15th December 2008

Money Show 2008 @ Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece

Bar academy logoOn December 18th until the 21st AA&PARTNERS is hosting a training seminar known as the Mixology Seminar, Complete Cocktails Training. It’s a two-day programme in colaboration with the Bar Academy, which will last for 12 hours. Divided into two parts, theory and practice, 6 hours each, the event is recommended to professionals and/or individuals with some or no experience in Cocktail making. In short, the point of this seminar is to enhance participants’ knowledge on how to create cocktails, and raise productivity and sales.

The program consists of: Read the rest of this entry »

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11th December 2008

DrinkUPNY – Holiday Mixer

I was looking through some of the submissions today for our ‘Holiday Spirit’ contest and I was pretty impressed! BUT… There is always room for improvement.  Remember you have through January 1, 2009 to enter!

For those of you in the NYC area who have not yet sumbmitted and for those of you who may want to submit another (there is no limit to submissions), check this out!

DrinkUPNY.com invites you to join them for their Holiday Mixer, “…a rare opportunity to try a wide array of hard-to-find spirits. You’ll discover some excellent libations–gin, absinthe, rum, liqueur, and more–and learn how to use them in signature and classic cocktails. They’ll also have a few surprises, including opportunities to meet producers and sample bottles that haven’t yet made it to market. Whether you’re a cocktail expert or just like a good drink, this event is not to be missed.”

Today – Thursday, December 11th
6 – 9 p.m.

Vino Italian Wine and Spirits
121 East 27th St. (between Park and Lexington)

Cost: $30 – Click HERE 

You must be 21 or over to attend. ID will be checked at the door, so don’t forget your license.

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9th December 2008

The Electronic Cigarette

Yet another solution exists for you smoker’s out there who are sick of anti-smoking laws.  Next time you’re out at a bar and thinking about making the trip outside in the freezing winter temperatures to get your fix, consider the E-Cigarette.


 This little interesting device is a smokeless nicotine delivery system.  It works by inserting a nicotine cartridge in the bottom which releases tiny droplets of nicotine when it senses the user is inhaling.  This is also mixed with water vapor inside the nebulizer to create somewhat of “smoke,” which the users inhales and exhales.  It also has an orange LED light at the end which lights up as the user inhales to appear as if they were smoking.  Since there is no combustion or tobacco involved, it is a much safer alternative to regular cigarettes and also is not subject to anti-smoking laws.  I imagine you’d get a few complaints from patrons if you try to use it at the bar due to how real it looks, but theres no second hand smoke!  I think it’ll only be a matter of time before we see these popping up in our local pubs.  They are a little pricey at this point as well, running from $100-$150 but the nicotine cartridges are replaceable and come in a variety of nicotine concentrations and flavors.  Right now it is not considered a smoking cessation aid, however it could certainly be used as one by stepping down the strength of nicotine (it also comes in zero nicotine!).

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4th December 2008

Pink by Yellowglen Sparkling Wine

My hubby and I just bought a new vehicle this week, and decided to buy a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine, eat some pizza and watch a movie on the DVD player with our blankets and sleeping bags inside of the SUV! (We’re cheesy like that! LOL)

So, as you probably know, sparkling wine is the same thing as champagne, except it’s not made in Champagne, France! A bubbly wine can only be termed champagne if it’s actually made there!

no imageWe chose a neat sparkling wine we saw called “Pink” by Yellowglen and it’s from South Eastern Australia, currently sold by Foster’s Group.

Image Credit: Yellowglen

Well, that got us hook, line and sinker because I used to live in Australia, and secondly, we had never had a sparkling wine from Aussieland before.

The bottle is really modern and cool, looking black with hot pink writing.

It is blended of Pinot Noir and Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd December 2008

Drink & Shop

Tastingtable.com has got to be one of my new favorite sites. For those of you who have not yet checked it out you should, and definitely subscribe to their daily e-mail as well where info like below can be found.

Tasting Table recently checked out a few unique shops that combine the joy of drinking while doing your holiday shopping: 

Between drinking martinis or microbrews poured through an antique sewing machine, you can be fitted for bespoke men’s suits and shirts or browse military-inspired jewelry at this new East Village Bar and custom-clothing shop, which is named after the Prohibition-era designer Elsa Schiaparelli. What to Drink The Jaszek ($10), a tart blend of Applejack, Velvet Falernum, lime juice and bitters. 217 E. Third St. (between avenues B and C); 917-882-7395

The Dressing Room
This LES shop stocks emerging designers and vintage men’s and women’s clothing. But the main draw is its adjoining full-service bar, which opens daily at 6:30 p.m. (though clerks are happy to pour you drinks any time of day). What to Drink The aptly named Waiting Boyfriend ($5), a shot of whiskey and a bottle of Miller High Life. 75A Orchard St. (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-966-7330 or thedressingroomnyc.com

Nicole Farhi 202
A popular brunch spot, this Chelsea Market shop-restaurant is also one of the city’s most underrated cocktail destinations. The loftlike store sells an eclectic assortment of antiques, tabletop items and clothing from Farhi’s men’s and women’s lines. What to Drink The Kentucky Apple Cider ($14), a spicy mix of bourbon, allspice liqueur and vanilla brandy. 75 Ninth Ave. (between 15th and 16th streets); 646-638-1173 or nicolefarhi.com

Careful though - I haven’t done any studies, but I’m quite sure drinking increases impulse buying… Maybe these stores should look into offering some “complimentary” drinks rather than charging for them.  I am sure it would increase sales!

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