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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.

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?

Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Workplace Wellness: Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Let’s face it, work has completely taken over our lives. We, as humans, have put our work life ahead of everything else, and our own wellbeing on the back burner. Thankfully there are companies that remind us that even at our busiest, workplace wellness is important. Take Ketel One Botanical, the vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for example. Ketel One Botanical Vodka has partnered with interior design firm Homepolish to launch the Ketel One Botanical Oasis, a private space for WeWork Irving Place members that simply want to escape their stressful work life for a moment.

The purpose of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is to integrate wellness in their workplace through the use of conscious design, focused activity, and technology. A zen escape is a much-needed escape in today’s very stressful work environment, not just for the coworking space, but as a general need for all.

We had the pleasure of attending a Ketel One Botanical panel at WeWork Irving Place. The topic of conversation was implementing wellness into your work life and workspace. The panel featured Emma Beryl, a designer from Homepolish, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Jennifer Giamo of AAPTIV, Olessa Pindak, COO of Mind, Body, Green, Head of Wellness Avi Yehiel of Rise By We, and panel moderator Ellie Burrows, CEO of MNDFL.

The event began with a 10-minute guided meditation by Ellie Burrow, closed with a Ketel One Botanical cocktail hour, and ended with a tour of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis (see the photos above).

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We love the idea of companies including wellness rooms for their employees and hope WeWork not only implements this in more locations but also inspires other companies to do the same. We can attest to not taking enough time for peaceful moments for ourselves and attending this event has inspired us to take a few “breather moments” throughout our day. We hope you do the same. The Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is available for WeWork members until the end of November. We hope you take advantage if you are a member.

Boo-zy Halloween: Drinks to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, these Halloween Spirits”. Okay, so that’s not how it goes, but the beginning theme to the Adams Family show perfectly describes the following spirits. As many of you will be soon, these alcohol brands are rocking their best Halloween costumes just in time for the spooky holiday. Join us as we highlight some great Boo-zy Halloween libations. Feast your eyes on the Halloween-themed Stella Rosa Wines “Stellaween Collection”Crystal Head Vodka John Alexander Artist Series, and Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard); and great cocktails from Avion Tequila, Cruzan RumNovo Fogo Cachaça, and more.

Stellaween Holiday Collection


Do you dare to Taste The Magic of Stella Rosa Black, Red, and Peach wrapped in their spooky, limited-edition Stellaween sleeves? When you purchase these dangerously delicious, semi-sweet wines this Halloween and you’ll get a free spooky collectible art sleeve! Available for a very affordable $8.95-$11.95, you will truly have yourself a Boo-zy Halloween. For those of you who are looking to double the treat, the Halloween Stella Rosa offers an exclusive 1.5 Magnum bottles available in Stella black and rosé.

Crystal Head Vodka John Alexander Artist Series

Multi-award winning, ultra-premium Crystal Head Vodka, known for its signature skull bottle, is really upping the spooky factor with the debut of the first limited-edition artist series bottle by artist John Alexander. Alexander’s work is celebrated in this exquisite artist series keepsake which provides a unique opportunity to own a piece of his art – “Dancing on the Water Lillies of Life”. Each of the 25,000 bottles is hand-decorated by one of three highly skilled craftsmen and then numbered to further emphasize its scarcity. The John Alexander Artist Series No.1 bottle will be available in 750 mL format, retailing for $149.95. The ghostly skull bottle makes a perfect Boo-zy Halloween conversation piece.

Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard)

Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero is the first release in a series of mezcals that honors an old tradition where some of the world’s best mezcals are aged in glass, generally underground, to be later unearthed for family celebrations. This unique mezcal features aromas of roasted chestnuts and dried fruits and a flavor profile that exhibits buttery notes and mild smoke with a long finish. A portion of sales proceeds of Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero is donated to purchase tourism equipment of Tzitzio, Michoacán. This promotes the ‘desentierros mezcaleros’ (mezcal unearthing) traditionally held during the celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). A bottle of this amazing mezcal retails for $279.99.

