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Expert Offers 10 Tips for Surviving Bottomless Brunch Without Hurting Your Liver

Now that brunch season is upon us, the last thing anyone wants to think about at their weekend gathering is how the fluffy French toast and fruity sangria they’re enjoying is affecting their health and how best to avoid hurting their liver. Lucky for them, that is where Dr. Tarek Hassanein of Southern California Liver Centers comes in.

Dr. Tarek Hassanein is a liver specialist who doesn’t believe in completely eliminating the fun from your life in the name of health. Instead, he has bcreated 10 tips to navigating your bottomless brunch. By offering your audience this advice, you are helping them navigate their upcoming boozy gathering with friends and family without negatively affecting your health…or your fun.


10 Tips for Navigating Your Next Boozy Brunch

1.       Savor your meal before drinking. Don’t drink on an empty stomach.

2.       Enjoy your beverage. Do not overeat and Sip your drink.

3.       Avoid binging. Binge drinking is 5 drinks or more in less than 4-5 hours.

4.       Keep your number of drinks as low as possible. Don’t consume more than 3 drinks for a man and 2 for a woman.

5.       Know your alcohol. One beer is equivalent to a glass of wine or a shot of liquor.

6.       Find a driver. Don’t drive after drinking. It is hard to judge your blood alcohol level and its effects on your cognitive ability and reflexes.

7.       Take your meds. If you are a diabetic or hypertensive, suffering from a heart or liver condition, take your daily medications, and check with your doctor to avoid alcohol interactions with your medications.

8.       Avoid overdoing pain meds. If you are going to use Tylenol, don’t exceed more than 3 grams in one day. Be aware that a lot of headache medicines or pain killers contain acetaminophen (Tylenol), so avoid accidental overdosing.

9.       Don’t mix. Avoid mixing alcohol with other recreational drugs.

10.     Space your beverages out. Allow your body the ability to metabolize what you ingested and avoid intoxication.

Malibu Cocktails For Memorial Day

 

MALIBU LIME MOJITO

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 parts Malibu Lime
    • .75 parts Fresh Lime Juice
    • 3 parts Soda water
    • 10 Mint leaves
  • Method: Add mint leaves to a chilled highball glass and fill with ice cubes, Add Malibu Lime and fresh lime juice.
  • Garnish: Top up with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

MALIBU LIME FRESH

  • Glass: Highball
  • Ingredients:
    • 2 parts Malibu Lime
    • 3.5 parts soda water
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Drink Altos Tequila this Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching – it’s time to whip up your favorite cocktails. We are equipping you and your readers with the perfect recipes to celebrate this Tequila filled holiday.

Whether you’re having a small get together or a fiesta extravaganza, the Crafted Paloma, Smokin’ Aces and Tommy’s Margarita are sure to be a party favorite.

CRAFTED PALOMA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Altos Plata
  • 2 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt

Method:

  • Frost the glass rim with salt and crushed pink peppercorns.
  • Pour all the ingredients except the grapefruit juice into the glass.
  • Mix using the ALTOS molinillo to dissolve the agave syrup.
  • Fill the glass with ice and finish with the pink grapefruit juice.
  • Garnish with half slice of pink grapefruit.

SMOKIN’ ACES

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata
  • 1 part Altos Plata
  • 1 part Mezcal
  • 1/2 Part Lillet blanc
  • 2 parts Pineapple puree
  • 1 barspoon Agave syrup
  • 1 barspoon Lime Juice

Method:

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with pineapple leaves.

TOMMY’S MARGARITA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Altos Plata
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ part Agave Syrup
  • Lime Wedge for garnish

Method:

  • Build up all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into an ice-filled cup.
  • Garnish with a lime slice on top.

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Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier

Bulleit’s 3D Printed Whiskey Experience

Bulleit will return for its second year to the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on April 24th, bringing its latest Frontier Works project – the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, an immersive and intimate 3D printed whiskey experience – to one of New York’s hottest cultural events. In collaboration with the architecture and design practice FAR frohn&rojas, and fabrication team at Machine Histories, Bulleit will transform Studio 525 into an experiential lounge, highlighted by a jaw dropping 3D-printed bar.

