Thursday, January 26, 2012

biggest january giveaway ever! {worth over 500 dollars}


let's face it we all need a cocktail at the end of a hectic day, week or month. i for a fact love a great cocktail... anytime!!! after juicing for 21 days with no alcohol, it's clear i am ready for a drink and not just any old drink, a creative cocktail.

lucky for me the word "mixologist" is very in style right now. mixology appeals to not only the entertainer in me but to the cook as well. cocktails have become a very complex and genius in their combinations and preparation.  so let's have some fun in 2012!

i am blessed that i have very talented friends who happen to be experts in the field + are willing to share their secret alcoholic concoctions with me, and i in turn would like to share them with you in a new addition to my blog, "celebrity cocktail of the week". yep, each week on thursday {well timed right before every weekend} i will ask some of my very high profile super groovy friends to share their favorite & original cocktail recipes.

in anticipation of creating many simply fabulous cocktails throughout the year . i have decided to do my annual big giveaway of the year and of course i decided to get the winner prepped for my upcoming cocktail of week feature by offering a "barman/woman tools of the trade"as my BIG giveaway. what a great way to kick off the new addition to my blog. i have enlisted the help of one of my favorite flash sites, The Foundary, known for their fabulous products with unparalleled quality. they seem like the perfect match for this incredible giveaway. check out their site, if you are not a member sign up straight away, it's easy.

here's what you could win if you sign up! Yep! this amazing "mixologist tools" prize below from The Foundary...






 Here's the run down of all the swag in my bar-alicious giveaway~

1.Reed and Barton hob nob 5 piece bar tool set
2.Reed and Barton lead crystal ice bucket with tongs
3.Reed and Barton martini shaker from the Thomas O'Brien collection
4.Ravenscroft set of 4 crystal martini glasses
5.Selamat Design mahogany tray with scallop edges and brass handles
6.Stirrings simple syrup and dirty martini olive juice
7.Peychauds aromatic cocktail bitters
8.Fee Bros. rhubarb bitters
9.Caspari Jaipur spice cocktail napkins

OK!i know that you are dying to have this set up in your home...here's how to win, leave a clever comment answer my question "why I aspire to be a master mixologist".. and the winner will be picked by my first celebrity mixologist, {so make it good}

* you will have a chance to see the giveaway items in person, when i appear on Better Mornings Atlanta february 10th at 9:45am. i will be mixing up valentines inspired cocktails live on the show. hope you tune in.

then february 15th, just in time for the first post from a very very special and exciting celebrity mixologist. the winner will be announced. you will not believe who i got to give us his secret cocktail of the week. {hint it's a guy...a really cute guy}

BTW~ The Foundary has decided to offer a fantastic array of barware for purchase on their site this week in celebration of my giveaway! {so cool} I encourage you to sign up {super easy} and check out these gorgeous wares, perfect to stock any bar anywhere. Thank you to The Foundary for sponsoring my amazing giveaway and offering all of you the opportunity to stock your bar in style and ready yourselves for my monthly "celeb cocktail of the month".  Salute!


34 comments:

Pattern Design said...

"Portlandia" had a hilarious sketch about mixologists a couple weeks ago. Pretty funny stuff. Cheers to finishing your cleanse!

Your Southern Peach said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because as my Father in law says, "Never trust a friend who won't have a drink with you."

I can see myself making lots of new friends with this gorgeous set!

Bruce Barone said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because I love people and I love to help them be happy and I always wanted someone to say to me (in those immortal words) "Let me get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini."

Tara said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because it sounds easier and tastier than becoming a master of most other -ologies. It also has the potential to be a good DJ alias if that should ever come up.

Crystal said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because of the fun memories I have when I got my first apartment and all fun I had with my friends trying to come up with new drinks.

Fred D said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because I respect the history of cocktails and want to be able to learn the techniques needed to create my own innovative drinks.

Preppy Delight said...

I aspire to be master mixologist because as Frank Sinatra said, "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”

Erin said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist cause I am one more hobby away from being called well rounded!

Jessie said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because I am sprucing up my first apartment with a collection of vintage 40s and 50s liquor ads and I can't think of a better complement to my display than this giveaway!

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because I will never be without a drink in hand!

Great giveaway Annette. xo

Erika // Radiant Republic said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because, as a recent suburban transplant, we often hosts our friends from the city on weekends. Also, as my grandmother (the queen hostess) always says, "drinking doesn't make you fat, it makes you lean..."

Joyce said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because, all of my friends enjoy a good liquid diets. ;) Thank you for the beautiful give away! xo
www.joygallagher.com

Erika Ward said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because then I know the party will always be at my house! Cheers!

Great giveaway!

Jill said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because then my suburban home will feel more sophisticated and interesting and remind me of my city life when meeting for drinks was just how you ended your work day. Also, my husband is a great cook so I need to have a hostessing skill that will be his equal.

JenGA said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because then I'll finally be a fix'n, mix'n, dance'n, sing'n, laugh'n, lov'n, styl'n, pour'n DIVA!

sarah said...

Why do I aspire to be a master mixologist, you ask? Well...

The 'ology of mixing
is an art of high respect!
A libation full of grandeur
comes quite close to what's perfect.

And when those colors, tints, and shades
so nobly complement the taste,
does not that feeling of a smile fight hard to surface?
- it says, "make haste!"

For life is short and has an end,
but all that's in between
lies mainly in our power to
enjoy with verve supreme.

Oh joy of joys, the trickle of
the cocktail on your tongue!
One cannot help but feel the notes
come springing, soaring, sung!

