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?

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?

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.

You’re Invited to Celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day with The Botanist

Hey Gin lovers, did you know that tomorrow, April 9th, is National Gin & Tonic Day? To honor this highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, Botanist Gin invites you to partake in one of many unique Botanist Gin & Tonic drinks available at a few choice locations across New York City.

On April 9th, stop by any of these four locations and order yourself any of the following Gin and Tonic drinks, made with Botanist Gin (please note these drinks are not complimentary; price depends on the bar):

    • Monarch Rooftop – 71 West 35th Street (Midtown West)
      • Featured Cocktail: Botanist & Fiery
    • Rochelle’s – 205 Christie Street (Lower East Side)
      • Featured Cocktails: Empire Botanist & Tonic, Texas Botanist & Tonic, South Beach Botanist & Tonic
    • Misirizzi – 36 East 4th Street (NoHo)
      • Featured Cocktails: Empire Botanist & Tonic, Texas Botanist & Tonic, South Beach Botanist & Tonic
    • Drink – 768 Franklin Street (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
      • Featured Cocktail: Botanist & Tonic

If you find yourself unable to attend one of the above locations, we’ve provided you with a few unique Botanist Gin & Tonic drink recipes you can create and enjoy at home to celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day.

The Elder’s Tonic

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4oz.
Grenadine – .25 oz.
Lime Wheel
In a cocktail glass, add The Botanist Gin and Grenadine. Add ice and top with Tonic Water. Garnish with 1 lime wheel

Fruit of Thyme

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4 oz.
Slim Ruby Red Grapefruit Wedge
Sprig of Thyme
Squeeze grapefruit wedge into a cocktail glass and leave it. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Poached & Tonic

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 1 bottle
Bosc Pear – 1 slice
Cinnamon Quill
Press Bosc Pear into a cocktail glass and leave in a glass. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a Cinnamon Quill.

M & B & T

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4-6 oz.
Fresh mint leaves
Press mint in a glass and leave in a glass. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

The Cure for Winter Weariness: Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum

Since the warmer seasons are clearly not getting here fast enough, we are finding ways to enjoy the warmth, vibe, and essence of the warmer seasons now. When we think of summer, we think of laying on the beach soaking up the sun while enjoying a delicious rum cocktail. Nothing says summer like rum, which is why we highly recommend adding these two Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum flavors into your winter weather-weary lives. Founded in 2016 by Food Scientist Kevin Mowers and Eva Maria Janerus, these will have you shaking your Bom Bom.

Join us in saying hello to Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rums, the award-winning premium cream liqueurs. The must-try creamy rum liqueurs are available in two flavors – Coco Mochanut and Nilli Vanilli. Both of which can be enjoyed hot, cold, on the rocks, frozen or mixed in cocktails. Bom Bom, what we can best describe as a creamy rum punch and summer-in-a-bottle, means “Good-Good” in Portuguese and also slang for “My Sweetie” in Spain.

Bom Bom Coco Mochanut is a delicious, all-natural, gluten-free, and kosher silky-smooth blend of chocolate, coffee, coconut and Caribbean Rum. At 18% ABV, it has a slightly higher alcohol content than Baileys’ 17% ABV. Shortly after its 2016 launch, it received 94 Points from the International Review of Spirits making it the highest rated in the category. Bom Bom offers a variety of Coco Mochanut cocktail recipes to warm you up or cool things down.

Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli is a delightful vegan, all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free blend of almond milk, cookie flavors, and Caribbean Rum. At 14% ABV, it is slightly higher than RumChata (13.75% ABV) and Baileys Almande (13% ABV). The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Nilli Vanilli a “Best of 2017” seal in their International Review of Spirits. The award was given in the cream category, which is a true testament to the wonderful flavor of this drink because the product is made with almond milk and contains no cream or dairy. We’ve already elevated our evening chai drink with a splash or two and can testify to the absolutely delicious result.You can also find a variety of Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli cocktail recipes to enjoy.

Both Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum flavors are currently available in 750 ml sizes and retail for $19.99-$21.99. They are currently sold in ten states at more than 1,000 liquor stores, restaurants, resorts, and bars.

Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails from Milagro Tequila

Why you may assume all St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are typically made with Whiskey, we’re seeing more and more crossover with different spirits. Today we’re sharing St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from Milagro Tequila. We know what you’re thinking, “Irish cocktails made with a Mexican spirit?”  Yes, and they are delicious! Milagro’s National Ambassador, Jaime Salas, has crafted some great St. Patrick’s Day inspired cocktails that will make you dance an Irish jig and probably shout, “kiss me, I’m Irish”, even though these libations are not made with traditional Irish spirits.

Today we present three curated cocktails. One cocktail whose name means shamrock in Spanish and is the perfect alternative to whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day! A tangy margarita that is a perfect drink to help get you Irish stepping on the dance floor! and a round of spicy shots that will make you feel like you have the luck of the Irish.

