Clique Vodka Tastemakers Series featuring Mickey Avalon

A Tastemaker is an individual or entity who sets the bar and raises the standards of an industry. Someone who decides what is next. Someone who is ahead of the curve when it comes to their area of interest. An influencer and opinion leader with a forward thinking mindset.

Clique Vodka takes pride in doing just that. So we are honoring these fellow Tastemakers with a series of campaigns featuring an inside look at who they are and what they do.

This is the first look at that series with featured artist, Mickey Avalon.

Mickey Avalon:

Rapper

Bio: “Live Fast. Die Young. And Look Good In Your Grave.”

Mickey Avalon’s life story plays out like an episode of VH1′s ‘Behind The Music,” marred by personal tragedy, triumphs and immense pain. Mickey uses his life experiences as fuel for his intense rhymes.

Avalon’s back-story begins on the streets of Hollywood, California. Raised by his heroin-addicted father, he began selling pot at a young age, a trade he acquired from his mother. In an attempt to clean up his act, Mickey converted to Orthodox Judaism in his late teens, an effort that didn’t last due to constant family tragedy, such as his father’s death in a tragic drunk driving accident.

By his early 20s, Mickey had married, had a daughter, and moved out of California, relocating to Portland, Oregon. The serine surroundings of the Pacific Northwest couldn’t hide Mickey from his past for long, as his drug addled Hollywood lifestyle caught up with him in the form of an uncontrollable heroin addiction. As his life neared rock bottom, Mickey found himself broke, divorced, and turning to prostitution, just to support his smack habit. With a desire to once again get his life back on track, Avalon moved in with his sister, and the pair set out on the road to recovery. Tragedy struck again when his sister relapsed, and died from a heroin overdose.

After the deaths of both his father and sister, Mickey decided that he wanted more out of life, moved back to Los Angeles, and chose to make one final attempt to clean up his act. Shortly after his return, Mickey was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty), who encouraged Avalon to pursue his passion of hip-hop and even collaborated with him on some tracks. At the time, Avalon was staying in a sober living facility and had a strict curfew, so Dirt Nasty began passing out Mickey’s demo at Hollywood clubs, which helped Mickey develop a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene.

As Mickey’s popularity grew, he began to sell out clubs throughout California with his legendary live show. Soon after Interscope Records took notice of the guerilla promotions tactics and signed Avalon to the label in 2005. Through Interscope, Avalon released his now classic self-titled debut album, which showcased his unique rhyming style and indulgent lyrics. Inspired by his experiences on the streets with drugs and prostitution, the raw honesty of his songs immediately resonated with audiences. Fan favorites “Jane Fonda,” “Mr. Right” and “My Dick” quickly spread across the internet and mainstream radio, turning Mickey Avalon into a household name. Avalon quickly took to the road and was performing sold-out shows alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Travis Barker and DJ AM, Snoop Dogg, Stephen Marley and Slightly Stoopid.

Mickey’s contagious demeanor and unique writing style has made him a hot commodity in the music industry as hip-hop artist Young Jeezy and producer Jermaine Dupri jumped at the chance to collaborate with him for a Boost Mobile commercial. Avalon then joined forces with rock acts the Happy Mondays, and Unwritten Law, with whom he co-wrote the radio hit “Shoulda Known Better”. His music has been featured in countless movies and television series including the HBO’s series Hung, the animated series American Dad, the Duke Nukem Forever video game, “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” and most recently in the trailers for the Cameron Diaz film “Bad Teacher.”

Filled with excess and exploding with sexual energy, Avalon’s music embraces decadence and celebrates its hedonistic glory. Mickey Avalon simply appeals to voyeuristic side of all of us that want to indulge, let loose and get Loaded.

 

Mickey Avalon on Facebook

Twitter: @MickeyAvalon

Instagram: @MickeyAvalon

Official Website

#Tastemakers #OwnTheNight

Thanks to Video team, Faded Industry Entertainment, Frank Bachurski, Isaac Holeva, Tom Larkin, Sam Harris, Cory Pitkavish, Clique Vodka mixology team, Primo Creative, Drusky Entertainment, Altar Bar, & everyone involved in facilitation of Tastemakers Series.

Road Trip to Moonrise Festival!

The 2015 Moonrise Fest is almost upon us!  Steez Promo and Glow Washington and presenting Moonrise Festival 2015.  Sponsored in part by Faded Industry Entertainment.

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We are excited to announce that Clique Vodka will be along for the ride to Moonrise Festival this year.  We will be on site all weekend with different product samples, giveaways and more.  Interested but not sure what the Moonrise Festival actually is?  The annual Moonrise Festival is a full blown music festival that is returning to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on Aug. 8th and 9th.

Tickets are on sale here > www.MoonriseFestival.com

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Contact us on our Facebook page for more information or email Follow@CliqueVodka.com

Cocktail Pairing: Summer Rolls and Zen Gardens

Using complementing flavors and ingredients is the first step in creating a fabulous cocktail pairing, so today I’ll be showing how to make one of my favorites using herbs and veggies from the garden in summer rolls, paired with a Zen Garden cocktail from the MixBook!

 

The first thing you’ll need for the summer rolls are some fresh herbs and veggies from your cocktail garden. Don’t have a cocktail garden? Take a look at this post to help you get started!

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For my rolls I decided to use a variety of ingredients from the garden including: sweet basil, green onions, mint, cucumbers, dill, and mixed greens along with some alfalfa sprouts I picked up at the store, but you can really use anything you want- don’t be afraid to get creative!

 

The most important thing to remember about making summer rolls (or any dish really) is the classic French phrase “mise en place” which translates to “putting in place” or having everything ready before you begin. Once you soften the rice paper for the rolls, you will have a limited time to get everything in there and roll it up before it becomes sticky and hard to work with, so you want everything prepped and ready before you begin.

 

Prepare your shrimp according to the directions (or buy pre-cooked shrimp that you can just defrost), and slice them in half like this:

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You’ll need 1 1/2 – 2 shrimp per roll, depending on how big you would like them to be (and how much you love shrimp!) so pat them dry with a paper towel after cutting and set aside in a bowl.

 

You will need to prep some rice noodles which you can pick up along with the rice paper wrappers in the Asian aisle of your local supermarket, or in any Asian specialty store. They are super easy to “cook,” simply lay them in a bowl and pour boiling water over top of them- enough to submerge them all. Wait a minute or two and stir them around with a fork until they feel cooked and taste one. It should be cooked all the way through and soft without any “al dente” hardness in the middle. Pour through a colander and put them immediately back in the bowl and fill with cold water to stop them from cooking any further. After they have cooled, strain them again and place a few paper towels in the bottom of the bowl before transferring to soak up any excess water.

 

To set up your rolling station, lay down a clean damp cloth napkin and make sure all your ingredients are within reach. Submerge one rice paper wrapper in bowl of warm water for about 15 seconds (I recommend holding it so you can tell the instant it is pliable and ready) then place on the cloth napkin. Add your shrimp first so that it will show nicely through the paper, and add all your other ingredients- leaving any loose leaves or small pieces on top. Fold the bottom section up over everything, then fold each side over and roll upwards:

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The whole rolling process should take less than a minute (or the paper will get sticky!), but be careful not to roll them too tight or the paper may tear once it sets up. If the first one or two doesn’t come out perfect- don’t fret, you can always tear it apart and re-roll the ingredients in a new wrapper. Store your rolls in a baking pan lined with wet paper towels to keep them from drying up and cover in plastic wrap for up to 8 hours.

 

So what are the perfect accompaniments to summer rolls? I like to dip mine in duck sauce (also found in the Asian aisle with a bit of dried pepper flake for some heat), but you can use peanut butter satay sauce, or soy- whatever you prefer!

 

And of course no garden party snack should be without a cocktail pairing, and fittingly enough, the Zen Garden cocktail pairs perfectly with Clique Vodka, crisp cucumber, lemon and elderflower liqueur- See the recipe here in the Mixbook.

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The key to this pairing is to have fun- so don’t be afraid to use different herb/veggie combos for each roll, trust me- they all go great with the Zen Garden!

 

Need a shopping list? Here you go:

From the liquor store: Clique Vodka, St. Germain

From the supermarket: lemons, cucumbers and sprouts (if you don’t grow them), shrimp, rice noodles, rice paper wrappers and dipping sauce! Easy as cake- but much better tasting!

Are you getting enough antioxidants from your cocktails?

We all know that making healthy choices can be hard- especially when the weekend rolls around. Luckily, berries have tons of positive effects on health and can easily be added to to your liquid diet for a tasty dose of vitamins and antioxidants that will help you keep partying for years to come! Here are a few benefits of the most commonly found berries paired with some simple cocktails from our Mixbook for you to try them out with:

 

Super Food #1: Blueberries

Blueberries are high in antioxidants called anthocyanidins  that attack and neutralize free radicals and unstable oxygen molecules, which can damage the cells and are a major source of disease and aging. They are also thought to reduce inflammation, and just happen to taste delicious when muddled with Clique Vodka! Try this easy low calorie cocktail packed with antioxidants for a healthy alternative that tastes great!


Blueberry Thyme!


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Super Food #2: Blackberries

In addition to being high in antioxidants, blackberries are extremely high in chronic disease and cancer fighting compounds vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. They are also extremely low in calories with just 43 calories in one serving! Good they they also play nice with Clique Vodka and Champagne in this tasty cocktail:


Back in Blackberry


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Superfood #3: Strawberries

Studies show that strawberries may help protect the brain with a powerful antioxidant capacity. Strawberries reduce macular degeneration of the eyes, and are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, many B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iodine, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper. Try a few strawberries in this spicy cocktail (or skip to the bottom to learn how to make your own strawberry vodka!):


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Don’t forget to tag your Instgram photos of these deliciously healthy cocktails with #Cliqueshots to join the community and possibly win some sweet swag!

 

 

Clique Vodka Tastemakers Series featuring Mod Sun

A Tastemaker is an individual or entity who sets the bar and raises the standards of an industry. Someone who decides what is next. Someone who is ahead of the curve when it comes to their area of interest. An influencer and opinion leader with a forward thinking mindset.

Clique Vodka takes pride in doing just that. So we are honoring these fellow Tastemakers with a series of campaigns featuring an inside look at who they are and what they do.

This is the first look at that series with featured artist, Mod Sun.

Mod Sun:

Rapper

Bio: It can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today’s world. We’re surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that’s what makes Mod Sun’s music and message all the more refreshing.

“It’s about empowerment. It’s about saying it’s okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You’ll never be lonely if you love the person you’re alone with,” says the rapper, whose name stands for “Movement On Dreams Stand Under None.”

A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.

But his heart told him to go after something else.

“I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in,” the 27-year-old remembers.

So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn’t looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.

Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He’s built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like “My Hippy, “Free Love” and “Mushrooms.” And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base — because he has no fans, only friends — his debut album, which is due at the top of 2015, through Rostrum Records.

The music has grown, but the underlying message remains.  “No matter the amount of negativity you’re presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment.”

 

Mod Sun on Facebook

Twitter: @ModSun

Instagram: @ModSun

Official Website

#Tastemakers #OwnTheNight

Thanks to Video team, Faded Industry Entertainment, Frank Bachurski, Isaac Holeva, Tom Larkin, Sam Harris, Cory Pitkavish, Clique Vodka mixology team, Primo Creative, Drusky Entertainment, Altar Bar, & everyone involved in facilitation of Tastemakers Series.

Forget Dying Your Easter Eggs- Try an Easter Egg Cocktail Instead!

Why waste time dying Easter eggs when you can use them to make a pretty pastel hued Easter egg cocktail instead?  I know that the term ‘raw egg’ is a bit scary for some people, but as any baker knows, egg whites are packed with protein and when emulsified (whipped or shaken) create a luxurious foam and texture that can transform even the simplest cocktail into a Holiday brunch worthy treat.

 

It’s important to point out that there are a few things you can to drastically reduce the chance of the S-word (salmonella), and most of the are pretty much common sense:

 

Check your eggs:

Check refrigerated eggs for cracks, spots or damaged shells and check the date on the carton before buying. Buy eggs that are are inspected by the USDA or opt for pasteurized eggs (both will be clearly marked on the container).

 

Store them correctly:

Keep eggs in their original carton and store in the coldest part of your fridge- usually the top shelf near the cooling unit- NOT in the door where temperatures can vary every time the fridge is opened.

 

Separate them correctly:

Eggs shells can contain bacteria, so avoid the outdated method of transferring the yolk back and forth between shells. Instead, crack the egg firmly on a cocktail tin and either let the white slowly drop through, or use clean fingers to hold the yolk while the egg white drops through to a glass..

 

Wash your hands! Both before and after separating the eggs!

 

 

Still concerned about Salmonella? Since this Easter egg cocktail relies on the egg white for texture and not flavor, you can substitute pasteurized egg whites from a carton. One half ounce is about equivalent to one egg white.

 

Alright, now that we have all the facts on safe handling down- let’s get crackin’!

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Add 2 strawberries (cleaned and quartered with tops removed) to a mixing glass with 2 oz of Clique Vodka and muddle well. Strain into a cocktail tin through a mesh strainer to remove all the pulp and rinse the glass out if there is any pulp remaining. Add 1/4 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water), 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice, and 1 egg white. I highly recommend separating the egg into a separate glass first, just in case you rupture the yolk, or get a bit of shell in there. WASH HANDS. Dry shake (shake without ice) to fully incorporate the ingredients and start the froth for about 10 seconds. Add ice and shake again to chill. Strain into a coupe or stemmed cocktail glass (preferably one that resembles an egg!) and Wha-LA! In a few seconds the beautifully textured foam will rise to the top creating a gorgeous pastel Easter egg cocktail!

 

Need more? Try substituting blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries for a full spectrum of pastel colored Easter egg cocktails for the whole family to enjoy!

 

Using cocktail gastriques

If you’re an avid diner I’m sure you’ve seen the term “gastrique” used on a menu at least a few times (*Bonus points if you knew it was some type of sauce!*), but what are they really? To put it quite simply, it’s caramelized sugar that has been mixed with vinegar to create a very flavorful sweet and tangy sauce, most commonly poured over roasted meats and grilled seafood.

 

So what does that have to do with cocktails, you ask? Well, if you recall from our shrub post a while back, vinegar is a great way to preserve flavors, stretching the shelf life of syrups to about a year and providing an excellent medium for delivering fresh local fruit flavors into cocktails well after the growing season has passed. The only downside- it’s a lengthy process- usually about a week at least. Enter the cocktail gastrique- all the same ingredients, just prepared in a different way- and takes all of 10 minutes!

 

You can use any type of vinegar for a cocktail gastrique- and there’s no shortage of awesome flavors to choose from, in fact, you can even make you own flavored vinegars (like us!) by steeping fresh fruit in plain white or balsamic for a few days. For this particular recipe we used a blueberry hibiscus gastrique(recipe below), but don’t be afraid to experiment or add other flavors!

 

Blue Betty:

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Blue Betty Recipe: Dry shake (without ice) 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka and 1/3 oz blueberry hibiscus gastrique* to combine, then pour into a tall glass with ice, top with ginger beer, and garnish with some fresh blueberries!

 

*Blueberry Hibiscus Gastrique Recipe:

1 cup white sugar

1 cup blueberry balsamic vinegar

8 dried hibiscus flowers

Add all ingredients to a non-reactive pot over medium heat and stir constantly until all the sugar has dissolved. Stir every minute or so, until the gastrique thickens to the desired consistency- usually about 5 minutes. Keep in mind that you’ll be adding the gastrique directly to Clique Vodka to thin it out, so a molasses like consistency is perfect. Remove from heat, let cool, and pass through a strainer to remove the hibiscus flowers.

Clique Vodka Tastemakers Series featuring Less Than Jake

A Tastemaker is an individual or entity who sets the bar and raises the standards of an industry. Someone who decides what is next. Someone who is ahead of the curve when it comes to their area of interest. An influencer and opinion leader with a forward thinking mindset.

Clique Vodka takes pride in doing just that. So we are honoring these fellow Tastemakers with a series of campaigns featuring an inside look at who they are and what they do.

This is the first look at that series with featured artist, Less Than Jake.

Less Than Jake:

https://www.facebook.com/lessthanjake

Twitter: @LessThanJake

Instagram: @LessThanJake

#Tastemakers #OwnTheNight

Thanks to Video team, Faded Industry Entertainment, Frank Bachurski, Isaac Holeva, Tom Larkin, Sam Harris, Cory Pitkavish, Clique Vodka mixology team, Primo Creative, Drusky Entertainment, Altar Bar, & everyone involved in facilitation of Tastemakers Series.

Infuse Some Candy Cane Vodka for the Holidays!

This year, I decided to go a bit more crafty than normal for gifts (I fully blame Pintrest by the way), and decided to try out a bunch of new Holiday infusions. Candy Cane Vodka was by far the easiest to make, so it’s first up on our Holiday gift list- I’m sure these’s more than a couple people on your list that wouldn’t mind having this Holiday treat laying around this year, so lets get shakin’.

 

When I mentioned that cane cane vodka is quick and easy to make- I wasn’t kidding. I expected that candy canes would infuse in a day or two like most candy, but it really only takes a few hours. Here is a pic of 6 regular sized candy canes shaken a few times at 0, 2, and 4 hours into 2 cups of Clique Vodka. Six candy canes seems to be the perfect amount (notice the missing shot out of the last jar!) of peppermint, and my blind tasting partners were amazed to find out that they were only tasting 2 ingredients- they both thought you could barely taste the vodka!

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Since my new batch of holiday gifts only required adding candy canes to a jar of Clique and shaking it, I figured I would go the extra mile and whip up some candy cane syrup and candy cane cream to make a nice trio. For the candy cane syrup, I simply added 2 broken candy canes to a pot with 1 1/2 cups water and brought it to a boil. I stirred until the candy canes were fully dissolved (about 3 minutes), then cut the heat and stirred in 1 cup of sugar until filly dissolved. I suppose you can add as many candy canes as you like, but I’m more of a subtle flavor kinda gal and didn’t want to overdo it.

