There’s still time to make the most of this summer

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Aw, sweet summertime. Summer is my favorite season for so many reasons — the longer days, the chance to spend so much time outdoors and the opportunities to enjoy lots of pool and beach time just send me to my happy place!

I know that this summer is not a normal one to say the least due to the recent pandemic, but there is something sort of wonderful about the slower pace of this summer season.

Some days, it is simply too hot and humid to do anything but relax, but the warm weather is a great time to reset your schedule, get some much needed Vitamin D energy and find ways to simplify your daily routine! So whether you want to enjoy some cocktails, enjoy some last-minute safe travel, spruce up the home or your wardrobe. We have you covered to ensure that you make the most of this summer!

Cocktails, Wines & More

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Ingredients

Ice cubes

Chilled Prosecco

Aperol

Soda, served from syphon or chilled bottle

Slice of orange

Instructions

In a glass full of ice, combine Prosecco followed by Aperol in equal parts. Add a splash of soda and garnish with an orange slice.

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Ingredients

1.5 oz. Bombay Sapphire

½ oz. Martini Bitter

¾ oz. Orange Juice

¾ oz. Lime

¾ oz. Passionfruit Syrup**

Watermelon White Claw

Method: Add to a Blender with 8 ice cubes. Blend until smooth (should be a thick consistency). Add 2 oz. Watermelon White Claw. Scrape into a pint glass

*Passionfruit Syrup:

Blend together 100 grams Passionfruit Syrup (preferred Ceres) and 100 grams white sugar until smooth, or cooked over medium low until all the sugar is dissolved. Cool and use within 2 weeks.

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Refreshing sip for your at-home cook-out

INGREDIENTS

1.5 PARTS GRAND MARNIER CORDON ROUGE

.75 PART LEMON JUICE

1 BARSPOON SIMPLE SYRUP

3 PARTS SODA WATER

Build drink in tin, add ice and shake. Strain over ice into a Collins glass

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INGREDIENTS

1 bottle Kim Crawford Rosé

Lemon twist to garnish

DIRECTIONS

2 days before serving pour wine into a 9” x 13” pan or several ice cube trays and freeze, stirring occasionally if in a pan. When frozen solid, using a hand blender or food processor, blend frozen wine until smooth. Serve directly or freeze again for up to 1 week, covered. Garnish with lemon twist. Makes 5 Servings

Tips

Freeze 2 or 3 bottles at a time

Try with any other Kim Crawford wines

Don’t have a pan? Freeze the wine in a large thick re-sealable bag.

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Credit: Victoria Bouthillier-Croteau

1.5 oz Disaronno

Fresh lemon juice

Fever Tree Club Soda

Pour Disaronno over ice, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and top up with club soda. Stir and garnish with lemon zest.

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Ingredients

2 oz Cincoro Blanco Tequila

4 oz. Premium Tonic Water

1 Lime for garnish

Method

Add all ingredients to ice filled Collins glass

Stir lightly until well chilled

Garnish with fresh lime wedge

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Created by Mixologist Steven Lewis. To be enjoyed with fresh East Coast oysters

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Ginger Syrup*

1 dash Cardamom Bitters

Orange Twist for Garnish

Rose Water for Garnish

Preparation

1 Combine Talisker 10 Year Old, fresh lemon juice, ginger syrup, and cardamom bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.

2 Strain contents into a chilled Nick & Nora glass and garnish with an orange twist and a few drops of rose water.

Ginger Syrup

1 1/2 cup room temperature Ginger Juice

1 cup Sugar

Stir ginger juice and sugar in a saucepan on high heat until dissolved. Pour into clean glass container and allow to cool. Will keep 4–6 weeks.

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Created by Mixologist Eric Ribeiro

Ingredients

1 1/4 oz Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Simple syrup

Champagne for top

Preparation

1 Combine Talisker 10 Year Old, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.

2 Strain contents into a Flute glass.

2 Fill to top with champagne and garnish with a twist.

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There’s a new spritz in town, and it’s here to give your favorite summer cocktails a run for their money. The Hugo is a light and refreshing European summer aperitif that’s currently on the rise in the U.S. as people search for an elevated alternative to the Aperol Spritz. The cocktail combines mint, lime, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, and sparkling water, providing the cooling refreshment of an Aperol Spritz without the syrupy, bitter aftertaste.

4 parts prosecco

1 part St-Germain elderflower liqueur

2 parts sparkling water (or to top of the glass)

2 slices of lime

1 sprig of mint

METHOD

Pour prosecco and St-Germain over ice in the glass of your choosing. Add lime and mint leaves and top with sparkling water. Enjoy!

