It’s time for a much overdue Saturday Socialite Link Up! This week has been full of exciting news, beauty and fashion stories, but Nicky Hilton’s gorgeous Valentino wedding dress was 100% the highlight of my week. What was the highlight of yours?
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
On my path to being a member of the upper crust, there’s nothing more inspiring than meeting and getting advice from actual socialites living the dream. At a recent meet and greet with former Real Housewife of New York, Kelly Bensimon, celebrating her new diet and lifestyle book, I Can Make You Hot!, the insight I gained on living a healthy and happy socialite life was impeccable. In the book, the model and mother of two reveals how real models eat, live, and keep their bodies beautiful with healthy foods, sleep, and exercise. Basically, treat your body right and it will love you back.
This philosophy makes I Can Make You Hot! one of the most optimistic diet books on the market showing the world that skinny people don’t starve themselves, they just eat the right things and make an effort to always treat their bodies like gold. There’s even room to splurge. For Kelly, Sunday is the “Day of Rest” where she is free to eat whatever she desires. When I asked Kelly about being a vegetarian, she suggested I start eating meat again because lean proteins are an important part of a diet that promotes weight loss. Though I know I should be eating a better variety of foods, I’m not sure if I’m quite ready yet to add meat into the mix. But, if a supermodel says it will make me hot, I might consider it.
To win a signed copy of I Can Make You Hot! by the lovely Kelly Killoren Bensimon, comment on this post with the name of your favorite food. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email.
“If you want to be a socialite, do what you love and always wear high heels,” – Wise words from Kelly Bensimon on achieving the socialite life.