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Summer Sip List

As the weather gets warmer and more businesses begin to open up, it looks like summer will be closer to normal than much of the world has recently seen. 360 Magazine has collected a list of our favorite drinks for this summer to sip by the pool, or for celebrating with friends. Stay refreshed this summer with our 2021 sip list.

EFFEN® x Allies in Arts

Since 2018, EFFEN Vodka has created limited-edition Pride bottles to celebrate self-expression, support diversity and champion the LGBTQQIA2S community, including supporting organizations like Outfest. This year, EFFEN Vodka is partnering with Allies in Arts to bolster their mission of empowering creative voices and providing fair-paid work for artists who identify as womxn, BIPOC and LGBTQQIA2S – all of whom are underrepresented individuals in creative industries.

EFFEN Vodka commissioned Chicago-based, LGBTQQIA2S artist and street muralist Sam Kirk to design this year’s bottle, which celebrates the Black and LGBTQQIA2S communities and highlights that each day is an opportunity to live loud, vibrant and proud. Not only is the vodka perfect for cocktails, the bottle is a beautiful addition to any summer table.

EFFEN Vodka pride month image via Mike Morra (Coyne PR) for use by 360 Magazine

INDOGGO® Gin The Low Rider

Raise your glass to the king of gin and juice, and mix up Snoop’s personal favorite take on the classic Gin & Tonic- The Low Rider. This refreshing and citrusy cocktail is great to unwind with and sip all spring and summer long! Sure to please the palette of any gin aficionado, “The Low Rider” is crafted with 1.5 oz Indoggo Gin, 3oz tonic water and garnished with an orange slice. This mouthwatering mixed drink is all you need to make your Gin and Tonic Day complete!

  • 1.5 oz INDOGGO® Gin
  • 3 oz tonic water
  • Orange slice garnish

Add INDOGGO® and tonic water into a highball glass, filled with ice. Garnish with orange slice.

Indoggo Gin PR Image by SnoopDogg for use by 360 Magazine

Pinnacle Vodka’s Apricot Honeysuckle Spritz

Pinnacle® Vodka, the award-winning vodka brand, today introduced Pinnacle® Light & Ripe™. The brand’s newest line of innovation offers great quality vodka in fruit-forward flavors with fewer calories and zero sugar for a refreshing “Light & Ripe” finish. Crafted with natural ingredients, Pinnacle Light & Ripe is being launched with two fresh flavor choices, Apricot Honeysuckle and Guava Lime. Pinnacle’s new cocktail recipe, which utilized their new Apricot Honey flavor of Pinnacle Light & Ripe, is below:

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Pinnacle® Light & Ripe™ Apricot Honeysuckle Vodka
  • 1 part Lilet Blanc®
  • Equal parts soda water and tonic water
  • Fresh apricot
  • Sprig of thyme

Directions: Build in glass over ice. Stir gently and garnish with fresh apricot and honeysuckle.

Pinnacle Light & Ripe Apricot Honeysuckle spritz for use by 360 Magazine

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer is set to hits shelves in the U.S. beginning this week! The products combine real Plata tequila with refreshing seltzer, resulting in the perfect choice for those seeking a refreshing, ready-made cocktail for their high-energy moments this season. Hornitos Tequila Seltzer is available in two natural flavors – Lime and Mango – without any artificial sweeteners.

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer image by Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

Santo Spirits 

Santo Spirits just launched their Reposado and has the most refreshing cocktails to serve at your backyard BBQ or enjoy during an at-home happy hour. Santo is the brainchild of rocker Sammy Hagar, and chef Guy Fieri. Together, the duo created a portfolio of 100% Blue Weber Agave expressions including Santo blanco, the world’s only Mezquila and a reposado that is rested in lightly charred, used American oak bourbon barrels. For those tired of the usual and yearning for something different, Santo offers a higher taste, a higher quality, a higher experience – a higher spirit.

Below are some of Santo Spirit’s summer sip suggestions:

Cucumber Cooler

Impress your friends with the ultimate summer sipper, the Cucumber Cooler made with Santo’s newly launched Reposado. The ultra-pure agave flavor and refreshing balance of homemade cucumber simple syrup and mint are the perfect combination to keep you cool on those hot summer days ahead.

  • 2 oz Santo Reposado
  • ½ oz Cucumber simple syrup*
  • ½ oz Elderflower liqueur
  • ¾ oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Fresh Mint sprig
  • Ice

Garnish: Fresh mint sprig, cucumber slices

1. In a cocktail shaker with ice add tequila, syrup, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and mint sprig

2. Shake for 30 seconds.

3. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.

4. Garnish.

Cucumber Simple Syrup:

1. In a saucepan on medium heat add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cucumber sliced.

2. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar has dissolved.

3. Bring to a simmer for 3 minutes.

4. Take off heat and allow it to steep for 15-20 minutes.

cucumber cooler by Santo Spirits for use by 360 Magazine

Hibiscus Smash

Relax and unwind with a cocktail that will take your tastebuds on a trip you will never want to return from. The freshness of cilantro and hibiscus leaves are a great compliment to the full and distinctive flavors of Santo Reposado. Don’t forget to double strain this cocktail for a smooth and refreshing drink you will want to enjoy all year round.

  • 2 oz Santo Reposado
  • 1 oz hibiscus tea
  • 1/2 oz agave
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Ice

Garnish: Hibiscus leaves, lime wheel, edible flowers

1. Brew Hibiscus tea and let cool.

2. In a cocktail shaker with ice add tequila, hibiscus tea, agave, lime juice and fresh cilantro.

3. Shake for 30 seconds.

4. Double strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.

5. Garnish.

Hibiscus Smash by Santo Spirits for use by 360 Magazine

Strawberry Basil Gimlet

2 oz INDOGGO®

.75 oz Lime Juice

.75 oz Honey Syrup (2pt Honey:1 pt Water)

Basil

Combine all ingredients, shake and strain into a coupe glass. Top with soda water and garnish with mint and strawberry.

The Strawberry Basil Gimlet by INDOGGO for use by 360 Magazine

The Laid Back

2 oz INDOGGO®

2 oz Pineapple Juice

Top with club soda

Garnish: Strawberry/Lime Slices

Add INDOGGO Gin and pineapple juice into glass, filled with ice. Stir, then top with club soda and garnish with strawberry/lime slice.

The Laid Back drink image by IDOGGO for use by 360 Magazine

D’USSE Champagne Sparkler  

Champagne Sparkler features D’USSE VSOP and Angostura Bitters topped off with chilled Top Martini & Rossi Asti. The cocktail is perfect to feel like the stars of Hollywood and toast to a fun evening. 

Glassware: Flute  

Ingredients:  

·         1 part D’USSE VSOP Cognac  

·         1 sugar cube  

·         3 dashes Angostura Bitters  

·         Top Martini & Rossi Asti  

·         Garnish: Orange Twist  

Add D’USSE, sugar cube and bitters into a champagne flute. Top with chilled Martini & Rossi Asti. 

Champagne Sparkler (White) by D'USSE for use by 360 Magazine

D’USSE’s Lady Velvet

Balanced and sophisticated, the D’USSE Lady’s Velvet is an expression of luxury

Glassware: Nick & Nora 

Ingredients:  

1 part D’USSE VSOP Cognac 

¾ part BACARDI Ocho Rum 

¾ part MARTINI & ROSSI Rosso Vermouth 

½ part ST-GERMAIN Elderflower Liqueur 

1 dash Angostura Bitters 

Garnish: Orange Peel 

Method: Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir cocktail with a bar spoon until chilled. Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. 

D'USSE Lady's Velvet image by D'USSE Cognac for use by 360 Magazine

1800 x Jarritos Cocktails

1800 has partnered with iconic Mexican soda brand Jarritos to create three delicious, easy-to-make cocktails, all made with premium 1800 Silver and Jarritos’ classic flavors. As two Mexican heritage brands with deep cultural roots, 1800 Tequila and Jarritos have joined together as the authorities on Cinco de Mayo cocktails and celebration, and their collaborative cocktails are sure to quench the thirst for an authentic way to enjoy Cinco de Mayo this year. 

1800 Piña Paloma

  • 2 oz. 1800 Silver
  • 4 oz. Jarritos Pineapple 
  • ½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice

Directions: Build over ice in a highball glass and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lime wheel and pineapple leaves

1800 x Jarritos Cocktails 1800 Pina Paloma image for use by 360 Magazine

1800 Twisted Paloma

These 1800 Tequila x Jarritos cocktails are bound to quench your thirst for an authentic and vibrant way to celebrate National Tequila Day this year. Choose your tequila personality by ordering 1800 Silver, 1800 Coconut, 1800 Reposado and the Jarritos Mood Pack on Instacart.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • 4 oz. Jarritos Grapefruit
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 coins fresh ginger

Directions: Muddle ginger in a shaker tin, then add tequila and lime juice and shake over ice. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and top with Jarritos. Garnish with pink grapefruit and candied ginger.

1800 x Jarritos Cocktails Twisted Paloma image from Edmund Billings at exposure america for use by 360 Magazine

 Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux’s Kentucky Mule 

Ingredients:

·       2 oz. Buffalo Trace

·       ¾ oz. Lime Sour

·       ¼ dash Simple Syrup

·       Top with 3 oz. Q Ginger Beer

Method:

·       Combine Buffalo Trace, Lime Sour and Simple Syrup

·       Top with Ginger Beer

·       Shake & pour into a Mule Mug

·       Garnish with a lime wedge

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux’s Kentucky Mule via Brooke Levin at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Baby Yoda/The Child

Inspired by the cocktail originally created by Michael Young of The Vault, Elysian Brewing has put its own spin on the Baby Yoda cocktail, which fittingly incorporates the brand’s most popular beer–Space Dust IPA–to take you to a galaxy far, far away

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz Vodka
  • .5oz Apple Pucker
  • .5 Lemon Juice
  • .75 Simple Syrup

Method:

  1. Shake with ice and strain into coupe glass
  2. Top off with Space Dust IPA
  3. Attach lime wedges for the ears and blueberries for the eyes to a cocktail stick
  4. Wrap glass step with napkin to create a robe-like appearance to complete the look
  5. Serve!
Baby Yoda/The Child by Elysian Brewing via Ben Stark at M&C Saatchi Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

 1800 Cristalino Monochrome Margarita

  • 1 ½ oz. 1800 Cristalino
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur 
  • ½ oz. light agave syrup
  • 1 oz. sour liqueur mixer 
  • 1 sleeve habanero bitters

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wheel and Thai chili.

1800 Silver Perfume Serrano

  • 2 oz. 1800 Silver
  • 1 oz. watermelon juice
  • ¾ oz. elderflower liqueur
  • ¾ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. serrano pepper-infused orange liqueur

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass with a Tajín rim, and garnish with a watermelon slice.

Perfume Serrano image via 1800 Tequila for use by 360 Magazine

1800 Coconut Coco Colada

  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • 1 ½ oz. coconut cream
  • 1 ½ oz. pineapple juice 
  • ½ oz. lime juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice and blend. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with a pineapple spear.

1800 Tequila Coconut Colada image for use by 360 Magazine

sipMARGS Sparkling Margaritas

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, sipMARGS is launching with new and exciting ready-to-drink sparkling margaritas! sipMARGS is a real, authentic margarita made with top-quality tequila, perfect for those who want fun without compromise. While it’s low calorie, low sugar, and low carbs; it’s also a bold, great-tasting margarita – making it the perfect go-to canned beverage for any occasion.

