Class is in session: Chef Tom Douglas

With the holidays quickly approaching it’s time to stock up on tips, tricks and delicious recipes and what better way to do it then at Macy’s with chef Tom Douglas on Saturday 12/10. Your $25 ticket includes a seat in the class, a $10 Macy’s Gift Card and a copy of The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook at the event which chef Tom Douglas will sign for you personally.

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Who: James Beard winner and Executive Chef Tom Douglas

What: Delicious afternoon with Macy’s Culinary Council and a behind the scenes look at his favorite holiday recipes

Where: Chef’s Street at Macy’s Herald Square – 151 West 34th Street, New York, 10001 Located on the all-new “One Below” level in Macy’s Herald Square.

When: Saturday 12/10 at 1:00PM

RSVP: HERE 

 

Please note: Thought this post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I am happy to share and support this delicious event!

 

Joy To The Whisky

Blood, sweat, and tears will take you there – but the joy will take you further. A powerful concept and new campaign from Johnnie Walker that recently launched, showing us that achieving joy is easier than one may think.

Earlier this month, notable names from entertainment, sports, and business met at The Explorer’s Club in NYC and shared their favorite stories of how joy has fueled their personal success and progress during a unique panel discussion hosted by Johnnie Walker. The panel included Michael Strahan, pro football Hall of Famer and Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host, Doug Ellin, screenwriter and creator of the HBO television series and feature film Entourage, Eva Håkansson, inventor and world’s fastest female motorcyclist, and Dr. Matt Killingsworth, leading psychologist and happiness expert.

Panelists revealed personal anecdotes and proven research about how happiness makes success more likely, and celebrated Johnnie Walker’s “Joy Will Take You Further” global campaign launch.

 

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Dr. Matt Killingsworth shared: “When a lot of us climb that ladder to success, what we find at the end is another ladder. Happiness isn’t just an outcome. It can actually be an input and there’s a large and growing body of evidence that the happier you are, the more likely you are to be successful in the first place.”

The Joy Will Take You Further event also saw the premiere of a new experiment developed in partnership with Dr. Killingsworth called “Can Joy Improve Performance?” which showed how golfers could boost the accuracy of their shots when positively rather than negatively primed by their coach. The results? 100% of participants showed increased accuracy when positively primed, the accuracy increasing by 45% on average.  Check out the video here.

Michael Strahan championed the impact that happiness has had on his progress: If your starting point is happiness, there is no limit to what you can achieve. The turning point in my career was adopting a more positive outlook and reconnecting with the enjoyment of genuinely ‘playing’ the game. Making that decision gave me a new impetus and new energy.”

Eva Håkansson, focused on how failure or setbacks can push you ahead: “The path to success is never straight. It never has been it never will be. But you have to realize if you don’t make any mistakes, if you never fall you’re probably not doing anything at all. You’re certainly not doing anything new and you’re certainly not doing anything creative. But out of every mistake you make you learn something which is satisfying in itself.”

Doug Ellin referenced an early, negative experience on one of his sets. He recalls “I didn’t feel a real passion for it or a real love for it and going to set every day was a real chore. When you find something like Entourage that’s really great it’s a whole different experience.”

 

 

THE GANGS ALL HERE

The gang’s all here: cocktails created using the many amazing labels from Johnnie Walker

 

One of my favorite cocktails from the night was the Johnnie Walker Select Casks Old Fashioned:

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Ingredients:

1.5 oz Johnnie Walker™ Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 sugar cube

1 orange Twist

Preparation:

  1. Place sugar cube in a rocks glass and soak with a few dashes of Angostura Bitters
  2. Using a muddler, press down the sugar cube and dissolve in the bitters
  3. Pour Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish into the glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist

 

Keep walking The Joy will take you further

Joy will take you further: Keep Walking

 

 

The Explorers Club

Standing in the doorway where so many great explorers stood we must keep walking to pursue adventure and joy of the journey!

 

 

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Scotch. Adventure. Joy. More scotch. All these things found at The Explorers Club.

 

 

Follow along on the adventure and create your joy:  #joynomics #JoyWillTakeYouFurther

Fall Into National Vodka Day

Things to be happy about this week:
Fall is in full effect now that October is here with crisp weather {and cocktails}
Sunday is National Vodka Day -YAY! The perfect reason to celebrate both? This fall-inspired Moscow Mule using Smirnoff vodka!

