Fennick Props + Cherish Hale Offer Inside Peek at Ewan McGregor’s Upcoming Biopic ‘Simply Halston’




That the coronavirus crisis has put so many film and television productions on hold, means that sometime in the next 12-18 months, there is going to be a period of watching almost nothing but reruns. However, Après ça, le deluge…of new releases.

One of those releases we are already eagerly anticipating is Simply Halston, the Ewan McGregor led Netflix biopic of the late and very famous fashion designer. The beloved Scottish actor will be executive producing, and also starring as the title character himself.

What had us most intrigued was the period recreation of the most stylish locations and people from the years that will be covered in the film, as Halston was notably a galvanizer of everything fabulous and fashionable during those decades—dressing celebrities the likes of Anjelica Huston, Lauren Bacall, Margaux Hemingway, Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger and Liza Minnelli. And for this very task was employed Cherish M. Hale, as set decorator, working in conjunction with Fennick NYC Props, easily the most exalted New York City prop house.



Hale has previously done the job for series’ the likes of Flight of the Conchords and The Affair, and even scored an Emmy nomination in 2018 for the Ben Stiller mini-series Escape at Dannemora.

“Mark Ricker, our fabulous production designer, invited me to join the club,” she recalls. “We had just done Escape at Dannemora together, which was a prison break series. This is a far cry from that. It really is a decorator’s dream, because Halston was such a style icon. The combo of the era, patterns and color paired with the costumes by Jeriana San Juan, will hopefully be stunning.”

Fennick’s CV is equally impressive, including three Spielberg films, the John Wick series, and most recently The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Joker, The Irishmen, and Hunters. The business was started by identical twin rock & roll brothers Rob and Ron Fennick as Lot 76, the legendary architectural antique lot in what is now NoLIta—and where clients included Andy Warhol, Baquiat, Helena Christensen, and eventually even Martha Stewart and Conan O’Brien.



But Ron points out that they are now “focused on having authentic vintage quantity and quality of inventory. Our warehouse is being compared to the Warner Brothers prop house In Burbank.” You can get a visual picture at their Instagram page.

Simply Halston goes all the way back to the designer’s youth, so Hale points out the challenge of recreating his childhood home from 1938. He passed away in 1990, aged 57—so authentic pieces had to be secured from Fennick for all three decades of his heyday, the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, of course.

“If you know anything about Halston,” Hale explains, “he had a huge love of color. In his budding career he was more into exotic patterns and textures, and later he moved into his more minimal aesthetic. The sets are a complete reflection of that: lots of changes from layered patterned fabrics to a shift to all red.”



It probably helped that her aunt regularly wore Halston’s fashions back then, giving her a familiarity with the styles. But deep diving into the visual language of his story led her to a greater understanding of his imitable genius—which remains significantly influential to this day.

Before the quarantine kicked in, she explains that she had been working closely with director Dan Minahan, whose previous credits include House of Cards, Game of Thrones and True Blood. But the 64,000 question is, had she gotten a chance to actually exchange ideas with McGregor?

“I work with Dan on a daily basis,” she says, “and we have a one on one about what he likes and doesn’t like. Thankfully there aren’t many dislikes. As for Ewan, I’ve met him few times and he is the most lovely person…but we haven’t had a real official one on one. It will probably happen after the coronavirus is over.”

No release date is at yet set for Simply Halston.



Corona Stories – Gone Viral: Atlanta Songstress Mattiel Ponders Creativity During Quarantine



Provocative Atlanta songstress Mattiel Brown is no stranger to life-threatening illnesses, as in 2014, an allergic reaction to a prescription medication had an absolutely devastating effect on her health. By 2016 she recovered, of course, and went on to form her namesake band, Mattiel, with schoolmates Jonah Swilley and Randy Michael. Since then, they have been endorsed by Jack White, subsequently toured with him as well, and released the critically lauded 2019 album Satis Factory.

Their second wave of U.S. dates have been postponed to summer, as the touring circuit waits out the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, for BlackBook‘s new Corona Stories series, she ponders the accidental gift of creative inspiration.