The bar will serve some of the world’s first 3D printed cocktails featuring award-winning Bulleit bourbons and ryes, courtesy of robotics pioneer Benjamin Greimel. The space will be brought to life with music from cutting-edge New York-based DJs, Odalys and Angel and Dren, as well as a series of high-tech lighting projections featuring some of the hottest films debuting at this year’s festival.

WHAT

Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge at Tribeca Film Festival

WHEN

Wednesday, April 24th OR Thursday, April 25th OR Friday, April 26th (7-10PM ET)

WHERE

Studio 525 (525 W 24th St – in Chelsea, right under the High Line).

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Finlandia Drinks for Kentucky Derby

The countdown for the Kentucky Derby is on!  
Finlandia has created a number of exciting and delicious cocktails such as The Finlandia Oaks Lily (Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby) and the Finnish Line to celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports. Whether you’re in attendance or at home watching on the big-screen, everyone can be a part of the fun with Finlandia drinks!

The Finlandia Oaks Lily®
1 ¼ oz. Finlandia Classic Vodka
1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
¼ oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
Combine ingredients over crushed ice in glass. Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon peel.

The Finnish Line
1 ¼ oz. Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka
4 oz. Sparkling Grapefruit Water
Grapefruit Slice
Combine ingredients over crushed ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

North Pole Pop-Up Bar

A pop-up bar will open at the North Pole and offer free gin for life

Finnish Arctic Blue Gin is opening the northernmost pop-up bar “Arctic Bar” at the North Pole on April 17th. Any explorer courageous enough to reach it will earn free gin for life.

Situated at N90°E0°, the Arctic Bar will be open for one day on the 17th of April and gift anyone who shows up a lifetime supply of award-winning Arctic Blue Gin. The Arctic Bar will be the northernmost bar in the world, topping the Bar in Hotel Tulpan in Svalbard, Norway.

Why the North Pole?

“To survive here, you need to be a little mad, and quite a lot tougher. Just like the wild bilberries we season our gin with, that fight their way through the frozen earth just to survive. It’s not easy, but you can truly taste their zest for life.” says Mikko Spoof, Co-Founder and Brand Director of Arctic Brand Group.

“And just like the bilberries, our ideas have to fight through a dark and frosty element to survive.” Continues Mr. Spoof, “We believe actions are more impactful than words in telling stories. That’s why we will open a bar at the North Pole. The customers can enjoy free gin during the pop-up day and even better than that: they will get a lifetime supply of Arctic Blue Gin delivered to their front door. ”

The Finnish expedition will ride on the North Pole for a week in very harsh conditions. The thickness of the ice may vary from a few centimeters to a few meters and the temperature can even drop down to -40°C/F.

The expedition to N90°E0° will start today as Mikko Spoof and other three mad explorers embark on an adventure with the beloved gin to open a bar amongst polar bears, walruses, and seals. If you find yourself at N90°E0° on April 17th, you will get a free supply of Arctic Blue Gin for the rest of your life, or at least as long as the bilberries survive and are not extinct due to climate change.

The team is headed by the experienced polar expert and photographer Poppis Suomela. Photographer Valtteri Hirvonen and director Otso Tiainen will also join the extreme trip and film a short documentary on the effects of global warming.

About Arctic Brands Group

Arctic Brands Group is a high-quality artisan spirits company founded in 2017 and merged with Chevaliers Holding Ltd Hong Kong in 2018. The company has produced its first double gold award winning spirit the ARCTIC BLUE GIN. The products of Arctic Brands Group are based on the unique Finnish nature and its pure raw materials. Domestic blueberries, fresh spring water and Nordic plants give Arctic Blue the unique, sophisticated blueberry, juniper, spicy and coniferous taste. Arctic Blue Gin is already exported to over ten countries.

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Motley Brews Great Vegas Festival of Beer

Motley Brews hosted its largest event to date with the ninth annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday and Saturday with approximately 8,000 guests in attendance over both days.

