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Jonathan Van Ness & Smirnoff Celebrate Pride w/ the House of Pride Event

What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot than to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. With a long-standing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, Smirnoff and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness hosted a House of Pride event toasting to World Pride and Pride Month. The House of Pride event, which also celebrated Smirnoff’s 2019 “Welcome Home” campaign, featured a home-inspired, immersive pop-up experience features six insta-worthy rooms; each painted one of the colors of the pride flag.

The “red” room boldly stated “My Bed. My Business” and featured a giant bed with room for many; an orange room which featured a vintage kitchen; a yellow room which promised makeovers and playing dress-up; and a green room with a garden of Eden-like swing.

The event featured so many stunning drag queens who sprinkled utter fabulousness throughout the entire event. Forgive us for not getting all their names but once the Smirnoff started flowing…you know how that goes.

Numerous cocktails flowed as Fashion Designer and Celebrity DJ, Timo Weiland, kept the crowd moving with some of the most iconic songs by LGBT+ loved artists old and new. The “blue” room featured international cocktails, almost all of which were made with the classic Smirnoff 21 “Love wins” vodka.

As the event was underway, host Jonathan Van Ness made his entrance in epic pride fashion, arriving in a rainbow taxi. sipped on specialty Smirnoff cocktails while toasting to Pride Month and the LGBTQIA+ community with guests. Check out Jonathan Van Ness’ Welcome Home speech on our Instagram.

Jonathan Van Ness and Smirnoff celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and ongoing fight for equality with House of Pride pop-up on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Smirnoff)Driving home the global celebration of Pride, and Smirnoff’s Welcome Home campaign, were the bottles of Smirnoff vodka which boasted the word “welcome” in various languages including English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

The revelry continued well into the night as the Jonathan Van Ness and Smirnoff House of Pride event was the place to be. When we left, the party was still in full swing and the vodka cocktails still flowed.

Decadent Holiday Cocktails w/ Smirnoff Iced Cake & Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka

This holiday season, not all desserts are edible, there are quite a few delicious, drinkable desserts out there perfectly suited for those of you with a sweet tooth. Smirnoff Vodka has released two new celebratory, indulgent vodkas – Iced Cake and Kissed Caramel – just in time for the holiday season.

Smirnoff Iced Cake and Smirnoff Kissed Caramel flavored vodkas join the already very popular Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow and Smirnoff Whipped Cream in the brand’s popular line of confectionery flavored vodkas offering consumers smooth, creamy tastes to enjoy – the sweet flavor of frosted cake and the sensuality of caramel. This holiday, indulge in something sweet with these two decadent cocktails:

Iced Orange Cake

1.5 oz SMIRNOFF Iced Cake
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with slice of orange.

Kissed Caramel Mule

1.5 oz SMIRNOFF Kissed Caramel
3 dashes of angostura bitters
5 oz ginger ale

Stir ingredients together.

These two new delicious flavors were actually reserved exclusively for the characters of VH1’s Single Ladies, but is thankfully now available for us to relish in. Each 750ml bottle retails for $12.99.

Smirnoff Introduces Whipped Cream and Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodkas

Smirnoff, the world’s number-one selling and most awarded vodka brand, has introduced what I can honestly say are my two favorite flavored vodkas – Smirnoff Whipped Cream and Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow. I’m a sucker for alcoholic beverages that’s on the sweet side, so these two flavors are right up my alley. Of course the fact that they’re so tasty are a dangerous thing, they’re just way too amazing and delicious. I’m never one for having any alcohol straight but this I would and I did (a lot) – both are incredibly smooth and went down a bit too easy (not that I’m really complaining).

So what do they taste like? Let’s begin with the Smirnoff Whipped Cream – I first took in its fragrance and it wasn’t what I expected and neither was the taste. I figured it’d taste more like milk or cream but what came to mind was cocoa. The press release states that “Smirnoff Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka possesses a seductive aroma that compliments its smooth whipped cream taste.” I immediately started thinking of mixing it with chocolate-based drinks, ice-cream floats and milkshakes because of its flavor. My favorite was mixing it with what I call a Holiday Hot Chocolate:

1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup hot water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
2-3 shots of Smirnoff Whipped Cream
Top with Whipped Cream and a bit of cocoa powder

On the other hand, Smirnoff Fluffled Marshmallow reminded me of cotton candy. “Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Flavored Vodka has a refreshing and airy scent that is met with the subtle sweetness of confection—qualities that exemplify the innocent side of a favorite indulgent dessert.” It makes an amazing base for Cosmos and other sweet vodka cocktails, so ladies get ready to enjoy some extra yummy drinks. Why not try this Fluffled Marshmallow Cosmo:

1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Fluffled Marshmallow Vodka
3/4 oz triple sec
3/4 oz cranberry juice
1 oz fresh lime juice

Pour Smirnoff Fluffled Marshmallow vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

To introduce these two sensual and sweet flavors, Smirnoff has recruited Model and Kanye West’s former love, Amber Rose as the face of this bold and audacious new campaign.

Created to launch the new flavors, Amber brings to life the luscious and opulent world of Smirnoff Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka and the sweet and playful world of Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Flavored Vodka.

“Flavored vodkas continue to be widely enjoyed by our consumers, which is why we’re consistently adding innovative, high quality flavors to the Smirnoff portfolio,” said David Tapscott, Brand Director, Smirnoff. “We’re confident that the new Smirnoff Whipped Cream and Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Flavored Vodkas will be broadly embraced, much like their namesake dessert counterparts.”

Both Smirnoff Whipped Cream and Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Flavored Vodkas are available nationwide at local retailers with a suggested retail price of $12.99 per 750mL bottle (prices may vary per market).