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NYE LIBATIONS

By: Skyler Johnson

With New Year’s Eve coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what to drink. 360 has come up with five champagne-filled beverages perfect for the holiday. And if you’re thinking about how to serve them, check out the Chambong plastic champagne flutes. They make it easier, and classier, than ever to consume sparkling wine.

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French 75

This classic cocktail is perfect for New Year’s. Feel free to switch out lemon juice for grapefruit if you want a sweet twist. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 2 fl oz. Lemon Juice
  • 2 fl oz. Gin
  • 2 tsp. Simple Syrup
  • 4 fl oz. Chilled Champagne
  • A lemon slice and Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  • Combine Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple syrup in a Collins glass
  • Add ice cubes and Champagne
  • Top it off with the garnish

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Another old favorite, this drink originated in the 1800s. Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 4-6 oz. Champagne
  • Orange Slice and Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation: 

  • Places the sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute and saturate with bitters
  • Add brandy
  • Fill with champagne
  • Top it off with the garnish

Champagne Ice Cream Cocktail 

Perfect for large gatherings, this adult punch is simple yet effective. Serves 16.

Ingredients

  • 1 qt. Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1  qt. Lemonade
  • 1 Bottle Champagne
  • 1 Cup Cherry Syrup

Preparation: 

  • Once the ice cream is softened poor all ingredients into a large punch bowl, mix, and serve

Air Mail

This golden-colored upper is a great way to start (or end) your night. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Golden rum
  • 0.5 oz. Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 5 oz. Champagne

Preparation:

  • Mix rum, champagne, and honey with ice cubes
  • Pour into a collins glass
  • Add champagne and serve

Confetti Champagne

This drink is bubbly, sweet, and best of all: festive! Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka 
  • 4-5 oz. Champagne
  • 3 oz. Sprite
  • Assorted Pop Rocks
  • Vanilla Frosting

Preparation: 

  • Add Vanilla Vodka, Champagne, and Sprite to glass and mix
  • Use vanilla frosting and pop rocks to rim glass

After you toast at midnight enjoy the following drinks:

Wintery Cranberry Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jalapeno-infused Tequila 
  • 1 part Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Splash of sour mix

Preparation:

  • Place all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass. 
  • Stir until combined. 
  • Dust the rim of the glass with crushed dried lemon rinds, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. 
  • Pour cocktail over ice. 
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and a stick of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

The Paper Airplane

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro 
  • 1.5 oz. Aperol
  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 1.5 oz. fresh lemon juice, strained

Preparation:

  • Combine amaro, Aperol, bourbon, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. 
  • Fill with ice and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds. 
  • Strain into two coupe glasses. 
  • Garnish with a paper airplane. 

The Vespar Martini

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 3 blue cheese-stuffed olives, skewered on a pick

Preparation:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc. 
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. 
  • Garnish with the stuffed olives.

The Snowman-Hattan

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 3 tbsp. homemade ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 oz. fresh orange juice
  • Fresh snow

Preparation: 

  • Combine the whiskey, triple sec, ginger syrup, and orange juice. 
  • Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the cocktail over.

Grammy Awards Wine and Cocktail Pairings

*Congrats to ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy Winner Megan Thee Stallion

With the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards rapidly approaching, it is time to start thinking about accolade-worthy wine and cocktail pairings to savor during the broadcast on March 14. Here are our picks for Best Beverages paired perfectly with each Record of the Year nominee.

BLACK PARADE (Beyoncé)

Trivento Reserve Maximum Red Blend ($10.99)

Beyoncé has been known to enjoy a glass of red wine and we can think of no better way than to toast this accolade than with a wine named after Trivento Reserve’s charismatic and charming winemaker – Maximiliano Ortiz. This deep ruby-red Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, presents an aromatic complexity given by blackcurrants, red and black berries, black pepper, cinnamon, tobacco and smoky notes from the oak. In the mouth, the wine is round and sweet with good structure, persistent and pleasant tannins. The long finish is accompanied by oaky notes.

COLORS (Black Pumas)

Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot ($6.99)

Given Adrian Quesada’s impressive career spanning multiple genres, we’re thinking he might appreciate a wine brand that annually supports the Latin Grammys…this bright and intense ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend presents with dark berries and cocoa which carry over to the palate and are rounded out with mild but sexy tannins.

ROCKSTAR (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc ($6.99)

DaBaby has been spotted enjoying a glass of white during his travels. Frontera Sauvignon Blanc is fruity in character with citric and peach aromas. Light in flavor, this fresh and well-balanced sauvignon blanc is the perfect white for DaBaby and his crew.