Crystal Head Smokin’ Head Caesar

2oz. Crystal Head Vodka
5 oz. Clamato( Caesar) or tomato juice (Bloody Mary)
dash of Worcestershire sauce
dash of hot sauce
tiny dash of liquid smoke
garnish of your choice

Rim Garnish:
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika
Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge and dip into a salt, pepper, and smoked paprika mix. In a shaker half-filled with ice, add in all ingredients and shake well. Strain into the pre-rimmed glass filled with ice.

Optional Garnish Ideas:
Celery and lime wheel
Bacon wrapped mini meatball with two hot peppers
Scallop and hot pepper skewer
Spicy halved long bean skewer

Tequila Avion Gummy Bear Jello Shots
(Makes around 10 2oz shots)

GUMMY BEAR SYRUP (Makes about one cup)
1 cup – Gummy Bears (Your choice in flavor- I did half cherry half lemon. Get creative!)
1 ½ cups – Water
1 pinch – Citric Acid
1 pinch – Salt
Prepare a double boiler. Add the Gummy Bears and the water to the top of the boiler. Let Gummy Bears slowly melt into the water, stirring occasionally. Once they are completely incorporated, transfer the mixture into a separate saucepan. Add citric acid and salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has reduced to 1 cup, you’re ready to build the shots.

THE JELLO SHOT

1 cup – Tequila Avión Silver
1 cup – Gummy Bear Syrup
1/3 cup – Powdered Gelatin (This is about half of what you’d normally use in a Jello shot, but since there’s gelatin in the Gummy Bears, you don’t need so much.)
Add the Tequila Avión to the Gummy Bear Syrup while it’s still hot enough that it hasn’t started to set. Slowly whisk in gelatin, so that there are no big clumps. Prepare your serving vessels by spraying the insides of them lightly with olive oil cooking spray, so the shots will release more easily when they’re set up. Transfer the mixture into a pourable container and pour into the prepared serving vessels. Place vessels in the refrigerator and let set up (about 2 hours). When they’re fully set, they’re ready to enjoy!

Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass
By Mariena Mercer of Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (Las Vegas)


1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
¼ oz Mezcal
½ oz Novo Fogo Cachaca
½ oz Giffard Passion Fruit Liqueur
1 oz Lime juice
1 ½ oz Bols Pineapple Chipotle
2 oz Pineapple juice
1 oz clarified milk per cocktail
Mint sprig garnish

Liquid Smoke by Mandarin Hide

1 1/4 oz Slow and Low Rock & Rye
3/4 Coffee Infused Cynar
2 Dashes of Walnut Bitters
Stir with rocks, strain and garnish with a cherry.

Cruzan Midnight Potion

1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Apricot Liqueur
3 parts Orange Juice
1 dash Lime Bitters
Orange Peel
Cherries
Combine Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, apricot liqueur, orange juice and lime bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a large glass filled with ice. Float one part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum on top of each glass, then garnish with the orange peel and a cocktail pick of cherries.

For Skeleton Garnish: Peel orange rind and lay flat on a surface. Take circle cookie cutter and cut circle space out of the peel. Use a paring knife to cut mini-circles for eyes, nose, and jaw of skeleton garnish.

Taste the Heat: HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka is Perfect for Fall

We know we missed National Vodka Day by two days but seeing as there never is a wrong time to celebrate vodka, and this flavored vodka is oh-so-perfect for the fall season, we’re more than ready to celebrate this wonderful spirit. Few flavors make you think of the fall season – pumpkin spice, apples, and of course cinnamon. Cinnamon adds a kick to everything, so imagine what this flavorful and hot aromatic spice does to vodka. Join us in welcoming HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka to your must-have bar list. Why is HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka good? HEEET is the perfect blend of sweetness and fire, the perfect craft spirit to warm you up on those upcoming cold nights.

For that reason, we couldn’t wait to open our bottle of HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka. The combination of a crisp and sharp, yet smooth vodka punched up with the addition of fiery cinnamon is the perfect drink to have on a cool fall day.  Imagine the possibilities you can create. Your hot toddies would be exceptional! Imagine enjoying an apple pie in cocktail form, a new twist on Spiced Apple cocktail, make your hot chocolate into one suitable for adults, or just enjoy a shot that goes down like a smooth burn. With HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka, the fall flavor possibilities are endless.

