage Macallan Scottish whiskys, the oldest of which was from 1938.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor ExperienceThe Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

Continuing on with its history, we got to know the spirit more with the history of The Macallan wall, which featured a the timeline from the Easter Elchies House being built for Captain John Grant in 1700, all the way to the new product launches of today.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

We then journeyed to the next room which housed an interactive bar with cocktails made with The Macallan Double Cask 12 Whisky and highlighted the latest launch, the limited edition Edition No. 4.  It is said this new edition “embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery and demonstrates the mastery of whisky making on the estate since 1824.”

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

At this bar, your cocktail was determined by the glass you chose – a highball or an Old Fashioned glass. The cocktail choices were a Rooftop Rickey or the Easter Elchies Old Fashioned. We went the Rooftop Rickey.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

Halfway through our Rooftop Rickey cocktail, it was our turn for the virtual tour of The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience. We were ushered upstairs, handed Glencairn whisky glasses of the limited edition Edition No. 4 to get acquainted with. The copper-hued spirit is crafted from a combination of both American and European oak casks. It is a zesty, vibrant and invigorating single malt of rounded honey, sweet toffee, and citrus fruits. We were then ushered throw another door, given headphones and directed into a cube-shaped area for the final part of The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience virtual tour featured an audio and visual tour of the facilities and the entire collection. The complete immersive Distillery and Visitor Experience came to life for all to see at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall for three days, following this event. After our tour, we ended the night in a grand hall where we ate and drank to our heart’s content, and took in another virtual tour at the VR Bar.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

We ended the evening enjoying several glasses of the beet juice-based The Ruby Queen cocktail and the equally delicious The Hillside Sour cocktail (both of which are featured below). They both paired perfectly with the delicious array of food that was made available at the event.

The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience The Macallan Whisky Distillery and Visitor Experience

As we stated at the beginning, The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience is definitely on our list of amazing times we’ve had and we hope to enjoy the real thing one day.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Releases Limited-Edition Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye

Contrary to popular belief, not every woman wants a “girly” drink. We can love a great bourbon whiskey just as much (in some cases more) as a cosmo. As any woman will attest, the life of a woman can be extremely stressful and sometimes calls for a drink that’s as tough as we are. If you’ve ever had a shot of bourbon whiskey, then you know there’s nothing “girly” about his spirit. Which is why we were so excited to help Basil Hayden’s Bourbon celebrate the release of their new Limited-Edition Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

If you are not familiar, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is one of the fastest growing super-premium bourbons on the market. We’ve enjoyed a glass or two of the small batch whiskey since our introduction to the brand in 2013. First their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, their deeply spiced Rye Whiskey, their one-of-kind Dark Rye, and now the Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye. This latest addition boasts an unprecedented blend of two Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies. Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye breaks the category norms to offer whiskey fans the best of both worlds: the full spiciness of rye, complemented by the sweet characteristics and finish of bourbon.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

Two by Two Rye offers a premium blend of two ryes and two bourbons, which have been artfully combined to find the perfect complement in one another. With a balance of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, a 7-year-old “high-rye” Kentucky Straight Rye, a 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and a 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the result is a wholly unique golden honey hued whiskey that makes a name for itself. It features an aroma of rich caramel and brown sugar with a sumptuous, woody rye flavor profile. It is smooth and medium-bodied with a balanced blend of sumptuous rye and brown sweets with an ample woody accent which finishes with a pleasant, long lingering warmth.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

“Basil Hayden’s has always been known for its distinctive spicy finish, so innovating in the rye category continues to be an exciting venture for the brand, especially as interest in the category grows exponentially,” said Rob Mason, Vice President Marketing, Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “While Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye upholds our trademark spice and approachability, this blend also challenges the status quo and encourages fans to discover the versatility of rye.”

The 80 proof Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye continues Basil Hayden’s pursuit of innovation within the rye whiskey category. The launch of Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye builds on momentum set by the brand’s two recent launches, Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey and Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye. Both were met with impressive reception and acclaim, with Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey being awarded “Rye Whiskey of The Year” at the 2017 New York International Spirits Competition.