Some of the state’s top brewers, mixologists, chefs and restaurateurs competed in multiple categories in Friday’s Mad Craft Experience, touted as a “science fair for beer and food.” Local brewers and chefs experimented with unique beer and food pairings in a friendly competition, providing attendees with unlimited samples of beer creations and culinary dishes.

Mad Craft winners included

  • Best Decorated Booth: Joseph James Brewing Company
  • Best Beer Blend: Gold & Night by Beer District Brewing
  • Best Beer Cocktail: Black Stones and Old Bones by Golden Tiki
  • Best Specialty Beer: Fauxlander by Big Dog’s Brewing Company
  • Best Beer Experiment: Benedict Cucumberbatch by Mason Ale Works
  • Best Craft IPA or Pale Ale-Infused Dish: The Waffkin by Twice Baked
  • Best Stout or Porter-Infused Dish: Hand-Rolled Cavatelli by Esther’s Kitchen
  • Best Protein Beer-Infused Dish: Hopped Raspberry Burrata Toast by Esther’s Kitchen
  • Best Craft Beer-Infused Vegetable Dish: I Wit You Not, Sprouts on Crack by Tacos and Beer

The Grand Tasting on Saturday featured over 100 breweries pouring more than 500 beers from around the globe. Along with the beer offerings, the Grand Tasting included a variety of high-energy, interactive experiences from sponsors including Zappos Murals and Magic, PT’s Brewing Company and BLVD & MAIN Taphouse’s Center Bar, Ellis Island’s Front Yard Karaoke and Brooklyn Bowl’s Silent Disco.

The “Get Motley” VIP lounge offered views overlooking the entire festival, as well as samplings from Saint Archer Brewing Company, Beer District Brewing, Aces & Ales and Hop Valley Brewing Company. VIP chefs included Chef Jose Navarro, co-owner of Stache & Suite catering and executive chef at Trevi and Chef Geno Bernardo, executive chef at The Summit Club.

Zappos created statues of a pretzel and beer can running towards each other for photo opportunities, along with a mural spelling out “BEER” with local beer labels and a staged wall for people to pose with wings made of beer stickers. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and the Nevada Craft Brewers Association.

About Motley Brews

Awarded “Best Food and Drink Festival” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s 2018 Best of Las Vegas Awards, Motley Brews was created for locals, breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting. Motley Brews develops beer-centric festivals and events throughout the Southwest, including San Diego, Las Vegas and Pasadena, Calif. Motley Brews’ annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, founded in 2011, is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival.

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Great Vegas Festival of Beer

Nevada’s largest beer festival, Great Vegas Festival of Beer, has announced its lineup of brewers participating in the Grand Tasting at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center from 3 to 7 p.m., and 2 p.m. for early entry and VIP, on Saturday, April 6.

More than 100 craft breweries will come together to offer more than 500 different brews throughout the afternoon. To accompany the unlimited beer samples, the Grand Tasting will feature culinary offerings from Get Motley’s VIP chefs, Chef Jose Navarro and Chef Geno Bernardo, as well as a bar-arcade, silent disco experience and many other unique activations. Early entry special reserve beers will include Frozen Berry Tart Gose from CraftHaus Brewery, Cryo Stash from Hop Valley Brewing Company, Benedict Cucumberbatch from Mason Ale Works, Hualapai IPA from PT’s Brewing Company and more. This year’s official beer, “Hopical Storm,” is a five-hop pale ale collaboration between Motley Brews and local favorite Big Dog’s Brewing Co. A beer hopped and brewed with tropical flavors picked out by Motley Fans themselves, the exclusive “Hopical Storm” was created only to be consumed at the festival and special on-premise locations following the festival. Additional local brews available at the festival include Las Vegas Craft Lager from Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Good Maple Morning from Chicago Brewing Company, Zitrone from CraftHaus Brewery, Hendertucky from Lovelady Brewing Company, Mucker Irish Red from Tonopah Brewing Co. and more.