SAY SO (Doja Cat)

Doja Cat has not been shy about sharing her tips on making a delicious cocktail. Perhaps she’ll like this one created by Cristóbal Srokowski, Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador.

VERACRUZ

1 1/2 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 Años

3/4 oz. Orange juice

3/4 oz. Lime juice

1/3 oz. Honey syrup 2:1

1/2 oz. Cinnamon syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

3/4 oz. Egg white

Technique: Add all the ingredients in the shaker and dry shake so the egg white is emulsified. Then shake again with ice added. Double strain into a coupette or a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.

EVERYTHING I WANTED (Billie Eilish)

Trivento Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99)

While Billie Eilish is not quite old enough to legally enjoy wine in the US, we do think she would appreciate a brand that has been implementing environmental and social policies for more than 12 years. Since 2008, Trivento embarked on one of the company’s most important educational and inclusive initiatives by bringing in a CENS satellite classroom for their employees to complete their secondary studies. And each year, Trivento has added social and environmental actions to become one of the industry brand’s most committed to society and the environment. Through strong alliances with the United Nations Global Compact , the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) , the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) through the Argentine Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEADS) and the Network of companies for diversity., Trivento is committed to giving back in each bottle what nature has given them.

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza has an intense ruby red color, with violet notes that trend towards dark orange with time. In the nose, aromas of black pepper, tobacco, candied wild berries such as redcurrants and blackberries are perceived. In the mouth, the wine is powerful with persisting tannins and well-structured body.

DON’T START NOW (Dua Lipa)

Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon ($6.99)

Dua Lipa is a fan of a glass of red. We also think she’ll love that this wine sports a QR code on its bottle that will lead one to a “Frontera Big and Bold Reds. Drink Them with Attitude” playlist. From Chile’s Central Valley, this bright and intense ruby red wine with violet reflections has aromas of fresh red fruits, together with toasted notes, highlighting coffee and chocolate. The palate offers harmonic tannins, medium body, good aftertaste. Think of it as the ideal wine to serve with red meats, cheese, spicy stews and pasta with spicy sauces.

CIRCLES (Post Malone)

Les Cadrans de Lassègue ($30)

Post Malone has shared a preference for a nice Bordeaux. Les Cadrans, named after the sundials on the facade of the château, in honor of the incredible sun exposure that Château Lassègue enjoys, is the estate’s second label. It is meticulously produced by sixth and seventh generation Vignerons Pierre and Nicolas Seillan at the Saint-Émilion estate the family jointly owns with the Jackson Family.

SAVAGE (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé) 🏆

When two superstars collaborate, they should be toasted with an aptly named beverage…

CRITIC PASSION

60 ml Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon

30 ml orange juice

30 ml passion fruit

10 ml simple syrup

Ice

Orange peel and mint garnish

Shake all ingredients together (except for the orange peel and mint for garnish). Strain into wine glass over ice. Garnish with orange peel and mint leaf.

JAJA Tequila by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate February 22nd

National Margarita day is NEXT WEEK, February 22! While this day of celebration might not take place in the traditional bar or club setting this year, that doesn’t mean an at-home fiesta isn’t off the table.

222 is an important number in Latino culture, representing that something good is coming your way. It also means to pay attention to important people around you and cultivate meaningful relationships.

Founded by Latino Harlem, NY native, Joe Cruz Jr., YaVe Tequila is the key to unlocking a guilt free laid-back drinking experience whether it is behind your camera on a Zoom with friends, or at a safe in-person setting. At only 60 calories a shot, unlike any other Tequila, YaVe offers a distinctly clean and ultra-smooth taste. Handcrafted and double-distilled with volcanic water, whether it’s sipped on the rocks or mixed in a drink, this smooth tequila will not disappoint.

Below are some festive drink recipes from YaVe that you can make to celebrate:

SKINNY MANGORITA

Ingredients:

  •   2 oz YaVe Mango Tequila (or YaVe Blanco tequila for a stronger punch)
  •   1 oz Mango Nectar
  •   1 oz Simple Syrup
  •   1 oz Lime Juice
  •   Soda Water
  •   Garnish with a slice of mango and lime

Preparation: Add all ingredients together EXCEPT soda water and shake in one glass. In another glass, pour the mixture over ice and then top it off with the soda water at the end for a refreshing drink!

LA BRIESA – JALAPENO MARGARITA

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces YaVe Jalapeño Tequila
  • Muddled Red Peppers
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Ice

Pro tip: Try adding Japanese shichimi or jalapeño salt for decoration and an extra kick!

TEQUILAJITO – TEQUILA MOJITO

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces YaVe Coconut Tequila (or Blanco Tequila)
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • .75 ounces Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • 4 Lime Wedges
  • Granulated Sugar
  • 1 dash of Fee Brothers W. Indies Orange Bitters
  • Mint Sprig Garnish
  • Ice

Pro tip: Muddle the mint, lime, and sugar first. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Add bitters and garnish at the end.

