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ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT Making A Stir

ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT

November 5,2021

Absolut Vodka has collaborated with Social Studies to create a holiday kit inspired by the cocktail of the moment, the Espresso Martini.

The Social Studies x Absolut Espresso Martini kit is designed for anyone looking to re-embrace the role of host with ease and style. The limited-time rentable kit includes entertaining essentials such as a table runner, dinnerware, glassware, candles, votives, exclusive hosting tips & tricks and more.


“We are thrilled to partner with Absolut to help people unwind this holiday season with an espresso martini in hand,” said Jessica Latham, Social Studies Co-Founder and CEO. “This collaboration is at the heart of our mission – making entertaining effortless by offering everything needed to set a beautiful holiday table with ease, along with hosting tricks and party essentials.”

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Serving as the centrepiece of the collaboration, this espresso martini is crafted with Absolut vodka. It is mixed with equal parts Absolut, Kahlúa and espresso, making a lively and versatile choice with the option to tailor the taste to each guest using festive garnishes.

“Whenever there’s a fashion trend, there’s a cocktail trend – and as we enjoy this ’90s resurgence, we’re sipping in style with Absolut Espresso Martinis this holiday season,” said Jane Danger, Pernod Ricard Mixologist. “With its rich, full-bodied and complex yet smooth taste, Absolut is the go-to vodka for espresso martinis as the bedrock for the cocktail’s decadent velvet and warming flavour profile. Plus, our new cocktail kit comes with seasonal garnishes like Cookies & Cream – talk about a nostalgic taste that brings joy!”

The Social Studies x Absolut Espresso Martini kit is available at Social Studies’ official website beginning Nov. 3 through Jan. 5 and can be rented for gatherings starting at four guests for $68 per guest. In addition, hosts can pair their rentable entertaining kit with the Absolut Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit that includes everything one needs to mix up the cocktail that everyone is talking about.

Meanwhile, an Absolut Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit is available on its own via ReserveBar. It includes 750ml bottles of Absolut and Kahlua, espresso, seasonal garnishes (Vanilla Hazelnut, Chili Coco, Pumpkin Spice, Cookies & Cream), cocktail stencil for garnishes, as well as a cocktail shaker, jigger and ornament. It is priced at $179.

Absolut Espresso Martini

Ingredients

Instructions

Fill a shaker with 1 part Absolut Vodka, 1 part Kahlúa and 1 part espresso. Add ice and shake for 15-20 seconds to ensure a nice frothy foam that makes this cocktail shine. Top with three espresso beans or a favourite seasonal garnish.

ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT Making A Stir

THE WORLD'S 50 BEST BARS RETURNS TO SPAIN FOR 2024 AWARDS

May 20,2024

After holding the awards ceremony in Singapore last year, The World’s 50 Best Bars returns to Spain for its 16th edition.

In 2022, the awards were held in Barcelona. The 2024 awards will see Spain’s largest city and central capital, Madrid, play host.


The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars will be unveiled at a grand ceremony on Tuesday, 22nd October.

With its mission to showcase the planet’s finest cocktail cities, 50 Best will unite the global bar community in Madrid to recognise the achievements of the best bars in the world.

“We are delighted to bring The World’s 50 Best Bars 2024 to the vibrant streets of Madrid, a city long renowned for its outstanding hospitality,” explained Emma Sleight, Head of Content for The World’s 50 Best Bars.

“We look forward to gathering this incredible community together once more to honour the innovation, creativity, and unparalleled achievements of the world’s most exceptional mixology and to ignite the curiosity of cocktail lovers around the globe.”

As usual, the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2024 will be anonymously voted for by a gender-balanced Academy of more than 700 bartenders, consultants, writers, and cocktail specialists from around the world. Deloitte will independently adjudicate the results.

The Bartenders’ Feast, hosted the evening before the ceremony for those talented individuals whose bars feature in this year’s ranking, will again return. As well as special awards such as Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award and Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award.

