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RITAS × DAN MAGRO

Mistletoe Kiss

Not sure why kissing under a plant is a holiday tradition…but we’re good as long as a cocktail is involved.
 
Ingredients:
1oz London Dry Gin
0.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.5oz Vermont Maple Syrup
Mint and Fresh Cranberries (for garnish)
RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA
 
Directions: 
Fill a shaker with ice and add gin, lime juice, and maple syrup.
 
Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into a coupe glass.
 
Top off with RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA and garnish with mint and fresh cranberries.
 

Ebenezer Rita 

Holidays got you feeling sour? The Ebenezer Rita will have you saying bah humbug to any drama!
 
Ingredients:
1.5oz Bourbon
1oz ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
3oz RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA
Rosemary Sprig (for garnish)
 
Directions: 
Fill a pint glass with ice and add all ingredients except rosemary.
 
Stir well.
 
Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. 
 
Top off with more RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA if needed and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary.
 
Feeling extra festive? Make ice cubes out of RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA and add fresh cranberries and tiny sprigs of rosemary.
 

Home for the Holidays

A cocktail so sweet and smooth, even your cousins won’t be able to complain. Pairs perfectly with a warm fire and hot gossip.
 
Ingredients:
1.5oz Blanco Tequila
0.5oz Vermont Maple Syrup
1.5oz Lime Juice
RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA
Pinch of Fresh Ground Cinnamon
Cinnamon Stick, Fresh Cranberries (for garnish)
 
Directions: 
Fill a shaker with ice and add tequila, maple syrup, and lime juice.
 
Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into a collins glass over large ice cubes.
 
Top off with RITAS’ Cran-Ber-RITA and garnish with a cinnamon stick, and fresh cranberries.
 
*Carefully* light the end of the cinnamon stick ablaze, then quickly blow out. Gently rest the smoking cinnamon stick on the edge of the cocktail to send a seasonal scent wafting through the air.
 

*Credit: RITAS and Dan Magro, Author of Suck It Up: Extraordinary Cocktails for Everyday People.

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New Year’s Wine Resolutions

By Pallavi Gupta

Did you line up your new year’s resolutions? If not, here is one for you. Many think that New Year’s resolutions are all about diets, kicking out a few bad habits, or even changing wardrobes. Whatever it is, you are planning to commit, ensure to follow your heart.

Honestly, I hardly make it to the third month with my resolutions. And this is no reason to beat me up. However, this year, I am sure I will commit till the last month with my new year’s wine resolutions. For a wine enthusiast, these are the New Year’s resolutions one would love to undertake. Only focussing on keeping fit, is not a bad thing, but do you know wine can help you stay healthy? Here’s I am going to share with you in this wine article. The main intention behind these is pleasureful drinking rather than depriving yourself of your next pop-up.

Don’t Go for Appearance

Here’s the first mistake that most wine lovers make. Good wine would not be all about appearance. Begin next year by approaching a bottle of wine soberly. Focus on its content, not the bottle. You should look beyond the aesthetically pleasing label and read the details on the wine. Check out for three aspects of wine that makes it unique. These are region, grape, and producer. With these, you can go ahead with building your preferences based on the event or your emotions. Some research will help you make your wine experience pleasant throughout the year.

Learn Wine Terminology

In wine tasting, the distressful thing is tasting wine without any idea of basic wine terminology. If you are not conversant with wine terms such as terroir, Bacchus, decant, Acidity, etc., you need to make an effort and find out what they mean. It’s tricky especially if you don’t know where to start. Unless you’ve tasted their soils, how else would you know what earthly, or damp forest floor mean? You can simplify by tasting more wine till you make sense of wine vocabulary, or better yet, conduct extensive research to see what they mean. Primarily, this will help you start picking up on various smells and flavors that make up different wines and wines styles. Gradually, you will find yourself using these fancy wine terms to describe your wine.

Become a Wine Experimenter

Make 2020 a wine experiment year. Whether it’s a variety you have never tried or an unfamiliar blend from your locality, you should have room for new wine. If you have the time and resources, travel the world or different region, and sample various wines that you are not familiar with. This year will be more thrilling than scaling a mountain gear-free with a bottle of Moscato, Sangaria, or any variety you haven’t yet tried. Being a wine explorer doesn’t mean that you should abandon your favorite wines, just create more space for a new wine.

Try new wine recipes.

Another way to make this year an exciting one is by finding a recipe with wine as an ingredient and give it a try. You can also have some wine while baking or cooking. Anything can work provided it gives you a new angle of wine experience. You can even seek wine recipes on our blog.

Try some Wine-Food Pairings

Not satisfied yet? Wait, there is more. You can try pairing wine with your favorite foods and see how it pans out. The pairing will expound your wine taste in terms of acidity, tannin, alcohol content and overall how food pairing works. Perfect food wine pairing is achieved by flavors that complement each other. For the ideal match, plan dishes according to wine and not the other way round. This maintains the wine’s purpose on the table, and that is to complement the food.