Finding Creativity in Quaratine


The world is a little more upside-down than it usually is, but there are some hidden blessings as a result. I think after touring the states in January and February, it felt like it was taking me awhile to get back into a creative mindset. It was really frustrating, and I was trying to reign in my focus. But since this quarantine hit, the sudden reality shift actually jumpstarted my creativity. And it has for Jonah, too. He’s been sending me some great tunes to work on and write to.

And that’s really our main motivation right now—to make more work. It’s a cool feeling to know that every artist is in the same boat right now. As dire as the situation is, it’s brought artists together in a way I’ve never seen before. Everyone is just eager to give their gifts to the world as an act of love. And it really lifts the veil to show everyone’s humanity. There’s a silver lining here for sure.


Six Signature Belvedere Cocktails to Make While Sheltering-In




The stockpiling of toilet paper unquestionably brought up examinations of our shared sense of civility, as every consideration should be given right now to necessities being available for the people who need them the most. But when CNN reported late last week that sales of alcoholic beverages were up 55%, we could hardly question the reasoning. Indeed, during the harrowing uncertainty of the current pandemic quarantining, we not only need something to take a bit of the edge off, but pouring a familiar favorite drink at the end of the day can also lend a necessary sense of normality to a situation that is anything but.

Thankfully, our friends at Belvedere were kind enough to offer up the recipes for a few creative takes on cocktail classics featuring their super-premium Polish vodka (certified kosher), so that we might just use our time sheltering-in for making a new epicurean discovery or two. And to be honest, while we’d really never considered the possibilities of a “Cucumber Spritz”—it’s already become one of our new favorites, perfectly paired with everything from a no-contact-delivery artichoke-prosciutto pizza, to a night of Tiger King binge watching.

Quarantine responsibly.


Five Signature Belvedere Cocktails to Make at Home

Belvedere Classic Martini (pictured top)

2 oz / 60ml Belvedere Vodka
.25 oz / 7ml French Fortified Wine
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pink grapefruit twist.

Belvedere Citrus Spritz

30 ml / 1  Oz Belvedere Vodka
30 ml / 1  Oz Vermouth Bianco*
3 Lemon slices
2 Fresh sprigs of mint
Top with equal parts of sparkling water and tonic water*
* FEVER TREE, made from all natural ingredients, is the recommended brand to use
Fill the Belvedere Spritz glass to the top with ice. Combine all ingredients and garnish.

Belvedere Herbal Soda

50 ml / 1½  Oz Belvedere Vodka
150 ml / ½ Oz Soda water
3-4 Dashes Peychaud Bitters
Build in highball glass over cube ice, garnish with a lemon zest.


Belvedere Herbal Spritz

30 ml / 1  Oz Belvedere Vodka
30 ml / 1  Oz Italian bitter
1 Rosemary stem
1 Orange slice
Top with equal parts of sparkling water and tonic water*
* FEVER TREE, made from all natural ingredients, is the recommended brand to use
Fill the Belvedere Spritz glass to the top with ice. Combine all ingredients and garnish.

Belvedere Ginger Spritz

30 ml / 1  Oz Belvedere Vodka
30 ml / 1  Oz Sweet vermouth
1 Fresh ginger slice
2 Orange slices
Top with equal parts of sparkling water and tonic water*
* FEVER TREE, made from all natural ingredients, is the recommended brand to use
Fill the Belvedere Spritz glass to the top with ice. Combine all ingredients and garnish.

Belvedere Cucumber Spritz

30 ml / 1  Oz Belvedere Vodka
30 ml / 1  Oz Dry vermouth
2 Cucumber ribbons
Top with equal parts of sparkling water and tonic water*
* FEVER TREE, made from all natural ingredients, is the recommended brand to use
Fill the Belvedere Spritz glass to the top with ice. Combine all ingredients and garnish.


Corona Stories – Gone Viral: box + flow’s Olivia Young on Staying Physically and Spiritually Fit



Olivia Young left the restaurant business with no particular experience in the business of health and wellness. But in 2017 she founded the rather artistically named box + flow in New York’s Noho; and her unique fitness philosophy combining yoga, cardio boxing, mental focus and fierce determination made it an immediate sensation.