The margaritas are available in New York and New Jersey now and Florida on June 1st. They come in four creative flavors, all with 5% ABV: Classic Sparkling Margarita, Sparkling Mango Margarita, Sparkling Coconut Margarita, and Sparkling Mezcal Margarita. All four flavors are offered in 4-packs (SRP $11.99), Variety 8-packs (SRP $19.99) and the Classic Sparkling Margarita is available in a bag-in-a-box style (SRP $29.99).  

Classic: With bright, vibrant citrus flavor, sipMARGS Classic sparkling margarita is equally tart and sweet with a taste reminiscent of your favorite margarita cocktail.  

Classic Sparkling Margarita
Photo Credit: sipMARGS

Coconut: Cool and light with unmistakable coconut essence, sipMARGS Coconut margarita is mildly sweet and refreshing with big tropical flavor.

Sparkling Coconut Margarita
Photo Credit: sipMARGS

Mango: The sweet, fruity taste of luscious mangoes are front and center with sipMARGS Mango margarita.  Bold, juicy and effervescent.

Sparkling Mango Margarita
Photo Credit: sipMARGS

Mezcal: sipMARGS Mezcal margarita brings the taste of Mexico’s traditional agave spirit to a uniquely refreshing cocktail.  A hint of smokiness, herbal notes and a touch of sweetness create a distinctively delicious flavor. 

Sparkling Mezcal Margarita
Photo Credit: sipMARGS

 VOCO: Elegance Brands, Inc., a global beverage company with a focus on innovation, announced this week the relaunch of its premiere beverage product VOCO, a “better-for-you” RTD cocktail that combines real vodka blended with coconut water, soda water and natural fruit flavor.

As a more mindful spirit offering, VOCO is also gluten-free, low ABV, and low in sugar. With only 5% ABV per can, it allows consumers to enjoy more in one sitting! This single serving canned cocktail comes in four delicious fruit flavors: Mango, Lime, Pineapple, and Passionfruit.

To launch, VOCO will be available at select retail locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, Tennessee, Ohio, and Alabama. Elegance Brands, Inc. will continue to roll out VOCO to additional U.S. states this year. SRP for a 4-pack of VOCO is $9.99. For more information, please visit Drink Voco.

The Cheesecake Factory’s The Ultimate Margarita Recipe

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Tequila (It should be a 100% agave tequila. Blanco or Reposado is preferred)

½ oz. Cointreau Liqueur

½ oz. Grand Marnier Liqueur

1 oz. Agave Syrup (recipe below)

¾ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

For Garnish:

Lime

Salt Rim (optional)

Instructions:

Add Tequila, Cointreau Liqueur, Grand Marnier Liqueur, Agave Syrup, and Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice to a cocktail shaker without ice.

Add ice to cocktail shaker and shake hard for 10-15 seconds.

Strain contents of the cocktail shaker into appropriately sized glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with a Lime Wedge. Squeeze lime over drink and drop on top.

Agave Syrup

Ingredients:

Agave Nectar

Water

Instructions:

Mix equal parts Agave Nectar and Boiling Water. Stir until thoroughly incorporated

Chill in refrigerator (for at least 1 hour) until ready to use.

AriZona Beverages is making its first foray into the coffee space with Sun Brew – a new line of 100% arabica coffee made with hand-selected beans from Central & South America!  

Perfect for the morning wake-up or mid-afternoon pick me up, Sun Brew delivers bold flavor in three distinct roasts: Snake Bite Blend (medium roast with beans from Columbia), Cactus Blend (medium-dark roast with beans from Guatemala and Honduras), and Sedona Blend (dark roast with beans from Columbia, Brazil, and Peru).  Available as ground coffee and pod packs, Sun Brew arrives just in time to deliver small-batch roasted coffee at home without café pricing!  

Rosjito

Cavit Rosé is blended with ice, white rum, and fresh mint for a fun and cool play on the classic mojito. ​

Prep time: 5 minutes​

Total time: 5 minutes​

Makes: 1 cocktail ​

  • 4 large mint leaves​
  • 1.5 oz white rum​
  • 5 oz Cavit Rosé​
  • 1 cup ice cubes​

Combine mint, rum, Cavit Rosé, and ice in a blender. Purée until very smooth. Pour into a tall chilled glass. Serve immediately. 

Garnish options: Mint sprig, lime wedge, sugar-rimmed glass.  ​

Tip: Include more elements of a classic mojito by adding fresh lime juice and simple syrup to the blender with the other ingredients. 

Rosjito image by Cavit Wines for use by 360 Magazine

#MilagroMondays

Milagro Tequila has launched #MilagroMondays, a summer-long campaign that offers consumers a much-needed break from their weekly routine. To build genuine excitement for the week ahead, the brand is offering the select few an opportunity to wake up somewhere entirely new at the start of their week. Through June 8, fans of Milagro Tequila can enter to win a luxury 5-day, work-from-anywhere experience in Tulum, Mexico by posting a photo or video to their personal Instagram account of what makes you dread Mondays the most. To qualify, fans must tag MilagroTequila in their post and #MilagroMondays #entry.

 Two winners and their guests will fly first-class, stay in a private villa outfitted with the ideal “work from anywhere” set-up (including that real-life beach Zoom background), and be treated to a private chef, chartered yacht, and much more. Those interested can click here for the official rules and regulations of #MilagroMondays. 

Milagro Monday image via Tessa van Bergen at M&C Sataachi Sports & Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

1800 Spiced Blood Orange Paloma

1800 Tequila is perfect for World Paloma Day on Saturday, May 22nd! 1800’s paloma recipe is created with a spin on the Mexican national cocktail. It is the ideal way to celebrate the holiday, no matter your personal taste in tequila.

All 1800 expressions are available on ReserveBarMiniBar and Drizly.

  • 2 oz. 1800 Añejo
  • 3 oz. freshly-squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ oz. freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz. agave nectar

Directions: Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a coarse spiced salt-rimmed highball glass over fresh ice, and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with thinly-sliced blood orange, grapefruit, or lime.

Spiced Blood Orange Paloma from 1800 Tequila via Edmund Billings at Exposure America for use by 360 Magazine

Stranahan’s The Peak Manhattan 

2oz Blue Peak

1oz Sicilian Amaro

2 dashes black walnut bitters

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and stir to 20% dilution. Strain over big cube with cherry garnish

Stranahan's The Peak Manhatten image via Angela Menosa for use by 360 Magazine

Earl StevensThe Spritz 

The Spritz is a twist on the popular classic, and starts with an Italian bitter liqueur that has orange citrus notes then Earl Stevens Selection Prosecco straight from Italy, topped off with club soda. It’s a cocktail for day or night, and any reason you feel like enjoying a refreshing libation.   

Ingredients

·         3 ounces Earl Stevens Selection Prosecco DOC  

·         2 ounces Italian bitter liqueur  

·         1 ounce soda water  

·         Garnish: orange wheel  

Method: Add all ingredients into a wine glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange wheel. 

Earl Stevens' The Spritz via : Taylor Webster for use by 360 Magazine

Spa Girl Cocktails

Hot Girl Summer meets the hottest cocktail of the summer – Spa Girl Cocktails, a premium ready-to-drink vodka beverage. This spirit is all about California sunshine, celebrating with your girlfriends, and cheers-ing with a damn good, guilt-free cocktail. Known for their award-winning fresh and fruity flavors and clean ingredients, you can enjoy the notes of cucumber, pineapple, strawberry, peach, and pear without any of the guilt. This buzz-worthy booze is under 100 calories and packs a punch with its high alcohol content ranging from 11.5% – 16.5%. Available in 4-pack cans and 750 mL bottles, their high-proof, low cal cocktails mean drinking less, to enjoy more. 

Whether your summer plans include heading to Palm Springs for a dreamy getaway, hosting any and all bridal shower festivities for your bestie, or packing for a picnic at the beach with your pals, the party starts with Spa Girl Cocktails. Find a retailer near you here

Spa Girls Cocktail image by Maddie Parks at Fingerprint Communications for use by 360 Magazine

D’USSÉ & Blueberry Lemonade

This cocktail combines D’USSÉ and lemonade with the sweet, tangy flavor of fresh blueberries. As the world starts to open back up and more and more people are gathering with family and friends (both indoors and outdoors!), wanted to share a few cocktails from D’USSE Cognac to help celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The lemonade-based cocktails (fittingly, in a “red, white and blue” theme) bring a playfully patriotic flair to the holiday and are sure to be a hit for any parties. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 Parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac 
  • 10 Fresh Blueberries 
  • 4 Parts Lemonade 

Glass & Garnish: Highball & Lemon Wheel, Blueberries 

Method: Muddle blueberries in a shaker tin. Add D’USSÉ, lemonade and ice. Shake and strain into an ice filled highball glass. 

blueberry lemonade image by D’USSE Cognac for use by 360 Magazine

Ogden’s Own Five Husbands Vodka Pride Month Bottle

Ogden’s Own, the largest independent distillery in Utah, is welcoming Pride Month 2021 with the release of a brand-new, special edition bottle of its Five Husbands Vodka – featuring five of Utah’s most influential and cherished members of the LGBTQ+ community on the label!

As part of Ogden’s Own’s commitment to celebrating Pride all year long, not just for one month, the new 2021 Five Husbands bottle will be available year-round. The “Five Husbands” featured on the label represent a broad range of professions and areas of expertise, but the common thread binding each Husband is that they are all Utah locals that are passionate about representing the LGBTQ+ community and spreading the message of inclusiveness on as large of a stage as possible. The 2021 Five Husbands are: Johnny Hebda, Troy Williams, Rob Moolman, Georgios Spiliopoulos, and CJ Hamblen.

The 2021 Five Husbands Vodka Pride bottle is officially available now at the Ogden’s Own Distillery store, with regional and online distribution slated to kick off before June. The bottle retails for $19.99 for a 750ml bottle and is 40% ABV (80 proof). Sales proceeds will go directly to Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center, two charitable organizations that support the Utah LGBTQ+ community.

Ogden’s Own Five Husbands Pride Bottle via Ruben Marinbach at GreenRoom for use by 360 Magazine

The Bodega

 On Saturday, June 12th btw 4PM-8PM, 360 Magazine will host our intimate immersive pop-up shop which will be reminiscent of a traditional Bronx Bodega. This po-up shop is a collaborative effort to elevate our brand’s priorities in popular culture and design (PC+D).

This boutique and private shopping experience will be held at the #360TRAP Bronx workspace. The event will feature #AOHSOA Trunk Pieces and lifestyle choices, specifically designed for consumers to live their best PC+D lifestyle.

The pop-up will possess a carnival theme and will feature creative activities and decors compatible with this fun concept. The event’s open bar will run for four hours and feature signature spirits of mixologists, as well as festive tapas. This event will be a privileged opportunity to reinforce brand awareness and network among target audiences and sponsors.This summer event will also be the precursor for World Blood Donor Day (6/14) and Armon Hayes birthday (6/16).