Del Campo Cocktail

1 ½ parts Milagro silver
½ part lime juice
¾ part celery juice
½ nopal (optional)
1 part pineapple juice
½ part cilantro or parsley
Chicharron Salt Garnish
With a half lime, rinse around the rim of a rocks glass and salt with Chicharron salt. Separately, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain and mix over fresh ice into the salt-rimmed glass.

“This cocktail was inspired by the Mexican “green” juice served during a typical breakfast in Mexico. It’s refreshing vegetal and tropical notes along with the savory notes of the chicharron awaken the senses.” – Jaime Salas

El Vocho Cocktail

4 parts Milagro Reposado
2 part Pineapple juice (tinned)
10 mint leaves
10 cilantro leaves
1 small jalapeno slice
In four shooter glasses, pour Milagro Reposado neat, Blend all other ingredients together. Strain and pour into four separate shooter glasses.

Trebol Cocktail

2 parts Milagro Silver
1 slice tomatillo
1 part lime juice
4 cucumber slices
1 pinch cilantro
1 slice jalapeno
1 pinch salt
Blend all ingredients without ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with cucumber.

What are your thoughts on these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from Milagro Tequila? Could you enjoy these non-traditional St.Paddy’s Day cocktails?

Captain Morgan Introduces Watermelon Smash Rum Shot

Although spring is mere weeks away, Captain Morgan already has us thinking of summer. The famed rum company is introducing the newest addition to its shot family with Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash Rum Shot. What better two things that celebrate the summer season better than rum and ripe, juicy watermelons? Thankfully we don’t have to wait until the summer months to enjoy the sweet and refreshing rum drink. What makes Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash so incredible? Not only does this limited edition rum it taste like a watermelon, it looks (and smells!) just like one too.

Similar to the LocoNut Coconut Shot, which they launched last year, the Watermelon Smash Rum Shot’s packaging resembles a watermelon and produces the sweet aroma of ripe watermelon when you scratch the bottle.

The explosively delicious, watermelon-flavored rum shot is arriving just in time for backyard cookouts and pool parties. The Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash blends Caribbean rum with ripe, juicy watermelon flavor that’s synonymous with summertime. It’s best enjoyed as a chilled shot, but you can also indulge in the flavorful Watermelon Smash in a variety of delicious cocktail recipes. We’ve included a few choice recipes you can enjoy below:

Watermelon Mojito


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
0.5 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
0.75 oz. lime juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Club soda
Mint leaves
Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice, top with club soda and garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.

Watermelon Spritzer


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
0.75 oz. club soda
0.75 oz. lemon-lime soda
Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon.

Chilled Watermelon Smash Shot

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
Pour 1.5 oz. of Watermelon Smash into a shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass and serve.

So pay attention all you watermelon fans out there, if you’re pinning for the sweet taste of summer, grab a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Watermelon Smash (50 proof, 25% ABV). It is available now at a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

A Love Potion Made for Two: Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room NYC

Have you got solidified plans for tonight’s Valentine’s Day celebrations? Could you use a little help on some last minute plans that will wow your date? Look no further than the modern New York City Speakeasy, The Tuck Room, for an evening filled with delicious aphrodisiacs. For Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room, you and your date are definitely going to feel the love with you sip on their limited edition Valentine’s Day curated cocktail, Love Potion for Two. Created with their proprietary Heizenberg, Love Potion for Two takes you on a journey reminiscent of a whirlwind romance (without the heartbreak of course because this specialty cocktail does not disappoint). Ladies, this is the perfect way to impress your Valentine with an amazing V-Day experience that’s as delicious as it is sensuous.

LOVE POTION FOR TWO

1 Cup Brewed Lemon Berry Meritage Tea (Rareteacellar.com)
1 Cup Banana, Almond and Cinnamon-infused Blanco Tequila
2 oz Ginger Syrup
1.5 oz Cranberry
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
Juice of 1 Lemon
Serve in the rocks in a big stemmed glass with two straws and rose petals

Inspired in part by the movie, Fifty Shades, we promise you this magical concoction will not disappoint in taste, visual appeal, or sensuality. If you want to go the extra mile and really wow your date, ask The Tuck Room’s Chef Bartender and Corporate Sommelier, Adam Seger, to see just how this sinfully delicious Heizenberg Aphrodisiac infused cocktail is created. You will be presented to what we can only be described as a “cocktail altar worthy of the gods” (you can see in the photo directly above). We could worship at the Heizenberg cocktail altar all day! Want to know more about the Love Potion for Two? Check out the video below where Adam Seger breaks down what makes this cocktail so special:

The Love Potion for Two Valentine’s Day cocktail is available tonight for $32.00 (each serving is for two people…..hence the name). If you have no plans or want to include a late night treat for your and your Valentine, head over to The Tuck Room at 11 Fulton St in NYC. Ready to try this love potion?We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room. Let us know in the comments.