The Iconic Spirits Brand and Famed Actor Will Take Over A House Party for one lucky Winner, Bringing Holiday Spirit, Fashionable Ugly Sweaters and a Larger-Than-Life Snow Globe
It isn’t a holiday party until you add CaptainMorgan (Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.)and Adam Devine, so this season, they’re hitting up (er, crashing) one lucky house party for the person with the most holiday cheer. But before they set off on this merry adventure, they must identify someone who conveys the Captain’s sense of fun and they’re turning to Captain Morgan fans for help.
Adult party throwers (21 years and older) may write in to tell Captain Morgan and Devine why they need to “crash” their house party by following and commenting on the Captain Morgan brand’s Instagram account,@CaptainMorganUSA, and using the hashtag #CaptainsNightInContest.
“With all the house parties happening this season, I challenge all my festive fans to give us the best reasons for coming to their holiday soiree because I’ve got my ugly sweater and frosted cookies ready,” said Devine. “I don’t know where the evening will take us, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be one helluva night in.”
Captain Morgan and Devine will then select a winner and transform one holiday house party into the ultimate “Captain’s Night In,” with bright lights on the outside, holiday sweaters galore, a life-sized snow globe and more.
“Throughout the holidays, we know people enjoy fun times with friends right in the comfort of their own homes,” said Linda Bethea, Vice President of Captain Morgan.”Whether they’re competing for the ugliest holiday outfit or playing yuletide games, holiday party goers are staying in to enjoy the evening responsibly. So, it’s only fitting that we deploy Adam to bring fun to these festivities in a way that only Captain Morgan can for those hosting the best holiday house party.”
Don’thave an ugly sweater yet? The Captain’s got you covered. Head to the CaptainMorgan online store to get all the sweaters, onesies and jumpsuits you need for an epic night in. There’s even a Captain Morgan body pillow for those needing some extra holiday love this season. We can’t forget that with every holiday celebration comes great responsibility. So, when raising a glass, always do so in moderation—the Captain is always watching!
Full contest rules and regulations can be found here, no purchase necessary 21 and older.
Happy holidays from Captain Morgan, may all your house parties be merry and bright!
Brandwide Cookie Cocktails menu debuts at select Omni properties across the country
OmniHotels & Resorts announces CookieCocktails, the latest rendition of the brand’s month-long OmniOriginals culinaryseries. Tasty treats will spread holiday cheer at properties across the country and will highlight favorite cookie-turned-cocktail recipes from select brand chefs. Guests can enjoy surprising, creative libations with tastes from cinnamon and chocolate to bourbon and amaretto.
OmniHotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants, and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits.
“The holiday season is known for good friends, family, and food, so we decided to take a twist on tradition and make our favorite holiday cookies into crafty cocktails making for unexpected palate pleasers,” said Devin Burns, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels& Resorts. “Our chefs whipped up the cocktails using recipes from childhood cookie favorites they used to bake with their families during the holiday season.”
Flavorful, fun and aesthetically pleasing cocktails will be available at participating properties and will include the following (See full recipes below):
Cinnamon Churro Leche: Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila and the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon are shaken with milk
Chocolate Crinkle Surprise: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is joined by chocolate syrup, milk and the rich flavor of toasted almonds
Sugar Cookie Cocktail: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla, and agave nectar are shaken together with milk
Maple Pecan Old Fashioned: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon meets the flavors of butter pecan and maple with just a touch of black walnut bitters
Orange Spice Amaretto: Mount Gay Black Barrel, Disaronno Amaretto, orange juice, and a cookie butter syrup are shaken with Constant Comment orange spice tea
Sparkling Kolaczki Bellini: This sparkling cocktail blends Absolut Elyx with a touch of elderflower liqueur, peach puree and orange bitters then topped with Moet & Chandon Brut
Cinnamon Churro Leche
oz Tres Generaciones Resposado
oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
oz Monin Cinnamon Syrup
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve.