 

The candy cane cream was something I never tried before, but in the spirit of the Holidays (and my love for flavored coffee!) I decided to mix 1/2 cup of the candy cane vodka with 1/2 cup of the candy cane syrup. I added about 2 spoonfuls of cream and OH MY. It has that rich creamy texture of a cordial but with a way higher alcohol content (and excellent in coffee I might add).

 

You can package or present the trio any way you like, but I had all these little bottles laying around, so decided to bottle them and wrap them up with a ribbon. So cute! I suppose you could even add little serving suggestions on the tags for each one, but considering who I plan on giving them to (bartenders), I doubt it’s required, but you can add any of them to coffee, hot cocoa, ice cream, or add them all together for a Pink Russian! Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

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The Official Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Party

The 4th Annual Official Victorias Secret Fashion Show Party is here! Join us in watching the sexiest show on earth while enjoying an array of entertainment, complimentary refreshments, Clique Vodka drink specials, and the famous Adam Nugget Kulik spinning in between the runway show!

When: Tuesday: 12/9/14

Where: The Flats on Carson (1500 East Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203)

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We love to make a spectacle. So look for our sexy window model Emily Geary modeling various signature looks from the one and only Victorias Secret!

Arbonne Makeup will be onsite giving out makeup samples and a will also giving away a gift basket of goodies!

All proceeds from contests and raffles benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Dressy attire is encouraged and we will have a BEST DRESSED contest with a cash prize to the best runway look!

The perfect Thanksgiving cocktail: Cran-Apple Cider

What’s a celebration without the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail? Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, or don’t want to show up empty handed, this super easy infusion recipe might even turn into a annual tradition!

 

For this deliciously easy infusion recipe you’ll need to first infuse some cranberry vodka. Simply cut half a 12 oz bag of cranberries in half and place them in a large glass jar or infusion tank and fill with 1 bottle of Clique Vodka. Leave covered in a warm place for 3-4 days or until infusion has turned bright red and smells tartly of cranberries (if you need to infuse faster, just use the whole bag!). Strain out the cranberries and funnel your infusion back into the original bottle so you can fit a pour spout- which will make the layering a whole lot easier!

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A special Thanksgiving cocktail needs a special garnish, and while this one looks complicated, brûléed cranberries are actually very easy to make. Spear 5 or so cranberries onto a sword or any other kind of pick, making sure that the tip (especially if using plastic!) is covered by a berry. Rinse the cranberries in water to wet, then sprinkle on a 50/50 mix of cinnamon and sugar to coat. Lightly brûlée (run the flame over gently) with a brûlée torch for a few seconds, rotating the pick as you go. If you don’t have a brûlée torch, one of those long grill/ candle lighters works well also, it might just take a few seconds longer.  The sugar will start to caramelize around the cranberries creating a delightful sweet crunch contrasting the tarty berry. Even though these only take a few seconds to make, I would suggest torching them ahead of time for faster cocktail serving (unless you really want to impress those in-laws of course!).

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Now for the Thanksgiving cocktail itself! To make the “Cran-Apple Cider,” simply fill a glass with ice 3/4 of the way with locally made apple cider, then slowly add 1 1/4 oz cranberry infused Clique Vodka, holding the pour spout very close to the side of the glass so it falls down to the bottom creating a festive dual color Thanksgiving cocktail! Place your brûléed cranberry spear on top and join in the festivities!

 

Expert Tip: If you want to include the little ones, substitute the cranberry infused Clique Vodka with cranberry juice!

Some look at Bartending as a Job, others make it a Lifestyle…

With the help of a guy trying to sound like Morgan Freeman comes a video about bartending. Specifically, a bartender. Bartending is more than simply making drinks for customers, its an art of flavors, showmanship and a passion for creating not only great cocktails but an experience for customers. Shane Markley is driven and passionate in all the pursuits of his life and it especially shines through in his bartending career.

A portion of this video was shot in the Clique Vodka headquarters. Shane has definitely poured a lot of cocktails for Clique so feel free to show him some love too!

Up the Boos for your Halloween Happy Hour!

Not sure what to serve at your Halloween party or just need a quick pre-game cocktail before Halloween Happy Hour? These 5 Halloween cocktails will have you full of boos and ready to party!

1. Pumpkin-Tini

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You can’t go wrong with this classic recipe, and with just 5 minutes of prep, it’s a snap to serve! Perfect For: A quick cocktail to have with dinner, or as you get ready to go out!

Pumpkin-tini
1 1/2 oz Clique Vodka
1 1/2 oz pumpkin mix*
Add both ingredients to an ice filled cocktail tin and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with whipped cream and a star anise pod.

*Blend 1 can of pumpkin puree, ¼ cup cream, 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice, and ¼ cup simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water) together until consistency is even and store chilled for up to a week.

 

2. Hickory Trickery

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This savory infusion cocktail uses pumpkin infused Clique Vodka and hickory smoke for a delightfully spooky cocktail! Perfect For: Halloween parties!

 

Hickory Trickery

1 1/2 oz Pumpkin Infused Clique Vodka*
¼ oz simple syrup
2 oz orange juice
.2g hickory wood chips

Add pumpkin infused Clique Vodka to an empty bottle and fill with hickory smoke from a smoking gun. Cap the bottle and shake until the smoke disappears. Pour 1 ¼ oz of the pumpkin infused Clique Vodka, simple syrup and freshly squeezed orange juice to a short glass with ice and roll (by transferring contents to a cocktail tin and back) to combine.

 

*For the pumpkin infused Clique Vodka: Cut a sugar or baking pumpkin in half and remove all the seeds and stringy flesh. Sprinkle the pumpkin halves with mix of 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until soft. Let the pumpkin cool before cubing the flesh and adding to a large glass tank or pitcher with 2 bottles of Clique Vodka and 1 split vanilla bean. Stir a few times a day for 3-4 days or until the infusion has turned a brilliant orange color and smells sweet. 

 

3. Pixie Tricks

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Need a sugar fix quick? This pixie dust rimmed cocktail is perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth! Perfect For: Anytime!

 

Pixie Tricks

 2 oz Clique Vodka

 ¼ oz lime juice

 ¾ oz cranberry juice

 4 pixie sticks

First rim a cocktail glass with pixie stick dust by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim, and dipping in pixie dust. Then, in cocktail tin shake the other two pixie sticks, vodka, lime and cranberry juice until very cold, and strain into glass.

*You can also convert this cocktail to a shooter by shaking and straining 1 oz Clique Vodka, ¼ oz lime, ¼ oz cranberry and 1 pixie stick. 

4. Mad- Eye Martini

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This light and fruit cocktail is far more delicate than it looks! Perfect for: Zombies!

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 2 oz Clique Vodka

½ oz blueberry schnapps

½ oz lychee juice

Strawberry jam

Chill all ingredients in a cocktail tin and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. To garnish- add a bit of strawberry jam and a drop of grenadine to the inside of the lychee, and squish in a blueberry. Spear the whole thing and balance on the rim.

5. Corny-Tini

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A liquid version of your favorite Halloween candy! Perfect for: Candy Corn Lovers!

Corny-Tini

3 oz Candy Corn Infused Clique Vodka*

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass to serve.

*Add ½ cup candy corn and 1 ½ cups of Clique Vodka to a clean glass jar and shake well. Candy should dissolve in about 3 hours.

How to make pixie syrup for cocktails

Everyone knows that candy is the best part of Halloween- now you can turn it into a cocktail! This simple pixie syrup recipe is easy to make and can be made into cocktails, martinis or shooters for your big Halloween bash!

1. Sort your pixies

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You can choose to make whatever colors you want, but I suggest making them all!

 

2. Cut the sticks

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I find that each stick has a varying amount of pixie dust in there, so I just lay ’em out on a cutting board and chop right through. Be sure to clean the board off in between each color and pat it dry for the next round.

 

3. Get some simple going

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Add equal parts sugar and water to a pot and heat (and stir!) until all the sugar is dissolved, then cut the heat. I like to make 1 big batch, then split it up into quarters to add the pixie dust. Just dump in however much dust you have and stir until dissolved. Obviously the more dust you throw in compared to the amount of simple, the more flavorful your pixie syrups will be, but since they add varying amounts of each color to the bag, I usually just portion the simple to however much of each color dust I have.

 

4. Mix it

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You can keep you pixie syrup refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, and when it comes to making cocktails the possibilities are endless! Try substituting pixie syrup for regular simple syrup in any recipe, or try a combination of flavors! You can mix Clique Vodka, pixie syrup and lemon juice for a delicious candied sour over the rocks, or shake it up for a pixie lemondrop! Try mixing it with Clique Vodka over ice and top it off with a corresponding flavored soda (ie: purple with grape soda, orange with orange soda) for a bright and vibrant candy cocktail, or shake some up with Clique Vodka and lemonade and pour out into shots! Try taking it one step further and dip the rim of the glass in some pixie syrup first the in a pile of pixie dust to coat!

Don’t have time to whip up a batch of pixie syrup? No problem, try this quick infusion recipe for “Pixie Tricks!”

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Top 5 tools every home bar should have

Whether your experimenting with new cocktail trends or just love a good Martini, having the right tools (and knowing how to use them!) in your home bar makes crafting a great cocktail about a zillion times easier. Worried about breaking the bank? Fret not- you should be able to pick up everything on this list for less than $25, so no excuses!

 

1. Cocktail tin & mixing glass

Home Bar Essentials: Cocktail tin and mixing glass

Forget those awkward 3 piece shakers- they don’t hold more than one drink at a time, and if you accidentally (?) get too much of a chill on the contents, the tin and middle piece will actually expand- making it nearly impossible to pull them apart until they warm up.  When shaking with a tin and mixing glass simply cap the tin with the glass, making sure that the tin and glass are at straight as can be on one side. Shake (always glass on top!) until your tin is nice and frosty, then hold the tin with both hands and push the straight side of the glass with both thumbs to unlock them. Never tap or bang the glass on anything to unlock them- the chance of the glass breaking is pretty high, and we don’t take kindly to pouring liquor down the drain at my house!

 

2. Hawthorne strainer

Every home bar should have one of these!

The Hawthorne is commonly referred to as a standard strainer because it’s very versatile and cheap. When you cap the tin with it, there is a small semi-circle of metal the sticks up- you can push on it to bring the strainer closer to the lip of the tin so smaller pieces of ice, fruit or herbs down’t sneak into the drink.

 

3. Muddler

Stainless steel muddlers are the easiest to keep clean

Also meant to be used with the mixing glass and tin, a muddler is used to press the essential oils out of herbs, or to crush fruit. You always want to muddle in the tin rather than the mixing glass because there is more traction, and I highly suggest picking one with teeth so you have the option to crush harder fruits like pears or cucumbers more easily than a flat ended muddler. If you do prefer a flat ended muddler- make sure you don’t pick one of those super cheap wooden ones with lacquer or varnish on it- it will flake off into your drink!

 

4. Bar Spoon

Even if you don’t see yourself layering any fancy shooters in the near future, a good cocktail spoon is essential for stirring drinks with out bruising (filling with tiny air bubbles) and sure does make getting just one olive out of the jar far less complicated!

 

5. Citrus Press

No home bar should buy citrus juice!

If you pick up a good one, a citrus press can last for years- again be wary of ones that are painted, the acid will break down the paint eventually. It also pays to look for one with a good amount of holes in it, but if you opt for a stainless steel one, you can always add a few more with a drill.

 

What are you mixing up at your home bar? Tag your Instagram pics with #CliqueShots and let us see!

Clu’s Booze puts Clique Vodka to the Test…

When it comes to vodka, Clique fears no competitor. Doesn’t matter if their bottle is super fancy, expensive, distilled 10+ times, 100+ years old, etc. What separates Clique Vodka from the rest is not just the appearance, but, the actual quality of the vodka itself. This is why we encourage all, anyone out there, to put Clique to the test.

Stop over to Clu’s Booze’s YouTube channel to see more of her videos reviewing other liquors and cocktails.

What’s 10x better than a Moscow Mule? A Latvian one of course!

Who doesn’t love a good Moscow mule? They’re spicy, citrusy, and if made properly, super cold due to the traditional copper mug. It’s almost silly to think you could improve on the classic cocktail, but we did! Here are step by step instructions on how to make a Latvian Mule- Made with Latvian Clique Vodka, it’s spicier with fresh ginger juice and uses almost an entire lime- and of course it’s super cold after we crush the ice! Let’s begin:

A great moscow mule starts with fresh ginger!

The secret to any good cocktail is using fresh ingredients, so instead of relying on ginger beer to give us that spicy gingery kick- we’re upping the ante with fresh ginger. Choose a whole hand that is firm without any bruises or discoloration.

 

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To make peeling easier, cut the hand into smaller pieces.

 

Peel ginger with a spoon

Use a spoon to peel as much of the skin as possible off the fingers.

 

if you don;t have a juicer- use a blender!

If you have a juicer- great! This would be the time to use it, but if you don’t- just toss them into a blender and pulse, slowly adding up to a 1/4 cup of water to get things moving. Blend until you have a nice even consistency

ginger-juice-for-moscow-mulesStrain through a fine mesh to catch all the little pieces and wha-la! Ginger juice!

 

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Fresh lime is essential for our Latvian Mule, but we want to reserve the middle slice for the garnish.

 

To make the “Q,” cut a tiny wedge from one of the lime halves, then cut out the middle section of skin and insert it into a small slice in the lime wheel!

 

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To make sure our Latvian Mule is way colder than those other Moscow mules, crush the ice cubes with a meat tenderizer inside a lewis bag, then wrap the opening of the bag around the mug and pack in the ice!

 

Ta-Da! A Latvian Mule!

To finish off our mule, shake 1 1/2 oz Clique Vodka, the juice of the lime ends, and 1-2 barspoons of ginger juice (depending on how spicy you like it) in a cocktail tin over ice, the strain onto your copper mug snow cone. Top with ginger beer, and cut a small slice in the bottom of the lime “Q” to sit it on the lip! Once sip of this baby and there’s no denying that our Latvian version blows every other Moscow mule right out of the mug! Cheers!

celebrate labor day with the real maguire

Labor day weekend is upon us, and we all know what that means- Sunday Funday cocktails!! We work hard all year round so it seems natural to find a reason to celebrate even if we don’t know who exactly came up with the idea ( was it Peter J. Maguire, co-founder of the Federal Labor Union, or Matthew McGuire, secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J.??). Either way- props to both them, get on your seersucker suits or white dresses and celebrate with:

Try this deliciously easy Labor day cocktail!

The secret to this drink is having a concentrated mixer since we’ll be using soda water, or seltzer, as well- that way you still end up with a lot of flavor without a diluted cocktail. For large parties and cookouts, I would love to squeeze my own lemon juice for lemonade, but it really isn’t  economic, let alone practical, so best way to make concentrated lemonade is to use powder, but only use half the recommended amount of water per batch. Add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka to a glass filled with ice, add an ounce or two of lemonade, and the same amount of soda water. To garnish, throw in a few slices of plucot ( or any red plum), blueberries and a couple strips of fresh lemon zest for zing and there you go: “The Real Maguire!” You can even make large batches in a pitcher ahead of time so guests can just serve themselves, or just place the garnishes in separate dishes next to the mixers so they can create their own colorful cocktail combo! Whichever method you choose- remember to raise a glass and celebrate all your hard work!

Check out the #Mixbook for more holiday weekend recipes, there’s dozens to choose from!

 

Phil Laboon turns Wedding Disaster into a Way to Help Others…

One of the most unfortunate parts of the human experience is heart break, and at one point in our lives, we’ve all had to deal with it. What’s even worse, it can come at any time, especially when you least expect it. This can be brought on by the loss of a pet or loved one, your favorite TV show getting cancelled mid-season, or a relationship not working out with your significant other. How you handle the heart break is what truly defines your character. Sorry everyone, cuddling up and drowning your sorrows with a bottle of vodka is never the answer.

So let’s introduce a good friend of our business, Phil Laboon. Phil was set to be married in just a few days on August 31st, but, due to some undisclosed reasons, the wedding was called off. What’s even worse, more than $15,000 was already spent on the wedding’s reception! Could you imagine not only having to deal with the heart ache of an estranged engagement but also the extreme heart ache of your new bank account deficit…

In a world where everyone is pouring buckets of ice on their head in the name of charity, history has never presented a better time to continue raising awareness for other charitable organizations. And that is exactly where the silver lining of this story lies. As opposed to instinctively running to the wide open arms of that dark cloud of depression, Laboon instead found a positive way to use his special day to help heal others. Now, on what would have been Laboon’s wedding reception he will instead host a charity event benefiting Surgicorps International, an organization who provides free surgical and medical care to disadvantaged individuals around the world.

When life hands you lemons, make LemonAID” is the theme behind the event and 100% of the proceeds will be going to benefit Surgicorps. To read more about the story please read the more in depth WPXI article. The event for August 31st is sold out but there will soon be another event coming up on October 10th, 2014. For now, we urge our readers to do one of two things: donate directly to the cause or share this article with a friend. Sharing costs nothing more than a small bit of your time…

Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein

A Trip Down Memory Lane on this Throwback Thursday

Every single day, you add pictures, videos, and more to your social networks and Thursdays have become the unofficial-official day to take a stroll down memory lane. If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. Throwback Thursday is an important day, a day to reflect on life and all the fun you’ve had. No need to dwell on past events, celebrate them and prepare to create new memories with the future.

Today, we’re taking a stroll down Memory Lane looking all the way back into the past to where it all started, with the very first shipment…

How to make herbal sugars for rimming

 

We all know how a cinnamon sugar rim can take a fresh apple-tini to a new level- so why stop there? Using dried herbs to make herbal sugars is super easy, and will take classics to a whole new level! Let get started:

 

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Add a few pinches of dried herb to a mortar (or spice grinder if you have one). Only have fresh herbs?  No problem- check out the last post on How to Dry Herbs from the Growing a Cocktail Garden series. You can use any dried herb you like, but here I used rosemary.