Three years later, her mini-empire has expanded to include a second studio in Soho. She is currently sheltering with family in Florida, but took the time out to pen some thoughts on how our loved ones can offer a sense of grounding during this worrying coronavirus crisis—and also offered five tips for staying healthy while we are quarantining.



Love in the Time of Corona 


I’ve never been so single and cared any less. Until yesterday. Saturday night and I was about to go stir crazy. I even posted a past photo of myself in lingerie drinking whiskey – wishful thinking while I sauntered thru my parents’ house in boys underwear, cracked open a Kentucky Bourbon Stout, had some braised cabbage (recipe below), and phoned a friend. I refuse to wear pants, a running family joke, now a reality. Whenever I visit my childhood home in South Florida, my three brothers mock me, ‘Olivia this is a pants on zone.

Nope! Not in the time of corona! I wish they were here to mock me, but they’re keeping social distance and they, like me, don’t live home anymore. So quarantine life is me, mom + dad for the longest staycation since moving to New York 10 years ago. I haven’t visited home for more than four days at a time since high school ,and currently, I’m pushing 15. Truth? It’s kinda nice. I have space, sunshine, a  big kitchen, and all their attention. I can’t wait to get back to ‘my life’, but I’ll miss this when I’m gone.

I arrived to Florida two weeks ago with a carry-on bag, two businesses and 25 employees. Both studios are now closed: an emotional rollercoaster for all involved, but I flow through the fight and choose love, always. I’ve switched my perspective to make magic out of monotony, as I find nuance in everyday routine, and embrace new routine, even in my impermanent setting. I’m going to bed later, working more, censoring myself less on social media, moving my body differently, trying new things nutritionally, and breaking old habits. I’m choosing to use this time for creation rather than condition, as I create more connection, albeit digital, with my box + flow community. I’m keeping hope alive. The world is testing us all, so why not take it a step further, and test myself more? I have no rules in the time of corona.



Who knew ‘living home’ could be kinda fun? I’m basically an only child, nesting with empty nesters. My new routine isn’t dissimilar to NYC, my days just begin at 6am instead of 4am, with less anxiety. My restlessness stems from my entrepreneur dad, whose slippers slide thru our wide hallways by 6am. It’s time to rise. He and I collect in the kitchen for coffee, sometimes we chat, sometimes we don’t. My mom summons him for her morning brew and even if I offer, my request is denied. Coffee delivery is his duty. The nesters drink it in darkness together.

Shortly thereafter, my mom scoots to the kitchen. She fries my father eggs while simultaneously singing to the dogs. My dad saunters thru the halls on his cellphone, speaking too loudly to my younger brothers, his employees. The robed king conducts business, always—but is never too regal to serve my mom her morning coffee. Love in the time of corona. He devours breakfast post-shower before she shoves him off to work, the smell of fresh toast and browned butter permeates the air long after he’s gone. The house is quiet, until my mom starts singing, again.

I get up to move as I always do—shake it off + let it go 3 to 8 miles as per my body’s request, my warmup before I teach box + flow live. My mom is my production manager, sound engineer, cheer committee, and cleanup crew. The iPad is hoisted on a high chair, protected from the sun by a dog carrier, and sound streamed thru a portable speaker. After class, I work in the sun for hours. I’ve never been forced to be so resourceful, worked harder, or enjoyed it more. My Momager is also my companion. Our only daily outing is procuring provisions for dinner. If I’m extra restless, I’ll run to the store to meet her.



I get so much joy cooking for others, something I don’t often do living solo in NYC. I prep dinner while she dog walks, fully equipped with a stroller, in case her pups get tired. And when she’s not tending to everyone, she takes care of herself: Peloton, swims laps, baking cakes or cleaning out the pantry while singing Hamilton, until interrupted by my dad’s constant calls. She always ensures there’s a snack awaiting his return and that he gets a bit of exercise in before dinner. He works hard. So does she. I guess we all do and #liveyoung (celebrate) too. I pop open wine while we watch the evening news before dinner, and braise cabbage as she bakes key lime pie.

