Last week, I had the privilege of attending an event that brought together two of my great loves: vodka and fashion. The event was held downtown at an amazing gallery space, Marvimon, from the same folks as the awesome West-side SmogShoppe (party planners take note!).
Style and booze bloggers were invited to sample five Effen vodka cocktails created by five teams of two. We were all given a bag of marbles to place as many as we wished in the bottle of our favorite mixologists. Besides us booze blogger judges, there was also a small group of official judges that include my drinking buddy, The Minty. There were also a couple of local artwork and jewelry on display.
Here’s a rundown of the cocktails -
Team Red: Old Thyme
Effen, Blackberry, Lemon, & Basil
A cocktail with blackberry would normally be a favorite of mine, but unfortunately the cocktails (yes, I went back for more – tee hee!) I did try had big blocks of ice that made it difficult to drink. I’m not sure if that was a mixology call or just a bad bunch of ice.
Team Orange: 99 Degrees in the Shade
Effen, Mint Infused Simple Syrup, Strawberries, Jalapeño & Cucumber
Normally, I’m not a fan of drinks with any kind of spice, but this cocktail was my second favorite of the night. I really think it was the mint infused simple syrup that blended the flavors together so well.
Team Yellow: Smooth Operator
Effen Black Cherry, Simple Syrup, Lime, & Ginger
I didn’t get the opportunity for a full drink due to the photo shoot at this station so I moved on to another station. However, this drink was voted the top drink by the official judges.
Team Blue: Old Thyme
Effen, Thyme, Blueberry, & Peach Bitters
This cocktail was my favorite and later won the vote for fan favorite. I liked this drink so much that I went back to the station a couple of times. When I order a drink, it’s usually just one ingredient that I favor but in this case I loved everything mixed together. Plus, it helped that the guys had so much energy and offered high fives in exchange for marbles!
Team Purple: Mango Tango
Effen, Mango, Yellow Bell Pepper, & Cilantro
This cocktail was good, but just not my cup of… vodka. They definitely get props for the originality of adding yellow bell pepper.
While I only got to check out the display of jewelry by Luv AJ, it was fabulous to see so many fashionable bloggers in the house. I got to catch up with Laurie, Kelsi, Rahiel, and meet a few others. My favorite meet was Grasie of Style Me Grasie! See you if you can spot me in her post!
|It wouldn't be a booze/fashion post without sharing what I was wearing - be kind, Joan Rivers!|
Thanks again to the folks at Brand Influencers for the invite!