Alcohol Photography: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye is best enjoyed sipped neat or on the rocks. The limited edition blend is now available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $44.99 for a 750mL bottle. Look for it packaged in a light tan and deep green, hand-applied parchment bib and wrapped with the copper belt iconic to Basil Hayden’s. For more information about visit www.basilhaydens.com.

patriotic drinks: red, white, and blue cocktail

Red, White + Booze: Vodka Cocktails to Enjoy this Weekend

While the current state of our country doesn’t put most of us in a celebratory mood, our nation will be celebrating its independence in a few days. For those who still want to raise a glass to the freedoms we have left or for those who need a drink to take their minds off the craziness, we present the following cocktails to enjoy this weekend and beyond.

Join us in celebrating the U.S’s Independence or drowning in our sorrows this July 4th with some great tasting cocktails to enjoy this weekend from two great vodka brands, Three Olives Vodka and Van Gogh Vodka. Whether you’re left, right, or somewhere in between, it’s safe to say, we could all use a delicious drink to ease all tensions.

Red, White & Rosé

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
Top with Soda Water
2 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda and a dash of bitters. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

Boozy Berry Snow Cone


2 oz. Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry, chilled
4 oz. pink lemonade, chilled
1 cup of ice
Add chilled vodka and lemonade to a mixing glass, stir and set aside. Blend ice cubes in a blender until desired snow-like consistency, then scoop into a glass or white container. Top with chilled Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry and lemonade mixture, and garnish with red berries.

RWB Spiked Lemonade


1/2 oz. grenadine
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
1/2 oz. lemonade
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka

Crushed ice: Combine crushed ice with grenadine and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka, add to the bottom of a highball glass. Combine crushed ice with lemonade and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the red layer. Combine crushed ice with blue curaçao and remaining 1/2 ounce of Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the white layer. Garnish with floating blueberries and a mint sprig.

Bomb Pop Cocktail

Red Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka
3 oz. fruit punch
½ oz. grenadine

White Layer:
2 oz. Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
1 heaping tsp. coconut cream
1 oz. pineapple juice

Blue Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
½ oz. blue curacao
3 oz. lemonade
Blend red layer, pour in a glass and place in freezer until a good slush consistency is achieved. Blend white layer, rest gently on top of the red layer and place in freezer. Blend blue layer and fill to the top of the glass. Freeze until ready to drink. Garnish with a mint sprig.

A Trio of Red, White & Blue Martinis

Classics never go out of styles and these traditional vodka drinks are high on the list of cocktails to enjoy. Whether you opt for a Pomegranate Martini, classic vodka Martini, or Acai-Blueberry vodka martini, all it takes is minimal ingredients, a little shaking and serve.

What are your thoughts on these vodka libations? Will you be making one or two of these cocktails to enjoy for July 4th?

delicious gluten-free and dairy-free rum drinks

BOM BOM Fully Baked: The Very First Alcohol with Hemp Milk

There was a time when milk-based treats were foods and drinks left many lactose-intolerant and vegan consumers without a way to enjoy said products. Now with the introduction of plant-based milk like Hemp Milk, that has all changed. While there are many Hemp Milk product to enjoy, there’s never been a Hemp Milk based alcohol to enjoy……….until now. BOM BOM Brands, the award-winning premium adult beverage company who introduced us to their premium Caribbean rums, BOM BOM Coco Mochanut and Nilli Vanilli, proves to be far from a two-hit wonder. With the introduction of BOM BOM Fully Baked, a creamy and delicious blend of chocolate chip cookie and brownie flavors with premium Caribbean rum and Hemp Milk, vegan and lactose-intolerant cocktail lovers can truly rejoice.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you will get high off this delicious rum drink. Hemp Milk has increasingly become a healthy alternative for vegans and non-vegans alike, as it’s produced from the seeds of the hemp plant. However, hemp milk does not contain the chemical THC, found in marijuana. So a glass of BOM BOM Fully Baked is only full of pure rum deliciousness and enjoyment.