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1oz Cointreau

2oz Mezcal

1oz Fresh Lime Juice

.25oz Simple Syrup

4–5 Mango Cubes*

5–7 Ice Cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend to combine. Pour into a margarita glass rimmed with chili lime seasoning. Option to add in 1oz of mango juice & omit simple syrup

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1½ oz Rémy Martin 1738
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup
3–4 oz club soda
Lemon wheel
Brandied cherry

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine cognac, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a highball glass. Top with club soda, then garnish with a lemon wheel and brandied cherry.

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2 oz PATRÓN Silver

.5 oz PATRÓN Citrónge Mango

.8 oz Lime juice

1.5 oz Peach nectar

.5 oz Agave simple syrup

6 Fresh strawberries, 1 for garnish

3 Mint leaves

Mint sprig for garnish

METHOD

Combine all ingredients into a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a mint sprig and strawberry.

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1.5 oz Crown Royal Peach

2 dashes angostura bitters

4–5 mint leaves

Crushed ice

Muddle the whisky, bitters, & mint together & add the crushed ice (no sugar! It’s already super sweet).

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2 oz / 60 ml Belvedere Vodka

.75 oz / 20 ml Honey Syrup

.75 oz / 20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

2 oz / 60 ml Matcha Tea

Top with Soda Water or Natural Ginger Beer

Ginger Slice

Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass over fresh ice and garnish with ginger slice.

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Created by Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3–4 oz. Club Soda

Preparation

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh pineapple juice and fresh lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well.

Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and top with club soda.

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Created by Taylor Meschke, Beverage Director @ Bounce Sporting Club

2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

1.5 oz Irish Breakfast Tea

0.5 oz Fresh Lemon

0.25 oz Agave

2 bar spoons Raspberry Preserves

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Ketel One Botanical is packaging up everything you need to make the Botanical Spritz — from glassware to garnish — in all three varietals (Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint, Grapefruit & Rose). You know it’s summer when this fresh-tasting cocktail is in hand, made in no time with only three simple steps.

From celebrating the end of a work-from-home day to kicking off a long weekend poolside, toast to moments big and small with the Botanical Spritz. And with only 73 calories per serving, it’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy all season long.

The Perfect Spritz Kit is available to ship nationwide via Cocktail Courier, with enough ingredients to make six cocktails.

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VIDE is a conveniently packaged, pre-mixed vodka soda with a hint of natural fruit flavor that comes in two varieties: Cranberry and Watermelon. Made with only three ingredients, VIDE is crisp, refreshing, and light! The 5% ABV beverage is 99 calories, gluten-free, and contains zero sugar or zero carbs.

VIDE was founded in 2019 by college best friends Ryan Laverty and Sal Campisi. The pair, who are only 25 and 26 years old respectively, came together to create VIDE when they realized there was a gap in the market for a ready-to-drink product made with real vodka (VIDE contains 6x distilled vodka). They shared a vision to deliver convenience and clean ingredients to the modern drinker.

VIDE is priced at $11.99 (for a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans) and can be shipped to 34 states. To find if shipping is available in your state, please visit: https://drinkvide.com/order-online.

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CANTEEN is a line of canned vodka + sodas in a variety of refreshing flavors. Unlike popular hard seltzers, CANTEEN is made with real vodka and all natural ingredients in a 12 oz can that will actually fit in your cup holders and koozies.

Ready to go and ready to drink, this is the perfect year-round cocktail for boat trips, road trips, backyard BBQs and drinks on the roof.

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ICE, ICE BABY! The makers of Smirnoff just launched *NEW* SMIRNOFF ICE ZERO SUGAR — a zero sugar, ready-to-drink option that delivers a balance of citrus and sweet. This new kid on the block has the same crisp, delicious flavor of the iconic Smirnoff Ice Original with less than 100 calories and no sugar.

Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar is best enjoyed chilled. You can find Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar in stores nationwide for the same SRP as Smirnoff Ice Original, $8.99 per 6pk.

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Just ahead of National Rum Day on August 16th, pick up a pack of the new BACARDÍ Real Rum Cocktails. Convenient, full of flavor, and low ABV (5.9%), these ready to drink cans are made with a base of award-winning BACARDÍ white rum and available in three delicious flavors: BACARDÍ Lime & Soda, BACARDÍ Limon & Lemonade and BACARDÍ Rum Punch in a four pack for $12.99. No matter where your festivities take you, you can purchase the new cans for at-home via Drizly, Minibar and Instacart! Also, see below for some other rums to enjoy.

