Captain Morgan and Chief Party Officer Adam Devine Are Bringing Their Yuletide Joy To Your Holiday Party for the Ultimate Captain’s Night In

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.

Captain Morgan Rum and Actor/Chief Party Officer Adam Devine Are Bringing Their Yuletide Joy To Your Holiday Party for the “Ultimate Captain’s Night In” (PRNewsfoto/Captain Morgan)

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!

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels & Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

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.

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels &Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

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

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Tres Generaciones Resposado
  • 0.75 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.50 oz Monin Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve.

Chocolate Crinkle Surprise

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Jack Daniels Black Label
  • 0.5 oz Hershey’d Chocolate Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Monin Toasted Almond Mocha Syrup
  • 2 oz milk
  • Dash 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

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 0.25 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Agave Syrup
  • 1.5 oz milk

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

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
  • 0.25 Monin Butter Pecan Syrup
  • 0.25 Monin Maple Spice Syrup
  • 3 dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into caramel-swirled Old Fashioned glass.

Orange Spice Amaretto

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1.5 oz Orange juice
  • 1 oz Monin Cookie Butter Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Constant Comment Tea, concentrated
  • 2 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

Ingredients

  • 0.75 Absolut Elyx
  • 0.25 oz St. Germain
  • 0.75 oz Peach puree
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • 3 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.

For information or to book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.More information on Omni Originals can be found at www.omnihotels.com/culinary/omni-originals.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 List Announced in Macao

The 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace, Macau. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 edition includes eight new entries.50BestASIA_2015_logo

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia. For the 2018 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit http://www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/our-manifesto.html

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. William Reed Business Media is entirely responsible for the organization of the awards, the voting system, and the list.

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The winning chefs and restaurateurs celebrate at sixth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, at Wynn Palace, Macau.

Gaggan in Bangkok claims the No.1 spot for a fourth year, retaining the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Thailand.

The 2018 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list includes Bangkok newcomer Paste (No.31), headed by Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, who is also named elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018.

Japan

Den (No.2) earns the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan while La Cime in Osaka debuts at No.17, earning the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles. Acclaimed Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

L’Effervescence (No.20) in Tokyo won the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia, presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental rating, as determined by audit partner the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Singapore

Singapore claims seven entries on the 2018 list with Odette (No.5) named The Best Restaurant in Singapore. Continue reading

Johnnie Walker Presents Its Latest Limited Edition Blenders’ Batch Whiskeys

The leading global brand of Scotch whiskey Is Stirring With The Launch Of Three Experimental Whiskeys During The Celebration Of The Diageo World Class

Johnnie Walker has launched three new experimental whiskeys from its Blenders’ Batch range for whiskey fans and cocktail lovers. The Limited edition whiskeys presented during the celebration of the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Final held in Mexico City.

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Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast.

The three new blends – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast – have been designed to form the basis of exceptional whiskey cocktails, and like all Classic brand whiskeys, can be enjoyed directly with ice.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskeys are the result of bold experiments performed that exceed the limits of flavor. Like Johnnie Walker Black Label – it was first achieved with taste experiments more than a century ago and since then it has become a real icon among whiskeys – these new whiskeys have been created by a small team of 12 Passionate and skillful mixers, under the expert direction of the two-time Master Blender of the Year, Jim Beveridge [1] .

Johnnie Walker’s mixer , Aimée Gibson, led the development of Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend. Believe in the parallel between the creation of a great whiskey and the creation of extraordinary cocktails in the World Class Final of Mexico City as the perfect setting for the introduction of these new whiskeys.

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Johnnie Walker blender Aimée Gibson to pictured with Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge at the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Final in Mexico City.

An unforgettable drink experience is always the ultimate goal. It is what the elite mixers seek to achieve when cocktails are perfected and it is what we, as whiskey creators, have at the forefront of our thinking as we experiment and create new mixtures “Said Gibson, who recently received the Rising Star Award at the International Spirits Challenge 2017.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend is the result of an experiment in wine barrel maturation established with Aimee’s mentor, Beveridge, a decade ago. It is an exceptionally fruity whiskey full of fresh berries, sweet toffee flavors and fragrances of delicate fragrances.

