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Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

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The holiday season is officially here. It’s time to get ready to shop, cook, bake, wrap presents, decorate, entertain, and party hop. And let’s not forget the traffic and crowds, delayed flights, crazy weather, and even crazier family. Is your head spinning yet? Never fear because we’re making celebrating the season easier with our top picks for special holiday wines.

Special Holiday Wines – FitVine

There’s a lot of eating going on during the holidays. It’s a real calorie fest, especially when you include those holiday beverages. Enter FitVine and their selection of guilt-free wines.  With their proprietary extended fermentation process, FitVine creates flavor rich wines low in calories, sulfites, sugar, and carbs. Hence their slogan, “We crush grapes, you crush life.”

The brand was kind enough to send me two of their seasonal offerings; Limited Edition Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco. These special holiday wines are ideal for lovers of red and white, sweet and dry.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Holiday Red

The Limited Edition Holiday Red features a blend of decadent black fruits, dark raspberry, and a touch of chocolate. It has a nice full body that isn’t too heavy or overpowering. It also only contains .01 grams of sugar, 120 calories, and 3.5 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

I find it to be very light and smooth, which is due to its ultra-refined tannins. FitVine’s Holiday Red is one of those unique reds you can drink by itself or pair with a variety of foods. It would make for a nice hostess gift, or as an offering at your holiday party, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas table.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Prosecco

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter or with some bubbly, you’ll love FitVine’s Prosecco. With its notes of apple, pear, citrus, and tropical flowers, this Prosecco has a light, clean, and refreshing flavor. It also is comes in at 92 calories, .7 grams of sugar and 3.0 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

As you can see by my picture, I added some strawberries to my flute glass for added flavor and color. You could also add your own berry of choice or perhaps a few slices of pear or apple to make it feel even more festive. Prosecco is a great option to champagne. It works well as a dessert wine, one its own, or as a nice complement to your holiday brunch offerings. Can someone say, Holiday Bellini or Mimosa?

Give Back with Cashmere Black

Next up we have a wine whose name and label caught my eye. Am I the only one who picks wines simply based on the label design, description or even the wine name? In the case of Cline Cellars Cashmere Black, it was hard to resist all of the above. Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of blends.

Special Holiday Wines_Cashmere Black

What truly garnered my attention the most, besides the blend of varietals, was the fact that Cline Cellars is a supporter of important causes. To date, they have donated over $330k to charitable organizations. I was also pleased to learn that this winery has been sustainably farmed and family owned since 1982. It’s nice knowing the bottle I’m enjoying was made without causing damage to the environment where the grapes are grown.

You can truly taste their efforts in Cashmere Black. As far as holiday wines go, Cashmere Black is the ideal. Its full-bodied flavor comes from a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet. It’s like drinking a rich mashup of blueberry, plum, violet, cherry, vanilla, and coffee, with an oaky finish. Basically, Cashmere Black is heaven in a glass. It’s the perfect end to a long day of holiday shopping, or the quintessential beverage to enjoy alongside your holiday turkey with all the trimmings.

So when it comes time to choose your special holiday wines, consider FitVine’s Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco, as well as  Cashmere Black from Cline Cellars. They’ll make you want to clink your glasses in celebration of their rich flavor, low calories, and sustainable creation.

What is your favorite holiday drink? Which special holiday wines would you want to try?

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Find Your Signature Fragrance

Find Your Signature Fragrance with A.N. Other

 

When I think about all the perfumes I’ve worn over the years, only a few stand out in my memory. Some because of their iconic bottles and others for their iconic scent. I still have my mom’s last perfume bottle. Each time I smell her signature fragrance, it’s like she’s right there with me again. For me, perfumes provide one of those unique sensory experiences that go beyond smell. It’s like hearing your favorite song and remembering exactly where you were the very first time it came on the radio.

A.N Other – perfume reimagined

Recently, I was introduced to an incredible fragrance company known as A.N Other. The brand has a unique concept for how their perfumes are produced. They believe luxury can be accomplished without the “name, mood, gender, designer labels, and inflated price tags.”

