As my time here in Canada comes to a close, let me reflect back upon this awesome week spent with my lovely neighbors to the North. We mixed up some mystery cocktails with the good ole boys. Big thanks to Devon and Scott for making it possible. We perfected the Belvedere Century Soda, the new signature available at Century Grill in Edmonton. Phil Grandbois of justcocktails.org trained...
With Labor Day signaling the unofficial end of Summer, here are some of Belvedere’s greatest sunshine soaked hits! Brooklyn Backyard BBQs Lounging on Daybeds Bloody Mary Trollies Secret Garden Party New Orleans Pool Parties Belvedere Lemon Tea Punch Tales of the Cocktail But just because Summer’s over, doesn’t mean the Belvedere good times have to end. With...
MUSTARD & COSTUMES & JENGA, OH MY!
After our rather civilized day at the distillery where everyone created their own Belvedere Bloody Mary blend, things got wild, really really wild. I mean, just look at this motley crew! First there was mustard… Then there were costumes… Next there was some pretty impressive acting… And just when we thought things couldn’t get any crazier, there was the most...
Yesterday I arrived to the beautiful city of Manila, capital of the Philippines, and was immediately swept off to an incredible black tie event. Rough life, I know ;) I was lucky enough to be invited to Lifestyle Asia’s Black Swan themed Gala at Shangri-La to celebrate the magazine’s 25th year of publication. We sipped delicious Belvedere cocktails with our exquisite five course meal...
BONNY SCOTLAND & THE NORTH
The past couple of weeks have been dedicated to this lovely country I now call home, the UK of course! We’ve just launched Belvedere Bloody Mary + Belvedere Unfiltered over here and, lucky me, many of my trainings have been in conjunction with some delicious brunches. In Manchester we were hosted by the one and only, Nate Booker at Epernay, followed by Sky Bar in Leeds, where the ever...
Once upon a time, in a far away land… Last week was the opening of the Belvedere Tardis at The Whistling Shop in London, a sensory tour through the history of vodka complete with yummy food, delicious cocktails, and a bit of theater too. The team has put together a fabulous 2 hour experience that traverses the centuries, highlighting the very best of what vodka has been, and even takes a...
Due to it’s proximity to Zyrardow, Belvedere’s birthplace, I often visit Warsaw, Poland’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city. But this weekend I had the good fortune to visit one of Poland’s oldest and most beautiful cities, Krakow. With a rich, if not dark at times, history, beautiful architecture, and dozens of great bars, most found in the Kazimierz district, Krakow is...
LONG LIVE BELVEDERE! After an amazing couple of days in sunny LA, ICS and I geared back up for the cold and headed up to Vancouver for the 2nd annual North Western edition of Tales of the Cocktail. We hosted a five course Spirited Dinner at Chambar with the lovely papa-to-be, Jacob Sweetapple, where each course represented one of ‘Vodka’s Greatest Hits.” From the Cosmo (I know...
So who was the special VIP mystery celeb guest you ask?? Well…it was Mary J. Blige of course! Here’s a lovely one of Ms. Blige, just before she took the stage, along with our very own Charles Gibb, President of Belvedere. The evening was all about supporting (RED), Bono’s charity dedicated to stopping the spread of AIDS in Africa. It was an amazing night, with tons of people...
LA LA LAND!
So finally, after a looooooonnnnnngggg break (for which I apologize profusely), I’m back! I hope everyone had a great holiday season, a very Happy New Year, and that you didn’t miss me too much, I know separation can be difficult. But not to fear, I’ve made it my resolution for 2012 to keep you updated on all things Belvedere on a much more regular basis. Before you know it, you...
Belvedere Vodka 101: Infusion
“How did you guys manage to still get the vodka to come out clear? Every time I soak fruits, the vodka turns yellow/brown after a few weeks.” There are many ways to flavor a vodka, this particular process is called infusion. Our unique maceration process is a combination of infusion, distillation and blending, to infuse our vodka we soak our ingredients in Belvedere for up to...
While I was very sad not to be able to spend the most patriotic of American holidays (errr…except 4th of July…) with my family in the States, the BF + our lovely flatmate, Paul Mant, and special guest star, Jamie Evans, made this Yank feel very at home. Nothing says turkey and pumpkin pie, quite like Cornish game hens and a cheese board. But oh what a feast we had! After the...
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Last time I was in my beloved NYC it was so quick I barely had time for coffee and a bagel. This time however, I got to spend a bit more time catching up with my pals and checking out some of the city’s newest bars and restaurants. Big ups to my man Martim who has just taken over at Vandaag on 2nd Ave and to all the guys over at Whitehall, Kiki, Chris, Ryan, Nick, love ya work ;) And...
So it’s been a good couple of days I’d say, you know, a bit of this, a bit of that, just chilling in Monaco with Steve Aoki, no biggie…!!! My first time to this lovely pricipality and I have to say I am positively enchanted. Fast cars, glitzy casinos, and more sunshine than I’ve seen in ages. I was there along with Anna, of previous blogging fame, Ruben, of the London...