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The Luck Of The Pour: Tequila Herradura X Eric Krasno "Luck Is Earned" Launch Event

It can be kind of overwhelming to think how much actually goes on in this city on any given night.  The galas only known to the invitees, the launches only privileged to those who've rsvp'ed and the tucked away performances unbeknownst to the passersby only a few feet outside the door.  We could walk right by a celebrities apartment and not even know it or, as was the case last week in the Flatiron district, have our beloved former President Obama only doors away at a Starbucks the day you decided to enjoy a Brooklyn Roasters.  

The point is that in this great city of mine you never know what you can discover that can add to your   memorable and magical New York Story.  Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of discovering the smooth sounds of a patented mash of jazz and guitar while enjoying the best of one of my favorite spirits, tequila.  The famed Cutting Room hosted an evening with deep sounds of Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Eric Krasno and the smooth cocktails from Tequila Herradura.  

The collaboration which comes on the release of Tequila Herradura's new "Luck Is Earned' campaign for Spring was a match made in heaven that showcased the reward of dedication and commitment to craft and vision.  This was evident in the rise, ride and discography that Eric Krasno broke down for the intimate audience as we sipped curated cocktails made from the original makers of reposado and blanco tequilas, Herradura.  Check out the recipe for one of the signature cocktails created for the event and the recap video below:   

The collaboration which comes on the release of Tequila Herradura's new "Luck Is Earned' campaign for Spring was a match made in heaven that showcased the reward of dedication and commitment to craft and vision.  This was evident in the rise, ride and discography that Eric Krasno broke down for the intimate audience as we sipped curated cocktails made from the original makers of reposado and blanco tequilas, Herradura.  Check out the recipe for one of the signature cocktails created for the event below: 

ROOFTOP SPARKLER
1.5 oz Tequila Herradura Silver
0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.75 oz Agave Nectar Liquified (4:1 ratio)
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Lime Peel (Garnish)

Shake ingredients and strain into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Garnish with lime peel.
  

Eric Krasno's "Blood From A Stone" is now available on i-Tunes and Amazon and he is currently on tour, check the tour dates here.  Tequila Herradura varieties are available now at your finer alcohol and spirit retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly.  

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Silver Kisses, Loving Thymes: Valentine's Day Patrón Silver Cocktail Recipe


I suppose without Valentine's Day we would just have an unusual amount of celebration and sales on Presidents and Groundhog Day.   It is February's sweet spot day today.  While most people may tell you that it's just another day and that we should never be so busy that we have to pencil love in on a calendar, I prefer to look at it through a different pair of lenses.  Or perhaps through two spirit-filled glasses.

So this is the day that you either clink two glasses together and toast your love or clasp the stem of one glass and drown out the state of no love.  For whatever you choose to do today I should hope that you'll do it no less celebratory even if there's just a party of one.  You may think champagne in tall flutes, but a well-curated cocktail can be just as appropriate if made with love by your own hands for that some special or made with special ingredients, such as pomegranate syrup, by you for you.  

Speaking of pomegranate syrup or pomegranate molasses, having that handy doesn't just provide a nice half sweet half tart ingredient, but also opens up your bar to more palatable possibilities for your selection of spirits.  Here's a great recipe that had a really great two-fold flavor profile of tart pomegranate and citrusy lemon, the sweet ushering-in of a vibrant syrup and a florally rich honey, the herbal savory bite of fresh thyme and the robust flavor of the always incredibly smooth and perfect Patrón Silver Tequila.   

Love Of A LifeThyme

1    ounce    Patrón Silver Tequila
1/2 ounce    Lemon Juice
1/4 ounce    Pomegranate Syrup or Pomegranate Molasses
1/4 ounce    Honey
Fresh Thyme
2 Dashes of Peychaud's Bitters

Add all the ingredients into a shaker.  Shake then strain into a glass that can have an optional spritz/drop of absinthe.  Another optional, but yummy move, is to float some Prosecco on top then finally garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme.

Salaciously satisfying for the single cosmopolitan or appropriately romantic for the dining couple.  For whatever fuels your motivation this Valentine's Day, as always, please remember to drink responsibly.   Happy Valentine's Day folks!

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Blue Jackets Matter: Inaugural Blue Jacket Fashion Show

With all the mess that's going on politically these days, fashion can seem kind of trivial.  When people are being denied certain liberties, when folks feel like their voices aren't being heard or respected or when those who decide the law blatantly make some of us feel like we're invisible, does it really matter that a shirt collar was so last season or a pant hem width very three years ago?  Yes and no.  It does matter since you're spending power affects the livelihoods of countless garment producing employees.  Then it sort of doesn't matter at times since there are bigger issues to connect with like just dressing to suit your needs, even if Esquire says 'nay'.  It can sometimes seem backstage to the very ideas of fighting to uphold the very laws that unify and uplift a society.  

Clockwise from top left:  Actor Lee Tergesen in Joseph Abboud, Supermodel Alex Lundqvist in Stephen F, NY Post's Richard Johnson in Paper Denim & Cloth, Richard Johnson and Luis Fernandez, Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia in John Varvatos and Actor/Comedian Tommy Davidson in Tongue In Cheek

For some time now, I've said that with such little time for ourselves nowadays that making things more two-fold is the way to influence things to get done.  So when I got the opportunity to attend the inaugural Blue Jacket Fashion Show last week I first thought "another fashion show during fashion week?... groundbreaking!"  However, when I learned that that whole event was to draw awareness to prostate cancer, then the redemption hit me.  Fashion, like sports, movies & music, can serve to help us escape the craziness of heavier issues like politics, healthcare and social changes, but it can also serve to bridge the gap to those issues as well.  By enlisting those centered in the objects of our escapisms we get to see a modern way to bridge the gap by getting everyone involved by any means necessary.

Clockwise from top left:  Actor/Comedian Mario Cantone, Host Carson Kressley in Nicole Miller, Philanthropist Omar Sharif Jr., Omar Sharif Jr. with designer Gustavo Moscoso, Bill Nye The Science Guy' and designer Nick Graham, Bill Nye


This is what happened Wednesday Night at Pier 59 in New York City.  The blue carpet was rolled out for a cool group of athletes, musicians, media & entertainment personalities, actors and designers with the emphasis on prostate cancer and benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) founded in 1993 by financier Mark Milken.  Every 3.3 minutes a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer and it has become the deadliest non-skin cancer among American men so early detection is key.  The PCF focuses on research and development into prevention, treatment and care to make sure that prostate cancer doesn't become an epidemic.  In addition to the awareness raised, Johnson & Johnson has also developed a free photo-sharing app for smart phones (@DonateAPhoto) that will donate $1 for every photo shared and pay for one hour of research for every 30 photos that are shared.  Doing your part by taking a selfie, group photo, nature photo, etc. is how you can show your strength, concern, humanitarianism and solidarity to help eradicate this cancer globally.

Clockwise from top left:  Musician Ian Mellencamp in Maggie Norris Couture, Ian Mellencamp with designers Maggie Norris and Nicole Miller, NY Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz in John Varvatos, Alessandro Mele in Thom Browne, CNN Anchor Don Lemon in Proper Cloth, Actor Jack Griffo


Further helping the fight, each jacket on all these handsome gentlemen were one of kind creations by the designers and then auctioned off after the fashion show during a dinner with all of the proceeds going towards the PCF.  This was a great two-fold evening where like all the marches and peaceful protests that have been going on lately, it shows how we are stronger as a nation when we work together to ensure that everyone has a chance to live their best life.  

Left to right:  Stylist Ty Hunter in Dolce and Gabbana, two runway looks from Rag & Bone, legendary R & B Singer Melba Moore entertains the crowd

For more information about The Prostate Cancer Foundation and how it serves men globally with the almost $700 million it has already raised since its inception, go to www.PCF.org.  Stay informed and fashionable gents.


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