As our title states, BOM BOM Fully Baked is the very first alcohol product made with Hemp Milk. It boasts a 14.2% ABV, only slightly higher than RumChata and Bailey’s Almande.  There are lots of great cocktail recipes to enjoy with Fully Baked. Here are a few of our favorite summer cocktail recipes, perfect to keep you cool on a hot summer day or night:

  1. SKINNY JANE MARTINI
    • Shake 3 parts BOM BOM Fully Baked and 1 part vanilla vodka. Strain and pour into glass. Garnish with shaved white chocolate or cake sparkles for a festive touch.
  2. FROZEN FUNKY MONKEY
    • Blend 3 parts Fully Baked, 1 part Banana Liqueur, and ice in a blender… garnish with cinnamon and sliced bananas.
  3. COCO BOM
    • Mix 3 oz. Fully Baked and 3 oz. coconut water together and pour over ice. Serve in a tall glass or coconut.
  4. CARIBBEAN COFFEE
    • Brew coffee and allow to cool. Pour Fully Baked and coffee into a tall glass with ice. Try it in the blender for a frozen coffee treat.

“We are thrilled that talking about Fully Baked is no longer on a ‘weed-to-know basis,'” BOM BOM Brands founders Kevin Mowers and Eva Maria Janerus said jokingly in a joint statement. The new flavor’s inspiration comes from the couple’s favorite ice cream flavor, Half Baked. “We decided to take Half Baked all the way with Fully Baked” they shared. “We want our company to always evolve and we never settle for just good or even just great, which is why Fully Baked uses Hemp Milk. Not only is it lower-calorie and vegan, like our Nilli Vanilli, but it’s nut-free as well and has no artificial flavors or preservatives.”

BOM BOM Fully Baked is sold in 750 ml sizes, with a suggested retail price of $19.99-$21.99 with a 50 ml trial size following in July.

fun vodka cocktails

Master Craftsman: An Evening w/ Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen

There are many wonderful experiences to partake in and enjoy in life. Some of which we’d never thought we’d have the pleasure of enjoying. One such experience was an evening with a global mixologist enjoying his talented and delicious creations. That’s right, we had the pleasure of enjoying an intimate cocktail tasting with Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen.

If you’re not aware, Finlandia is a vodka produced in Finland from Finnish-grown six-row barley and glacial spring water. This esteemed vodka is first distilled at a distillery in the village of Koskenkorva, then transported to a production facility in the village of Rajamäki. Finlandia Vodka’s Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen, lovingly known as a human “drink encyclopedia” (trust us, it’s a well-deserved title), grew up near a distillery. His career was obviously fated.

We were in for a journey through the fun and creative world of Finlandia Vodka’s Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen unlimited and highly creative cocktail arsenal. We welcomed and relished the ride. On this blissful evening, we enjoyed five cocktails from this master cocktail craftsman; a Finlandia Bloody MaryPopcorn Sour (yes it’s a cocktail with popcorn), as well as its vegetarian version, the Baltic Sea Sour, a Finlandia Herbarium, and a Helsinki Mule. Check out the recipes for all of these delicious cocktails below:

Finlandia Bloody Mary


1.5 oz Finlandia Classic
0.5 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
3 drops hot pepper sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
5 oz tomato juice
Salt and pepper
Build and mix – no ice. Garnish with a celery stalk, cucumber, and Lemon wedge
*smoke cocktail with Jack Daniels barrel chips

Baltic Sea Sour aka “Vegetarian Sour” (or Popcorn Sour!)