 

 

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Grind the herb into a fine powder- you want the end result to be about the size of sugar granules so they will blend together.

 

How to use dried herbs in cocktails

Add sugar and grind again to blend. Feel free to play around and see what proportions you prefer-  sometimes you may only want a hint of extra flavor for the sugar, but for simple cocktails that need a bold touch you can use up to a 50/50 mix like the one pictured. Store your herbal sugar in an airtight container for up to 6 months before the herbs start losing their flavor, or try them out right away!

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To perfectly rim a glass with your herbal sugar, pour just enough of it to cover one tray of a cocktail rimmer (f you don’t have one just use a small plate or saucer), and another with simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water, then cooled). Place whatever glass you would like to rim in the tray of simple syrup and gently rotate to ensure even coverage, the repeat in the sugar. Place it aside to dry a bit while you prepare your cocktail.

 

Rosemary herbal sugar rimmed lemondrop

What kinds of cocktails go well with herbal sugar rims? Lemondrop martinis are an excellent choice for summer (Click here for some great recipes!), as is anything citrusy (like a cosmopolitan) or crisp (Clique and soda water) but the possibilities are endless! Don’t just stick to rosemary either! Try using different blends of herbs, or try 2 different sugars on 1 cocktail to test out different flavor combinations. Other great herbs to use in herbal sugars include: dill, oregano, thyme, mint, sage or basil. Try experimenting and don’t forget to tag those Instagram photos with #CliqueShots to win!

Hanging at the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Annual “Summer Safari”

Each year, Clique Vodka sponsors a great event at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Summer Safari. Guests enjoyed one wild night at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Friday, July 25th! Party-goers strolled through the Zoo while enjoying live entertainment, delicious food provided by premier regional restaurants and the Zoo’s award-winning exhibits.

If you missed this year’s event, do not worry. Summer Safari 2015 is right around the corner… sort of. Keep up-to-date with the Zoo’s upcoming events.

This video was shot and edited by Tom Larkin. New clients have the ability to have their own Project Progress Portals which are personalized and password protected super-hubs for projects you have booked with Tom Larkin.

Meet Mary Doodles, She Doodles on YouTube

A lot of artists do not take advantage of all the wonders of our modern world. The internet provides free services at our disposal that gives anyone the ability to showcase their work for the whole world to see. As more people begin to figure out all of the tools that are at our disposal, the competitive edge grows and great works of art can be completely diluted if not presented in the right way. But then there are those who find a way to stand out from the rest…

Mary Doodles is an artist, actress and maker of things. Merging art and video, her time lapsed paintings on Youtube have drawn an online following of young artists and fans alike. In 2011 she launched her own Youtube channel and quickly built an audience. She was featured by Youtube’s On the Rise program and has since made video art for Disney, Tribeca, and a variety of musicians.

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It’s all about having fun. It doesn’t matter if I’m painting, shooting video or being an idiot on stage in front of friends and horrified strangers. But the coolest thing about making art of any sort is the way it connects people. What I make is not just for me. I want to entertain you, whether you’re peering over my shoulder or loading my picture in your browser. So thank you.” -Mary

Growing a cocktail garden: Part 3- Drying Herbs

You cocktail garden should be in full bloom at this point (refer to How to Grow A Cocktail Garden: Part 1 or 2 to catch up!), but what if you have more herbs than you can use or give away? Simple- dry them! Dried herbs fresh from the garden have way more flavor than anything you can buy in the store and keep that flavor for up to a whole year! There are literally a zillion uses for dried herbs in cooking, baking and cocktailing, so why not make sure your garden goes to use all year round!?!

Step 1: Snip your herbs.

Drying herbs- snip the best sprigs above any offshoots Most herbs have the most flavor in the early morning hours, so try rubbing or breaking a leaf or needle and smell it to make sure they are super fragrant.  Be sure to pick the best looking sprigs, and make sure you use sharp scissors or pruning shears to make a crisp cut right above any offshoots so they will continue to grow. Don’t worry about hurting the plant, as long as you only cut 1/4 of the foliage it will actually stimulate the plant to grow bigger! You’ll want to make sure there are no dirt or bugs on the plants, so thoroughly rinse them in cold water then pat completely dry with paper towels.

Step 2: Bundle your herbs.

How to dry fresh herbs- bundle them. Bundle loosely with string or hemp cord. If you have a lot of herbs to dry, split them up into smaller bundles.

Step 3: Place them in a paper bag.

Dry herbs upside down in a paper bag The best bags are the ones liquor bottles come in, so make sure you are saving them every time you buy a bottle of Clique Vodka! Store the bags upright in a warm dark place like the pantry or closet. Different herbs will dry differently but in the summer heat most will take about a week.

Step 4: Store them properly.

Store dried herbs in airtight containers Airtight jars or canisters work very well to keep out unwanted moisture. You can pluck the leaves from the stems, or keep them intact- just remember that once a leaf is crushed the flavor will start to dissipate.   Not quite sure how to use dried herbs in cocktails? Stay tuned for the followup post on Making Herbal Sugars!

Exclusive Premiere: Watch Cam’ron’s “So Bad” Video ft Nicki Minaj

Yesterday, Cam’ron gave Funk Flex the green light to release the revamp of his 2012 Yummy Bingham-track, “So Bad.” We have been anxiously awaiting the drop of this video for some very obvious reasons. On the new track, Cam’ron added some new verses as well as one from Nicki Minaj. Complex just released the exclusive premiere of the new music video directed by Antwan Smith. This will appear on Cam’s First Of The Month Vol. 2 EP coming soon.


Here is more from COMPLEX:

“As always, Cam shows love to his hometown with some stunning aerial views of New York City. But the real story in the video? Trying to nab an apartment that runs $20,000 a month but having to go through the owner, played by Nicki. Thanks to some solid green screen action, we get four minutes of epic shade from her, while Cam nails some serious dance moves and pours up some Clique Vodka.

Cam gives love to Baby and Cash Money on his verse, and shows his romantic side with lines like “I was dealing, ma/Introduced you to dealing, ma/You ain’t even know a fan could go up on the ceiling, ma.” Meanwhile, Nicki reps her NYC roots and teases Cam on her verse: “You was telling my mother you loved me all the time/Pink Range you was pushing, that was sorta mine/Late night New York fried chicken spots and all/125 and Lenox outside the mall/Now you running round fronting like you paid in full/My nigga, you ain’t Rico, this ain’t Paid in Full.”

 

You can grab the full EP exclusively on iTunes here!

 

See the Trailer for Cam’ron’s “So Bad” Video featuring Nicki Minaj

Here is something that has been under wraps for quite some time now. Dipset fans may have noticed the reemergence of Cam’ron recently. Back in May, Complex dropped the video featuring Cam’ron and A-Trak for the song Dipsh*ts. Today, Complex released the trailer for Cam’ron’s “So Bad” Video f/ Nicki Minaj and Yummy. Give the trailer a look and let us know if you see anything…

Watch the Exclusive Premiere of Cam’ron’s “So Bad” ft. Nicki Minaj

After waiting on the song for years, Cam’ron gave Funkmaster Flex the green light to release his previously unreleased collaboration with Nicki Minaj from 2012 titled, “So Bad.” The track feels like a real throwback, reminding listeners of Cam’s classic song “Oh Boy,” while Nicki comes through with a standout feature verse, rapping, “Ayo Cam I’m the baddest bi**h, you was acting mad happy when you bagged this bi**h.”

 

Looking forward to the release of the video tomorrow! Stay tuned…

Insane 3D Graffiti Murals by Odeith

Odeith is an internationally known graffiti artist from Portugal who has been writing since the 80’s. He is most known for his 3D wall murals, but also does murals featuring pictures of faces, or unique landscapes. He was pioneer in this original form to draw 3D letters on different surfaces, corners or 90 degrees walls passing to the ground creating an optical illusion effect (anamorphic art).
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All PA Wine and Spirits Stores are Running a Promotion for July!

Just in time for all of the summer fun, if you live in Pennsylvania, you’re in luck with the July summer sale. Stock up now for your cookouts, campfires, pool parties, boat parties, or just party parties, who doesn’t like to save money!?

Through the end of the month of July, all bottles of Clique Vodka are on sale with this $2 off coupon. This printed coupon is valid at any Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits store.

This discount is only valid with the printed coupon!
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Philly Photo Shoot with designer Ayasa Afi

Coming up on the Style Never Sleeps fashion mixer in Philadelphia with Ayasa Afi. Ayasa Afi’s goal as a fashion designer is to create garments that are simple, elegant, flirty, and chic. She believes that modesty can be sexy. It is not necessary to reveal all of your body to the world. Ayasa Afi believes that “people spend most of their time trying to look like celebrities while celebrities spend most of their time trying to be unique icons of beauty and fashion”.

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Ayasa Afi was born and raised in Philadelphia PA, by her Liberian father, and African American mother. The upbringing with African, and African-American heritage allowed Ayasa Afi to see life with a worldly view. Her parents gave her the guidance, and vision to not only chase one goal, but to follow all of her dreams. Fashion designing and creating came natural to Ayasa Afi since her grandmother and mother were seamstresses. At the age of 12, Ayasa designed her first garment and has never looked back. Ayasa Afi started designing and making clothes for fellow classmates while attending The Philadelphia School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).

Years later, Ayasa Afi has increased her expertise and knowledge of the fashion business tenfold. Ayasa Afi constructs her own designs. She was hired as an Assistant Booker at one the world’s top modeling agencies, Elite Modeling. Ayasa Afi has also worked for renowned fashion designer, Donna Karan. As a fashion designer she has very little limitations and there is very little she hasn’t done. She has designed for weddings, recording artists, as well as styled photo shoots on the East Coast.

How to make a Strawberry Shrub

Condensing the flavor of seasonal ripe fruit, then preserving it with vinegar is know as a shrub, and is an easy way to add flavor to cocktails well after the growing season is over. Today I’ll be showing you how to make a strawberry shrub, but you can use any high water content fruit you wish- plums, peaches, watermelon and pineapple all work great for shrubs! In order to maximize the flavor of our shrub, we will first be making a strong strawberry syrup using the cold method. Most people are more familiar with the hot method of making simple syrup (dissolving 1 part sugar in 1 part hot flavored water), because it’s faster, but the cold method draws out far more flavor and can be used more sparingly in cocktails.

Step 1:

Cut the tops off of clean, ripe strawberries and cut them into quarters (You’ll need 1 cup).
How to make a strawberry shrub: cut strawberries

 

Step 2:

Add 1 cup of white granulated sugar and toss well. You want each strawberry quarter to be completely covered.

Strawberry Shrub: Toss 1 cup quartered strawberries in 1 cup of sugar
Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for about 2 days, occasionally scraping the sugar off the bottom and tossing until all the sugar has dissolved and looks like this:

How to make preserve fruit by making a shrub

Step 3:

From here you can choose to strain out the strawberries and keep your strawberry syrup in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or you can continue to step 4 and turn it into a shrub which will last for about a year. If you’ve never tried either, I would suggest reserving a small amount of syrup so you can compare the two side by side.

How to make fruit syrups using the cold method

Step 4:

Add 1 cup of vinegar stir well, cover again and let sit in the fridge for up to 5 days. I used Champagne vinegar for the strawberries, since they go so well together, but you can use any type you want!
Add 1 cups vinegar to turn your strawberry syrup into a shrub

Step 5:

You can choose to strain out the strawberries, or keep them in there for a few days to use as cocktail garnishes or as a delightful addition to summer salads!

How to make fruit shrubs for cocktails

What do you do with fresh fruit shrubs? Add a bit to a Clique Vodka and soda or ginger ale for a delicious summer cocktail, add a splash to a classic Lemondrop or Cosmopolitan, or try this amazing recipe from the #MixBook!:

"Worth the Wait" cocktail recipe from Clique Vodka's MixBook!

Wonderland – The Abandoned Theme Park…

“Wonderland” is a huge theme park in China, which was never completed and is now abandoned. Photographer Catherine Hyland has made a video and photographs of this gigantic project with a strange atmosphere.

Construction work at the park, which developers had promised would be “the largest amusement park in Asia,” stopped around 1998 after disagreements with the local government and farmers over property prices. Developers briefly tried to restart construction in 2008, but without success.

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The Clown Motel is where Nightmares come to Life!

Off in the middle of Nevada, in a never before heard of town called Tonopah, lies a motel built to steer away coulrophobics. This is the Clown Motel where nightmares come to life.

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But wait, it gets even scarier! Take a look inside:

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This picture was posted on Yelp with the caption “Door Clowns. Keeps vampires away”

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And if all of that is not scary enough, the motel is located next to an equally frightening dilapidated cemetery.

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Surprisingly enough, the Yelp reviews have all been favorable…

True Artist “Frzy” Appears on 16orBetter Cypher on Thisis50.com

Pittsburgh hip hop artist, Frzy, showed up in a video just released from Thisis50.com‘s YouTube page. Frzy is not hard to miss, coming in around the 3:55 mark on the video showing love and supporting with a Clique Vodka t-shirt. Also on the cypher is Chey Lanay, Cortez Casher, and Feli Fame. It is apparent after watching the video that Jack Thriller saved the best for last… Check out the whole video or you can jump straight to Frzy’s Freestyle at the 3:55 minute mark.

To learn more about Frzy and the other sponsored artists, visit: True Artists

How to make your own sweet tea vodka in 10 minutes!

Sweet tea vodka comes in many different flavors and sizes (and prices!)- but they all have one thing in common: they’re too sweet. Syrupy sweet- and unless you have the diet of a hummingbird (no judgment here if you do!) they can be pretty hard to stomach- especially if you’re planning on mixing it with premixed lemonade, and they never come in our favorite flavors like green tea, chamomile, or rooibos. The simple solution- make your own!  I’m sure you never tried it before because “it takes too long,” and you are right. Leaving a bottle of deliciously clean tasting vodka on the counter for days is just plain torture, but now you can have your own sweet (or not!) tea vodka in any flavor you want in less than 10 minutes! Here’s how: Make sweet tea vodka in 10 minutes with a vacuum pot! First step- get yourself a vacuum pot. Traditionally used to make fantastic coffee, the brilliance of the vacuum pot is that no steam (or in this case alcohol) can escape, making sure you end up with as much of your fantastic brew as possible.   Make any flavor sweet tea vodka you want! Pour a bottle of Clique Vodka into the bottom chamber and add loose tea to the top. You can use any kind you want- in this case I used my favorite brand of raspberry tea and simply cut the bags open and emptied the tea into the pot. Removing the tea from the bag allows each granule of tea to be completely surrounded by the vodka for maximum exposure, and that’s very important with a vacuum pot since the vodka will only be infusing for a minute or two.   The sweet tea vodka only takes seconds to infuse! Turn the burner on high- and don’t move! They say a watched kettle never boils, but in this case it will- and quickly! As the vodka starts to boil, it will slowly move up the glass tube and settle in the top pot. Wait until only a few millimeters of vodka remain in the bottom, then cut the heat and move the post off the burner. Some of the remaining vodka will move up, but not all- don’t worry about that. The best sweet tea vodka is made right at home! After about 20 seconds you’ll see a violent bubbling start on the top and then- Whoosh! All the now infused tea vodka will slowly start to drip back into the bottom pot. Wait until all of the vodka has drained, then remove the top section. Ta-DA! now you have your own tea infused vodka and it only took minutes!   Home made sweet tea vodka in a classic John Daly! Sweeten it to your liking using simple syrup, honey, agave, or maple syrup and enjoy it on the rocks with a squeeze of lemon, or stick to the tried and true “John Daly” (pictured above) with this recipe: Add 1 1/2 oz tea infused vodka to a tall glass with ice and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Add about 1/4 oz simple syrup (more if you like it sweet!) and slowly top with water to keep the drink vibrantly separated while you serve! Garnish with a lemon wheel and bring on the garden party!

Consider these Smart Phone Apps Before Going Out Tonight and Driving

It is a simple request to everyone who reads this – please do not drink and drive. We are all very aware of the many dangers brought on by drinking and driving yet many still make the irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel when they know they should not.

It is time to take advantage and embrace the future. You have no excuse, never before have these options been readily available for you to take advantage of. Hoping to hail a taxi or finding a last minute hotel room are now a thing of the past. If you need a ride, you can easily get a ride and all you need is your phone.

Uber

The Uber app connects you with a driver at the tap of a button. When you request a ride, they’ll find a driver and let you track their location on the map.

Lyft


Lyft offers affordable rides whenever you need one. Request a ride with the tap of a button, and get picked up by a driver within minutes.

Sidecar


The new Sidecar allows riders to choose the vehicle, the driver and the price, tailoring every ride for any occasion.

Ridejoy


Share rides with friendly people.

Driving Alliance


(Los Angeles Residents) Driving Alliance is a non-profit, tax-exempt public charitable group that aims at reducing the amount of drunk drivers by providing a FREE designated ride, thus encouraging individuals not to drink and drive, and in turn reducing the amount of DUI and DUI related fatalities.

Most major cities have a local program similar to the DrivingAlliance.org. Take a minute, give your city a Google, and properly prepare for when you go out for a few cocktails.

Heading out to eat? Why not BYOV?

We’re all familiar with the BYOB concept (it’s when you bring you own booze to a restaurant or eatery without a liquor licence), but if you’re heading out with a bunch of friends that can get pretty pricey. Why not BYOV (Bring Your Own Vodka!) and drink better while saving some cash! Afraid that a restaurant that doesn’t serve booze can’t make great cocktails? These 6 simple recipes can be made at any place that serves even the most basic beverages, so order up a couple glasses of mixers and do it yourself!

1. Clique Vodka Greyhound

BYOV Cocktails: Clique Greyhound
This classic cocktail only has 2 ingredients: Clique Vodka and grapefruit juice! Squeeze in some fresh lime juice for a bit more acidity!

2. Clique & Lemonade

BYOV Cocktails: Clique and Lemonade
Top off a summer favorite with an ounce of Clique Vodka for a refreshing cocktail that pairs with just about anything!