Out-of-state beers include Sour Saison from New Belgium Brewing Company, Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company, Hazyish IPA from Avery Brewing Co., Mango Wheat from Blue Moon Brewing Company, Blueberry Cream Ale from Garage Brewing Co. and more. A full lineup of participating brewers and beers can be found HERE

Tickets for the Grand Tasting start at $45 plus fees, with entry access at 3 p.m., along with a tasting glass for unlimited beer samples. Early admission tickets are also available, providing entry at 2 p.m., starting at $55 plus fees. Limited VIP tickets to the Grand Tasting are priced at $95 plus fees, complete with early entry at 2 p.m., access to the Get Motley VIP Lounge, which includes limited-release and unique brews, a decadent spread of beer-inspired cuisine prepared by top chefs from Las Vegas, upgraded seating and more. All tickets are available for purchase now.

About Motley Brews:

Founded in 2010, Motley Brews was created for locals, breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting.  Motley Brews develops beer-centric festivals and events throughout the Southwest, including San Diego, Las Vegas and Pasadena, Calif. Motley Brews’ annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, founded in 2011, is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival. Motley Brews supports local non-profits with every event, raising more than $125,000 to date. More information about Motley Brews is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MotleyBrews, or on their website.

Drake’s Organic Spirits Introduces Spiked Ice Adult Frozen Treats

Drake’s Organic Spirits, distiller of award-winning all organic ultra-premium vodka, white rum, spiced rum and mixes, announced today that it has introduced Drake’s Organic Spiked Iceä. The adult freeze-and-eat organic treats feature 15% ABV and only 80 calories each. Drake’s Spiked Ice will be available in four flavors: Mango Rum Punch, Vodka Lemonade, Watermelon Martini and Classic Mojito.

Drake’s Organic Spirits is the first and only spirit line in the world to be certified USDA organic, non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, vegan and kosher. The five certifications ensure a cleaner drinking option that comes only from the highest quality organic ingredients. Drake’s continues to be among the most environmentally conscious brands in the spirits industry and deeply committed to using ingredients and processes that lead to a more sustainable planet.

“Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice are handheld ice pops that feature all of the crisp, clean flavor of our ultra-premium vodka and rum blended with 100% organic ingredients into treats perfect for summer,” said Drake’s Founder and CEO Mark Anderson. “We’re improving the category of frozen adult treats by offering a product that freezes with twice the ABV as other brands and tastes delicious without the addition of artificial colors and flavors.” Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice will be introduced at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention & Exposition taking place in Orlando, Florida from March 31 – April 3, 2019. Drake’s is an Associate Member of the WSWA, a national membership organization advocating on federal, state, regulatory, and legal issues impacting distributors and the beverage alcohol industry.

In addition to Spiked Ice, Drake’s offers a keg cocktail program that provides pre-mixed organic cocktails to some of the largest venues in the United States. Proceeds from the sale of all Drake’s Organic Spirits products help fund Long Lake Animal Rescue, an animal rescue foundation that takes in animals in urgent need of a second chance at life. Minneapolis-based Drake’s Organic Spirits was launched in 2017. Drake’s uses the highest quality USDA organic and non-GMO Project Verified ingredients to create a line of ultra- premium spirits. Drake’s Organic Vodka, Drake’s Organic White Rum and Drakes Organic Spiced Rum offer a no grain, no gluten, no gmo, ultra-premium, 12-times distilled handcrafted spirits at a better price than the leading premium brands.

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National Cocktail Day

Get creative this National Cocktail Day with GEM&BOLT’s selection of tasty, fun craft cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

THE ETHELINE

2 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL

3 DASH TIKI BITTERS

1 OZ FRESH LEMON

0.5 OZ FRESH ORANGE JUICE

0.75 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP

1 BAR SPOON BLACK CURRANT PUREE

GARNISH WITH ORANGE SLICE

VENUS DE NYLON

1.5 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL

0.75 OZ FRESH LEMON JUICE

0.75 OZ PEPPERED APRICOT HONEY

0.5 OZ GRAN CLASSICO LIQUEUR

TOP WITH COINTREAU FOAM FLOAT

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