Saying good-bye to an old year and welcoming in a new year full of possibilities is a great occasion to pull out your cocktail glasses and favorite cocktail recipes. Whether you insist that your guests dress in their best for your party or your focus is on comfort and a friendly gathering, there are several things you can do to make sure everyone is having a great time.
One: Arrange Rides Ahead of Time
When you plan a party knowing that you’re serving a lot of alcohol, plan ahead. Make sure you have your phone fully charged and that you’ve saved the numbers to your favorite cab companies. You may want to book a cab or two ahead of time unless you don’t mind having a guest crash at your home overnight.
Two: Choose One or Two Cocktails
Serving a full bar can quickly become very expensive. When you want to serve cocktails, limit your offerings to one or two drinks. If guests want something else, you could have wine and beer available. Keep things fun by offering an array of unique and festive garnishes.
Three: Serve Food
A sweet cocktail is a fun way to help your guests get comfortable but serving them in addition to some fun snacks or a meal is a good way to save money and cut down on the next day’s hangovers. A full range of appetizers or hors d’oeuvres can reduce the amount of alcohol you go through and may prevent guests from becoming too inebriated.
Four: Figure Out How Much Alcohol You Need
Your New Year’s party will come to an unhappy end if you run out of food and drinks. Make sure you have plenty of alcohol by considering how many people will attend, how long the party should last, and whether the drinks are the primary focus or just a side attraction. As you make your calculations, give yourself a bit of wiggle room by getting extra ingredients.
Five: Establish Limits
It’s a good idea to avoid becoming very drunk yourself, so you’re able to recognize if one of your guests is making dangerous decisions. You may need to find rides for guests or make decisions about whether a guest should continue drinking. At some point in the night, stop serving your New Years Eve cocktails and switch to soft drinks, tea, or coffee. You may want to hire a professional bartender to help you with this part of the night.
Six: Brush Up on Local Laws
Even if you’re serving alcohol in your home, there are laws that could affect you. Make sure you’re familiar with liquor licensing and service laws in your area. If you’re not sure where to find information about these laws, contact your insurance provider. Protect yourself from “dram shop liability” or social host liability. If you serve alcohol and one of your guests injures someone else, you could be held responsible.
Hosting a party to celebrate a brand-new year is a great way to get your friends and family together. Make sure everyone enjoys themselves and gets home safely by choosing a good selection of drinks and food and by considering the safety of your guests.
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Give the gift everyone will love this holiday season—alcohol! Whether they are vodka drinkers, brandy connoisseurs or tequila lovers, CÎROC, CÎROC VS and DeLeón have options that will make any liquor aficionado happy. Both CÎROC and CÎROC VS Brandy are distilled by time and sold at a reasonable price that will not hurt your bank account. DeLeón Platinum is everyone’s go-to tequila with the smoothest finish, and when you are wondering what to get the person who has everything, the high-end and luxurious DeLeón Leona Tequila is just the gift for them. Crisp and refreshing, this must-try tequila is a favorite among the elite tequila enthusiasts and connoisseurs.
CÎROC $29.99 CÎROC White Grape is a limited time flavor of rich tasting spirit made with vodka five times distilled from fine French grapes, finished in a tailor-made copper pot still in Southern France. The sweet complexity of distilled grapes, clean finish and absence of alcohol burn can be savored alone or mixed to release the true flavors in every cocktail.
CÎROC VS Brandy $42.99 CÎROC VS is a sophisticated spirit crafted from fine French grapes for a modern expression of classic French Brandy. True to the brand and its value, VS stands for “Very Special,” signifying the superior quality and craftsmanship of CÎROC VS.
DeLeón Platinum Tequila $60 A crowning jewel among tequilas, experience the top shelf and high-class tone of DeLeón Platinum Tequila. Exquisite highland agave is slowly roasted in traditional clay ovens for a subtle taste profile with a whisper of sweet agave, citrus, warm spice and smooth vanilla on the finish.
