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thirsty thursday: Cranberry Cocktails for the Holidays

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grateful cranberry cocktail

 

poinsettia cocktail

 

pass the turkey cocktail

 

cheers to you!

 

The time of year for cranberries is here! Thanksgiving is around the corner, and plan on celebrating without a cocktail, don’t you? (Or maybe instead of celebrating, you’ll just be coping with relatives. Either way, a cocktail is in order.) Here are some fabulous cranberry cocktails for your holiday:

1. Grateful Cranberry Cocktail: This fall cranberry cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s light enough that it won’t compete with a plate full of turkey and mashed potatoes. But the unique mixture of cranberry, honey, bourbon, green tea and ginger ale is full enough to satisfy the taste buds.

-1 1/2 oz. bourbon
-1 oz. cranberry-honey syrup
-Green tea flavored ginger ale
-Frozen cranberries
-Crushed ice

Fill collins glass three-quarters full with crushed ice and frozen cranberries.  Pour in bourbon and syrup, then top off with ginger ale.

2. Poinsettia Cocktail: This classic champagne cocktail is wonderful for holiday entertaining. Light and refreshing, the Poinsettia Cocktail ads an extra bit of holiday cheer to any gathering.

- Champagne
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 3 oz. Cranberry Juice

Add chilled Cointreau and Cranberry to chilled champagne glass. Stir and top with Champagne just before serving.

3. Pass the Turkey: Make this bourbon creation paired with cranberry, cider, sage and thyme and you won’t be sorry.

- 1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101
- 2 oz. apple cider
- 1 tbs. cranberry jelly
- 1 sprig fresh sage
- 1 sprig fresh thyme

Muddle sage and thyme with apple cider.  Add ice, top with Wild Turkey and cranberry jelly.  Shake well, strain over ice in a glass rimmed with turkey juice and breadcrumbs.

ENJOY!

 

thirsty thursday: Lychee Martini Madness!

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loving the lychee

Are you tired of paying $15 bucks  for a drink at those trendy restaurants and bars? This drink is refreshing, Asian-inspired, and sure to impress your guests or that someone special. Have you ever tried a lychee martini? If not you are  missing out! This sweet (and powerful) cocktail is much stronger then it sounds. One of the most important characteristics of this cocktail is the sweet fragrance and flavor of the lychee. A good lychee martini should smell and taste like lychee.  Here is a supper simple recipe for you to try:

ingredients:

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 fluid ounce white cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce lychee juice (from a can of lychees)
  • 1 lychee, for garnish

Steps:

  1. Place ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour in vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and lychee juice. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the cocktail shaker has frosted.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with a lychee fruit.

Enjoy your drink!

modern monday: vitamin in a cap

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Staying healthy has never been easier. There is a plethora of supplementary pills, vitamin waters, fruit smoothies and juices all over the market. I recently stumbled upon Activate drinks. Now Activate not just your ordinary vitamin beverage.  The caps store active ingredients. The vitamins are found to be more nutritious when stored separated from water. Here’s a look at this fancy product.

in a variety of flavors

enticing product and packing as well!

Activate drinks

modern monday: W London

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Lately I’ve been attending a lot of charity and social events. A fashion and finance mixer I attended this Friday at the Hudson Terrace got me fantasizing about me throwing my own mixer at a fabulous venue. I had heard a lot about W London, but unfortunately have not been to London, England myself yet. The pictures I found provided me with an excellent idea of what the venue is like though. I’ll be sure to send my readers invites if I ever get to London and have enough dough to throw a party at the W London.

wouldn't mind waiting for the elevator!

love the hanging lamp

cooler than the snack bar at some hotels?

modern and futuristic

W London

not your ordinary ice-y treat

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There is a certain thrill you get from being an early adopter. Hence when I found out through Daily Candy about the recent opening of Victory Garden, their super cute website quickly sent me down to West Village to be one of the first people to try  the infamous goat milk frozen yogurt!

Opening only just last Friday, their unique flavors such as rose & mastic (tree resin from pine tree in Greece!) surely cannot be found elsewhere. To my surprise, the frozen yogurt was really light and does not have a strong odor to it like goat cheese does.

…on a similar note while obviously having cool iced treats filling my brain these days, I am probably a late adopter to the Pop Bar ( of Gilt City’s “Unique Sweets” tour). Hello clever invention and good looking fro yo popsicles! Where have I been all this time!? The store also makes your design tastebuds go ohh lala- refer to photos. I cannot say enough of this place. One must go check it out! Super cool store!

 

very cool decor of victory garden's

ohh lala

food art? think so!

Victory Garden, 31 Carmine Street, New York

Pop Bar 5 Carmine St, New York


beth