A.N. Other Signature Fragrance - WD18 perfumer

To accomplish this, A.N Other gives perfumers complete freedom to create their own signature fragrance. The company invests in eco-friendly, ethically sourced ingredients, which means no animal products, dyes, preservatives or toxins are used at any time during production. And because the perfumes are sold directly to the consumer, A.N. Other is able to keep the costs down, which means you aren’t paying ridiculous mark-ups.

Your signature fragrance

A.N Other was kind enough to offer me a chance to try out their scents. I had the hardest time choosing between Oriental, Floral, Fresh, and Woody, so I asked them to surprise me. They sent me a bottle of WD/18 (Woody) created by Patricia Bilodeau, along with a few samples of the other three fragrances.

Find Your Signature Fragrance - A.N. Other Woody 18

What I like most about Woody is that is a unisex scent. It can be worn by both men and women. Although I don’t know if I would want to share my simple, yet elegant bottle with anyone else.

Perfumer Patricia Bilodeau, the creator of Jo Malone Red Roses, drew inspiration for her WD/18 from a piece of driftwood floating between the East and Hudson Rivers in New York City. She wanted to recreate the experience of seeing the sun setting upon this weathered piece of wood. I would say she captured the moment perfectly. WD/18 is rich, but also light. Musky, but also fruity.

WD/18 is a complex fragrance filled with:

  • Top Notes – pear sparkle, cardamom spice and violet leaves
  • Heart – rich orris, cypress and amyris
  • Base – sandalwood, blonde cedar and vetiver Madagascar

A.N. Other Signature Fragrances -2018

I truly enjoy this new signature fragrance, whether on its own or layered with other A.N Other scents. As I mentioned above, the brand was also kind enough to send me their sample collection. This allowed me to try out all four of the 2018 fragrances.

FR/18 – Fresh by Carlos Vinals

  • Top Notes – melon pop rocks, grapefruit zest, and gin & tonic
  • Heart – juniper, Madagascar ginger, and aromatic lavender
  • Base – chilled amberwood and metallic musk

OR/18 – Oriental created by David Apel

  • Top Notes – blood orange, star anise, and lemon sugar
  • Heart – cannabis accord, myrrh, and night blooming jasmine
  • Base – vanilla crème, tonka, and driftwood

FL/18 – Floral created by Nathalie Benareau

  • Top Notes – cotton candy, elemi, and saffron
  • Heart – Brazilian mate, night blooming jasmine, and ambrette
  • Base – aged leather, cashmere musk, labdanum, and amberwood

I must admit, I want all four A.N Other perfumes to be my signature fragrance for this year and beyond. I’m trying to decide which one I want to add to my collection next. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for someone on your list, even if that is yourself, I highly recommend A.N Other. Pick up a bottle or two or order their sample collection to see which one will become your signature fragrance. You can apply the $10 cost to a full-size bottle purchase.

What’s your signature fragrance? Are you a woody, floral, fresh or oriental?

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Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

Join the Clean Beauty Revolution

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Do you really know what’s in your beauty products? Have you ever wondered what those ingredients actually are? If like me, you are concerned about what you’re putting on your skin, it might be time to join the clean beauty revolution.

Clean beauty is more than simply switching to all-natural products. It’s about using ingredients that are safer for your skin and body, whether they’re man-made or natural. In most cases, this translates to cruelty-free products which don’t contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances.

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Handcrafted Candles for Every Occasion

 

Handcrafted Candles for Every Occasion_Pink Disco and MinimalistBeauty Brite Disclosure 

One of the simplest ways to update your décor is with candles. They can transform a room with their warm glow, aromatic throw, or elegant packaging. For me, candles let me express my style and help create the ideal mood, or feel, of every room in my home. This time of year, I’m creating a myriad of sensory experiences with the handcrafted candles of Brooklyn Candle Studio.

This independent studio, located in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by in 2013 by designer Tamara Mayne. Her obsession with aromatherapy and candlemaking extends beyond creating beautifully designed candles. It’s also about being eco-friendly. Each handcrafted candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio is made from 100% soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks primed with vegetable-based wax. In addition, each every candle is vegan and free of preservatives, petroleum, and animal testing.

Handcrafted Candles – Minimalist

While I like to burn candles all year long, my favorite time of year to do so is in the fall. There’s nothing like taking a hot bath or cozying up under a blanket while warm, toasty scents fill the air. You can imagine my excitement when Brooklyn Candle Studio offered me to send me some of their seasonal offerings.