1.5 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
1 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz salty chickpea brine or egg white
Salt and pepper
Cumin seeds
Raspberries optional (for color)
Popcorn optional (for additional salt and sweet)
Shake with ice and garnish with Popcorn or raspberry

Finlandia Herbarium


1.5 oz Finlandia Classic
1 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 pinch salt
1 egg white
Herbs (basil, dill)
Soda optional
Shake with ice and garnish with fresh dill or basil

Helsinki Mule


1.5 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
3 oz ginger beer
A squeeze of fresh lime
Build in glass over ice and garnish with cucumber, lime, and fresh ginger

While we enjoyed every cocktail Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen created, it was truly an amazing thing to see him create them. From smoking the lime and rolling the mixture for Bloody Mary, crafting the perfect garnishes, and sharing some of his cocktail secrets. Check out our InstaStories Highlight for our cocktail experience. KIPPIS!!!

 

Portuguese wines

For Wine Enthusiasts: Why You’ll Enjoy the Vinho Verde Wine Experience

Hello, summertime! There are many things to celebrate during the month of June. For one thing, it’s the month that welcomes summer. It is also the month to celebrate National Rosé Day, National Bubbly Day, National Flip Flop Day, and much more ways to celebrate summer. Speaking of Rosé, we had the pleasure of celebrating National Rosé Day at the Vinho Verde Wine Experience. It was a day filled with wonderful Rosé and White wines from over 30 leading wineries in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal. (Fun fact: Did you know Rosé wine is the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC?)

While you may think ‘Verde’ refers to the color green, it actually refers to the wines being young wines; the Vinho  Verde wines are released 3-6 months after harvest. These wines are light to medium bodied, boast lower alcohol, are usually crisp, and feature a floral and fruity freshness. The day-long Vinho Verde Wine festival was broken down into three, 3-hr sessions. It featured sommeliers hosting information sessions about the Vinho Verde region; mixologists who created unique and distinctive Vinho Verde-based beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar; live music; live artist painting by artist Christopher Ghiraldi throughout the event; a photo booth to capture memories;  complimentary food options from Ferris, Conmigo, New York Burger Co, Eataly NYC, Silly Chilly Dumplings, and MY/MO Mochi Ice Cream; and of course, unlimited wine tastings from such Portuguese vineyards as AB Valley Wines, Adega Ponte de Lima, Campelo, Aveleda, Quinta da Lixa, Manuel Costa & Filhos, and Adega de Monção.

The Vinho Verde region bases much of its winemaking on the unique use of blends from the several indigenous grape varietals the region is known for, such as like Loureiro, Trajadura, and the classic Alvarinho. Vinho Verde has produced wine for over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest wine regions in Portugal and one of the largest wine regions in Europe.

Since it was National Rosé Day, we started off sampling the Rosé wines first, then some white wines. Our first Rosé was from the Adega Ponte de Lima vineyard. This crisp, salmon-colored wine boasts a delicate, slightly sweet with a rich wild red berry flavor. In fact, we enjoyed all the wines from this vineyard, they were all refreshing and crisp, perfect for the hot summer days. But there was more to enjoy at the Vinho Verde Wine experience.

We really enjoyed the wines from the Aveleda and Casal Garcia vineyards. These wines were very high on our lists. We loved it all, from the sweet and fresh white to effervescent sparkling, and the bright rosé. The young and refreshing Casal Garcia White has a very delicate and slightly fruity aroma making it a fresh, smooth and well-balanced wine. The Sweet Casal Garcia is sweet but not too much for an extremely hot day. We found it quite refreshing and versatile. The Casal Garcia rosé has a gentle and fruity aroma that gives it a gives it a smooth, delicate flavor. There were so many Vinho Verde Wine options per vineyard that we had to take a break to eat before we continued on our tasting journey.

After we were properly sated, we continued on to taste more Vinho Verde wines from Arca Nova, Casa das Hortas, Tapada do Marques, Casal de Ventozela, and many more.

As previously stated, Artist Christopher Ghiraldi was live painting throughout the event. The artwork was inspired by the Vinho Verde wine logo, which is wine swirling in a glass. Check out his work below:

As a wine enthusiast, the Vinho Verde Wine event was an experience to remember. We look forward to attending again next year. What are your thoughts on this wine experience fellow wine lovers? Is this something you’d enjoy attending?

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?