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Ingredients

2 parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho

0.25 parts simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura® bitters

Method

Add all ingredients into a rocks glass, fill with ice and stir until well mixed and very cold. Garnish with orange peel.

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Ingredients

2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez

Method

In an old-fashioned glass, pour BACARDÍ Diez over ice. Serve. No garnish.

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Created by Donna Stewart, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

1.5 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

.5 parts Lime Juice

1.5 parts Pineapple Juice

1 part Cream of Coconut (Coco Lopez)

1 part Coconut Milk

Method: Shake and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. You may also blend all of the ingredients with crushed ice instead. Garnish with a Cherry and Pineapple wedge.

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1 Part Flor de Caña 12

¾ Parts Campari

¾ Part Sweet Vermouth

Method: Combine ingredients and stir well. Strain over a large block of ice in a rocks glass. Spritz and garnish with a large orange peel

Purchase Flor de Caña 12 on Drizly HERE.

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1.5 Parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

½ Part lime juice

4 Cubes sugar

4 Pieces pineapple

10 Mint leaves

Method: Muddle pineapple, mint and sugar in the bottom of a shaker. Add ice, lime, Sailor Jerry and shake well. Pour into glass and top with ice, lime and mint.

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2 oz Mount Gay Eclipse

1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup (water:sugar)

Directions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in a chilled cocktail glass.

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2 oz dark, Santa Teresa 1796
1 oz Martini Rosso
3 dashes angostura

Method

Build all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir 30–40 seconds. Pour over a martini glass. Garnish with a citrus slice or brandied cherries.

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2oz Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1/2oz Ginger Syrup

2oz Fresh Orange Juice

Angostura Bitters

Method

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker

Strain over ice in a tall glass, then garnish with a lime wheel

Add a straw and finish with 6 dashes of Angostura Bitters

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1.5oz Cutwater White Rum

.75oz Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum

1oz float Cutwater Bali Hai Tiki Dark Rum

1oz fresh lime juice

.5oz orgeat almond syrup

.5oz orange liqueur

Method

Add all ingredients except Bali Hai Tiki Dark Rum to a cocktail shaker with a little crushed ice.

Give the tin a quick shake, dump into a Mai Tai glass, and top with more crushed ice.

Float 1oz Bali Hai Tiki Dark Rum on top.

Garnish with a mint sprig and an orange slice.

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Like a bowl of strawberries with just a hint of currant, this rosé is wonderfully fruit driven with a clean, food friendly finish.

Perfect Pairings: summer charcuterie or cheese platters; grilled fish; light pasta or rice dishes.

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Soft and luscious, this refreshing Rosé is richly fruited with hints of watermelon and strawberry. Ideal as an apéritif or summer sipper, this easy-drinking wine also pairs perfectly with lighter salads and other fare.

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Grammy nominated, multi-Platinum recording artist, Post Malone, announces his latest creation, Maison №9, a new French rosé created and developed in partnership with friend and entrepreneur James Morrissey of Global Brand Equities, and Dre London, long-time music manager and Founder of London Entertainment.

A thoughtful collaboration designed to break down the traditional perceptions around wine and its barriers for consumers, Maison №9 is a light, high-quality, accessible rosé from Provence, France, that will be available online and in stores this June with exclusive distribution and sales support from E. & J. Gallo Winery.

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The Saignee is a unique style of rosé wine, often bolder, darker in color and richer in taste than any other rosé wines. What is Saignee? It is a method of rosé winemaking that involves “bleeding” off a portion of red wine juice after it’s been in contact with the skins and seeds. Saignee is a unique style of rosé wine because it is often bolder and darker in color and richer in taste than any other rosé wines.

The new variety is available for purchase on Big Cork Vineyards website and in store for $26.

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Delightfully dry with vibrant acidity, Meiomi Rosé opens to delicate aromas of strawberry, rose petal, and citrus. The palate offers mouthwatering flavors of juicy strawberry, watermelon, hay, and grapefruit rind with a cool minerality on the finish.

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JNSQ Rosé Cru is summer in a glass, no matter what the calendar says. Not too sweet, but never bitter, this grenache-forward Rosé is clean and aromatic with a touch of strawberry and hints of Bing cherry. The dynamic flavors are accented with savory herbal and white floral notes that make it crisp and elegant, perfect for sipping by the pool, serving at a barbecue, or toasting over a candlelit dinner.