Additionally, over the next few months, bars and bartenders from around the world, whether they feature in the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars or not, will also be invited to nominate themselves for the 50 Best Bars Roku Scholarship 2024, the Bareksten Best Bar Design Award and/or Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award.

For more information, go to theworlds50best.com or connect with the awards via Facebook or YouTube.

ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT Making A Stir

THE ART OF ITALICUS ANNOUNCES ITS 2024 GLOBAL CHAMPION

May 13,2024

Italian aperitivo brand Italicus has announced Esmerelda Castrogivanni from Sips Drinkery in Spain as the global championship winner of the 2024 Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge.

Castrogivanni’s award-winning concoction, ’Alloway’, inspired by the English pop art pioneer Lawrence Reginald Alloway, captivated judges with its blend of Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, white bitter and apple soda. The drink was uniquely garnished with an edible napkin made of apple jam and caramel.


“With ‘Alloway’, I wanted to provocatively make people reflect on the concept of art and what it represents for each of us,” Castrogivanni explained.

“To do so, I was inspired by what pop art represented in the 1950s, an artistic movement that revolutionised the world of art, making it accessible to ordinary people and no longer just to a few”.

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Esmerelda Castrogivanni’s ’Alloway’

Esmerelda has earned herself the prestigious title and an exclusive mentorship at Cafe La Trova with Julio Cabrera in Miami. “Having won this prestigious title represents a very important achievement for me, which will help me grow further on both a professional and personal level,” she continued.

Second place was awarded to Jan Križaj from Kavarna Moderna in Slovenia, with his cocktail ‘Congelato’ which consisted of Italicus, dry vermouth, pesto and tomato cordial, garnished with Grana Padano with tomato powder.

Stephanie Wullschleger from Herz Bar in Switzerland was awarded third place, creating ‘Lucha Libre’ a cocktail made with Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, kiwi-jalapeno cordial and soda, garnished with a Red Kiwi.

The competing bartenders presented a creatively curated cocktail to a panel of esteemed judges including Giuseppe Gallo, Founder and CEO of Italicus, Paloma Difford, Managing Director of Difford’s Guide, and Julio Cabrera, Maestro Cantinero and owner of Cafe La Trova, Miami, who scored each candidate using their expertise to ensure a fair and insightful evaluation process.

“The Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge is a program designed to discover and showcase emerging talents in our industry year after year,” explained Giuseppe Gallo, Founder and CEO of Italicus.

“This competition serves as a creative platform, allowing bartenders to express their artistic sensitivity and imagination without any barriers or limits. This year, we had the honour of witnessing a competition featuring young bartenders of the highest calibre in both technique and style,” Gallo continued.

ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT Making A Stir

CROSSFIRE HURRICANE RUM CELEBRATES THE ROLLING STONE'S US TOUR

May 7,2024

The Rolling Stones’ Rum brand, Crossfire Hurricane, is set to unveil a special limited-edition bottle gift set to coincide with the band’s highly anticipated Hackney Diamonds U.S. Tour.

Set to kick off on April 28 at NRG Stadium in Houston, the has been designed to embody the spirit of rock and roll while paying homage to the band’s iconic journey.


“This commemorative box set of Crossfire Hurricane Rum is not just a celebration of our US tour, but a toast to the incredible journey we’ve shared with our fans,” said The Rolling Stones.

The limited-edition collection features a deluxe box set including the Hackney Diamonds bottle—a sleek black gloss glass container with a striking gold top—adorned with the iconic Rolling Stones tongue logo, and a flagship bottle of Crossfire Hurricane Rum, all encased in a keepsake box.

Crossfire Hurricane Rum invites fans to ‘take your tongue for a ride’ as they host concert post-show parties in select cities. The brand is also offering rock and roll fans a chance to win two VIP tickets to see The Rolling Stones at the tour’s show in Santa Clara, California, on July 17, 2024.

