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Cocktail Alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day Whiskey and Beer Drinks

While this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities may be all about whiskey and beer, we know that not everyone enjoys drinking those. Because of this, we decided to share some cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. So if your spirit of choice is rum, tequila, vodka, or even something bubbly, we’ve got a cocktail for you.

Let’s get you acquainted with these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. We recommend bookmarking this cocktail feature, so when you’re at your favorite watering hole, you can alert your bartender.

BACARDÍ Refresco Superior

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
.75 parts ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
.25 parts St-Germain
4 cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.

Camarena Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


2 parts Camarena Silver Tequila
¾  part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾  part Lime Juice
½  part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Corazon De Melon

3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice
2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part simple syrup
1 part maraschino cherry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
Optional – Dash of Orange Bitters
For cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.

The NEO Fleur

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

Gingered Apple Sparkler

1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Sparkling Mint Mojito

5 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White Rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Sage Cocktail

SERVINGS: 8-10

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups of water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and serve.

Any thoughts on these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks?

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

Strongbow Hard Ciders: Experience This Natural Apple Refreshment

For some reason, it was decided that anything made from apples should be only enjoyed during the fall season. It’s true that apples harvest in the fall but many apple products can be enjoyed year’ round. One of those products is the refreshingly delicious Strongbow Hard Ciders, the #1 global cider brand and #1 imported cider in the US.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

These easy-to-drink flavors are 100 calories each and offer a light, refreshing alternative to canned wine and hard seltzer. It’s a great way to cut the calories while still enjoying a delicious drink. We were lucky enough to try the above three flavors and were blown away by its deliciousness (and how quickly they disappeared). Don’t believe us? Strongbow was just named 2019 “Product of the Year” in the Alcoholic Beverage category by Product of the Year USA – the nation’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

These divine beverages recently launched in the above slim cans. So far, only three flavors are available in this new packaging but we hope the other delicious flavors will soon follow. Let’s get to know these Strongbow Hard Ciders,  they will surely be your spring and summer drink of choice:

  • (NEW) Dry Pear – the newest flavor for Strongbow, this subtly-sweet pear-apple cider boasts a light, dry finish. It’s a great alternative to the traditional dry wines. You get the classic dryness with a subtle hint of natural sweetness from the apple. It will have you rethinking your traditional white wines.
  • Rosé Apple – this semi-dry apple-pear cider features a touch of red-flesh apple. You’ll love its clear, light-coral pink appearance and sparkling rosé-wine-like effervescence with apple notes. One sip and you’re gifted with a light and refreshing taste with a pleasant tartness balanced by fruity notes of the red-fleshed apple and pear. You’d better get yourself a few of these flavors because one can of this seraphic nectar was nowhere near enough.
  • Original Dry – this recently-relaunched fan favorite, and England’s #1 Cider is exactly what you’d expect, a refreshingly dry finish. It features a distinctive golden color and boasts a less sweet taste, with a crisp apple flavor for a balanced, dry finish.

Available now, a 12-can variety pack of Strongbow Hard Ciders with three 8.5 oz. flavors retail for approximately $13.99. They are currently available in 79 countries in supermarkets or selected retailers, bars and venues. What do you guys think? Are you up to giving Strongbow Hard Ciders a try? We promise you won’t regret it if you do.

NEW BEVERAGE ALERT: Nine Pin Releases Earl Grey Cider in Cans

Over the next few weeks, as long as life doesn’t keep interrupting, we will be highlighting some wonderful new products. We’re starting tonight with a new category of beverages. One that combines the intoxicating combination of cider and earl grey tea. You already know about our love of all things tea, so of course, we were intrigued by the interesting fusion. As a lover of all things tea (you can see the many ways we enjoy tea), we’re always up to trying innovative tea products. The Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider, available in slim tin cans, definitely fits the bill.

What makes Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider so unique? Its crafted with 100% New York apples, cold infused with Short & Shout earl grey tea, and aged on lemon peel. The result is a bright and floral cider with tropical mango-like notes and an earthy citrus finish; this makes this a perfect winter cider and great to enjoy on those cold and cloudy winter days. If you’re an earl grey tea fan like we are, you’ll cherish (and easily identify) the subtle tasting notes of black tea and bergamot. It is quite a distinctive taste after all. The addition of earl grey sort of gives the cider a “smoky feel” without actually being smoky. It’s delightful and enjoyable. Nine Pin Cider Works is New York’s first farm cidery. This new Earl Grey release is a continuing collaboration with Guilderland, N.Y.-based Short and Stout Tea Co.