3. Clique Screwdriver

BYOV Cocktails: Screwdriver
Everyone know a bit of fresh orange juice is always better with a little Clique Vodka! If you want to add a bit more flavor add some cranberry and it becomes a:

4. Clique Madras

BYOV Cocktails: Madras
This fruity cocktail had been around forever- and for a good reason!

5. Clique Buck

BYOV Cocktails: Clique Buck
What happens when you add a bit of Clique Vodka to a ginger ale? Wonderful things if you can get your hand on a wedge of lime too!

6. Clique Vodka Rose Kennedy

BYOV Cocktails: Rose Kennedy
Clique Vodka and soda with a splash of cranberry for some color goes great with lime too!

Send us over some shots of you and your Clique sharing some delicious BYOV cocktails at your favorite spot by tagging your Instagram photos with #Cliqueshots! Who knows, you could even be randomly selected to receive a free custom shot glass with your pic on it!

Want another cool way to enjoy Clique Vodka when you go out? Try picking up a Shotpak or two!

Memorable Memorial Day Cocktails!

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off today and you’ve already picked up the burgers, dogs and corn- but what about the cocktails!?! No worries- here are some totally memorable Memorial Day cocktails you can whip up in no time!

1. Koolin’ the Gang

Memorail Day Cocktails: Kool'n The Gang

This festive cocktail is super easy to prepare!  Simply make 2 batches of Kool-Aid (both red and blue), then pour them into ice cube trays and freeze. When it’s time to serve- just throw some into a glass along with some regular ice cubes, add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka, and top with club or lemon lime soda for a red, white and blue cocktail that will actually taste better as the ice melts!

 

2. The Partystarter

Memorial Day Cocktails: Partystarter Punch

Having a lot of people over for a Memorial Day cookout? Let the guests serve themselves with this holiday punch! The night before, find a container that is roughly 1/3 the size of your punch bowl and fill it water water and citrus slices before freezing. To serve: Add 1 bottle Clique Vodka, 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 cups ginger syrup*, 2 cups cranberry juice and 2 cups soda water to the punch bowl and place your mega-cube inside. Grate fresh nutmeg over the top as a garnish! The beat part about this recipe is that you can get creative with it- try switching out the mixers or try a different flavored syrup, as long at the proportions stay the same the punch will always come out perfect!

*Ginger Syrup: bring 1/2 cups of peeled and chopped ginger to a boil with 1 1/4 cups of water. Cut the heat and let steep 10 minutes before stirring in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved. Let ginger syrup cool before straining.

 

 3. Executive Decision

Memorial Day Cocktails: Executive Decision

This easy infusion cocktail is always a great Memorial Day cocktail that is sure to please! Start by zesting 6 medium sized lemons, then add the zest to an empty bottle, fill with Clique Vodka and shake well. Shake a few times a day for a day or two- until the lemon infused vodka has turned bright yellow color and tastes delicious! For the cocktail- Add 1 1/4 oz lemon infused Clique Vodka, 1/3 oz blue curacao, and  1/4 oz fresh lemon juice to an ice filled glass and top with white cranberry juice!

 

 

4.Midsummer Swim

Memorial Day Cocktails: Midsummer Swim

This tropical blue cocktail is perfect for lounging outside! In a cocktail tin shake: 1 1/2 z Clique Vodka, 1/4 oz coconut cream (available in any supermarket), 1/2 oz blue curacao and 1/4 oz pineapple juice. Strain into a cocktail glass and sip your way to an imaginary beach!

 

 

 

Growing a Cocktail Garden: Part 2

Now that your soil is prepped and your seedling are starting to grow (See Growing a Cocktail Garden: Part 1), it’s time to start the most important part: Planting!

I know it sounds easy enough, but there are a few factors that you will want to take into consideration when planting:

 

1. Height

Planting a Cocktail Garden: Consider plant height
It seems obvious to make sure the plants that will grow taller are in the back and the shorter ones up front, but you should also consider adding some stepping stones if the taller ones (like purple basil, lavender, and rosemary) will be the ones you use most often. Also- not all of your seedlings will be ready plant at the same time- so make sure you save room!

 

2. Spacing

Planting a Cocktail Garden: Consider Spacing
Plants need room to grow- is they are too close they will compete with each other for root space and light, so make sure they are properly spaced. Allow extra room for plants like Oregano (pictured above) which will spread out over the season.

 

3. Required Sunlight

Planting a Cocktail Garden: Consider Required Sun
These strawberries require partial sunlight, so instead of taking up extra space in the main garden, consider fences, patio borders or anywhere else that is in the shade most of the day.

Planting a Cocktail Garden: Use corners
Corners of fences or walls also make a great spot for plants that like partial sun.

 

4. Perennials

Planting a Cocktail Garden: Consider Perennials
Perennials are plants that will last for more that 1 growing season, maybe even flowering throughout the whole year. This is a picture of a 3 year old wormwood plant (awesome for homemade bitters!) that I sprouted from a seed. I chose to plant in a pot so that when it grows chilly in the fall I can bring it in the house so it doesn’t lose all it’s leaves and go into hibernation. If you have perennials that you would like to harvest a bit longer than they would naturally last outside, planting them in pots is a great way to preserve them a bit longer before they go dormant.

Well now that you know how to map and plant you cocktail garden seedlings, make sure you tag your Instagram pics with #CliqueShots and #CocktailGarden while we get ready for “Growing a Cocktail Garden: Part 3!”

ShotPak Premium Pouches are now using Clique Vodka

Traveling to Las Vegas for New Years Eve is an absolutely incredible experience and one I suggest to all. For a newcomer coming to the strip on NYE, there are some rules most would be unaware of. Any day of the year, you can walk up and down the Las Vegas strip with a drink in hand or even an entire bottle of liquor if you prefer. On New Years Eve, however, these rules are very different.“County and city laws ban metal and glass containers on the Strip and downtown from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Jan. 1. Police also ask revelers not to carry large backpacks or other bags that could conceal cans or bottles.” – Las Vegas Sun

Realizing that this would be an issue, I traveled to the Strip prepared with a few ShotPak’s and my night was saved. That was not the only thing that was saved that night, my bank account was saved too. Those $10 and $20 cocktails can add up quick in Las Vegas.

Issues like this constantly arise in many locations such as sporting events, the beach, concerts, on a boat etc. That is why Clique Vodka is happy to announce its partnership with the Redi-2-DrinQ™ and ShotPak STR8UP® brand. Currently they are distributed in 20 states across the US. ShotPaks are also available online.

Chef Brian Duffy from “Bar Rescue” New Restaurant Serving Clique Vodka

Chef Brian Duffy works privately as a full-time consultant, helping restaurants to stand out and be profitable in a crowded market. He (and his motorcycle) can be seen on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, where as Chef Expert he tours the country, reforming flailing businesses with his down to earth yet no-nonsense approach and “tell it like it is” style. But despite his massive success, Chef Duffy is just as excited about cooking today as he was when he first started out. I remember the first time I put my chefs jacket on, he says. That was it for me. I was hooked for life.

Chef Brian Duffy is currently at a new restaurant in Bridgeport, West Virginia, Meagher’s Irish Pub.

 

And guess what you are able to find at the bar….

Splitbreed Stopped by the Clique Vodka Studio

Splitbreed is a fun group out of Las Vegas stepping to beats that have traces of hip-hop and EDM in them along with raging for no good reason. If you fancy a good time, catch one of their shows while they are on tour!

Splitbreed was playing a show over the weekend right across the streets from where Clique Vodka is headquartered. They were invited up to the studio to hang out with us. Needless to say, it was a good night!


Want more from Splitbreed? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

Check out these top spring cocktails!

Spring is here, so why not celebrate with a nice refreshing spring cocktail? Here are the top 3  from the #MixBook:

1. Basil Lemondrop

Top Spring Cocktail #1: Basil Lemondrop

2 1/2 oz Clique Vodka

1/4 oz basil syrup*

1/2 oz lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice to chill, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish by gently slapping a sprig oif basil between your palms and rest against the rim.

*Basil syrup: Steep 15 fresh basil leaves in 2 cups of hot (but not simmering) water for 10 minutes. Strain out the basil and stir in 2 cups of sugar until dissolved, then let cool

 

 

2. Executive Decision

Top Spring Cocktail #2: Executive Decision

1 1/4 oz Lemon infused Clique Vodka*

1/3 oz Blue curacao

1/4 oz lemon juice

4 oz White cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to a tall Collins glass filled with ice, and roll, by pouring contents into a cocktail tin and back again to mix.

*Lemon infused Clique Vodka: Using a vegetable peeler, remove just the skin from about 5 medium sized lemons, and scrape off any remaining white pith gently with a knife. Add them to an empty Clique Vodka bottle and fill with Clique Vodka. Shake 3x per day for about 3 days or until the infusion has turned bright yellow.

 

 

3. Blueberry Thyme!

Top Spring Cocktail #3: Blueberry Thyme!

1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka

1/4 oz Simple Syrup*

15 Blueberries

2 Springs of fresh thyme

3 oz Soda Water

In a cocktail tin, or large glass if you don’t have one, add 1 spring of thyme, 5-6 blueberries (use a few more if you want to leave out the simple syrup), and ½ oz Clique Vodka. Using a muddler, or any kitchen utensil with a flat end on the handle, gently press the blueberries into the thyme sprig, releasing the oils and aromas from the thyme and creating a chunky puree out of the blueberries. Strain the liquid into an ice filled rocks glass and add the rest of the Clique Vodka, simple syrup, a few more blueberries and the soda water. To garnish the drink, hold the other sprig of thyme flat in your palm and smack it hard with your other hand to release the oils and aromas from the thyme leaves. Spear 3 blueberries onto the sprig and place in the cocktail.

*Simple Syrup: dissolve 1 part sugar in part hot water, then let cool.

 

 

How a Man’s Tattoo of Bill Murray lead him to meet Bill Murray!

During the filming of Dumb and Dumber To, one guy’s tattoo of Bill Murray lead him to meet, Bill Murray! But that is not the only celebrity he met along the way….

Peter Farrelly walked into a bar….

And then this happened…..


And then a couple weeks later…..

Egg white cocktails: Make a foam using nitrous oxide instead!

Egg white cocktails: We all love ’em for the silky texture and mouthfeel with the added bonus of that signature foam that gently settles on top, but most people shy away from this method due to possible cross contamination. We all know that raw egg is considered a hazardous substance in the kitchen (or bar!), and it is absolutely imperative to wash your hands after cracking and separating the eggs- adding a few minutes to the cocktail prep time for each one (which may slow the party down!). The solution: prep a batch of egg white foam in a cream whipper! It saves time because you only have to handle egg whites once (and use less of them), and the result will last for up to a dozen egg white cocktails! Let’s get started!

 

Ingredients for an egg white cocktail

We’ll need 8 oz of egg whites for this recipe, which is roughly 8 medium sized eggs, and don’t worry if you don’t use it all at once- the foam will last for 3-4 days in the fridge.

 

How to separate eggs for egg white cocktails

Start by gently tapping the center of a cold egg on the rim of a cup or bowl, then slowly transfer the yolk back and forth between the shell halves, using the jagged shell to help separate the white from the yolk.

 

Egg White Cocktails: make sure you use isolated containers!

Once you have isolated the yolk in one of the halves, add it to a small cup and save them for later (omelette anyone?). Add the egg white to a measuring cup, and start with the next one. -It’s very important to make sure that no yolk mixes in with the whites- that’s why doing it a separate container before adding to the batch will ensure you don’t have to start all over again.

 

 

Egg white cocktails? Save time with a cream whipper!

Add the egg whites to the cream whipper along with 2 oz of fresh citrus juice (lemon in this case!)  and 2 oz of cold ginger simple syrup (recipe below). Screw the top of the cream whipper on very tight, then turn an additional 1/4 turn to make sure you have a good seal. Add the charger to the housing and very slowly screw it in until the cartridge is pierced, then wait until all of the contents are injected. Slowly unscrew the cartridge housing and throw away the cartridge.

 

Egg White Cocktail Foam: Chill the mix!

Shake the whipper very well for about 45 seconds, then turn it upside down (always make sure the cream whipper is upside down when dispensing contents, otherwise you’ll just be letting the pressure out) and dispense a bit onto a large spoon. If the foam comes out runny, then the ingredients were not cold enough to start- no problem, just pop it in the fridge for a half hour.  If your foam is pleasantly fluffy- pop it into the fridge while you prepare the cocktail.

 

Egg white cocktails: Use Nitrous chargers!

 

For the cocktail itself- there are an infinite amount of possibilities to use your egg foam on, but my favorite spring treat is a basic sour! To make, just add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka to an ice filled rocks glass with 1/4 oz lemon juice, 1/4 oz lime juice and 1/4 oz ginger simple syrup. Transfer to a cocktail tin and shake a few times before pouring back into the glass. You should have about a half inch of space between the top of the cocktail and the top of the glass- carefully fill the glass with your egg white foam, and garnish with a piece of candied ginger! Try sipping just a bit of the foam for a fluffy contrast to the sour cocktail, or invite your guests to mix them together!

 

Egg white cocktails: use NO2 and flavored syrups!

You can substitute any flavored simple syrup! (like basil, or raspberry hibiscus) for both the foam and/or the cocktail.

 

Making batch flip cocktails!

 

If you love a lot of foam- try straining into a cocktail glass first!

 

*For the Ginger Syrup: Bring 1/2 cup of peeled and chopped ginger to a boil with 1 1/4 cups of water. Cut the heat and let steep 10 minutes before stirring in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved. Let ginger syrup cool before straining.

 

Growing a cocktail Garden: Part 1

Summer cocktails require fresh ingredients, and you can’t get any fresher than plucking them from your own backyard, so why not spend a little time now (and save a lot of money later!), by planting your very own cocktail garden!

 

Step 1: Find your Zone

Planting A Cocktail Garden: Step 1- Find your Zone

It is imperative to find out what growing zone you live in so that you can determine when is the optimal time to start planting your cocktail garden. Ideally, there should be no threat of any more freezing temperatures or frost. Here is a general breakdown of last expected frost dates based on zone:

  • Zone 1: June1 – June 30
  • Zone 2: May 1 – May 31
  • Zone 3: May 1 – May31
  • Zone 4: May 1 – May31
  • Zone 5: March 30 – April30
  • Zone 6: March 30 – April30
  • Zone 7: March 30 – April30
  • Zone 8: February 28 – March 30
  • Zone 9: January 30 – February 28
  • Zone 10: January 1 – January 31
  • Zone 11 Frost Free Year Round

 

Step 2: Seeds or Seedlings?

Growing a Cocktail Garden: Seeds or Seedlings?

Of course it’s much easier to transplant seedlings sprouted from a nursery, but there are a few benefits to sprouting you own. You can be more selective of what kind of plants you’ll be ingesting (heirloom vs. open pollinated vs. genetically modified), as well as where they are from- and that really counts when you’re talking about flavor. If you do decide to sprout your own seeds, you’ll want to do that now so they have time to germinate while you prepare the soil for your cocktail garden- but if you decide to go with seedlings you can skip to step 3. I always start seeds in smaller containers- they hold moisture better, are easier to water, and are easy to move inside if there is threat of a frost. When deciding which plants to buy/ sprout, it’s totally up to you- keep in mind that most herbs and vegetables common in cocktails (rosemary, basil, lavender,mint, tomatoes, peppers and beets) require full sun, while a few (like oregano and thyme) and get away with partial sunlight during the day- so make sure this factors in to your decision.

 

Step 3: Prep the soil

Growing a Cocktail Garden: Step 3: Prep the soil

No matter what type of soil you have (clay, rocky, loamy), you’ first have to make sure it is free of weeds and turned well. Using a garden hoe to break up any clumps of dirt and create more air space will ensure that the roots of your plants will be free to spread out and allow them to grow faster and larger. Above is a great example of well turned soil- ts should be so light and fluffy that you sink when stepping on it. Here is a picture of what it looked like to start off with- to give you better idea:

Now that you’ve got the basics on how to start growing your cocktail garden- send us some pics via Instagram by tagging #CliqueShots and #CocktailGarden while we get ready for “Growing A Cocktail Garden: Part 2“!

 

Dessie Mitcheson is May’s Cover Girl for Maxim Magazine!

Dessie Mitcheson was 2013’s Maxim Hometown Hottie winner and her cover issue for Maxim Magazine was just released! She is from Apollo, PA, just outside of the 412 in the rural suburbs of Pittsburgh but is now living in Los Angeles. Dessie will be gracing the cover of May’s Military Support-themed issue. ‘Merica!

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The contest is hosted by Maxim Magazine and the Hometown Hotties are considered the hot girls next door that you never knew existed. The Winner of the contest will appear in a future issue of Maxim Magazine and will also be known as the Maxim Hometown Hotties Winner. Interested parties can sign up for the 2015 Hometown Hottie contest.

She has also won a lot of other competitions including: Miss Makita Power Tools 2014, Miss Pennsylvania Intercontinental 2012, Face of MGM 2011, Face of Playboy Intimates 2011, Miss Tropic Beauty Myrtle Beach, Miss Tropic Beauty Las Vegas, Miss Model America, Miss Bikini America Tall Division. That’s a lot….

You can see more photos of Dessie on FadedIndustry.com.

Below is a shoot from last summer that Dessie kindly did with us to showcase some Clique bikinis….

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Want to know more about Dessie? Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Did You Miss the Blood Moon?

For those of you residing East of the Mississippi, last night’s lunar eclipse was a bust. But those of you residing in the central and western United States most likely had an incredible view of the blood moon last night! If you missed out on last night’s lunar eclipse, don’t worry, you still get three more chances: Oct 8, April 4 and Sept 28 of 2015. Miss those, and you’ll have to wait until 2032.



Did you catch any good photos of the lunar eclipse? Send them over to @CliqueVodka!

