New York City wordsmith Nas has a lot to celebrate this month. He served as one of the headliners at the Coachella arts and music festival over the weekend. This month marks 20 years since he released his classic debut, Illmatic. (All you need to do is peep this IG pic to understand my excitement about that feat) And lastly, the rapper’s Time Is Illmatic documentary will open this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to celebrate all of Nas’ accomplishments, Hennessy V.S held an intimate brunch at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California on Sunday (April 13).
Among those in attendance at Hennessy and Nas’ boozy brunch (because booze and brunch go together like Jay and Bey) were actors Lance Gross and Damon Wayans, and So So Def’s own Jermaine Dupri. During the brunch, guests sipped on a bevy of Hennessy cocktails including the “Desert Cooler” while noshing on waffles poolside. Okay, I actually have no idea what they ate, but I think it’s safe to say that waffles were included in the mix.
You can check out a few pics from the event below, courtesy of Hennessy V.S.
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It’s not often that you get to sample a cognac created to pay homage to the founder of Hennessy, but on a surprisingly mild, winter evening in The A, I had the opportunity to do just that. Earlier this month, I received an invite to a Hennessy dinner hosted by Maurice Hennessy, 8th generation descendant to the Hennessy empire. The dinner, which took place last week, was held in honor of Daniel Graham, former NFL football player and Henny afficianado.
Prior to dinner, which was to take place inside a quaint room in historic Rhodes Hall, small bites were served and myself and those in attendance sipped on Mint Juleps made using Hennessy Privilege. This was to be the only cocktail served during the event since dinner was more of a tasting than a cocktail extravaganza.The tasting before dinner was definitely a highlight for me. I’m far from a spirits expert, but I’ve definitely learned a thing or two in the time since I started this blog, so the tasting was a welcoming (albeit boozy) educational component to the night.
At this year’s Art Basel, which took place in several cities across the globe including Miami, there was a good chance your favorite spirit brands were heavily present at the multi-day celebration of the arts. Among those brands were Hennessy and Crown Royal. Hennessy continued to push their Wild Rabbit campaign with noted rapper Nas thanks to their “Never stop. Never settle” photo series while Crown Royal introduced their new Crown Royal XO during a birthday celebration for producer Rico Love.
Check out a few flicks from both Hennessy and Crown Royal’s Art Basel festivities below. Photos courtesy of KirillWasHere and Gustavo Caballero/Getty Photos.
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A number of celebrities were present at the uber-plush The Griffin in New York City last week as professional athlete Carmelo Anthony received the Hennessy Privilège Award. The New York Knicks player received the award thanks to his community service work with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, an organization that seeks to “to positively impact the lives of those living in under-served communities through 3 key focus areas – education, recreation & community outreach.” Other notable attendee’s at the exclusive event included television personality Rocsi Diaz, director Spike Lee, and rapper Fabolous. Kudos to Carmelo on his award, and be sure to check out pics from the event below.
Photos courtesy of KirillWasHere.
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When Fourth of July rolls around this Thursday, the last thing you want to do is rack your brain in the hopes of coming up with a cocktail that’ll impress the bevy of guests you’ve invited to your Fourth of July fete. With so many great Independence Day-inspired drink recipes out there coming up with a great cocktail for the holiday should be the last of your concerns. Whether you’ve invited half the neighborhood to your backyard BBQ or simply plan on celebrating with a handful of friends at an intimate rooftop gathering you’re sure to find a fitting cocktail, courtesy of SKYY Vodka, Alize, and more, below. As always, be sure to drink responsibly.
Lady Liberty (Pictured Above – Far Left)
1 ½ oz. SKYY Vodka 1 ½ oz. White Grapefruit Juice 1½ oz. White Grape Juice ½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice ½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. Cold Water