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Carlsberg Green Fiber Bottle Design

This Danish Brewer Wants to Make Bar Hopping More Eco-Friendly

Although there are those who love nothing more than to celebrate with a cocktail or tuck in with a glass of wine after a hard day, there’s a significant portion of people who would rather wind down with an ale or lager. After all, 41% of all adults chose beer as their favorite alcoholic beverage in 2014. But even though beer is one of the oldest drinks in the world, that’s not stopping companies from innovating. It’s not only about craft beer, either; it’s even getting to the point where the ubiquitous bottle or can may not be the best vessel to hold your suds.

Apparently, green beer isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day anymore, and the brewer knows this.

Carlsberg Green Fiber Bottle Design

No, we’re not talking about color. We’re talking about eco-friendliness. It’s a topic more Americans are researching, meaning that many people are actively taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. For instance, some individuals are trying to decrease the activities that add carbon dioxide — a prevalent greenhouse gas that makes up 0.05% of the atmosphere — to the environment, which might involve driving less or switching to an electric vehicle. Others vow to ditch single use plastics, which are incredibly common in our society but are starting to become more highly regulated. Although we might still rely on other kinds of plastics, like those made from the reaction injection molding process, plastic bags and containers are being swapped out for reusable alternatives.

And then, of course, there’s the pledge to recycle more. Research has revealed that the majority of what we think we’re recycling ends up sitting around in landfills — often due to the unsustainably high costs associated with recycling and no way to send recyclable goods to other countries like in the past. But one popular beer brewer based in Denmark believes that their recyclable mission will still manage to make a positive impact.

Earlier this month, beer brewer, Carlsberg announced that the company is currently developing prototypes for its “Green Fibre Bottle,” a fully recyclable beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibers. Essentially, it’s made out of eco-friendly paper and can be recycled after use. Although the world produced 411 million metric tons of paper and cardboard in 2016, not all papers are so environmentally responsible.

Carlsberg has actually developed two different prototypes — one that utilizes an interior barrier made of polyethylene terephthalate polymer film and the other with a “100% bio-based” polyethylene furanoate polymer film barrier. Although the bottles require the barrier in order to hold the beer inside, Carlsberg says that the company eventually wants to produce a completely bio-based bottle without any use of polymers at all. What’s more, the brewer has made a commitment to having zero carbon emissions at its breweries and to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.

While the bottles are still very much in development, Carlsberg is taking its time to ensure that the taste of the beer won’t be altered by the packaging materials. And since many of the materials used in the paper bottles aren’t commercially available, the beer maker has teamed up with other major companies, including Absolut, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola, to create better paper packaging.

Ultimately, Carlsberg doesn’t plan to replace its existing cans and bottles with the paper model, but they are hoping to provide customers with an additional option. It’s not clear as of yet how much beer in a paper bottle might cost; it is possible that eco-friendly drinkers might be willing to cough up a bit more for sustainability.

Until these bottles become available, however, eco-conscious lushes might do well to buy organic and local. Beer actually isn’t the most eco-friendly alcoholic beverage option, given the way this drink is made — but if you’re committed to enjoying a cold one, opt for a can. Although glass is recyclable, it’s heavier to ship (and aluminum is actually easier to recycle). Do your research on brewers that prioritize sustainable practices, too. That way, you can feel a little less guilty about your carbon footprint when you’re getting buzzed.

Knob Creek Bourbon

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

During the month of October, all foodies prepare to attend the NYC Food & Wine Festival, a 4-day festival, hosted by renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary insiders. We had the pleasure of getting a preview from one of the participating brands. Our culinary journey highlighted the brand’s product as the main cooking ingredient. What was that ingredient? Knob Creek Bourbon!! Their local Grill Pro, Jason Baker, was back to give us an exclusive recipe he created exclusively for NYC Food & Wine Festival. We also enjoyed signature Knob Creek Bourbon cocktails and a behind-the-scenes look at how their bourbon gets its flavor.

Knob Creek Bourbon

It was a majestic evening of great cocktails, a delicious meal, and a mesmerizing process of the whiskey-making industry. We started off the evening with three Knob Creek cocktails, Rose on the Rye (pictured below), Kentucky Luau, and Smoked Rye Old Fashion; all of which will be available at the NYC Food & Wine Festival.

Knob Creek Bourbon

In addition to a taste test of Knob Creek sauces, the highlight of our exquisite dinner, which included Arugula Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Pulled Pork Sliders, Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, was the Grilled Chicken Thighs with Knob Creek Alabama White Rye Sauce. This wonderfully creamy and smoky chicken dish will be highlighted during the NYC Food & Wine Festival’s Titans of BBQ event at Pier 97.

