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Tis’ the season to start planning your holiday parties or coming up with some great gift ideas. Add the perfect conversation starter and kitchen flair to your party or friend’s home with this limited edition Chandon holiday bottle design.
Chandon California has teamed up with Baublebar, an accessory brand, to help created their second annual, beautiful limited edition holiday bottles.
The Chandon Holiday Collection features both a Brut and Rosé bottle inspired by Baublebar’s statement-making style and glamor. You can pick up your own beautiful holiday bottle starting September 24th as that is when the holiday bottles are set to launch.
Baublebar also created a limited edition #ChandonSquad necklace to celebrate their collaboration as it features Chandon’s signature shooting star logo.
Chandon’s holiday collection is a representation of collaboration between two brands with female leaders that bring the sparkle and shine into everyone’s lives in an accessible way. For Chandon California, their female leader is their Head Winemaker Pauline Lhote. For Baublebar, their female leaders are their founders Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky. Chandon has a long history of working with strong, inspirational female entrepreneurs, and feels Baublebar is a perfect fit and welcomed additional to their #ChandonSquad.
Moët’s iconic Nectar Imperial Rosé is getting an exclusive, limited edition collection of custom designed bottles created by Virgil Abloh. Virgil Abloh is currently the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, and has previously worked with companies such as Nike and IKEA. This was Virgil Abloh’s first time working with a liquor brand.
Virgil Abloh has been spending the past year working with Moët and Chandon. They came up with an all-white design of the bottle’s original design. There is also a special message on each bottle which says, “Do Not Drop”.
Starting on October 15th, 750ml “ready-to-wear” bottles will become available both nationwide and in select cities according to the listing. Meanwhile, Virgil Abloh will also be revealing special, limited number 3L jeroboam bottles some time in early October. These 3L jeroboam bottles will be exclusive to friends and family.
If you haven't gone to the U.S. Open, then there is a lot you're missing out on. From spending the last Summer Days outside, as athletes and celebrities like Andy Cohen, Kevin Spacey, and Anna Wintour take part in this 2-week sporting event, it's always an elegant event.
Crafted to pay homage to the world’s most exciting Grand Slam, the Grey Goose Honey Deuce is comprised of Grey Goose Vodka, freshly squeezed lemonade and raspberry liqueur, topped with tennis-inspired honeydew melon balls.
Designed to transport tennis fans near and far to the non-stop courtside action, the cocktail is named after the most exciting moment of a tennis match when the score is tied at 40-40 - coined by tennis nerds as “deuce.” The refreshing sip is ideal for cooling off during the sultry summer days or powering through the wee hours of the morning to see if Roger Federer can keep up the momentum stateside following his record-breaking Wimbledon triumph.
Not able to attend this year's event? You can still try the Honey Deuce for yourself as it will be served at several New York hot spots, around the city. Bars include the Dream Downtown, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, 48 Lounge, Ascent Lounge, The Pierre, and Four Seasons Hotel.
Don't feel like going out, or want to host a viewing party yourself, make your guests feel like they're at the event by making the cocktail yourself.
- 1 1/4 parts Grey Goose Vodka
- Fresh squeezed lemonade
- 1/2 part Chambord or premium raspberry liqueur
- Crushed ice
- Honeydew melon balls
Chill Collins Glass by placing in refrigerator/ freezer or by filling with ice water for 5 minutes. Remove Collins Glass from refrigerator/freezer, and fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to Collins Glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls (note: place honeydew melon in freezer beforehand, then, to create melon balls, use melon baller).
Cindo de Mayo may have passed but with all the extra tequila you have laying aorund, you can put to good use as Tuesday is National Tequila Day. Wether you have it on the rocks, in a margarita or as a shot we've compiled a list of the top tequilas to try out. So drink up.
For those of you who want to celebrate in style, drink like George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s with their ultra-premium tequila, Casamigos. Casamigos is available in with Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. The Casamigos flavor notes should be enhanced not masked and rather than salt or lime (like pictured above) we recommend pairings like cucumbers with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, grapefruit slices with Casamigos Reposado Tequila and Oranges with Casamigos Anejo Tequila. We suggest Casamigos Reposado and Añejo Tequila to whiskey, bourbon and brandy drinkers. Both are great with classic cocktails and can be easily swapped for a Manhattan, Negroni, or Old Fashioned.