I received Apple Cider and Fern + Moss from their Minimalist Collection. Packaged in simple glass jars, with brushed gold lids, their Minimalist Candles look perfect in every room of the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom.

 

Handcrafted Candles_Minimalist in Apple Cider and Fern+Moss

 

Apple Cider is the epitome of fall. The natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils blend perfectly with the top notes of crisp apple. There’s nothing artificial about this candle either. It’s has a nice, rich throw, without being too sweet or overpowering.

The best way I can describe Fern + Moss is that of a yummy, outdoorsman. In a good way of course. It’s blend of natural sage, lavender, orange, spruce, and pine are heavenly. I can’t get enough of this candle, even though when I first smelled it, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I thought it would turn my home into a den of cheap cologne. Quite the contrary. It has the perfect, woodsy, musky throw.

Now if both handcrafted candles could magically bring me a hot, man carrying warm mugs full of whiskey infused cider…ah, a girl can dream.

 

Brooklyn Candle Studio – Pink Disco

 

Handcrafted Candles_Pink Disco in Prosecco

In addition to the Minimalist Collection, I was also drawn to the Brooklyn Candle Studio Limited Edition Pink Disco Collection. This unique holiday collection was inspired by cocktail party season, and features three handcrafted candles in Prosecco, Fireplace, and Cypress. Each candle is hand-poured into a frosted, blush colored jar and then stamped with a gold foil accent.

As a fan of sweet libations, I decided to order Prosecco. Nothing says holiday, cocktail party like a flute of Prosecco. Not only is the candle gorgeous to look at, but it also has a lovely throw. With notes of red berries, wild roses and white musk, Prosecco is the ideal candle for starting your evening, or cocktail party, off on the right note.

Candles for Every Occasion

What I like most about these handcrafted candles is the divine scent they leave long after I’ve extinguished their warm glow. It’s always a treat to walk into the room the next day and still smell their throw. I look forward to burning these Brooklyn Candle Studio gems all season long, as well as picking up some more for myself and for gifts.

 What are your favorite fall candle scents?  How do like to incorporate candles into your home decor?

 

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Wrap Them in Healing Comfort

Wrap Them in Healing Comfort

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Call it writer’s block or procrastination, but finding the right words for this post has been a struggle. Although writing is what I do for a living, talking about July 21, 2017, is still so raw and painful. After two years of fighting harder than I ever thought possible, my mom lost her battle against Stage IV Colon Cancer. That morning and the day she was diagnosed are two of the worst days of my family’s life. Since then, I’ve been longing for some healing comfort.

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Sleep Your Way to Hydrated Lips

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Sleep your way to hydrated lips

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Regardless of the time of year, my lips are dry. Of course, it’s worse during the fall or winter, but even in the summer, they lack hydration. This is why you’ll find lip balms all around my house and in my bags. Recently, I was able to reduce my need for lip balm with the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. It allows me to sleep my way to more hydrated lips.

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Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties

 

Summer is in full, sizzling hot swing, and so are summer parties. From BBQ’s to pool parties, and rooftop hangouts to beach get-togethers, there’s plenty to enjoy this season. If you want to make a splash at your parties, you can’t forget must-haves like tasty food, refreshing drinks, rollicking entertainment, and Insta-worthy pictures.

Rosé All Day & Night

Staying hydrated, and covered in sunscreen, is non-negotiable in the blazing heat of summer. So bring on the water and  the Rosé. It’s crisp, cool, and refreshing. One of my newest favorites comes from the clean-crafted wine curators known as Scout & Cellar.

All of the wines selected by Scout & Cellar are free of pesticides, chemical additives, and sugar. In other words, they are not chemically altered. After delighting over their NV PUNKT GENAU GRUBER SPARKLING ROSÉ from Austria, I’m curious to taste some of their other fabulous finds.

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties - NV PUNKT GENAU GRUBER SPARKLING ROSÉ, AUSTRIA

But before I get to refilling my glass, let’s talk about how this clean and refreshing organic sparkling wine lets me Rosé my day away. Not only am I fan this Rosé fruity notes, I also love knowing it’s from a family winery that’s been making wine since 1814. Can you imagine the type of summer parties the Gruber’s must have had? The bottles not too shabby looking either. I find its eclectic label so enchanting and amusing.