Cat illustration for the bodega by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

D’USSÉ Paradise Gem 

The creation of the visionary Maitre de Chai Michel Casavecchia – the senior-most cellar master working today – D’USSE is masterfully crafted at the prestigious Château de Cognac, a home with a 200-year legacy of producing some of the world’s finest Cognacs. A partnership between Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and Bacardi Unlimited, D’USSE is the cognac of choice for several of world’s pre-eminent entertainers, including Megan Thee Stallion, Kevin Hart and Meek Mill, among many others. 

 D’USSE offers both a VSOP and an XO. Easy to sip, the D’USSÉ® Paradise Gem uses D’USSÉ’s VSOP Cognac and is bright and floral — simply a gem. 

Ingredients 

1 Part D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac 
1 Part Marigold Syrup* 
¾ Part Sauvignon Blanc 
1 Coffee Bean 

Glass & Garnish 

Frosted Coupe & White Rose Petal 

Method 

Muddle coffee bean in a mixing glass. Add D’USSÉ, marigold syrup and Sauvignon Blanc and fill with ice. Stir and double-strain into a frosted coupe glass. 
*Marigold Syrup: Heat 34 oz of water in a saucepan until it reaches a boil. Add 34 oz of white sugar, 1 oz of citric acid and ¼ lb of dehydrated marigold flowers. Let stand for 24 hours. Double-strain into a bottle for storage. 

D’USSÉ Paradise Gem image via Chantel Muentes at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Elysian Brewing 25th Anniversary Box

In celebration of the milestone anniversary, Elysian released a 25th anniversary box, featuring some of its greatest beers and a collection of experiences to tell the brewery’s history. Elysian collaborated with nearly 30 artists nationwide to create different elements of the box, including both up-and-coming and established talent, like legendary Seattle artists Charles Burns and Peter Bagge of Fantagraphics.

One of the highlights came from Elysian’s Snailbones IPA. The brewery requested 27 different reinterpretations of label from 27 different artists from all different walks of life with just two criteria: It must have a snail and it must have bones. Here are the final products:

Elysian Brewing image via Aaron Dorfman for use by 360 Magazine at M&C Sataachi Sports & Enertainment

Natural Light #SendMyParentsAway Sweepstakes

Natural light wants to send Mom & Dad on a $20K trip to Alaska. That’s right…ALASKA… so their fans can kick-off summer by also scoring some brownie points. Natty understands that adulting is hard, especially when recent college grads are forced to move back in with their parents after graduation following a pandemic school year. Since the house is feeling crowded, Natty wants to help their 21+ fans do something nice for their parents and is going to send Mom and Dad far, far away so they can enjoy a staycation, while their parents go on an actual vacation. 

Recent college grads are missing the freedoms of sleeping in, playing video games until 3am, and ordering pizza for dinner. So, Natty is helping out the entire fam by offering to send your parents on a long-weekend vacation to the Alaskan wilderness AND giving you all the credit. On the weekend they’re gone, Natty will also hook the winner up with two cases worth of Naturdays beer money, plus extra cash so they can buy all the snacks their parents purposely leave off the grocery list.

For a chance to win, share on social media why you need your parents out of the house using #SendMyParentsAway and #Sweepstakes between now and June 16.

Natural Light #SendMyParentsAway Sweepstakes image via Tessa van Bergen atM&C Saatchi for use by 360 Magazine

INDOGGO® Gin Long Beach Lemonade

Celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, June 12th like the King of Gin ‘N Juice himself–Snoop Dogg. He is claiming his throne and setting the vibe for the international celebration with his recently launched INDOGGO® Gin, a strawberry infusion with Cali sunshine in every glass. 

World Gin Day is all about celebrating the classic spirit by coming together, raising a glass and indulging with a cocktail. Snoop Dogg puts his own remix on the juniper based libation and offers a strawberry infused, premium gin that makes your tastebuds celebrate with you! Mix things up at home this year with some of Snoop’s favorite INDOGGO® Gin recipes like Long Beach Lemonade. With endless opportunities to craft delicious cocktail creations, INDOGGO® Gin is the ultimate spirit of this year’s celebration.

2 oz INDOGGO®

6 oz fresh lemonade

Ice cubes

Lemon slices for garnish

Add INDOGGO® and lemonade to a glass, stir to combine. Top with ice and lemon slices.   

=INDOGGO Long Beach Lemonade recipe via Elena Sheridan at Fingerprint Communications for use by 360 Magazine

The New Fashioned

Ingredients

2 oz D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Method

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold. Strain into a rocks glass with a large-format ice cube. Twist orange peel over the cocktail to release the oils.

NEW FASHIONED image from D’USSE Cognac via Casey Hamilton at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

21SEED’s Skinnyseed Paloma

INGREDIENTS

·       1 1/2 oz. 21SEEDS Grapefruit Hibiscus Tequila

·       1 1/2 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice (pink is prettiest)

·       2 oz. Club soda

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

·       Jigger

·       Shaker

·       Strainer

·       Paring Knife

·       Lowball Glass

RECIPE

·       Place all ingredients except club soda into shaker with ice. Shake 30 seconds.

·       Pour club soda into shaker. Then strain everything into a glass filled with ice.

·       Garnish with a grapefruit and sprig of basil.

·       Optional: Rub rim of glass with lime wedge and salt half the rim with Tajin Clasico seasoning salt and garnish with lime.

21SEED's Skinnyseed Paloma via Russel Howe at Reserve Bar for use by 360 Magazine

Empress 1908 Gin Royal Hawaiian

INGREDIENTS

·       1 1/2 oz. Empress 1908 Gin

·       1 oz. Unsweetened Pineapple Juice

·       1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

·       1/2 oz. Orgeat Syrup

·       Pineapple Slice

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

·       Jigger

·       Cocktail Shaker

·       Strainer

·       Collins Glass

RECIPE

·       Shake all ingredients except gin with ice.

·       Strain into a collins glass with crushed ice, layer gin on top.

·       Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Empress 1908 Gin Royal Hawaiian via Russell Howe at Reserve Bar for use by 360 Magazine

Koskenkorva Green Gold

INGREDIENTS

·       40 ml Koskenkorva Vodka Original

·       Ginger Ale

·       1 Lime

·       10 Mint leaves

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

·       Jigger

·       Knife

·       Bar Spoon

·       Highball Glass

RECIPE

·       Slap the mint leaves and put them in the glass.

·       Fill glass with ice, measure vodka on the ice and fill glass with ginger ale.

·       Squeeze 1 lime wedge in to glass and stir.

·       Garnish with mint leaves.

Koskenkorva Green Gold image via Russell Howe at Reserve Bar for use by 360 Magazine

One With Life Organic Tequila The Peaceful Warrior

INGREDIENTS

·       2 oz. One with Life Organic Tequila Blanco

·       1 oz. Lime juice

·       1 1/2 oz. Elderflower liqueur

·       1/2 oz. Agave syrup

·       3 dashes Aromatic bitters

·       1 slice Lime (garnish)

·       1 dash Chili lime salt or the salt of your choice (garnish)

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

·       Jigger

·       Shaker

·       Rocks Glass

·       Straw (we like sustainable agave straws)

RECIPE

·       Moisten the side of a rocks glass with lime juice & dip in the chili lime salt (or salt of your choice) then fill the glass with ice.

·       In a shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, elderflower liqueur and agave syrup.

·       Cover and shake hard, shifting the fluid from the top to the bottom of the shaker.

·       Pour into the glass over ice, shake 3 dashes of bitters into the glass and garnish with the lime.

One With Life Organic Tequila The Peaceful Warrior image via Russell Howe for use by 360 Magazine

Passoa Passion Fruit Liqueur Rose Sangria

INGREDIENTS

·       1 Part Passoa Passion Fruit liqueur

·       2 Parts Rose Wine

·       10-12 Strawberries

·       5 Oranges

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

·       Measuring Cup

·       Spoon

·       Knife

·       Pitcher

·       Rocks Glasses

RECIPE

·       Slice Strawberries and Oranges

·       Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and let sit in the fridge for a few hours for best results (however, it’s not necessary)

·       Serve in glasses over ice.

Passoa Passion fruit liquor Sangria lifestyle image image via Russell Howe for use by 360 Magazine

Skyy Vodka Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

INGREDIENTS

·       1 1/2 parts SKYY® VODKA

·       1 part Lemon juice

·       3/4 part Lavender syrup*

·       4 parts Soda water

·       1 Lavender Sprig

·       1 Lemon Wheel

*To Make Lavender Syrup for this Cocktail

·       500 mL water

·       4 grams dried lavender flowers

·       500 g granulated sugar

·       Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add lavender and allow to steep for 4 minutes.

·       Strain and stir in sugar until dissolved. Allow to cool and bottle.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

·       Jigger

·       Knife

·       Shaker

·       Strainer

·       Collins Glass

RECIPE

·       Add first three ingredients to shaker tin and shake with ice.

·       Strain into collins glass.

·       Top with soda water and garnish.

·       If using store-bought lavender syrup, reduce to 1/2 oz*

Skyy Vodka Sparkling Lavender Lemonade image via Russell Howe at Reserve bar for use by 360 Magazine

Piña Colada

Grab your glass and pour yourself a drink because National Piña Colada Day is on July 10! This special cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails worldwide, and is synonymous with its birthplace, Puerto Rico. This fall, the capital city of San Juan celebrates its incredible 500th anniversary, and there’s no better way to honor this momentous occasion than with a deep dive into the cocktail’s history. Discover Puerto Rico presents a delicious take on the iconic drink:

Ingredients

•          ½ a cup of coconut cream

•          ½ pineapple juice

•          1 cup of ice

•          ¼ cup white rum

•          Cherries, pineapple wedges, and whipped cream for toppings

Directions: In a blender, mix the coconut cream, pineapple juice, ice, and rum until all the ingredients are blended smoothly and frosty. Pour the drink into a glass and top with whipped cream. Use the cherries and pineapples as garnishes.

Pina Colada image via Mike Marti, on behalf of Discover Puerto Rico, for use by 360 Magazine

Elysian Summer Brews

The perfect pairing for a warm day out in the sun or to complement your favorite dishes at the BBQ, Elysian has a variety of beers for your holiday festivities:

  • Salt & Seed (4% ABV): Salt & Seed is made with 100% natural watermelon and kosher salt. Offering easy drinking with lemon-lime tartness, herbal characteristics, and mild saltiness, this gose is made with an even split of pale and malted white wheat and a dash of acid malt.
  • Space Dust (8.2% ABV): The #1 beer in Elysian’s portfolio, Space Dust balances bitterness with a sweetness of hop flavors and features grapefruit, mango, and orange aromas with a medium body and a dry finish.
  • Contact Haze (6% ABV): This IPA is a tangled chemistry of mild haze, low bitterness, and an explosion of hop aroma. On top of the typical citrus notes of hazy IPAs, Contact Haze features flavors and aromas of raspberry, current, guava, and passion fruit. 

Additionally, Elysian is celebrating the start of summer with a new campaign titled ‘Cheers to Live Music’,  which offers free beer via nationwide rebates on 6-packs of its Space Dust IPA and Contact Haze Hazy IPA for anyone 21+ who purchases a ticket for a show between June 23 – September 6.  More information can be found on Elysian’s website

Elysian Brewing image via Sidney Dizon from M&C SAATCHI Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

AromaFlavor Beverage Labels

AromaFlavor is a new innovation that takes advantage of how your sense of smell can dramatically influence taste. Each label is infused with flavor-enticing aroma molecules that stimulate your olfactory nerve, sending flavor signals comparable to taste. Your body naturally inhales with every sip, delivering that perfect hint of fruitiness without any sugars, sweetness, additives, or aftertaste. Simply peel and place on the bottle as close to the nose as possible to enhance your next water, soda, or beer experience with flavors such as sweet lemon or wild berry.