For those who want a luxury tequila don't miss out on Grand Mayan’s handcrafted Ultra Aged Tequila, priced at $89.99 is produced with the purest, central-highland Blue Agave with the highest standards of production. Aged in American & French oak casks, this rich, small-batch Extra Anejo takes 10 years to produce from agave plant to hand-painted ceramic decanter. Grand Mayan Ultra Aged is a blend of three, four and five-year-old tequilas. With incredible smooth aromas, a body of sweet agave, nuts and chocolate, Grand Mayan is succulent on the palate and leads to a layered and delicious long finish.
Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco delivers an austere and herbaceous flavor spectrum from the lowlands agave, blended with finesse, citrus and floral notes of the highlands. Blanco is best enjoyed mixed into cocktails or served neat. Recently spotted at Khloe Kardashian’s July 4th pool party, can be tasted in the cocktails at Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park, and was the spirit of choice at this year’s Golden Globes.
Partida Tequila is an authentic estate-bottled premium Tequila, made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila region. Aged at a minimum of 40 months, Elegante is an Extra Añejo. Its complex aromas come with deep notes of toasted oak, dark chocolate, coffee and ripe banana. The palate entry is slightly toasty, peppery and spicy. Every sip of Elegante confirms not only the initial aromas but also new and different flavors such as agave, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, butter, maple, almonds, hazelnuts, black pepper, citrus flowers and more. Priced at $374.99 this is truly for special occasions, such as National Tequila Day!
From Greenbar Distillery, IXA Tequila is an organic tequila with notes of rich agave, herbs, and clay, with a buttery finish. The best way to try IXA tequila with margaritas or mixed with aromatic liqueurs, bitters, or vermouth.
For those who want to celebrate National Tequila day in the Summer heat, we recommend trying out FrutaPOP an alcohol-infused ice pop made with healthy, natural ingredients without any added sugars, syrups or dyes. All alcohol-infused ice pops, also known as “poptails” contain less than 5% ABV. FrutaPOP also has a line of non-alcoholic ice pops including coffee ice pops and fruit and juice pops.
Drinks To Make At Home
From HelloFresh, enjoy the day with a Watermelon Basil Margarita that will surely be a crowd pleaser as watermellon is appearing to be the fruit of the Summer.
For the basil simple syrup:
- 1 Cup Raw Sugar
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
For the margarita:
- 1 1/2 Ounces Tequila
- 1 Ounce Lime Juice
- 1/2 Ounce Basil Simple Syrup
- 2 Ounces Watermelon Juice
- Lime Wedge, for rim
- Salt, for rim
- Basil, for garnish
- Prepare the basil simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and basil in a pan. Heat until sugar dissolves, then set aside to let cool. Once cooled, strain into a jar and refrigerate up to two weeks.
- Combine tequila, lime juice, basil simple syrup, and watermelon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
- Before pouring, coat rim of glass with a lime wedge, then dip in salt and rotate until fully coated.
- Strain cocktail into glass with ice and garnish with a sprig of basil.
For those of you who want to make a cocktail at home, we recommend the Cazadores Iced Tea-Quila crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador for Tequila CAZADORES
- 1 1/2 oz. Tequila CAZADORES Reposado
- ½ oz. Green Chartreuse
- 2 oz. Ginger Beer
- 2 oz. Fresh Brew Earl Grey Tea
- ½ oz. Lemon
- Pinch of Nutmeg
In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients except the fresh brew tea with ice. Serve on the rocks and top with fresh brew tea. Garnish with slices of lemon and ginger.
Cool down in the hot summer with these drinks filled with Pride.
Whether you celebrate Pride in Fire Island or need to cool off by the pool with friends, you'll want the Love in a Mist! It features NOLET’S Gin, lemon, hibiscus and a gold sugar rim, perfectly beautiful and delicious for any Pride celebration.