Try Out Different Wine Glasses

This year, if you’ve not been caring about your wine glass, it’s time you do. You may not know, but the shape of your wineglass affects the overall wine tasting experience. Pairing wine with the right wine glass maintains its original taste. The right wine vessel means the size, shape, and opening. If you got all these right, it would maximize the flavor of the wine. So, start researching the most appropriate wine glasses.

Treat Yourself with Expensive Wine

It’s good that you become extravagant once in a while with your wine. If you’ve been a tightwad while spending a certain amount on a bottle, spoil yourself with some expensive stuff that doubles your usual amount. Who said it isn’t meant for you? Don’t put yourself down and start enjoying the best things life has to offer, including expensive wine. I am sure you will cherish enhancing your wine experience while you elevate your wine status to the next level.

Hold Wine-Tasting Parties

If you love good company when drinking your wine, this year, make it better by organizing and holding a wine tasting party. Invite your close friends and colleagues to your home, do some wine sampling fun. Another way to do this is to ask each one of them to bring different bottles of wine from various regions at different prices as well. You can then taste them all to get an explosion of wine moods and flavors. Make an impression of being the first to introduce them to their new favorite vino.

Be Part of a Wine Club Subscription Service

Any wine lover wants to enjoy their favorite bottle at their convenience anytime and anywhere. Luckily, several wine subscription services offer excellent wine delivery services. This is the best way of having award-winning wines delivered at your door. Sweet Wine Club offers the best wine subscription services with each shipment chosen out of quality wines of San Antonio Winery. You also get to taste different varieties and wine styles like nowhere else.

Chill and Toast more

The best way to enjoy your wine is to hold your wine glass up high to toss for a celebration that life has brought you. Wine tastes better with company, so ensure you have your loved ones and friends as you pour out a bottle of wine. This also ensures an excellent opportunity to relieve stress. Whether it’s just a happy hour, game night, or matching food and wine, make time for people you love, and you will enjoy a swell time as you gulp down your wine.

Final Remarks

By now, your taste buds are looking for the promising year 2020. Whether you are a wine critic or just starting, take time to know your wine as you usher in the year with a new year’s wine resolutions to make the best out of wine. Cheers To The New Year And Please Remember To Drink Responsibly!

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NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS

Three, two, one… Happy New Year! From parties lasting late into the night to day-time celebrations for the entire family and more, the country’s Midwest cities are hotspots for some of the greatest New Year’s traditions and events. Forget watching the ball drop in Times Square from your hotel room – the Midwest Marriott properties allow travelers and locals alike to ring in the New Year at their choice of festivities with convenient proximity. Whether looking to have an intimate New Year’s Eve with close friends or attending the largest gala, guests need not look far for the best lodging accommodations, some even with popular celebrations all their own.

Chicago,Illinois

• Travelers looking for an upscale celebration in the Second City have options aplenty. The JW Marriott Chicago offers its own NYE Soiree, boasting two concurrent events throughout the hotel. Featuring Chicago’s hottest live music cover bands and DJs, multiple rooms of entertainment and a four-hour all-inclusive premium package available, JW Marriott Chicago invites guests to leave the worries of the past year behind and embrace 2020 with full enthusiasm. Gala fans may enjoy “NYE 2020” at the W Chicago – City Center, an extravaganza with over-the-top entertainment, all-inclusive packages, pre- and post-parties and more in the heart of Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. For guests looking to enjoy Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Chicago Resolution Gala, which is held annually in the Aon Grand Ballroom, is a lively option, while those traveling with children may prefer the spectacular display of Navy Pier’s Fireworks or enjoy time together at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve and the Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve. Several top Marriott properties are located just steps from these events, including The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North.

Minneapolis,Minnesota

• Those visiting the Twin Cities have prime pickings for luxurious and comfortable Marriott properties to stay at, no matter what their plans. All within walking distance or short driving distance from some of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular celebrations, Hotel Ivy, Elliot Park Hotel, Aloft Minneapolis, Le Meridien Chambers, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Emery and Moxy Minneapolis Uptown are in the center of the action. One of the most notable events for New Year’s in Minneapolis is the Crystal Ball, which offers guests 21 years of age and older the opportunity to dance, sing, laugh and play the night away, with live DJs, Piano Karaoke Lounge, an arcade game room with interactive LED games and more. In a similar fashion, Countdown Minneapolis is held annually at The Minneapolis Club, the extravagant festivities occur on multiple levels of the club with top DJs and a midnight countdown. For music lovers, the Snowta NYE Festival is a must at the famous music venue, The Armory.

Detroit,Michigan

• New Year’s in Detroit often comes with its own Motown Twist. The luxe Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney is the perfect on-site hotel for those looking to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the historic David Whitney Building, which known for beautiful art deco architecture stylings and an enclosed five-story atrium covered in marble with a skylighted roof. The party features Epicurean catering, a champagne toast, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres and live music for the evening. For travelers and locals looking to explore the city elsewhere, top celebrations include the classic Detroit Princess Riverboat New Year’s Eve Motown Dinner Cruise, which allows guests to “rock the boat” on the Detroit River, the Resolution Ball at The Fillmore Detroit, which is billed as the most exclusive NYE party in the Midwest, and NYE Bleuout at Bleu Detroit, all convenient celebrations under three miles from Courtyard Detroit Downtown, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and The Henry.

