Posts

New Year’s Cocktails to Celebrate 2016

We, along with everyone else, cannot wait to raise a glass to the new year and today we’re sharing a short list of New Year’s cocktails to celebrate 2016 (we will be sharing a few more cocktails as the time gets nearer). We’re looking forward to welcoming the new and wonderful opportunities, adventures, and experiences 2016 has to offer. We’re starting the new opportunity to start over by breaking the rules a bit. Instead of toasting with a straight glass of traditional champagne, we’ll be ringing in 2016 with a non-traditional cocktail from Sauza Tequila, Midori Melon Liqueur, Brotherhood Riesling, and Blanc de Blancs.

new_years_eve_cocktails_www.mylifeonandofftheguestlist.com

Who says you’re only allowed to toast to the new year with a flute of champagne? As humans, we love to show our individuality and let’s face it, some traditions are now outdated and can be changed. So if you’re ready to ring in the new year with a delicious drink, here are some of our favorite New Year’s cocktails to celebrate 2016:

Tequila Sparkler

Sauza's Tequila Sparkler

1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
½ part lime juice
½ part simple syrup
4 parts champagne (chilled)
Add tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with Champagne.

 

Midori® Mebuki (Created by Chef Morimoto)

Midori® Mebuki

1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
1 part Junmai Style Sake
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Splash Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Midori® Sparkle

Midori® Sparkle2

1/2 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Pour Midori® into a champagne glass. Top with dry Champagne or sparkling wine.

The Sage (cocktail image not available)

winesWhiteRieslingLG

4 oz. Brotherhood Riesling
8 small fresh sage leaves
½ ounce simple syrup
½ slice of lemon
Rip up sage and muddle with syrup and lemon. Shake Riesling with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with an edible flower.

Bellini (cocktail image not available)

winesSparklingBlancDeBlancTN2

2/3 cup white peach puree
1 teaspoon raspberry puree
1 bottle chilled Blanc de Blancs
Place 1 ½ tablespoons peach puree in the bottom of a flute glass and add 2-3 drops of the raspberry puree. Add sparkling wine and serve.

Got some New Year’s cocktails to share? Leave your favorite cocktail recipe in our comments.

Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza Join NIVEA to announce the “Kiss of the Year” Contest

NIVEA recently held an event to announce the launch its Kiss of the Year Contest on Facebook – the Search for America’s Greatest Love Story, where one lucky couple will ring in the New Year with Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza (NIVEA’s Kiss Ambassador Couple) on the NIVEA Kiss Stage in New York City’s Times Square and have their New Year’s Eve Kiss featured in Us Weekly!

NIVEA helped us get our lips kissably ready by introducing their newest lip indulgence, A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon (a wonderful lip balm that smells a bit lemony and that moisturizes like no other) and had our heart aflutter as they introduced past winning couples who shared their amazing stories that won them the opportunity to be the “Kiss of the Year” couple.

If you would like to share your own amazing story for a chance to be this New Year’s winning couple, tell NIVEA why you and that special someone deserve to have the kiss of the year by visiting www.Facebook.com/NIVEAUSA. Check out more details below:

SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 18th – November 7th

Starting October 18th, couples can log onto Facebook.com/NIVEAUSA to share their true love stories, a photo and the compelling reasons they deserve to be named NIVEA’s “Kiss of the Year” Couple.

JUDGING PERIOD: November 8th – November 25th

NIVEA’s panel of celebrity and expert judges, led by NIVEA Kiss Stage hosts Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza, will use their romance expertise to select three lucky couples that will advance to the finalist phase where the public gets to vote on Facebook for their favorite couple for this once in a lifetime experience. All three finalists will win a trip to New York City to appear on The Wendy Williams Show.

PUBLIC VOTING PERIOD: November 26th – December 16th

Starting November 26th, people across the country can view the three finalists’ compelling love stories and vote to choose their favorite couple to win the grand prize trip to Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

WINNER UNVEILING: December 31st

Following the public voting period, NIVEA’s panel of celebrity and expert judges will announce the lucky winning couple of the Kiss of the Year Contest on Facebook.com/NIVEAUSA.

The most amazing part of the evening (and I truly felt like a tourist or a kid in a candy store) was getting up close and personal with the Times Square Ball. Thanks to NIVEA, we had the incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to see and touch the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball

The only way to win is to enter. Where will your first kiss of the year be?  Visit www.Facebook.com/NIVEAUSA for the chance to make it a memorable kiss.

Ring in the New Year with Miguelina’s Bold Pricilla Dress

It’s New Year’s Eve and the party is about to begin to welcome the new year. So what are you wearing to ring in 2012? While many will go for the New York uniform of a chic little black dress, others will certainly want shine and go for a dazzling metallic gold or silver, why not stand out with a bold color like the stunning Miguelina Pricilla Dress.