Love in a Mist - Created by Veronica Correa of FIFTY Commerce
- 1.5 oz NOLET’S Silver Gin
- 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz Pineapple Juice
- 0.5 oz Blanc Vermouth
- 0.25 oz Hibiscus Syrup*
- Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a tulip glass.
- Garnish: a light grating of black peppercorn on top, or a sprinkling of gold sugar on the side of the glass
- Method: Steep hibiscus in water, and add twice the amount of sugar as water, dissolve.
The official Vodka of New York City Pride, Reyka, made this specialty cocktail
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
- 1 ¾ parts Reyka Vodka
- ¾ part fresh lemon juice
- ¾ part maple syrup B grade
- ¾ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
- Top soda water
Method: Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker and strain and serve.
Sometimes you just can't make a cocktail, for those who want to open a bottle check out go to wines.
Joseph Drouhin Chablis AC, Drouhin-Vaudon 2015 -This is a dry and fruity wine, that's easy to drink. With fresh aromas of citrus (lemon or grapefruit), you'll find notes of fern or coriander as well. This mineral-rich drink will be the go-to drink for when you just want to open a bottle or 2 with a pleasant and long aftertaste.
Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2016 Rosé -. Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, and balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish. It pairs beautifully with a great variety of summer foods.
Smoke Tree Rosé 2016 - This blend of primarily Grenache and Zinfandel with smaller percentages of Carignan, Tempranillo, and Mouvedre offers aromas of white cherry, white peach, and yellow nectarine. The palate is vibrant with flavors of crabapple, quince, and crisp nectarine. The finish is dry and refreshing. Pairs well with summer salads, or even fried chicken.
The latest pairing of brut and rosé sparkling wine bottles that debut each year during Memorial Day Weekend officially kick off the summer, and give fans a festive accessory to bring to any summer occasion – the beach, family barbecues, rooftop gatherings, bridal showers and more!
Designed to celebrate Chandon’s American heritage, the eye-catching design of the brut features cerulean beach umbrellas, while the rosé is wrapped in chic sunhats in ombré shades from pink to red.
Not only does it look good on the outside by the notes consist of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas, Chandon California American Summer Brut has a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish. The pretty pink Chandon California American Summer Rosé consists of flavors of ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon and fresh red cherry, which is creamy on the palate with a defined structure of Pinot Noir added in its final stages.
The 2018 limited-edition American Summer bottles will be available from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Chandon.com, as well as select retailers nationally, for $24 per bottle.
If you're planning a little Memorial Day Weekend get together, you've come to the right place. Since we know there's no better way to get the party started than with creative and fruity cocktails or fan favorites, we've put together some of our favorites drinks of the season. Read through to check out some of these delicious summer cocktail recipes.
Our Favorite Beers
Celebrating its Birthday, The Sam Adams Summer ale is now legal, as it enters its 21st Birthday. We have been long fans of this Summer staple and this year Sam Adams is bringing some new friends into the picture. Below are our favorites and the best way to pair your beer.
Summer Ale – This summer staple is celebrating its 21stbeer-day! What better way to celebrate warmer and longer days than a refreshing beer with lemon peel, Grains of Paradise, and Saaz Noble hops.
Session IPA (NEW!) – With its bright citrus hop aroma and nice bitterness, this beer is an easy-drinking IPA to enjoy at any summertime beach or backyard BBQ.
Golden Hour (NEW!) – Spicy, floral German Noble hops provide a dose of complexity with a light biscuit note from the pilsner malt. The result is a slightly hazy, medium-bodied brew that finishes softly with a hint of crisp, clean bitterness.
Tropic of Yuzu (NEW!) - This exotic beer is infused with rare Japanese fruit for a citrusy punch with hints of tangerine and grapefruit.
Speaking of Yuzu (This seasons new trend?) Truly Spiked & Sparkling launched its newest style, Truly Spiked & Sparkling Lemon & Yuzu. Truly Spiked & Sparkling has caught fire amongst drinkers and has quickly become the go-to spiked sparkling water, a category poised to be this spring and summer's biggest alcohol trend. The new Lemon & Yuzu style is part of Truly Spiked & Sparkling's growing line of spiked beverages, including Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, and Sicilian Blood Orange.
