Saying good-bye to an old year and welcoming in a new year full of possibilities is a great occasion to pull out your cocktail glasses and favorite cocktail recipes. Whether you insist that your guests dress in their best for your party or your focus is on comfort and a friendly gathering, there are several things you can do to make sure everyone is having a great time.
One: Arrange Rides Ahead of Time
When you plan a party knowing that you’re serving a lot of alcohol, plan ahead. Make sure you have your phone fully charged and that you’ve saved the numbers to your favorite cab companies. You may want to book a cab or two ahead of time unless you don’t mind having a guest crash at your home overnight.
Two: Choose One or Two Cocktails
Serving a full bar can quickly become very expensive. When you want to serve cocktails, limit your offerings to one or two drinks. If guests want something else, you could have wine and beer available. Keep things fun by offering an array of unique and festive garnishes.
Three: Serve Food
A sweet cocktail is a fun way to help your guests get comfortable but serving them in addition to some fun snacks or a meal is a good way to save money and cut down on the next day’s hangovers. A full range of appetizers or hors d’oeuvres can reduce the amount of alcohol you go through and may prevent guests from becoming too inebriated.
Four: Figure Out How Much Alcohol You Need
Your New Year’s party will come to an unhappy end if you run out of food and drinks. Make sure you have plenty of alcohol by considering how many people will attend, how long the party should last, and whether the drinks are the primary focus or just a side attraction. As you make your calculations, give yourself a bit of wiggle room by getting extra ingredients.
Five: Establish Limits
It’s a good idea to avoid becoming very drunk yourself, so you’re able to recognize if one of your guests is making dangerous decisions. You may need to find rides for guests or make decisions about whether a guest should continue drinking. At some point in the night, stop serving your New Years Eve cocktails and switch to soft drinks, tea, or coffee. You may want to hire a professional bartender to help you with this part of the night.
Six: Brush Up on Local Laws
Even if you’re serving alcohol in your home, there are laws that could affect you. Make sure you’re familiar with liquor licensing and service laws in your area. If you’re not sure where to find information about these laws, contact your insurance provider. Protect yourself from “dram shop liability” or social host liability. If you serve alcohol and one of your guests injures someone else, you could be held responsible.
Hosting a party to celebrate a brand-new year is a great way to get your friends and family together. Make sure everyone enjoys themselves and gets home safely by choosing a good selection of drinks and food and by considering the safety of your guests.
Cameron Michael Parkes was born in Vancouver, Canada (in British Columbia). He graduated from the University of Calgary, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in petroleum. While working at a consulting firm, the oil prices dropped and he used his severance package to travel the world.
Throughout his two year journey in Southeast Asia, he found himself at Koh Rong Samloem – a small island just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Two main places to stay are Saracen Bay (dense more modern filled with tourists) or Mpei Bay (rustic village area with tons of locals). After a few weeks in both places, Cameron decides to trench through the hot and sticky jungle (with snakes, wild monkeys and insects) to the most desolate yet serene part of the island, Sunset Beach. He quickly becomes acquainted with paradise and decides to plant his feet at Huba-Huba where he enjoys perfect sunsets with unobstructed sea views.
After a brief trip to Sri Lanka, he returns to Huba-Huba to discover that the owner’s husband had passed in a tragic motorcycle accident. The widow offered to sell and Cameron decided to purchase. Looking back he says, “I like the beach-jungle vibe which isn’t perfect. I love this spot. Right on the beach, beautiful bay, monkeys come around, geckos.”
Situated at the end of the beach, it contains 4 bungalows, 1 family bungalow, 4 private double rooms and 1 dorm – 8 beds and 3 tents. Their kitchen is armed with one of the best cooks on the entire island. Their “BBQ Nights” serve up sensational samplers of pork ribs, tofu, prawns and chicken. Polite waitstaff, heavy handed mixologists and free painting station where you can repurpose instruments as well as pieces of wood to build a sculpture from scratch. Snorkeling gear is available for rental.
