Thursday, November 12, 2015

New York- Go Drink Here: the Village Voice Holiday Spirits Cruise

Baby, Let's Cruise

Village Voice Holiday Spirits Cocktail Cruise
Courtesy image- Village Voice

A week from now, we'll be cruising around the Hudson River on the Hornblower Infinity  and enjoying unlimited drinks from more than 25 distilleries, wineries and makers of fine spirits. The Village Voice will be hosting its 3rd annual Holiday Spirits Cocktail Cruise from 6:00pm - 10:00pm on Thursday November 19th. Confirmed brands include Breuckelen Distilling, Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Winery, Jack from Brooklyn, Queens Courage Gin, Port Morris Distillery, Prairie Organic Vodka, Scorpion Mezcal and Tanteo Spirits. There will also be a complimentary buffet dinner, live music and a souvenir glass. You want to come. You know it. All you have to do is go HERE and buy a ticket.

Infinity Hornblower Yacht
Photo credit: Nathalie Zaro
A portion of proceeds from Holiday Spirits will benefit Lifebeat, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's youth (13-29) about HIV/AIDS prevention.

We attended the Village Voice's Annual Holiday Spirits Cocktail Cruise last year and loved getting to know new spirits and cocktails that we don't see at every bar. (Some brands even had a little swag to give out. Here are a couple of drinks we really loved.

Will you be cruising with us next week? What shoes will you wear? Wait, what shoes should WE wear? 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Do Try This At Home: The Perfect Tailgate Toast

The Peligroso Cinnamon Score

We're pretty deep into football season, and with it comes tailgate time. Whether you're convening with friends in the parking lot of a stadium, or watching the games from home, you're likely going to be having a cocktail (or five) while you do it. With that in mind, I, created a delicious drink to enjoy at tailgate time featuring Peligroso Tequila Cinnamon. Warm, sweet and a little bit spicy, it's perfect for sipping when temperatures are chilly.

Peligroso Cinnamon Score

Here's the recipe:
8 oz instant hot chocolate
3 oz Peligroso Tequila Cinnamon
5 dashes orange bitter
1 pinch of sea salt
1 pinch of nutmeg

Prepare 1 packet of instant hot chocolate. Pour into your favorite thermos or portable mug. Add 3 oz Peligroso Tequila Cinnamon. Add 5 dashes of orange bitters, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of nutmeg to taste. Then pour into small mugs or cups.

***Disclosure: I am working in partnership with brand and I am receiving rewards for my participation in this campaign.All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own. Drink is intended for those whom alcohol is legal and appropriate. Please Drink Responsibly!

Monday, October 5, 2015

No Mess Monday: Neutral Pumps + Ayelsbury Duck Vodka

Get to the Point

It's Monday. You have a case of the blahs, and consequently, no patience for rambling or ambling. At the office, wear a pointed pump that illustrates your mood. At happy hour, order a drink that takes the edge off while maintaining an air of sophistication. 

On your Feet:

The pointed toe of Caliegh pump by Renvy (available exclisively at on currently on sale for $95) connotes a desire to streamline efforts and cut to the chase, while the enamel block heel indicates the importance of balance. Its 4 1/2" height keeps you above any pettiness (or it should), and the neutral nude color speaks to an unbiased perspective that helps you handle matters objectively. 

In your Glass

Entertaining clients at happy hour? DO NOT order shots. Instead, opt for a smooth, strong cocktail  that eases a little of the tension in your shoulders but lets you keep your wits (because you'll sip it slowly, we hope). Yesterday was National Vodka Day, but you may have opted for brunch mimosas or game-day brews instead. With that in mind, we suggest ordering a Delancey, featuring the highly rated Aylesbury Duck Vodka from The 86 Company

1 teaspoon rich simple syrup (see note)
1 lemon twist, for garnish

Combine in old-fashioned glass. Add 2 ice cubes, cracked, and 2 uncracked, stir. Twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top to garnish.

*To make rich simple syrup, stir 2 parts demerara sugar with 1 part water over low heat until sugar dissolves.

**Caveat Potor (let the drinker beware): No matter how high the quality of the spirit you sip, if you don't do it responsibly, you will not keep your wits (nor your balance in your fabulous shoes). We hope you'll refrain from overindulging. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Editor Review: in Jersey City and Hoboken

The Perfect Staycation Partner

Wine from
Wine ordered from

Every now and then, it's refreshing to stay in and do nothing. We mean NOTHING... not even go out for food. Enter (which now services Jersey City and Hoboken YAY!). Our editor, Nafeesa, recently took a staycation to get acquainted with the online delivery service. She used her complimentary credits on Thai food and wine. Here's what you need to know:

The Good

1. You can order more than takeout.

Of course, you can still order ally types of cuisine from a number of highly-rated restaurants. You just have other options. Feel like cooking? Order groceries. Need a little something to sip while you cook? Order wine and/ or spirits. Staring at a pile of dirty clothes that you refuse to wash? They've got that covered, too.

2. It deserves to be said again: you can order BOOZE!

Here in Jersey City, order minimums are under $30 (less than a decent bottle of reposado), and delivery fees fall under $5.

3. You can see the next available delivery time without extra clicks.

Most options on the list of locations that service your area are presented with an estimate of the next available delivery time. This saves you the extra effort of clicking and making selections, only to find out that it'll be three hours before you can eat or drink.

4. Rewards points. 

The more you order, the more you earn. They can be redeemed for credits toward orders or for really handy items (like a vacuum wine stopper or multi-tool for your home bar). You can also donate them to charity. (Karma points. Woot!)

Space for Improvement

1. Wine is a bit of a challenge.

The wine and spirit stores (at least the ones that service Jersey City) provide little to no detail about the flavor profiles of the wines they offer. Though, it usually only takes a couple of seconds to google a particular wine and find out what you need to know.

2. I wish only restaurants that are currently open would be presented in my list of delivery options.

If there's nothing open in my area at 2 AM, that's fine. Just say that. I'm in lazy mode. I don't want to have to look and see that my next delivery time is 8 hours away.

The Final Verdict

Thumbs up. The delivery drivers were all polite and professional. It was easy to know exactly when the items would be delivered, and the delivery minimums and fees were all beyond reasonable. Plus... that points system is pretty cool.