#HappyHalloween from #SCBD

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 Thank you for all the warm anniversary wishes! We are extremely excited to celebrate Halloween with you at the Piedra Azul party this Thursday. Can’t make it out? Be sure to check out some of our fun cocktail recipes below. We also have an awesome pumpkin bread recipe that your family, friends or even co-workers will love.

Cheers to a happy, safe and fun Halloween!

Sara & the #SCBDTeam :)

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#SCBDExclusive: Last Minute Guide to Halloween

scbdexclusivepiedra-azul-753x1024Looking for a place to celebrate Halloween this year in NYC? We’ve got the solution, this Halloween, Thursday, October 31st,  Our founder, Sara Monica, will be teaming up with Piedra Azul Tequila (355A Bowery) from 6-10 PM for a party. There will be small bites & delicious Piedra Azul cocktails and in the spirit of Halloween there will be face paint designs and igniting flames of Human Candelabra Wax Installation.

 

image007Katch (31-19 Newton Avenue, Astoria, NY) has partnered with Growing up Astoria to throw a gathering of goulish proportions!  Join us Halloween night, Oct. 31st, at 7PM.

The night will feature a number of contests & giveaways.  Guests are expected to come masquerading around as their favorite characters for a prize.  Enjoy drink specials from $4 Katch House Brews, Katch Pumpkin Brew, and Stella Artois, Figenza Vodka Cocktails, and Pimms Cups. The Beers and Pimms will also be available in Pitchers for $15 and  $4 bottles of Budweiser and Bud Light. Budweiser girls will be around the bar from 8-10PM handing out prizes.

 Halloween 2013 is being sponsored by Anheiuser Busch, Pimms, and Figenza Vodka! *Bonus: No cover charge at the door!  21+ over.

BritneyHalloween-WEBFLYEROops!  Pounds & Ounces (160 8th Avenue at 18th Street) did it again!  This time with a B-tchin’ Halloween Bash.  There is no entry fee, but for $25 you get 2 cocktails AND a raffle ticket for the chance to win two tickets to Britney Spears new Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me. There will also be a costume contest to win cash and other prizes and a portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit Unicef. Pounds & Ounces is the Chelsea hotspot known for their over-the-top parties, so this is just another occasion to celebrate Halloween on October 31st. Doors open at 9pm!

On Halloween night at DBGB Kitchen & Bar (299 Bowery, between Houston & 1st St.),  trick-or-treaters will be welcomed with chocolate dragées, and a complimentary pumpkin spice sundae if they stay for dinner.  Any adult dressed up for Halloween night will receive a complimentary Zombie Blood Cocktail (dark and white rum, lime juice, pineapple juice and grenadine—for that blood color) with any purchase of an entree.

The pumpkin spice sundae will also be available on the regular menu for $9 now through October 31. It’s composed of pumpkin ice cream, spiced marshmallow, pie crust, candied cranberry butterscotch and whipped cream.

On the night of Halloween, Thursday, October 31, Salvation Taco (145 East 39th Street (inside the Pod Hotel) will be hosting a Dia de Los Muertos/Halloween party in their lounge and on the rooftop. Mexican tiki cocktails will be featured along with traditional Dia de Los Muertos dishes like tamales, pan de muertos, atole and a candied pumpkin dish. These food specials will be available downstairs, in addition to the regular dinner menu. 

Looking for the party to continue after the 31st, look no further than The Royal’s “Better Late than Never”Halloween Bash!  (127 4th Avenue Manhattan, NY (between 12th and 13th Street) Join us on Saturday, November 2nd to extend the hair-raising good times.  Enjoy music by DJ Delro and make sure to come decked in your best costume as you could be the lucky winner of a cash prize!

 

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 

DAY OF THE DEAD

Nov. 1st – Nov. 3rd

 Richard Sandoval’s vibrant Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria, Maya, (1191 First Avenue, Between 64th & 65th), introduces Dia De Los Muertos.  On Friday, November 1st through Sunday November 3rd enjoy a special menu created for this day.  Some traditional dishes being served up include:

  • Tamal de Flor de Calabaza

sweet potato steamed corn tamal / zucchini flower / wild mushrooms /queso requeson / chile guajillo sauce

  •  Tamal Verde

steamed corn masa / pulled pork / serrano-tomatillo sauce

  •  TRIO DE TAMALES

Tamal Sampler

To compliment the menu cocktails include: Margarita del Diablo –  Agavales Reposado / blood orange / citrus / mole rim

* Full menu available upon request.