AromaFlavor image via Maggie Douglas at Everything Branding for use by 360 Magazine

Rowdy Torched Cherry

Rowdy Energy offers delicious and refreshing cocktails that are made with the “better-for-you” energy drink. Whether you’re looking for a fun and fruity Sangria (which features Rowdy Peach Mango) or a simple Torched Cherry (which features Rowdy Cherry Limeade), the following cocktails are sure to offer up a fun and unique twist to your summer cookout or get together.  

Rowdy Energy was founded by Kyle Busch (2x NASCAR Cup Champion) and beverage entrepreneur, Jeff Church, with a focus on wellness. The drinks feature caffeine derived from green tea paired with the nootropic, L-Theanine, giving consumers a powerful lift without the unwanted and irritable crash. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Rum
  • 4 oz. Rowdy Cherry Limeade

Directions: pour all ingredients over ice and stir

Rowdy Energy drink Rowdy Torched Cherry cocktail recipe via Kayleigh Dietz at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Grand Lux Cafe Mango Mule

This Thursday is National Mango Day (7/22) and to celebrate, Grand Lux Cafe has unveiled its newest cocktail, the Mango Mule. Made with Crop Organic Meyer Lemon Vodka, Fresh Lime, Mango and Fever Tree Ginger Beer, this refreshing drink is the perfect summer sipper and a great way to ring in the holiday!

  • 1 oz. Fresh Mango – preferably ripe to overripe
  • 1 ½ oz. Citrus Vodka – we recommend Crop Organic Meyer Lemon
  • ½ oz. Orange Liqueur – such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)
  • ½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice – approximately the juice from half a lemon
  • 2 oz. Ginger Beer – we recommend Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Directions: In a mixing tin, combine the mango, citrus vodka and orange liqueur. Muddle the mango until it is well broken down – this will help infuse the flavor into the liquors. Add the simple syrup and fresh lemon juice to the shaker tin along with enough ice to fill the tin. Cap the tin and shake the cocktail quickly, 6-8 times to fully chill all the ingredients. Add the Ginger Beer to the tin and then pour the drink into a mule mug or pint glass.

Grand Lux Cafe Mango Mule Recipe image via Brooke Levine at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Pomegranate Ginger Bubbly

With National Tequila Day (NTD) right around the corner (July 24), it’s time to start prepping for the celebrations with your favorite agave-based spirit! Meet the ultimate NTD companion –  Volley the first clean tequila seltzer made with just three clean ingredients – 100% blue agave tequila (from the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico), sparkling water and organic juice. Volley is available in four guilt-free flavors – Zesty Lime, Spicy Ginger, Sharp Grapefruit and Tropical Mango.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 can Spicy Ginger Volley
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Splash of pomegranate juice
  • orange and/or lime wheel
  • pomegranate seeds

Directions: Combine 1/2 can Spicy Ginger Volley, ½ oz. triple sec, Juice of ½ lime into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly. Once shaken, pour into glass and add a splash of pomegranate juice. Top with orange and/or lime wheel and pomegranate seeds. 

Volley Fall Content Pomegranate Ginger Bubbly recipe image via Tina Carletto at Whisper Gallery for use by 360 Magazine

The Freshest Margarita

Celebrate National Tequila Day this Saturday, July 24, with Milagro Tequila and their newest brand ambassador, Luis Lopez.

Ingredients:

• 2 Parts Milagro Silver

• ¾ Part Agave Nectar*

• 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

Preparation: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. 

*Or Substitute with Simple Syrup.

Milagro Tequila and Luis Lopez's The Freshest Margarita image via Vicki Scarfone at M&CSATAACI for use by 360 Magazine

The Coconut Margarita

National Tequila Day is on Saturday, July 24th!Celebrate this year with a delicious cocktail from Santo Spirits premium portfolio of authentic and smooth agave expressions including Santo Blanco, Santo Reposado and the one and only, Santo Mezquila. Take your tastebuds on a tropical vacation without leaving your house. This light and tropical cocktail includes Santo’s newest expression, Santo Reposado. This smooth, easy-drinking tequila is paired with coconut crème and lime juice for a traditional but flavorful summer sipper.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Santo Reposado
  • ½ oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Coconut Cream
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • Ice

Garnish: Dehydrated lime wheel, edible flowers

Directions: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add, tequila, cointreau, coconut cream, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish.

The Coconut Margarita by Santo Spirits via Elena Sheridan at Fingerpint communications for use 360 Magazine

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer

With the popularity of canned, hard seltzers and extravagantly manicured nails both on the rise this summer, we can foresee how the two might not go hand-in-hand. That is why Hornitos® Tequila Seltzer and acclaimed celebrity nail artist, Chaun Legend, are coming to the rescue to help seltzer fans avoid a nail-cracking catastrophe just in the nick of time. The pair have created a series of easy tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded party foul and keep those Instagram-worthy nails in sensational condition all seltzer season long. You can view the tips HERE.

Now available nationwide, Hornitos Tequila Seltzer combines real Plata tequila with refreshing seltzer in two natural flavors – Lime and Mango – without any artificial sweeteners. To learn more about Hornitos Tequila and its shot-taking brand history, visit their website or follow along with Hornitos Tequila on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer featuring Chaun Legend image via Mike Morra at Coyne PR for use by 360 Magazine

The D’USSE Watermelon Cooler

The D’USSE Watermelon Cooler blends the refreshing tastes of sweet watermelon and basil together to accentuate the floral notes of the D’USSE cognac, making it the perfect ice-cold refreshment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
  • 3 Parts Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 3/4 Part Simple Syrup
  • 3 Basil Leaves

Glass & Garnish:

Highball & Watermelon Slice, Basil Leaves

Directions:

Muddle basil and simple syrup in a shaker. Add all other ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass.

D'USSÉ Watermelon Cooler cocktail image via via Casey Hamilton at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Nutpods Creamer

Nutpods, one of the fastest-growing brands of plant-based creamers in national retailers and the best-selling brand online, introduces its first-ever naturally sweetened coffee creamers, still with zero sugar per serving.

Retail partners Sprouts Farmers Markets and Wegmans will offer the Sweet Crème, French Vanilla, and Cookie Butter creamers in the 25.4oz refrigerated format with additional retailers joining the party later this fall. Nutpods Sweetened 11.2oz shelf-stable products will launch on Amazon and on Nutpods’ website. Sweet Crème, French Vanilla and Caramel will be available online in the 11.2oz shelf-stable format. Visit HERE for more information.

nutpods creamer image via Heather DeSanti CEO of Publicity For Good and Karen Mendieta for use by 360 Magazine

Earl Stevens Selections’ Sparkling Watermelon Wine

This Sparkling Watermelon Wine is lightly sweet but crisp and refreshing at the same time – perfect to share with your friends. The sweet watermelon aroma jumps out of the glass with this sparkler and is sure to be a hit for the holiday. 

Produced in Napa, California Earl Stevens Selections’ still and sparkling wines are fruit-forward, created by hip-hop icon and entrepreneur, Earl “E-40” Stevens. Earl Stevens was extremely hands-on in the creation of his cognacs, having spearheaded the design, packaging and product blend for each product while vetting and identifying the appropriate distribution partner. For more info, visit HERE.

Earl Stevens Selections' Sparkling Watermelon Wine Image via Chantel Muentes at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Rum Experiences in Puerto Rico by Discover Puerto Rico:

Did you know that the Island is responsible for producing over 70% of all the rum sold in the U.S.? Puerto Rico is home to household names like Bacardí to local favorites like Don Q with the Island’s rich rum history dating back to the 15th century. Created as a byproduct of the sugar cane industry, laborers discovered mixing molasses and fermenting it produced a distilled spirit – rum! There are over 80 different types of rums on the Island, and several distilleries that continue production to this day. 

Casa Bacardí: Is the world’s largest premium rum distillery located across the bay from Old San Juan. Casa Bacardí offers guided tours that showcases the manufacturing process from sugar cane to distilled rum. 

Castillo Serrallés: Built in the 1930s, the Castillo Serrallés Museum is a Spanish Revival-style home of the Serrallés family, famous for their Don Q rum. The home now serves as a permanent exhibition with guided tours in English and Spanish.

Hacienda Santa Ana: Just 15 minutes outside San Juan, the town of Bayamón boasts the oldest distillery in Puerto Rico. Since 1880, Ron del Barrilito has been manufactured and produced in small batches. There is also a visitor center where you can learn more about the history and taste of Barrilito.

PitoRico: Take a daytrip to the town of Jayuya for some flavorful moonshine called pitorro manufactured at Destilería Cruz. Visitors can drop by the distillery to get a tour of the factory and a tasting of the different flavors of PitoRico, including coconut, passion fruit, tamarind, orange and original. 

Pina colada at Vanderbilt image via Mike Marti at Ketchum via Discover Puerto Rico for use by 360 Magazine

BOMANI Cold Buzz

BOMANI Cold Buzz, the award-winning alcohol-infused cold brew coffee company, is proud to announce the launch of its Original and Vanilla alcohol-infused cold brew coffees in Arizona retail stores including Walmart, Total Wine, BevMo!, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and many more retailers in the Phoenix area.

Formulated with zero carbs, zero sugar, gluten-free alcohol, and ethically sourced 100% Arabica coffee beans, BOMANI Cold Buzz offers Arizonans a refreshing twist on cold brew to help beat the heat this summer. In partnership with goPuff, BOMANI will also be available for delivery throughout the state of Arizona. To order delivery for Original or Vanilla, visit GoPuff’s website.

BOMANI cold buzz product image via Karey Cavaney at Blaze PR for use by 360 Magazine

D’USSE & Lemonade

Signature cocktail blending the sweet-tart flavor of lemonade with the smoothness of D’USSÉ.

Ingredients:

1 ½ parts D’USSE VSOP Cognac

4 Parts Lemonade

Glass & Garnish: Highball & Lemon Wheel

Method: Add D’USSE and lemonade into an ice-filled highball glass

D'USSE & Lemonade via Casey Hamilton at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

1800 Tropical Sunset

While September and the beginning of fall are on the horizon, many are aiming to enjoy their remaining weeks of summer to the fullest extent possible. 1800 Tequila offers a range of cocktails across their summer-ready expressions that are perfect for capping off the summer in style, whether enjoyed on a late-summer vacation, a weekend getaway or simply on a rooftop or patio with friends!

Ingredients:

2 oz. 1800 Coconut 

6 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. orange liqueur 

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Pour into a glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple.

1800 Tropical Sunset image via 1800 Tequila from Edmund Billings at exposureamerica for use by 360 Magazine

High Plains Rye

After more than four decades of making some of the world’s finest bourbon, legendary Master Distiller Jim Rutledge is throwing his hat into the rye whiskey ring. High Plains Rye Straight Rye Whiskey is set to hit stores this summer and is sure to be a new favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. High Plains Rye will be release in 24 states across with U.S. with plans to expand distribution in the future. It will retail for approximately $54.95 and should hit shelves in late July.