Kansas City and St. Louis,Missouri

• Whether in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District or beyond the locals and visitors know how to celebrate. At the iconic Union Station, thousands of people gather each New Year’s Eve to countdown at the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, big band style. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center each offer a relaxing haven after an evening out, just a mere seven minute drive from Union Station and within walking distance of the Power & Light District, which hosts NYE! Live at the KC Live! block of the popular neighborhood. A fan favorite for individuals looking to get their party on into the early hours of the New Year, The View hosts a premium event with gourmet food options, DJs and a see-and-be-seen environment. Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve at Science City, which is also conveniently located at Union Station.

• Across the state in St. Louis, similar festivities are held including NYE Live! At Ballpark Village in the dining and entertainment district downtown that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and Magnolia Hotel St. Louis are each conveniently located less than a mile from the heart of Ballpark Village and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West is about 10 minutes from the action.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati,Ohio

• The three “C Cities” in Ohio are each hotspots for New Year’s Eve, boasting their own can’t-miss bashes. The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party is held every year until 2 a.m. With several rooms each with their own vibe and entertainment, attendees have their choice of live band entertainment, DJs and the opportunity to enjoy a premium open bar, while being on-site at the beautiful hotel, keeping the evening safe and fun.

• In Cincinnati, visitors may enjoy a “Happy Zoo Year” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is ideal for “party animals” of all ages, and the Fountain Square New Year’s Eve Blast, which welcomes thousands of attendees each year for a family-friendly, free day featuring goofy games, dancing, delicious food, musical performances, an ice skating rink and celebration finale of fireworks. Adults may prefer New Year’s Eve at Winterfest or a pre-fixe dining experience at Nicholson’s Palomino, The Palace and more, with the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel close by to rest before and after the festivities. The city’s Courtyard Cincinnati Blue Ash and Courtyard Cincinnati Covington hotels offer comfortable accommodations a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown celebrations.

• Upscale travelers looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve should make their way to Cleveland’s top events including the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Nautica Queen, which never fails to sell out each year due to extreme popularity and the Decades and Diamonds at The Vault, an upscale cocktail bar in the heart of downtown. After the night of lavish fun concludes, The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland offer accommodations sure to match the satisfaction of celebrating the start of a new year.

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Bellagio to Debut Lakeside Supper Club

Renowned for a portfolio of ‘must-visit’ experiences that forever transformed the city, Bellagio will once again change the way visitors think about a night on the town with the launch of The Mayfair Supper Club over New Year’s weekend.

Inspired by top supper clubs in London and around the world, The Mayfair will redefine the traditional “dinner and a show” for today’s traveler with a restaurant that evolves throughout the evening, amplifying in energy as dusk shifts to night. Guests will be able to indulge in contemporary American cuisine while enjoying live entertainment performances nightly, set to the greatest backdrop in the world – the Bellagio Fountains.

“The experience will be fun and memorable and feel like a return to the glamour eras of Las Vegas and old New York when dinner and a show was the place to be seen,” said MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of F&B Strategy Ari Kastrati. “The Mayfair’s food and beverage menus will pay homage to all the greatest hits of classic American dining.”

MGM Resorts partnered with London and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studios to create whimsical moments that transport guests to a fanciful and flexible environment – from a backdrop for a delightful meal to a high-energy lounge with moments of surprise.

MGM Resorts President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie said, “The Mayfair will bring together the best elements of what makes Las Vegas the world-famous destination it is, in ways that celebrate our past, channel our present and define the future of a memorable night out on the Las Vegas Strip.” The Mayfair also will serve as the ideal location for guests to book special events. All booking inquiries can be emailed here.

Fitness Advice for New Year’s Resolutions

At the beginning of every year, gyms across the country are buzzing with new members who have made resolutions to lose weight, get back in shape or live a more active lifestyle. However, as the weeks go by, it can be challenging for some to stick to those resolutions. Steve Ball, professor at the University of Missouri and one of the nation’s leading experts on fitness and exercise, says that for resolutions to stick, people need to focus not only on outcome goals, but also goals related to the process of being physically active. You can read more about Dr. Ball’s advice here.

Dr. Ball also has comments on new federal guidelines for physical activity, which suggest that adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week, and any amount of time spent doing physical activity now counts toward the goal of active minutes. Prior guidelines had called for at least 10 minutes of activity for it to count.

There are video and audio resources available for broadcast-quality download here. The video features Donna Fox, who has recently made changes to lead a more active lifestyle and considers herself a “gym rat” now after never setting foot in a gym while growing up in the Caribbean.

As January winds down and the thrill of New Year’s resolutions wears off, Dr. Ball’s expertise in fitness and physical activity can be used as encouragement to stay on track with New Year’s fitness resolutions.