Gibson commented: “My goal in Johnnie Walker is to create whiskeys that can be enjoyed by people with a range of taste preferences, especially those who would have previously thought that whiskey is not for them. 200 years of experience in the creation of whiskey and we take the inspiration of the pioneers of the flavor of the world “.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend is soft and fruity, perfect for enjoying a cocktail after work with friends or to savor in yourself at quiet times.

Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “At Johnnie Walker, we know how to make an exceptional whiskey, which was demonstrated in the creation of the first Johnnie Walker Black Label a century ago, and continues to be real today. The creation of exceptional Scotch whiskeys is a centerpiece in everything we do.

Our mixers have free rein to take inspiration from everything around them when they create a whiskey: experiences they have lived, personal passions, sounds and tastes. Their passion drives them to the challenge of the status quo in the creation of whiskey and enter In other cultures of flavors to create the best combinations of flavors possible for all our blends, every day.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend will be launched in select countries starting in September 2017 with a suggested retail price of $ 29.99.

Johnnie Walker Blenders ‘Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast will be available globally at some of the best bars in the world starting in October 2017.

For more information visit www.johnniewalker.com

[1] International Whiskey Competition (2015 & 2016)

Crystal River Cruises Unveils Authentic, Inspired Culinary Concepts For Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled detailed highlights of the culinary concepts and offerings to be featured aboard Crystal Bach, the first of the company’s “Rhine Class” river yachts, debuting in August. Sailing routes along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers, the all-balcony, all-suite vessel will offer sophisticated menus of cuisine inspired by the region, artfully crafted by a team of expert European chefs. And while the specialties themselves will be creatively designed specifically for Crystal Bach’s stunning itineraries, the philosophy of culinary excellence remains rooted in Crystal’s commitment to using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers and serving dishes that authentically represent the destinations visited.

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As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a new standard of luxury in river cruising on many fronts, including the culinary concept and innovative experiences found on board,” says Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Crystal. “While we are always pursuing new and distinctive experiences on each of our luxury vessels, our overall dedication to unsurpassed quality and abundant choices remains constant.

Guests will dine on fresh fish and seafood from Holland, seasonal fruits and vegetables from Germany and the Netherlands, meat and poultry from farmers in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps, along with wine, beer and cheese specific to the region. Uniquely European delicacies will also be featured on the expansive menus, including sturgeon caviar from Eindhoven and river crawfish from the Rhine. Additionally, as aboard Crystal’s first luxury river ship, Crystal Mozart, coffees and teas by Julius Meinl, a prestigious Vienna-based company who has crafted the beverages since 1862, will be served on Crystal Bach.

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Artist Concept of Waterside Restaurant on Crystal Bach

Crystal chefs will create dishes that have been favored by local people and nobility for centuries, as well as some options that boast a modern twist on the classics. From the elegant Waterside Restaurant – the main dining room aboard Crystal River vessels – to the relaxed Bistro Café and the exclusive Vintage Room, guests will find farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine that complements the cultural discoveries of their journey.

Dutch herring on dill mousse and German green split pea soup with smoked duck join other European delicacies like Dornfelder braised oxtail ragout and Boeuf Bourguignonne. Mouthwatering dishes such as truffle spring chicken cassoulet “En Croute,” broiled dover sole “Meuniere” and cold-water lobster served with a creamy leek risotto are also among the culinary palate pleasers.

A brand new dedicated selection of vegetarian dishes will also be offered aboard Crystal Bach, which will offer the same fresh and authentic approach to the overall menu.

The culinary experience aboard all Crystal vessels is meant to inspire travelers to discover more about the world they explore, as food and the camaraderie of dining is such an integral part of the travel experience,” says Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations. “Guests aboard Crystal Bach will not only enjoy extraordinary new and classic flavors, but also a taste of the history and culture of this beautiful region.

In addition to the inspired cuisine served on board the luxury river yacht, guests can indulge in exclusive dining experiences at Michelin star-awarded restaurants in select destinations. Each 2017 itinerary will feature at least one opportunity to indulge in signature fare of renowned eateries ashore, the first of which will be complementary.