Awesome Make-Up Portraits by Alexander Khokhlov

A Moscow based photographer and artist, Alexander Khokhlov, has created an art project titled “2D or not 2D” and you’ve most likely seen a lot of his work floating around the internet. More recently, his video of the transformation of a model into Marge Simpson began to pick up some traction and spread. Khokhlov also worked with make-up artist Veronica Ershova and hair stylist Mickhail Kravchenko, in the recreation the famous cartoon character.

After looking into the other works of the artist, I found many other similar works of art in his “2d or Not 2d” project.

“I like to work with people but not only for their entity. Everybody is a field for experiments and I don’t know what would be next. My lovely life Veronica always gives me inspiration for the new ideas and projects.” – Alexander Khokhlov

The Girls of the new Entourage Movie!

Crazy to think that coming up this summer, Entourage will be 10 years old. That is a decade since Entourage’s pilot aired on HBO. As promised, the Entourage movie has been in the works and has recently wrapped up filming. We’ve been seeing some behind the scenes glimpses at the film and with that, have been introduced to a lot of the female cast.

Below is a list of confirmed and rumored cast members you can expect to see in the upcoming Entourage film:

1. Emmanuelle Chriqui returning as Sloan!

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2. UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

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3. The Beautiful Emily Ratajkowski

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4. Topless Yacht Party Full of Models

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5. Random Girls w/ Rob Gronkowski

 

 

6. Raquel Alessi as Jennifer

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7. Vince’s Ex-Girlfriend Sasha Grey

 

— Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) February 7, 2014

8. Debi Mazer back as Shauna

9. Constance Zimmer as Dana Gordon

10. Sabina Gadecki as Melanie

11. Brittany Wagner as “Sloan’s Friend”

12. Perry Reeves as Mrs. Ari

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And most importantly…. Lloyd will be back too!

A Discount Has Emerged and This Is Where You Can Find It!

Throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania, all bottles of Clique Vodka will be discounted by $3. What does that mean? It means stock up now on the bottles you need! Christmas is right around the corner but before that we have Spring, Easter, Summer, Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July…. What I am saying is, this discount may expire in a month but luckily for all of us, the bottles will not. What ever the occasion may be, even if it’s in 2015, if you like to save money then April is the month for you!

Where to Find the Discount:

Online:

Throughout the state of Pennsylvania, you can easily find any Fine Wine & Good Spirits store by using their Store Locator!

 

Mobile:

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits smartphone application also makes locating a store simple – Download Here!

Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad” Meets Magician Lee Terbosic

Comedian and Magician, Lee Terbosic, had a run in recently with a very familiar face – Aaron Paul. He is better known as Jesse Pinkman from what is considered the greatest TV show ever, Breaking Bad. Lee just happened to be down at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh at the same time as Aaron Paul who was in town filming a new movie. Lee then decided to showcase some magic for the young movie star right in the middle of the casino…. Yeah Bitch!


If you are a fan of comedy and magic, follow Lee Terbosic on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

Did You Win A Custom Shot Glass via #CliqueShots?

The internet is awesome and it gives us the ability to interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., we all use them every single day. Not only do we enjoy the interactions but we also really enjoy seeing all of the pictures that flood in from the #CliqueShots hashtag on Instagram.

We love it so much that we are rewarding random Instagram users with their own custom shot glasses! Clique Vodka has teamed up with A Shot To Remember to reward the #CliqueShots users with their own custom shot glasses. All you have to do is upload a pic to Instagram, use the hashtag, and if if your picture meets the criteria, you could win a shot glass!

Here is an example of a shot glass:

Eligible pictures for the shot glass must have YOU with a bottle of Clique Vodka! Here are a couple examples:


Any Questions, hit up @CliqueVodka on Twitter or @CliqueVodkaUS on Instagram.

How to make carbonated cocktails using a soda siphon!

Carbonated Cocktails: What you'll needEveryone loves a bit of bubble in their cocktail, but sodas can be sugary and high in calories. What if you could take and entire cocktail and carbonate it yourself with a soda siphon? What endless possibilities would you come up with? Read the next few steps and let us know what you come up with by tagging your Instagram pic with #CliqueShots!

 

What You’ll Need:

 

 

Clique Vodka, a soda siphon, C02 charger, and whatever else you want in your cocktail! Today we’re making a very balanced cocktail containing: Clique Vodka, cranberry juice, lemon and raspberry hibiscus syrup (See below for recipe!)!

How to make carbonated cocktails: use proper ingredients

First add the Clique Vodka. For this recipe, everything is in proportion- starting with our 1 part (or 1 cup) of Clique Vodka. For the mixer portion we will multiply that by three- giving us 3 cups of cranberry juice. For the sweetener and the acid- they should always be the same- so 1/2 cup of each. Funnel them all into the clean soda siphon, and if you’re using a 1L bottle you’ll end up with the perfect amount!

 

How to safely charge a soda siphon for carbonating cocktails

Insert the tube with the rubber stopper on the end and screw the lid on tight- and then give it another 1/4 turn tighter just so be safe- we don’t want any cocktail showers on this one! Place a Co2 cartridge in the holder and slowly screw it on. As soon as you hear the cartridge puncture, the Co2 will rush into the bottle. As soon as the hiss dies down, unscrew the casing on the cartridge, remove it and throw it out. Leaving an empty cartridge in the holster can cause rusting, so always make sure you get rid of it as soon as possible. Shake the bottle very well for about a minute, then stash in the fridge for 3-4 hours to chill and let the Co2 work it’s magic.

 

When you’re batched cocktail is ready, slowly pull the handle, letting the contents out into a cocktail glass or into a glass with ice. However you decide to enjoy your carbonated cocktails- make sure you toast to a job well done!

 

*For the Raspberry Hibiscus Syrup: Steep 6 raspberry hibiscus tea bags in 1 1/4 cups of very hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the tea bags, squeezing any remaining liquid out and stir in 1 cup sugar until fully dissolved. Let cool and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Man Walks Almost 3000 Miles through China taking a Selfie Each Day!

His name is Christoph Rehage and he was 26-years-old at the time this video was created. This is an older video but it has picked up some viral traction once again. He started off in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2007 and for 11 months he traveled the country taking pictures and videos of himself along the way also calculating the distance between each pic or video. See for yourself:

Dress up your Lemondrop!

Spring is officially here, and for us that  means sun, fun and lemondrop martinis! There are dozens of lemondrop recipes out there for you to choose from, but after some searching we realized that it isn’t quite the recipe the makes a lemondrop so enticing- it’s the garnish! Whether you use one of the recipes below- or create your own version, make sure you sk ip the standard lemon slice (not to say you can’t start with one!) and dress up your lemondrop this spring!

 

#1: The Flying V

Lemondrop Garnish: The Flying V cuts

For this easy twist on the classic lemon slice, you’ll want to first cut the end off a lemon then cut a large wheel. Cut the wheel in half, and very carefully cut the lemon skin away from the slice, leaving about 1/4 still attached. Lay the skin strip out on a cutting board and cut a V-shape into it- but make sure the cuts don’t actually touch. Fold the lemon strip and tuck the end back into the nook where the strip is still attached. Cut a small slice in between 2 segments of the lemon and place on the rim.

Lemondrop garnishes: The Flying V

Recipe:

2 oz Clique Vodka

1/2 oz lemongrass syrup

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice in a cocktail tin and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

#2: The Fringe Effect

Lemondrop Garnish: The Fringe Effect Cuts

For this one, start with half a lemon wheel like above, and cut the lemon skin away from the fruit- leaving about 1/4 attached. Lay the strip down on a cutting board and make as many very small slices as you can- creating a fringe. Carefully tuck a few of them up into the nook where the fringe starts and cut a small slice between 2 of the fruit segments and place on the rim.

Lemondrop Garnishes: The Fringe Effect

Recipe:

2 oz Clique Vodka

1/2 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water)

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice in a cocktail tin and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

#3: Smell the Roses

Lemondrop Garnishes: Smell the Roses cuts

For this one, use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to cut away a long strip of lemon peel- try to get the entire lemon in 1 piece if you can. if you have an odd shaped lemon- cut the ends off first so the lemon has more give as you try to peel as much skin as possible. Wrap the peel into a tight spiral and secure it with a toothpick or sword. Drop the rose into the glass, or  rest the pick on the rim.

Lemondrop lemon peel rose garnish

Recipe:

2 oz Clique Vodka

1/2 oz Triple sec

1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients over ice in a cocktail tin and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

#4:  The Rising Sun

lemondrop rising sun garnish

Using a pairing knife or vegetable peeler, cut away the largest piece of skin you can and lay it flat on a cutting board. Trim it into a rough sun shape, then cut 2 parallel slices on the top to make a centered ray. Continue cutting parallel slices with a bit in between, then fold the extra slivers back to break them off. Cut 2 small slits in either side of the bottom to balance it on the rim.

Rising Sun lemondrop

Recipe:

2 oz Clique Vodka

1/4 oz Triple sec

1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice

sugar

First rub a lemon slice around the rim of the glass to coat with lemon juice, then dip in a saucer of sugar to coat. Chill all liquid ingredients over ice and strain into the glass.

Try a Cucumber Melon-Tini: The Perfect St. Patrick’s Day cocktail!

You don’t need to be Irish to be excited for Saint Patrick’s Day, if fact there’s only one real necessity:  some tasty green St. Patrick’s Day cocktails! Whether you want one that’s clean and crisp, or one that goes down quick, here are a couple excellent recipes that you can whip up in no time!

 

Cucumber Melon-Tini:

Great Green St. Patrick's Day Cocktails: Cucumber Melon-Tini

 

This cocktail is crisp and refreshing- the perfect blend of sweet and tart! Here’s what you’ll need:

Green cocktails for St. Patrick's Day

2 oz Clique Vodka, 1/2 oz green lemon liqueur, 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice, and 3 slices of cucumber (2 thick for muddling, and 1 thin to float on top).

 

St Patrick's Day cocktails: Cucumber-melon-tini

Muddle the 2 slices of thick cucumber in a cocktail tin 2ith the Clique Vodka until you get an even consistency. (A cocktail tin will have more traction for muddling and allow you to muddle quicker, but the picture above shows the contents transferred to a mixing glass so you can see the contents).

 

Green St. Patrick's Day drinks

Add ice, melon liqueur and lemon juice- then shake very well. Double strain (through a standard hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh one) to make sure all the cucumber pulp is removed, then gently float the thin slice of cucumber on top!

 

 

Want something that goes down faster? Try a “Shamrock Shaker!”

St. Patrick's Day: Shamrock Shaker Shooter

In a cocktail tin with ice, add 1 oz Clique Vodka, 1/2 oz pineapple juice, 1/2 oz sours mix (you can buy sours mix from any grocery or liquor store, or make you own with 2 parts fresh lemon juice, 1 part fresh lime juice, and 1 part simple syrup- which is just equal parts sugar dissolved in hot water. Fresh sours will start to turn bitter after a couple days so don’t make more than you’ll use! ), and 1 drop of green food coloring. Shake very hard and strain into a shooter glass. Duplicate the recipe as needed to make rounds of shooters! Once you strain the shooter into a glass, use the tip of the food coloring bottle to draw a lucky green shamrock in the foam!

 

 

How to smoke cocktails using a smoking gun

In response to some of the MixBook cocktails, we received some requests for a complete tutorial on how to smoke cocktails using a smoking gun, so here we go!:

Smoking cocktails: Add 1 -2oz Clique Vodka to a clean sealable glass bottle

Add Clique Vodka to a  clean sealable glass bottle. If you are smoking 1-2 oz use a 750ml bottle, but for more than that (or a more intense smokey flavor), use a larger bottle like a growler with a screw cap, or a 1.5 L with a cork or screw top (Stelvin closure).

 

Smoked cocktails: Load the smoking gun chamber with wood chips

Load the chamber of the smoking gun with wood chips, about 1/3 of the way full- you only need a little bit of smoke to fill a 750ml bottle. Fill halfway for a larger bottle.

 

Smoke Cocktails: Fill the bottle entirely with dense smoke

Insert the smoking gun tube into the bottle and turn it on. Slowly ignite the wood chips and keep them lit until the entire bottle fills with dense smoke, then remove the flame, turn off the gun, remove the tube and seal the bottle.

Smoke Cocktails: shake the bottle until the smoke disappears

Shake the sealed bottle for a minute or two- until all the smoke disappears. Pour our a small sip and test it to see if it’s smokey enough. If you desire more smoke, just repeat the process.

 

Smoked cocktails: See the color change

You can see the color change in the vodka after being smoked- different types of wood will also have different flavors. Apple and cherry wood chips are usually lighter, with pecan, alder and maple having a slightly more distinct smokey flavor. Mesquite are by far the most intense- most people describe the aroma as boldly reminiscent of a campfire.

 

Now that you feel comfortable smoking Clique Vodka, make sure you check out these amazing smoked cocktail recipes from the #MixBook!

Smoked Cocktail: Fired Up

Smoked Cocktails: Smoked Blackberry Sour

Smoked Cocktails: Hickory Trickery

Click here to see how other people all over the country are sharing their Clique Vodka experiences with our live photostream! Tag a an Instagram pic of you and Clique Vodka to with #CliqueShots join in and be entered to win a custom printed shot glass!

 

“The Dude” Cocktail Inspired by The Big Lebowski

Today is the 16th Anniversary of the release of the cult classic, The Big Lebowski. Clique Vodka features a Big Lebowski inspired cocktail and the Dude would definitely abide.

Add 1 1/2 oz of Clique Vodka, 1 1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur, and 1/4 oz heavy cream to an ice filled rocks glass then transfer to a cocktail tin and shake it like you mean it. Pour contents back into the glass, add a straw, and then go bowling.

Or drift off into some fancy dream about dancing and bowling….

 

 

Indulge yourself this Fat Tuesday with a “Carnival Sin” cocktail!

Fat Tuesday is just a few days away, and even if you’re still contemplating where to celebrate, make sure you shake up a “Carnival Sin” for a delightfully decadent pre-game cocktail- wherever the Mardi party takes you! With only 4 ingredients, this creamy lemon cocktail takes just a minute to make,  and is sure to satisfy the whole gang.  Grab your cocktail tin and get ready to shake up a:

Fat Tuesday Cocktails: Carnival Sin

First fill a cocktail glass with ice and water to chill while you make the cocktail. Add: 1 1/2 oz Clique Vodka,  1 oz limoncello, 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice and 1 oz whipped cream (about the size of a long long ball ) to a cocktail tin filled with ice and shake vigorously. Dump the icy water put of the cocktail glass and strain in the cocktail. To garnish, use a channel cutter to cut a long strip of lemon zest. Twist it into a spiral over top of the cocktail so they spray of oil from the skin falls in, then rub the oily skin of the zest around the outer rim of the glass, and drop in.

Clique Vodka Sponsors History Uncorked: Poptastic! Art of Burton Morris

Clique Vodka is proud to be sponsoring the 16th annual History Uncorked event tonight at the History Center featuring Burton Morris, a Pittsburgh native with an affinity for vibrant colors. Not sure you’ve seen his work? Maybe this will jog your memory:

His paintings were featured on the set of “Friends,” the most memorable being his iconic “Coffee Cup.” Known for painting popular images we can all relate to, his paintings consist of vivid color schemes, have his signature spiked outlines and can take weeks to finish.

Burton Morris' rubiks Cube

He is also known for not only using the entire canvas, but them some:

Burton Morris' Jukebox

The Pittsburgh native also enjoys painting our famed sports teams:

Burton Morris- Pittsburgh Hockey

Burton morris Mazeroski

Burton Morris

Burton Morris, Lemieux Nightstand

In a twist on the classic portrait, he also uses the view of one’s nightstand to create a unique perspective on a particular person, here Mario Lemieux.

Burton Morris, Bruce Wayne Nightstand

Bruce Wayne.

Burton Morris' Hemingway Nightstand

Ernest Hemingway.

You can see his art tonight at the History Uncorked: Poptastic! Art of Burton Morris event while sipping on some inspired Clique Vodka cocktails! Tickets are $70 at the door and include 3 drink tickets, appetizers from local restaurants, and live music starting at 7pm! Click on the banner for more details and to purchase tickets, and scroll down to preview the Burton Morris inspired cocktails  that will be available!

History Uncorked: Poptastic! Art of Burton Morris

Cocktail Preview:

View From The Nightstand: Clique Vodka, Raapberry Hibiscus Syrup, Soda

Pop-licious: CLique Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lemonade

Pop’t Art: Clique Vodka, Blue Raspberry Syrup, Lemon Lime Soda

How to make strawberry rose garnishes!

Why pay big money for real roses when it takes 2 minutes to carve up some edible ones? Surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s day with your slicing skills, and for these strawberry rose garnishes all you need is a few large strawberries and a paring knife!

How to cut a strawberry rose garnish

Start by cutting a small slice on the outer portion of a large washed strawberry almost to the bottom, and then bending the knife horizontally to push the “petal” out further.

 

How to cut strawberry roses

Make the next slice overlapping the first, and continue this technique all the way around the strawberry.

 

Valentine's day garnishes

After you have made a complete overlapping circle, cut another layer- making sure that the slices are placed in between the petals of the first layer:

cutting a strawberry rose garnish

 

Cut overlapping layers all the way around the strawberry to form a second layer.

 

3 layer strawberry rose garnish

If you have enough room to cut a third layer of petals, go for it, otherwise skip to the next step.

 

How to cut the middle of a a strawberry rose

Cut the remaining center of the berry in halves, thirds, or quarters- as long at they are thick enough to stand up straight.

 

Make Strawberry Roses for Valentine's Day!

 

Place them on a breakfast or dessert tray, add one to a clear glass jar filled with Clique Vodka for a heartfelt infusion, drizzle them in chocolate, or try garnishing a RedVelvet-tini with homemade creme de cacao!

Red Velvet-tini Recipe

Make your own Crème de Cacao for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and for the ladies that usually means 1 thing= chocolate. Whether you’re single, or celebrating a relationship chocolate is bound to be all over the place, including cocktails. Unfortunately most crème de cacao, or chocolate liqueurs, are cheap and sugary unless you’re willing to dole out a pretty penny. The solution? Make your own crème de cacao at home, giving you control over the sweetness and texture.

