proud to say i blogged THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL CLASSIC the first time it was held in NYC and still blogging it, 5 years later! yahoo! so, as i’ve mentioned, if you wanna be cool, you can move to brooklyn or the hudson valley ; ) but now you have a 3rd option: attend THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL FESTIVAL this may 11-14, and kill it at the classic. instant cache. seriously though, this is an event no one in the business–or a fan of cocktailing–should miss. it’s fun, it’s educational and again, it’s cool. ha! i had the pleasure of attending the prestigious OPENING GALA at the NY public library once and it was AWESOME to say the least. i would reco that to everyone. and if you are a professional, you def wanna get your butt to the “INDUSTRY INVITATIONAL” and make all sorts of liquid connections. or perhaps you’re simply a fan of Cocktailing – then you should take part in one of the SPONSORED EVENTS. i have been to a few of these and have NEVER been disappointed. so much care goes into planning them, each one is a guaranteed hit. tick tock. get your tix ASAP at MANHATTANCOCKTAILCLASSIC.COM.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Friday, December 27, 2013
i recently did another event at TWISTED LILY FRAGRANCE BOUTIQUE & APOTHECARY in brooklyn. owners eric (LEO) and stamatis (AQUARIUS) wanted to promote their SLUMBERHOUSE line of parfum. pretty sure they didn’t test on animals, so i was in. the PEAR & OLIVE parfum by SLUMBERHOUSE smells heavenly. the pressure was on for me to come up with a cocktail equally divine. plus, the packaging for this line is very innovative… the beautiful bottle has little glass balls floating inside which the perfume fluidly glides between. they kind of look like olives! my creation had to be on the same elevated aesthetic level.
1 part GLORIOUS GIN (brooklyn based!)
.5 part pear ginger UNCOUTH VERMOUTH (brooklyn based!)
.5 part remy martin V
2 parts pear juice
.5 part fresh lime juice
.5 part green simple syrup (greened with natural dye and spinach)
SHAKE OVER ICE. GARNISH WITH AN ECO FRIENDLY SKEWER OF OLIVES AND PEAR.
***GREEN SIMPLE SYRUP: simmer sugar and water with spinach and let sit for 24 hours. this will give a nice green hue to the syrup without using chemical dyes. alternatively, there is green eco friendly dye available but it is not as vivid as chemical dyes.
***the pear garnish will need to be dipped or brushed in lime juice to prevent browning.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
it’s that special time of year again… with jack frost nipping at your nose and gwen asking what your sign is! home is HENRI BENDEL for the holidays…
this year it seems that even more people than normal are interested in astrology. hmnn…. my imagination? or is interest in the esoteric increasing? i’ve been at this for six years now and i def see an increase in interest!
hey, this season my COLORED WINE GLASSES are debuting at BENDELS! special, limited edition ; ) if you want one, you’ll have to email me at email@example.com… they match the baroscope shot glasses! and hey, the paint is ORGANIC. no cadmium. no lead. and all components are MADE IN USA. and of course, a small percentage of proceeds are donated to NAVS.com.
so pop into HB and get your zodiac on : ) merry christmas all… onwards and upwards!
Monday, November 25, 2013
psyched i got to use my absinthe fountain! i was hired me to create cocktails for a SNIFFAPALOOZA event at TWISTED LILY FRAGRANCE BOUTIQUE & APOTHECARY in brooklyn. which was a banger! owners eric and stamatis wanted to do something with absinthe to commemorate a fragrance they carry: FOU D’ABSINTHE by l’artisan parfumeur. we were celebrating both the fragrance and the grand opening of TWISTED LILY.
boy did i underestimate the popularity of the absinthe ritual and cocktail. the guests were fascinated by the process of pouring cold water over the sugar cube and watching it dissolve and louche. the hallucination myth was a big part of their intrique. i explained that it was mostly the underhanded wine industry that spun that tale to draw people back to the grape. several hundred years later absinthe is back after an inconvenient and unfair ban. there is some truth to the hallucinogenic properties of the ingredient thujone. but that is really no longer a factor. our cocktails was extra delicious because of course we used kangen water, artisanal sugar cubes and a good quality absinthe! some guests even came back for seconds… swing by TWISTED LILY and get a whiff of this intoxicating perfume.
for a quick video lesson on how to serve absinthe in the traditional manner watch THE LIQUID MUSE via the WORMWOOD SOCIETY.
Friday, November 1, 2013
jane rocca puts out another glam booze book with her latest gem, “THE FASHIONABLE COCKTAIL, 200 Fabulous Drinks for the Fashion Set.” SO CUTE.
this new book might even be better than the original, which was all ready my favorite cocktail book just because of the adorable illustrations. i actually entered a drink from it in a MXMO event and wrote a post on the book here.
But this time around, the book has been divided up into the following chapters: THE VINTAGE GIRL, THE SEASON CHASER, THE SARTORIALIST, THE LUXE LABEL GIRL, THE BOHEMIAN GIRL, THE HIPSTER GIRL, THE HAUTE COUTURE GIRL & THE COCKTAIL DRESS GIRL.
a blend of classic and modern inspired tipples, this here’s a great gift! especially for the VINTAGE GIRLS on your list… HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
the PUG! muddler is incredibly beautiful. it has a nice hefty weight to it. the sheen, the grain and the shape make it a stunning piece of wood turning art. not much different than a hand carved wooden statue, but this is of course a functional piece. i almost feel the PUG! MUDDLER should be kept in a frame when not in use. i’m thinking of mounting mine permanently on the wall, but that would mean i can’t use it. hmmnn… decisions, decisions. these muddlers are so spectacular in fact that, that i wanted to wholesale them on my site. i was however, respectfully informed that at the moment these babies are not available for resell. you must order straight from hudson-valley based wood turner / artist, CHRIS GALLAGHER himself.
chris uses various woods to make his muddlers. they are currently available for custom order in maple and cherry for $30 and and jatoba for $35. (the lightest wood is maple and the darkest is jatoba.) he hand turns them all and finishes them with food-grade mineral oil. The wood won’t react with ingredients and is easy to maintain. shipping is $5 for up to three muddlers to any location in the US.
TO ORDER: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 20, 2012
i popped into HENRI BENDEL today and guess what to wondering eyes did appear? Intoxicated Zodiac Candles! Shop Bendels New York City and pick up one of our fab Cocktail Candles for everyone on your list…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
like. so. ridiculously. fabulous. omigod. I LOVE IT! it’s a fan, that opens up to display a fantastic cocktail recipes on each page, complete with cute kitschy graphics, all color coordinated, i can’t stand it. someone make the cuteness stop… NOT! christmas is a coming and like SANDY was the PERFECT STORM, SANTA says this is the PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER. oh, i’m cheesy? i guess that’s what days on end without power does to you. thanks sandy. hey, but the fabulous mrs lilien’s cocktail swatch book is only $15. buy it after mercury retrograde is over, which starts nov. 6 and ends nov 26.
Friday, October 19, 2012
check out the new webzine, GLOBAL LOOKING GLASS, because it’s cool… reminds me of a homegrown version of benneton’s magazine, COLORS, which by the way is awesome. GLOBAL LOOKING GLASS takes this same kind of worldly, contemporary, progressive, food for thought, unadulterated TRUTH approach and blends it with splashes of inspiration, creativity and animal advocacy. i’m honored to be a contributor to this stand-up pub. read my article, WHEN HALLOWEEN MEETS ASTROLOGY, and download the whole mag for free… that’s for FREE i said!!!!