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Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March and many brands are honoring the anniversary with products to celebrate. In celebration of diversity and equality, multi-award winning, ultra-premium spirit, Crystal Head Vodka released a limited-edition PRIDE BOTTLE. They’ve also released a range of delicious colored cocktails, representing each of the Pride flag colors. These cocktails are a part of their #MADEWITHPRIDE campaign, which also features weekly Instagram Lives. Color plays such an important role in our world. when we think of color, we think of self-expression and a way to communicate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Color evokes a feeling, and this beautiful rainbow bottle and rainbow vodka cocktails shine proudly and brightly to celebrate Pride. It truly is the vodka for the creative spirit. Let’s get you better acquainted with these delicious #MADEWITHPRIDE cocktails. Check out all six CHV cocktail recipes below:

Red: Feelin’ Fruity

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka Original
1 ¼ oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice (muddled)
½ oz. Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 bar spoon (tsp) Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon (tsp) Rose Syrup
Garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon.

Orange: Lady Marmalade

Crystal Head Vodka #MADEWITHPRIDE Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. Aperol
1 ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Marmalade
Top with Prosecco
Crusto-style sugar rim or orange zest for garnish.

Yellow: Golden Girl

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
1 Heaping bar spoon Powdered Sugar
Stir to froth and top with soda water, garnish with a pineapple slice

Green: Loud and PROUD

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade
A handful of Fresh Cilantro
2-3 Slices Jalapeño
Muddle CHV, cilantro, and jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass with new ice. Top with Fever-Tree Sicilian lemonade, stir and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Blue: Born this Way

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of salt
1 bar spoon (tsp) Caster Sugar
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
1 Egg white
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled glass and zest with lemon peel.

Purple: Free-Spirit

Crystal Head Free-Spirit Cocktail

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ¼ oz. Butterfly Pea Flower tea
Combine CHV, lemon, and simple. Shake and strain. Pour butterfly pea flower on top

The CHV PRIDE BOTTLE is available in select U.S. markets, Canada and Europe through July 2020. The limited-edition, 750 ml bottle will retail for $49.99 and will be released annually.

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

Did you know May is Military Appreciation Month? A time to remember the sacrifice and service those in and out of the military have made to this country. Who better than a brand started by a serviceman to celebrate the servicemen and women during Military Appreciation Month. In conjunction with their ongoing partnership with the United Service Organization (USO), Sailor Jerry Rum has launched a limited-edition bottle commemorating our military heroes.

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

The Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s limited-edition bottle wrap exemplifies Founder Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins’ spirit and the servicemen and women’s dedication to serving our country. From his time in the Navy, Collins discovered his passion for tattooing; after WWII, he tattooed the many sailors who came through his Hawaii tattoo shop. Bottled and blended in America, the limited-edition bottle wrap represents Collins’ flash artwork and honors our nation’s servicemen and women. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Military Appreciation Month, especially as Fleet Week is canceled due to Covid-19.

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the USO, to serve as a Force Behind the Forces® and to show support to the troops who serve our country,” said Josh Hayes, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Senior Brand Manager. “The limited-edition bottle wrap is a bold representation of Collins’ iconic flash artwork and is a must-have collectible for any Sailor Jerry fan.”

Limited Edition Sailor Jerry Bottle in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

To show support of the USO efforts, Sailor Jerry and Anchor Media are donating $150,000, the largest amount yet. This amounts adds to Sailor Jerry’s total contribution of $1,000,000 supporting the USO and other military organizations since 2016.

“We are thankful to continue our partnership with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and have been excited to see the partnership grow year after year,” said Chad Hartman, USO Vice President, Development and Corporate Alliances. “The Sailor Jerry team has helped us to host great events that express our appreciation for our troops and the company also helps rally other military supporters to give thanks and give back to service members and their families.”

The connection between Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and the USO started in 2016. It was then that Sailor Jerry partnered with Fleet Week New York, throwing a party on U.S.S. Intrepid to toast the troops. Since that initial Military Appreciation Month event, Sailor Jerry has invited celebrities such as Norman Reedus, Glen Powell, and Alabama Shakes to toast the troops at Fleet Week events in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These events gave Sailor Jerry the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for military organizations. These organizations help many servicemen and women who sacrifice their lives for our country every day.

With a suggested retail of $14.99, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s limited-edition hits shelves before Memorial Day. It will be available at national and local liquor stores across the U.S. all summer; so you can raise a glass in honor of Military Appreciation Month all summer long.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

Crown Royal Releases Limited Edition Bespoke Sipping Blazer

When you think of whiskey, you likely picture someone sitting by a cozy fire, sipping a glass filled with the dark liquor and perusing their favorite novel. Whiskey has always held an old-world charm and now it has become even more elevated with a limited-edition product from one of the most renowned whiskey brands in the world.

Crown Royal, the blended Canadian whiskey brand, has recently released the Crown Royal Blazer. It is a made-to-measure sipping blazer and draws inspiration from Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the rarest of the brand’s rare whiskey series. This rare whiskey is expected to run out of stock very soon, much like the blazer itself.

 Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The exclusive blazer is meant to be a celebrated collector’s item for the modern, luxury-loving individual. Not only does the blazer’s luxuriousness come from its exclusivity, but from its high-quality design as well. Renowned celebrity designer ALBA partnered with Crown Royal to make the blazer and the designer’s style of luxury tailoring certainly carries through. The blazer is a rich navy in color and features a gold embroidered Crown Royal XR crown on the breast pocket. The jacket’s interior is a gold silk lining with a pattern of Crown Royal XR crowns and patches.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazerCrown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The gold accents continue in the interior of the top welt pocket, which is designed as a gold silk pull out pocket square. Flap bottom pockets on the jacket also feature gold silk interiors. Buttons on the waterfall cuff are gold-plated as well and engraved with more Crown Royal XR crowns. The blazer’s lapel features a contrasting plush velvet on the collar and trim.

CRXR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

All of this luxury comes for a price. A single blazer costs $1,924 on the whiskey brand’s website. While the price may be a bit steep for the average consumer, this blazer is truly like no other. Whether you’re climbing into a car service’s three-passenger Sedan on your next business trip or you’re attending an exclusive soiree with your family and friends, the Crown Royal blazer is sure to complete your classy look. If you want to welcome this high-quality blazer into your wardrobe, be sure to snap up one of the blazers sooner rather than later.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese Launch “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We’d never thought two of our favorite things together, especially since they are not normally paired together. When one thinks of bourbon, it’s usually pertaining to strong, classic cocktails. Bourbon isn’t normally mentioned in the same sentence with cheese and we know when it comes to cheese, wine is the pairing go-to. Thanks to Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and Beehive Cheese‘s collaboration, we had the great pleasure of experiencing the unconventional pairing of bourbon and cheese. We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the official unveiling of their latest partnership, the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese. The result is a one-of-a-kind bourbon-infused cheese that’s sweet and creamy with a hint of bourbon spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

As stated, Pour Me A Slice is sweet and creamy. It boasts three ingredients – Vegetarian rennet, cow’s milk, and Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon. As you near the rind, the spiciness of the bourbon becomes more pronounced. This beauty will be enjoyed by bourbon and cheese enthusiasts alike. It pairs wonderfully with any of Basil Hayden’s premium bourbons, medium to full-bodied red wines, all ales, and ciders. Creating a platter, it’s recommended to be served with toasted nuts, chocolate, berries, and charcuterie.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Beehive Cheese’s production of deliciously unique and complex cheeses, make them number 1 in this category of American cheeses. With one taste you will surely understand why. Basil Hayden’s Brand Ambassador, Tim Heuisler, and Beehive Cheese’s Co-Founder, Pat Ford played host to our amazing night of bourbon and cheese pairings; a combination we highly recommend trying. We enjoyed three bourbon and cheese pairings concluding with the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Our wonderful pairing started out with Basil Hayden’s Sweetest Sting cocktail paired with Beehive Cheese Promontory, a Beehive staple; this full-bodied, lively cheese offers snappy, citrus-like fruity notes to fans. It warms on your tongue and leaves subtle sharp notes in your mouth. The citrus notes of the cheese complemented the extra dry bourbon, white port, simple syrup, orange bitters, sage leaves, and orange peel ingredients of the delicious cocktail.

 Promontory Cheese

The next pairing was Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye paired with Barely Buzzed, an American original cheese that’s hand-rubbed with lavender buds and coffee to impart notes of butterscotch and caramel into the cheese; perfect with a full-flavored, sipping spirit like the Dark Rye. The beauty of this cheese is for some the coffee stood out while others picked up more of the lavender.

Barely Buzzed Cheese

Last was the classic Basil Hayden’s Bourbon paired with the special-edition Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice”. Made with Jersey cow’s milk, this semi-firm cheese infused with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon tastes sweet with a hint of spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We ended the spectacular evening celebrating Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese with a wealth of knowledge of cheese and how wonderful it is paired with bourbon. We got to go home with a set of small, personalized plates thanks once again to the artistic calligraphy talent of Nancy Moy; thanks to her, we went home with these wonderful hand-lettering decorated plates.

Nancy Moy Calligraphy

Now, we know most of you are used to wine and cheese pairings, but after falling head over heels for bourbon and cheese, we highly recommend getting yourselves a wedge of Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese and a bottle of  Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whisky. We promise you won’t regret it.

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.

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

We love and get excited about notable keepsake spirits bottles. While we always enjoy what’s in the bottle, we love the artistic expressions of the outside. One such bottle is the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition bottle. Last year Belvedere Vodka and Janelle Monáe hosted a brunch for Monáe’s grassroots movement, Fem the Future; a movement dedicated to advancing opportunities for women and those who identify as women, through music, arts, mentorship, and education. Following that event, a social media campaign asking the general public to define what “A Beautiful Future” was to them. The responses included optimistic messages of diversity, self-expression, inclusion, and empowerment. This collaboration birthed a global series of uplifting content and the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle.

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

The Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle boasts a metallic collage design that peels away to reveal the beauty within. This design detail illustrates the multifaceted character of both Janelle Monáe and Belvedere vodka. The final punctuation is the phrase “Beautiful Future”.  A nod to Monáe and Belvedere’s shared vision of a future where diversity, self-expression, and inclusion are celebrated.