Yves (a notable bartender from Brittany) came to Sunset Beach as a dive instructor and fell in love. One day after speaking with his bosses, he discovers a beachfront property for rent. Then he invites his brother (a carpenter) and they decided to erect ‘Sleeping Trees.’ The name derived from only having tree tents and the idea of ‘sleep in’ trees arose. The vacation area has two newly renovated bungalows, four tipis and four tree tents. Each space can accommodate up to two people. In addition, there’s a 4-room dorm which can host eight. At the present moment, both owners want to focus on better gardening and overall aesthetics of the property. Best attributes are their crepes, homemade rum shots and Reggae Night on Saturdays.
Sebastian Straub, former social worker in Switzerland, has now owned the property for 5 years alongside of his wife Julia. Their location is pet-friendly and includes 7 bungalows and 7 tipis. Each bungalow is constructed from wood with straw rooves perfect for a cozy and tropical stay. Their reimaginged family bungalow or ‘Cozy Kikki Lu’ is an ideal choice for guests seeking modern-like amenities. Tents make for a perfect glamping experience since they’re about thirty feet from the ocean. We enjoyed soaking up the sun in one of the 20 hammocks on the premises. Take advantage of the full bar and $1 beers during happy hour. The onsite restaurant takes advantage of seasonal local produce and fresh catches when possible. Our favorite menu items were the English breakfast, hearty fruit bowls, red snapper and barbecued pork & chicken skewer. You may enjoy meals upstairs (two-stories high) in an outdoor covered dining patio and/or at the beach bar. Every morning, a taxi boat for guests cost $10 to go to the city and is easily accessible.
Karlo and Parisa Zahipour Moarefi both came from Austria, borrowed money from friends and invested in Sunboo. There are 6 Bungalows and a dorm with 8 beds. The beach or garden bungalows have ceiling fans and newly renovated bathrooms and sinks. With a strong Italian influence, everyday dining is delightful. For breakfast they make french toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and homemade baguettes. For lunch fresh gnocchi, burgers and triple fried french fries. The dinner menu is westernized with our favorite thin crust pizza. And of course the Sunboo beach bar is the party area where we sip and socialize. One of the only establishments which serve wine on Sunset Beach.
They offer a full array of outdoor activities on the island with two locations – Saracen Bay and Sunset Beach. We took their half-day diving class (for all levels) and their master instructors were extremely attentive. The rock climbing experience offers amazing views of the sea. Kayaking trips are a must-try with a guide to discover the wonderful island and underwater world. The most intriguing activity on the island is the nighttime plankton tour which allows one to witness and capture their bioluminescence.
A private tropical hideaway on Koh Rong Samloem. The vacation area has 1 private beach, 22 bungalows and 1 guest house. The wooden bungalows all have two large double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a spacious balcony offering waters edge views of the warm tropical ocean. Paddle boarding is one of the most popular activities to do, but also board games, snorkeling and dive sites. The infamous bar is a must visit with the number one drink being the ‘Bahama Mama.’ All sorts of signature drinks like brown and white rum malibu, grenadine and juices. This private beach getaway is breathtaking.
The most amazing experience on the island and also its highest point. We recommend you take a taxi boat to the drop-off or trail which leads up to the lighthouse. Rumored to have been an old military watch tower, the views are spectacular. Be prepared to climb at least 7 to 8 stories to the top. The smell inside the lighthouse is a tad overwhelming and rancid. Be willing to pay at least $1-3 USD for the private tour. That price does not include the taxi boat.
Held at the Frost Museum of Science, Guests Learned More About the Esteemed Organization and Enjoyed a Special Performance by DJ Irie Beneath the Aquarium
MIAMI, Fla. (February 9, 2018) — On Wednesday, February 7th 2018, Shalva, the esteemed non-profit dedicated to aiding those with disabilities of all ages, presented an exclusive director screening of the 2015 Emmy-nominated film, Autism In Love by Director Matt Fuller that was held at the newly opened Planetarium at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami in tandem with the romantic occasion.
Founder Kalman Samuels created the non-denominational organization in Jerusalem, Israel with the aim of providing and quality care for those of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds free of charge as well as dedicated scientific research of various disabilities that ultimately fosters a more inclusive society.
Following the special screening, guests moved to The Deep space just beneath the eye-catching aquarium and enjoyed sounds by DJ Irie, who spinned lively tunes in the later part of the evening. Curated cocktails were served by award-winning Dominican rum brand Ron Barceló and guests enjoyed delectable gourmet kosher offerings in sushi, kebabs and desserts. During this portion, Shalva gave remarks while guests carefully engaged in the organization and the organization’s exciting plans for the future. After the event wrapped up, guests were given gift bags by Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma.
