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.
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.
DeLeón Leóna Tequila $799.99 If presentation is everything, DeLeón Leona Tequila wins. It is beautifully paired with a python-skin flask in a limited edition box. Selected from a private reserve, this exceptional liquid is aged in robust American Oak, and then rested for more than a year in the finest French Sauternes casks. The result is a deep amber color with notes of fresh fruit.
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.
Drake’s Organic Spirits announced today that its innovative Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice™freeze-and-eat adult treats are now available at Phoenix, San Diego and Denver-area Costco locations. The handheld ice pops feature 15% ABV and only 80 calories each. Spiked Ice comes in four flavors – Mango Rum Punch, Vodka Lemonade, Watermelon Martini and Classic Mojito – and are made with Drake’s award-winning all-organic ultra-premium vodka and white rum.
“Costco is one of the most beloved and respected retailers in the world which is why we couldn’t be prouder to have Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice on their shelves,” said Drake’s Founder and CEO Mark Anderson. “Costco understands the growing consumer demand for products made sustainably and without the addition of artificial colors and flavors. We know their devoted shoppers will love Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice.”
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.
Besides Phoenix, San Diego and Denver-area Costco locations, Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice will be available at additional Costco stores soon.
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.
Note: Expect 10 minutes of prep and about 14 hours of freezing time
Summer Watermelon Sparkle
.85 oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon
.34 oz. Cranberry
Topped with Champaign
-Pour Cîroc Watermelon and cranberry into a flute glass
-Top with Champaign
-Garnish with a Watermelon skin twist
Watermelon Le Twist
1.35oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon
.68 oz. Lemonade
1.35 oz. Soda
.34 oz. Splash of Cranberry
-Pour the ingredients in a tall glass filled with cubed ice
-Garnish with a lime wheel, fresh watermelon wheel & sprig of fresh mint
CÎROC Watermelon Refresh Pitcher
8 oz. CîROC Summer Watermelon
16 oz. lemonade
8 oz. club soda
Garnish: Lemon, wheel, mint or sliced watermelon
Preparation: Combine CîROC Summer Watermelon, lemonade and ice in a pitcher ,Stir until contents are well mixed, Top with club soda
6oz DeLeon Platinum tequila
4oz Watermelon Juice
12 Cherry tomatoes on Vine
4 oz Lime juice
4 tsp Agave
Glassware: Rocks Glass/Collins
Garnish: Lime Wedge and Tomato
Preparation: Mull 12 cherry tomatoes in a shaker. Blend 10-12 pieces of watermelon or 1oz of watermelon juice into shaker,Add in remaining ingredients and pinch of salt. Shake, strain and pour over ice
1.5oz DeLeon Platinum tequila
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz agave
3 large chunks of watermelon
Glassware: Margarita/Rocks Glass
Garnish: Watermelon cube, lime wheel & sprinkle of salt
Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice & fine strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass
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.
KAHLÚA INTRODUCES ITS FIRST EVER RTD ESPRESSO STYLE MARTINI: A REINVENTED CLASSIC COCKTAIL IN A CAN, EQUIPPED WITH SMART NITROGEN, WIDGET TECHNOLOGY
Pop, Pour, Sip… the great taste of the classic Espresso Martini cocktail, now in a ready-to-drink can launches with ASMR-Style video
Kahlúa, the number one coffee liqueur in the U.S. and hero ingredient in your favorite cult cocktails, brings consumers the next iteration of a classic with the launch of the Kahlúa Espresso Style Martini ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail. Kahlúa Espresso Style Martini RTD is a twist on the classic Kahlúa cocktail made with coffee…and in a can. It’s the perfect blend of Kahlúa, coffee and Vodka, complete with the signature creamy foam reminiscent of a just-made Espresso Martini cocktail.
How does it work? The unique can is fitted with a smart nitrogen widget, which forces bubbles to the surface as soon as the can is opened to form the distinctive creamy foam of the classic cocktail. To serve, pour into a glass and enjoy immediately (with a friend, of course). To help illustrate for consumers at-home, Kahlúa tapped in to the trend of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to create the Kahlúa ASMR-tini depicting the pop and foam intensity of the product.
To celebrate the launch, Kahlúa is getting out of the glass and in front of the microphone with an ASMR-tini video to help consumers experience the pop and fizz that goes into every can.