The J. W. Rutledge Distillery team has been working on High Plains Rye for more than a year. This multi-state blend includes five straight rye whiskeys from four states – Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and New York (listed alphabetically). Each straight whiskey used in High Plains Rye has its own unique recipe—varying from 51% rye grain to 100% rye—and yeast strain. This generates a very distinct flavor profile and weighs in a 48.5 ABV.  

High Plains Rye image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

Sail Away Coffee Co

Sail Away Coffee Co. is taking cold brew coffee to the next level with the launch of Sail Away Club, the world’s first hard seltzer and cold brew infusion. Sail Away Club is available online now in four refreshing flavors, including: Ocean Berry, Pina Colada, Mimosa, and The Original. Each 12oz can boasts as much caffeine as a half cup of coffee, while containing zero sugar and only 100 calories.

Launch bundles for Sail Away Club include The Basic Package (2 variety packs), The Deluxe Package (2 variety packs + koozies + an exclusive Sail Away Coffee shirt), and The Super Deluxe Package (2 variety packs + koozies + an exclusive Sail Away Coffee shirt + an exclusive Sail Away Coffee hoodie). For more information or to purchase, please visit HERE.

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Mulholland Distilling

Mulholland Distilling provides the crisp, thirst-quenching, delicious beverages you’ve been craving all these hot summer days. This LA-based spirits company looks for customers to unleash their own Spirit of Los Angeles™.

Their smooth gin is imbued with the refreshing taste of cucumber. Mulholland Liquor also produces mouth-watering vodkas and their American whiskey, which won the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. To taste these award-winning liquors for yourself, visit Mulholland Distilling’s website HERE.

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D’USSE Sparkling Mojito Sangria

12 OZ D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac

12 OZ Fresh Lime Juice

12 OZ Simple Syrup

750 ML MARTINI & ROSSI Asti

12 Lime Wheels

25 Mint Leaves

Method:

Add all ingredients into a sangria pitcher. Slap mint between both hands to release oil, then ass. Add ice. Stir until well mixed. Pour into ice-filled stemless wine glasses. Recipe makes 4 to 6 servings.

Glass & Garnish:

Large Sangria Pitcher, Stemless Wine & Lime Wheel, Mint Sprig

D'USSE Sparkling Mojito Sangria IMAGE via Casey Hamilton at Berk Communications fpor use by 360 Magazine

Lali

From Monday night book club to evenings with friends, do you wish there was a satisfying way to raise a toast without sacrificing your healthier lifestyle goals? Make the most of every social invitation without feeling deprived with Lali — the low-calorie, alcohol-removed wine that’s destined to become your second (or first) drink of the night. 

Featuring all the right aroma and flavor notes with only 25 calories or less per can, Lali makes it easy to gab with glass in hand whether you’re watching your waistline, named the DD, or anticipating an early wake up call.

Raise a toast to:

  • Finally having a non-alcoholic alternative with an authentic taste!
  • Only 25 calories per serving
  • Convenient cans that can be packed to the river, beach, backyard, and more
  • Organic grapes harvested in the sunny vineyards of California’s Central Valley
  • Less than .5% alcohol by volume
  • 4 cans in each pack, which totals 1.3 bottles of wine

More portable than heavy glass wine bottles and infinitely recyclable, these chic little cans are your partners in fun, from the beach house to the backyard. Learn more HERE.

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NEFT Vodka

Our water is naturally filtered for fifty years as gravity, ever patient, gently flows through the granite and slate deep beneath the Austrian Alps for decades until it reaches our secure aquifer.  Made only from four ancient grains of rye that carry with them the weather report and singular conditions of its vintage.

You can taste the winter it was planted and the summer it was harvested.  The result, a rich, slightly sweet taste born of pure ingredients – no sugar or additives.  And, a smooth finish that stops time.

Barrels are available in black and white, as well as a limited Pride edition. Shop here.

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Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

Whiskey cocktails may bring to mind cold nights and hot toddies, but Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has the perfect refreshing end-of-summer cocktail – Roses & Pistols. This is an exclusive cocktail recipe created by Stranahan’s, the best-selling American single malt from Colorado’s first legal whiskey distillery, in collaboration with the iconic Hotel Jerome in Aspen.  

Stranahan’s Blue Peak is a Colorado-made American single malt distilled at high altitude, aged in new American oak barrels, and Solera finished, resulting in a rich and mellow flavor that lends itself to whiskey cocktails. Bottles can be purchased on Drizly and ReserveBar.

Recipe

2 oz Stranahan’s Blue Peak 

1 oz lemon

3/4 oz Vermouth Syrup (Antica Carpano Vermouth, cherries, maple, cardamom, orange peel, rose syrup, rose water, touch of cayenne pepper)

Bar spoon of Campari

Three dashes of Colorado cherry bitters

Directions: Combine ingredients. Stir. Serve in a rocks glass over a large ice cube and garnish with rose.  

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In Good Taste

It’s easy to see when summer arrives as out go the Cabs and in comes the Rosé, but how do you know what’s worth the price tag? 

Discover your perfect summer wine without wasting the whole bottle with In Good Taste – a unique delivery service that’s serving up sample sized sips of premium wines alongside virtual guided tastings!

Their new Cascade Collection features six seriously expressive wines from Washington’s prestigious wine country, including a rosé that’s poised to change the way you say cheers this summer.

Cascade Wines’ Rosé Highlights:

  • Aromas of ripe, fresh picked fruit waft delicately from your glass
  • Hints of strawberry, cantaloupe, and rose hips play on your palate
  • Playful pink color is just as much fun in a glass as it is in the bottle
  • Each mini bottle holds a single glass of wine 
  • Tote to baseball games, bonfires, backyards, and more!
  • Available as a part of the Cascade Wines sample collection or in a solo flavor six pack
  • 4 packs coming soon!

$49 for The Cascade Collection

$45 for 6 packs of single varietals

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Weedmaps Virtual 4/20 Event

With 4/20 right around the corner, Weedmaps, in partnership with Diamond Supply Co and Wiz Khalifa / Taylor Gang, has announced an upcoming limited-edition 4/20 capsule collection featuring apparel items and accessories for cannabis lovers and streetwear aficionados alike.

The capsule will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, 4/20, on Diamond Supply Co’s website, at the LA Diamond Supply clothing store, as well as a number of Diamond Supply authorized retailers. Items in the collection include hoodies, t-shirts, crewnecks, hats, sweatpants, a varsity jacket and a catch-all tray, all retailed between $36-$480. Proceeds from the capsule purchases will be donated to cannabis reform nonprofit, Last Prisoner Project via Weedmaps.

Also, be sure to also check out Weedmaps’ 4/20 “Even Higher Together” virtual event (taking place on the holiday on Weedmaps’ website) hosted by Snoop Dogg with co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Jhené Aiko. The 4/20 collection will be worn by Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods and Fedd the God during the Taylor Gang Cypher hosted by Wiz featuring Taylor Gang members and more, with beats supplied by world-renowned producer The Alchemist.

Weedmaps Announces “Even Higher Together” Virtual 4/20 Event Featuring Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Jhené Aiko and More .

Weedmaps, the premier destination for consumers to discover cannabis products and retailers, announced today its second virtual 4/20 event, “Even Higher Together,” to celebrate the holiday. Hosted by Snoop Dogg with co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Jhené Aiko, the virtual event will include appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Mike Tyson, G-Eazy, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany, Berner, The Alchemist, TOKiMONSTA, Ms. Pat, Too $hort, Jaleel White, Bam Marley, and more.

“Despite the last year being a challenging one for everyone, there is ample reason to celebrate given the momentum we’ve seen in cannabis legislation across the country, and we wanted to, once again, give our community a way to do so safely”

“Weedmaps’ virtual 4/20 event is going to be phenomenal,” said Snoop Dogg. “Anything celebrating cannabis and the culture around it, you know I gotta be there. Cannabis brings people together and Weedmaps is doing just that. I’m also dropping my new album, “From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites” on 4/20, to give my fans a little something to smoke to on this holiday, ya dig?”

The virtual event will ring in 4:20 across all U.S. continental time zones and include a variety of never-before-seen performances, including Wiz Khalifa hosting a cypher featuring Taylor Gang members and more, with beats supplied by world-renowned producer The Alchemist. Additionally, Mike Tyson, Too $hort, and Jaleel White will get together with celebrity chef Nikki Steward, as she cooks up the perfect 4/20 brunch.

“Despite the last year being a challenging one for everyone, there is ample reason to celebrate given the momentum we’ve seen in cannabis legislation across the country, and we wanted to, once again, give our community a way to do so safely,” said Juanjo Feijoo, chief marketing officer, Weedmaps. “As cannabis becomes more widely accepted and as the industry experiences significant growth, Weedmaps is steadfast in its commitment to bring together consumers and businesses as we continue the fight for a more inclusive industry. In that vein, we’re excited to bring together top talent to create an eclectic event to celebrate the progress that’s been made thus far and unite for the necessary work that is ahead.”

To highlight the importance of criminal justice reform, decarceration, and equity in cannabis for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, WM TEAL (Together for Equity, Access & Legalization) and Last Prisoner Project will bring together activists who have been previously incarcerated for cannabis crimes, as well as M-1 of dead prez, for the Last Prisoner Project Justice Session, moderated by rapper and activist Talib Kweli. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to donate directly to the Last Prisoner Project throughout the virtual event to support those incarcerated for cannabis crimes and their reentry into society.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 20, adults 21 and older in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico can tune into the free virtual celebration for one day only by visiting Weedmap’s website. Adults living in states where cannabis is legal are encouraged to check out their website or download the Weedmaps app on iOS or Android to find the latest deals ahead of the festivities.

Weedmaps, the premier destination for consumers to discover cannabis products and retailers, announced today their second virtual 4/20 event, “Even Higher Together.” The live stream will be hosted by Snoop Dogg (who will also be debuting his new album From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites) with co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Jhené Aiko.

Attendees can expect: 

  • Top Tier Talent: In addition to Snoop, A$AP, and Jhené, appearances will be made by G-Eazy, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany, Berner, TOKiMONSTA, Ms. Pat, Bam Marley, and more. Other notable talents will be featured in interactive sessions and never-before-seen performances including:
    1. Taylor Gang Cypher: Wiz Khalifa will be hosting a cypher featuring Taylor Gang members and more, with beats supplied by world-renowned producer The Alchemist.
    2. Last Prisoner Project Justice Session: Viewers can tune in to learn more about the importance of criminal justice reform as WM TEAL (Together for Equity, Access & Legalization) and Last Prisoner Project bring together activists who have been previously incarcerated for cannabis crimes, as well as M-1 of dead prez, in a panel moderated by rapper and activist Talib Kweli.
    3. Cooking with cannabis: Mike Tyson, Too $hort, and Jaleel White get together with celebrity chef, Nikki Steward, as she cooks up the perfect 4/20 brunch.
  • Timing: Attendees 21 and older across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are invited to tune in at weedmaps.com/wm-420/ beginning at 1 p.m., and ring in 4:20 pm across all U.S. continental time zones PDT on Tuesday, April 20.

About Weedmaps

Founded in 2008, Weedmaps’ mission is to power a transparent and inclusive global cannabis economy. As WM Holding Company’s (WMH) business-to-consumer (B2C) platform, Weedmaps provides consumers with the latest information about cannabis and cannabis products and connects its retailer and brand clients to those highly engaged consumers on its website and mobile apps.