Now before you get drinking, here’s a little drinking history about the delicious drink the Moscow Mule.

It all began, in 1941 as John Martin of Heubelin (now the Smirnoff Co.) searched for the right mixer that would give vodka a chance to stand out in a whiskey and bourbon dominated industry. That’s when he met a man with a ginger beer brand with similar challenges.

Together, they found a delicious combination of Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and a spritz of lime and dubbed it the Moscow Mule. Soon popularity spread and by 1943 the Moscow Mule was one of the most popular cocktails nationwide opening up the chance for bartenders to experiment with other vodka cocktails and creations.

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Fall Fun Mule
2 ounces apple cinnamon vodka (use the infused recipe below using Smirnoff vodka)
6 ounces of ginger beer
Splash of ginger syrup (I love Lieber & Co.)
3 ounces of apple cider
Squeeze of fresh orange juice
Diced and cubed apples to garnish
Crushed ice
Moscow Mule mug

To make:
In your Moscow Mule mug: add the vodka, ginger beer, ginger syrup, apple cider, orange juice, and apple cubes. Crush ice.
Foodie Finder Tip: I love this Lewis bag from Cocktail Kingdom – you can put the ice in the canvas bag, and use the mallet to crush ice easily and mess-free.
Add the crushed ice to your mug, stir, sip, put on a cozy sweater and enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon Vodka
Ingredients
1/2 bottle of Smirnoff Vodka
2 apples cored & cubed
2 cinnamon sticks
Quart-size Mason jar
Add the apples, vodka, and cinnamon sticks to the mason jar and top with vodka. Seal the lid, and let sit in a cool dark place for 2 days. When ready to use or serve, strain out the marinated fruit and cinnamon sticks, then strain the vodka through a cheese cloth before returning to the jar and mixing into your cocktails.

Your wedding forecast: sunny skies and bottles of bourbon

Wedding season is well under way, and whether you’re getting married or attending a wedding, there are two things everyone can agree on that they want for the big day – beautiful weather and a well stocked bar.

Something that ensures both is Burying the Bourbon, an old Southern tradition known to keep the rain away. The couple getting married actually buries a bottle of bourbon at their wedding venue one month to the exact date, and the rest is history (and sunny skies). According to custom, the bourbon must be sealed (so no sips to ease those wedding day jitters), and the bottle must be buried upside down. After the ceremony is over, the couple getting married digs up the bottle and bottoms up!

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To celebrate, I’ve created a pair of cocktails perfect for a wedding celebration or even just for summer sipping.

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Peach smash & new twist, old fashioned

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PEACH SMASH

Makes 1 cocktail

You will need: 

1 peach, pitted and sliced in half

1/2 lime

Handful of mint

2 oz. Bulleit bourbon

Additional peach slices and mint leaves to garnish

To make: 

In a cocktail shaker muddle the peach, lime and mint leaves

Add two ounces bourbon and ice and shake it up.

Strain and pour into an ice filled glass. Garish with mint leaves and peach slice.

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NEW TWIST, OLD FASHIONED

All the ingredients of an Old Fashioned but in ice cube form, so your bourbon drink doesn’t get watered down and stays cold at the same time. To achieve this, I suggest using a jumbo silicone ice cube tray, or get festive with shapes like a diamond mold (see below), which I used. (Using standard ice cube trays won’t have the same effect or flavor.)

Each drink will require 2 ounces of Bulleit bourbon and one “new fashioned” ice cube.

Makes 1 ice cube 

You will need:

1 ounce simple syrup

3 dashes bitters

1 cherry

1 slice of orange rind

To make: 

Add ingredients into ice cube mold, fill the remaining space with water and freeze overnight.

Right before serving, remove the ice cube from the mold and place it in a glass of bourbon.

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As the ice cube melts it keeps your drink cool while adding all the flavors of a traditional old fashioned.

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Sourcing: All glassware & vases from Pottery Barn

This post is a collaboration for thebar.com featuring Bulleit bourbon and Pottery Barn products. The products featured in this post were given to me but all opinions on them are my own.

