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 firstname.lastname@example.org… 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.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
this summer i got into alcohol-related promotional work in a big way. i found out that all those trunk shows i’ve done at HENRI BENDEL, and all those BARSTROLOGY PARTIES, and SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS i’ve been doing, has really amped up my sales performance. actually, sky-rocketed my sales results would be a better way to put it. every single liquor, wine or beer tasting i do-–-I kill it. so, if you’re a BRAND looking for an AMBASSADOR to push your sales with promotions, look no further. you found your girl: me! I am as reliable, personable, intelligent and experienced as they come, with integrity to boot. email at email@example.com and let’s talk about how i can help promote your alcohol or beverage-related product in new york’s tri-state area… looking forward to working with you : ) cheers!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
recently i walked the NY NOW show at the javitz. as you know, cocktails are H O T. apart from those subjects i found that two of my fave things are trending big-time: bunnies and unicorns. but since this is a blog about cocktails i’ll stick to the drink theme:
love the cheeky french brand, ETAT LIBRE d’ORANGE. a lot of their parfums are spirit-inspired, like VRAIE BLONDE, shown here, that contains LIQUEUR BRANDY OF CHAMPAGNE. ETAT LIBRE d’ORANGE can be found at brooklyn’s TWISTED LILY.
adore AUGUST MORGAN by kater hersch and her cloth cocktail napkins. shown here is one of the vintage inspired, tongue in cheek designs she specializes in. kate’s cool, and you can tell by one peek on her blog… check it out on her website.
intricately detailed, hand drawn maps on frosted glasses. these make the best keepsakes. get your town, get your country, the list goes on and on… CATSTUDIO.com
is this not the most stunning work of functional glass art you have ever seen? omigod. beautiful work from the czech republic! check out ARTELGLASS.com on where to buy.
just in time for halloween… mix up a drink for friend or foe in this magic cocktail shaker. from WINK available at URBAN OUTFITTERS.
i don’t use whisky stones but i want to start now. so cute, etched soapstone whisky stones for chilling your tipple without watering it down. TEROFORMA.com
usually the glass gets printed, not the shaker. this is a very sleek looking line of stainless cocktail shakers, all inscribed with different themes. some have the cocktail measuring chart on them, others the definitions of “cheers” and others just witty one-liners. i want one: IZOLA.com
molecular mixology can be intimidating-sounding to even the most seasoned bar pro… but this kit will simplify this new art form. each kit contains natural texturing agents that can be used to deconstruct any dish or cocktails. there are several kits to choose from: cuisine-themed, dessert-themed, or cocktail-themed. visit MOLECULE-R.com
this set of candle glasses is the coolest candle (apart from mine of course) that i ever saw. i love these! goblets, appetizer plates, champagne flutes, bottles of wine… all made from wax. only from france, of course. from POINT A LA LIGNE
the coolest hand made muddlers right here in vermont! thanks to VERMONT FARM TABLE. they specialize in hand made pieces using non-toxic finishes.
i have a soft spot for squids and octapus. i love them so much. it really hurts me to see people even eating them. they are such special creatures, and this is a such a special punch bowl from VAGABOND HOUSE.
it’s incredible how instantly chic your event becomes with a catchy table banner displayed prominently. dress up your party, shop at TINPARADE.com
this ingenious product is a natural extension of TEAFORTE and it’s so smart! they have taken their tea into the cocktail arena with easy to prepare tea-cocktail infusion kits.
with all this drinking you gotta stay hydrated. and i LOVE my water decanters. i always have one sitting on my bed stand. it’s great because the top doesn’t let dust settle on the surface of the water. such a genius item. BIB&SOLA gives 10% to water-related charities.
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…
Monday, November 5, 2012
this interesting book narrates the author’s journey in building a wine shop with absolutely no previous experience in the arena of sales. totally new to the retail sector–mr. pasanella was an accomplished architect/teacher/author previous to boarding the career jumping ship. he tells a humorous and painstaking story of ups and downs in the realization of his now successful wine shop: Pasanella & Sons. not only is the book entirely true and entertaining at the same time, but it is also quite informative and enlightening for both the wine novice and adept. it also speaks on a personal level to me as an entrepeuneer facing all sorts of challenges that any small business owner can relate to. i especially love the appendix at the back which contains many gems, favorite of which is “the ten strangest words in wine: cat’s piss, dirty socks, flabby, fruit bomb, corked, chewy.” great stocking stuffer! $24 clarkson potter
Friday, August 17, 2012
So proud of myself! I’m a contributing author to the widely recognized (in Astrology circles) issue of “THE INGRESS!” yAh! Back copies are available to the public for $5 by contacting the editor, stephen @ stephenfleming.com. if you’re an astrology buff, this is an interesting read and well worth the money. A full subscription to this prestigious industry journal is available for non-members @ $20/yr.