This gorgeous silk crepe asymmetrical dress with hot pink shoulder strap comes in two electrifying colors – a bold Carrot (tangerine) and delicious Bubblegum (hot pink). Either color is perfect to make a statement and welcome the new year in bold, chic fashion. Where can you find this beauty? Miguelina’s Collection can be purchased at Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, Scoop NYC, Fred Segal, etc.


About Miguelina

Dominican born, Miguelina Gambaccini, the founder and designer of the highly coveted lifestyle brand, Miguelina, is best known for her ability to create designs for the most discriminating clientele. Equal parts sophisticated yet laid back, Ms. Gambaccini’s delicately detailed and ultra-feminine designs take inspiration from her jet set travels to international locales.
It was a creative experiment of dying cheese cloth that launched her career. For Fifeen years the Miguelina brand has been synonymous with luxury resort and beachwear. From colorful flowing dresses to silk caftans, effortlessly chic describes the women who adore Miguelina.

In 1998, while packing for her three-week honeymoon in Thailand, Miguelina Gambaccini realized she was packing more than she deemed practical. The trip called for attire for many different occasions, ranging from formal dinners to day-trips around town, which inspired her to create her second line, Honeymoon, a collection of gauzy coverups, lacy caftans, and bikinis with colorful details that could be washed by hand.

With a collection that can take you from Ibiza into New England, all of which can effortlessly stuff into your weekender for a complete travel-ready wardrobe. With styles that transition from day to night, city to beach and country club, her clothing is available at the finest department store such as Bergdorf Goodman and Intermix, as well as luxury hotel boutiques across the globe.

Happy New Year!!

Live Deliciously with Qream With a Q

While most will be toasting in the New Year with champagne, I’m going against the standard and going for something a bit creamier. Something a bit more…..delicious and indulgent. That something is the milky smooth Qream with a Q, a delectably creamy liqueur developed in collaboration with Diageo and Grammy Award-winning musician, cultural ambassador and style visionary, Pharrell Williams.

The vision behind Qream is for women to “live deliciously” and always treat themselves like Queens – which is exactly what I plan to do. According to press information, every detail of Qream was crafted to celebrate women – from the elegant design of the bottle, inspired by royalty, to the delicious flavor and silky lightness of the liquid. “Qream was created for contemporary women who work hard and want to relax with friends at the end of the day,” says Williams. “I want them to reward themselves “deliciously.” Williams added, “Women make up half the population and Qream is about celebrating that power.” Qream currently comes in two varieties, Strawberry Crème and Peach Crème. Both evoke the flavor of freshly picked strawberries and ripe vine peaches, combined with natural cream and vanilla bean essences to create  light, silky, fruity flavors.

The peach flavor is frosty soft in appearance with a flavor of lightly decadent burst of fresh ripe peaches. The initial taste is delicately creamy, with peachy sweet top-notes balanced by exotic tropical fruit nectar, a silky cream texture and the brightness of premium vodka spirit, resulting in a clean, sublimely juicy cream finish.

The strawberry is rosy pink, opalescent in appearance with a lightly decadent flavor mélange of sweet berries that reminds you of melted strawberry ice cream on a hot day. The initial taste is of ripe, sweet strawberry and fresh cream, followed by light tropical notes, a silky texture and a touch of warmth from the premium vodka, resulting in a clean full bodied finish, with a whisper of vanilla.

Of course deciding what Qream cocktail to ring in the new year with is a tough one, there are so many delicious recipe options

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

3 1/2oz.Strawberry Qream™
1/2oz.Godiva Chocolate Vodka
cocoa powder (optional)
1 Strawberry (optional)
Combine Strawberry Qream™ and vodka in an ice-filled shaker. Stir well.
Strain into a cocoa powder-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice (optional).

Strawberry Shortcake

3oz.Strawberry Qream™
1/2oz.Navan vanilla stick (optional)
Get an ice-filled shaker. Add in the Navan, followed by the Strawberry Qream™. Stir well.
Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with vanilla stick (optional).

Peach Qobbler

2 1/2oz.Peach Qream™
1/2oz.Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum
1/4oz.amaretto liqueur
1 amaretto cookie, crushed in a plastic bag (optional)
1 peach
Combine the ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Stir well.
Strain into a rocks glass (with ice), rimmed with amaretto cookie crumbs (optional).
Garnish with peach slices.

Peach Qream & Ginger

3 1/2oz.Peach Qream™
1/2oz.Stirrings Ginger liqueur
Combine the ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Stir well.
Strain into a rocks glass (with ice). Garnish with strawberry slices.

What are you toasting the New Year with?