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Grown in the cool-climate Marlborough region of New Zealand’s South Island, this fresh, high-quality Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of lime zest and distinctive passion fruit. The palate features fresh, crunchy acidity and an abundance of tropical and citrus flavors. The zing of aromas and flavors in Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc will balance flavorful marinades and not fall flat against the pickled onions and lime.

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Bonterra Organic Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a great go-to beverage of choice for summer sipping on the campsite or at home. With aromas of kumquat and white peach on the nose, this wine offers flavors of bright melon and citrus with a subtle hint of grass and refreshing acidity for a vibrant, clean and lengthy finish.

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A velvety white with notes of juicy peach, toasted pear, roasted pineapple, lemon peel and hazelnut on the palate. The wine’s long fruit forward and toasty complexity lingers luxuriously for a rich, creamy finish. This chard is best enjoyed alongside chicken on the grill.

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Smooth, opulent layers of pineapple and lemon peel are heightened by sweet smells of honey, almonds, baking spices, and subtle custard notes. The full flavors are highlighted by succulent acidity and a clean, mineral-driven finish.

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20 Servings

INGREDIENTS

Homemade Dough

All-purpose flour — 1.1LB

Warm Water

Beef tallow or butter — 4.4OZ

Salt — .40OZ

Filling

Fresh Salmon- 1.1 LB

Onion — 7OZ

Garlic — 2 Cloves

Butter- 1.50 oz

Chopped Parsley- 0.70 oz

Red bell pepper-r 3.50 oz

Green pepper- 3.50 oz

Sea salt- to taste

Chopped spring onion- 3.50 oz

Black pepper- to taste

Smoked paprika — to taste

Boiled egg- 1 unit

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You can’t go wrong pairing sweet and spicy barbecue with an equally bold wine like Malbec. Hand harvested and grown using sustainable farming practices, the Tussock Jumper Malbec has flavors of black cherry, plums, and spice, along with high tannins that are a great match for grilled beef like brisket or steak. Secret chef trick: add a little bit of this wine to store bought barbecue sauce for extra pizazz!

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This red blend features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, and roasted fig and is perfect for those seeking a smooth and luscious finish.

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The perfect wine for savory and hearty dishes, this Red Blend exhibits aromas of red currant, plum and blackberry fruit followed by warm baking spices, cocoa and mountain sage. The wine is full-bodied, mingling with the flavors of fruit, spice, subtle oak and chocolate. The tannins and acidity meet gracefully extending into a lingering finish.

Pimento Cheese-Bacon Burger

Bobby Flay-approved, give your classic cheeseburger an update with roasted red bell peppers, double-smoked bacon, sweet onions, and grated cheddar cheese. The savory flavor and silky texture accent the Red Blend’s spice and oak notes.

Vegetarian substitute: In lieu of meat patties, use Impossible Burger patties.

Sweet Hot Baby Back Ribs

Enhance the wine’s baking spices and cocoa notes with sweet and spicy BBQ ribs. Oven-baked or charcoal roasted, the marriage of sweet and zesty will energize your palate.

Vegetarian substitute: For a plant-based alternative, tender meaty Jackfruit Vegan Ribs will impress the most discerning meat-lover.

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On the nose, aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, are laced with mocha and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. Flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, and tasty mocha lend complexity and depth on the palate. With a silky texture, and balanced acidity, enjoy this wine with tomato-based pasta dishes, thin-crust pizza, grilled lamb or turkey.

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This Red Blend is a blend of 75% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 7% Malbec and 1% other red varietals and is focused and generous, open textured and inviting, offering cherry, currant, red plum, and raspberry jam flavors.

Perfect Pairing: Foods with complex flavors match the complexity in this red blend, including pepper steak, smoked cheeses, a well-seasoned beef dish, Mexican food or a rich stews.

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This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.

Perfect Pairing: This bold wine pairs perfectly with a variety of food preparations from grilling and braising to roasting and searing. Grab a bottle of H3 Cab Sauv to accompany grilled steaks, roasted lamb, portobello mushrooms, blue cheeseburgers and more.

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A blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2017 ISOSCELES shows why Paso Robles is such a great place to grow these varieties.

Full-bodied, with ripe black fruit, complex barrel spice and amazingly ready to drink right out of the gate, you can try a bottle or two now, but make sure to save a few to enjoy this wine as it continues to evolve after some time in the cellar.

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No matter what your summer celebrations entail at-home, Veuve Clicquot is sure to be the perfect offering for any in-person or virtual celebrations this year. Available for delivery on MiniBar.com.