 My mom is precise and focused, follows directions, rules, recipes and wears pants. That’s where we differ. I break rules, take risks, and hate pants. She likes direction. I prefer to get lost, creating my experience in the kitchen and otherwise. But she keeps me grounded. My mom and dad both do. What a gift to be surrounded by so much love, resilience and ease. And a gift, I am fully embracing. My mindset is more open and my schedule is less rigid: 8pm bedtime has been replaced by 8pm dinner. We always eat together.

I’m going to miss that when I leave. The simple things like spending time with my parents. Something I’ve never actually done until now. Ah love in the time of corona. I’ve never been so single and cared any less. I just hope that when this all blows over we all value love, connection, life even more. I will. I am. The simplicity of a hug, dinner with friends, spending time with family. Touch. Eye contact. Intimacy! Lots of sex—no doubt. But maybe it will actually mean something. Live in the time of corona. Life my parents love. Untraditional no doubt, but it stands the test of time, and always starts with a cup of coffee.

For at-home workout tips, choose creativity over condition. Use what you have! Make Magic Out of Monotony.


Olivia Young’s Five Fitness Tips for Staying Healthy While Sheltering-In

1. In lieu of hand weights, workout with soup cans, wine bottles, beer bottles, or even water gallon jugs if you are looking for something a bit heavier
2. Heavy lifting? Lift the couch. Do squats holding text books. Anything goes!
3. Do dips using the coffee table to work your triceps.
4. Use paper plates or hand towels as sliders for ab resistant exercises.
5. Pack a duffle bag, and push it from wall to wall in your at-home gym area, like you are pushing a weighted sled using your abs, legs, arms, and core.



This is What a Deserted Soho in NYC Looked Like on a Sunny Afternoon

Images by Kristen S



If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, shots of desolate streets in Italy, and a nearly empty Times Square at night, have starkly told the tale of the sheer magnitude of the coronavirus lockdown.

But a set of images sent to BlackBook by an amateur photographer colleague struck us as particularly jarring. On a sunny Thursday afternoon in New York’s Soho, the streets were literally deserted—completely, and utterly devoid of human life…or even automobile traffic.

Soho, for those who might be unfamiliar, is one of downtown NYC’s most vibrant shopping neighborhoods, often coming under criticism for its rampant over-commercialization these last couple of decades—after being a haven for artists and galleries back in the ’80s and ’90s. But instead we now see boarded up Coach and Dolce & Gabbana shops (Louis Vuitton did it a bit more stylishly), and a lonely picture of Fanelli Cafe, a Gotham legend dating back to 1847, with its graffiti’d security doors pulled down for some yet to be determined period.

That it was a beautiful day in regards to weather only serves to emphasize the eeriness of it all.

Curiously enough, for those of us who have long complained about barely being able to walk down the street in Soho for the weekend crush of tourists, likely nothing would make us happier right now than to see those hordes return…and start shopping again.



Please Buy Restaurant Gift Certificates…NOW




From the first time your parents took you out for a “fancy” dinner, on through to graduation celebrations, weddings, and surely all those special meals you’ve shared with friends and family that you’ll never forget, restaurants have provided the setting for a wide, and visceral swath of our lives.

Now, shockingly, as if we were suddenly thrust into the middle of a terrifying dystopian novel, an insidious virus has forced nearly the entire American restaurant industry to grind to a halt in order to literally save our lives. Some will not survive several weeks without income, and many just barely.

However, you need not stand idly by—there are two big things you can do to help. First, consider how many times in a normal week you would be eating out, and then order takeout from a favorite restaurant as if you were actually planning to dine there…and maybe throw in an extra night of doing so, if you can. But more importantly, go to restaurants’ websites and buy gift certificates—as many as you possibly can.