WMH holds a strong belief in the power of cannabis and the importance of enabling safe, legal access to consumers worldwide. Since inception, WMH has worked tirelessly, not only to be the most comprehensive platform for consumers, but also to build the software solutions that power business compliance in the space; to advocate for legalization, social equity, and licensing in many jurisdictions; and to facilitate further learning by partnering with dozens of subject matter experts in providing detailed, accurate information about the plant.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Weedmaps employs more than 400 professionals around the world, including in Denver; Sacramento, California; Tucson, Arizona; New York; Barcelona, Spain; and Toronto. Visit their website here.

About Last Prisoner Project (LPP)

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered under America’s unjust policy of cannabis prohibition. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns, the Last Prisoner Project works to redress the past and continuing harms of these inhumane and ineffective laws and policies. Visit their website or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and learn more.

DeMarcus Walker illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Justice for DeMarcus Walker

DeMarcus Walker. Say his name. Say his name along with the other victims of the hate crimes that fill our society. Just over a year ago, Demarcus was going about his Saturday morning shopping just like many others. On March 7, 2020, at approximately 10:25 in the morning, Walker was run down with a Chevy Impala and then brutally beaten with a baseball bat.

DeMarcus Walker suffered life-threatening injuries and, unfortunately, was not able to pull through. He passed away April 11, 2020, from tracheal narrowing and cerebral edema and hemorrhage due to complications from blunt injuries of the head, which was noted in his autopsy. His death was ruled a homicide.

Zai’quaria Walker, DeMarcus Walker’s daughter, stated to NBC News Anchor Tom Powell “When it’s your family it’s a different kind of pain.” She desperately asked “Why that day? What was going through your head to do that then and there?”

Houston Walker, DeMarcus Walker’s father, commented during a news conference “I feel like it was a hate crime. It had to be. The way I understand in the paper, he was walking around Walmart with a ski mask on looking for people to beat up. That’s how I feel about it.”

Vaughn Lowery, President of 360 Magazine, states “Senseless violence has afflicted America throughout the weeks, and it seems that there is no end in sight. As a nation, we must unite and abandon this malevolent behavior. Once we recognize why the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities are under constant attack because they are intrinsically different, then we will begin to heal. At the end of the day, our legal system is not designed to protect them. In the case of DeMarcus Walker, justice must be served and the person who attempted to kill him must be held accountable according to the highest standards of the law. We can no longer allow malicious intent to pass unnoticed in our judicial system.”.

Police arrested 21-year-old Levi Arnold, who has recently pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of murder and resisting law enforcement for the cold-blooded crime he committed last year outside of the Apple Glen Walmart in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Arnold will be sentenced on April 16, 2021, and is facing 51 years in prison.

Illustration of a Booker by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Ambition Ladiez: Up-And-Coming Agency Proves That ‘Representation Matters’

In an era that has been ripe for the gradual erosion of longtime social stigmas in seemingly every area of human activity, the emergence of Ambition Ladiez has proven to be quite timely.

Founded in 2018 by Easop Winston, the San Francisco Bay Area-based agency equally fills niches in the urban and women’s markets, both of which feature strong consumer and brand loyal bases.

From its inception, Ambition Ladiez established itself as an urban lifestyle model and marketing agency which specializes in various forms of media, including photoshoots, brand ambassadorships, event hosting, music videos, and television placements. Ambition Ladiez has also branded itself as a disruptive outlier in its industry, having a diverse roster of models — Women of Color ( or BIPOC) — represent the company in a refreshing and empowering manner that would provide a beacon of inspiration for upcoming generations of young women who aspire to work in the modeling world.

Although the company has made its mark on the industry as a model and marketing agency, Ambition Ladiez is currently evolving to be yet another trendsetter — this time venturing into the podcast space. Original programming such as “The Lounge,” the “Cooking With” series, and the “Conversations” series have proven to give viewers a smorgasbord of delectable content for their consumption.

Adding more gas to the blazing path that the brand is currently on, Ambition Ladiez has ramped up its digital footprint, now making it virtually impossible for its movement to be slowed down — or, for the sake of the brand’s most ardent supporters — ignored either. In the past couple of years, Ambition Ladiez was able to successfully launch its app, which includes its featured content (of all forms/genres) uploaded on to major streaming platforms, such as Apple, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore, Roku, Fire TV, and Android TV.

One of the more popular shows on the Ambition Ladiez digital platform  — the “Cooking With” series — allows viewers to get a glance into their more redeeming sides of the models that supersede just their outward beauty by giving a glance of their cooking skills.

Another branch of the marketing and modeling agency’s ecosystem is its magazine. As of this writing, Ambition Ladiez Magazine has already successfully pressed and launched two issues of its quarterly publication, with more expected to be released by the end of 2021. The magazine remains true to its core demographic of longtime supporters and subscribers, providing written features on public figures, Bay Area-based artists, health, politics, and other hot topic social issues which peak the interest(s) of its target audience.

One of the magazine’s featured artists in mind is Yung Lott. A Bay Area Native and well-respected recording artist, Yung Lott’s alliance with the Ambition Ladiez brand has been solidified through him having Ambition Ladiez models featured in his music videos, as well as having a story written about him in the magazine. All of this is a testament to the agency’s reach and streamlined operations.

Prior to the widespread shutdowns of entertainment venues and live events due to the COVID outbreak of 2020, Ambition Ladiez models could be seen at such events, usually working as brand ambassadors, hosts of parties, or even utilizing their interpersonal skills to conduct red carpet interviews with VIP guests at many of the more premier events. 

The events are not only relegated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Ambition Ladiez soon will look to extend its presence to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. These two cities would be an ideal accommodation for the fast-growing entertainment/media centered brand.

In light of the country’s progressive transition towards inclusion, diversity, and proper representation in all industries, Ambition Ladiez is writing the blueprint for how to construct an outlet that’s a great alternative to traditional modeling and marketing agencies by focusing on BIPOC models. The agency then uses its multimedia capabilities to highlight not only the naturally appealing ethnic features of its models, but it can also use its original series to profile them in a favorable light in which they may not have been if they worked elsewhere.

In spite of the company’s fast growing profile among industry peers, Ambition Ladiez has enabled enthusiasts of the brand to actually buy into what it stands for, having merchandise for sale. This helps to expand its already fast growing fanbase, and allows them to feel a sense of connectivity to the brand by donning Ambition Ladiez merchandise.

The movement that the brand is creating can be likened to a record-setting storm, and in the eye of ‘Hurricane Ambition Ladiez’ exists two powerful components yet to be mentioned in great detail: company Founder & CEO Easop Winston, and…the Ambition Ladiez themselves.

A Bay Area Native, Winston has always embodied the very essence of ambition. A man of tremendous vision and unmatched work ethic, he learned the ins and outs of the entertainment and media business as a recording artist. Touring the world, writing and recording countless music projects, and weathering the treacherous paths of ‘The Business’ has molded Easop into a seasoned veteran, and quite the entrepreneur. After witnessing misrepresentation and mistreatment of creatives in the industry for years, he has assumed the role of an emancipator of sorts, allowing individuals who want to step foot into the entertainment or media world a platform to let their light(s) shine. “As a young artist, I would have relished the opportunity to be signed to an agency that thoroughly cultivates its talent with care in the manner that Ambition Ladiez does,” he states. “Once I was in a position to impart the knowledge that I have acquired on to up-and-coming generations of talent, I did not hesitate. This is what compelled me to launch the agency.”

The lucky recipients of Easop Winston’s tutelage are none other than the ACTUAL Ambition Ladiez. This extensive assortment of young women who hail from different places, ethnicities, and skill sets have set the modeling industry’s bar higher for the precise blend of riveting beauty, natural talent, and marketable personalities. Holding true to its ethics as a modeling and marketing agency, Ambition Ladiez has managed to maintain an impressive retention rate — from one of its original ‘Day 1’ signees (Nicole), to one of its newest faces (Lulu). The agency does its due diligence to provide an adequate platform that will allow them placement for other opportunities, while preparing them for longevity in the industry.

The way in which Easop establishes leadership to his company is worth taking notes from. As Owner of Ambition Ladiez, he has built an operation that’s reminiscent of many of the same methods Barry Gordy used to successfully run the legendary Motown Records many decades ago. While from first glance, the business appears to move smoothly and emanates an atmosphere of fun and leisure, Easop gives us a friendly reminder of the figurative blood, sweat, and tears that go into all things Ambition Ladiez. “I preach punctuality (for both in-person and recorded appearances), dedication to excellence, and an open line of communication for the ladies signed to this team (agency).”

With such a strong and rich culture of opulence infused into the Ambition Ladiez brand, the agency could very well forge its own path into the history books as a shining example for industry peers to follow for many years to come. 

Now THAT’s “Ambition.”

Gabrielle Archuleta illustrates Black History Month for 360 MAGAZINE

Black Content Creators To Follow

By: Emily Bunn

Here at 360 Magazine, we are always looking to shine a spotlight on the voices of up and coming change makers, movers, and shakers. We are shining a light on Black content creators who are standing up and making a change in the communities and world around them. Though many of these discussions are taking place in the virtual sphere currently, these conversations have the power to translate into change via education met with action. While this list is far from complete, here are some talented, ambitious Black content creators, authors, educators and activists on Instagram that deserve more recognition:

Jerris Madison

Self-described as a “digital nomad”, best dressed amputee, social media strategist and photographer, followers are sure to be asking themselves: “What can’t Jerris do?” To further his life of accomplishments, Jerris is also the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of OBVIOUS Magazine. OBVIOUS describes their magazine as “visionaries dedicated to bringing a different philosophy to Fashion, Beauty, Culture, Activism, Travel, Global Politics, and Design”, “We are the voice for those that do not yet realize they have a voice.” OBVIOUS looks to recognize talent and allow them the space to grow, consistently bringing light to queer and BIPOC models and public figures. Jerris’ Instagram displays his recent endeavors with OBVIOUS, travel adventures, outfit pics, and other uplifting lifestyle content.

Aja Barber

Aja is a content creator who discusses fast fashion, sustainability, and environmentalism topics in conjunction with racial capitalism. She highlights the importance of accountability in social justice, emphasizing the importance of taking these online discussions into the social spaces around you, both on and off-screen. She encourages her followers to normalize the discomfort these conversations may ensure, and ways to dismantle the prioritization of white comfort that often dominates these discourses. Her infographics on sustainability and fast fashion are educational while maintaining a conversational tone.

Michael Letterlough, Jr.

Instagrammers are sure to be awed by Michael’s stunning, surreal, immersive photography feed. While many online users venture to Instagram to post selfies, Michael uses his platform as a creative, photographer, and director to share the stories of others. His recent photo exhibition project, “Legacy: Through the Eyes of a Child”, looks to pay tribute to African American icons throughout history.

Additionally, Michael is the CEO of Suavv Magazine– a Black Men’s lifestyle publication. The magazine focuses on creating lifestyle content geared towards the active, urban, sophisticated young male, and creates an open space for discussions among Black men to open up about topics that aren’t often discussed otherwise. By prodding these conversations thorough thoughtful articles surrounding relationships, politics, sex, sports, and religion in the magazine’s “The Barbershop” category, Letterlough creates the potential for real social change. These topics are furthered in the Suavv TV video discussions, each of which features a visionary who aids in humanizing and deepening these conversations.