“When I sat down with the Belvedere team, it was incredible to realize that they shared my passions of philanthropy, community, the desire to uplift others, my vision for a Beautiful Future, which is one where women feel empowered and are given equal opportunity,” said Janelle Monáe. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the brand on championing positivity and charting a path for a Beautiful Future.”

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

“There indeed was an obvious synergy between us,” said Rodney Williams, President of Belvedere Vodka. “This collaboration is a convergence of our shared beliefs: optimism and the power of the “we, not me” to bridge divides and make the world a more positive place. We’re looking forward to year two of this empowering campaign alongside Janelle with our beautiful partnered bottle.”

Belvedere and Monáe will reveal the limited-edition Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle at several events planned for this summer. Along with the bottle launch, fans have the chance to attend “A Beautiful Future” brunch this November, hosted by Janelle Monáe. Additional information on this brunch will be available in July 2019 at www.belvederevodka.com.

The bottle comes in 750ml at $29.99 and 1L at$37.99; both are available for purchase on www.clos19.com and in local retailers.

Can You Guess Sparkling Ice’s New Limited Edition Mystery Flavor?

Around this time last year, Sparkling Ice launched a NEW limited edition mystery fruit flavor and contest. Thousands of you entered with your flavor guesses for a chance to win over $45,000 in prizes. Sadly, we didn’t correctly guess the mystery flavor as Passion Fruit Punch, but hopefully, this year is different. That’s right, Sparkling Ice welcomes a New Limited Edition mystery flavor and another chance to win. The grand prize for this year’s Sparkling Ice What the Flavor contest, like the new mystery flavor, is tropical. Fans can enter to win an all-expense paid, 7-Day Holland America Line Caribbean cruise for two with roundtrip airfare, in addition to 500 other pool-themed prizes.

Like all of Sparkling Ice’s flavors, the new flavor has zero calories, zero sugar and made with antioxidants and vitamins.  The new flavor is inspired by the scents and flavors of an exotic tropical getaway; it is a clear carbonated beverage balanced with just the right amount of fizz.  The bottle is wrapped in a distinct blue packaging with tropical leaf accents and a signature toucan. Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor is available in retailers nationwide beginning in May through the end of July 2019. The contest is up now and goes until July 31st. All fans who guess the flavor via the instructions will be entered for a chance to win.

“Our sweepstakes were a huge success last summer. We witnessed record-breaking sales as a result of our Mystery Flavor offering and, as such, wanted to create a second iteration of a limited-edition flavor for this summer as well,” said CEO of Sparkling Ice, Chris Hall. “Beyond our sales success, we also saw a direct boost of engagement on social media through our What the Flavor sweepstakes.  Our whole team is looking forward to seeing the creative guesses our Sparkling Ice fans come up with for the new Mystery Flavor this year.”

To participate in the What the Flavor sweepstakes, just enter your flavor guesses via the entry form on the sparkling ice website, through Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps. Your guess may give you the chance to win over 500 unique prizes. These prizes include Yeti Cooler, JBL Bluetooth portable speaker, Ultimate beach chair with built-in cooler, Spikeball game set, fun inflatable float, and a beach bag with summer must-haves.

The mystery flavor will be revealed on August 1st.  Do you think you have what it takes to guess this year’s new flavor?

 

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

Lip-Licking Good: The Delectable Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

We’re sure you’re aware of the long-standing relationship between food and fashion. But have you noticed the budding fusion of food and beauty? You’ve probably enjoyed a beauty drink, indulged in coconut water or milk-based beauty products, but have you ever tried a foodie-inspired lipstick? Get ready to enjoy your lip licking beauty with the wonderful range of Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

Gorjue fuses the food and makeup industries with lipsticks that mimics and named after foods from around the world. The brainchild of Maesa Koeber, Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks are cruelty-free, vegan lipsticks that make your lips nibble-worthy. The long-wearing lipsticks are also gluten-free, soy-free, glide on velvet smooth, is highly pigmented and opaque, and very moisturizing. Don’t worry, you won’t be walking around with food breath on your lips. Gorjue boasts a delectable citrus vanilla scent that will put all the attention on your lips.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

The name itself celebrates beauty and food. Gorje means “to eat” but it’s also a simile for “gorge,” short for gorgeous. What a perfect double entendre! Coat your lips in creamy satin lip colors in shades like Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon Nigiri, New York Hotdog, California Burger, and Southern Fried Chicken. Each shade retails for $22.00 but you can all five creamy colors in a Foodie Beauty Bundle for $90.00.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

For those who are not afraid to go all out, there is the Limited Edition “To Go” set for $120.00; it includes all five of the Foodie Beauty Bundle lipsticks in a giant Gorjue’s Take Out Box. The Take Out Box is made from hard white vinyl, boasts a functional lid with inside storage, and metal handle.

We can’t wait to see what other food-inspired colors Maesa Koeber adds to her range of Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks. We have a few ideas of our own but we want to know, what food-inspired lip colors would you love to see?