Chocolate Crinkle Surprise
oz Jack Daniels Black Label
oz Hershey’d Chocolate Syrup
oz Monin Toasted Almond Mocha Syrup
of powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Strain into rimmed glass. Top with a mound of shaved chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Sugar Cookie Cocktail
oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
oz Disaronno Amaretto
oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
oz Agave Syrup
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into green sprinkle rimmed martini glass. Garnish with nonpareil colored swirl and serve.
Maple Bourbon Pecan Old Fashioned
oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
Monin Butter Pecan Syrup
Monin Maple Spice Syrup
dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters
all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into
caramel-swirled Old Fashioned glass.
Orange Spice Amaretto
oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
oz Disaronno Amaretto
oz Orange juice
oz Monin Cookie Butter Syrup
oz Constant Comment Tea, concentrated
dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into iced Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, cloves, grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick then serve.
Sparkling Peach Kolaczki
oz St. Germain
oz Peach puree
dashes Orange bitters
oz Moet & Chandon Brut
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into sugared champagne flute and serve.
“We want to surprise our guests and show all of the different ways that you can take a tradition and make your own personal twist on it,” added Burns.
Omni is also committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families, and seniors in communities in which it operates.OmniHotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.
International Beer, Wine, and Liquor Delivery Company Toasts the Holidays with a Cyber Monday Deal
DrinkableGifts.com, the world’s premier online beer, wine, and liquor delivery company is proud to kick off the holiday season with a Cyber Monday sale worth having a drink for. Delivering alcohol and spirits everywhere in the globe it’s legal in just a few days, its customer service team are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you send the perfect Drinkable Gift to more than 175 countries.
Corporate customers can send their favorite cocktail gifts to colleagues, partners, and VIPs, including the signature Long Island Iced Tea Gift Set.
The exciting liquor gift basket company has already been quick to please customers and make a lasting impression. Eager to keep up that momentum, Drinkable Gifts is taking advantage of Cyber Monday to the fullest by announcing its sales early. On Cyber Monday customers will be able to save $27 USD on any order. That makes reaching for the top shelf bottle even easier! Customers who have been waiting to order a special bottle of someone’s favorite spirit won’t get a better chance than November 26th.
DrinkableGifts.com is also pleased to announce some extra goodies for corporate clients, too. Their bulk order form makes ordering 3 to 300 gifts quick and easy. This year, it’s even better. Customers with bulk orders will enjoy deep discounts based on volume, and we hear a little haggling is encouraged. Customers can look forward to impressing friends, family, or business partners with a wide selection of spirited gifts, even if they’re in other countries.
Customers will also be thrilled to know that they can get help with picking out gifts, even if they don’t want to talk to a person. Drinkable Gifts has a new gift selection tool: the Gift Wizard, that helps customers narrow down gifts. Customers can search by budget, type of gift, location, even what the gift is for! From beer baskets for sharing to deluxe champagne hampers for one, this tool sifts through them all with ease.
To be ready for the holidays, Drinkable Gifts has brought on extra customer service agents to make it even easier to chat with, e-mail, or talk to someone. The team is available 24/7 to make sure every order goes as smoothly as possible, and to answer any questions customers have. You can learn more at www.drinkablegifts.com.
Johnnie Walker, the world’s No.1 Scotch Whisky, opens its first flagship experiential retail store in Madrid. The exciting new space, which promises to become a leading destination for Scotch lovers and whisky novices alike, plays host to a wide variety of immersive experiences, including whisky appreciation classes and tastings designed to help people explore the world of Johnnie Walker and Scotch.
Johnnie Walker, the world’s No.1 Scotch Whisky, opened its first flagship experiential retail store in Madrid yesterday. The cutting-edge store is located on Calle de Serrano – adjacent to the Puerta de Alcalá – in the fashionable Barrio de Salamanca district of the Spanish capital. (PRNewsfoto/Johnnie Walker)
Visitors will be able to choose from a special collection of Johnnie Walker whiskeys, purchase some of the rarest and most exceptional single malts from which Johnnie Walker is crafted and explore limited edition curated collaborations exclusive to the new store.