Shalva, the Israel Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing quality care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social tolerance. Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva’s programs provide care for over 2,000 participants from infancy to adulthood. The organization’s advocacy initiatives, community events and disability research continue to inspire a more inclusive society. For more information, please visit:
ABOUT DJ IRIE
Dominating any venue and infusing every party with his seemingly infinite energy, DJ Irie has captivated the entire industry. Miami’s hometown DJ serves as the official DJ of the 3-time NBA World Champion Miami HEAT, Carnival Cruise Lines, and superstar Jamie Foxx. Irie is also the man behind Irie Music, Corp., co-owner of Lou La Vie Exotic Car Rental, SweetKix.com, Pucci’s Pizza, Venture Projects, LLC investment firm and his partnerships feature a “Who’s Who” of blue-chip companies and brands looking to reach a tastemaker audience and He’s the #1 choice for countless celebrities and high-profile events everywhere from South Beach to Singapore, and has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the American Music Awards, MTV VMA’s, FIFA World Cup, International Premier Tennis League, Daytona 500, Super Bowl, and NBA All-Star, and at corporate events for Louis Vuitton, Google, Red Bull, Hublot and General Motors. Irie is philanthropic efforts include his Irie Foundation and Irie Weekend, one of South Florida’s most buzzworthy celebrity charity events of the year.
ABOUT RON BARCELO
Ron Barceló was founded by Julian Barceló in 1930 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The brand quickly gained popularity throughout the Dominican Republic, and was soon exported internationally throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas. Today, the brand’s world class portfolio of award- winning rums includes Barceló Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario, Barceló Imperial, Barceló Gran Platinum, Barceló Gran Añejo and Barceló Añejo. For more information, please visit
Celebrate the Season of Giving With the Perfect Limited Edition Gift From Johnnie Walker Blue Label
LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE HONOURS THE YEAR OF THE DOG
The gifting season is upon us but what to buy for the whisky lover who has everything? In true festive spirit, Johnnie Walker, the world’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky Brand has released an exquisitely designed limited edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottle that serves as the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.
This year’s luxurious Chinese New Year design is inspired by the precious bond between man and dog, created in collaboration with multi-award winning Taiwanese artist, Page Tsou. In 2018 the Chinese New Year Design will follow the Striding Man around the world as he celebrates with lanterns, fireworks and dancing dragons. Man’s best friend will be woven throughout the design in honour of the Year of the Dog.
Page Tsou, award winning artist said, “It is an honour to have been commissioned to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog bottle. The precious design consists of a total of four dogs all chosen for their special meaning in Asia. This unique design tells the story of Johnnie Walker’s Striding Man and a loyal companion as they journey around the world bringing prosperity and rejoicing in the arrival of the New Year. The design also contains various symbols of wealth and prosperity making this bottle extremely unique and the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.”
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a remarkable Scotch crafted by a small team of 12 expert whisky makers, led by two-time Master Blender of the Year Jim Beveridge. They select extraordinarily rare single malt and grain whiskies, each chosen for their exceptional quality and character.
Only one in 10,000 casks of the perfectly aged rare whiskies maturing in the Johnnie Walker reserves has the richness and flavour to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the result is a Scotch with notes of honey, fresh fruits, rich spice and an unmistakable smokiness.
Commenting on the travel retail exclusive, Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director, Global Travel said “During this celebratory season it’s wonderful to be able to create a one-of-a-kind gift from such an iconic whisky brand. The exquisite design of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog Limited Edition bottle reflects the quality of the whisky within the bottle. It is the ideal gift for travellers to celebrate this special time of year.”
Treat yourself or a special someone to an exclusive this year. Travellers can purchase the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog Limited Edition bottle now in selected duty free stores worldwide, retailing at £175 RRSP for a 1 litre bottle.
 The IWSR 2017- based on volume and value data 2016
The season of gifting is right around the corner! Whether your readers are shopping for friends, family, or a significant other, nothing spreads holiday cheers like the perfect bottle!
Jameson Caskmates Jameson Caskmates is a one-of-a-kind whiskey created out of passion for craft, quality and neighborhood collaboration. Finished in stout seasoned barrels, Jameson Caskmates combines the triple distilled smoothness of Jameson Original with the richness of stout beer, adding notes of coffee, cocoa and hops for a truly unique finish.
