Viniq Glow Sangria Recipe

Summer is officially here!

It’s time to be sure you have all of your summer must-haves on deck – like a quality tinted moisturizer with SPF, moisturizing lip balm, and of course, a cocktail you can easily transport to the pool!

I’m obsessed with this Viniq Glow Sangria. Check out my #ViniqSquad video to see how to whip up your own and get the full recipe below!

Glow Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Viniq Glow
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • ½ ounce of orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces of white wine
  • 5 blueberries
  • ½ to 1 cup of ice

Instructions:

Chill all ingredients for 2 hours prior to serving. In a serving glass add Viniq Glow, lime juice, orange liqueur, white wine, blueberries and ice. Stir mixture.

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

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.]

#YouShimmer Your Way into 2016 with the Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail

 

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Can you believe it’s almost 2016? It’s that time of year when I usually create a list of resolutions that include all sorts of soul-sucking activities like crash dieting. Not this year! My only resolution for 2016 is to celebrate life. Who’s with me?!

Seriously, life is short. Buy the shoes. Drink the cocktail. Order the dessert. LIVE. Be the shimmery celebration of life that you are! And speaking of shimmery celebrations of life, I have the perfect cocktail to toast to my 2016 attitude.

It’s super simple to put together, but looks and tastes amazing. The best part? The star ingredient is Viniq Ruby, one of my absolute fav new liqueurs. You may remember me gushing about Viniq recently, but let me fill you in if you don’t.

It’s a premium shimmery liqueur that’s a delicious fusion of premium vodka, Moscato, and natural fruit flavors. It contains edible shimmer, which gives it this incredible dazzling effect. Like a chic magic potion that looks as fab as it tastes.

Whip up one of these and expect many double taps on your Instagram posts in the New Year. Read on for the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Viniq Ruby
  • 3 oz. Champagne
  • Splash of Ginger Ale
  • Squeeze of lime

Directions:

Combine ingredients and serve chilled in a Champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist. Swirl around, appreciate the shimmer, and enjoy.

 

Cheers to living our shimmeriest, sparkliest, most effervescent lives in 2016! *Clink*

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

Wear This/Drink That: Shimmer

It has been too long since my last Wear This/Drink That post! I’ve recently been sipping on a lot of Viniq Shimmery Liqueur which inspired me to pair two of my favorite things – shimmering martinis and shimmering eyeshadow! If you aren’t already familiar with Viniq I suggest you try some ASAP. It’s a delicious combination of premium vodka, moscato, natural fruit flavors, and one-of-a-kind shimmer. It’s basically a concoction of everything I love and it literally dances with shimmer when you pour it. It looks divine in a cocktail glass by itself, but it also plays well with others. I love both variations I’ve tried (Viniq Original and Viniq Ruby) so expect to see even more on this delicious treat soon! In the meantime, read on for my latest product and cocktail pairing. Cheers!

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Wear This: Stila Magnificent Metals Eyeshadow

This highly pigmented eyeshadow  packs a serious amount of metallic shimmer and stays put for hours. I first fell in love with it many moons ago at the Betsey Johnson SS13 show at NYFW (#throwback!) and have yet to find a new shimmer I love as much (aside from Viniq of course). 😉

 

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Drink That: Viniq Shimmer-Tini

Ingredients:
2 oz. Viniq
2 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. New Amsterdam® Peach Vodka
2 dashes of bitters
Mint sprig, lime wedge, berries

Instructions:
Pour all into a tall glass, stir thoroughly, add ice, stir again and garnish with a mint sprig, a lime wedge and berries. Final step: Feel fabulous and fantastic while drinking!