“Dramatic dark skies and swirling snow make Upstate New York great in winter. We recommend you crack open a can of Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider, and embrace the grey,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker.

“Short and Stout Tea is all about pushing boundaries on different ways to enjoy tea. We are happy to work with Nine Pin year after year, so people can further enjoy this versatile ingredient,” said Matt Zacharewicz, co-owner, Short and Stout Tea Co.

Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider is available in 12oz cans; we highly recommend trying it at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District.

About Nine Pin Cider Works:

Founded in 2013 and based in New York’s capital city, Albany, Nine Pin cider products can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Nine Pin produces all ciders, sourced from Capital Region and Hudson Valley apples, in its 17,000 sq. ft. cidery facility and tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Be Revolutionary®, Consider The Apple®, and Drink New York Apples®.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery: The Big Apple’s Vodka

Ready for a new vodka that just hit the market? We know what you’re thinking, what makes this particular vodka so special? What makes it unique is it is distilled from apples. Before we continue, we must stress, Upstate is in no way, shape or form, an apple-flavored vodka. It is also not an apple infused vodka. Upstate Vodka is a small batch, craft-distilled vodka made from apples. We know you’re used to vodkas made from potatoes or grains, but we promise you will love it.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

Raise a glass to this latest offering from Sauvage; already known for their popular Comsi Comsa range of apple-based wines. Upstate Vodka is a craft spirit produced in small, limited batches with high-quality standards.  This handmade vodka is distilled and bottled at Sauvage Winery & Farm Distillery in New York, using natural ingredients and water that is known to be the cleanest.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

As you can guess, the apples used to distill this innovative vodka comes from upstate New York farmers; Oneonta to be exact, where Upstate Vodka is also produced. It features a little sweet pre-taste from apples which disappears almost right away. Upstate is 90 proof and contains 45 Alc/vol, higher than the industry standard of 80 proof and 40 Alc. It is available in 50ml, 375ml, and 750ml bottles (the latter are pictured above). There are many delicious cocktails you can create with Upstate and we’re happy to share a few with you below

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

NEW FASHIONED

1 oz Upstate Vodka
1 oz Bourbon
2-4 dashes of Angostura Biners
0.5 02 Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients and strain over ice. Garnish with orange twist and/or maraschino cherry.

UPSTATE MULE

2 oz Upstate vodka
0.5 oz Lime juice Ginger beer
0.5 oz Triple Sec
Shake vodka and lime juice and strain into a mule copper mug. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.

COSMOPOLITAN

1.5 oz Upstate vodka
1.5 oz Cranberry juice
0.5 OZ Lime Juice
0.5 OZ Triple Sec
Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

APPLE PIE SHOT

0.75 oz Upstate vodka
0.5 oz Cinnamon schnapps
0.5 oz Comsi Comsa Apple Crisp {or apple Cider} Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Jagermeister
Pour the vodka, cinnamon schnapps, Comsi Comsa into a Double Shot glass, Layer a splash of Dark chocolate liqueur and Jagermeister on top.

Upstate vodka is available in major liquor stores including Columbus Ave Wine & Spirits, Cabrini Wine & Spirits, Ambassador Wines & Spirits in NYC. Get the 750ml bottle of Upstate for $19.99. What are your thoughts on this apple-distilled vodka? Are you open to trying an alternative to potato and grain vodka?

National Hot Toddy Day

National Hot Toddy Day: Warm Up From the Cold Winter Weather

The winter season always promises many cold and wet days. On those days, you’re may find yourself opting to stay home as close to your heater as possible. There’s nothing like spending a relaxing evening at home except if you complete the warm and cozy night with a hot toddy. In celebration of National Hot Toddy Day (January 11th), we’re sharing four great hot toddy recipes to enjoy at home. Let the mugfuls from Tullamore D.E.W., Fistful of Bourbon, Facundo Eximo Rum, and Havana Club Añejo Clásico Rum warm you up from the inside out as you stay away from the cold, rainy winter weather.

You may remember we highlighted one of these hot toddy recipes on My Life on and off the Guest List during the start of the holiday season. We hope you enjoyed it then and we definitely hope to raise a mug or to now. Do you know what’s wonderful about hot toddies, besides their delicious tastes? They can help relieve the symptoms of the cold and flu, making it perfect to enjoy now. Without further ado, please enjoy these drink recipes in celebration of honoring the hot toddy.