The Foundary swag, Miss Joseph dear,
doth not a master mixer make.
But help it will - aye! I won't deny!
And so it is that I partake.

May the glistening glasses forever clink
And the ice cubes, long may they glisten
As the lonely ingredients come to life,
in the hands of the mixer who listens...

Thirsty throats have roared and beckoned!
And I nobly aim to answer their call :)

hinesalmy said...

because it is the bee's knees.

dcoopsd said...

Ok so remember the scene in the movie "Blast from the Past" where Brendan Frazier's character's mother (played by the crazy awesome Sissy Spacek) is all caught up in the jiggly fat machine, vibrating martini in one hand, and looks over at her son and his new girlfriend Cher (she will always be Cher from Clueless. ALWAYS) to tell him he's been living in a bomb shelter for 25 years like it's no big deal and part of every child's life? Yeah That was when I aspired to be a mixologist. Or a drunk. Same dif.

Why? Because let me remind you that it was noon in bomb shelter time, the woman was half sloshed, being shaken like a Bond martini and still managed to hold her s**t together. Not to mention, her husband would walk in the door (though I never did understand the reason for having a front door in the fake shelter house since it wasn't as if the postman was ever going to drop by) the first action was to make him a martini. Sure there was a "hi dear" but it was typically followed up with "here's your drink, slurp up....". Course if I had to sleep in the same bed with Christopher Walken for 30 some years I'd probably be sloshed before noon too.

Though I don't have a jiggly fat machine and haven't yet found my perfect bomb shelter turned 1950's ranch style abode (real estate in Los Angeles is very tough! Looking though!) I do have the June Cleaver-esque apron, became my own boss so I could sip from the suckle teat of my bourbon decanter in the office (what about my absurdly large glass judgmental employee? You're fired! But just for today....), and do try to get my own husband sloshed since it makes the constant repeat of Seinfield episodes and college basketball that much easier to swallow.

By the way... did I mention that Klout thinks I'm influential in Vodka? And Bacon. But not vodka bacon. Or Bacon Vodka. That would be weird and we know that sometimes infusions which sound good on paper just don't quite work out IRL (like that whipped cream vodka which, because I'm lactose intolerant, means I'm always Tardy for the Pardy). Just regular Vodka. Though, interestingly enough I've switched to gin and now Klout thinks I'm influential in construction. I think they're trying to tell me something. Macho Macho Men....

Wait. What was the question again? *slurp*

Karen from Ohio said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist so I can learn enough to invent more great tasty adult beverages like my famous (in three states) coffee and cream martini. Ans also, so I can get almost drunk on my ass with grace, charm and aforementioned great libations.

Belinda Del Pesco said...

I aspire to be a master mixologista because, after the past year of muddling fruit, squeezing citrus, shaking ice, infusing simple syrups, stirring gently, pouring in layers and passing my experiments around my home and neighborhood, I realize two things: this is a whole lotta fun, and to be good at it, a gal needs SUPPLIES.

Crafty Q said...

Because Mad Men is about to come back on, and it's sin to watch that show with out a fresh drink in one's hand.

Cheers!

e said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist for the simple pleasures a cocktail involves: delicious taste, quiet luxury and beating a friend at his own game. The current aspiring master mixologist in my crowd needs to be knocked own a peg or two and I think I'm the gal to do it.

soma said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist since I was destined to be a mad scientist-but, alas, I was terrible with the maths. Mixology is fabulous, tipsy chemistry that involves even better glassware than one can find in a lab. I'd much rather deal in jiggers than milliliters, in London dry gin over hydrochloric acid, in muddling before titration. You rarely get to enjoy drinking your creations when you are a mad scientist (Dr. Jekyll can tell you how that turns out). And the only explosions mixologists experience from the bottles form which they pour are when their experiments are a decided success.

Killer Mango said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because I'm used to identifying the bottles from the floor. I'd like to be better at identifying them from behind the bar.

Jessica C said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because I can think of no better way to seek for the holy grail!

Tonia said...

No need to aspire, I already am a master mixologist...In my dreams and that's all that matters, right?

asdfghjk said...

I aspire to be a mixologist because I want to explore and discover how the simplest of ingredients can be the best they can possibly be.

la Welch said...

As they say in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evli,' "We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, 'What's your business?' In Macon they ask, 'Where do you go to church?' In Augusta they ask your grandmother's maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is 'What would you like to drink?'" I aspire to be a master mixologist because as a non-native southerner, I'm trying to put a little more Savannah-ian in me, and hopefully in a few years with a little more practice, no one will know I didin't grow up here.

Editor said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because... it will make the farmer's market much more interesting, though maybe not so healthy.

Lesley said...

i aspire to be a fancy mixologist so that i can greet my man with a fancy cocktail! these are all so beautiful. thanks for the great giveaway!

Sunnymay said...

Looking at your tray of excellent quality cocktail tools reminds me of a step back in time when people used to dress for cocktails and mixers. It's like stepping onto a set for an old book-matched library with seductive lighting. Everything shines on the tray and reflects the quiet pleasures of the people who will soon inhabit the room and the lively debates coming. Let me handle these items and a good book on mixology and who knows what secrets I'll have in hand.

SportsNut said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist because it would allow me to perfect my bartending skills so that I can finally get hired!
--unemployed college graduate

Ciel said...

I aspire to be a master mixologist as everyone knows alchemy isn't real and chemistry isn't nearly as fun!

Ciel said...

Ooh, what fun! I aspire to be a master mixologist as my gig in alchemy has not been transformative and a career in chemistry hardly seems fun.