I dream of leading a relaxed tropical life filled with sand, sun and beachside bliss. Everyday would be a vacation day and a colorful beach cabana would be my permanent address. If an everlasting island retreat is also a dream of yours, Palm Breeze sparkling alcohol spritz is the perfect beverage for you and your entourage of friends. It’s light and sweet taste combined with the perfect amount of fizz makes it ideal for a summer get together, beach party, pool party, girls’ night or tropical themed cocktail party.
With the help of Palm Breeze, I turned my friend’s patio and later my NYC roof deck into my very own tropical destinations. Even without palm trees, clear water and white sand, the fun, refreshing sparkle of Palm Breeze made a simple Saturday feel like an afternoon in paradise.
Palm Breeze‘s delicious flavors, Ruby Red Citrus and Pineapple Mandarin Orange, can be served in the can, on ice, in a decorative glass or mixed with vodka. You could even serve it in a coconut if you want to be extra tropical. After all, nothing makes you feel more like you’re at a resort than drinking from a coconut. As for food, I love pairing Palm Breeze with Mexican favorites such as chips and guacamole, tacos and quesadillas. Not only do they go well with the tropical elements of the beverage, they are also party classics your guests will love. So why not soak up the sun this summer with a cool glass of Palm Breeze?
This summer Palm Breeze and Blo Blow Dry Bar are hosting fun girls’ nights across the country featuring tropical beach blowouts, tasty hors d’oeuvres and Palm Breeze drinks. Gather your girlfriends and RSVP here to their events in San Diego, DC, Austin and Dallas. Cheers!
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According to The Cocktail Guru, lemonade cocktails are so hot right now. After sipping them at Van Gogh Vodka’s Lemonade Social, I couldn’t agree more. Bittersweet lemonade cocktails are perfect for summer or whenever you feel like a quick refresh. Plus, they’re super pretty.
So without further ado, here are a few simple lemonade cocktail recipes by The Cocktail Guru made with some of my favorite Van Gogh Vodka flavors. Extra points if you serve them in a mason jar. Using natural ingredients such as organic lemonade and fruit can help you avoid hangovers. So get out your mixer and drink up!
2 oz. Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry
4 oz. Pink lemonade
Add ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Van Gogh Melonade
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Melon
3 oz. Pink lemonade
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thinly sliced lemon wheel.
2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate
3 oz. Lemonade
Pour ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
I love a good cocktail just as much as any blue blooded New Yorker. In the city that never sleeps and never drives, we take the after work cocktail to another level making Manhattan just as much a drink as it is an island. At the age of 26, I’m slowly becoming a more sophisticated drinker which is why I recommend reading The Socialite’s Guide To: Choosing The Right Cocktail by Cristal Carrington, Cocktail Columnist for Examiner.com and Washington D.C. Socialite.
The book serves as a guide to personal branding that profiles the 5 different types of female drinkers (The Party Animal, The Conservative, The Maverick, The Light-Weight, and The Connoisseur) explaining the messages they are unconsciously sending when socializing at bars, restaurants, and parties based on their drink choices while a tequila drinker can be seen as a party girl, a champagne drinker such as myself can be viewed as an elitist. For the young and ambitious professional looking to make a positive impression at upcoming holiday parties, The Socialite’s Guide To: Choosing The Right Cocktail is a must-read. Aside from great advice on personal branding and finding your signature drink, Carrington also provides excellent drink recipes that I can’t wait to try.
Keep reading for my exclusive cocktail Q&A with Cristal Carrington:
What should you drink when you have top shelf taste on a waist-high budget?
My best advice for ladies or gents on a budget when at the bar is:
Step #1: Order a shot of chilled vodka or gin (order the drink in a snifter, so you can still look classy, however, don’t throw it back, savor it).
Step #2: Follow up with a glass of Pinot Grigio or Riesling with a splash of Chambord. The trick is to look great while drinking, not necessarily to get drunk in public.
Belvedere or Grey Goose?
Definitely Grey Goose, but I also recommend the always delicious and timeless brand Stolichnaya.
You certainly seem to have a dream job as the Cocktail Columnist for Examiner.com. How did you land such a great gig?
In graduate school at Georgetown, I came up on an opening for writers with Examiner. I originally wanted to be a food writer, but the position was already filled. I had to think about what I liked as much as food and the answer was cocktails, so I applied with a lengthy article application and landed the gig. I thought, now I have a license to drink all the best cocktail creations and couldn’t be happier with the choice.
Since I prefer the finer things in life, my go-to drink is champagne. But, if you were to make an Aspiring Socialite cocktail, what would be the recipe?
A great Aspiring Socialite cocktail would have to be a creation that a bartender made for me on a whim called The Thing: (feel free to call it A Socialite Thing or Glamorous Thing or whatever)…but it contains:
Cherry Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Ginger Ale
I like it because it was easy to make, tastes great, is unisex, and certainly not hard on the Aspiring Socialite’s pockets.
To make the perfect cocktail, what is the ideal amount of times liquor should be distilled?
I like any liquor distilled over 3 times and if we are speaking of aged liquors anything over 10 years is acceptable. I think at that point the liquor can be consumed neat or mixed. Also, don’t be afraid to ask what the rail liquor is at the bar. Often times, it is a quality brand; it’s just not Ciroc or Patron. Last note on this is to remember that the higher quality the brand, the less likely you are going to want to dilute it with additives such as juices and liqueurs. This rule includes Champagne.
Can people fall into more than one drinking category?
Absolutely! I personally fall into the Maverick/Connoisseur category. However, I tend to lean more to the side of the Maverick. The categories listed in The Socialite’s Guide To: Choosing The Right Cocktail were simply ways to identify stronger drinking habits/patterns. There is nothing wrong with any of them as I do offer ways for all the personality types to strengthen and refine their behaviors, even the Connoisseur who seems to do no wrong in their own eyes