Jameson The Blender’s Dog celebrates the role of Jameson Head Blender, Billy Leighton; a tribute to his craft and the fine art of blending. A master at matching whiskeys across ages and characters, Billy is tasked with uniting the crafts supplied by distiller and cooper to create harmonious, perfectly balanced whiskeys.
Named after Billy’s go-to instrument, a ‘dog’, used to collect whiskey samples from the casks, The Blender’s Dog pays homage to Billy’s ability to bring together complementary spirits from Midleton’s extensive range of maturing stock. The second of three in The Whiskey Makers Series to launch in the U.S., The Blender’s Dog focuses on the art of marrying whiskeys.
The delicate and complex character of the 12 Year Old derives from the height and width of stills at The Glenlivet Distillery. This expression is matured in a mixture of cask types, including American and European Oak. Maturation in American oak imparts vanilla notes and gives the whisky its distinct smoothness.
The 15 Year Old’s distinctive character is the result of selective maturation; a proportion of the spirit is matured in a selection of French Oak casks for a limited period, so as not to overpower the final result. The Glenlivet’s low density allows the spirit to penetrate deep into the wood, imparting the expression’s distinctive spiciness. The French Oak also increases the intensity of the whisky, resulting in a richer and creamier finish.
The rich palate of the 18 Year Old is the result of a combination of several different cask types. This complex expression, with American and European Oak, first and second fill, all play their parts. European Oak imparts spicy hints and brings additional complexity. The first-fill American Oak adds tropical fruitiness. $89.99
Chivas Regal Ultis captures the true essence of the brand and pays tribute to its past, present and tradition. Using five of the brand’s most precious signature single Malts from Speyside, Scotland, Ultis unites distilleries located across the corners of Speyside, a region famed for its microclimate ideal for Whisky-making. The modern blend of Chivas Regal Ultis represents the style and diversity of Speyside and its character which is at the heart of Chivas Regal. Chivas Regal Ultis raises a glass to the five generations of Master Blenders and honors their dedication and blending expertise. Their five signature Malts unite to embody the mix of modern and classic luxury, which ultimately makes Chivas Regal Ultis so distinct.
Chivas Regal 12 is a blend of many different malt and grain Scotch whiskies, matured for at least 12 years. This rich, smooth blend combines style with substance and tradition.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Redbreast 12 Year Old is full of aroma and flavor. Redbreast whiskeys benefit from a strong contribution from distillates which have matured in Oloroso sherry casks, giving them their trademark Christmas cake character. $60.00
Altos Añejo embodies the perfect blend between the fun and vibrancy of tequila with the intrinsic appeal of the craft and credentials of bourbon. Aged in oak barrels for 18 months, Añejo has a well-balanced and rounded aroma with notes of dried fruit and almonds. Woody notes, vanilla and chocolate flavors makes it a prized addition to the family.
Altos Tequila Plata is made from 100% blue agave grown in the Los Altos highlands of Mexico. Complete with herbal notes of cooked agave, our Plata is slightly citric and sweet with a fruity aroma. It’s a classic tequila for the modern world.
Check outCuba Cars from publishers Delius Klasing. Cuba is worth a visit. Or, as the authors of this book discovered, several. Cuba is still associated with Tobacco and Cohiba, Rum and Mojito – and above all the old classic, American cars of the Fifties, still running.
This coffee-table book is a presentation of the unbelievable variety of classic car models against the backdrop what Columbus described as “the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes.”
Puerto Rico is regarded as the “Rum Capital of the World,” and rightfully so! The U.S. territory has been distilling rum for centuries, stemming from the start of its sugarcane production under the ruling of Spain.
With National Rum Day around the corner, on Wednesday August 16th, what better way to celebrate than with delicious rum cocktails, straight from the island? Puerto Rico requires no passport and provides an authentic rum experience that simply can’t be found elsewhere, making for an ideal weekend getaway, filled with cocktails, culture and history!
Below is a distillery tour option and selection of cocktails from rum companies on the Island.
Puerto Rico | Rum Experiences
· Bacardi – The largest premium rum distillery in the world, Casa Bacardí features historical tours, mixology classes and tastings.