Pinnacle Vodka “Life Skills of the Highly Entertained” Event

We’ve been so busy transitioning our wardrobe from summer to fall, we forgot about another important seasonal switch that has to be made, the transition of our cocktails from summer flavors to fall flavors. We had the pleasure of attending a Pinnacle Vodka event celebrating fall cocktails, and the launch of their new original vodka bottle design (pictured on the left), hosted by charming Charleston Blogger, Chassity Evans.

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Great, fall-ready accessories are a must for great style, and the best fall accessory is a delicious cocktail made with Pinnacle Vodka. Chassity likes to change things up a bit by incorporating seasonal flavors like in the Cranberry Punch cocktail (the recipe and the two others we enjoyed at the event are featured below). A favorite at the event, this spiced up version of a popular summertime punch includes the award-winning, five-times distilled and made with imported French vodka and a hint of vanilla, Pinnacle Original Vodka.

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In order of appearance in the photo above, the must-try Pinnacle Vodka fall cocktails are as follows:

Apple Cider Sipper

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
6 parts apple cider
Cinnamon for garnish
Pour vodka into a glass, then fill the rest of the glass with apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Bubbly Bliss

1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Champagne
Rock Candy Stick
Pour vodka into a champagne flute and then top with champagne. Garnish with a rock candy stick.

Cranberry Punch*

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liquor
3 parts cranberry juice
6 parts ginger ale
2 parts orange juice
Sprinkle of cinnamon allspice
Sprinkle of nutmeg
Sprinkle of sugar
1 orange slice
Add the first five ingredients to a punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Then add spices to taste, and garnish with an orange slice. *Serves 3-4

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The new Pinnacle Original Vodka bottle design features a more polished and refined look. This new bottle encapsulates the clean and smooth profile of Pinnacle Original Vodka. Along with enjoying an unlimited supply of the delicious Pinnacle Vodka fall cocktails, we drooled over the gorgeous accessories from Bauble Bar, and  also took note of some of Chassity’s wonderful tips and tricks for fall accessorizing. Check them out below:

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  • Swap out your beach tote for a leather clutch. Chassity is a fan of this creamy tassel leather clutch, perfect for transitioning from the office to cocktails with friends after work.
  • Summer may be over but your accessories can still be colorful and feature materials that pair perfectly with sweater weather! Chassity loves the Bauble Bar drop earrings, which have a little color and texture, they’re perfect for fall.
  • Gold accessories are always “in” for autumn, so Chassity recommends pairing a gold structural cuff – a piece that’s a perfect complement to Sunday brunch with the girls or Monday’s important client meeting.

What do you think of the new bottle design? What tips are you incorporating in your summer to fall fashion transition?

Toasting to the End of Summer with NEW Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka

Alas, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the summer season, and welcome autumn. During this seasonal change, we can’t help but think of harvesting and fun trips to local farms to pick fruits, like ripe juicy strawberries. For those who’ve never gone strawberry picking or prefer to do their picking at supermarkets, you should know there are techniques to picking the best strawberries. According to Sara Gore, entertaining expert, and co-host of New York Live, for its Life Skills of the Highly Entertained series, when it comes to strawberries,“bigger is not always better, after picking the perfect berries, you have to know how to store them, and adding a spirit, like vodka, to a drink like strawberry lemonade gives it a nice happy hour spin.” Which brings us to the NEW Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka, the latest flavor launch from the premium flavored vodka maker. Today we’re sharing two great cocktail recipes to enjoy using Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka and the wonderful tips from Sara Gore.

Strawberry Basil Smash

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2 parts Pinnacle® Strawberry Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
2 parts fresh lemon sour
1 whole strawberry, sliced
1 fresh basil leaf
Strawberry for garnish
Basil leaf for garnish
Black or pepper medley for garnish
Tear the basil leaf and drop into a mixing glass with the strawberry and muddle. Add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry speared with a basil leaf on the rim and a few grinds of black or pepper medley.