The vessels will be the river cruising industry’s first all-balcony, all-suite designs boasting every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. Every suite will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Set to Open in April

Hyatt To Manage Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Baha Mar Convention Center And A Variety Of Food And Beverage Outlets As Part Of The Baha Mar Resort

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CTF BM Operations Ltd. for the operation of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Center and a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, all of which will be part of the mixed-use Baha Mar Resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. The Baha Mar Resort will open in phases, with initial operations at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar expected to begin in late April 2017.Print

It is an honor to soon be part of the Baha Mar family, and Hyatt is thrilled to reaffirm its commitment to Baha Mar and to work together to create an exciting new destination in the Bahamas,” said Myles Mcgourty, Senior Vice President, Latin America And Caribbean, Hyatt. “Expanding Hyatt’s brand presence in the Caribbean is important to our global expansion strategy as we grow our World of Hyatt platform and bring more genuine experiences to our loyal guests in destinations where they want to travel. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will undoubtedly become one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.”

The arrival journey is the first reveal of the extraordinary grandeur of the stunning Grand Hyatt, as guests are greeted by the wonder of the dancing fountains and a 40-foot water wall. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will also present an abundance of culinary delights featuring multiple food & beverage offerings that include restaurants, bars, and lounges (including a 200-seat main restaurant, a pool bar and grill and a jazz-themed lounge). In addition, the Baha Mar Casino will provide gaming enthusiasts with best-in-class table games, sports book, slots and mobile gaming. The spectacular views will ensure you will not miss the beauty of the ocean.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meetings, incentive events and conferences come to life at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, where the natural beauty of the landscape provokes ideas. The Baha Mar Convention Center will feature more than 85,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. The Baha Mar Convention Center encompasses 34 divisible rooms, including three elegant ballrooms, a 2,000 seat entertainment venue and 16 breakout rooms, offering approximately 82,000 square feet of functional indoor meeting space. Whether you are hosting an elegant gala, an awards celebration or a business meeting, the property offers dynamic state-of-the- art spaces and cutting-edge technology to ensure your event makes a lasting impression. Continue reading

Bacardi Limited Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Mahesh Madhavan to Succeed Michael Dolan as CEO, Effective April 1, 2018

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Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, today announced that Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran who is currently a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Team and Regional President of Asia, Middle East & Africa, will succeed Michael J. Dolan, who will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. In the interim, Dolan will continue as CEO, while Madhavan will transition to a new role as Regional President of Europe for much of 2017. Dolan will continue to serve on the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors until the 2019 Annual General Meeting when he will retire from the company.

Mahesh Madhavan

Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, will succeed Michael J. Dolan, who will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. (Photo: Business Wire)

Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman of the Board of Bacardi Limited, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are delighted to name Mahesh as the next CEO of Bacardi Limited. For almost three years, the Board has conducted a rigorous succession planning process to ensure an orderly transition of leadership. With a proud history that dates back 155 years, it is critical to us to advance our goals as a company in a manner consistent with our culture. As a long-time Bacardi executive, Mahesh has the ideal mix of leadership skills, commercial, operational and financial expertise, and global brands experience. Importantly, he fully embraces our culture, history, and values, and he is an exemplary leader of people. We have great confidence in Mahesh and his vision to lead Bacardi well into the future, providing continuity of leadership to build on our success during Mike’s tenure and capitalize on the momentum of our brands and the tremendous global opportunity in both developed and emerging markets.

Mike Dolan

Michael J. Dolan will retire as Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited, effective April 1, 2018. In the interim, Dolan will continue as CEO, while Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, will transition to a new role as Regional President of Europe for much of 2017. Dolan will continue to serve on the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors until the 2019 Annual General Meeting when he will retire from the company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Dolan has worked with Bacardi since 2009, when he joined the Board of Directors and has demonstrated a deep understanding of both the business and unique values of Bacardi. During Dolan’s leadership as CEO since 2014, the Company has taken a disciplined approach to increasing operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and re-invest in its iconic portfolio of brands. Continue reading