“Purchasing gift certificates from any of your favorite restaurants, is one of the best ways to support local business,” urges Nathalie Hudson, Co-Owner of Dante in NYC’s West Village, winner of the 2019 World’s Best Bar award. “At Dante we are continuing to pay the wages of our core team and also the health care for all of our employees…every little bit helps. Gift cards are a great way to inject a little cash flow into businesses which currently have none, and are doing everything that they can to look after and support their employees.”

So yes, buy them from your favorite little corner Indian or Chinese place; buy them from the trendy hotspots that you always hit up for an Instagrammable night out; and just buy them from anywhere that you can’t wait to return to once the coronavirus scare is over.

It can even even provide a welcome distraction from our harsh reality to start planning future nights out, while paying for them in advance, to show your support in these difficult times. Also, think of anyone who has a birthday coming up, or what your parents’ favorite restaurant is, or maybe an important client that you’d like to treat…and buy one for them, as well.

The restaurant industry has enriched our lives immeasurably, and they really, really need us to help them pull through—as it will likely be the hardest hit business in America.


Laut Singapura


As Chef Salil Mehta, of Michelin starred Laut and the newer Laut Singapura—both in the Flatiron—so succinctly puts it, “Dining bonds are a genius idea, as it allows the community to support their favorite restaurants, and allows restaurants to make the brave decision to shut down as they know business awaits.”

Best of all, it will give you the feeling of making a difference, during a crisis that has left so many feeling utterly powerless.

“Our focus should be on supporting each other and our community in a safe and proactive way,” says Executive Chef Randall DeFalco of Ama, which opened earlier this month at Long Island City’s Paper Factory, serving globally-inspired cuisine in an industrial chic space. “During tough times it is important to remain unified, and together we will get through this. When you can, support your local restaurants through purchasing take-out, delivery and gift vouchers, it will go a long way in helping our employees and business.”

But we cannot stress enough that patience is needed right now, as the sudden shift to delivery and take-out has created the expected logistical problems—with Grubhub, Postmates, and Doordash all being pushed to the limit. When you have a moment of feeling frustrated, remember that everything is being done to save lives, while also maintaining the connection between the restaurants and consumers.

Satoru Yasumatsu, Co-Owner of HALL and o.d.o by ODO, explicates it best: “It is challenging not only from the standpoint of absorbing increased delivery service fee, but also implementing internal procedure change. Additionally, we are working on communications with our customers in a calm manner and about sanitary measures we are taking to ensure safety. Though difficult, we have received some enquires from regulars offering their support, and their messages keep us hopeful to do better in near future when we come back.”

And rest assured, they will come back.


Corona Stories – Gone Viral: Eskayel Founder Shanan Campanaro on Trying to Maintain Normality



Central St. Martin’s graduate Shanan Campanaro founded Eskayel in 2008 as an eco-conscious textile studio. The Brooklyn based workshop has since been committed to marrying environmental responsibility and rigorous craftsmanship, using regional production and sustainably sourced materials. Every one-of-a-kind design is actually based on a nature or travel inspired painting by Campanaro herself, with end products including highly-coveted hand-tied rugs, wall coverings, home linens, furnishings and beyond.

For our new Corona Stories series, she expounds on the need to maintain routine during the pandemic crisis.



Striving to Maintain Some Sense of Normality 


After safely rushing my husband home from Switzerland after the travel ban announcement, and situating my employees to work from home, I wanted to reach out to our Eskayel friends and family, but, to say what, exactly, as news seemed to be changing by the hour? I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this design community and to have fostered so many long term relationships with my clients and peers, both creatively and personally. So what I really wanted to know is…how was everybody doing?  How was this situation affecting my clients and friends personally and professionally?

It is so important for us to stay connected at this time when we are all so physically distanced. It is essential for us to share our experiences so that we can better support each other.

For me, some things have been a bit easier:  I’m fortunate enough to live one block away from the studio. Because of this, we have been able to operate almost normally—requests for swatches are being sent out—while the rest of our staff safely works remotely on projects from home. But other things have been harder, like worrying about family in California, or friends who own shops and restaurants that had to close; not to mention sharing their anxiety about the financial implications and the impact it could have on my small business.

