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It's Thursday And Free Vodka is Happening

Alas, you have almost made it to the weekend. It is Thursday at last and the excitement is real. So real in fact that 1200 Miles is celebrating with one of their Spirited Happy Hours tonight, where guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails featuring Snow Leopard Vodka.

Tonight’s event is part of the Modern Mediterranean restaurant’s effort to introduce guests to many different libations throughout the fall, including both cocktails and appetizers.

Snow Leopard Vodka donates 15% of its profits to snow leopard conservation profits in an effort to help prevent extinction. The vodka is made in Poland at one of the finest vodka distilleries in the world and is the first luxury vodka made from the rare spelt grain, which has a distinct nutty fresh taste and is distilled six times with natural spring water.

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Five Pumpkin Ales to Try This Fall

Amber Foliage, crisp air, the smell of warm cider on a lazy Sunday morning can only mean one thing : Fall. As we enter the season filled with all the the pumpkin best, we must not forget the most important one, pumpkin ale. While microbreweries and craft beers seem to be increasingly dominating the beer market in the past few years, pumpkin ales have held their ground as far back as colonial America. Today’s pumpkin ales tend to be made with a combination of spices including ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice in a time consuming process. They usually are available from September through November, which is why we should take advantage while we can.

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Six Halloween Cocktails to Die For

’Tis the season to be scary! What a better way is there to get into the Halloween spirit than with some holiday themed drinks? Not a pro behind the bar? That’s ok—we’re not judging. In fact, we’re here to help. We’ve traveled the world to find the best Halloween themed cocktails, and so thoughtfully provided you with the trusted recipes for each. Whether you prefer vodka, rum, tequila, or whisky, you’ll find the perfect holiday drink in our roundup. Easy to make, fun to drink, and tasty enough to make Dracula swoon, these cocktails add a festive element to any Halloween party or pregame festivity. We’re sure that after just one sip, you’ll be under their spell of wonder.

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The Perfect Fall Wines

Many wines can be enjoyed year round, but certain wines pair best with fall food and are more comforting in the colder seasons, like a strong cabernet rather than a light rosé in the summer.

As the weather gets cooler we look for our food and drink to comfort us. Pumpkin pies, soups and casseroles tend to pair well with robust red wines. Many wine experts recommend pinot noirs and burgundys to compliment many heavier dishes that we cook in the fall.

Just as we change our wardrobe to welcome the autumn months let’s not forget to switch up our wine selection to compliment the season.

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Bar-Hopping For A Cause: It's Cocktails For Comfort

Get ready for a boozy adventure which also supports a great cause. Starting on October 10th, eight bars throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will be featuring specialty cocktails created to support Chemo Comfort — an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for chemo patients. Running until October 19, this ten-day event will be known as Cocktails for Comfort.

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It's Time To Drink Vodka Because Recipes





1. Sea Breeze

1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
4 fluid ounces cranberry juice
1 fluid ounce grapefruit juice
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
1 lime wedge


Combine all ingredients and stir. Add ice and garnish with a lime.

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Manhattan's New Swim-Up Bar is Everything We Dreamed It Would Be

The Upper East Side is about to gain some major swankage.Spa Castle the in- and outdoor spa establishment that has found much success at its current Queen's home base, will be making its way to Manhattan.

In just one short month, we can plan for the arrival of Spa Castle Premier 57 (115 E. 57th St.), the first of this brand of luxury spa retreats. Of course, guests can expect the usual — body scrubs, foot baths, saunas, and beauty treatments — but here, we’re going to focus on the next most important part: the drinks!

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Weekend Pick: Hyde Park Brew Fest











Nichols Park, Chicago is going to host a beer fest that rivals the honor of the Great American Beer Fest. This Saturday at Nichols Park, 30 and more brewers in Chicago bring out their finest beers and ciders for sampling. The Brew Fest is sponsored by Sam Adams and Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and the breweries to host include: Revolution, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Ale Syndicate, Vice District, Metropolitan, Baderbrau, Atlas, Bell's, Brooklyn, Hofbrau, Capital Brewing and many more. If you come on down this weekend with tickets you'll receive 20 sample tickets and a souvenir glass from the fest! But there's not just delicious crafted beer, there will be live music, food trucks and vendors. A great kick off to your October.

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The Annual Autumn Wine Festival is Bringing All the Wine

We don’t know how it happened, but somehow, fall has crept up on us. It seems only moments ago you were peeling off long sleeve shirts while melting on the subway platform and guzzling iced coffee to air condition your insides, and suddenly you are ordering Pumpkin Spiced everything and impulse buying chambray button downs and fall sweaters. We get it – we’re right there with you. Why not embrace your love of this fleeting, amber tinged season buy joining us at the 2nd Annual Autumn Wine Festival, sponsored by New York Wine Festivals and Vintry Wines on Saturday, November 22nd.

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Make Every Venture a Black Box Occasion


For savory wine ventures, think Black Box. Black Box Wines are absolutely perfect for holidays, parties, birthday bashes...and any outdoor plan! This award-winning brand places a major emphasis on top-notch flavor, quality and enjoyment, which is represented through each luscious sip.

Black Box’s 90-point 2009 Merlot was ranked sixth in Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 100 Best Buy” in 2012. This brand’s smart and efficient packaging portrays a more eco-friendly flair than your typical bottled wine, as less energy is required to produce and transport it. Upon opening, your box will savor its freshness for about one month. Relish at a dinner gathering or with Sunday’s pasta dinner!