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9 NY Cocktail-Centric Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

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If you live in New York, you know the most anticipated season of the year is SUMMER. After a long, unbearable winter with virtually zero hours of sunlight, NYers are ready to show up and show OUT. If you’re looking for some cool, cocktail-centric events to check out this summer, The Cocktail Snob's got you. I did the research so you don’t have to. Read on for the hottest summer events in NYC.

1. Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic

Technically, the purpose of this Vueve Clicquot-sponsored event is to have a picnic and watch a polo match. But let’s be honest...This one’s for the bad and bougies who wanna show off their summer best and sip on bubbly. Sign me up!

Date & Time: Saturday, June 1

Location: Liberty State Park

Cost: $90-$475-get tickets here


2. Rose´ Wine Mansion

That’s right-it’s back! And this time it’s bigger than last year. If you’re unfamiliar, Rose Mansion is a wine bar, wine museum, and amusement park all rolled into one with some awesome backdrops and props to create Insta-worthy shots. Sip pink wine from all over the world as you make your way through 14 interactive rooms and get educated on summer’s favorite wine. Your ticket includes a wine glass, 8 wine tastings, and a few other goodies.

Date & Time: Starts on Saturday, June 1 and continues through the end of the summer

Location: 111 32nd Street

Cost: $35 during happy hour (weekdays before 5pm); $45

3. Zinfandel Experience New York City

An absolutely zincredible collaboration amongst some of the best vintners in the world. Get a taste of a wide variety of Zinfandels poured by some of the founders of the modern American wine movement.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6pm-8pm

Location: Houston Hall

Cost: $59-$79-get tickets here

4. Bacon & Beer Classic

As the name suggests, this an opportunity to kick off your summer with gourmet bacon dishes and unlimited craftbeer from New York’s best restaurants. At the “Bacon and Beer Paradise”, you can enjoy live entertainment while a panel of expert judges selects the best dish and beer.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 8, noon-10pm

Location: The Brooklyn Mirage

Cost: $69-$119-get tickets here

5. New York Rum Fest

.Brought to you by RumLab.com, this festival is all about education and premium rum tastings.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 2pm-8pm

Location: Metropolitan West

Cost: $35-$110-get tickets here

6. Pinknic

It didn't take long for this festival to become a NYC summer staple. Since 2016, organizers have seen thousands of people come for a day or weekend of food, live entertainment, a pool, and of course spirits. Put on your best pink and white outfit and drink up all the rose´.

Date & Time: Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20

Location: Randall's Island Park

Cost: $95-$500-get tickets here


7. Midnight Mimosaholic Masquerade Ride

Food Before Love, a site created for foodies by foodies, is hosting their signature midnight brunch boat ride this summer. But this time, it's mask on for the masquerade party. Between sips of bottomless mimosas, nosh on brunch appetizers and make some new foodie friends.

Date & Time: Friday, August 9, 11:30pm-3:30pm

Location: The Skyport Marina

Cost: $55-$90-get tickets here

8. NY Cocktail Expo

Sample and vote for cocktails from the city’s best mixologists. After your libations, head to the rooftop for an afterparty.

Date & Time: Sunday, August 18th I 3PM-9PM

Location: Melrose Ballroom, Long Island City

Cost: $65-$75-get tickets here


9. Margarita March

An annual event, showcasing the best margaritas NYC (and beyond) has to offer. Your ticket gets you eight margaritas, an all-access VIP badge, food & drink specials, and access to live entertainment. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders!

Date & Time: Saturday, August 24th, noon-10pm

Location: TBD/Bars in NYC

Cost: $65 per person-get tickets here

**Honorable Mention: NYC Summer Tippler Passbook

This isn’t an event per se, but the summer Tippler is a great way to explore even more of the exquisite cocktails NYC has to offer. For just $35, this handy dandy passbook is your ticket to 15 of the city’s best craft cocktails.

Get yours here!

Happy sipping winefriends! 

Camille

”The Cocktail Snob” 

www.cocktailsnobnyc.com

 

National Wine Day

Winefriends! It’s #NationalWineDay and I’m so excited!!! Let’s kick off the celebration sharing our fave wines! Talk to me in the comments! Mine are listed below! 💁🏾‍♀️🍷✨

In honor of #NationalWineDay my top 8 at the moment (in no particular order):

1) @fantescawine King Richards Reserve Pinot Noir

2) @charleskrugwinery Malbec

3) @mcbridesisters Brut Rosé

4) @shoecrazywine Sweet Harmony

5) @marcusjohnson360 FLO Wines Red Blend

6) @vine_wine_club Exclusive White

7) @veuveclicquot Brut NV

8) @ruinart Blanc de blancs


Let me know your favorites so I can try them too!  

Peach Bellini Girl

We asked a question on social about a fave brunch drink. Though mimosas are usually a unanimous favorite there’s one that always resonates with me when made perfectly and that’s the Peach Bellini! 