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The archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir-faire, Krug Grande Cuvée is recreated every year from a blend of around 198 wines from ten or more different vintages and three grape varietals.

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This wine is wonderful on its own, and pairs well with savory appetizers, complex seafood dishes and anything spicy. Open a bottle along with goat cheese souffle, scallops with roasted garlic and pesto, or a slow cooked spicy red chicken curry.

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The wine is dry with fine, lively bubbles, delicate pear and apple fruit aromas and a crisp finish. The elegant mousse can refresh your palate for the next bite, and the greater complexity and intensity of our Prosecco Superiore DOCG will not get overwhelmed by heavier dishes such as pasta carbonara with shrimp, grilled vegetables drizzled with Italian olive oil and parmesan cheese, or simply prepared filet of beef with rosemary.

Travel (Safely)

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The latest property in Karisma Hotels & Resorts portfolio to open their doors, the all-new Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun welcomed back guests on July 1. The flagship for Margaritaville’s all-inclusive Island Reserve concept is the first Margaritaville to open in Mexico, and joins Karisma’s roster of 13 oceanfront properties in the Cancun area alone. Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun will continue toensure guest safety and deliver an unmatched level of service with the new comprehensive well-being program Karisma Peace of Mind™.

The program features new health protocols, updated guidelines and industry-leading best practices, including alignment with Delos Well Living’s International WELL Building Institute and Well Living Lab, in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic, with endorsements by Deepak Chopra. The program will be implemented across all Karisma properties, setting a new standard for the hospitality industry.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the award winning five-star hotel, has unveiled a new Luxury Escape offering for travelers looking to hit the road and enjoy an unforgettable stay in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Available for travel until December 31, 2020, the new Luxury Escape Package includes access to a guest room or suite with a terrace and stunning views of the city, an exclusive welcome amenity, Rooftop by JG breakfast for two guests, and complimentary valet parking for stays between two and five nights.

To keep guests safe, Oasis West Realty LLC, parent company of the award-winning property, contracted International SOS/Corporate Medical Advisors, the world’s leading medical and security services company, to develop a bespoke safety plan and worked swiftly to create a lower-risk environment.

New precautions include markers to indicate safe distancing, sanitization systems in high traffic areas, elevated cleaning methods, contactless check-in and check-out, along with the utilization of environmentally responsible and ultramodern technology.

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Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s 5 star, charming country house in Ascot, complete with its own Polo Grounds and Equestrian center, is available this summer for a full buy out for those looking to escape the hustle-and bustle of London with their closest friends and family. The 70 key estate is set on 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland and is located just 45 minutes from Central London by car.

A stay at Coworth Park promises languid days spent meandering through the hotel’s endless acres of gardens, wildflower meadows, and fields, providing for the perfect change of scenery. For families looking for an entirely private experience, Coworth Park’s Dower House, is the perfect choice.

The three en-suite completely restored Georgian cottage is secluded from the main house and fully equipped with its own state-of-the-art kitchen and personal chef upon request. Those looking to retreat from the crowds and make lasting memories in the picturesque English countryside will enjoy Coworth Park’s secluded location, access to expansive walking trails, exceptional equestrian center and Michelin-starred private dining.

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It’s the perfect time to plan a refreshing family vacation by the beautiful beaches, just one mile from the Inn. Plus they’re within walking distance of Main Street and Jobs Lane, shopping and wonderful arts and cultural experiences. Also, checkout the all new summer menu from the Inn’s own restaurant, Claude’s for a meal that the family won’t be able to forget.

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The Rockaway Hotel is a vibrant, community-driven, full-service hotel located in the heart of Rockaway Beach. Inspired by the area’s rich surf history and serving the Rockaway Beach community, New Yorkers at large and travelers from afar, The Rockaway Hotel will be the peninsula’s premier destination.

The newly built 84,000 square foot hotel will offer over 50 guest rooms, a restaurant, a rooftop bar, an all-day cafe and coffee shop, an outdoor pool area, a spa, and more, all under one roof in Rockaway Beach.

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Blue Diamond Resorts announces its plans to reopen five of its luxury resorts after a three-month temporary closure. On July 15, 2020, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril and Grand Lido Negril resumed their operations following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local Ministries of Health.

As the Caribbean’s fastest-growing resort management group, Blue Diamond Resorts is thrilled to welcome back discerning guests in two of its highly sought-after beach destinations for a family-friendly vacation or adults-only getaway.