The sweepstakes is now open and runs through June 15, 2024. For official rules, how to enter, and prize descriptions, visit www.crossfirehurricane.com/tour-rules.

The gift set will be available at select retailers across the US, with its release aligning with The Rolling Stones’ tour schedule. Additionally, concertgoers can purchase the gift set via in-stadium digital billboards and have it delivered directly to their homes via ReserveBar.

For more information about Crossfire Hurricane Rum, please visit crossfirehurricane.com or follow @CrossfireRum

ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT Making A Stir

CAMPARI LAUNCHES ITS 'WE ARE CINEMA' CAMPAIGN

May 6,2024

The iconic Italian red bitter brand Campari is launching its ‘We Are Cinema’ campaign, coinciding with its partnership with the Festival de Canne.

Celebrating its third year as an official partner at Canne,  Campari has been inspired by its role as a curator of aperitivo occasions to explore human stories to inspire some of the world’s greatest cinema.


Celebrating real-life moments that can become remarkable stories, viewers of the new campaign can expect a melody of cinematic moments artistically brought to life and told through the vivid red lens of Campari’s creativity.

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As both the festival and campaign unfurl, Campari will again host and promote a series of events from the Campari Lounge in the Palais de Festival, overlooking the famous red carpet.

We are delighted to return to Festival de Cannes, this year bringing our passion for cinema and stories through our global We Are Cinema campaign to the iconic Festival setting,” said Julka Villa, Campari Group Head of Marketing.

“With a strong and enduring legacy in the cinema world, creativity and passion remain at the heart of everything we do. This year, we look forward to continuing to bring this to our audience through a program of remarkable moments throughout the Festival.

This year, the brand also introduces Hyde Beach by Campari, a new iconic space on Boulevard de Croisette, where stars and guests will be welcomed, and events hosted throughout the festival.

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Amongst their exciting program, Campari is honoured to announce both new and returning collaborations:

More than an aperitif, Campari’s unmistakable characteristics, the brand has long been a source of passionate inspiration. Since its birth, Campari has always been at the forefront of cocktail culture, inspiring passion in bartenders worldwide.

With Camparino in Galleria, master mixologists serving up their famed cocktails – including Negroni and Campari Spritz – the Campari Lounge and Hyde Beach by Campari are the perfect places to raise a toast to inspiring stories and the talent behind them.

Please follow Campari’s social media channels for further information @campariofficial @CampariUSA.

ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ESPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL KIT Making A Stir

SANTA TERESA 1796 NAMED RUM OF THE YEAR IN BERLIN

May 3,2024

Venezuela Rum brand Santa Teresa 1796 has been named as the “Rum of the Year” at the Berlin International Spirits Competition, one of the most respected spirits competitions in Europe. Outperforming a field of 80, Santa Teresa was awarded a gold medal after receiving a score of 95 points.

“We feel great pride and honour that our exceptional rum has one more success under its belt,” said Andrés Chumaceiro, Director of Operations at Santa Teresa. “Santa Teresa 1796 flagship, not just for its awards, but because, wherever there is a bottle of this rum, anyone can feel represented in it because it symbolises second chances.”


The victory complements two other recent accolades received by the rum: the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, where Santa Teresa 1796 triumphed in the Best of Division Rum category, and the Denver International Spirit Competition, where the rum was also awarded a gold medal.

This brings the Solera rum’s gold medal count to 58, with over 100 medals in total.

“These 58 gold medals are a testament to the rum artisans,” continued Chumaceiro. “Our Maestors Roneros, who, with their knowledge and unmatched palate, managed to create Santa Teresa 1796; from each of our master coopers to each of the masters of rugby, who teach us by their example of the power to transform.”

Santa Teresa is the first rum producer in Venezuela, with over 227 years of tradition and expertise. It can be found in over 70 countries, proudly displaying the Denominación de Origen Controlado Ron de Venezuela.

For more information, go to santateresarum.com

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