 

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#SCBDExclusive: Halloween Cocktails

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  A great deal of what makes Halloween what it is is the creation of a spooky atmosphere and everything involved in a party can be converted from mundane to mysterious very easily. Cocktails are no different. No one every needs a holiday to enjoy their favorite cocktail, but specials do make them more fun. Are you brave enough to take a sip of this brightly colored brew? Here are some options, for those of you that are brave enough.

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

Served at Ken & Cook

Pumpkin Martini

  • 1/2 oz. Cream Liquor
  • 2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Pumpkin Spiced Syrup
  • Cinnamon stick and anice for garnish

Shake and serve in martini glass

 

The Drunken Pumpkin

The Drunken Pumpkin

Tiny Fork (Lower East Side) Halloween Specials:

The Drunken Pumpkin
House-made pumpkin syrup, Bulleit Rye, and angostura bitters.

Flaco’s Fuego

Spicy margarita with habanero-infused milagro tequila, lemon, lime, simple syrup, and triple sec.

 Eve’s Apple Cider

Hot Apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, lemon, and Bulleit Bourbon.

Blackberry Storm

Tito’s Vodka, blackberries, lemon, rosemary-infused simple syrup, soda.

 

Blood Orange Habanero Margarita

Blood Orange Habanero Margarita

Served at Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria’s

Regular Happy Hour 3-8PM

Special of the DAY is $6

Chef Richard Sandoval’s Blood Orange Habanero Margarita

Ingredients for the margarita:

  • 1 oz. 100% Agave Tequila Reposado
  • 1 oz. house sour mix
  • 1 oz. habanero-blood orange syrup (recipe below)
  • Wedge of lime for garnish

Mix all ingredients into a mixing glass, then add ice and shake vigorously. Garnish glass with a rim of store-bought mole negro sauce or ground chiles and a lime wedge.

Ingredients for the blood orange-habanero syrup:

  • 2 pints blood orange juice
  • 1 whole habanero pepper

Reduce at medium-high heat until thickened into a syrup
Remove habanero before combining with other cocktail ingredients

*Blood Orange Margarita is available all day and during Happy Hour

 

Spiced and Spooky Sangria

Spiced and Spooky Sangria

Served at Sotto 13

Sotto 13 is offering the “Spiced and Spooky Sangria” just in time for Halloween with Lambrusco Rose Wine, Brandy, Peach Snapps and Fresh Fruit. (9g/30pitcher)

 

Divine Halloween Cocktai

Divine Halloween Cocktail

Cocktail made with Divine Chocolate’s Divine Cocoa powder

Divine Chocolate has partnered with Astor Center in New York to create some unique cocktails for the holidays.

 Allison Hamlin’s La Divine Calavera Catrina
 Ingredients:
  • 1 oz ginger perfumed egg white*
  • 1oz caramelized pineapple puree
  • ½ oz fresh orange juice
  • 2oz Mezcal
  • 3-4 dashes chocolate mole bitters
  • Top with ginger beer
  • Divine Cocoa powder
 Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in pint glass and dry shake (without ice) for one minute, or until visibly foamy and increased in volume. Add ice and shake again until well chilled. Pour over fresh ice into a highball glass rimmed with Divine Cocoa powder, and top with ginger beer.
*To perfume egg whites
Place whole eggs in an airtight container with a 2” piece of peeled ginger overnight. Separate and use normally.

 

Vampira Cocktail

Vampira Cocktail

Cocktail made with Piedra Azul Blanco

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces Piedra Azul Blanco (100% Blue Agave)
  • 1 ounce Calmat
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Mexican Squirt or other Grapefruit Soda
  • Lemon wheel or wedge garnish

Fill a 10-ounce glass with ice. Scatter salt on the ice, then pour in the tequila, hot sauce, Clamato, and lemon juice. Top up the glass with grapefruit soda and stir gently. Garnish with lemon and serve immediately.