Ibram X. Kendi 

Dr. Kendi is National Book Award winning author, NYT Bestselling author, and Boston University Professor and Director of the Center for Antiracist Research. Luckily, you don’t have to be a student of Dr. Kendi to learn from him– his Instagram page is full of insight. He frequently shares his opinions on U.S. politics and Black American history, and his involvement with literary projects. Recently, Dr. Kendi has been promoting his newest book, “Four Hundred Souls,” and his work with BU.

Dominique Drakeford 

Dominique is self-described as “A Black Indigenous Vanguard of Sustainability.” She is also an environmental educator, community advocate, writer, creative director, and the founder of the magazine MelaninASS, which covers topics such as sustainable and decolonized fashion, wellness, and the environment. Her discussion of these topics is furthered in her involvement with Sustainable Brooklyn, of which she is a co-creator. Heralding holistic wellness and health, Domonique inspired her followers to live more natural, intentional, liberated lives. Dominique describes her mission on her website: “As a pillar of visibility – I help create an accessible framework for how Black & Brown Indigenous communities absorb information, gain clarity & become more sustainably liberated while simultaneously working to dismantle toxic systems of white “supremacy” across environmentalism, climate change, eco fashion and zero waste movements.”

Munroe Bergdorf 

Munroe Bergdorf is an English activist and model who has amassed an impressive 551k on Instagram. She had been Loreal’s first transgender model, until a racial row ensued, but continued to pioneer LGBT+ representation and rights when she was appointed as an LGBT advisor to the UK’s labour party. While her involvement wasn’t long-lasting, her continued efforts have been, as she continues to fight for systemic change. In 2018, Munroe won the award for “Changemaker of the Year” at the Cosmopolitan Awards. More recently, Munroe has been supporting the #DrawALine campaign in the fight against female genital mutilation, transgender rights, and other social justice causes.

Vaughn Lowery

Vaughn Lowery is the President of 360 Magazine. Lowery constantly looks to uplift the voices racially and sexually diverse public figures in his magazine–recently featuring LaJune, Jonte’ Moaning and Don Benjamin, to name only a few. Some of the most notable stars to grace the cover of the magazine include Demi Lovato, Bella Thorne, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and Sabrina Carpenter, among many others. While he has previous experience in modeling, acting, and producing screenplays, Lowery is finally telling his own story in his upcoming, debut  memoir: “Move like Water × Be Fluid.” This novel will be released as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE, and stands as the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing. Lowery is also is in the process of establishing 360 Fest–a film festival created to showcase the most provocative, enthralling new films from across the globe. Lowery continues to give back to others, not only by uplifting their voices, but also through giving back to charities and foundations to support marginalized, underserved communities.

On his Instagram, Lowery is often seen fashionably sporting and utilizing products from the brands 360 Magazine provides innovative coverage of. His page feels personal and intimate, often sharing videos of himself with his son, which lends a personal lens into Lowery’s life and proves his authentic passion for the companies with which he chooses to collaborate. His Instagram boasts the glitz and glam of his endeavors and stylish wardrobe in an authentic, inviting way that inspires followers to want to get to know Vaughn on a deeper level.

Ts Madison

Ts Madison is an author, television host, producer, artist, motivational speaker, and media personality. Madison is a transwoman, and uses her online platform to bring advocacy and awareness to the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2016, Madison won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Transgender Erotica Awards. In 2019, Madison was honored as one of the top 100 LGBT people in Out Magazine. She continues to champion LGBT rights as she is the first Black trans woman to star in and exclusively produce her own reality series, The TS Madison Experience, premiering March 4 on WeTV. For more of Madison, fans can also check out her weekly gossip show, “The Queens Supreme Court.”

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams, most notably known as the host of The Wendy Williams Show, is an American broadcaster, businesswoman, author, and media personality. Wendy’s talk show has been on air for over a decade, since 2008, and her fanbase remains dedicated to hearing her opinionated views, entertainment coverage, and the personal advice she gives to audience members. Wendy looks to help those in need further through her involvement with the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, of which she is a celebrity ambassador. On her Instagram, Wendy often posts “Hot Questions” to have her audience weigh-in on hot button issues, as well as sharing personal snapshots of her life, clips of The Wendy Williams Show, and short form celebrity interviews.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Brittany is an activist, educator, writer, and contributor to MSNBC, among other titles. Her content highlights issues such BIPOC hate crimes and violence, prison reform, systemic racism and white supremacy in America, and the death penalty, among other political topics. She also has a podcast called UNDISTRACTED, which discussions surrounding intersectional feminism, black and trans power, and timely conversations on the current U.S. political climate. Her page is highly opinionated in the best way, Brittany’s content is sure to make viewers reflect on their operations within the systems that govern the societies around themselves.

Ayana Gabrielle Lage 

Ayana is a blogger from Tampa, Florida who posts about U.S. politics, Black grief, interracial relationships and raising biracial children, online virtue signaling via social media, facing micro-aggressions, and other lifestyle, motherhood and self-care topics. While Ayana recognizes that it is not her job to educate her audience on these topics, her page is very informative, and not to mention, aesthetically pleasing.

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

Rachel is a self-described public academic, philanthropic innovator, and social entrepreneur. Her Instagram page sparks conversation surrounding topics such as under-recognized Black history, the Indigenous Land Back movement, decolonization, Black feminist thought and womanhood, and anti-racism–all of which are topics that she hosts workshops on, as well. Her page is flooded with her own words of wisdom and personal experiences, which are further outlined her monthly syllabi, The Great Unlearn. Additionally, Rachel is the founder of The Loveland Foundation, which looks to grant better access to mental health care for Black women.

Austin Channing Brown

Austin is a writer, speaker, and producer who has amassed an impressive 406k followers on Instagram. She often posts about her writings on justice, fighting white supremacy and saviorism, and speaking up about the current political climate, which are also spoken about in her new book she is promoting, “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness.” She also hosts a video web series titled The Next Question, in which she further broaches all of these topics.

Jason Lee

Jason is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Hollywood Unlocked (HU), the online entertainment magazine and multimedia platform. Hollywood Unlocked has expanded into other media genres, including a YouTube podcast and a book detailing Lee’s rise to fame as a respected entertainment journalist. Lee is also known for his appearance on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. While Lee has been open about his struggles as an openly gay, biracial man, Lee now uses his position as face of the publication to create conversations with his dedicated audience of about the stories that Hollywood Unlocked covers.

Bevy Smith

Bodacious, brilliant and beloved, Bevy Smith is an entertainment personality, motivational speaker, author, brand ambassador, and businesswoman. Known for being the host of Sirius XM’s “Bevelations” on Radio Andy and former co-host of Bravo’s Fashion Queens, Smith possesses her audience with charm, wit, and humor. Smith also has recently released a memoir under the same title of her radio program, “Bevelations”, which details her rise to fame, and how others can also manifest their dreams. Bevy is uplifting, inspiring, and ebullient.

Layla F. Saad

The New York Times bestselling author of “Me and White Supremacy,” Layla F. Saad uses her Instagram to speak about the monthly book club she hosts, @goodancestorbookclub, which features BIPOC authors. Layla also runs the Good Ancestor podcast, in which she tackles discussions surrounding anti-racism, intergenerational trauma, environmental justice, class, storytelling, and more.

Liv Little

Founder of gal-dem magazine, Liv Little is a storyteller at heart, but happens to also be an Instagram aficionado. gal-dem is an independent magazine produced by women of color and nonbinary people of color. In 2019, the magazine released the book “’I Will Not Be Erased’: Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour,” bringing to light some of the experiences of the magazine’s own staff. In 2021, Little was named as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30. Recently, Little has been utilizing her Instagram to advertise her bi-weekly newsletter, post stylish shoots and candid selfies, share her favorite Black women authors, and share her writing projects.

DéVon Christopher Johnson

DéVon is the founder and CEO of BleuLife Media Group. He has built his own personal brand from his publication, Bleu Magazine, though the media company has expanded to an online digital sister magazine, Bleu TV,  a podcast network, a geo-targeting mobile ad platform, and an agency that represents digital influencers. Bleu Magazine is an aspirational lifestyle publication for multicultural men which looks to serve diverse audiences globally. The magazine is even in the process of developing a wellness subscription box for Black men. DéVon is an advocate for breathing life back into print media, especially within communities of color. On his Instagram, DéVon often posts travel flicks, snaps selfies, and advocates for Black-owned media.

Questlove Supreme with Reverend Al Sharpton illustration for use by 360 Magazine

Questlove Supreme Black History Month Programming

Last Week Featured Acclaimed Episode With Iconic Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Mills

Acclaimed music & pop culture-based iHeart Podcast Series, Questlove Supreme, today releases its newest episode featuring an exclusive interview with the legendary, Reverend Al Sharpton. This episode of Questlove Supreme is the perfect way close out the podcast’s Black History Month programming while continuing the conversation.

At 4 years old Reverend Al Sharpton knew what his mission would be in life and so his journey began as a great orator, warrior and leader in the plight of justice and equality for Black people. Listen as Reverend Al shares his story with Quest and Team Supreme and find out how music was pivotal in framing his story.

Listen to this week’s episode featuring Reverend Al Sharpton, out today HERE.

Listen to last week’s episode with Stephanie Mills HERE.

Prior guests on Questlove Supreme have included Mariah Carey, Zoe Kravitz, James Taylor, Seth Rogan,  Estelle, Jimmy Fallon, Kurtis Blow and several others. It was announced earlier this year that Questlove Supreme is rolling out Classic Episodes from years past on Mondays. These episodes will include conversations with Michelle Obama, Cree Summer, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al and many more. Check them out HERE.

Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver. Each episode is driven by conversation ranging from the guest’s origins (along with a few never-before-revealed secrets to their success) to their life passions and current projects. Additional hosts on the series include renowned and award-winning on-air personality and music commentator Laiya St.Clair, GRAMMY Award-nominated rapper/singer Phonte Coleman, GRAMMY, Tony and Emmy award winning music director “Unpaid” Bill Sherman, and engineer for Questlove, The Roots, The Tonight Show and Elvis Costello, “Suga” Steve Mandel.

Def Jam Recordings × Marvel Comics – Black Panther

Def Jam Recordings and Marvel Comics – two iconic brands who have left an indelible stamp on popular culture the world over – today announce a special collaboration designed to integrate the voices of young Black creatives with one of the most transformative characters and storylines in graphic arts history: Black Panther. Three of Def Jam’s rising stars – Saint Bodhi, Bobby Sessions, and Kaash Paige – will each contribute character-driven short stories in Black Panther #23, #24, and #25, the last three issues of the “Intergalactic Empire” saga from the acclaimed creative team featuring writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuna.

Black PIn celebration of Black History Month, arriving February 24th, Black Panther #23 will see buzzing South-Central-LA singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi share her take on Storm for an emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance.  One month later in issue #24, Dallas-native, revolutionary rapper Bobby Sessions will tell a story about the King of Wakanda Black Panther himself.  And in the series finale issue #25 in April, “Toxic R&B” breakout star Kaash Paige will forge a tale about Wakandan Princess Shuri and the power of knowledge. Aligned with the Def Jam Forward initiative to promote social, economic, and educational equality, each three-page story will also feature an exclusive one-page Def Jam artist profile.