1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, MORE….

I can’t stop drinking, I mean sharing drink recipes with you! As if you need another reason to drink a margarita on a summer Friday.  Ok, just in case – It’s #NationalTequilaDay! Adding some Patrón Citronge Mango to a classic adds some fruity fun to this summer necessity!

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Mango Margarita

2 oz Patrón Silver

1 oz Patrón Citronge Mango

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Spoonful of simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks or Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve with a straw.

 

What’s your favorite way to serve a margarita? Frozen? Fruity? On the rocks?

Summer Friday + National Tequila Day = drink this

 

It’s National Tequila Day! Margaritas are marvelous, but Palomas are pretty perfect for a day like today, too. This twist adds lavender into a cocktail which is already full of summer flavor from the grapefruit. The result is a refreshing summer sip that is perfect to enjoy on National Tequila Day, and pretty much every day.

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Lavender Paloma

2 parts Milagro Silver

1 part fresh grapefruit juice

½ part lavender & vanilla simple syrup

½ part fresh lime juice

Top with DRY Lavender Soda

Garnish: grapefruit peel, lavender salt

To make the simple syrup: 1 part sugar to 1 part water. Once the sugar is dissolved, add 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds and a vanilla bean which has been split with a knife down the center. Cool the simple syrup and store it. Strain out the lavender and vanilla before using.

To make the lavender salt: Add 1 part dried lavender buds to 10 parts salt. Grind them in a mortar or coffee grinder. More details here.

Add lavender salt to a plate. Rub the top of your glass with a grapefruit wedge and dip the rim of your glass into the salt.

Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and lime juice to a the glass, and then add ice cubes. Top off with soda and garnish with a grapefruit peel.

How are you planning to celebrate National Tequila Day?

 

 

Summer solstice cocktails

June 21st is the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. Hello, summer solstice! See ya, winter! How should you celebrate the start of a new season and the additional hours of daylight, warmth and happiness? With cocktails! Reyka Vodka is small batch and crafted in Iceland where summer solstice is pretty much their biggest party of the year. Now that winter is a distant memory, I think we deserve to celebrate with a cocktail {or four} with these tasty, seasonal recipes by Trevor Schneider.

 

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Clear Bloody Mary

6 parts clear tomato juice

2 parts Reyka vodka

2 bar spoons sriracha

2 bar spoons lemon juice

2 bar spoons soy sauce

1 bar spoon apple vinegar

All mixed in shaker with ice and then strained over celery granité.

Granité

2 cups celery juice mixed with 2/3 cup sugar syrup, freeze.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 part ginger syrup

1 part lime juice

1 1/2 parts Reyka vodka

Shake and put into a long drink glass over lots of ice. Garnish with lime zest and topped with white ale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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1 part smoked Reyka vodka

1 part Birkir {grain spirit infused with birch}

1 part fresh lemon juice

1 part sugar syrup

3 dashes bitters

1/2 egg white

Shake ingredients only, and then shake with ice. Strain over big block of ice and top with dried and powdered seaweed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka

2 black cherries, each cut in half

1/2 nectarine in slices

1/2 parts lemon

1/2 parts elderflower essence

Blend Reyka Vodka, berries, fruit and lemon juice and let stand for 2 hours before serving. Strain and shake with elderflower essence. Fill up a long drink glass with the same berries and fruits, and pour in the drink. Top with elderflower cordial.

 

 

 

 

If you want to head out on the town to get your summer solstice on, these places are serving Reyka drinks this weekend!

Butter & Scotch (818 Franklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225) will be featuring the Moscow Summer Float with Reyka Vodka, Q Ginger Beer, Strawberry Ice Cream, and Lime

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Tuffet (286 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)  will be featuring 5 different Sangrias with Reyka for $5 each, all day Sunday(Pina Colada, Rosemary Rose, Ginger Peach, Chili Mango, and Cucumber Pear)

 

Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249) will be featuring a cocktail called The Longest Day with Reyka, Watermelon, Mint/Jalapeno Shrub, Lime

 

 

Fun fact: Skål is Norwegian for CHEERS! So, happy summer and Skål! May your cocktails be as strong as the sun and may your summer be nothing but fun!!