The exciting new space, which promises to become a leading destination for Scotch lovers and whisky novices alike, plays host to a wide variety of immersive experiences, including whisky appreciation classes and tastings designed to help people explore the world of Johnnie Walker and Scotch. (PRNewsfoto/Johnnie Walker)
Among the experiences on offer is an interactive hosting area where guests can discover the craft of cocktail making, a tasting table where they can deep dive into the flavors that lie at the heart of Johnnie Walker and a personalization station where people can find unique gifts and add bespoke engravings and labels to purchases.
The cutting-edge store offers virtual experiences such as Discover Scotland through Johnnie Walker allowing visitors to discover Johnnie Walker by taking a tour to the four corners of Scotland, discovering the breathtaking Highlands, the intrigue of the Islands, the lush Lowlands and the secrets of Speyside, culminating in a taste of Johnnie Walker.
Among the experiences on offer is an interactive hosting area where guests can discover the craft of cocktail making, a tasting table where they can deep dive into the flavors that lie at the heart of Johnnie Walker and a personalization station where people can find unique gifts and add bespoke engravings and labels to purchases. (PRNewsfoto/Johnnie Walker)
There will also be seasonal offerings, with a Johnnie Walker cocktail-expert in-store this festive season to demonstrate how you can impress guests with a pairing of frozen Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and a taste of hand-made, award-winning Scottish chocolate as well as show the cocktails and techniques that will turn your party drinks into showstoppers.Continue reading →
Celebrating The Art Of The Mix, Cointreau Partners With Four Designers To Curate Modern Cocktail Recipes
Mixing unexpected flavors and their unique style, each designer created a new take on a favorite Cointreau recipe to elevate simple occasions to extraordinary soirées for the season.
Cointreau, the pioneer in crafted spirits for nearly 170 years, is the celebrated orange liqueur, an essential ingredient in countless iconic cocktails including The Original Margarita, The Cosmopolitan and The Sidecar. As friends and families gather for the most festive time of year, Cointreau unveils the first Designer Cocktail Series, a collection of classic libations with an artful twist created by luminaries from the art, culinary and fashion worlds. The ensemble celebrates The Art of the Mix by creating cocktail recipes that can elevate any gathering of something extraordinary. To craft the Designer Cocktail Series, Cointreau enlisted tastemakers including actress, designer, and influencer Olivia Culpo, street artist Bradley Theodore, celebrity pastry chef Elizabeth Chambers, and fashion designer and creative director Marissa Webb.
“The Designer Cocktail Series celebrates the creative expression of The Art of the Mix, as well as Cointreau’s exceptional versatility and presence at the heart of classic cocktails,” says Craig Sherman, Senior Brand Director at Remy Cointreau USA. “Cointreau is the incomparable cocktail centerpiece that elevates any recipe, helping to transform an evening into something magical.“
The Designer Cocktail Series celebrates The Art of the Mix, a global Cointreau campaign that exemplifies the brand lifestyle and its ability to elevate ordinary occasions into extraordinary ones through a mix of essential elements such as at-home entertaining, art and fashion.
Cocktail connoisseurs can raise their glasses to a medley of festive Cointreau recipes:
Red Carpet Cosmo – a stylish take on the Cosmopolitan by Olivia Culpo featuring sweet raspberry garnished with candied ginger.
The Gold Street Margarita – a colorful Margarita by Bradley Theodore with a specialty black sesame and gold flake rim inspired by his street art.
The Lavender Sidecar – a feminine twist on a Sidecar by Elizabeth Chambers with fresh citrus, accented with a lavender infused sugar rim.
The Jalapeño Fizz – a spicy Fizz by Marissa Webb boasting jalapeño infused Cointreau and a cilantro salted rim with jalapeño garnish.
The House of Cointreau was founded in 1849 in Angers, France, where Edouard Cointreau perfected the recipe which remains the same today. Cointreau’s balanced flavor gives the orange liqueur its unique and delicate taste desired by mixologists and bartenders worldwide.
To learn more about the Cointreau Designer Cocktail Series and The Art of the Mix, visit www.cointreau.com.