Make you're own crème de cacao with Clique Vodka and cocoa nibs!

Start by getting your hands on some 100% cocoa nibs, which are basically toasted pieces of pure cacao beans. You can find them in health food stores and supermarkets with a large selection, most of them are organic too! If you taste one they are very bitter and have tons of concentrated chocolate flavor, coax it out by adding 1 cup of cocoa nibs to 2 cups of Clique Vodka in a clean glass bottle. Shake it well, and 2x per day for about 4 days. If you want to speed up the process, just place it in a nice warm spot (like in front of a heating vent), and you can get the infusion time down to about 2 days.

Strain your crème de cacao with cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer

After the Clique Vodka has turned a dark brown and the nibs have lost most of their color, you can give it a little taste and see if it’s strong enough for you. If it is, strain the nibs out using cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer, rinse the bottle and put it back in. Wha-La! What you have here is raw chocolate infused Clique Vodka, although it will definitely need some sugar if you want it to taste anything like the chocolate bar flavor we’re going for.

Add about 1/2 cup of simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water), give it a shake and taste again. If you want your crème de cacao a bit sweeter, just add more simple. Now to take the proof down a bit and make it more palatable, just fill the bottle with water and you have yourself a batch of dark chocolate crème de cacao. What can you do with your own crème de cacao? You can substitute it in any recipe that calls for it, or try making a “Red Velvet-tini!”

Use your homemade crème de cacao to made a Red Velvet-ini!

Since red velvet cake is basically dark chocolate with some red food coloring, add about 6-8 drops of red food coloring to your bottle of crème de cacao and shake well. Add 1 1/2 oz of your red crème de cacao, 1 1/2 oz of Clique Vodka, and 1/4 oz cream to a cocktail tin filled with ice. Shake very well and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with chocolate fudge icing and red velvet cake crumbs (See below for 1 Minute Red Velvet Mini Cake recipe).

Make sure you come back next week for how to make rose garnishes!!

Stop back next week to learn how to make rose garnishes!

*1 Minute Red Velvet Mini Cake

Add 1 box of angel food cake mix to 1 box of red velvet cake and mix thoroughly.  Add 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water  and stir well in a microwave safe container and zap it for 1 minute, then let cool.

 

 

Post to #CliqueShots on Instagram and Win a Custom Shot Glass!

With over 5000 pictures, the #CliqueShots hashtag on Instagram has been the place for everyone who loves Clique Vodka to connect and share their good times. Every week, new pictures are flooding in on the feed from all over the country as more and more people find the black bottles. As always, we appreciate all of the pictures you share but now it is time we gave back to you!

Teaming up with A Shot to Remember, you now have the ability to upload pictures to the #CliqueShots hashtag on Instagram and receive your own custom shot glass featuring your picture! All you have to do is show your love and upload a picture to Instagram featuring you and Clique Vodka using the #CliqueShots hashtag. It’s literally that simple!

You show us love and we will show it right back to you! Each shot glass will feature your Instagram picture along with your username, completely customized for you! As much as we would love to hand these out to everyone, we cannot, so each winner will only receive one shot glass. There is a silver lining however; each time we change the promotion, everyone is again eligible for a new shot glass!

Here are Some Examples:

For more information, visit #CliqueShots or hit us up @CliqueVodka!

In the Limelight: Chinese New Year’s cocktails with Mixologist Kory Husson

Today is Chinese New Year or Spring festival, and marks the start of the Lantern festival- a celebration that will run until the 15th of February. So, what does one drink to celebrate Chinese New Year? We consulted Kory Husson, the Beverage Manager and Resident Mixologist at Plum Pan Asian Kitchen in Pittsburgh to taste some of his Clique Vodka cocktails featuring traditional Chinese ingredients. First up on the list:

 

1. Shijito

Chinese New Year's cocktails: Shijito

Shiso leaf is a close relative of the mint family, and is usually found on platters of sushi as an aromatic garnish. When combined with yuzu puree (a type of small citrus fruit originating in East Asia) and Clique Vodka, you end up with a refreshing cocktail that looks like a mojito, but has a sort of underlying bitter note from the yuzu that is balanced by the distinctly floral aroma of the shiso leaf.

 

Here’s the recipe:

Muddle 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka with 8 green shiso leaves in a mixing glass until aromatic. Add ice, 1/4 oz yuzu puree, 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice and  1/4 oz simple syrup, then transfer contents to a collins glass. Top with soda water, and garnish by lightly smacking a shiso leaf between your palms to release the aromatic oils, then stand up against the inside of the glass.

Kory Husson's Shijito

Next Up:

2. Pushing The Red Envelope

Kory Husson double straining his "Pushing The Red Envelope"

For this cocktail, Kory muddles 2 dried Thai chilis with 2 oz of Clique Vodka in a mixing glass, then adds ice and 1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur and 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters.  He shakes it very well, then double strains the cocktail using a standard Hawthorne strainer as well as a fine mesh one to catch all the tiny seeds.

To garnish he shaves a bit of dark chocolate on top, then carefully places a dried Thai chili on top.

Kory garnish his "Pushing The Red Envelope"

The serious spice imparted by the chilis is nicely rounded out by the creamy chocolate and spice from the bitters. Kory explains that the chilis are so spicy, the garnish will continue to flavor the drink as it sits- so if heat isn’t your thing, make sure you take it out immediately!

By the time I was halfway through my mouth was pleasantly on FIRE!

I took my chances and he was right! By the time I was halfway through my mouth was pleasantly on FIRE!

And lastly:

 

 

3. Ginger Crusta

For this final Chinese New Year inspired cocktail, Kory prepped the cocktail glass by rubbing the outer rim of it with a fresh lemon slice, then dipped it in sugar to coat. Then he shook 2 oz Clique Vodka, 1/4 oz yuzu puree, 1/4 oz lemongrass syrup and 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice in a cocktail tin, then strained it into the glass, and garnished it with a piece of candied ginger:

Kory Husson's Ginger Crusta

 

You can visit Plum Pan Asian Kitchen for more of Kory’s Asian inspired cocktails and be sure to take a look at their menu here.

Super Bowl Prop Bets Giveaways!

Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up this Sunday with the Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks in New York. For everyone who will be watching the game, sports fan or not, we’ve put together some of our favorite Super Bowl prop bets to give you an added experience for the game. It is simple to join in, make your pick and submit your email. If your pick was correct, you will be eligible to win all sorts of gifts from Clique Vodka! (Pictured below) You can just do one pick, two picks, or you can do them all. Make sure your email is correct in case you win, that is how you will be notified.

1. Coin Toss

2. First Coach
3. First Hot Reporter
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Marijuana Mention

Each time you choose the right answer for one of the prop bets, you are eligible to win one of many prizes. Prizes include Clique Vodka shirts, stickers, shot glasses, and draw string backpacks. Again, please make sure your email is correct or you cannot be notified!

This will be the first cold weather Super Bowl ever and the players must be ready to deal with the elements. The weather is calling for a sunny day with a high of 38 degrees and a low of 23, with a 30% chance of precipitation and 8 mph winds. Doesn’t sound too bad, but let’s see what happens on Sunday.

Any questions – @CliqueVodka

Use this Polar Vortex chill to your advantage and make some stunning cocktails this weekend!

When the world is your freezer, why not use this Polar Vortex to your advantage and try out some of these awesome icy cocktails!

 

1. Make kool cubes!

Use the polar vortex to your advantage and make kool cubes!

Everyone loves these fun and festive cocktail cubes! Add 1 packet of drink mix and 1/2 cup simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in part hot water) into a bowl with a pint of water then freeze them in ice cube trays (I suggest pouring them into the trays in the sink so you don’t chance staining your countertop, then stack them and carry them outside on a tray). You can make a bunch of different colors and let people pick their favorite flavor combination, or just make a couple complementing colors!

 

Use the polar vortex to your advantage and pour Clique Vodka over some kool cubes!

Add 2 oz of Clique Vodka for a beautiful twist on the classic rocks pour.

 

Use the polar vortex to your advantage and make Clique Vodka with kool cubes and lemonade!

Add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka to some cool cubes in a glass jar with a lid, then top with lemonade or a batch of drink mix according to the instructions. Keep them cool by sitting them in a bowl of kool cubes on your back porch!

 

Use the polar vortex to your advantage and mix Clique Vodka with kool cubes and soda!

Add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka to a glass with kool cubes and top with soda water, tonic or lemon lime soda for a fantastic addition to these basic highball cocktails!

 

Need another idea?

 

2. Make your own chilled bomb glasses!

Use the polar vortex to your advantage and make your own bomb glasses!

The key to this trick is making sure you use glasses that stack. Place a shot glass in the bottom of one, and fill the glass just to the top of the shot glass. Place another glass on top and add water until the glass is full. Make a few and set them outside to freeze.

 

Use the polar vortex to freexe your self some bomb glasses!

When you are ready for a round of bombs, bring the glasses back inside and let them warm up while you chill 1 oz (per shot) of Clique Vodka by shaking it over ice, then strain into the bomb cups, just to the top of the shot glass. Top with your favorite chilled energy drink and “Bombs Away!” If you have color coded glassware, you can just stick them back outside until everyone is ready for another round!

 

 

Power up with these immune boosting cocktail recipes!

Got the sniffles? Runny nose? Try one of these immune boosting cocktail recipes to make sure you kick that cold to the curb (or never get one in the first place)!

 

1. Powerhouse Punch

"Powerhouse Punch" cocktail recipe

Blueberries naturally increase the number of Natural Killer Cells- the ones that are responsible for attacking abnormal cells (like cancer), while acai, cranberry and goji are a great source of Vitamin C- which promotes white blood cell and antibody production, helping you fight off infections. All of the mixers in this cocktail also have high antioxidant levels as well, making sure your body clears out any free radicals.

 

 

 

2. Cottontail

"Cottontail" and immune boosting cocktail recipe

Carrot juice ice loaded with beta carotene, which your body converts to Vitamin A,  helping you fight off infections and keeps your T-cells (the fighters) in circulation throughout your bloodstream. Vitamin A also boosts the production of white blood cells, which defend your body from foreign invaders.

 

 

 

3. Pirate City

"Pirate City" an immune boosting cocktail recipe

If your body is low on Vitamin C, you’ll have inability to properly fight off infections causing longer healing times, and impaired immune responses. Make sure you’re getting enough with this cocktail that utilizes the essential oil from the skin as well as the juice itself.

 

 

 

4. Mango Collins

"Mango Collins" an immune boosting cocktail recipe!

1 mango has all the required daily intake of Vitamin C, so why not add some to your cocktail in the form of a puree? Making one is easy, just blend the flesh of one mango with a few teaspoons of water until smooth.

 

 

 

5. En-Lighten-Mint

"En-Lighten-Mint" An immune boosting cocktail recipe!

Mint leaves have tons of nutrients like calcium, phosphorous and Vitamins C, D, and E, and has also contains a potent phytochemical proven to prevent certain types of cancers including skin, colon, and lung. Cucumbers are high in vitamin K, which is essential to keeping the blood and bones healthy, while fresh lemon juice adds a nice dash of Vitamin C to round out this cocktail.

-Cheers, and here’s to healthy cocktails!

The Top 10 Biggest Vodka Myths

So you think you know about vodka? See how many of these top 10 vodka myths had you fooled.

Vodka Myth #10: Vodka is made from potatoes and is gluten free

10. Vodka is made from potatoes and is gluten-free

Vodka can (and is!) made from grains, corn, beets, soybeans, grapes,and  molasses, as well as potatoes. if the label doesn’t state what the vodka is made of, you can assume it’s grain, and certainly not gluten free.

Vodka Myth#9: All vodka is made in Russia

9. All vodka is made in Russia

There are no laws stating which regions of the globe vodka can be made in, but the area  with the oldest tradition of vodka production is dubbed the “Vodka Belt” and includes Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Sweden and Finland as well as Russia.

Vodka Myth #8: Vodka has no calories

8. Vodka has no calories

Wouldn’t that be nice? Although lower in calories than most other spirits, 80 proof (or 40% alcohol) vodkas have about 100 calories per serving or jigger (1 1/2 oz). Tip: if you’re looking for some low calorie vodka cocktails, check this out.

Vodka Myth#7: You can make bad vodka taste better by filtering it at home

7. You can make bad vodka taste better by filtering it at home

If there are impurities in the vodka when you buy it- no amount of water pitcher filtering is going to remove it, it will only make your vodka taste like plastic. Spend the extra couple bucks on a brand that actually takes pride in how the vodka tastes.

Vodka Myth#6: Good vodkas are distilled many times

6. Good vodkas are distilled many times

Think about it like this: if you use low grade ingredients before distilling, your still going to end up with a low grade product after distilling. A vodka made with  premium ingredients shouldn’t need  to be distilled more than 3 times- after that, you would just be stripping all the flavor and character out of it.

Vodka Myth #5: Vodka should be odorless and tasteless

5. Vodka should be odorless and tasteless

When tasting vodka correctly always make sure it is room temperature. Take note of the texture while you roll a tiny sip around in your mouth. Take note of the astringency, clarity and minerality of the vodka as you swallow and breath out your nose. Try it with 2 different vodka’s side by side and you’ll see what I mean.

Vodka Myth #4: Flavored vodka is made with real fruit

4. Flavored vodka is made with real fruit

Don’t fool yourself. In addition to being lower proof, most flavored vodkas have tons of sugar added in with all the artificial flavors.

Vodka Myth #3: Premium vodka won't give you a hangover

3. Premium vodka won’t give you a hangover

It is true that lower quality vodkas have more impurities, but the real reason you get hangovers is usually pretty simple: You drank too much and now you’re dehydrated- drink more water.

Vodka Myth #2: Using premium spirits in mixed drinks is a waste of money

2. Using premium vodka for mixed drinks is a waste of money

Yeah, if you like your cocktails to taste like rubbing alcohol. If it scorches your nostrils straight, no amount of sugary juice is going to cover that up.

Vodka Myth #1: The more expensive a vodka is, the better it is

1. The more expensive a vodka is, the better it is

Time and time again I’ve witnessed vodka drinkers swear up, down, and all around that their brand of vodka is all they drink, and don’t like the taste of anything else. Guess what? Nobody picks their brand out of a blind taste test lineup. If you can’t tell the difference in a blind taste test between a $16 or $40 bottle, then why would you pay more?

Low calorie cocktails: 4 simple rules to follow

Americans drink about 20% of their calories, so stick to those New Year’s resolutions by following these 4 simple rules for low calorie cocktails!

1. Cut the soda.

Of course it seems obvious that soda water has less calories than cola, but did you know that a Clique & tonic has only 3 calories less than a Clique & lemon lime soda? Try a Sonic instead: Add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka, 2 oz soda water and 2 oz tonic to a rocks glass with ice and fresh lime. Cutting the tonic with soda water takes this cocktail down to about 120 calories.

  

2. Use fresh fruit.

"Pretty In Pink:" A low calorie cocktail from Clique Vodka!

Every time you pour that prepackaged cranberry juice into your glass, your adding up to 65 calories!  -And yes, I’m talking about that “100% juice” one! Add some natural flavor to your cocktails by muddling in some fresh fruit with actual vitamins! Click on this low calorie cocktail for a tasty 120 calories!

 

 

3. Switch to Stevia.

Switch to Stevia for low calorie cocktails!

Lots of cocktails call for simple syrup, but even a tiny 1/4 oz can add almost 50 calories! Try making a stevia syrup instead by dissolving 1 or two packets of stevia sweetener in 1 cup of water OR buy a convenient dropper bottle full to add just a few drops. Both options have ZERO calories!

 

 

4. Skip the mixer.

Skip the mixer for low calorie cocktails!

The average vodka consumer has anywhere from 1-3 cocktails, and all those mixers add up to a lot of added calories! Try drinking Clique on the rocks (133 calories for a 2 oz pour) or try a straight up martini (200 calories for a 3 oz pour) and garnish with a twist of lemon, and olive, or cocktail onions. You’ll sip much slower, leaving you more time to savor the crisp taste of Clique Vodka while leaving all those calories behind!

 

5 Fun and Easy New Year’s Eve Cocktail Recipes!

Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, or just want to try a few tasty cocktails before you go out, here are 5 fun and easy New Year’s Eve cocktails for you to try out! (Click on pictures for complete recipe instructions):

 1. Prickled Pink

Prickled Pink Recipe

This vibrantly colored cocktail muddles fresh prickly pear with Clique Vodka and Champagne for a fruity and very bubbly cocktail!

2. The Partystarter

 

The Partystarter punch recipe

Let guests serve themselves with this very adaptable punch recipe, leaving you more time to mingle!

 3. Stealing the Spotlight

Stealing the Spotlight Martini Recipe

This iridescent  martini recipe uses a few spritzes of silver cake decorating spray to make mesmerizingly glittery martinis!

 4. Back in Blackberry

Back in Blackberry cocktail recipe

Fresh blackberries muddled with Clique Vodka, simple syrup and Champagne make up this quick and elegant New Year’s Eve cocktail.

 5. Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait cocktail recipe

Use sugar and vinegar to preserve strawberries (or any other fruit) in a syrup, then add it to Clique and Champagne for a this super fruity Champagne cocktail!

 

Now that you have the New Years Eve cocktails covered, make sure you plan a safe return home for you and your guests, by letting Clique Vodka drive you home! This New Year’s Eve, Clique Vodka is teaming up with Stewart, Murray and Associates and YellowCab to give you free cab rides home in the City of Pittsburgh, starting at 12:30 am on January 1st.

 

Won’t be in Pittsburgh this New Years Eve? Make sure you download the FREE DrinkyPal App to your iPhone for instant access to a list of taxi services and hotels in your immediate vicinity using GPS location.