To keep my Rosé nice and cool, I skip the red solo cup. Instead, I pull my HOST Wine Freeze Cooling Cups out of the freezer. They help keep my wine at the perfect chilly temp for at least 2 hours. So I have plenty of time to responsibly enjoy all my summer beverages.

The Sounds of Summer Parties

Make a splash at your summer parties - Altec Lansing Baby Boom Speaker

No party would be complete without great music. You could hire a DJ, but I prefer to opt for something more realistic, and just as fantastic. Portable speakers are ideal for outdoor summer parties. Of course, they aren’t always so durable or waterproof. When I want my carefully curated playlist to sound amazing even while floating in the pool, I break out the Altec Lansing Baby Boom.

Make a splash at your summer parties - Altec Baby Boom Speaker

This sporty little Bluetooth enabled speaker not only sounds great, it’s also waterproof and shockproof.  In fact, it even floats. With six hours of battery life, this portable like gem will keep the tunes blasting all party long.

For summer playlist inspiration, check out these top picks from Apple Music, Esquire, and Time Out.

Capture the Moments

Make A Splash at Your Summer Parties - Polaroid camera

Sometimes what happens at summer parties should stay at summer parties. However, in these days of Snap/Insta/Facebook madness, capturing the moments is a necessity. But how many times have you asked your friends to send you that great photo, only to never see it again, except on their feed?

When I want instant pict gratification, I go old school with the Polaroid Snap Camera. Funny enough, my first camera was a Polaroid. There are family pictures of my sister, brother, and myself with Polaroid cameras around our necks. Back then they were much bigger.

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties - Polaroid Snap Camera

Thankfully, the Snap is about the size of a cell phone, which makes it perfect for all your summer parties. You can slip it into your pool, beach or party bag for quick Polaroids of all your adventures. You can also save your picts to the camera’s SD card or share them on social media via the Polaroid app. And bonus, the film is peel and stick, which means you can turn your favorite photos into stickers.

Summer parties just got a lot more interesting and fun. For even more inspiration, check out even more of our favorite summer picks.

 

What are your summer party plans?  How do you make a splash?

 

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Treat Your Skin to K-Beauty Favorites

Treat Your Skin to K-Beauty Favorites

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The term K-Beauty has been buzzing around the beauty landscape for a few years now. There are blogs, YouTube channels, and websites dedicated to bringing these unique beauty products and skincare routine beyond the borders of South Korea. Perhaps it’s because these strange, sometimes esoteric, products can truly transform your skin. For this reason, I always jump at the chance to try new K-Beauty Favorites from brands like Laneige and Mamonde.

K-Beauty Favorites – Laneige

Laneige is probably one of the first K-Beauty brands I sampled. I remember receiving some of their amazing products in a subscription box. Since then, I’ve been continually impressed by the inventiveness and effectiveness of their products. What makes the brand a standout is their Water Science technology, which uses different types of water to address skin concerns.

When the brand asked if I would like to try their Mini Pore Blur Perfector and Heating & Cooling Duo, I immediately said yes.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Mini Pore Blue Perfector

The Mini Pore collection is ideal for reducing pore size and controlling oil. The Blur Perfector features a proprietary blend of mint water and pine needle extract. It is designed to hydrate and purify your skin. I like to use this product as my daily moisturizer.

While I don’t have oily skin, I do have some areas where my pores could be smaller. After incorporating the Perfector into my skincare routine over the past month, I can see a difference in my pore size. They aren’t as large, and my skin doesn’t look as dehydrated.

Another component of the Mini Pore collection is the Heating & Cooling Duo. This duo is designed to target congested pores by reducing sebum and removing impurities. If you’ve used any K-Beauty Favorites before, you’ll always notice the prominence of steps in their products. It’s one of my favorite aspects of their skincare routines.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Mini Pore Heating & Cooling Duo

The first step of the easy-to-use duo involves applying the Heating Gel. As you massage the gel into your problem areas the product begins to warm up. This helps to loosen all the gunk in your pores. It’s also a good hand/arm workout because the process requires you to perform the massage for 10-15 minutes.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Heating & Cleaning Duo

After you rinse off the gel, it’s time for step 2, the Clay Mask. Like the Heating Gel, the Clay Mask packaging features a flat, angled applicator. This makes applying the product to your skin easy and less messy. The creamy cacao walnut mask is designed to absorb oil, remove residue, and leave pores looking smaller.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Mask Duo Product Close-ups

Since I have dry, sensitive skin, this mask was a bit too intense for my skin. I often have issues with clay masks as a result. In order to get the benefits, I usually have to find a milder option or adjust wear time. I will definitely keep using this duo because I definitely could tell my pores were cleaned out, but I will have to reduce the amount of time I leave each product on my skin.

