First off, for those who have not had the pleasure of trying Xante, it is a pear-infused cognac liqueur that hails from Sweden. Last Thursday, there was a VIP Xante Beauty Bar at the 2013 Speed Rack National Finals, held at Element Night Club. At Speed Rack, 10 finalists from across the U.S. competed to be named Miss Speed Rack USA. The event is the first nationwide competition that highlights women in the cocktail industry and gives back to those impacted by breast cancer. During the event, VIPs were able to chat with the finalists, enjoy underground Xante cocktails, and get beautifully styled at the beauty bar. Music by Ryan Fitzgerald added to the party and judges Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff, and Audrey Saunders really made the event. But if you think Xante started off with a bang, wait till you hear what they were up to during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic!
Next up, this past Saturday evening, The Mercedes Club hosted the Mercedes Club Heering Sling Fling! The event featured street food style bites from celebrity chef Rob Mccue, Xante-soaked sno-cones from Handsome Dan, and Style and Beauty Bars. At these pop-up bars, men had the opportunity to receive a brush-up, shave, shoe shine or a mustache trim, while the women could receive hand and shoulder massages, as well as facial consultations. Cocktails served included Singapore Slings, featuring Cherry Heering, Blood & Sand, and Coffee Heering to cap off the night. During the event, attendees were able to partake in fun games on the outdoor rooftop, including bocce ball, pool, and ping pong. Additionally, the classic film Blood & Sand was playing in the outdoor theater and popcorn was served. The fun cocktail-infused evening helped benefit Speed Rack and Share.