Half a century in the making, 100 bottles in existence
The John Walker Masters’ Edition is an elegant and triple-matured Scotch whiskey that has been crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskeys, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. The whiskeys in The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857).
The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskeys drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three-grain whiskeys used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.
Johnnie Walker Masters Edition
The John Walker Masters’ Edition is a triple-matured Scotch whiskey. Finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100-year oak staves, its layers of flavor are revealed slowly on the palate, where luscious blackcurrants and citrus give way to rich, creamy dark chocolate and a long, gentle and warming finish with cooling menthol and a subtle smokiness.
Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty-year-old whiskeys are very rare. Whiskeys of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavor and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”
Only 100 bottles of The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been created. This exclusive Scotch whiskey takes its name from the masterly expertise in whiskey as well as presentation. A special release of The John Walker, it is presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whiskey has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskeys to be found in our reserves.
“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognized that these individual whiskeys were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.“
The John Walker Masters’ Edition has a natural cask strength ABV of 43.3% and an RRP of $25,000 (US). It is available in limited, selected markets and one bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.
The iconic and legendary hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are noteworthy for their grandeur and architectural significance. Guests and visitors to these hotels can see wonderful examples of the artistry, craftsmanship, and extraordinarily detailed work preserved from the past. Some of the best examples are viewed by looking up at these magnificent ceilings and domes in the public areas of these hotels including lobbies, ballrooms, and restaurants. These ornate ceilings and domes include some of the finest examples of stained-glass, painted frescoes, painted ornamental plaster, stenciled wood, and of course, gold leaf. Often, these beautiful, ornate, grand and detailed ceilings have been recognized as historically significant local or regional historic landmarks. (Visit www.HistoricHotels.org/Ceilings for a complete listing of these ornate masterpieces.)
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Here are the 2018 Top 25 Most Magnificent Ceilings and Domes at Historic Hotels of America:
The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC(1818): The Willard’s iconic lobby has a coffered ceiling that is adorned with 48 original state seals. The seals for Alaska and Hawaii reside on the back pillars of the iconic Peacock Alley. For over a century, the Crystal Room has played host to many of Washington DC’s most elegant social and corporate events. From sophisticated receptions and lavish galas to prestigious conferences and annual meetings, the Crystal Room provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable event. Exuding spectacular opulence, the Crystal Room’s design motif includes mottled green columns, crystal-dripping chandeliers, ornate hand-carved gold leaf crown molding, and antique drapery.
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French Lick Springs Hotel(1845) French Lick, Indiana: The Baroque-style murals on the ceiling of the mezzanine level of the hotel are visible by just looking up from the lobby. In keeping with the area’s fame for producing mineral-laced “Pluto Water” 100 years ago, the murals depict the mythological story of Pluto’s World. A single mural over the main lobby shows Orpheus and Eurydice, symbols of love, in a springtime setting. This is the story of Pluto’s world, as told through a breathtaking mural containing six separate panels. The mural may look like a masterpiece that was crafted in a bygone era, though it actually was designed, painted and installed during the 2005-2006 renovation that restored French Lick Springs Hotel to its original grandeur. A group of artists from Conrad Schmitt Studios invested 1,500 hours in the planning and creation of these mural panels. In the process, Pluto’s world came to life.
Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa(1852) Mobile, Alabama: Inside the lobby of the Battle House is a stunningly beautiful dome that is over 42 feet tall and 63 feet wide. The Tiffany-style glass in the dome features fleur-de-lis designs, in keeping with the city’s history, as the true birthplace of Mardi Gras. The painting technique used to depict these rulers in the lobby ceiling is called Trompe-l’œil. It is an arttechnique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusionthat the depicted objects really exist, instead of being just two-dimensional paintings. In refurbishing the dome from 2004 to 2006, master plaster artists were brought in to work with their apprentices and make molds of all the design elements in the ceiling. The glass ceiling designs were carefully repaired and more than 95 percent of the glass is original to the 1908 construction.