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

After the amazing dinner, we got to see first hand how Knob Creek gets its flavor with two demonstrations; a live barrel rebuilding and charring demonstration, by one of their highly skilled Coopers. For those who don’t know, Coopers are craftsmen that make and repair wooden casks. Check out our Instagram post of the live charring, it’s an amazing thing to see.

Knob Creek Bourbon Wood Casks

What an amazing experience from an amazing bourbon brand! We advise you to attend the 2019 NYC Wine & Food Festival to partake in Knob Creek and Grilling Pro Jason Baker’s delicious offerings. You will definitely be happy you did. The NYCWFF takes place from Oct 10th – Oct 13th.

Labor Day Cocktails

Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy these Labor Day Cocktails

We hope those of you at home are enjoying your day off from work for Labor Day. Thanks to Unions and Union workers, we enjoy many workplace benefits. So, of course, you have to raise a glass or two to those who fought for weekends off, a 9-5 workday, and so much more. As Union workers celebrate the 137 years of these benefits and also get ready for what’s sure to be a huge workers rights battle, why not celebrate them with one of the below Labor Day cocktails.

Labor Day Cocktails

So as we say goodbye to summer, the last of our backyard BBQs, and visits to the beach. Make sure you remember those Union workers who thought for the right you have today and enjoy one or more of these Labor Day cocktails (responsibly, of course) to them.

The Best Cocktails for a Backyard BBQ:

WTF (Whiskey Tiki Foxtrot)

Labor Day Cocktails
1½ parts Fistful of Bourbon
¾ parts Mango juice
¾ parts Simple syrup
½ Lime Juice
2 dashes Burlesque Bitters (Tiki Bitters)
Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain over crushed ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Peach Palmer
Labor Day Cocktails

1 part E&J Peach
1 part Iced Tea
1 part Lemonade
Shake, pour into a cocktail glass, add ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

The Best Cocktails for a Big Group:

SuperBloom Punch
Created by Mark Stoddard, Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador

1 part Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
2/3 part Hibiscus Tea
½ part Lemon Juice
½ part Lillet Rose (or Cocchi Rosato)
¼ part Simple Syrup
¼ part Crème de Cassis
1 part Sparkling Water
Combine ingredients in a punch bowl over a large block of ice and stir. Garnish with a combination of fresh berries & edible flowers.

It’s Just Peachy Punch
Created by Katie Auth, Distilled, NYC (Serves 8-10)


12 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
4 oz Aperol
8 oz grilled peach basil syrup
4 oz fresh lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a bowl or pitcher with ice, fresh basil leaves, lemon wheels, and grilled peach slices. Top with a dry Prosecco and a splash of club soda.

The Best Cocktails for a Brunch Party:

Iced Irish Coffee
Created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

Labor Day Cocktails

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 teaspoon Ground Espresso
2 teaspoons Demerara Sugar
3 parts Cold Brew Coffee
Fresh Cream
Combine whiskey and espresso in a small bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Strain whiskey through a coffee filter into a cocktail shaker. Meanwhile, stir sugar and 2 tsp. hot water in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add demerara syrup and cold brew to cocktail shaker; fill with ice. Shake until the outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with cream.

El Altiplano Verde (The Green Highland)


1.5 oz. Camarena Silver Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Kale & Cucumber Juice
.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
Top with Q Sparkling Lemon
Add ingredients (except Q Sparkling Lemon) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake together to combine/chill. Strain into a highball glass encrusted with Chipotle, and top with Q Sparkling Lemon.

The Best Cocktail for a Dinner Party:

The Rhubarb Lift
Created by Allan Roth, Glenfiddich Ambassador

Labor Day Cocktails

1½ parts Glenfiddich 12 Year
½ part orgeat
½ part cream
½ part orgeat simple syrup
Club soda
In a shaker combine all ingredients except for club soda and shake for at least 10 seconds. Strain into a fizz or collins glass. Top with club soda from about six inches. Then add another splash of club soda from lower to help “lift” the head of the drink above the rim. Rhubarb syrup: In a saucepan, combine 12 ounces of water with 12 ounces of sugar and 4 cups of roughly chopped rhubarb over low heat. Keep on heat for 15 – 20 minutes stirring regularly. Strain and refrigerate. Keep up to one week.

The Drifter

Labor Day Cocktails

½ part Fernet-Branca
1 ½ part Zaya Rum
1 part pineapple juice
½ part simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a fluted Collins glass. Garnish with pineapple fronds and 4 drops of bitters.

What are your thoughts on these Labor Day cocktails? Will you be raising a cocktail to the Union workers?