K-Beauty Favorites – Mamonde

Another one of my K-Beauty favorites is Mamonde. What I love most about the brand is all of their skincare and make-up are inspired by the power of flowers. In this case, we are talking about the Narcissus flower, which is known for its ability to store water. As someone with very dry skin, I crave hydration and any product that can help my skin hold on to it.

K-Beauty Favorites Mamonde Narcissus Floral Hydro Collection

I was extremely excited to try the Floral Hydro Cream and Eye Gel Cream. After using them for a month, in conjunction with the Laneige Pore Perfector, I’m in love. Both the eye gel and the cream feature a light-weight texture. I use the eye gel both morning and night, and the cream as my nighttime moisturizer. Both feel cooling and comforting to my skin. I always wake-up feel hydrated and refreshed.

Where I’ve noticed the difference the most in around my eyes. The skin looks and feels softer, less bumpy, and less dry thanks to the Mamonde’s Water-Cycle Technology and Micro-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid. The lightweight, gel formula also absorbs quickly so it doesn’t irritate my eyes.

Mamonde was also kind enough to send me their Camellia Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask and Calendula Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask. Sheet Masks are one of my K-Beauty Favorites. I’m kind of obsessed with them and can never have enough.

K-Beauty Favorites Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Masks

Of course, I adored using both of them because they left my skin feeling extra hydrated. The Camellia mask is designed to refine the complexion and enhance radiance, while the Calendula mask is designed to soothe and comfort. And because they are both made from Eucalyptus tree pulp they adhere beautifully to the skin. I definitely need more of these masks in my collection.

K-Beauty Favorites Mamonde Mask Use

I highly recommend giving these K-Beauty favorites a try. After trying out all of the products from Laneige and Mamonde for last month or so my skin looks and feels happy and hydrated. I even brought them along on a recent trip to New York and Atlanta, and they held up beautifully in both climates and on three different airplane adventures. They also helped my skin weather a recent cold, which usually leaves me looking haggard.

Have you tried any K-Beauty Favorites? What is your favorite mask treatment?

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Summer Drink Must Haves

Summer Drink Must Haves

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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer entertaining season. It’s the first long weekend where we can all enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Besides having great food,  and looking summer fabulous, you also need a fully stocked bar, which why I’m sharing my picks for summer drink must haves.

Summer Drink Must Haves – Wine

I enjoy wine all year long, but when the weather heats up, I want something light and crisp. This can range from a delicious Rosé to a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. They both go well with everything from burgers to a cheese and fruit board. I recently discovered some new favorites that are now part of my summer drink must haves.

First up, is the refreshing and fruity Pomelo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2016 Napa Cellars Chardonnay. I could drink these California wines all summer long and I just might.

Summer Drink Must Haves - Pomelo and Napa Cellars Wine

Pomelo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes:

  • Aromas of fragrant white blossoms lead to white peach, melon and ripe citrus on the palate complemented by a lovely lemon curd finish.

As a big fan of blends, I adore the mix of Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc grapes used in the Pomelo wine. You can really taste the influence of the red, volcanic soils of the Mason Vineyard, the fruit from Monterey County, and the mineral soils of Clarksburg, California. I can’t wait to pair this with my vegan crab cakes and steamed asparagus topped with Remoulade.

Napa Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Tasting Notes:

  • Aromas of peach, bright apple, and graham cracker excite the senses. Flavors of pear, crème fraiche, and pie crust are complimented by a creamy texture with balanced acidity and a nice, lingering finish of crème brulee and white peach.

The Napa Valley is known for its chardonnays. The cooler, coastal climate is the perfect place to grow this variety of grapes. I love a good fruity chardonnay with rich oaky undertones. This 2016 Chardonnay from Napa Cellars embodies both. I can absolutely see pairing this with grilled kabobs or even just a bowl of strawberries.

Summer Drink Must Haves - Backpack Wine

Backpack Wines Tasting Notes:

  • Rowdy Red is a tasty blend of Washington State Merlot and Syrah that shows dark cherry on the nose. It drinks velvety smooth showing black cherry, plum and a touch of spice.
  • Snappy White is a Washington State Riesling based blend has a touch of sweetness and weight that finishes with refreshing acidity. This balanced white delivers notes of green apple and Asian pear.
  • Cheeky Rosé is a Washington State Pinot Blanc and Sangiovese Rose blend is a drier expression, with a touch of peach, strawberry and rose petal; a clean crisp blush wine.

Summertime is also a perfect time for picnics and the beach. Taking a bottle of wine with you isn’t always a possibility. That’s where Backpack Wine comes in. These summer drink must haves are perfect for taking on the go because they come in can form. Produced from Washington State vineyards these four-packs are available in Cheeky Rose, Snappy White, and Rowdy Red.

I think the wine in a can concept is truly genius. They are the perfect bar or cooler alternative to beer or soda. Of the three options, I highly recommend Snappy White. It’s nice and light, yet full of flavor.

 

Summer Drink Must Haves – Liquor

A list of summer drink must haves wouldn’t be complete without a liquor component. And I have three fabulous brands to share with you. First, is the liquor that most surprised me, American Harvest Organic Vodka. I’m not usually a big vodka drinker. I typically reach for whiskey or bourbon, but this vodka is pure perfection.

Summer Drink Must Haves - Liquor

American Harvest Organic Vodka Tasting Notes:

  • Handcrafted in small batches from American wheat and distilled with 100 percent certified organic ingredients to yield a distinctly smooth spirit with a crisp, clean and slightly sweet hint of real agave.

Besides being an American-made organic vodka, it’s also a double gold medal winner.  All of the wheat used to produce the vodka comes from local farms and the water from the Snake River Water basin in the Pacific Northwest. I love supporting an American made brand, especially when their Vodka goes down this smooth. You can drink this vodka alone or use it for all your favorite summer cocktails. Can someone say summer brunch and a screwdriver?

Trail’s End Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes:

  • A smooth entry of sweet malt and chocolate, bolstered by toasted hazelnut with notes of tobacco and a touch of rye. Finishes long and warm, oily and buttery with a lovely alt spice kick and slight char note.

As I mentioned above, I’m a whiskey girl. I think it might be in my blood since my granddaddy used to make corn liquor, but that’s a story for another time. I instantly gravitated to this stylish bottle of Trail’s End. Crafted using 8-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and perfected in Oregon Oak, this whiskey is warm, nutty and oh so smooth. I can absolutely see why it’s won Gold and Double Gold medals in 2016 and 2017.

It was also recently announced that Trail’s End will be donating a percentage of their sales to help reforest the Pacific Northwest after all those devastating fires. Just another reason to add this whiskey to your summer drink must haves. I know I’ll be drinking it neat or trying out one of their many tasty drink recipes.

Camus Borderies Cognac Tasting Notes:

  • Reveals enticing notes of vanilla pods and orange zest, on a bed of soft spice and floral aromas. Ample and unctuous, with a robust yet elegant structure and a light hint of woodiness. Beautiful, long finish, well-balanced and wonderfully fresh.

Last and certainly not least is the robust 2014 Limited Edition of Borderies VSOP Cognac. I don’t know about you, but there is something about drinking cognac that makes me feel like a sophisticated grown-up. Not only is the bottle beautiful, but so is the rich amber liquid inside. Developed by cellar master Patrick Leger, this rich cognac comes from the Camus family’s own vineyards.

In fact, Camus, founded in 1863, still remains the largest family-owned Cognac house around today. With a history like that, it’s not surprising that this limited edition Borderies VSOP is truly remarkable and very distinctive. Each time I take a sip, I feel like I’m part of a long heritage of cognac makers and drinkers. I can absolutely see why you would want to pair this with chocolate or cheese. Basically, my favorite before and after meal treats.

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What are your summer drink must haves? Which wine or liquor are you curious to try?