“Bringing these two logos together was a dream,” said Def Jam partnerships consultant Jonathan Rheingold. “There was a mutual desire to unite these two great brands for a mission and a cause — leveraging Def Jam’s rising stars and the legendary Marvel characters to tell powerful stories that would make an emotional connection with fans of both cultures.”

Bodhi, Sessions and Paige are stepping into comics for the first time within these highly anticipated issues, but each of the Def Jam artists have a long-standing passion for Marvel and the world of comics and graphic arts in general. And like the inspirations behind their latest albums, the challenges faced by Marvel’s heroes are not so far removed from their own. “My album Mad World is a raw, honest, and very personal journey into my life and upbringing in South Central L.A.,” Saint Bodhi writes. “I grew up with a not-so-normal past.  I say the things people are afraid to say. I let you experience the ‘mad world’ that is my life.”

Similarly, “Teenage Fever is my debut album and it was important for me to capture my last year of being a teen through my music,” says 20-year old Kaash. “This chapter of my life is coming to an end so I wanted to put all my experiences into a document that will live forever.”

“My album Manifest is a guide for people to transform into the greatest version of themselves,” Sessions concludes.  “A body of work that will lead people to find their inner super hero!”

Bodhi, Sessions, and Paige will bring their short stories to life alongside some of Marvel’s most talented comic book writers and artists. Kicking off with her Storm story in Black Panther #23, Bodhi will be joined by co-writer Danny Lore, artist Alitha Martinez, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Don’t miss this iconic new issue of Black Panther and Bodhi’s Marvel Comics debut, on stands in comic shops everywhere February 24th! As a bonus, Bodhi’s debut story will also be included in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1, a celebration of Black voices and artists, on sale the same day.

Over the next week, fans can tune in to Marvel’s podcasts on SiriusXM including This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel, and Marvel’s Pull List to hear from these artists making their Marvel debuts. More information about Sessions and Paige’s stories will be released in the coming weeks.

About Def Jam Recordings

Founded in 1984, Def Jam Recordings has represented the cutting-edge in hip-hop music for more than 35 years. Def Jam began as a maverick independent label inspired by downtown New York City’s vibrant street culture and the emerging sound of hip-hop, pioneered by iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with superstar acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and the inimitable Kanye West. Now in its fourth decade, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity, quality and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like West, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Logic, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Vince Staples, Jeremih, Big Sean, YG, 2 Chainz, Dave East, and Jhene Aiko, among others. Today, Def Jam has reaffirmed its passion for and commitment to hip-hop culture, and has expanded its global brand reach to become the most-followed major label on all major social media platforms.

About Marvel Entertainment

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Def Jam Forward is a task force committed to fostering a community that values, promotes and demands respect, freedom, equal opportunity and justice for Black lives.

Our goal is social, economic and educational equality for every Black person in our community, starting with our own artists, staff and colleagues. Our commitment to equality means we will examine and amend our internal practices, as well as support organizations on the frontlines of the fight for change.

As a company, we are uniquely positioned to be a thought leader within the music industry and the world at large. As members of this task force, and ambassadors of its message, it is imperative that we embody and implement a roadmap to lasting and meaningful change.

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Gabrielle Archuleta illustrates Black History Month for 360 MAGAZINE

Black History Month

By Hannah DiPilato

February is Black History Month and 360 Magazine would like to recognize some historic people of color who have become a positive influence on society. In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement skyrocketed and brought attention to the diversity that still exists within our community. Although society has come a long way from the early 1900s when segregation ran rampant, the movement for equality has a long way to go. From inventors to musicians, there are a number of successful people we would like to acknowledge in honor of Black History Month.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Arguably one of the most important leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King spent his time preaching for equality in a peaceful way. He will always be remembered for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and his ability to lead others in this historical movement. Dr. King is one of the most influential

Joseph E. Lowery
Joseph E. Lowery is the grandfather of 360 Magazine’s President Vaughn Lowery and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. King. Throughout his life, Lowery served as vice president, chairman of the board and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as well as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

George Washington Carver
Many people are familiar with George Washington Carver for his inventive skills. He made over 300 products from peanuts and as an agricultural scientist promoted methods to prevent soil depletion.

Garrett Morgan
Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. is to thank for the invention of traffic lights as well as gas masks. Every time you stop at a red light, take a moment to think of Morgan for this essential technology.

Barack Obama
As the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama made an impact as the 44th president and showed young people of color they have representation in politics. He continues to use his voice to connect with the American people.

Kamala Harris
Keeping in the theme of politics, Vice President Kamala Harris is the first woman vice president, the first African American vice president and the first Asian American vice president. She’s giving young women of color everywhere a sense of representation.

Madam C.J. Walker
As the first recorded female self-made millionaire in America, Madam C.J. Walker was an influential entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist of her time.

Frederick McKinley Jones
Frederick McKinley Jones was the co-founder of Thermo King and he brought incredible improvement to long-haul transportation of perishable goods. Jones also won the National Medal of Technology.

Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder, is a musical prodigy that became blind after birth and learned to play the harmonica, piano and drums by age nine. He is now a notable singer, songwriter, musician and record producer.

Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson is known for his success as an aerospace engineer. He has worked on the U.S. Air Force term of service and has also worked at NASA for twelve years including in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Patricia Bath
As an ophthalmologist, Patricia Bath was an early innovator of laser cataract surgery. She was also the first woman, African American physician to receive a patent for a medical invention.

Oprah Winfrey
One TV personality almost everyone is familiar with is Oprah. Known for her television show The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has made waves in the world of entertainment. She is also known for co-producing a Broadway musical version of The Color Purple, establishing O, The Oprah Magazine, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as well as creating Oprah.com.

Harriet Tubman
After being born into slavery, Harriet Tubman was a conductor of the Underground Railroad and helped many enslaved men and women escape. She led many people to freedom with her bravery and connection with antislavery activists.

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks gained her notoriety as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and is known for starting the Montgomery bus boycott after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. She has been called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement” by the United States Congress.

John Lewis
John Lewis was chairman Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as well as one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He was an essential part of the Civil Rights Movement and ending legalized racial segregation.

Alexander Miles
If you’ve ever ridden in an elevator, you can thank Alexander Miles for the automatic opening doors; he was awarded the patent for this invention in 1887. Mills was riding in an elevator with his daughter and he deemed an elevator shaft door left open could be dangerous.

Mary Kenner
Mary Kenner was an inventor famous for her development of the sanitary belt, the precursor to the self-adhesive maxi pad. However, due to racial discrimination, the idea wasn’t adopted for thirty years. She has five patents for various household items.

Maya Angelou
Known for her many famous pieces of writing, Maya Angelou was a poet, memoirist and civil rights activist. Over fifty years, she wrote a number of autobiographies, essays, poems, plays, movies and television shows. She also received over 50 honorary degrees as well as awards for her writing.

LeBron James
Along with being considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, LeBron James also started the LeBron James Family Foundation to help create generational change for the children and families of LeBron’s hometown in Akron, Ohio.

Malcolm X
As a popular spokesperson at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X encouraged Black Americans to protect themselves against racism. He preached a much different lesson than Martin Luther King Jr. who preached nonviolence.

Thurgood Marshall
Thurgood Marshall was the Supreme Court’s first African American justice as well as a prominent civil rights activist. He served on the court for 24 years and helped with influential rulings at the time of the Civil Rights Movement such as the case of Brown v. Board of Education.

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the United States during the 20th century. He broke the color barrier of the MLB when he played for the National League Brooklyn Dodgers as second baseman with the jersey number 42.

Asian-American LGBTQ+ Actor Slays Stereotypes in Monsters of Man

Mark Toia’s Monster’s of Man has been crushing the online streaming service game, sitting on AppleTV’s Top Movies, Top Rentals, Highlights, and currently ranking in the top 200 movies on IMDb having just debuted on December 8th, 2020.

Hawaiian/Korean-American actor Conrad K. Pratt from Kāne’ohe, Hawai’i (Hawai’i Five-O, The Wolverine, GLEE, The Real O’Neals) was approached by production initially to play Bao, one of the medical students the film centers around. After learning that he had an extensive background in dance, motion capture and stunts, Toia quickly offered him the roles of the four killer robots as well. Pratt’s physicality was highlighted several times throughout the film, mostly in his cat and mouse chase through the Cambodian jungle and several of the robot-on-robot fight sequences.

“My dance and theatre background really helped me in creating these characters. I was incredibly honored that Mark has trusted me with the movements of our antagonists, as any sort of robot movement can go cheesy unbelievably quick. Working on Monsters of Man, we actually shot in the Cambodian jungle so I was lucky to have the surroundings right there for me. On a normal Mo-Cap shoot, you’re on a blue screen stage and it’s up to you to create that masterpiece around you. A project like Avatar would be such a wild experience and challenge, one that I would love to take on one day.”

The stigma surrounding masculinity in both the Asian-American and LGBTQ+ communities seem to not deter Pratt from forging on in his career. Given that he’s competing in Caucasian and heterosexually dominant avenues of Hollywood, it actually seems to be doing the exact opposite.

“I think the words ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ are so unbelievably dated. Who gives a flying ‘you know what.’ It’s an opinion, there’s no right answer. I do, however, believe that both the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities are being better represented and more visible across the entertainment spectrum. To represent both of my communities on a project of this scale was an absolute privilege and I look forward to crushing these ‘masculine/feminine’ stereotypes by just being unapologetically me.”

Monsters of Man is now available world-wide on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vimeo On Demand, YouTube, Google Play, and XBOX with more streaming services being added in the future.

Photo of Muni Long by Orin Fleurmont

Muni Long Releases “Black Like This”

Muni Long, singer, songwriter and sonic anomaly released her debut EP today entitled Black Like This. The album is an ode to the rich essence and beauty of the black experience through her lens. 

The 7 track EP, which boasts early single releases “Midnight Snack” Ft. Jacob Latimore, “Breakin Up” and “Nekkid” Ft. YFN Lucci, is accompanied by a stunning new visualizer that gives audiences a first-hand look into the highly stylized and eccentric world of Muni Long. Black Like This comes under Long’s co-founded label imprint, Supergiant Records. You can stream and download Black Like This everywhere by clicking here.

Muni Long, formerly Priscilla Renea, is known as one of the most successful and sought after songwriters in the music business. She spoke to VOGUE.com ahead of the release of Black Like This about the huge transition from behind the scenes and owning her own artistry. 

Muni Long is the part of me that I always needed. She’s the protector of Priscilla, said Long in Vogue. “I knew I wanted to focus on me. I’ve been serving others for the last 12 years, and I started to feel unappreciated and captive.” 

Co-mingling R&B, rap, and pop, Muni Long beckons immersion with a stirring, striking, and soulful signature style. In 2019, a series of intimate and open conversations set the stage for the introduction of Muni Long. 

“I’m really excited about this whole concept and reinvention. It’s like I hit, ‘Reset’” says Long. Muni Long is fearless, has intent and comes to life on her debut single “Midnight Snack” featuring Jacob Lattimore. Over a throwback sample of SWV’s “Weak,” Muni slinks into the pocket with seductive intonation and palpable confidence before locking into an intimate back-and-forth with Latimore. In the end, Muni Long fulfills her destiny with this music and much more to come.

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