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A.S.K. AND UNLOCK THE SECRETS: FEW SPIRITS, SEATTLE GRUNGE LEGENDS ALICE IN CHAINS COLLABORATE ON ALL SECRETS KNOWN, 101-PROOF BOURBON FINISHED IN TEQUILA BARRELS
“For us distilling, like making music, is about having the courage to ASK, ‘What if we…’ and being excited to find the answers – unlocking those secrets.” – Paul Hletko, Master Distiller, FEW Spirits
FEW Spirits and Warner Music Artist Services announce today the release of All Secrets Known, a new, limited-release bourbon distilled by FEW Spirits Master Distiller Paul Hletko in collaboration with Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling Seattle Grunge pioneers Alice In Chains, whose music has stood the test of time and influenced a generation. Bottles feature a custom-designed label by artist Justin Helton.
The Whiskey All Secrets Known (SRP: $75/750 ml), a nod to the name of the opening track of Alice In Chains’ 2009 certified Gold release Black Gives Way To Blue, is FEW Bourbon finished for six months in tequila barrels and bottled at the most rock and roll of proofs, 101 (50.5% ABV). Bold, sweet, and spicy bourbon top notes that have become the hallmark of FEW and led to multiple category awards, are accentuated by grassy agave undertones.
Said Hletko, “There are no two spirits that have a closer association with rock and roll than whiskey and tequila. Bringing together elements of both, but in an unconventional, innovative way, is an illustration of what we try to do every time we distill a new product.”
The Collaboration “Alice In Chains is part of one of very few movements that can be legitimately credited with shapeshifting an entire culture, beginning with their first album, Facelift,” continues Hletko. “For us distilling, like making music, is about having the courage to ASK, ‘What if we…’ and being excited to find the answers – unlocking those secrets. Nobody sounds like Alice In Chains. We were inspired by their courage to create a sound that flouted convention and thought, ‘There are lots of tequilas finished in bourbon barrels, but it’s rare to find a widely-available bourbon finished in tequila barrels. Let’s do that instead’.”
Added Matt Young, EVP of Warner Music Artist Services, “Our team always seeks out the best in the business when it comes to our artist product collaborations. FEW Spirits was a no brainer when the idea first came up to create an Alice In Chains Bourbon Whiskey.”
The Label Design Artist Justin Helton, of Status Serigraph, is no stranger to working with musical giants like Phish, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Ween, and The Black Keys created the custom label.
“I’ve been a fan of Alice In Chains forever with Jar of Flies being one of the first CD’s I ever owned,” says Helton. “‘I Stay Away’ and ‘No Excuses’ were on repeat in my room. For this design I found inspiration in the name All Secrets Known. The eye in the mouth is a play on seeing all that’s been spoken. The color scheme is a nod to Black Gives Way to Blue, the album on which the song ‘All Secret Known’ appears.”
Helton designed the label in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, also using a mix of hand-rendered illustrations with imagery from the 1800’s to create a distinct look.
A Legacy of Rock and Roll Partnerships All Secrets Known is yet another foray for FEW Spirits into partnerships with internationally-renowned music acts. In 2006, Hletko partnered with The Flaming Lips to create Brainville Rye Whiskey.
“Brainville led to access,” Hletko said. “Doors started opening and I’ve always felt like when you get a chance to work with cool people you admire, you’ve got to at least check it out. As a long-time fan of Alice In Chains and someone who has at various points made his living as a guitar player, the opportunity to work with someone like Jerry Cantrell, whose sound is unlike any other, was one we were determined to see through come hell or high water.
Limited-release All Secrets Known will be available in CA, CO, IL, NY, and WA and for purchase online through ReserveBar.com.
About FEW Spirits A grain-to-glass distillery since 2011, FEW Spirits produces award–winning craft whiskey and gin in a tucked away alley located in the growing Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL.. A historical town where Prohibition lasted until 1972, Founder & Master Distiller Paul Hletko changed the future of Evanston when he opened FEW Spirits Distillery, the first (legal) alcohol-production facility of any kind to ever open there.