It can be made a million different ways (my favorite is with a good Cava) but here’s a recipe I thought was pretty yummy sounding I wanted to share. 

 

  • 2 ripe peaches, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bottle chilled prosecco sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Place the peaches, lemon juice, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth. Press the mixture through a sieve and discard the peach solids in the sieve. Place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into each Champagne glass and fill with cold prosecco. Serve immediately.
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Image + recipe originally posted on fabfatale.com

Monday Wine Q&A: Celebrating Max

I had the privilege of actually joining my wine bestie for her show! Catch up on this birthday celebration 🍾 We’re drinking a FLY wine in honor of the expert herself!  

Have you ever had a Ruinart Blanc de Blancs? If you haven’t I’d highly recommend it for you own birthday celebration this year! 

This was a ton of fun to try and my BGW wine rating is a TEN 💁🏾‍♀️🍷✨ 

Please ignore my blinking statue posture in the beginning 😂  

Happy Monday!  

The World Famous BGW Sangria recipe

At every BGW event our founder makes her famous Sangria and though the recipe switches up regularly there are a few staples that she never leaves out. This recipe is perfect for rescuing a bad bottle of wine too! (If you watched the recent episode of #WineDownLIVE you’ll catch this reference 😩😭) 

 Shayla’s Sangria MUST

2 Frozen Fruit pack

- (1) that includes pineapples + 1 that includes berries

1  bottle of Cran-apple juice  

1 Red Wine 

1 Moscato (or sweet white wine) 

1 Rosé  

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Mix all above ingredients in large pitcher and pour it up,pour it up! 

Did you make your own version of this Sangria? Comment below and let us know! 

- Team BGW

Holiday Draaanks: Talk 30 to ME

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 Talk 30 to Me, created in honor of my 30th birthday for my blog launch party, is my take on my favorite drink, a mango mojito. I mixed premium white rum, mango nectar, lime, mint, and Cocktail Artist simple syrup. Instead of club soda, I topped it with prosecco... to make it snobby (wink).

 TheCocktail Artist (@cocktailartists) Premium Simple Syrup made by Sadiyyah Iddeen (@saddiatlbartender) really added the right amount of sweetness to the drink and the best part is that it’s only 10 calories, doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring. All their products were developed by award-winning mixologists to help people elevate their cocktail game at home. Pick up a bottle at Walmart!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 5-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 oz of simple syrup
  • 3 oz mango nectar
  • prosecco

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with lime juice

2. Add mango nectar and shake

3. Strain into a glass with ice

4. Top with prosecco

5. Enjoy!

 

Happy Sipping,

 

The Cocktail Snob

IG: @thecocktailsnob_

www.cocktailsnobnyc.com

Wind Down LIVE: Desireé

So excited to have another somm join us for #WineDownLIVE! This week we were happy to have Desireé (@winenoire) joining us to discuss another tasty champagne 🍾 for you to enjoy for the holidays. 

La Marca Prosecco

Let me just say— I loved this! You all know we haven’t had many champagnes or sparkling wines on the show and that’s because of all wine this one is usually the one I reach for the least unless it’s brunch. But baaaaby this one right here? BOMB. Waste not a second in going to pick this up. You will thank me later! 

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Wine rating: 10

What am pairing with this one? French Fries

How am I brunching with this one? Add lemonade, orange juice, and a splash of cranberry.

Check out this neat trick Desiree uses  to save and style her wine labels! Follow her on IG @winenoire. 

Wine Down LIVE: Wait this isn’t Champagne?!

Winefriends! 

Didn't we get our lives last night for #WineDownLIVE with our dear friend Max?! We learned so much from how to hold a wine glass to differentiating sweet to dry varietials. 

Here’s a few take seats from last nights episode.

All Champagne is NOT Champagne.

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The only wines that are called Champagne are wines that are produced from the Champagne region of France. All other bubbly varietals are referenced as sparkling wines. Depending on where these sparkling wines are produced they may have different names. 

On Wednesday night we enjoyed a Crémant de Bourgogne, a sparkling varietal from Burgundy. It was quite delicious with notes of strawberry and cherry. This wine rated a 9 on the BGW wine scale and is definitely being paired with brunch any day of the week! 

The Sweet Scale

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We also learned how to tell where wines fall on the sweet to not so sweet scale by paying attention to what what’s on the label. Here’s a breakdown of things you may see on the bottle and what you can expect. 

 In order from sweet to dry:

Doux - yes sugar yes! 

Demi-sec - sweet treat

Extra Dry - moscato lovers beware 

Brut - sweet lovers don’t even bother 

Extra Brut - sis, this the end of the road

Don’t be a Heathen. 

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Max also taught us the proper way to hold our glass. At the stem not near the rim! When you hold your wine glass at the base (or the stem) you prevent from accidentally warming up your wine with your body heat! All the classy ladies do this

Want to catch up on more fun from last nights episode? Click here to watch

Happy Sipping!