#SCBDEvent: Join us this #Halloween at the #Spirit2WakeTheLiving Party in Bowery NYC

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Looking for a place to celebrate Halloween this year in NYC? Well we have a solution, this Halloween (Thursday, October 31st)  we will be teaming up with Piedra Azul Tequila for a party at 355A Bowery from 6-10pm. There will be small bites & delicious Piedra Azul cocktails and in the spirit of Halloween there will be face paint designs and igniting flames of Human Candelabra Wax Installation.

Our founder Sara Monica will be there with some of the team so come by for great food, cocktails, and Halloween fun. Make sure you RSVP by emailing LBaddish@thebaddishgroup.com.

 Don’t forget to RSVP to our Facebook Event also:
https://www.facebook.com/events/615049681867770/

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Here’s to a great Halloween!

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#SCBD Halloween Spooktails!

Halloween would not be complete without a cocktail or two. Here are some delicious cocktails some of New Jersey & New York’s finest are offering during their Halloween parties this week and weekend:

Devils Tuxedo (Blue Moon Mexican Cafe)

  • 2 oz Patron XO Cafe
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey

Devils Tuxedo!

Oktoberfest Milkshake (Big Daddy’s)

  • Vanilla Milkshake
  • Oktoberfest Beer
  • Whip cream
  • Caramel

Oktoberfest Shake

The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary (Maxwell’s)

  • Stoli vodka
  • Maxwell’s house made old bay bloody mary mix

Shaken & served over ice!

Bloody Spooky Mary

Killer Transfusions (Maxwell’s)

  • Stoli Vodka
  • Ginger ale

Served over ice with a splash of grape juice!

Killer Transfusions

Blood Orange Margarita (Maxwell’s)

  • Tequila
  • Simple Syrup
  • Blood Orange Extract
  • Fresh Lime

Shake and serve in a martini glass!

Blood Orange Margarita

Cheers to a great Halloween!

#SCBD Places to Celebrate Halloween in NJ & NYC!

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are tons of parties throughout New York & New Jersey starting this weekend. If I were you I’d grab your costume & an appetite for night of fun.

Here are some the hottest parties in Jersey:

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Englewood & Wyckoff locations) will be holding an Adult Halloween Costume Party on this Friday 10/26! It will be a night filled with live Bands, a costume contest and a Patron XO Dark Promo Party with fun giveaways.   First place winner of the costume contest will win a $200 BMMC gift card and $100 BMMC gift card for runner up.

Also, On Halloween, they have their annual family contest – all children who dine at the Blue Moon in costume are entered to win one of 3 prizes $100 to Toy Store, $50 to Toy Store or Dinner for 4 to BMMC.

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken will be holding a carnival on Halloween night. Drink specials include $4 Sailor Jerry Redrums, Sailor Jerry RIP Rum Punch, Devil’s Cut shots & cocktails,  and Vision Vodka Blood Bath Cocktails. $3 Coor Light drafts, & $6 pumpkin pie cocktails & pumpkin bombs! Cheers!

If you plan on celebrating in the city, here are some places to go:

Maxwell’s Bar in Tribeca is hosting their Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th starting at 9PM. Cover is $10 at the door but proceeds go directly to the LGS foundation. They will have a Dj and drink specials throughout the evening– costumes are a must! Insiders note– they will also be serving a special Halloween menu on Halloween including a Blood Orange Margarita, The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary, or The Killer Transfusion for $10.

Maxwell’s Halloween decor!

Love bakeries as much as I do? Then you are in for a treat Halloween night at Ivy Bakery in SoHo! Make sure you attend the Halloween ”Truck or Treat” EventCelebrate some of Divine’s darkest flavors at the “Truck or Treat” Food Pop Up Event during New York City’s Halloween Parade on October 31st. Presented by Ivy Bakery and Farm2Me, in conjunction with NYC Food Truck Association and Cheap Eats, the fun kicks-off at Ivy Bakery138 West Houston St (between MacDougal and Sullivan) at 5pm.

From 5-8 pm, Divine Chocolate’s Trick or Treat station at Ivy Bakery will feature wicked samples of our 70% Dark, 70% Dark with Raspberries and our Limited Edition bars, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries. They have samples for Milk Chocolate lovers, too!

Now the question is where to celebrate– in Jersey or the city?

Decisions, decisions– maybe I’ll see you at one of the parties mentioned above!

Cheers! :D

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