Paul Hletko always knew he wanted to make craft spirits —produced in the local Chicago area—that offered something different, delicious and fun. Living in Evanston, a town that was prime for change after being dry for four decades post the repeal of prohibition, Paul felt it was the perfect home and backdrop for FEW and the brand. Deeply integrated into the brand story, both Evanston and Chicago are crucial elements of the FEW DNA and its inspiration. From its liquid, created from locally grown or sourced ingredients, to the look & feel of the design, which pays homage to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago— FEW is the true definition of a local Illinois craft spirit.
FEW Spirits features a refreshing and innovative portfolio including a stable of core spirits and several small batch limited edition specialty expressions. Each flagship spirit is a new take on the timeless liquors of the past; distilled from the very best grains, aged to perfection, and bottled under the FEW roof. The small batch limited editions hold true to the premium quality FEW drinkers have to come to love and expect from the brand, but offer something novel to the oft-ordinary taste and style we’ve all grown accustomed to.
In a world over saturated with mass-produced spirits, only few remain truly handcrafted, locally sourced and small-batched. FEW has never strayed from this—even as it grows, Paul and his team continue to provide consistently impeccable spirits that are true to their craft roots and reminiscent of their home base.
About Alice In Chains Seminal rock band ALICE IN CHAINS recently toured in support of RAINIER FOG, which hit No. 1 across Billboard’s Rock, Alternative and Hard Music Charts and No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart and earned them a Grammy nom for “Best Rock Album.” Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall) have garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions.
Their discography features some of the biggest and most important albums in rock history, including 1992’s quadruple-platinum-certified “DIRT,” 1994’s triple-platinum-certified EP JAR OF FLIES, which was the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and 1995’s self-titled double-platinum-certified ALICE IN CHAINS, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1. They returned in grand style in 2009 with the critically acclaimed BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE, which hit No. 1 across the rock and alternative charts, earned a Grammy nomination, was certified Gold and hailed by Vice as “a record that’s as powerful as anything the band has done.” ALICE IN CHAINS remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.
Kahlúa has some new, exciting cocktails this season including the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini and the Cold Brew Martini.
Whether you’re into the traditional taste of pumpkin or you are still drinking cold brew coffee (because honestly who cares what the temperature is), Kahlúa crafted these two delicious and refreshing martinis that will have everyone falling for this season’s specialty cocktails.
Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
1 Part Kahlúa
1 Part Absolut Vodka
1 Part Espresso
1/2 part Monin Pumpkin Spice
Method: Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.
Cold Brew Martini
1 part Absolut Vodka
2 parts Kahlúa
3 parts cold brew
Method: Fill shaker with ice. Add one part Absolut Vodka, two parts Kahlúa and 3 parts cold brew coffee. Shake the ingredients hard for at least 10 seconds to create a nice foam. Strain into a cocktail glass to get rid of all the small ice chips. Garnish with coffee beans.
The culture of craft cocktails is wildly growing, incredibly tasty, and now more convenient than ever, with The Cocktail Box Co. Whether you’re a seasoned boozy vet or a newbie exploring the world of libations, The Cocktail Box Co helps you create premium cocktails whenever, wherever.
Imagine having the ingredients and tools of a professional bartender in the convenience of your pocket. How delightful! The perfect travel cocktail companion, these genius little kits can be taken anywhere; a plane ride, tailgate, hotel room, a party with friends and family. Stumped on a gift idea, but looking for something creative, useful and fun? The Cocktail Box Co is the perfect gift for anyone that appreciates a satisfying adult-beverage experience.
Housed in perfectly pleasing, beautifully designed tin boxes, they’re currently offered in 4 delectable flavors:
● Old Fashioned ($21.99): A classic! This kit serves 6 hand-crafted premium Old Fashioned cocktails. (Pro Tip! Replenish your own sugar cubes and you can make up to 25 cocktails) Includes high-quality organic ingredients like orange, grapefruit & aromatic bitters as well as 6 perfectly cubed pieces of raw cane sugar. Includes a custom designed fancy pants bartender’s spoon & muddler, 3 cocktail picks and also a hand-knit cocktail napkin.