“The launch of the Kahlúa Espresso Martini RTD and our ASMR-tini campaign celebrates a really exciting time for the brand,” said Troy Gorczyca, Kahlúa Brand Director. “As consumers continue to ask for high quality cocktails with added convenience, our take on the Espresso Martini offers an innovative and simple way to enjoy one of our favorite classic cocktails. Plus, it delivers consistent flavor and quality every time you pop and pour.”
The Kahlúa Espresso Style Martini is launching nationwide at select retailers this Spring 2019. The Espresso Martini will be sold in packs of four and each can is 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV).
For more information about Kahlúa, please visit www.kahlua.com and check out Kahlúa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter by following @Kahlua. Kahlúa ASMR-tini video and assets can be found via link here.
About Pernod Ricard USA
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, the world’s no. 2 in wines and spirits. The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avión® Tequila; such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek®, Kenwood® Vineyards and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.
Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 650 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.responsibility.org.
With New York Fashion Week in full swing, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka joined with ground-breaking creative, multi-media company Visionaire to celebrate fashion artists Viktor&Rolf’s 25 years of impact on the fashion world on Saturday, September 8 at The Gallery at Cadillac House. The Dutch spirit brand, which is family-made in Schiedam, Holland, helped to mark the opening of the interactive installation, Masterclass, which is dedicated to Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and showcases the provocative Haute Couture and avant-garde designs for which they are renowned.
Joining Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoer at the soiree were Visionaire cofounders Cecelia Dean and James Kaliardos, models Clara McGregor and Coco Rocha, and actor Michiel Huisman(“Game of Thrones”) who mixed, mingled and sipped on cocktails provided by Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, including the signature Masterclass (Ketel One Vodka, strawberry, cucumber and lime juice.) DJ Dese provided the evening’s beats as guests toured the exhibit at this SoHo space dedicated to innovation and inspiring creativity.
Photos below by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
(L-R) Rolf Snoeren, Founder of Visionaire Cecilia Dean and Viktor Horsting attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)
(L-R) Rolf Snoeren, Michiel Huismanand Viktor Horsting attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)
Coco Rocha attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)
Celebrate the Season of Giving With the Perfect Limited Edition Gift From Johnnie Walker Blue Label
LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE HONOURS THE YEAR OF THE DOG
The gifting season is upon us but what to buy for the whisky lover who has everything? In true festive spirit, Johnnie Walker, the world’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky Brand has released an exquisitely designed limited edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottle that serves as the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.
This year’s luxurious Chinese New Year design is inspired by the precious bond between man and dog, created in collaboration with multi-award winning Taiwanese artist, Page Tsou. In 2018 the Chinese New Year Design will follow the Striding Man around the world as he celebrates with lanterns, fireworks and dancing dragons. Man’s best friend will be woven throughout the design in honour of the Year of the Dog.
Page Tsou, award winning artist said, “It is an honour to have been commissioned to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog bottle. The precious design consists of a total of four dogs all chosen for their special meaning in Asia. This unique design tells the story of Johnnie Walker’s Striding Man and a loyal companion as they journey around the world bringing prosperity and rejoicing in the arrival of the New Year. The design also contains various symbols of wealth and prosperity making this bottle extremely unique and the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.”
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a remarkable Scotch crafted by a small team of 12 expert whisky makers, led by two-time Master Blender of the Year Jim Beveridge. They select extraordinarily rare single malt and grain whiskies, each chosen for their exceptional quality and character.
Only one in 10,000 casks of the perfectly aged rare whiskies maturing in the Johnnie Walker reserves has the richness and flavour to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the result is a Scotch with notes of honey, fresh fruits, rich spice and an unmistakable smokiness.
Commenting on the travel retail exclusive, Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director, Global Travel said “During this celebratory season it’s wonderful to be able to create a one-of-a-kind gift from such an iconic whisky brand. The exquisite design of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog Limited Edition bottle reflects the quality of the whisky within the bottle. It is the ideal gift for travellers to celebrate this special time of year.”
Treat yourself or a special someone to an exclusive this year. Travellers can purchase the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog Limited Edition bottle now in selected duty free stores worldwide, retailing at £175 RRSP for a 1 litre bottle.
 The IWSR 2017- based on volume and value data 2016