This high-quality, American Made, luxury cinnamon vodka combines the crisp taste of vodka with all natural ingredients to set your tongue ablaze. Whether you mix it in the perfect cocktail or enjoy it on the rocks, HEEET offers a fresh and fiery twist on a class taste, perfect for the fall season. This ultra-premium, American Made Vodka is 6x distilled, boasts 100% all-natural ingredients, is carbon filtered, created in small 250 gallon-sized batches, and is 68 proof with 34% ABV.

HEEET Hot Cinnamon Vodka is available in a 750ml bottle and retails for $24.99. To explore the intense, hot cinnamon flavors of HEEET, head to www.merrygospirits.com.

Holidays w/ Danzka Vodka and the Financial Women’s Association

Because today was all about the celebration of women’s rights, strength, and power, we thought what better time to tell you about the time we spent with Danzka Vodka and the Financial Women’s Association, as we toasted the 60th anniversary of the organization at Nasdaq Marketsite. The event offered two delicious Danzka Vodka cocktails, both with names inspired by Nasdaq.

To remind you guys, the multiple award-winning Danzka Vodka is well-known as the world’s best traveling premium vodka, thanks to its aluminum packaging. The one and only vodka that won’t break while traveling.  Also, unlike many other vodka brands who use potatoes, molasses, and by-products, Danzka Vodka is made only from 100% whole grain. Danzka found that using the whole grain guarantees vodka with much more complete taste and aroma.

As we previously stated, the Danzka Vodka and the Financial Women’s Association event featured two wonderful cocktails, the Danzka Blue Chip cocktail, and the Danzka Ticker Tape cocktail. To help you recreate these wonderful drinks for yourself, or your next party, we have provided the recipes for both below:

DANZKA BLUE CHIP

1 oz. Danzka Vodka
2/3 oz. Blue Curacao
5 Dashes Orange Bitters
4 oz. Sparkling Wine
Load glass with chilled carbonate free ingredients, stir to mix. Finish with sparkling wine. Garnish with orange zest or kumquat.

DANZKA TICKER TAPE

1 oz Danzka Vodka
1 oz. St. Germain
3 oz Sparkling Wine
5 Dashes grapefruit Bitters
Load glass with chilled ingredients in order of recipe. Garnish with long grapefruit twist

In honor of the spirit of the day, we have to ask for all women to sign up for organizations like the Financial Women’s Association. It is absolutely in your best interest to help and support each other, and, of course, make those strong connections if you have an entrepreneurial dream of your own. We hope to once again have the pleasure of attending another Danzka Vodka and the Financial Women’s Association event soon. And we hope all of our female readers help make our forces and voices stronger. We also want to say cheers to Danzka Vodka for sponsoring this celebration.

An Evening with Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones

We had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing night of mind-blowing experiences of delicious Devotion Vodka cocktails, and an epic exhibition of the iconic British rock band, the Rolling Stones.  The evening with Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones began at the famed Sugar Factory, known the world over for their celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops. We know what you thinking, isn’t Devotion Vodka sugar-free? Yes, along with it being gluten-free and the first vodka to have a nutrition label, Devotion Vodka is sugar-free. But for tonight, The sugar Factory gave us what Devotion Vodka took away…….sugar.

Since Devotion vodka is sugar-free, we were okay with other ingredients, which included candy inside of, and as garnishes on the evening’s cocktails. As we stated, the event was in celebration of Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones exhibit, so our first cocktail honored both.

We started out with the delicious, dark blue Sugar & Stones cocktail, which was created with the original Devotion vodka flavor, cotton candy, and gummy lips; then proceeded to the humongous Lollipop Passion cocktail (it comes in a goblet), made with Devotion Coconut Vodka, and garnished with two Unicorn Pops and Candy Necklace. The Lollipop Passion cocktail was so big, we didn’t get a chance to enjoy the Sunshine Tea cocktail (featured below), made with Devotion Tiki Tea and Devotion Citrus vodkas).