● Champagne Cocktail ($21.99): Whether you’re celebrating a huge milestone, or just because you made it through another work day, the Champagne kit is timeless. Lavender, lemon & aromatic bitters as well as 6 perfectly cubed pieces of raw cane sugar, round out this exquisite assortment of ingredients.
● Moscow Mule ($21.99): Spicy, invigorating and modern, the Moscow Mule kit is easily adaptable to any alcohol preference. Grapefruit & lemon bitters, as well as 3 packs of ginger syrup and lime juice, set the stage for a party in your mouth.
● Gin & Tonic ($21.99): Not your parent’s aperitif! This kit boasts orange and lavender bitters, tonic syrup and lime juice and is damn refreshing. As always, included is a custom designed bartender’s spoon & muddler, 3 cocktail picks and a hand-knit cocktail napkin for spillage.
The Cocktail Box Co has spent years (and many hungover mornings) working alongside accomplished mixologists and fellow cocktail enthusiasts to create a line of “on the go” kits, with precisely proportioned ingredients and handy, charmingly crafted tools.
Co-President, Pete Nordstrom, along side of corporate partners hosted a tour for retailer’s newly largest single project investment in their history. On Oct 24th, Nordstrom will launch its first flagship in Manhattan since the 1920s. An exclusive onestop shop adjacent to the Nordstrom Men’s store located on West 57th street & Broadway. The seven-level flagship store, designed in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, forms in the base of the ‘tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.’ With 320,000 square feet, it will embody an experience which is responsive and reflective of its customers. After all, a great design encourages people to stay longer and shop more. And, with 19-foot ceilings, it’s an open canvas for an interchangeable yet flexible floor plan.
The new floor plan allows for discovery, with range to explore and transition through brands freely that they haven’t experienced before. The infrastructure is designed to funnel natural light through transparency with floor to ceiling glass, intertwining the shopping experience to the city’s skyline. The atrium possesses a waveform glass façade which allows for interaction from customers inside and out. Chain-mail veils and lighting installations lend character to the location, reflecting the city’s cultural events as well as major holidays.
“A rapidly growing younger consumer who’s engaged has emerged,” asserts Pete Nordstrom. Instinctively creating a new culture and how we shop that’s relevant to life experiences. Today one-third of sales are e-commerce, which represents 30% of Nordstrom’s business.
For over 100 years, the retailer has stood the test of time. The climate of brick and mortar for many retailers have shrunk and/or has become nonexistent. Nordstrom understands as their customer evolves, their level of service and retail atmosphere should be elevated as well. Using technology and innovation, the new store’s communication system will allow employees to order beverages and/or garments throughout the location.
In addition, customers will have access to 24/7 buy online & pickup, in-store personal stylists and tailoring while you wait. The Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, has fabricated initiatives like Pop-In@ Nordstrom – an exclusive space for emerging designers. Merchandising will include a curated depth of products (clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, children’s, home etc) across price points.
Lastly, there will be 7 food and beverage options with 4 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and an innovative, gluten-free doughnut stand:
¤ Shoe Bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, speciality coffee drinks and a selection of small plates.
¤ 2 restaurants are in collaboration with Chef Tom Douglas.
¤ 1 restaurant is in collaboration with Chef Ethan Stowell.
For a mega metropolis that’s often explored while on foot, this fashion marquee’s newest residence seems to be long overdue.
As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to visit their ‘Boozy Brunch,’ which takes place weekly every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Serial entrepreneur, Willie Degel, helms Uncle Jack’s Meat House as well as the host of Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout. On the show, Degel helps restaurateurs uncover major obstacles which threaten to sink their businesses. Moreover, his culinary vision was to co-create Uncle Jack’s Meat House; a modest luxury establishment dedicated to steak connoisseurs.
