Celebrating Spring with Viniq Glow

Viniq Glow

Spring has officially sprung!
I’m so excited for all that this season brings, especially the poppy bright lip colors, the breezy fashions, and of course, drinking beautiful cocktails on rooftops with my girls!
Speaking of which – I’m also super stoked for the official launch of Viniq Glow – which I’ve been very fortunate to test out before the nationwide release this month.Similar to the other Viniq variations I’ve been gushing about recently, Viniq Glow features that beautiful shimmery finish and is packed with fruity flavor. This kind is a blend of premium vodka, moscato, and natural peach flavor. It’s delish! It’s actually my new favorite way to put a fresh spin on a classic cocktail – like a Bellini. Perfect for brunching, the Bellini tastes even better with a little shimmer involved. I actually took mine to the park to enjoy the crisp spring air over the weekend. I totally recommend this as a way to make your next weekend with the girls a bit more peachy and special!
Read on for the recipe below. Super simple and super delicious.

INGREDIENTS:
3 oz. Viniq Glow
2 oz. champagne

INSTRUCTIONS:
Pour all into a champagne flute chilled, garnish with a sugar rim and enjoy!

Ready to try it yet? Check out your local retailer to grab your own bottle! It’s perfect for whipping up refreshing cocktails this spring at brunch or your next girl’s night out. Its shimmery look makes it super Instagrammable too! Speaking of shimmer, you can visit BringtheShimmer.com for pic inspiration, delish recipes, hilarious videos, and more. Also, make sure to bring the shimmer on social! Just upload a photo, add the#bringtheshimmer hashtag, and share your favorite VINIQ moments to be seen and beheard. Let’s bring the shimmer together! Use the hashtag to see your post on the brand’s site alongside mine. Cheers!

Celebrating My 29th Birthday with a #BringTheShimmer Bucket List

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Yay for birthdays!

I just turned 29 on Thursday and I’ve been reflecting a lot as I kick off my last year in my twenties. The old me would have told you that I’m turning 21 again (for the 8th time), but I’m finally embracing my age.

I realize I’m not getting any younger, so I’ve decided to make the rest of my life, the best of my life – starting with my new and improved bucket list for my 29th year! Read on for the deets on how I plan to end my twenties with a bang.

Katie’s 2016 Bucket List:

  • Bring the shimmer to me and my friend’s year with an epic girls trip!
  • Dye my hair a crazy fantasy color
  • Write a novel
  • Spend more time in Central Park
  • Run a marathon
  • Be more adventurous
  • Visit all the restaurants featured in Sex and the City
  • Go on a cruise
  • Donate to charity
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Stress way less
  • Participate in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  • Make time to catch up with old friends
  • Be someone’s mentor
  • Create the perfect signature cocktail

As you can tell, I’ve got a lot of living to go do, but first, let me add a checkmark next to “create the perfect signature cocktail.” To celebrate my birthday, I decided to create a cocktail recipe that really portrayed my personality. Behold, the Citrus Mist, featuring my fav shimmery liqueur – Viniq! Just like me, it’s sweet, shimmery, simple and creative.

Citrus Mist

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Viniq Original®
  • 1 oz. New Amsterdam Vodka
  • 2 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Moscato
  • Lime squeeze

Directions:

Build ingredients in a champagne flute.

Ready to join me in bringing the shimmer this year? I know as I continue to check off my bucket list items I’ll be sharing my pics on social using #BringTheShimmer. Check out Viniq.com for more cocktail inspiration to celebrate your goals and checks off your bucket list this year!

Now, let’s all raise a glass to an epic year. Cheers!

[This post was sponsored by Viniq, but all opinions are my own.]

Martinis and Mascara Blogiversary Celebration Cocktail: The Ruby Drop

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Time flies when you’re having fun!

I seriously can’t believe it’s been four entire years now since I first launched Martinis and Mascara.

Thank you all so much for reading and following in this journey of mine! I could not do this without my amazing followers and friends, so cheers to all of you reading this who have made this possible for me. I’m raising a glass to you today!

To further commemorate this momentous occasion, I propose a toast with one of my favorite martinis – the Ruby Drop! This shimmering red ‘tini features my fav new liqueur, Viniq. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to kick off the Martinis and Mascara blogiversary celebration.

This Ruby Drop tastes like red berries with a hint of citrus that finishes smooth and makes for a perfect combination after a long day of workin’ it. Or in my case, 4 years of workin’ it. 😉

Won’t you join me in raising a glass? Read on below for details on how to whip up your own!

Ruby Drop

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Viniq Ruby
  • 1.5 oz. New Amsterdam® Citron Vodka
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. triple sec

Instructions:

Pour vodka, lemon, and triple sec into a shaker, shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy.

This delish cocktail recipe marks the first of many blogiversary posts over the next week, so stay tuned for much more celebrating. In the meantime, cheers!

[This post was sponsored by Viniq, but all opinions are my own.]

Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairings

The season is here! And no, I’m not talking about Fashion Week season this time. It’s Girl Scout cookie season, folks.

Naturally, I love pairing Girl Scout cookies with wine. (Samoas and bubbles for the win!)

My friends at Mode do too, so they put together this handy video that illustrates the best wines to pair with your Girl Scout cookies.

Watch and learn! This is important. 😉


[This post was sponsored by Mode Media, but all opinions are my own.]

Wear This/Drink That: Ruby Romance

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, lovelies! 

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’m serving up another sweet pairing on the blog. As you all know, I’m a proud member of the #ViniqSquad and am thrilled to share some more delicious drink ideas featuring this unique shimmery liqueur.

One of the things I love about Viniq is that is tastes amazing by itself, so mixing up a cocktail with it is incredibly easy. The “Ruby Romance” is effortless and so appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re sipping these over Galentine’s Day brunch or pre-gaming before heading out for date night, this sweet drink is a must for this weekend’s festivities.

Per usual, I’ve whipped up a makeup look that pairs perfectly with this romantic concoction. Read on for deets on how to create both!   

Wear This: Glitter Lips

Viniq Ruby Inspired lip step by step

Inspired by the glimmering red Viniq Ruby, this statement making lip takes the classic red lip one step further. Start by creating a solid base with your fav red lipstick. (I always do foundation all over my lips followed by powder before adding any lip product for extra staying power!) For this particular look, a liquid lippie makes it a little easier. Next apply loose red glitter directly to the lip. If you press the glitter into the liquid lipstick before it dries, it won’t budge. If you want a little extra staying power, you can seal the deal with a lip sealing product. Voila!

Drink That: Ruby Romance

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Viniq® Ruby Shimmery Liqueur
  • Fill with Strawberry Moscato
  • Simple Syrup
  • Edible Glitter Dust or Colored Sugar

Directions:

Dip rim of Champagne flute in simple syrup (water works too, in a pinch!) and then lightly in glitter/sugar. Pour 1 oz Viniq Ruby into bottom of a Champagne flute. Fill with to the top with your fav Moscato (I used Barefoot). Ta-da!

Thirsty for more? Take a peek at the below video to see what Viniq Ruby’s shimmer looks like in action! And be sure to check out Viniq.com for more info and awesome recipes.