After we enjoyed our fill of delicious libations, we headed over to the Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones exhibit at Industria, which is open until March 12th, 2017. Whether you’re a diehard fan of the Rolling Stones or not, this immersive and interactive exhibition is a must-see, featuring several floors filled with everything Rolling Stones memorabilia.

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones tells the story of the most Influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, allowing visitors to experience their incredible musical journey through an immersive exhibit, from their early days living together in a tiny apartment to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

One of our favorite experiences from Exhibitionism was the Style and Fashion Gallery, which featured fashions from Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Hedi Slimane, Ossie Clark, L’Wren Scott, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mr. Fish, and much more, spanning from the 1960s to the present.

The exhibition features over 300 Rolling Stones items, including a vintage guitar gallery, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs and personal diaries and letters.

The exhibit also includes sound mixing desks, interactive displays, a screening cinema narrated by Martin Scorsese, video experiences, an immersive backstage recreation that leads into an amazing 3D concert finale. To see more, we suggest you absolutely stop by and experience the exhibition for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. We’d love to say a special thank you to Devotion Vodka and Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones for an amazing night.

 

Devotion Vodka: The First Alcohol Brand with a Nutrition Label

You may have noticed that unlike other beverages, alcohol bottles do not have nutrition labels. That’s because it’s not a requirement for spirits brands. Adding a nutrition label on bottles is completely optional and if alcohol brands do not voluntarily add a nutrition label to their packaging, there’s no way to verify its calorie, sugar, ingredient, and carb content. One alcohol brand voluntarily sharing their content with a nutrition label on all their vodka flavors is Devotion Vodka. This amazingly smooth and clean vodka is the first gluten-free and sugar-free spirit in the U.S. We had the pleasure of experiencing several of their flavor varieties at their Tasting and Cocktail Mixology event at Son Cubano.

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Unlike many vodkas, the gluten-free and sugar-free Devotion Vodka, founded in 2009 by Drew Adelman and Michael Calleja, is made from 100% high-grade USA corn, is multi-filtered using de-ionized water and certified non-GMO, and as we previously stated, the first to add a nutrition label. You may recognize the name Drew Adelman, featured in our brief video interview below, as the owner of the very popular, 90’s-2000’s nightclub, Polly Esther. We find Drew’s story an amazing one (from police officer to nightclub owner, to spirits brand owner) and love the idea that the next logical step for someone who has helped thousands of clubgoers enjoy delicious cocktails, is to launch his own spirit brand.

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Check out what Founder/CEO Drew Adelman had to say when we asked him why he named his 80 proof, six-column distilled vodka, Devotion, a vodka we learned is also 100% Whole Foods-certified and of course, American-made.

Now on to the cocktails. We enjoyed five specialty vodka cocktails at the event, each representing a vintage decade (much like the concept of the Poly Esther clubs). The 1910’s was presented by the Little Andy (Devotion Coconut, Pineapple Juice, and a Splash of Club Soda,); The Trooper (Devotion Black & Blue and Lemonade) represented the 1920’s; Go West Young Man (Devotion Wild Cherry and Red Bull) represented the 1930’s; Mr. Poly Esther (Devotion Blood Orange, Club Soda, and Cranberry Juice) for the 1940’s; and The Devotion Guy (Devotion Dirty Martini, Straight Up, with 2 Olives) for the 1950’s.

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The event also celebrated the 50th birthday of Drew Adelman, pictured below with his Partner/COO, Michael Calleja. Along with the amazing bites from Son Cubano’s menu, we were treated to an array of decadent desserts, including some boozy options, and one cool birthday cake, which also featured devotion’s nutrition label.

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Devotion Vodka is definitely standing out from other vodkas on the market. This month alone, it was named 2016 Gluten Free Vodka of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). Two of their flavors were also awarded top honors; Devotion Vodka Blood Orange was honored with a Gold Award, and Devotion Vodka Tiki Tea was honored with a Silver Award.

Have you tried the gluten and sugar-free Devotion Vodka? Share your favorite Devotion memory or cocktail.