Hot Toddy, created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

National Hot Toddy Day

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
.25 parts lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
Top with boiling water and a clove-studded lemon
First, warm a mug with hot water, then discard water and combine ingredients above. Stir before serving, garnish with lemon.

Fistful Toddy, created by Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Director of Brand Advocacy

National Hot Toddy Day

2 parts Fistful of Bourbon
2 parts hot water
1/2 part mint simple syrup
½ part fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon crème de cacao
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a mug. Garnish with a large sprig of mint and freshly grated nutmeg.

Rooibos Toddy

National Hot Toddy Day

1 part FACUNDO EXIMO
1 1/2 parts Hot Rooibos Tea
1/4 part Ginger Syrup
1/4 part HUM Liqueur
Lemon wedge or wheel, for garnish
Method: Combine ingredients in a Hot Toddy Glass. Stir gently until syrups are properly diluted. Garnish with a Lemon wedge or wheel.

The 8th Day

National Hot Toddy Day

Bacardi

1 1/2 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum
3 parts Chai Tea
1 3/4 parts coconut milk
1 part simple syrup or 1 tbs White Sugar
Method: Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat, do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, adding rum last and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick

With these hot cocktail recipes, you’ll be all set to enjoy this delicious and toasty drink. If you have a favorite hot toddy recipe you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.

Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar Returns to NYC

As the saying goes, “everything old is new again”, and this perfectly describes Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar, a celebration of the 20s-inspired cocktail bar. We had the pleasure of attending the Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar’s return to New York, the final leg on the multi-city tour. We were in for a night full of vintage, apothecary cocktails (slightly modernized) created by the event’s mixologist, Kenyon Aubin Oster.

Everyone loves a great pop-up bar and Eataly USA brought the best of vintage cocktails and the amazing The Great Bitter Bar, across the U.S.! Cocktail lovers were able to follow the spirited “Grand Tour” to experience these exclusive signature cocktails created by Eataly and its bitter producers such as Fernet-Branca, who shares the values of tradition and quality as the eatery. Paired with some of Eataly’s most delicious pizzas, we enjoyed five amazing cocktails, Fernet-Branca-style.

Inspired by the roaring 20s and the Art Nouveau period, The Great Bitter Bar is a pop-up bar that will be hosted at all Eataly USA locations during the year. The menu is dedicated to vintage, apothecary cocktails with the iconic herbal flavors of Fernet-Branca, which has been crafted according to a secret family recipe in Milan since 1845. The Great Bitter Bar held its final pop-up bar experience in the Big Apple at Eataly NYC Downtown. The cocktails, pictured below, included the Ferneta-groni, the Toronto, Fernet Me Not, Fernet Cola, and the Milano 75.

While they were all unique and delicious in their own way, we had an absolute favorite. But first, let us tell you about each cocktail. We love Negroni (our Negroni Week activities prove that), so we love this more robust version which for lack of a better word, seemed more masculine than the classic Negroni; sweet cocktail fans will love the slight syrupy sweetness of the Toronto; love ginger beer? Then the Fernet Me Not is for you. We loved the refreshing effervescence and subtle sweetness of this cocktail; if you love a cocktail that really plays up the herbal-ness of Fernet-Branca, the Fernet Cola, made with the famed Italian cola, Mole Cola; lastly is the Milano 75, the Italian version of the French 75. This was our favorite cocktail by far; deliciousness in a glass and a cocktail we’d love to have again….soon.

The pop up launched at the beginning of this year at Eataly NYC Flatiron on January 29th and ran until February 11th. In Chicago, the bar made its Midwest debut from March 19th to April 1st; it was at Eataly in Boston from May 14th – 27th and Eataly L.A. took place from June 18th – June 30th.