Inspired by his late godfather and great-uncle Jack; he afforded his first restaurant at age 20. Uncle Jack’s exhibits the debut of branding, tailored to today’s patron who’s interested in natural, organic and sustainable elements.
$29.95 includes one entree and bottomless cocktails for 2 hours. Robust dishes, prepared by Chef Marvin, like the ‘8oz Salmon BLT’ are cooked to perfection. A crispy outside with a moist middle. Dished out with your choice side of fruit salad or fries. Wash it down with the High West punch, a premium cocktail developed by General Manager and resident mixologist. It’s garnished with infused Cherry’s and fresh fruit.
Various antiquities frame the bar which complement original artwork throughout the restaurant, adding authenticity to its natural glory. At the 4-star locale, for social engagement purposes, one can document their visit with the ‘selfie mirror.’
Overall, the restaurant possesses charismatic waitstaff, handcrafted cocktails and succulent bites which are certain to keep you coming back.
THE WORLD’S 50 BEST BARS RELEASES ITS EXTENDED 51-100 LIST 2019 AS A PREVIEW TO NEXT WEEK’S BIG AWARDS
The World’s 50 Best Bars has just unveiled the 2019 list of bars ranked from 51 to 100, ahead of its annual awards, which is taking place next week on 3rd October in London.
14 bars that didn’t appear last year feature in the extended list
The list includes bars from 26 cities across 20 countries
USA leads with 9 bars, of which four are located in New York
Asia is represented by 11 bars across six countries
Highest new entry in the 51-100 list is Tayēr + Elementary (No.52) in London
South and Central America are represented by four bars across three countries
The UK is represented by seven bars – six in London and one in Edinburgh
The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 51-100 list showcases bars from 26 cities across 20 different countries and this year contains 14 new entries from around the globe. One of these bars will be named the Campari One To Watch, which tips a bar likely to break into the list in the future, at next week’s ceremony.
The USA leads the 51-100 list with nine bars featured; four are based in New York City, two in San Francisco and Chicago and one in Miami. Big Apple favourite The Clover Club is a new entry at No.100 on the highly coveted ranking.
The list features 11 establishments from Asia, with Hong Kong and Japan leading the way with three bars each. Thailand and Singapore both have two bars on the list, and South Korea’s Charles H also features at No.83.
Among the 14 new bars to enter the 51-100 list, the UK’s Tayēr + Elementary debuts highest at No.52 with other prominent new entries including London’s Scarfes Bar (No.55) and Siete Negronis (No.69) in Santiago, Chile.
Among the seven inclusions from the UK, six are based in London, including Oriole (No.64), Satan’s Whiskers (No.78), Donovan Bar (No.87) and The Gibson (No.97), while Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons completes the UK’s offering at No.77.
Representative of the growing cocktail scenes in both Spain and Latin America, five bars in these regions feature in the 51-100 list. Spain’s second city, Barcelona, boasts two bars including Two Schmucks (No.57) and the well-established Dry Martini (No.74). The list also features two bars from São Paulo, Brazil: SubAstor (No.51) and Frank Bar (No.96); while Mexico City’s Hanky Panky places at No.65.
Australia has four bars on the 51-100 list this year with Bulletin Place leading the pack at No.66, while Black Pearl (No.80) places as Melbourne’s only entry.
Baccano leads Italy’s entries at No.70 ahead of fellow Rome bar Drink Kong (No.82) and Milan’s Nottingham Forest (No.86).
William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “Ahead of The World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony returning to London’s Roundhouse on 3rd October, we’re excited to be able to share the 51-100 list. It is a true reflection of some of the key emerging trends in the industry, as well as the extraordinary talent of the bartenders. This year’s 51-100 list includes a number of returning favourites, but it is also great to see a wide range of new entries from across the globe. It really showcases the diversity and ever evolving quality of the world’s leading bars.”