To help safeguard both guests and employees, Blue Diamond Resorts has implemented new Safety-Assured Vacations protocols, including physical distancing guidelines, advanced dining safety, increased staff training and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a 360º Clean Approach of all resort common areas and Diamond Clean Guest Rooms where every touchpoint is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

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Credit: Marriott Hotels & Resorts

The upscale JW Marriott Grand Rapids reopened to guests on July 1st, providing modern and sophisticated accommodations for discerning business and leisure travelers. While closed, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids’ International Ballroom, eight meeting rooms and pre-function space were updated with modern sophistication and warm, richly-furnished designs. The spaces now feature dark, muted tones and metallic accents with carefully curated furniture that combines simple lines with rich wood grain and soft, sumptuous fabrics.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts has introduced the Marriott Cleanliness Council made up of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention to provide guests a safe environment during their stay.

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One of the latest NYC hotels to reopen, The James New York — NoMad just began welcoming back guests August 1. The reopening marks a new emphasis on well-being for the NoMad haven, having employed a reopening strategy rooted in industry experience and scientific guidance. New protocols and procedures have been put in place, including in-room Safety Kits for guests and a “Your Room is Your Room” policy, wherein no hotel personnel will rooms of guests staying less than 5 days unless specifically requested.

In place of indoor dining, the iconic italian eatery Scarpetta opened a new outdoor dining concept: Scarpetta’s Outdoor Garden Cafe, presented by Whispering Angel. Open 7 days a week, the new space (spanning 29th street from Madison Avenue) is designed with floral archways, plant dividers and orange trees.

The new Mediterranean-inspired Aperitivo series, offered nightly from 4PM-6PM, features a Cicchetti menu, signature cocktails and wines by the glass — including individual-sized Whispering Angel bottles created exclusively for Scarpetta Garden. As an added highlight, for every plate of Spaghetti sold Scarpetta will give $1 back to The Food Education Fund, a culinary-focused program providing opportunities for NYC students to build careers in the hospitality industry.

With guests’ safety top of mind, The James New York — NoMad is offering a bevy of reopening deals tailored to locals/regional travelers seeking a safe staycation or weekend escape:

  • Stay Local Special: Purchase one room and get 50% off a second, including a $100 food & beverage credit per stay, waived $150 pet fee and doggie treats, bed & bowl; rates start at $279
  • Office Sanctuary: Your own private office from 7am-6pm, with James Suite accommodations including a full size work table, $25 F&B credit for takeout at Bourke Street Bakery, and complimentary wireless internet; rates start at $129 for day use only
  • The Scarpetta Italian Picnic: room accommodations and a Scarpetta-signature picnic bag, packaged with Italian classics that can be tailored to specific dietary needs. Topped off with a bottle of Whispering Angel, the al fresco escape is perfect for a picnic at nearby Madison Square Park; rates start at $289
  • Stay More, Save More: The hotel is additionally offering discounts for extended visits, with added savings the longer you stay! With up to 30% off bookings of 3+ nights, New Yorkers can find a new spot to social distance; rates start at $150
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Nestled between Hilton Head and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff is ideally situated on 20,000-acres of coastal nature preserve, surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront, marshland and lush maritime forests — offering a natural landscape for those guests looking for fresh air and ample space to relax and recharge. Recognized as the ultimate outdoorsman’s paradise, the resort delivers a balance of socially-distanced active and relaxing pursuits, including kayaking, paddle boarding, golfing, biking, horseback riding and indigenous treatments at 13,000-sq. ft. Spa Montage, to name a few.

With 200 spacious accommodations, the resort offers one to two-bedroom cottages with private entry and residences up to 4,200-square feet, along with guest rooms and suites at the Inn that reflect the ultimate in refined elegance and Lowcountry luxury.

Summer Essentials

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A technologically advanced mattress, the 14” Boutique features a seven-layer structure, offering superior comfort, breathability and support year-round. Boutique is made with 100% Certipur-US foams for a happy, healthy and harmonious night’s sleep every night of the year. Plus, the 14-inch Boutique comes with an extra layer of the brand’s custom Buoyancy Gel, blended with foam and gel infusion, which reacts faster than traditional memory foam and has better support for more pressure relief, all while sleeping cooler.

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Built with a steel body, this 20″ box fan from Lasko features 3 quiet speeds, a weather-resistant motor for worry-free window use, and Save-Smart® (costs less than 2¢ per hour to operate). Plus, the fun color is great for dorms or other rooms where you need a pop of color! Also comes in Black and Purple.