The Menger Hotel(1859) San Antonio, Texas: The Victorian lobby reflects the 1909 remodeling, designed by noted San Antonio architect Alfred Giles. Giles transformed the simple utilitarian space into a grander, neoclassical style which was popular at the time. The oval-shaped lobby is dominated by eight Corinthian columns. The original columns were cast iron and encircle the redesigned columns ornamented with festoons, garlands, modillions, and painted to resemble stone. The leaded skylight was added as part of the 1909 alterations, as was the decorative tile floor which extended into the Colonial Room Restaurant. Many of the pieces of furniture in the lobby are believed to have been purchased by William Menger on his frequent buying trips to New York and Europe in the 1860s.
The Peabody Memphis(1869) Memphis, Tennessee: The ornate stained glass skylight and carved wood ceiling in The Peabody’s Grand Lobby is one of the signature characteristics of the hotel, measuring in at 32 feet high and 3,100 square feet in total. The ceiling dates back to the opening of the current Peabody, built in 1925. The hotel was designed by noted Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager, who also designed the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The glass skylight is located in the Peabody Lobby Bar and the lobby fountain where the famed Peabody Ducks reside during the day. The Duckmaster offers daily history tours in the Grand Lobby, which highlight the ornate ceiling. A little-known fact about the ceiling is that the beautiful carved wood that surrounds the stained glass is not wood as it appears, but sculpted plaster.
Palmer House®, a Hilton Hotel(1871) Chicago, Illinois: The ceiling of the Palmer House has been compared to that of the Sistine Chapel of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Measuring in at 28 feet high and 50 feet by 28 feet wide, it is approximately the size of a basketball court. These 21 distinct pieces of artwork were completed in Paris in 1926 by Louis (Pierre) Rigal. Three large circular panels illustrate classic romantic scenes from Greek mythology. Depicting Aphrodite, the goddess of love; Apollo, the god of sun, music, and poetry in his pursuit of Daphne; and the god Pluto in his pursuit of Persephone. There are nine vertical paintings of the Muses where each Muse depicts a joy of life. The 16 plaster frescos that frame the ceiling are done in the style of the 15th century Della Robbia family in the colors of Wedgewood blue, cinnabar, and celadon. The paintings that adorn the ceiling were completed in 1917 in France and later installed in the hotel’s ceiling in 1927.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza(1931) Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to the above, there are other noteworthy and magnificent ceilings and domes at Historic Hotels Worldwide:
Tivoli Palacio de Seteais(1787) Sintra, Portugal: The frescoes of Salão Nobre at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais are original from the palace’s construction in 1787. The artist of these frescoes is unknown but was inspired by the French Jean Baptiste Pillement who painted the Pillement Room. The Royal Room is original from the palace’s construction in the 18th century by the Portuguese architect José da Costa e Silva. This room reflects the romanticism of Sintra and tells a love story in the frescoes above.
Hilton Paris Opera(1889) Paris, France: Dating back to 1889, its Eiffel style lobby in the Hilton Opera Paris and Second Empire Style covered ceiling are decorated with paintings and sculptures by the artist Charles Joseph Lameire (1832-1910). Several French movies were filmed with this magnificent backdrop over the years.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac(1893) Québec City, Canada: The original sketch for the beautiful hand-painted ceiling of the Verchères Space was designed by architect William Maxwell. The ceiling includes leaf and flowering vine design embellished with cartouches and monochrome motifs. The palette includes shades of blue and green against a yellow background. Palm designs are visible on top of each column. The original name of this space was the Palm Court and its original use was a tea room. The ceilings date back to 1924.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo(1910) Tremezzo, Italy: Frescoes in the Grand Hotel, represent the scenes of the Aeneid of Virgil and scenes of heaven. The grand ceiling at this historic hotel was painted by Francesco by Francesco Conegliani, Gianbattista Tiepolo’s pupil. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, well-known as Gianbattista Tiepolo known as an Italianpainterand printmakerfrom the Republic of Venice. He was prolific and worked not only in Italy but also in Germany and Spain.