 

We want to see how you OWN THE NIGHT with Clique Vodka! Tag your New Year’s Eve pics on Instagram with #CliqueShots to share your photos on our live CliqueShots stream and automatically be entered to win a custom printed shots glass with your photo!

How to Make Santa Jello Shots!

These adorable strawberry Jell-O shot Santa’s are super easy to make and sure to be a hit at any Christmas party! With just a few ingredients and a little careful cutting, you can make sure to leave a lasting impression while spreading the Holiday “spirit”! Here’s what you need:

Clique Vodka, strawberries, a box of Jell-O, sprinkles, cream, a cinnamon stick, some sugar, and a cream whipper.

To prep the strawberries, cut a sliver off the very top, removing the leaves and giving it a flat surface to stand up. For the Santa hat, slice off the bottom to form a small triangle and set aside for later. Use the tip of a funnel to punch a circle around the top ¾ of the strawberry core, then use a vegetable peeler or small knife to pry the strawberry cylinder out.

To fill the strawberry Jell-O shot Santa’s, prepare the Jell-O according to the directions, substituting ¾ cup of Clique Vodka shaken very well over ice and strained in place of the cold water. Place the hollowed out strawberries in a muffin pan or a cookie sheet and slowly spoon the Jell-O into them. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until the Jell-O is set.

To ensure that the whipped cream comes out strong enough to hold up the strawberry hat and be full of flavor for these cute strawberry Jell-O shot Santa’s, we will be making a special cinnamon whipped cream (which is never a bad thing to have around the house- especially around the holidays!). Simply add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 oz of cinnamon simple syrup (Boil a cinnamon stick in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes, then cut the heat and stir in 1 ½ cups of sugar until completely dissolved, let cool and strain) to a 1L cream whipper, and charge with 2 nitrous cartridges. Shake about 10 times and hold upside down to dispense the cream. If the cream is runny, place the whipper in the fridge for another 10 minutes, shake and try again.

Add a generous amount of whipped cream to the top of each strawberry and carefully place on the strawberry hat. Place 2 sprinkles in the cream to form the eyes, cut a circle sprinkle in half to make a mouth (tweezers are a great tool for placing these), and use a chopstickto place tiny dollops of cinnamon whipped cream to the front of the strawberry for buttons and to the top of the hat. Ta-DA!! A deliciously adorable way to serve Jell-O shots for Christmas! -And if you don’t like jello shots (weirdo), the just skip it and fill the Santa’s with a 1:4 mixture of Clique Vodka and cinnamon simple syrup shaken very well over ice and strained for strawberry cinnamon Santa shooters!

If you try to make these, upload a pic to Instagram and tag #CliqueShots!

Free Cab Rides Home on New Years Eve from Clique Vodka

New Years Eve is quickly approaching and as always, we encourage everyone to have fun and Clique Intelligently. To ensure that this happens, Clique Vodka has teamed up with Stewart, Murray & Assoc. to pay for Free Cab Rides home from Yellow Cab on New Year’s Eve in Pittsburgh, PA.

How Do I Get a Free Cab?

That is a good question, thanks for asking. In order to get the Free Cab Ride home from Yellow Cab, you need to call 412-321-8100 and tell them “Clique Vodka Sent You.” The free cab ride will be valid within a 5-mile pick-up radius of downtown Pittsburgh, dropping off no further than 15-miles outside of the city. The cab ride has to be going to a residential location. Since a lot of you may be thinking you can use this to leave on bar to go to another, that is not the case. The cabs are there to make sure you get home safe!

What if I am not in Pittsburgh?

That is also a very good question, thanks for asking again! Even if you are not in Pittsburgh, PA for New Years Eve, there are still options. You can download the DrinkyPal iPhone app for FREE to ensure a safe ride home. Using your GPS location, DrinkyPal will locate the closest hotels and cab companies no matter where you are at in the United States.

What if I am Not Drinking on NYE?

That is another great question, thank you again for asking! If you are not drinking on New Year’s Eve, look out for those who are. If you see someone in need of a ride, let them know about the Free Cab rides provided by Clique Vodka or let them know about the DrinkyPal application and help them get home!

How can I help?

That is the best question you’ve asked so far. How you can help is simple. Spread the word, tell your friends. Everyone wants to start off the 2014 year on a positive note and this is one of the easiest ways to avoid tragedy. Feel free to share this link with everyone you know, that way when 2015 rolls around, you can hangout with those same friends once again!

Any questions, @CliqueVodka

Tips, tricks and recipes for making holiday vodka infusions!

Making your own infused vodka for the Holidays is not only a fabulous way of creating unique cocktails for your holiday gathering, but also makes a great gift too! By following a few simple rules, you can make sure that your holiday vodka infusions come out full of flavor and have a long shelf life!

 

1. Always infuse in a sealable glass container.

Alcohol tends to pick up any flavor it can, so make sure you’re not accidentally adding plastic to the flavor profile or allowing any of the infusion to escape- alcohol evaporates way faster than water. Tip: Glass mason jars or canisters are great infusion vessels and allow for hard shaking as you infuse.

2. Use fresh ingredients.

Below are the top 3 Holiday vodka infusions to try, but no matter what your infusing into Clique Vodka- make sure its clean and fresh. Tip: Always make sure fruit is ripe, vegetables are firm, and spices are freshly grated!

3. Strain accordingly.

If you infuse something that turns your holiday vodka infusion cloudy- a simple wire strainer just won’t do, and coffee filters take FOREVER. Tip: Pick up some cheesecloth from the supermarket and lay a few layers on top of a funnel to make sure you remove all the organic matter from the infusion. Left over bits will severely shorten the life span of your infusion and cause it to get funky quicker.

4. Taste it continuously.

You won’t be able to know if an infusion is done just by looking at it. When infusing with Clique Vodka, infusions are done when you like them the best! Taste a few drops once or twice a day so you know how they are progressing! Tip: The lower the water content of your flavoring agent, the longer the infusing time- dried spices can take up to 6 or 7 days!

5.Store infusions properly.

A cool dark place is the best way store store infusions. Tip: use a glass bottle that has both a screw top and can easily fit a pourer (Like an empty Clique Bottle!).

6. Have fun with it!

Try the top 3 Holiday vodka infusions below, check out the #MixBook for even more ideas, or just try a flavor of your own creation! Tip: Tag Instagram photos of your holiday creations with #CliqueShots to win!

 

 

Here are the top 3 Holiday vodka infusions to try to bring out the Holiday spirit this year!:

Apple Cinnamon

Use Apple Cinnamon Infused Clique Vodka in this cocktail!

Cut 1 large, cored gala apple into thin slices, and cover with 3 cups Clique Vodka in a glass jar or container with a tight fitting lid for about 2-3 days, or until the infused Clique Vodka smells sweetly of apple, and has turned the color of apple juice. Strain out the apple slices, and add a cinnamon stick to your infusion and shake well. Depending on the amount of cinnamon you want, leave it in anywhere from 6-24 hours before removing.

 

Cranberry
Try cranberry infused Clique Vodka in this cocktail!

Cut 6 oz of fresh cranberries in half, and cover with 1 bottle of Clique Vodka in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid for 4-5 days, or until the infusion has turned a deep red, and smells tart. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and funnel back into the original bottle.

Vanilla
Try using vanilla infused Clique Vodka in this cocktail!

Slice 4 vanilla beans down the middle, and stretch them out for maximum surface area, then drop them into the bottle of Clique Vodka. Shake very well, and 2-3x a day for about 4-5 days, or until the vodka smells sweetly of vanilla. Strain out the vanilla beans.

Big Sean and Aura Gold Clothing Messing with…..

Following a concert in Dallas, Texas, Big Sean attended an event at the Guns & Roses Boutique to promote his clothing brand. Rapper Big Sean has been steadily working on his Aura Gold clothing brand and has just recently released the new look book for his brand. Also on site at the event was a certain black bottle serving up various delicious cocktails for all to enjoy, including Big Sean himself. After all this time, Big Sean finally brought his popular “Clique” song full circle.

If you like the pictures, feel free to share them!

Host the perfect holiday gathering with “The Partystarter!”

Hosting the perfect Holiday party is never effortless- it takes planning, excellent timing, and attention to detail to pull off a good one, so for your next party, why not leave yourself more time to mingle by letting the guest serve their own cocktails? I know- part of being the host is providing delicious high caliber cocktails to your guests, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with making them all at once! Besides, self serving cocktails are a great way to ensure that there’s never an empty cup in the house!

Host the perfect holiday party with the "Partystarter" cocktail!

There is an old rhyme reciting the Bajan punch recipe that still stand true with the best punch recipes today and it goes like this: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and four of weak.” It’s a great testament to the fact that punch can contain basically any ingredients, as long as they are kept in proper proportion. For our “Partystarter” punch, we’ll of course be using Clique Vodka as the strong, so we’ll need 1 bottle of that. For the sour, we’ll need 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, and for the weak: 2 cups of both cranberry juice and soda water. Historically the sweet component was almost always sugar, but it doesn’t have much flavor on it’s own, so it makes perfect sense to kick that idea up a notch and use ginger syrup instead. To make the ginger syrup, just heat 2 1/4 cups water with 1 cup peeled and diced ginger until you reach a boil, then cut the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of sugar until fully dissolved then strain, cool and bottle.

The day before you serve your punch, find a plastic container that is roughly 1/3 the size of your punch bowl and fill it with water and citrus slices, then freeze solid. To serve- just pop out your humongous citrus ice block and place in the punch bowl with 2 cups of your ginger syrup and the rest of the liquid ingredients.  Grate some fresh nutmeg on top for a beautiful presentation.

Don’t be afraid to try mixing it up a little- if you don’t like cranberry juice, swap it out for pineapple. Not a fan of ginger? Try using a chai or raspberry hibiscus syrup instead! Want to take up another notch? Try using infused Clique Vodka!

As long as you keep the proportions the same, your punch will always turn out perfect!

Grab Some Black Bottles on Black Friday!

You know what makes a great stocking stuffer? That is right, vodka! And purchasing the black bottles this Black Friday could reward with some cool gifts. This Black Friday coincidentally marks the official 1 year anniversary of Clique Vodka’s release of the new black bottles and it has been quite an explosive year! So, for those of you who are brave enough to battle the Black Friday shopping madness, you may just have the chance to win some new gear from Clique Vodka. Winning is simple, just find the nearest store, purchase a bottle on Black Friday, show us the bottle and win!

How to Win:

1. Find out Where to Buy Clique Vodka near you

2. Purchase a bottle of Clique Vodka on Black Friday

3. Upload the picture to Instagram and tag #CliqueShots or post on the Facebook page

The first 5 people to showcase their Black Friday purchase have a chance to win one of the new drawstring backpacks, t-shirts, stickers and more! All winners will also have a private invite to the Clique Vodka offices for a private tour and sampling.

DO NOT THROW AWAY RECEIPT! Winners must be able to show proof of purchase with receipt from store. Winners are responsible for their own transportation for the private tour. To those of you who are brave enough to head out on Black Friday, be safe. There are a lot of crazies out there…

True Artists Frzy and Lyric Da Queen Music Video – WTF

Two True Artists emerged last week with a collaboration on a song called “WTF.” This new music video was released last week on Yahoo Music and has been buzzing throughout the blogs ever since. As expected, see if you can spot a cameo appearance from a sleek and extremely good looking black bottle. Check out the premiere of WTF!

“WTF” is a unique, frenzied, and fast paced single from critically acclaimed and nationally emerging Pittsburgh emcee Frzy featuring X Factor season 2 finalist and Flint Michigan femcee Lyric Da Queen. The ‘WTF” video takes the fast paced energy of the song (Which includes three 32-bar verses) and creates a visual treat using stunning special effects created specifically for this video by Director Tom Larkin of Lethal Industries.

When Instagram Pictures Turn Into Shot Glasses

For a couple years now, Clique Vodka has grown the #CliqueShots hashtag on Instagram to close to 5,000 pictures. Very recently, Clique Vodka joined with its own Instagram account as expansion continues overseas. Get on and follow @CliqueVodkaUS! This #CliqueShots feed of pictures comes from you and all of the other fans who are out having fun and interacting with the brand. Those pictures are appreciated more than you will ever know!

To show our appreciation, we have teamed up A Shot To Remember and will be rewarding random #CliqueShots participants appropriately with a customized shot glass. A Shot To Remember is a unique company that uses the latest technology to capture and design custom shot glasses. For those of you who upload #CliqueShots on the regular, you may just have one of your many Instagram photos put on a shot glass!

How to use #CliqueShots:

  • Upload a picture to Instagram
  • Tag #CliqueShots

Seems a little crazy but it’s really that simple. Soon there will be specific contests put in place to award these giveaways but for now, it is completely at random. (Hint: We like pictures with people and the bottle.) There is also a chance to win a shot glass by showing off your Movember participation. Did you grow a mustache for Movember? Prove it and upload the pic!

Any questions, let us know @CliqueVodka!

 

End a perfect Thanksgiving meal with a Pumpkin Pie Martini!

Aside from the turkey (which I’m pretty sure wouldn’t taste very good in a cocktail) I think we can all agree that homemade pumpkin pie is the one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, so this year I decided to step it up a notch and make an alcoholic version. The best part of this recipe is that you can pretty much make the whole thing ahead of time, so it doesn’t take much effort to serve. Behold: the “Pumpkin-tini!”

The key to serving this cocktail fast is taking a couple of minutes to pre-make a pumpkin spice mix that you can just shake it over ice with Clique Vodka and garnish to serve. Not only does making a mix ahead of time speed up serving time, but when adding spices to other ingredients (much like sangria) the longer they sit, the more time the flavors have to mingle and blend together. I really like to use a ginger syrup for my mix (see recipe below), I think it adds a lot of complementing flavor, but if you don’t have time or aren’t really a fan of ginger you can use regular simple syrup instead (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water). Blend 4 oz ginger (or regular) simple syrup in a blender with 4 oz pumpkin puree (canned is fine), 1 oz cream, 4 drops of vanilla extract ( imitation is fine too), and 2 good shakes of pumpkin pie spice until you achieve an even consistency, the refrigerate in a bottle or pitcher until ready to serve.

When you are ready to make your pumpkin pie martinis, simply shake 2 oz of Clique Vodka with 1 oz of your pumpkin spice mix and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a ridiculous amount of whipped cream and a star anise pod.

Don’t think you can fit a whole martini after a lavish meal? Split in 3 and skip the star anise for pumpkin pie shooters!

 

 

Ginger Syrup:

Bring 1/2 cups of peeled and chopped ginger to a boil with 1 1/4 cups of water. Cut the heat and let steep 10 minutes before stirring in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved. Let ginger syrup cool before straining.

This is a Mandatory Cocktail We Cant Figure Out

It’s been 6 weeks since the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare) was initiated on Oct. 1st, and let’s face it- the rollout wasn’t too smooth. With a constantly crashing website and Americans receiving cancellation notices from their insurers for not meeting all the requirements of the new law, President Obama addressed the nation yesterday with an amendment to the law that will continue his project to build a better healthcare system for everybody. We’ll drink to that.

Our goal was to create a unique cocktail inspired by ObamaCare but as you can see, we have yet to figure out how to make this cocktail work. Unfortunately, millions of dollars were spent working in the mixology lab on a formula for this delicious cocktail but it looks as though we fell short of our originally intended expectations. So far, all we have is this glass and we also cannot figure out how to keep the liquid inside.

As you can see, this is still a work in progress as it is an extremely complex cocktail. Once we figure this out, we will of course make it mandatory for you to try and like. If you do not like this cocktail, we will fine you via email.

Warm up with a hot cocktail!

With temperatures dropping all over the place, there’s no reason you should have to settle for ice cold cocktails all  the time! The toddy is a traditional hot cocktail that consists of a spirit warmed up with hot water (or tea) and flavored with citrus (usually lemon) and spices, and does wonders for cold bones on a blustery day. Today we’ll be learning how to adapt this recipe to suit your tastebuds by picking out flavors that complement each other for a soothing:

Alcohol evaporates at a much lower temperature than water, so if you heat an alcoholic liquid too much the booze pretty much just floats away. To combat this we’ll be zapping 1 cup of water in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes, depending on your machine, or until it is steaming. Since water doesn’t really bring much flavor to the party, I highly suggest adding some via a bag of plain black tea- just throw it in to the water while you zap.I always like to add a cinnamon stick and a few cloves to the mix but depending on which spices you have a preference for, you can also toy around with allspice berries, nutmeg, star anise, peppercorns, citrus zest or really any other dried spices. Just toss them into the water about halfway through zapping (earlier if you love spice!) for an enchanting addition to the black tea. After your spiced tea is ready, simply pour 1 1/2 oz of Clique Vodka and give it a small sip. Usually a squeeze of lemon will brighten up the cocktail and give the spices room to shine, but since there are infinite spice combinations out there, I really suggest trying it first- you might have already nailed it! Oh- and if you need a touch of sweetness in there, just add a dash of simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water)!

Want more hot cocktails for chilly weather? Check out the #Mixbook for more great recipes like the “Johnny Appleseed!

 

I Mustache You To Grow One

Is it mustache or moustache? Well both technically work and every November is now known simply as, Movember. An annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. To do our part to help, we are encouraging you to participate and join in on the Movember awareness and support with your mustaches!

This is simply a fun project that Clique Vodka is getting behind and supporting. Throughout the month of November, Clique Vodka will reward random participants with random giveaways. Could be a t-shirt, could be a sticker or it could even be a custom shot glass from A Shot To Remember! All you need to do is participate via #CliqueShots. Show off your mustache and participate throughout month by uploading a pic to Instagram and tagging #CliqueShots.

How To Participate:

Throughout the month of November, anyone uploading their mustache progress pictures or funny mustache pictures may just find themselves being rewarded with random giveaways. This is not only for the guys out there, the ladies can participate as well. You just may have to get a little creative with the style of your mustache, Clique Vodka does not encourgage ladies growing a mustache.