All of us at Eskayel felt it was important to send positive energy and support into the universe, with the belief that we will come together to overcome this hardship and bounce back more resilient and connected than ever. We are committed to continuing to share beautiful and inspiring designs, and to celebrate the ongoing work of designers in our community and around the world.

We are prioritizing keeping our staff and our spaces and servicing our clients as best as we can. My husband and I do yoga every morning during the same time we would typically be at our favorite local studio. We FaceTime with our staff at 10 am from the studio to maintain a schedule and sense of normalcy. Maintaining normal office hours until 6 pm as we always did helps the day go by, ending with a rewarding walk for some fresh air, followed by cooking and possibly drinking a bit more than usual. Last night I went on the house party app with all my girlfriends and we had a drink together. In a way, I am more connected virtually to people than I have ever been before.



Pandemic Survival Guide: 14 Sophisticated Cocktails to Make At Home


Curiously enough, while Republicans and Democrats apparently had so much trouble coming together on a vital stimulus package, there was one thing that practically everyone has seemed to agree on: liquor stores are “essential” businesses. And while we strongly recommend following the advice of medical experts in maintaining peak health during the coronavirus crisis, we also enthusiastically suggest a little self-medication each evening.

And there’s certainly no reason you should resign yourself to boring old vodka-tonics. Our friends at Absolut Elyx, Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey, Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, NYC restaurants/bars Dante, Valerie, Mister French, Pouring Ribbons and The Shanty at New York Distilling Company, Via Sophia in DC, Ocean Restaurant in Kennebunkport, LKSD Kitchen in Newport, CA, and Pelican Hill Coliseum Pool & Grill in Newport Coast, CA have all generously shared their insider tips for the types of sophisticated tipples they’ve helped us grow accustomed to, so that the quarantine period does not have to be without a dash of fabulous.

Of course, we also recommend ordering take out from these establishments (which may even include to-go cocktails) and buying gift certificates on their websites, to help them through these difficult times.

Bottoms up.



From Dante, NYC

1.5 oz. Campari
Fresh orange juice
Glass: Garibaldi
Garnish: Orange wedge resting on rim + plastic stirrer
Method: Add 2 ice cubes to glass
Add Campari and a little of the OJ. Stir well to combine
Add 1 more ice cube and fill remainder of glass with OJ

Swedish Riviera (pictured top)

Created by Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx

3 parts Absolut Elyx 
3 parts Coconut Water 
1 part lemon 
1 part honey 
3 parts Prosecco 
Glass: Absolut Elyx Copper Balloon Cup or Highball Glass 
Ice: Cubed 
Garnish: Cinnamon stick and orange slices 
Method: Build the ingredients over cubed ice, top with prosecco and stir gently to combine. 

Elyx Martini 

Created by Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx

5 parts Absolut Elyx 
1 part Lillet Blanc 
Garnish: Lemon Zest 
Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over cubed ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and garnish. 

Aperol Flip

Mister French, NYC

1 oz Aperol Apéritif 
1/2 Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Wildflower Honey Reduction
1/2 of Egg White 
1 1/2 oz Sparkling Brut 
Garnish: Expressed Orange Oils, Orange Twist (in middle) 
Glass: Wine Glass

Espresso Martini

From Mr Black Coffee Liqueur

1 oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Espresso
Method: Shake hard, strain into coupe, garnish with a coffee bean or cacao nib

Fast Car

From the Shanty at New York Distilling Company 

2 oz Ragtime Rye Bottled in Bond
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Fernet
Dash Angostura Bitters 
Method: Stir, Serve up with an orange twist


County Clare Cooler 

From Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey, created by Joaquín Simó, Bartender and Partner at Pouring Ribbons, NYC

2 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 
0.75 oz Unfiltered Apple Cider 
0.75 oz Lemon Juice 
0.5 oz Wildflower Honey Syrup (2 parts honey : 1 part water) 
0.25 oz Benedictine 
1 oz Ginger Beer 
Glass: Rocks 
Ice: Cylinder 
Garnish: Fanned Apple Slices 
Method: Add Ginger Beer to bottom of rocks glass. Shake & strain remaining ingredients. 

