Let These Crown Royal Vanilla Cocktails Get You In The Holiday Spirit

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If you’re like me, then you’re probably finding it hard to believe that we’ve found ourselves smack dab in the middle of yet another holiday season. Thankfully though, the newly-released Crown Royal Vanilla has a handful of cocktails that are sure to get you in the mood. The holiday mood, that is. 

The Vanilla Old Fashioned is definitely calling my name, but I’m sure that in addition to the cocktails below, Crown Royal Vanilla likely works well with egg nog, hot chocolate, apple cider, and other holiday beverages. So, grab yourself a bottle and toast to your newfound holiday cheer. 

Vanilla Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS

0.25 oz. Simply Syrup
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
3 dashes Orange Bitters
Orange Peel Twist

DIRECTIONS

In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and serve.

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Cocktails On The Cheap: Sippin’ On A Budget In Hong Kong

 

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Hong Kong has gained quite the reputation for being one of the costliest cities around. But if you’re looking to get your drink on, there are definitely ways to do that without breaking the bank. Following my recent trip to Hong Kong, I gathered a few tips on how you can enjoy your cocktails on the cheap while in the Pearl Of The Orient. 

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Complimentary Happy Hour At Ovolo Hotels – Well, it doesn’t get any cheaper than free. During our stay in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour, and were treated to a complimentary, two-hour Happy Hour every darn day. Seriously, it was great. The staff put out a selection of wines, spirits, mixers, and snacks during those two hours, and you’re allowed to serve yourself. They also fill your FREE mini-bar with local beer. Again, it was great.

The Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour is on a pretty chill side of Hong Kong Island. I personally enjoyed it since we were able to take advantage of cheap food and less hustle and bustle. But if Aberdeen isn’t quite your style, there are several Ovolo hotels in Hong Kong to choose from. 

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Captain Morgan Joins The Pumpkin Spice Frenzy With Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

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Upon walking into Target yesterday, I immediately locked eyes on a tank top that read: “You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice.” [Sigh] The leaves have yet to hit the ground and already pumpkin spice is invading coffee shops and big-name retailers across the nation. And with news of Captain Morgan’s pumpkin-inspired, Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast, pumpkin spice has now entered the world of booze. 

Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is described as “a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with favorite seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices.” I’m not gonna lie, I’m curious. And from the description, it sounds like the latest from Captain Morgan could mix really well with Baileys Pumpkin Spice (or similar). 

With the news of their latest flavor, the folks over at Captain Morgan have concocted the fall-friendly, Apple Jack-O cocktail, which sounds like a win. You can find the full recipe, below.

Also, the limited-edition Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast can be purchased for $15.99 (750 ml bottle). Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
4 oz. chilled apple cider

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

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Amalfi Pizza Brings A Slice Of Italy To The A

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Thanks to the addition of downtown Atlanta’s latest eateryAmalfi Pizza, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy a slice of Italy. Amalfi Pizza, which opened weeks ago, sits right above Red Phone Booth, and boasts a menu full of–You guessed it, pizza. With the assistance of two, 6000-pound wood-burning brick ovens, the restaurant slings a little over half a dozen, specialty pizzas. 

During their media event, I had the opportunity to sample the quattro formaggio pizza with Amalfi’s special, ricotta-stuffed crust. I have to admit I was feeling a little Kevin McCallister-like with my very own cheese pizza. It was absolutely delicious though. Size-wise, if you aren’t that hungry, you could easily split a whole pizza with a friend. It’s pretty sizable. I absolutely loved their specialty crust. They don’t skimp on the ricotta, and the fact that it’s house-made is much appreciated. You loyal, quattro formaggio. You loyal.

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My New, Favorite Beauty Product Is Made Using Booze

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Booze and beauty don’t normally go hand-in-hand. Well, unless an evening getting all dolled up is later spent sipping vodka martinis. So, I was pretty excited to discover that a new favorite of mine, Folie Apothecary’s Palo Santo + Peru Balsam All Purpose Mist is made using grain alcohol, which is the key ingredient in a variety of spirits.

I’m sure there’s very little grain alcohol in the mist, but it’s still nice to know that one of my new favorites is a tad Lushworthy.

About the mist…it smells amazing.  There are notes of pine, mint, lemon, and vanilla. It’s also very much all purpose. You can use the mist on your body, face, and linens. Personally, I use it for everything, but it serves as a nice refresher on the body, given these sweltering summer months. Additionally, the various ingredients (white sage oil, peru balsam oil, vetiver essential oil) can help in reducing inflammation, fading dark spots, and more. 

Folie Apothecary’s Palo Santo + Peru Balsam All Purpose Mist is available for purchase on Etsy for $22. They’ve also just released a new scent, Fleur de Mer. So, be on the lookout for that, as well.

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EFFEN Vodka Unveils 3 New Flavors: Green Apple, Blood Orange & Raspberry

EFFEN Vodka Green AppleWith the announcement of three, new flavors from EFFEN Vodka, it looks like the vodka wars are about to get pretty intense. The newest additions to the brand, which has quickly gained in popularity thanks in part to brand partner 50 Cent, include EFFEN Blood Orange Vodka, EFFEN Green Apple Vodka, and EFFEN Raspberry Vodka. 

“As demand for Super Premium flavored vodka continues to grow, we are always looking to deliver new offerings that are unparalleled in quality and style,” Halley Kehoe, Director, Lifestyle Brands at Beam Suntory said in a statement. “From our sleek bottle design to unique, bold flavor offerings, EFFEN embodies individuality and good taste, and these exciting, new flavors are no exception. We know our fans will love them.”

50 Cent also expressed his confidence in the latest roll out from the premium vodka brand.

“Adding these new flavors to the EFFEN lineup is just one of the many things we’ve been up to,” 50 Cent added. “EFFEN stands for ‘smooth’, and these new flavors deliver on that promise.”

Prior to today’s announcement, EFFEN Vodka’s line of flavors consisted of Original, Black Cherry, Dutch Raspberry, and Cucumber. 

News of the latest, fruity additions to the EFFEN Vodka portfolio comes weeks after Ciroc announced their own new flavor. In a flood of social media posts, which came courtesy of Puff Daddy himself, Ciroc Mango was revealed as the Diageo-owned brand’s newest addition. 

It’s clearly been a great few weeks if flavored, premium vodkas are your booze of choice.

Stay tuned for recipes featuring EFFEN Blood Orange, EFFEN Green Apple, and EFFEN Raspberry. Cheers!

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