Strawberry Lemonade

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1 part Pinnacle® Strawberry Vodka
2 parts lemonade
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Strawberry slice for garnish
Lemon wedge for garnish
Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice and/or a lemon wedge on the rim.

What are your thoughts on these Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka cocktails? Are you guys excited for this new flavor? As promised, enjoy the full range of tips from Sara Gore on making the most of your strawberry enjoyment:

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  1. PICKING THE PERFECT BERRY – Bigger is not always better. Typically, the smaller the berry, the more intense the flavor. Go for berries that are bright in color and plump with shiny skin. Berries don’t ripen after you pick them, so keep that in mind if you see any that haven’t turned red yet. If buying a container, pick up the carton and take a look underneath to ensure they haven’t turned to mush on the bottom. While you’re there, take a whiff. Those berries will smell as good as they taste!
  2. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BERRY – After picking the perfect berries, you have to know how to store them. Keep in mind berries are always best eaten within a couple of days of purchase. When planning a menu, buy them last and keep them cold and dry. To make berries last longer, make sure you don’t wash them until you are ready to eat them. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel in a container or on a sheet tray covered with plastic wrap. Rinse in cold water before eating.
  3. MUDDLE UP – Sure strawberry lemonade is great on its own, but adding a spirit, like vodka, gives it a nice happy hour spin. Muddling in a fresh herb will give it another dimension of flavor. Add your leaf of choice to the bottom of the glass. Using your favorite muddler, crush the leaves to release their flavor. Pour in the remaining ingredients and go from bartender to mixologist in a mere 8- 10 smashes. Sara’s favorite additions to a strawberry vodka lemonade are basil, mint, or even the not so obvious choice of rosemary for a smoky, earthy flavor. Use the same herb as a drink garnish. As everyone who is highly entertained knows, it’s the little things that make all the difference.

Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka hits store shelves this month, so keep an eye out for the newest addition to the french distilled lineup.

Red, White and Booze: Independence Day Cocktails

We are days away from celebrating the 240 years that the United States of America has no longer been a part of the British Empire. Naturally, we all will be raising a glass or two celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Today we’re sharing a few Independence Day cocktails from a melting pot of brands. Just like the USA is a melting pot, we’re bringing you some delicious cocktails from Cruzan Rum, Pinnacle Vodka, Sauza Tequila, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cascade Ice Water.

Citrus-Spangled Spritzer

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1 part Pinnacle Citrus Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur
2 parts Lemon Soda
1 part Grenadine
Lemon for garnish
Blueberries for garnish
Mint Sprig for garnish
Lightly mix the vodka and lemon soda in a cocktail shaker with ice and set aside. In a tall glass, add the grenadine slowly to the bottom. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Strain the vodka soda mixture over the back of a bar spoon, followed by the blue curacao. Garnish with fresh mint, lemon rind star and berries (optional).

Raspberry Sparkler

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1 part Pinnacle Raspberry Vodka
2 parts Club Soda
Raspberries for garnish
Lemon wheel for garnish
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon wheel.

Cruzan Independence Sparkler

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1 part Cruzan Strawberry Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Sugar
1 half of a Fresh Lime, cut into quarters
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
Soda Water
Muddle lime and basil with sugar in a tumbler. Add Cruzan Strawberry and Aged Light Rums and ice, then
shake 2 times to mix. Pour into a rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with basil & a fanned strawberry slice.

Sauza Watermelon Margarita (serves 8)

Sauza Watermelon Margarita
1 cup Sauza Tequila
½ cup Lime juice
½ cup Triple sec
1 cup Watermelon juice
Drop of Honey
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour into salt or sugar-rimmed glasses and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

For those of you looking for lower calorie Independence Day cocktails, you’ll love the following drink recipe options from 100 calorie Skinnygirl, and zero calorie Cascade Ice.

Berry Patriotic

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1 part Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps
Splash of club Soda
5 muddled strawberries
20 blueberries
Add muddled strawberries to a glass and top with ice. Shake Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka and DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps in a shaker with ice. Strain into the glass and top with club soda and blueberries.

Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita

Bethenny Frankel and her “Skinnyguys” toast the launch of new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita following an appearance in Chicago on June 18, 2016. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Skinnygirl Cocktails)

Chill Bottle
Pour over ice in a margarita glass and garnish with a watermelon and lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Wild Berry Bomb

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Two parts Cascade Ice Wild Berry sparkling water.
Add a splash of vodka and a handful of blueberries and strawberries.
Muddle the fruit just a bit to release the flavor and serve over ice.

Coconut Spritzer

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Two parts Cascade Ice Coconut sparkling water and add in one part rum, one part pineapple juice.
Stir well and serve over ice in a cold glass.
Decorate the rim of the glass with blue and/or red sugar crystals for a festive look!

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

Two parts Cascade Ice Coconut Pineapple and one part Blue Curacao.
Add your choice of rum with the juice of two lime wedges.
Stir and pour into a hurricane glass over ice with a cherry garnish.

Well, there you have it, some delicious Independence Day cocktails for you to try out to toast the Fourth of July. There are quite a few we can’t wait to indulge in. Which cocktails are you looking forward to sipping?

Rolling Stone Live with Peter Bjorn & John @ The Hard Rock Times Square

Peter Bjorn and John is a Swedish indie rock band from Stockholm and Alex and I (everyone else was either sick, working late or was too tired to hang out) were going to see them perform at the Hard Rock in Times Square. Since Alex literally worked right across the street from the Hard Rock, he got there in no time and I am so grateful for that because by the time I got there, the line was already ridiculously long. After a short wait time where all ID’s had to be checked, in we went to check our names off the guestlist, got our wristbands and headed on to the Jameson Whiskey, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Island, CKone and Pinnacle Vodka sponsored event. Already there was a nice size crowd in the darkened event space



Before we hit one of the two Jameson bars we saw, I snapped quick pics of ckOne promo models and display and of course, of Alex



We left the bar each with a Jameson and ginger (ale) and made our way to the main floor infront of the stasge where we’d get a perfect view of the stage. While waiting for the opening act to come on stage, I took a few shots (camera, not alcohol)



Wondered what the hell Harper’s Island was and decided it must be a cross between Lost and/or Survivor-esque shows but didn’t get to think mor eon it because a gentleman from Rolling Stone csame on to introduce the opening act, Burke (some of you gossip hounds might remember Jamie Burke, the ckOne model who dated Sienna Miller and Lindsay Lohan but don’t hold that against him). I really enjoyed their set, one of my favorite songs is called “Lovers Lose” (video #2) and the song inspired by ckOne (video #2). I got some video snippets for your enjoyment

Also got some great photos of them performing




Sometime during all of this, Alex got us more drinks (really strong drinks) but we were far from tipsy then (the same couldn’t be said of a few people around us including one woman who kept on trying to touch Alex and “accidentally” bump into him…..did I mention she was at least 50-55 yrs old?) Even with that, we were having a great time

Burke played for another 10 minutes and then was off; time to set up for Peter Bjorn and John and time for another round of another Jameson & Ginger (again REALLY strong). I think the bartender was trying to save the gingerale instead of the Jameson

As the stage was being set up for them, I took a shot of the crowd that was around us and more of the stage as the band was setting up





By this time, the 1000 proof Jameson was doing it’s job and luckily it came right about the time the band started playing. I got video snippets of them as well

Jameson up to full blast at this point and I had to let out a bit of the wild side, so I took a break from filming and started rocking out nonstop for at least 15 minutes then I took more photos



After sobering up a bit, it’s back to taking some video and what better time than for the song that made Peter Bjorn and John famous here, “Young Folks”

The crowd went wild, we went wild, it was a wild night. We pretty much left right after this song because Alex and I were beyond starving. We happily grabbed our coats, was surprised to get a giftbag

and ran out like two on the hunt scavengers. We ended up at Grey’s Papaya on 8th and devoured two hot dogs each (what is it about drunk eating that makes everything taste insanely good). All in all, a top night.