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This versatile product functions as an air fryer, rotisserie oven and dehydrator, perfect for nearly any cooking task. Make better-for-you fries that are just as crispy and tasty, roast a whole chicken, or dehydrate that leftover pineapple you’ve been meaning to eat. Available on Amazon

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Man Crates’ Grill Master Crate is the ultimate set for those who loves to spend their time in the backyard grilling up steaks, hamburgers, or whatever their hearts desire. With a brass-knuckle meat tenderizer, cast iron smoker box, steak thermometers, hickory wood chips, and an array of BBQ sauces and spices, your grilling skills will have even your neighbors jealous.

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It is still summer grilling season, the new Grill Mates Regional Seasoning Blends make it easy to enjoy authentic, regional variations of iconic BBQ flavors, from the sweet, tangy sauces of the South to the spicy, tomato-based versions of the Lone Star State.

Additionally, you can head to GrillMates.com as it’s the go-to grilling resource for how-to videos and photos for mastering a new technique (like grilling a whole fish), tips for getting the right heat level, crave-worthy flavor pairings for all types of meats, seafood and veggies, plus lots of additional inspiration and recipes.

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The Üllo Wine Purifier is a revolutionary sleek and compact filter for red and white wine drinkers that acts as both a sulfite filter and aerator. Sulfites are added by winemakers as a preservative, so the wine purifier pulls these sulfites (those niggly things known to cause negative effects for some), so you can enjoy the natural flavor of wine without the bitter taste that is often associated with sulfites.

It’s just as if you were enjoying a bottle fresh from the vineyard! Whether you suffer from a sulfite sensitivity or you’re just looking for a smoother and more natural taste, Üllo is the perfect summer essential.

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Newly released EcoReco L5+ is a big sized, performance scooter with 8" Polyurethane (PU) filled front wheel, solid rear wheel, and a highly efficient motor. It’s equipped with 2 exposed aggressive rear suspensions to offer an unmatched comfort and stability. It is designed with a rougher style for a bigger rider and to handle bumpier road conditions.

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The Limited Edition Cape Cod Summer Potato Chips feature the simple elegance of cracked pepper with a hint of lemon flavor — complementing the delicate blend of orange, lime and lemon notes of Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

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Plan the perfect picnic or barbecue with Sophistiplate: unique, elegant & chic paper tableware for any and every occasion.

From Paper Dinner Plates ($6.50/8 pack) to Paper Lunch Napkins ($6.00/20 pack) to Assorted Plastic Cutlery ($15/24 pieces) and more, this classic red gingham screams picnic perfection. All you need now is some hot dogs & fresh cut watermelon and you’ll be in summer-loving heaven.

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Pretty Paradise Bouquet — Send that special someone on a trip to paradise, no plane tickets required! This magical mix of luxurious pink, yellow and green blooms bursts with color, texture and personality. It’s a tropical treat they’ll never forget!

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Rooster Essentials is a Carefully Curated Men’s Subscription service for today’s Man.

Daily use products, lifestyle essentials and grooming necessities, Rooster Essentials offers your favorite toiletry and personal hygiene products and will introduce you to new daily use products for use throughout the day. Avoid running out of your grooming needs as your customized subscription comes every month right to your doorstep. You choose the products and the frequency of delivery. A box arrives every month and the contents vary depending on your selections and choices of timing.

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It’s the brands biggest launch for 2020, bringing a lot of innovation to the space with a formulation that not only neutralizes body odor rather than just masking it, but is also infused with skin-soothing ingredients, so it treats while you wear it! This will also be the very first product in the body spray / perfume market that is made with a non-VOC propellant, eliminating air-polluting VOC’s that are also extremely toxic when inhaled.

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With the continuing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), more American residents are looking for solutions that are designed to protect themselves and their families while we bunker down in our homes. Business leaders are also looking for solutions to protect their essential teams that remain in offices across the country. While we work through the practice of social distancing and adjust our daily lives as a result of this crisis, Airdog USA presents a solution that every household should consider as we turn our attention towards staying healthy during this global pandemic.

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The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool, which is Quiet Mark approved is a multifunctional purifier that can be used to cool or heat a room using purified air. The product is designed to take in dirty air, clean it and then project clean air around the room. With 10 fan speeds it can be used as a traditional fan would be to cool a room. It also features heater capabilities. Simply set the thermostat in the product to the desired temperature and the machine will automatically turn on and off to maintain the temperature.