Dawn to Dusk Sour

From Marc Branden Shelton, Owner of LKSD Kitchen/Mixologist

2 oz Blackened American Whiskey
1 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Simple Syrup
2 Drops of Saline Solution
2 oz Float of Red Zinfandel
Method: Add Blackened, lemon, simple syrup and saline solution to cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilly coupe or cocktail glass and float Red Zinfandel on top.

Fiore Piccolo

Available at Via Sophia in Washington, DC

Created by Raquel Fowler and Corey Holland for 

1 1/2 oz Plum Wine
1 oz Junmai Nigori sake
1 oz Green Tea simple
3/4 oz Strawberry Liqueur
Method: Combine all ingredients and shake; strain and serve into an old fashioned glass (or any small drinking glass at home). Garnished with an edible flower.

Due Diligence 

Created by Gareth Evans for Absolut Elyx

2 parts Absolut Elyx 
1 part Elderflower Liqueur 
1 part Lemon Juice 
1 pinch Dill 
2 parts Tonic 
Glass: Highball Glass 
Garnish: Cucumber slices 
Method: Muddle cucumber, swizzle with crushed ice, add tonic, top with ice and garnish with cucumber slices 



Created by Raquel Fowler and Corey Holland for Via Sophia, Washington, DC

1.5 oz Don Ciccio Ambrosia Aperitivo
.05 oz Averna
1 oz Prosecco
Splash of soda water
Method: Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve in a wine glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Mini Gibson

Created by Marshall Minaya, Beverage Director for Valerie, NYC

1 ¼ oz Le Gin
¼ oz House Dry Vermouth
Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice. Stir. Strain. Pour in a 3oz martini glass and garnish with a pickled pear onion.

Blood Orange Cosmo

Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport Maine

Blood Orange Cosmo
1 1/2 oz. Tito’s Vodka
1 oz. Blood Orange Pure
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Lime juice.
Add ingredients to shaker, shake, strain into glass, garnish with a toasted orange peel.


Cucumber Cooler

Available at Pelican Hill’s Coliseum Pool & Grill 

1 1/2 oz Hendricks Gin
4 cucumber slices 
1/2 oz Cucumber Syrup
1 Lime Slice
4 oz Tonic
4 torn mint leaves
Method: In a cocktail tin, add four torn mint leaves, lime slice, cucumber slices, ice and gin, shake vigorously, strain cocktail over ice, top with tonic and garnish with cucumber slices


Corona Stories – Gone Viral: Senegalese Songstress Marieme Warns of the ‘Virus’ of Hate




From her galvanizing 2018 anthem “Be the Change,” to last year’s poignant single “Ask For Help,” we’ve come to love Senegalese born, New York based songstress Marieme for her fearless, incisive ability to take on weighty subject matter, and deliver the message in the most shiver-inducing, thought-provoking of ways. Her debut EP was released later in 2019, definitely exhibiting her inimitable style, a sultry, jazz-infused modern soul music.

As part of our new Corona Stories series, she characteristically goes beyond simple well-wishing, to reminding us that “hate” is a virus that we have to confront, and unflinchingly attempt to extinguish, every single day.




Hate: The Most Dangerous Virus of All

These times have me delving deeper into the nature of viruses, which in turn made me start thinking about how hate spreads. How it mutates, how we catch it, and its effects.

Hate is a virus!

It’s an energy force with the nature of a virus.

The nature of a virus is to find a host, destroy and multiply. Just like a virus kills the cells, hate attaches itself to a host, destroys the host’s personality, common sense, ability to think rationally, and self-love.
Those of us with weaker spiritual immune systems are the most susceptible to it. And not knowing yourself is the cause of a weak spiritual immune system. You come to know yourself by not holding on to pain, to traumas.

Some are taught hate by hateful elders, thus multiplying the virus outside of the host body. Creating an army of people who don’t love themselves!

As technology has advanced beyond the evolution of the soul, hate has hitched a ride to the world via the internet, amplifying its powers.

The interesting thing about hate though is that its antidote has always been with us. LOVE!