Our Favorite Wines
You know we we love a good Rosé and the crowd pleasing Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Rosé 2016 is on top of our list. With a luminous pale pink, marked by lifted aromas of summer strawberries and subtle florals.
A blend of Syrah and Tempranillo sourced from the Central Coast of California, its palate has a richness balanced by a refreshing, racy acidity and flavors of pink citrus and orange blossom. A value at $12 a bottle, it’s ideal for your Memorial Day BBQ.
The 2016 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé from France’s Rhone Valley is a favorite among rosé lovers in the know. An excellent example of the French region, it’s a serious rosé wine that is still approachable for everyday enjoyment, and sure to please the palates of those who are discovering the wine this rosé season. Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish.
2016 Blindfold California White – A unique blended white wine created by The Prisoner Wine Company to complement the cult-California producer’s namesake wine. Just like The Prisoner’s red blend, Blindfold marries a number of delicious and interesting white varietals, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Chenin Blanc, to create a bold and intriguing wine that is as striking as the label on the bottle. Inviting aromas of honeysuckle, grilled white peach, and apricot linger harmoniously with a luscious entry of familiar cold weather flavor, toasted hazelnut, making this wine the perfect foil to darker, complex reds for winter sipping.
Our Favorite Cocktails
Nothing beats Memorial Day weekend than a nice refreshing drink. Check our favorites below.
Pop-Sea-Cle - Courtesy of North River Lobster Company at Pier 81
Brut Prosecco, Cordial and Popsicle; Choose from Elderflower, Melon or Aperol
- 3 Parts Cinzano Prosecco
- 2 Parts Aperol
- 1 Dash Soda
- Ice and a slice of Orange
Method: Add ice and a slice of orange, pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a dash of soda. This avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.
Red Hot Sangria - Made with Stillhouse Whiskey
- 1 can - Stillhouse Red Hot
- 1 bottle - Malbec
- 12 oz - Mango Juice
- 24 oz - Ginger Ale
- Lemon Wheels
- Orange Wheels
- Cinnamon Sticks
Hinterland Punch (Serves 6-8) Created by Josh Mazza
- 12oz Jägermeister
- 5oz Grenadine
- 10oz Ruby Red Grapefruit
- 20oz Roobis tea
- 1 Bottle (26oz) Sparkling Rosé
- 8oz raspberries
- 8oz strawberries
- Add edible flowers to tea and freeze in a bread pan
- Combine other ingredients in a punch bowl
- Add frozen tea/flowers
- Cut berries and add into punch
- 1 oz. Campari
- 1 oz. Cinzano 1757
- 1 oz. Cinzano Prosecco
Method: Build ingredients over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
Hibiscus Dragon Fruit Margarita
- 2 oz Patron Reposado Tequila
- 2 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
- .75 oz Cinnamon Hibiscus syrup
- .50 oz Fresh Lemon
- .25 oz Triple sec
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 2 Dashes Hellfire Bitters
Method: Add all ingredients into a shaking tin and fill half way with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a hollowed out Dragon Fruit with ice. Garnish with Pineapple Spikes, Mint and flaming lemon half.
- 1½ parts New Amsterdam® Mango
- 2 parts orange juice
- A splash of lemon-lime soda
Method: Shake the vodka sunrise ingredients together in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Strain this delicious mango vodka drink into a rocks or highball glass filled with ice. Garnish the cocktail with a mango wedge and mint leaf.
Spring has finall sprung and it's officially the #ReturnofRoséSeason where we can now drink our favorite pink beverage! Our favorite pink drink that causes havoc in the Hamptons with a shortage and has it's very own Pinknic festival on Governors Island. The struggle to keep your composure as await sunnier skies, lighter clothing and outdoor dining is REAL. In addition to these small pleasures, rising temperatures mark our favorite time of year: Rosé Season. Below is a roundup of five reasons you should already be thinking (and drinking) rosé, including the first-ever rosé from Maison Louis Jadot. Wether your spending the season in bridgehampton or off to bushwick don't forget to bring your favorite rosé
Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2017 Rosé - . Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, and balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish. It pairs beautifully with a great variety of summer foods.