Each location featured a specially crafted cocktail unique to that city. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ferneta-groni. The recipe for this not-so-classic take on the classic Negroni cocktail is below:

1 1/2oz of Malfy Gin Originale
1 1/2oz of Carpano Antica Formula
1 oz of Fernet-Branca
stirred, up

The Ginger People turmeric-based Ginger Drinks

GIVEAWAY: Cure Your Thanksgiving Upset Stomach with The Ginger People

It is just about the week of Thanksgiving. The time to spend time with family and friends, give thanks for all we have and eat too much. With all the various dishes an food combinations you’ll be eating, you’re sure to experience indigestions, upset stomach, nausea, etc. One superfood you should have on hand to cure your Thanksgiving upset stomach is ginger. Lucky for you, we, along with The Ginger People, will help you survive your Thanksgiving and post Thanksgiving leftovers binge with a giveaway of their delicious Turmeric Latte Mix to help improve gastric mobility; one of the products from the new turmeric-infused beverages they launched earlier this year. Three winners will each win one 9.7 oz tub of the Turmeric Latte Mix (continue below for more information on how).

You may remember we highlighted The Ginger People’s range of ginger products back in August. Combining the powerful spices of ginger and turmeric, The Ginger People Turmeric Latte Mix is the delicious and stomach soothing post-Thanksgiving drink you need. This delicious plant-based powdered mix is supercharged with ginger and Curcumin, the power behind turmeric. Turmeric owes its health-promoting properties to the chemical compound Curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

The Ginger People turmeric-based Ginger Drinks

Inspired by a traditional Indonesian remedy used in Jamu medicine, this nourishing warm drink is often synonymous with Golden Milk. It is caffeine-free, non-GMO, and can be used with regular or vegan milk.

“We’re all looking for something healthy yet tasty that is closer to the earth,” says The Ginger People co-founder Abbie Leeson, “and we believe turmeric is something people believe in. Like ginger, it’s another great example of a functional food that tastes good and ‘does good’.”

So have that 2nd or third plate of food, enjoy another helping of those pies because The Ginger People Turmeric Latte Mix is here to cure your Thanksgiving upset stomach. To enter this giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

CMX CinéBistro New York Elevates the Dinner & A Movie Experience

The term dinner and a movie have long been stated, but CMX Cinemas has elevated the traditional date night experience to new delicious heights with the opening of the NEW CMX CinéBistro New York experience. CMX Theaters, the eighth largest movie theatre chain in the U.S, promises and delivers a VIP movie-going experience at the CMX CinéBistro New York. With a full bar and kitchen, guests are able to enjoy the full experience of enjoying a 5-star dinner and the latest movie release in one location. We had the pleasure of partaking in a VIP dinner-and-a-movie experience prior to the grand opening; enjoying an array of remarkable curated cocktails, and delectable culinary dishes by Chef Isaac Stewart.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

The 45,500 sq. ft, newly enhanced CMX CinéBistro New York theatre comes complete with cutting-edge audiovisual technology. Luxury-seeking moviegoers will enjoy an upscale and relaxing experience with its high-end décor, oversized upholstered reclining seats with leather accents, in-seat dining with seamless service and an exceptional assortment of wines and handcrafted cocktails made to order by top mixologists. We loved the option of seeing what seats were available and selecting our own seat.

The theater has six auditoriums, two on each level, ranging in size from 46 to 64 seats; and immersive bars in the common areas. Since the CMX CinéBistro New York theatre has on-site bars, you must be 21 and over to attend after 6pm.

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During our CMX CinéBistro New York VIP experience, we truly enjoyed the personalized service allotted to all guests. Our evening started off with a cocktail created by one of the on-site mixologists. The immersive bars offer a variety of artisanal cocktails ranging from classic to stylish modern options. Before our movie, we opted for the wonderfully crafted and equally delicious Strawberry Mango Lemon Drop. While seated, we opted for the equally delicious Pomegranate Elderflower Soda.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

To take advantage of the in-theatre dining at the CMX CinéBistro New York theatre, guests must arrive 30 minutes before showtime. This allows time to place your order and have plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. Speaking of meals, while we could order the typical movie fare of popcorn and soda, we wanted to experience the full VIP service. We ordered the Lobster Cannoli as our starter; the BBQ Spiced Rubbed CAB Cowboy Ribeye as our main; and the Caramelized Banana Cheesecake for dessert.

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The CMX CinéBistro New York theatre offers a wonderful, sophisticated and varied menu. Check out some of the dishes below:

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St

Don’t worry vegans, you are not left behind; CMX CinéBistro New York theatre offers such dishes as Korean Cauliflower Wings, Meatless Cobb Salad, and Lentil Kefta Veggie Burger. All in all, the experience was top notch. The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive; the cocktails and dinner were divine; it’s the perfect dinner and a movie date night….elevated, of course. Well worth the return visits.

CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd St