Our magnificent spearhead of style and leadership has committed to providing us with tales of his international exploits and faithful recounts of stylish happenings accross the globe. Here, now, for the first time, we are proud to present : Trendspotting!
Hi again fellow Cocktailers!
It seems that these days everyone is quite taken by all sorts of sweet and fruity concoctions when it comes to The Cocktail. Not for me. Let’s take a brief departure for a few minutes and discuss my personal fave … Single Malt Scotch. And my latest find in particular … a smokey pick that will get your crowd talking for sure (trust me on this one Guys and Gals). What do I love about Single Malt? The personality behind every sip… the sense of history and the timeless spirit behind each taste. I am slightly biased, agreed … as I spent summers as a teen brat at our family home in the Scottish highlands -- and I am a self-admitted old soul … but bare with me, my friends! This is not about a trend … we’re talking about true appreciation for a technique of cocktail creation that has been perfected over hundreds of years!
Each distillery has its own oh-so-subtle character – it’s like getting to know a new side of an old friend with each sip … a new discovery, an appreciation for something that you never knew (or imagined) existed. YUM! How to enjoy? Let each golden drop of the godlike juice sit in your mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing. Feel your mouth and then throat warm up, maybe even become a little numb … it’s all good! After a few sips the buzz arrives, and you’ll never be tempted by anything else! Now, my fave lately … a gem called Laphroig … smokey, woodsy, full of odour that can be sensed (for better or worse) from tables away … WOW is all I can say. Agreed, not for everyone … but for those admitted Cocktail Snobs who can truly appreciate something special and unique, take a taste – and let me know what you think (drop me a note at email@example.com).
Greetings everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written – apologies all over … my book has taken the best of me but will be on the shelves soon, fingers crossed!
During a quick few days in London last month, my fab publishers re-introduced me to a side of Cocktail Culture that to be honest with you, I have ignored for years (shame on me, too much time spent in the (zzzz) lounges of Ibiza lately )… glorious Pub Culture which is such an amazingly core part of UK living! If you’ve not taken some time to stroll the cobblestone side streets of SOHO, GO GO GO … love it. It’s buzzing, it’s so alive and incredibly vibrant. SO much fun. Why? Take a close look at what’s going on … the Brits love their beer, agreed. But as a crowd in general, they are a lovely bunch of chatterboxes … a gabbing group that loves a get together (whether it’s a family roast on Sunday night or an escape to the pub after work )… they sit and catch up, they take time to hear what’s going on.
So social, so much chit-chat. And the best place to watch it all in motion is any neighbourhood pub. Who’s in a rush? To get where? As long as a pint is in hand, everyone’s happy. Find your fave local spot, pull up a stool and you’re in great shape. Especially if you happen to be in SOHO - my best boutique finds are minutes away on Bond Street! Have fun and keep the tab running…
Rule Britannia ; )
Sorry guys and gals, it's been a while since we've come to you with our top pics of what's hot and what's not. For now, let's focus on the BLEND. Transition. Mix-and-match pretty much sums it up. What does this mean in our world of cocktailing? Well, let's switch gears a bit and focus on the bigger picture - wining and dining.
For a while there we were a little worried as we saw all go minimal. Then we saw the trend scene move along the lines of Philippe Starck and his ultra sexy habit of going old-world and vintage-glam on us. Like it still, but today's scene is more about keeping it simple, mixing in some old and new, and daring to bring in some personality. Old world works - but don't be scared to invite actual OLD STUFF into the mix. Mix in a vintage wooden tray with some super mod cocktail gear or perhaps some hand blown cocktail vessels that have been blown in Murano ... perhaps last week or maybe last century. It all works. Not only does it work but it adds some spice to YOUR cocktail table, and a little bit of spice goes a long way.
We see this trend emerging all over. A real mix of old and new, borders reinvented and spirits celebrated. Love that vintage set of wine goblets that Grandma passed down? Bring it on ... indulgence is in. Minimalism and overtly-Euro influences of screaming simplicity are being shown their way out. Antique deep cut crystal Scotch glasses? Let's take a look. Wine a-la-old-world. Love it. It all has a sense of history ... which we find fascinating. Find those accoutrements for the bar that have a sense of time and purpose. Mix and match the colors and relish the personality behind it all. Make sense?
Cheers as always,
Yes, that’s right guys and gals, Vintage is chic! We’ve spotted the trend in hotspots all over the place -- so listen up if you want to stay ahead of the cocktailing curve… And don’t be intimidated – it’s easy to pull off!
Think glitz. Not disco ball glitz – we’re talking turn of the century grand-is-good type thing Let the old times roll … let’s be kings and queens for an eve...bring it on! Imagine a big ol’ castle hidden somewhere in the hills of Bavaria, full of low-hanging mega crystal chandeliers, deep etched crystal all over the place, Mozart the tune of choice...now bump up the vibe to the here-and-now and you are set, my friend. Easy. So – Mozart gets a little re-mix thanks to an in-the-know DJ in SoBe, the deep etched crystal accoutrements make a sneak peak in some hot CocktailVibe Lounge Rocks glasses, those wayyyy hot Ghost goodies, and of course those million dollar Lucern babies (love the chunky gold – sooooo hot, love it)...and scattered around your cocktail table are bunches of the super-cool bling bling diamonds I just spotted on CocktailVibe. Glitz is covered. Slip those super chic CocktailVibe Crocc Coasters (gold or silver, take your pic) under your yummy cocktail concoctions. Of course, cocktails are served on some fabulous gold or silver tray. Easy – you have made your splash.
You will be the talk of the town, trust us. Try it out and shoot us a note – and we love pics!
Bamboo – LOVE it. So chic, so runway, and soooooo green it is not even funny. I was at my friend Shane’s pad in Aspen last week...she had a few of her closest stop by for some nibbles before we headed out to Nobu (our pick in town)...and of course, I spotted some chic toys from CocktailVibe!!We sat outside, and what better way to serve up Boysenberry Spritzers (in Vienna Flutes no less...love that texture and slick shape) than on one of those fab long bamboo trays.OK, I’ll fess up – I surprised Shane with the tray for her birthday last May and she has not stopped thanking me since...). Pick your color...they are all hot. Pull out some bamboo snack bowls, grab a great mix of olives from your local gourmet shop (skip the bottled stuff, please!)...grab something sweet (e.g., candied hazelnuts - yum), something spicy (find some jalapeno stuffed olives), something salty (seaweed snaps, so perfect)...the secret of any good bar snack.
Find a few fun bowls, mix and match. And kick up the green thing with one of those SO green Leaf Votives from CocktailVibe. What spells GREEN more than one of those gems? Next, throw in a set of Kamra Cocktail Plates...set of 4 with amaaaaaaazing pics of nature – and you are there. Give each guest a different one and you have pulled it off.
No need for thanks...just pics...please!
Greetings, fellow cocktailers!
As you might have noticed, we've recently revamped our site to make it a little more user-friendly. We've also added a ton of new product, content, specials ... all of which will hopefully bring the amazing world of high end cocktailing into your homes.
That being said, we wanted to share with you some trends we've spotted in the cocktail scene. Various CocktailVibe crew members have visited some great bars around the world recently. We've analyzed the cocktail experience, spotted some themes, and generally observed what is going on. Here are our thoughts...
Until next time,
Love Your Cocktail...
After returning from a whirlwind trip through Paris, London, Milan and Hong Kong … with the sole purpose of TRENDSPOTTING … I’ve put together a short list of themes I’ve noted, styles that look great, color groupings that seem to stick, and overall trends that I think will flow into the US market. I want to share them with you! Here we go.
Granted, high styles from the world’s trend capitals won’t necessarily be no-brainers in all parts of the US, but hopefully this helps you think somewhat outside-of-the box and put together some great cocktail parties for Fall!
Hope to see you this summer in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York! Until then, keep innovating…