Wednesday, February 22, 2017

National Margarita Day with Patrón

Today is National Margarita Day! (As if you need an excuse to drink tequila). I'll be celebrating with Patrón to find the best Margarita of the Year. I'm rooting for the home team below but I'm excited to try out all of the concotions- besides, you can never go wrong with Patrón. Interested in making your own libations for your National Margarita Day fete? Here are the top seven recipes of the year below. 

High Plains Drifter Margarita, Charred Pineapple & Sage 
Created by Shawn Gordon of Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
2 Slices charred pineapple
.25 oz Yuzu juice*
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Simple syrup
+ 4 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish
+ 2 dash Lime bitters
+ Slice charred pineapple for garnish
+ Chipotle salt rim**

*If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice : 1 part orange juice.

**Chipotle salt rim
.5 Cup salt + .75 tsp dried chipotle powder

1. Char 2 pineapple slices and reserve one slice
2. Combine two pieces pineapple, 4 sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and muddle.
3. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill.
4. Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle-salt rimmed rocks glass.
5. Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and two sage leaves.

Mumbai Margarita, Mango & Indian Spices
Created by Hemant Pathak of New York, New York, USA

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh mango puree
.5 oz Spicy rose syrup*
+ Green chili-salt rim**
+ Dehydrated lime wheel for garnish
+ Mint sprig for garnish

*Spicy rose syrup:
Mix .5 oz simple syrup, a jalapeño coin and a dash of rose water.

**Green chili-salt rim:
Fresh green chilis, cilantro and a bit of garlic.

1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
2. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe with a chili-salt rim.
3. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and mint sprig.

Tiki Rita, Grapefruit & Tiki Spices
Created by Mindy Kucan of Portland, Oregon, USA

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
+ Splash Allspice dram
+ Grated nutmeg for garnish
+ Lime wheel and cloves for garnish
+ Hawaiian sea salt rim

1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
2. Strain onto fresh ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt.
3. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with three cloves and grated nutmeg.

Tropicante Margarita, Mango & Fresh Avocado
Created by Alexander Kady of Denver, Colorado, USA

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
.5 oz Light agave syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 Medium avocado
+ Short dash celery bitters
+ Short dash grapefruit bitters
+ Chipotle chili salt*
+ Sliced mango for garnish

*Chipotle chili salt: 
.5 Cup of salt : 1 T chipotle powder

1. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
2. Scoop out half of one side and add to cocktail tin, mashing with spoon until soft.
3. Add liquid ingredients to the tin, use a spoon to release avocado from the side of the tin, and “dry shake” the contents (without ice) until the avocado is broken up and emulsified.
4. Rim a double old fashioned glass with chipotle chili salt* and fill with ice.
5. Add ice to shaker tin and shake vigorously until well chilled.
6. Use a mesh strainer to “fine strain” the cocktail into the iced glass.
7. Garnish with a ribbon of mango.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

NYC-Based Valentine's Day Ideas

There's no shortage of things to do in NYC but that also leaves you with too many options when selecting the ideal date night for the day of love. Using a little creativity, you can create the ultimate date night for the special day.

A Staycation

The Marmara Park Avenue room service

New York City has some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels, no doubt but no need to break the bank to get your loving' on. Apps like Hotel Tonight*, Travelzoo, and Tablet Hotels offer discounted and perk-filled options for luxe but comfy stays. Breakfast in bed is always sweeter when it's complimentary. 

*You can use code AATWATER8 to get $25 off your first HotelTonight Booking (if you spend $135 USD+). 

Pool Hall Date

Society + Billards NYC

Unpretentious yet sultry, pool is a great option for couples (or Galentine's) no matter what stage of the relationship. Society Billards + Bar in Chelsea is a great option to skip the cheesy dinner and a movie date. Slip into something slozy (slutty + cozy) and head downstairs to the sultry pool hall.
The Woodsman Martini is a sexy sip, bourbon with peach schnapps topped with an orange peel. Snacks range from grilled cheese to croque-monsuier sliders. Bonus: happy hour is Monday - Friday 4-7 pm, so you can avoid the typical V-day crowds while saving a few bucks. 

Foreign Film Night

photo via filmmaker magazine

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is always showing at least one foreign film at any given time. Show bae you have some culture (and tolerance to read through subtitles for a few hours) with a foreign film night. Cute tip: if heading to dinner, match the cuisine with the origin of the movie. 

Brunch + Museum
Row House Harlem
Row House Harlem French Toast

Ah, brunchin' and museum hopping - two of my favorite things to do. If you're anywhere in Manhattan, there's bound to be at gallery or museum in close proximity to a dope brunch spot. In Harlem, Row House has a great brunch deal ($15.95 for an entree and drink) plus the stuffed french toast is heavenly. Just a few blocks away is the Studio Museum, a contemporary art museum dedicated to African-American arts and complimentary admission on Sundays!

So how are you celebrating Valentine's Day? 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cocktails + Gift Guide for Your Amore

For a killer Valentine’s Day date, Galentine’s Day celebration, or 50 Shades of Grey watch party, the Killer in Red is a beautiful drink to complement your evening. The chamomile gin and drop of rose essence add herbal and floral notes to balance the Campari in a refreshingly sophisticated cocktail.

Killer in Red
¾  oz. Campari
¾  oz. Cinzano 1757 Bianco
½ oz.  Grand Marnier
¾  oz.  Chamomile Gin
Drop of Rose Essence

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir with a bar spoon. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe. Finish with a drop of rose essential oil and serve.

Killer in Red Gift Guide
vday red

The tickled pink cocktail will keep you blushing. elit Vodka is paired with fruity and citrus notes to awaken the senses all night.

Tickled Pink
Created by Ashtin Berry, Bartender at Ace Hotel Nola, New Orleans
¾ part elit Vodka
½ part cranberry syrup
¼ part lemon
2 dashes orange bitters 

Method: Shake with ice and strain into coupe or flute, top with bubbles and add an orange twist.

Tickled Pink Gift Guide

pink vday

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Support Overall Wellness This Year With Olly

OLLY Quick Melt Probiotic Stick
This post is sponsored by OLLY, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

The phrase "self-care" has increased in popularity as of late. When envisioning self-care, we often look to some sort of pampering - at-home manicures, splurging on a pricey beauty find from Sephora, or even getting two fancy lattes in one day and breaking our savings goal. But self-care can go a bit deeper, as in actually caring for your well being. This year I'm committed (or at least making huge attempts) to boosting my immune system with help from OLLY Nutrition