M de Minuty 2017, bottled in the traditional curvy Provencal bottle, is a vibrant, dry rosé with balanced white peach and candied orange peel aromas and a smooth, round mouthfeel. Pale in color, it’s marked by a racy acidity and beautiful freshness.
Want to make sure your glass matches your drink. Grab a few of our favorite pink stemmed glassed by Riedel (SRP $100/glass, $540/set of six) Maintaining the series’ tell-tale slim profile and color-pop stem, the hue of the new Fatto a Mano Pink glasses is a soft rose, perfect for springtime, when it will be released, in comparison to the more primary colors of the original series launch. Playful and demure, it’s as versatile as your readers’ tastes, perfect for rooftop gatherings or for bachelorette party gifts!
Meiomi Delicate & Dry 2016 - Light salmon in color with just a kiss of pink hue, Meiomi Rosé is delightfully dry with vibrant acidity. The wine opens to delicate aromas of watermelon, orange peel, and subtle hints of rose petal. The palate offers a lush mouthfeel with flavors of stone fruit and strawberry with a cool minerality on the finish.
Whispering Angel : The Rosé that causes a frenzy among those out East and around the country. Whispering Angel is a fan favorite of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen, and even had it's very own gummy bear made by Sugarfina. A refreshing, refined, and with plenty of juicy, enticing, strawberry and berry fruit, this rosé should be in everyone’s cellars, without exception. Drinkable is an understatement and you’ll keep on coming back for seconds… We defy you to resist.
Louis Jadot Rosé: Hailing from Coteaux Bourguignons, a new appellation created in 2001 by the Institut National des Appellations Contrôlées, this Burgundian rosé is floral and fruity, offering a fantastic value from the most trusted name in French winemaking. Available beginning April 1st, this versatile wine has notes of fresh red currant and raspberry and pairs perfectly with salads, pasta or grilled fish.
Masi Agricola Rosa dei Masi : A serious name in Italian winemaking has produced a unique rosé, made with the Refosco grape; native to the Veneto region. The Rosa dei Masi represents a new take on the rosé wine category due to the producers specialty Appassimento technique—using 100 percent dried grapes in the production. The Supervenetian rosé has intense aromas of just ripened fruit on the nose and a well-balanced and refreshing acidity. Serve with light pasta, shellfish and seafood.
Alta Vista Rosé : This Argentine rosé of Malbec is striking, due to its deep and intense color. It’s made with two different maceration techniques of Malbec grapes and a low-temperature vinification that enhances the freshness of the fruit. The two wines are then blended in equal proportions before clarification and stabilization. The South American rosé will show fruity aromas of ripe cherries and floral notes of red roses. Pair with bright, fresh salads or with light pasta dishes.
Maison Saleya Rosé : Named for the flower market in the French city of Nice, Saleya Rosé is the essence of summer in a bottle. This quintessential Provence-style wine is a dry and elegant rosé, featuring floral aromas with bright citrus, white peach and red berry flavors.
Caposaldo Rosé : A fantastic value for any day of the week, this dry rosé is made with 100 percent Corvina grapes that are sourced from estate owned and estate controlled vineyards only. It has bright strawberry and raspberry notes on the nose that carry into the vibrant and refreshing palate.
2016 Noble Vines 515 Vine Select Rosé Draft: Grown in windy valleys along California’s sunny Central Coast, Noble Vines 515 Rosé is a traditional composition of Grenache layered with Syrah and other aromatic varieties. Widely used in Provence, France, Grenache offers flavors of cherries and blueberries, with spicy notes, and extra body and richness. Noble Vines 515 Vine Select Rosé is made in a dry traditional style, showcasing a bright bouquet of raspberry, watermelon and Meyer lemon. Medium bodied, with a rich mid-palate, this snappy wine has a lively start with flavors of grapefruit and strawberry, then cherry, culminating in a fresh creamy finish.