Rams illustrated by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

1800 Tequila x Los Angeles Rams

1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila line, today announces 1800 Tequila is the Official Tequila of the Los Angeles Rams, marking the brand’s first professional football team partnership. As two heritage brands with award-winning credentials and historical roots in Mexico and Southern California respectively, 1800 Tequila and the Los Angeles Rams unite to bring the best taste in tequila to game days.

1800 Tequila and the Los Angeles Rams are rolling out a playbook to help Rams fans celebrate game day at home with programs including:

1800 Play For Sweeps – A sweepstakes that challenges fans to showcase how they celebrate gameday on Instagram and Twitter, with the hashtag #1800PlayForSweeps. Prizes include $1,800 in merchandise credit to the official LA Rams Fan Shop during the month of October. For more information on how to participate, please visit here.

1800 Taco Tailgate – For the ultimate at-home tailgate experience, 1800 Tequila is teaming up with LA-based creator and actor Travis ‘Taco’ Bennett and popular Mexican food truck Mariscos Jalisco to launch 1800 Taco Tailgate. The contest allows lucky Los Angeles residents to win a visit from the 1800 Taco Tailgate for a doorstep delivery of 1800 Tequila cocktails and Mariscos Jalisco tacos on game day. Fans can enter ahead of the Rams Week Seven game when they host Chicago on October 26th by posting on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #1800TacoChallenge. For more information on how to participate, please visit here.

1800 LA Rita – Rams fans watching the game at home can create a version of the 1800 LA Rita, 1800 Tequila’s signature LA Rams’ cocktail, by ordering 1800 Silver on Saucey, ReserveBar or Drizly and combining 1800 Silver, lime juice, agave syrup and fresh squeezed orange juice in a shaker, and shaking and straining into a salted rocks glass garnished with a lime wedge (full recipe available here).

Mike Piazza Launches TRUE Vodka

Today, Mike Piazza launches TRUE Vodka, his bespoke Italian-made vodka brand, in collaboration with GrapeStars, the one-stop shop for celebrity wine and spirits. Piazza is a former baseball player with the NY Mets, and is a Hall of Famer for his time as a player with them.

Piazza is bringing TRUE Vodka to consumers as a nod to his Italian heritage, something he’s always wanted to honor in a big way. Consumers nationwide will have first-time access to enjoy TRUE Vodka at home and have it delivered directly to their doorsteps with the ease of GrapeStars, the exclusive retailer for TRUE Vodka.

RUE Vodka is made from mixed rye and wheat grains from Italy and uses specially purified water from the springs of Tuscany, making it incredibly smooth. The high-quality vodka is produced by a seven times distillation process by legendary supplier of spirits, Caffo, in the Distelleria Friulia. TRUE Vodka has been awarded the prestigious gold medal for best bottle design at the FESPA awards in 2017 and has been picked 9 out of 10 times in blind taste tests against other leading premium vodka brands.

“Mike Piazza hit many majestic home runs in a Mets uniform as part of his Hall of Fame career, and Mike is hitting another home run with True Vodka,” stated Mets Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer Lou DePaoli.

“I have been a long-time Mike Piazza fan and cannot overstate how thrilled we are to team up with him. Bringing TRUE Vodka into his fans’ homes is a huge milestone for GrapeStars and we’re extremely proud to be part of the TRUE Vodka journey,” shared GrapeStars Co-Founder and CEO, Jean-Jean Pelletier.

TRUE Vodka embraces Italian craftsmanship is and produced by a seven times distillation process in Caffo’s Distelleria Friulia. To learn more about the premium vodka, tune into The GrapeStars Podcast interview with Mike Piazza

Celebrate with Mercadito

In honor of Mexican Independence Day and National Guacamole Day, which both fall on Wednesday, September 16, Mercadito, known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, delicious tequila and mezcal-based specialty cocktails and voted a top Mexican restaurant in Chicago, is celebrating with a week-long special menu available from Monday, September 14 – Sunday, September 20. Mercadito’s limited-time menu includes Chile en Nogada, a traditional dish originating from Puebla comprised of poblano pepper, pork picadillo, walnut sauce and pomegranate, Pozole Rojo, a traditional pork and hominy stew with guajillo chile, Pomegranate Guacamole with avocado, habanero, mint and pomegranate seeds, and a Guacamole Flight, which includes tastes of Mercadito’s traditional guacamole, toreado guacamole and the pomegranate guacamole for $18. Perfect for pairing, each day of the week will feature a different Tequila and Mezcal Flight, featuring three one-ounce pours of various agave spirits for $15. Mercadito is currently open for indoor and patio dining in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 108 W. Kinzie and also offers takeout and delivery.