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

Sparkling Ice Reveals New #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

It was only two months ago that Sparkling Ice once again challenged our taste buds to guess their newest mystery flavor. Well, the mystery flavor reveal is finally here. Do you think you guessed correctly? After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally revealed the limited-edition #WhatTheFlavorSweeps mystery flavor is…….. MANGO GUAVA!

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor - Mango Guava

Over 403.2K people submitted guesses for as part of this second Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps mystery flavor contest. For those who guessed correctly, they’ve entered a spectacular contest where one lucky grand prize winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America. With over 500 additional winners receiving fun tropical prizes perfect for summer.

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

Sparkling Ice actually recently added the tropical and exotically sweet Guava flavor as a stand-alone flavor and we think making the Mango Guava flavor the second mystery flavor is a great way to introduce this delicious fruit to their vast lineup of zero-calorie, zero sugar beverages made with antioxidants and vitamins.

All fans who guessed the flavor correctly were entered for a chance to win the grand prize. Sadly we only got half the answer correctly, so we’re not in the running to win anything. What about you dear readers, did any of you guess the mystery flavor correctly and the possibility to win the 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America? For those looking to turn their favorite flavors into a great cocktail or mocktail, Sparkling Ice offers delicious recipes. Check out a great mystery flavor cocktail below:

Sparkling Ice Mystery Colada

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor Cocktail

1 bottle Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor
1 can coconut milk
Grenadine
Coconut flavored rum (optional)
Blender
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Place ice in a blender with coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Fill a glass halfway with blended coconut milk mixture. Add 1-2 ounces coconut rum (if using). Top with Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor, add a splash of grenadine and stir. Garnish with a cherry.

The Sparkling Ice Mango Guava flavor will be available for a limited time at local grocery stores while supplies last.

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.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Refreshingly NEW: O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water

You may have seen some new beverage launches hitting your supermarket shelves and your tv screens. People are looking for ways to get their buzz on without the negative effects of too much alcohol. We all know that alcohol dehydrates you but with this new beverages category, you won’t have to worry about that. Joining the new spiked water category is an infused water that tastes spiked but isn’t spiked at all. Say hello to O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water, the first spring water infused with the spirit of wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

We had the pleasure of discovering this alcohol-free (yes, it truly is alcohol-free), prestigious water during the Summer Fancy Food Show and fell in love. What makes the elegant O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water so wonderful? Aside from it’s incredibly refreshing and delicious tastes, it is made by upcycling wine grape skins and seeds to create a wine grape infused water that’s uniquely light, dry, crisp, low calorie and filled with antioxidants. It also won Best New Water Concept at the prestigious 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards in Evian, France. The result is a thirst-quenching and nutritious water that makes you think you’re enjoying your favorite wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Created by Anat Levi, O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water is available in four varietals: White Wine Essence Water, Red Wine Essence Water, White Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling, and Red Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling. The O.Vine White Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay wine grape skins and only 15 calories per serving.  The Red Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot wine grape skins and only 20 calories per serving.

They recently added two new varietals to their lineup – O.Vine Chardonnay Wine Essence Water and O.Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Essence Water. These two new flavors are a collaboration between Israel’s award-winning Galil Mountain Winery and O.Vine. Still alcohol-free, they bring the distinct essence of these renowned much-loved wines to refreshing water, without intoxicating effects.

O.Vine wine-essence water

The Cabernet has a dark, red fruity character with a note of chocolate and a gentle tart twist. The Chardonnay imparts more tones of lime and apple, with notes of caramel. Both are equally refreshing and delicious.

O.Vine wine-essence water

All of the O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water has only 4g natural sugar per serving, no preservatives or added color, are Sulfite-free, and kosher. As we see sparkling beverages become increasingly popular as alternatives to soda, mixers for cocktails, and as cocktail alternatives altogether, we know these

The original O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Waters are currently available both online, on Beverage Universe, and at Neiman-Marcus, New York. The refreshing beverages are also slated to hit the shelves of higher-end retail stores this summer.

 

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée

Canard-Duchêne Celebrates Summer with New Cuvée V Champagne

Nothing says Summer like a perfectly chilled glass of champagne on a hot day. Even better if it’s an exquisite Cuvée. We were incredibly excited to join Winemaker Laurent Fédou in welcoming the new Canard-Duchêne Cuvée V Champagne, created in honor of founder Victor Canard.

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée V Champagne

As they say, onwards and upwards; and that’s exactly what we did as we enjoyed a “flight” of Canard-Duchêne Cuvée champagnes like no other. Held at the unique and breathtaking location on Lafayette, we enjoyed a glass or more of different Canard-Duchêne champagne on every floor.

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée Champagne Event

Our journey started with the Charles VII Blanc de Blancs Brut, an aromatic white fruit varietal (pear and lychee) which boasts a soft golden hue and smooth palate.  Next up was the Canard-Duchêne Brut, the original style Cuvée. Much like a Pinot, it boasts an intense nose of fresh fruits.