How to Upload to #CliqueShots:

1. Upload Mustache Picture to Instagram and/or Twitter

2. Tag #CliqueShots

3. Share with your friends

If you would like to support the Movember Charity, you can do so directly by donating on Movember.com. Progress pictures are good to see too! Grow on friends.

 

Make your own flavored sours mix for this “FireDancer” cocktail!

For this deliciously delicate cocktail the trick is all in the mix- papaya sours mix that is. Making flavored sours mix is easy and brings a ton of flavor to cocktails in one pre made mixer  instead of muddling or infusing to get the papaya flavor into the cocktail. With just few easy steps you can have a delicious sours mix that you can keep in your fridge for up to a few days- and even longer if you throw in a couple shots of Clique Vodka!  To get started, split a ripe papaya down the middle and spoon out all the seeds and stringy flesh (pretty similar to how you would start carving a pumpkin). Spoon out the soft flesh until you have about a cup of it, and toss it into a blender. Add in 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice (but save those halves for later!), 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 1/3 cups simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water) or a little more if you prefer your cocktails on the sweet side. Pulse a few times until you attain an even consistency and funnel into a bottle.

For the “FireDancer” cocktail, shake 1 1/2 oz of your papaya sours mix and 2 oz of Clique Vodka over ice in a cocktail tin until refreshingly cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail  glass. To garnish- take one of your lime halves (leftover from juicing) and slowly flip it inside out to make a small floating bowl. Dribble a tiny bit of 151 proof rum into the bowl, and carefully light it on fire with a long grill lighter. To drink, blow out the flame and either tip the rum into the cocktail, or pick it up and shoot it, using your “FireDancer” as a chaser!

Not a huge fan of papaya? No problem, try making tropically flavored sours mix with pineapple, gauva or kiwi instead!

Use Zevia all natural sodas for sugar free Halloween cocktails!

If you’ve been searching for a way to cut down the amount of sugar in your cocktails, search no more! Our friends at Zevia natural soda have created a line of tasty carbonated sodas with you guessed it- no sugar! Instead they sweeten these bubbly beverages with stevia extract- a natural plant compound that is up to 350x sweeter than the same amount of sugar and has no effect on blood glucose levels and no calories!  They are currently making 15 different flavors of these miracle sodas- they all go great with Clique Vodka, but in light of the sugar soaked Halloween festivities, we decided to give those of you watching your sugar intake a little treat with these recipes!:

“Ginger Fingers:” In a cocktail tin, muddle 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka with a few fresh ginger rounds. Add 1/4 oz lemon juice and ice, then shake well to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with a frozen piece of ginger to keep the cocktail cold and top with Zevia Grapefruit Citrus all natural soda.

 

“Mountain Troll:” In a cocktail tin muddle the fleshy fruit of half a kiwi with 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka and strain into a flute. Add 1/4 oz fresh lime juice and top with Mountain Zevia all natural soda.

 

“Bleeding Heart:” Muddle 2 strawberries with 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka and pour into an ice filled rocks glass. Top with Strawberry Zevia all natural soda and garnish with a light up ice cube.

 

“Pumpkin Patch:” Add 1 1/4 oz pumpkin infused Clique Vodka (get the recipe here) to a rocks glass with ice and top with Zevia all natural ginger ale.

 

Make sure you check out the Mixbook for more exciting low-cal cocktails, and be sure you let us know how these sugar-less cocktails made your day by tagging your Instagram photos with #CliqueShots! (You may even win some sweet CLique Vodka swag!)

This delightfully gory Halloween cocktail is actually light and sweet!

Halloween is almost here, and what better way to curl up to a scary movie that with a gory Halloween cocktail? (And if you love scary movie like we do, make sure you enter to win a signed photograph of Tom Savini, legendary makeup artist for films such as Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th). This Halloween cocktail uses a blueberry infusion and an eye-catching garnish (get it?) and it sure to be the hit of any Halloween party this year, the:

A light and sweet Halloween cocktail with a delightfully gory garnish!

The key ingredient to this deliciously gory Halloween cocktail (and the incredible garnish) is an Asian fruit, readily available in larger grocery stores or in Asian specialty stores- the lychee. When sold fresh they have an very tough scary looking shell that is easily removable and reveals a soft fleshy fruit with a large seed. They have the texture of a plum accompanied by a distinctive sweet floral taste. Since fresh lychees have a such a small window of availability, I highly suggest buying them canned (in syrup) which is way easier than shelling fresh ones, and also provides you with a highly concentrated syrup to use in cocktails like the “Mad Eye!”

For this easy Halloween cocktail, just pop open a can of lychees and add a half ounce to a cocktail tin with ice (more if you prefer a sweeter cocktail) and 3 oz of blueberry infused Clique Vodka.  (To make the blueberry infused Clique Vodka, just add half a pint of ripe blueberries to a sealable glass jar with 1 bottle of Clique Vodka, and shake very well 2 or 3x per day for about 4 or 5 days until the vodka is a light purple and smells sweet). Shake the living daylights out of the cocktail and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

For the gory eyeball garnish, spoon a bit of strawberry jam and a few drops of grenadine (or red food coloring if you don’t have any) into a lychee, stuff in a blueberry, spear the whole thing and set it on the rim. Need some more great Halloween cocktail ideas? Check out “Hickory Trickery” and the “Cottontail!”

$500 Halloween Contest featuring Tom Savini

Enter now to win a personalized and autographed picture from the world renowned special effects artist, Tom Savini. Along with that, you can also win $500! All you need to do is log into the contest using Facebook or your email and complete the options. Each item completed counts as an entry. You can stop back each day and get more entries to win. The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning will be.

Enter to Win:

  • $500 Cash Prize
  • Personalized & Autographed Picture of Tom Savini!

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Contest ends at 6pm on Halloween! Remember, you can enter once per day.

Tom Savini

Tom Savini acquired a remarkable cult following among horror film fans, primarily due to his ground-breaking special effects in the splatter movie explosion of the early 1980s. Where he really caught the attention of horror buffs with his grisly effects in the cult George A. Romero-directed zombie film Dawn of the Dead (1978), and then in the controversial slasher film Friday the 13th (1980), the movie generally identified as the kickstart for the aforementioned splatter movie genre.

Not content with just being behind the lens, Savini has appeared in close to 60 films. One of his most notable roles is as “Sex Machine”,  leather-clad biker with a groin-mounted gun in Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 film, From Dusk Till Dawn. Other popular films you may recognize him from would be DJango Unchained, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and even Kevin Smith’s Zach and Miri Make a Porno.

In theaters now, you can catch Tom Savini alongside Danny Trejo in the new film, Machete Kills. Savini can be seen alongside actors like Mel Gibson, Sofía Vergara, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Charlie Sheen and many more. Savini was one of the lucky ones to reprise their role from the original Machete film along with Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba.

Make pumpkin infused vodka for this spooky Halloween cocktail!

It’s pretty hard to miss the pumpkin craze going on, it’s in everything from coffee to butter right now, so I took it upon myself to find out the best recipe for pumpkin infused vodka. With a couple tweaks and a couple pumpkins, here is my ultimate spooky pumpkin cocktail, Just in time for halloween!:

Pumpkin infused vodka goes into this spooky "Hickory Trickery"cocktail!

To make the main ingredient,  pumpkin infused Clique Vodka, you’ll need a small sugar pumpkin (sometimes called a baking or pie pumpkin).  Cut it in half,  remove the stem,  seeds and stringy bits,  then place the halves flesh side up on a baking sheet,  and sprinkle with a mixture of 1 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until soft.  Let the pumpkin cool before cubing the flesh and add to a large glass infusion tank,  jar,  or pitcher with 2 bottles of Clique Vodka and 1 split vanilla bean (cut it right down the middle and spread the halves out to reveal as much surface area as possible).  Stir the infusion a few times a day for about 3-4 days,  or until the Clique Vodka has turned a brilliant orange color and smells sweet. Strain out the pumpkin cubes and get ready to stir up some trickery!

To make the “Hickory Trickery” cocktail,  add 1 1/4 oz pumpkin infused Clique Vodka to an empty bottle and fill with hickory smoke using a smoking gun.  Shake the bottle a few times to infuse,  then pour the smoked pumpkin vodka into a short glass with ice,  and add 1/4 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water) and 2 oz fresh orange juice.  If you want to make up a pitcher of trickery, smoke the pumpkin infused vodka first,  then add it to a pitcher with a lid or small opening at the top along with the simple syrup and oj. You can then top the whole batch of with a little more hickory smoke, and it will spill out as you pour the cocktails for a delightfully spooky Halloween presentation!

If you want to try out more smoked cocktails for Halloween, check out the “Smoked Blackberry Sour” and “Fired Up” from the MixBook!

Pittsburgh Yellow Cab celebrates 100 years with a “Hail, Yes!”

Pittsburgh Yellow Cab, a division of the Pittsburgh Transportation Group, celebrates 100 years of “Moving Pittsburgh Forward” this year. To celebrate, they are partnering with Clique Vodka for their anniversary gala to be held tomorrow and will be unveiling 2 new cabs designed by John Ross in addition to the rollout of several new programs initiated this year. Wheelchair accessible taxis with retractable ramps allow patrons using scooters and wheelchairs to easily board, and the Yellow Cab has added a dozen “City Cab” sedans to the fleet- cars that will be designated for pickups only in the busy downtown section of the city dubbed “The Golden Triangle,” making it easier for guests and travelers to shorten their wait time. The most interesting program initiated this year? The “Hail, Yes” campaign, which now allows pedestrians to hail cabs from the street with a wave of the hand, rather than calling the dispatch center for service! With all the new changes we decided to create a custom cocktail just for the occasion:

The "Hail, Yes!" cocktail created especially for Pittsburgh Yellow Cab's 100 yr Anniversary!

This sweet and spicy cocktail owes most of it’s flavor to a simple ginger syrup that you can easily make at home. First peel the skin from the ginger root with the back of a spoon, then chop it into small pieces (you’ll need about a half cup). Bring the ginger and 2 cups of water to a boil, then cut the heat and let the ginger steep for about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of sugar until fully dissolved and let cool. Strain out the ginger pieces using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and the ginger syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To make the “Hail, Yes!” just add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka and 1/4 oz ginger syrup to a short glass with ice, then top off with lemon lime soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel, and don’t forget to toast with a big “Hail, Yes!”

Want some more awesome syrup and cocktail recipes? Check out the MixBook!

 

Ward off colds with this carrot juice cocktail!

Fall is fully upon us, and that means a lot of temperature changes and a constant chill in the air. Fortunately, paying a little attention to what I consume for the next week or so will ensure that I don’t end up with one of those nasty colds going around- I mean, who has time to be sick? For this week I picked out one of my favorite fall cocktails which relies on somewhat of an unorthodox mixer. Even though it’s a great source of phosphorus, manganese, potassium, and vitamins E, A, C, K, and B6, carrot juice rarely makes it’s way into cocktails. Even 1 ounce (like this cocktail uses) of carrot juice satisfies the daily minimal suggested anti-inflammatory consumption by researchers.  What’s up now, Doc?

"Cottontail" carrot juice and ginger cocktail!

This cocktail calls for a ginger syrup which is easy to make and plays very well with the flavors of carrot juice. Simply throw 1/2 cup diced ginger root (use a spoon to peel it) into 2 cups boiling water. Cut the heat, let the ginger steep for about 10 minutes, then stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar until completely dissolved. Make sure you let it cool down to room temperature before making the cocktail though- you don’t want to cook the egg white. Yep, egg white. As long as you use fresh eggs there’s like a zillion to one chance that you might get salmonella- but hey, you gotta live on the edge a little. If you’re that concerned- just use pasteurized eggs, or pasteurized whites in a carton. To separate the egg white, firmly tap the center on the outside of a cocktail tin and gently transfer the yolk between the halves until all the white has fallen into the tin. Add 2 oz Clique Vodka, 1/2 oz ginger syrup, 1 oz carrot juice, and 1/8 oz fresh lemon juice (about 2 wedges). Fill the tin with ice and shake vigorously. Shake very well for at least 15 seconds before straining into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a star anise pod.  Oh- and did I mention that ginger boosts the immune system and is anti inflammatory as well? Happy Fall.

Toast National Vodka Day with this “Back in Blackberry” cocktail recipe!

It’s here again- National Vodka Day! Accounting for almost 25% of liquor sales, vodka is still the most popular spirit in the United States since the 1970’s, and I can’t think of any better way to celebrate National Vodka Day than with a superb cocktail. This recipe has all the necessities for a cocktail worthy of a great toast: simple to make and big on flavor, this “Back in Blackberry” cocktail is sure to be a hit any day of the year!

National Vodka Day

In a cocktail tin, muddle 5 blackberries with 2 oz of Clique Vodka until you have a nice pulpy consistency.  Add a scoop of ice, 1/4 oz simple syrup (that’s 1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part hot water) and shake, shake, shake it like you mean it. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (either by popping it into the freezer for 5 minutes, or by filling it with ice and water for 30 seconds) and slowly top with your favorite Champagne or sparkling wine. To garnish, cut a small slice in a large blackberry and place it on the rim.

As if National Vodka Day isn’t reason enough to be sipping on Clique Vodka cocktails, why not sip a Clique Vodka cocktail with over 800 others? That’s right, over 800 people will be participating in our annual National Vodka Day toast today @ 6:00 pm EST and submitting photos to our #CliqueShots live feed! How do you join in on this massive National Toast? Simply grab a Clique Vodka cocktail, some friends, and toast National Vodka Day at 6pm EST today! Make sure you snap a pic on Instagram, and tag your friends and #Cliqueshots to show up on the live feed!

If you want to get super creative with your toast, make sure to check out the Cocktail Creation 101 post for tips on how to integrate some basic techniques into your cocktails, plus slew of awesome recipe for inspiration!

Cocktail Creation 101

So you’ve already mastered your shake, and know how to stir up the perfect martini (congrats!), but for The National Vodka Day Toast, we want you to step up your mixology game by adding a few new techniques to your roster. Sure, making the perfect cosmo is no small feat, but if you try adding in one of these methods, you’ll be on your way to some pretty fantastic cocktail creations. Perhaps try muddling a few strawberries into the cocktail, substitute an infused vodka, or even scratch the traditional triple sec altogether and replace it with a flavored syrup.  No matter how you switch it up, the possibilities are endless with a little creativity!

Method: Muddling

A traditional cocktail muddler looks sort of like a tiny wooden baseball bat, although now they also come in plastic and metal varieties with either a flat end or tiny spikes to help break up fruit, veggies, herbs or spices in spirits, quickly infusing them with flavor. Muddling is a popular technique because it’s fast, easy and transfers all the vitamins and minerals from fresh produce right into the cocktail.  Check out these muddled recipes for some inspiration:

               

 

Method: Infusing

Infusing is another great way to impart a lot of flavor from fresh ingredients into spirits, and opposed to muddling it takes a bit longer, but yields more flavor and in larger quantities of alcohol. Infusing vodka has skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years because using fresh ingredients as opposed to artificial ones in commercially flavored vodkas is fun, easy to do at home, and transfers antioxidants and rich colors to spirits. Here are a some great examples of cocktails than require infusions:

            

 

Method: Flavored simple syrups

If you’ve ever tried to add a sugar to a cold drink, you already know that getting it to dissolve involves relentless stirring or shaking, and always results in most of the granules collecting at the bottom of the drink anyway. The simple solution? Dissolve the sugar in hot water first, then add it to the cocktail for seamless integration. Of course you can always stop there, but why not add some flavor to the water first? These simple cocktails utilize flavored syrups that are not only very simple to make, but add loads of concentrated flavor with a small amount:

           

After all that inspiration, you must have some great cocktail ideas! Make sure you share them with the world by tagging your cocktail photos with #CliqueShots on Instagram to see it on our live feed during the toast! Random participants will be chosen to win prizes as well!

 

3.12 Seconds – A Short Film

3.12 Seconds is a short film featuring bottles of Clique Vodka, a camera and the World’s First Smart Rifle. Using a special camera that can capture frames at an incredibly high rate, you are able to witness what happens to bottles of Clique Vodka when shot by a gun. This video freezes in time a moment in time that the human eye would never be able to see. At first, a single bottle is shot followed by 3 bottles in a row.

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist – Oscar Wilde

Artist Statement:

This short film is a response to the instantaneous nature our society has adopted. Advanced processors, streamlined operating systems, and super high speed internet has diminished the appreciation of the minute beauty that exists in the moments between seconds. Using a camera that captures frames at an extremely high rates, I’ve taken something that would typically happen before your eyes in less than 4 seconds, and extended it to 7 minutes for your visual enjoyment.”
-Tom Larkin

Shot and edited by: Tom Larkin of T. Larkin Productions and Lethal Industries (Lethal412)
Shot using the Phantom Flex camera in Austin Texas.
Special Thanks to: Tracking Point, Phelan Barreiro, and Ryan Green

If you want to submit your own art featuring Clique Vodka, please email your work!

National Vodka Day Toast

There is a holiday that somewhat goes unnoticed throughout the world. National Vodka Day is this Friday October 4th and to bring awareness to this special event, Clique Vodka has declared a worldwide toast! It does not matter where you are, if you want to join in on the National Vodka Day toast, you can.

How to Celebrate:

Step 1:
At 6pm EST on October 4th, grab a shot of Vodka (preferably Clique Vodka) and raise it high as we toast to National Vodka Day!

Step 2:
Share your National Vodka Day Toast on Instagram and tag #CliqueShots!

Step 3:
Check out the #CliqueShots page to see who else joined in on the toast!

Look forward to seeing you this Friday at 6pm as we celebrate with a toast to one of the world’s favorite spirits! Join the 800+ who are already attending via Facebook and share your photos with them! Random #CliqueShots submissions will also be eligible for a gift!

Even though we wish National Vodka Day could be celebrated everyday, unfortunately there is only the one day to celebrate. How did National Vodka Day start you may ask?  While little information is available as to why we celebrate that date, let’s just be happy we get to celebrate at all! See you Friday.

If you are joining in the Toast, let us know @CliqueVodka!

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