Summer Drinks with Jameson & Martell

Labor Day is right around the corner, but its never too late to whip up some delicious summer cocktails before the leaves start to fall. Whether you’re throwing a final socially distant barbeque or having a relaxing beach picnic, Jameson and Martell have tasty and easy-to-make cocktails perfect for any occasion. And, if you’re really looking to step up your game, Jameson has new summer popsicle recipes that are delicious on a hot summer’s day. Lastly, if you’re looking for a ready-to-drink option that requires no preparation and an easy clean up, Kahlúa has a brand-new canned cocktail – the Nitro Cold Brew –  that is great for any occasion, especially an afternoon pick-me-up.

JAMESON WATERMELON COOLER

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 parts Jameson
  • 6-8 Watermelon Cubes
  • .75 part Lemon Juice
  • .5 part Simple Syrup
  • Splash of Soda Water

Method:

  • Muddle watermelon cubes, then add lemon juice, simple syrup, and Jameson in mason jar.
  • Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice.
  • Top with a splash of soda water. Enjoy!

JAMESON GINGER LIME POPSICLES

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jameson Original
  • 2 parts Ginger Ale
  • Squeeze of fresh lime

Method:

  • Batch and pour into popsicle mold
  • Freeze overnight

SWIFT MARGARITA

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Martell Blue Swift
  • 1 parts Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 parts St. Germain

Method:

  • Moisten the rim of a glass and coat with salt.
  • If using a rocksglass, fill with ice.
  • Add remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Strain into glass

Or try a Kahlúa Nitro Cold Brew!

National Whiskey Sour Day x Jameson Black Barrel

With National Whiskey Sour Day (8/25) fast approaching, a cool, refreshing Jameson Black Barrel is the perfect way to celebrate! By mixing Irish whiskey and lemon juice with egg white and your choice of bitters, the Jameson Classic Whiskey Sour is a delicious cocktail that, to this day, is still one of the most famous after-dinner cocktails around the world. Made with Jameson Black Barrel, the Jameson recipe gives an added bonus of enhanced spiciness, vanilla sweetness, and sherry fruit in what is already a very tasty cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Parts of Jameson Black Barrel
  • 1 Part of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 Part sugar syrup
  • 1/2 Part of egg white
  • 3 Parts of your choice of bitters
  • Cherry or lemon twist for garnish

Method:

  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 2 Parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • Add 1 Part freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Add 1/2 Part sugar syrup
  • Add 1/2 Part egg white
  • Add 3 Parts bitters
  • Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Enjoy!

Jameson, 360 MAGAZINE

National Cold Brew Day

While some people are enjoying a different type of CBD on 4/20, we will be sipping on cold brew drinks. Jameson Cold Brew is a traditional Irish Whiskey infused with a delicious cold brew flavor, perfect to be enjoyed in mixed cocktails or simply on the rocks. 

Jameson Cold Brew Dalgona Coffee

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jameson® Cold Brew
  • 2 parts instant coffee
  • 2 parts granulated sugar
  • 2 parts hot water
  • 3 parts milk of choice
  • 1 part cinnamon

How to Make

  • In mixing bowl add instant coffee, sugar and hot water
  • Whisk until light and fluffy
  • In a glass, fill 3/4 of the way with 3 parts milk of choice and 1 part Jameson Cold Brew
  • Add coffee fluff to top and garnish with cinnamon

Jameson Cold Brew-Tini

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Jameson Cold Brew
  • 1 part cold brew
  • .5 parts simple syrup

How to Make

  • Shake with ice, strain
  • Pour into martini style glass

Jameson Cold Brew & Cola

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jameson Cold Brew
  • 2 parts Cola
  • Orange peel

How to Make

  • Build over ice in a highball glass
  • Garnish with Orange Peel
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Absolut Elyx

Absolut Elyx is the handcrafted luxury expression of multi award-winning Absolut Vodka, built on a commitment to quality craftsmanship and a pioneering spirit.  Every drop of Absolut Elyx is made with soft winter wheat from a single estate in Åhus, Sweden, manually distilled in a 1921 copper column, removing all impurities and resulting in the vodka’s exceptionally silky finish. The entire production of Absolut Elyx takes place within a 15 mile radius and is overseen by master distiller Krister Asplund, who supervises the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx is admired globally for its playful spirit and tradition of standing out from the crowd, it is bottled at 42.3% alcohol by volume to deliver optimal flavour and character.

For more information about Absolut Elyx, please visit: absolutelyx.com