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Walmart has launched a new collection of furniture inspired by the Queer Eye Team — The Queer Eye Collection — exclusively on Walmart.com. And, the pieces are flawless!

The new collection includes 80 industrial-modern designed home furnishings priced between $70 and $599.

Behind the 2 doors of this storage cabinet are 4 shelves, 2 with bottle dividers, for plenty of storage for your wine and liquor collection, stemware, and party supplies so you have everything you need to entertain family and friends.

Summer Fashion

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Tailored using soft, yet structured mélange knit fabric with natural 4-way stretch, this cotton shirt is breathable, lightweight, and wrinkle resistant. NICESTUFF Clothing is part of the Skimlinks Share-A-Sale affiliate program.

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Gone are the days of stiff, constricting wovens…insert: Performance Aloha! Using our performance pique fabric that emulates the vintage look & feel of the old school Hawaiian shirts from yesteryear, we’ve elevated the classic style with advanced textile technology that takes its timelessness to new limits. Easy Care. Throw it in the washer & dryer with no worries.

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Get these Prada shades exclusively from Sunglass Hut just in time as many states start to reopen and can once again enjoy outside activities. Prada is synonymous with an understated style that has always anticipated, and often dictated, new trends. Prada sunglasses use only the finest materials to strike the ideal balance of form and function.

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Continue to make the best of your summer with a pair of sunglasses from Lensabl, the one-stop shop for all vision care products online. Survive the sun with a variety of stylish frames with premium sunglass lenses complete with blue-light blocking and 100% UV protection. Pricing starts at $77 for premium prescription and non-prescription lenses.

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The Bryant is named for New York’s Bryant Park. With a rectangular frame, the nose bridge also draws inspiration from Indian finials. The silhouette has an Italian acetate face with titanium arms. The Bryant comes in three colors: black tortoise x gunmetal ($220), bengal havana x 24 karat gold ($200), and jungle havana x steel ($200).

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PUMA is taking the court to the streets, with a collection that features improved technical details, conceived to maximize the wearer’s freedom of movement on the pitch, in the gym and in everyday life.

Offering Active and Sportstyle themes for sunglasses, the collection stands out with acid colors such as yellow and orange, as featured in the seasonal campaign starring athletes Alica Schmidt and Gianmarco Tamberi. We see her wearing a high impact mask with logoed lenses and temples, while he’s captured with a 90s-inflected navigator frame drenched in a bright orange hue that is anything but conventional.

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Exclusively from Florsheim, the shoes of the Fuel Collection stand out for their wedge soles and relaxed leather uppers that give them a modern, causal look. With the Fuel Knit Plain Toe Oxford there is an added a cool mix of knit and leather on the upper and on-trend color combinations to make it a shoe that is sure to get noticed.

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Designed in lightweight twill, this contemporary short is the versatile summer piece that works perfectly for even formal occasions. Cut in this Jacob fit, they have a regular rise and are slim through the hip and thigh for a streamlined shape. The yellow wash lets you create a look that’s completely your own this season.

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Beauty is in the details, and that’s evident at first sight of Rockport’s Amalie sneakers. The Cobb Hill designers have created a fresh look for this walking shoe: floral fabric and solid leathers, hand-crafted stitching and lighter soles… the Amalie is perfect for both a neighborhood stroll or to do some work in the garden. Pair these sleek, versatile shoes with wide-leg jeans, classic capris, or a casual skirt. You’ll look totally modern, while your true spirit shines.

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Amalia is an espadrille wedge with a double band that deserves a double take. Slip on this open-toe sandal in your choice of style from loud neon to luxe leather. Handcrafted for comfort. Made in Spain.

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The RS-Fast, a new colorful silhouette, takes cues from the early 2000s and blends it with bold futuristic aesthetics and highly visible graphics. The sneaker still features PUMA’s signature “Running System” elements with a modernized design, moving the minimized formstrip to the midsole with the PUMA leaping cat logo added directly to the side. Mesh and textile uppers with suede and synthetic overlays, an updated midsole pods and a new TPU heel give the shoe added value.

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Offered as a 3-pack for $29, the reusable face masks are made of a soft material with over-the-ear straps and an adjustable wire at the nose for a comfortable, secure fit. Even better, with every new patterned mask purchased, Banana Republic is offering an additional 10% off using the code “EXTRA10”!

Additionally, stock up on masks for the whole family with Gap’s Family Pack Face Masks, Kids’ Face Masks and Adult Face Masks options, with a variety of prints to keep you safe and stylish.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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