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée Champagne Event

This golden-hued Cuvée is bursting with delicate bubbles and features buttery brioche and fruit notes. We continued on to the first rose Cuvée of the evening (and our favorite), the delicately sweet Charles VII Smooth Rosé. 

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée Canard-Duchêne Cuvée Champagne Event

Like perfection in a bottle, this delicate pink-hued rosé Cuvée boasts a fresh and slick palate with a fruity finish. You’ll love its sweet flavors of red berries with raspberry notes. Although we could have stayed on this floor for the rest of the evening, we had to experience the star of the event, the new Canard-Duchêne Cuvée V Champagne.

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée V Champagne Event

Boasting the boldest palate, the straw gold colored Cuvée V Champagne is fresh and vibrant, with a persistent and aromatic finish. It featuring a slightly toasted nose with pastry, baked lemon, and white floral notes. The gleaming champagne boasts a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The next stop in our “flight of Canard-Duchêne Cuvée” was the Charles VII Blanc de Noirs Brut.

Canard-Duchêne Cuvée

As you can guess, this varietal was more intense than its sister, the Charles VII Blanc de Blancs Brut. Its spicy notes add to its complex nose; while its aromas of pear and lightly candied fruits gives this golden-yellow champagne its mature palate. Our final and last Cuvée was the second of the two rosés, the elegant and powerful Canard-Duchêne Rosé.

Canard-Duchêne Rose Cuvée Canard-Duchêne Rose Cuvée

This bubbly rosé boasts an intense and fresh strawberry and raspberry nose and palate with subtle spicy notes. Its slightly rosy color has a beautiful pearl finish and lots of bubbles. We must compel you to add any or all of these six Cuvées to your must-drink list.

Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

The Tinder of Coffee, Trade Coffee, Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

No two coffee drinkers are alive. We mean more than just liking your coffee light or dark; many people prefer beans from a certain region, different level of boldness, flavors, and roasting times. While some will settle for the simple cup of coffee, more and more people are opting for coffee that’s customized to their tastes. In comes in Trade Coffee, which helps coffee lovers find their perfect coffee. By taking Trade Coffee’s matchmaking quiz, you will be matched to your personalized coffee recommendation that’s shipped straight to your door, thanks to their algorithm. It really is the Tinder for coffee. Although we’re more tea drinkers, we were more than happy to join Trade Coffee and Erika Vonie, NYC’s Coffee Masters Champion and Head of Coffee at Trade to welcome the NEW Trade Coffee Cold Brew Bags.

Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

What is cold brew coffee? Cold Brew is chilled coffee made from grounds that have been steeped in room-temperature (or cold) water for 12-24 hours (depending on how strong you like it). The eco-friendly Trade Coffee Cold Brew Bags are the key to incredible cold brew. With your favorite coffee grounds, a mason jar, the cold brew bags, and a few hours, you can enjoy a batch of delicious iced cold brew, all summer long. Want to enjoy an even more of a personalized flavor, just add in things like cinnamon, orange peels, etc in the bag. With these wonderful bags, there are no equipment or trips to the coffee shop required, and our favorite part – NO MESS!!

Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

The cold brew bags are an incredibly easy and affordable at-home solution for cold brew coffee lovers. The easy-to-use cold brew bags made of compostable corn-based fibers and offer a cafe-quality beverage at home. Each cold brew bag (full of 3oz of coffee) makes 28oz of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee (or tea – it’s great for loose leaf teas), depending on how strong you like it. That’s about four, 8oz cups (adding 4oz of ice to chill it down) at regular strength. If you choose to dilute the coffee down with filtered water, you’ll, of course, enjoy more cups.

Trade Coffee Cold Brew Bags

To brew, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Fill bag to top
Step 2: Put the sealed bag in your container and fill it with room temperature or cold filtered water.
Step 3: Let it sit and brew
Step 4: Drink to taste

Trade Coffee Quiz

To get your personalized coffee recommendations (Trade has made over 2 million ethically-sourced coffee matches), head over to www.drinktrade.com to take the 2-3 minute quiz. For those that are new to specialty coffee, you’ll be matched to more price conscious Classics blends. For those who are more of a pro at those specialty beans, The Hookup allows you to discover a larger variety of coffees.

The Classics start with a 12oz trial bag for $12.50, and the next order with be two 12 oz bags for $25. The Hookup promises 12oz bags that start at $15.00 and only one bag arrive at a time. All first-order subscriptions receive 30% off + free shipping. How’s that for a coffee lovers dream? Are you ready for your personalized cold brew coffee?