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Cousins Jack Kreindler and Charlie Berns opened the first inclination of the ‘21’ Club in 1922. It opened as a speakeasy and still has secret walls and rooms.
Use this fact to impress your friends…
There’s something about period dramas like Bridgerton that’s just so addictive, isn’t there? From glamorous gowns and dishy dukes (yep, we know who comes to mind from the Netflix show) to society balls and champagne toasts… it certainly provides the escapism we all need right now. But while we live vicariously through small-screen parties, have you wondered why champagne became synonymous with luxury? Turns out, there’s an interesting history, and the British set a certain trend…
Francoise Peretti, UK spokesperson for the Champagne industry, explained: “French Kings were coronated in Reims Cathedral, in Champagne. Champagne wines are said to have flowed freely at the coronation banquets and it became the practice to any royal visitors to the region. As such, it became the coronation drink in France and subsequently fashionable throughout the royal courts of Europe.”
The royals love a glass of bubbles – and it’s not surprising…
By the 19th Century, champagne was at royal weddings and events of the traditional Season, as portrayed in Bridgerton, the annual period where members of a social elite of society resided in London for the summer. In 1806, the Prince Regent ordered 2,000 bottles of vintage champagne – now that’s a party we’d like to be invited to – making it a firm favourite of the English court under the Regency. So from the French royal courts to our favourite Netflix show two centuries on – what a journey!
So how did the British embrace the bubbles? Francoise has shared a fact for your first post-lockdown party, when someone asks why ‘Brut’ is usually written on the bottle: “Before the 19th century Champagne was a very sweet wine and the British were the first to request a drier style of wine. The “goût anglais” (British taste), which is similar to that drunk nowadays as a Brut, had 0.5% measure of sugar, whereas the French measure was much higher at 8%.” Well, there you have it!
Alcohol should be for drinking, right? Not where your hair is concerned. Catherine Zeta-Jones is said to swear by washing her hair with beer (it adds shine, she says) and both gin and vodka are lauded for making hair ridiculously smooth – some even say these spirits help your hair to grow too. The latest tipple to add to your bathroom shelf? Champagne.
Instagram star Madina Shrienzada has shared a video of herself washing her hair with a bottle of champagne, saying it gives her hair an “extra little vamp of shine” and tames frizz too. In a step-by-step tutorial Madina pours the bubbles over the ends of her the lengths of her hair and dips the ends into a bowl of champagne. She then wrings the alcohol out of her hair and post-champagne-dipping, her hair is insanely shiny and smooth. Madina gives the hair hack an 8/10 and says it’s a “fun little way of doing this on a girl’s night.”
It might seem a tad Upper East Side Gossip Girl, but there could be some truth to it. Champagne is becoming a common ingredient in many haircare lines; Cuvee Beauty blends champagne with white truffle and skincare-grade ingredients for healthy, conditioned hair while the Alterna Ten Perfect Blend range lists champagne as one of its key ingredients. And if you’re really feeling yourself, there’s even the label.m Diamond Dust range, which includes pearl dust and champagne with micro-fine diamond dust too.
Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland once wrote that you should rinse “your blonde child’s hair in dead champagne to keep it gold, as they do in France” and legendary supermodel Christie Brinkley pours leftover champagne to keep her hair shiny. Leftover champagne might be a rare occurrence for us but wanting swishy, Victoria’s Secret model hair? We could be persuaded to save a drop or two…
We are delighted to present a one-of-a-kind bottle of D’USSÉ® Cognac from the Shawn Carter Foundation, with proceeds to benefit the charity launched by the acclaimed artist, philanthropist and entrepreneur “JAY-Z” to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning.
For collectors of rare whisky, the mention of The Macallan in the same breath as the name Sir Peter Blake has for many decades proved an irresistible combination. Next month, Sotheby’s is set to offer a one-of-a-kind original bottle of 1967 whisky from The Macallan’s newly launched Anecdotes of Ages Collection, a limited-release whisky and art collection created in collaboration with the renowned pop artist.
Estimated at $125,000–750,000, the extraordinary multi-component lot, including a print donated by Sir Peter as well as a bespoke VIP experience with The Macallan, will lead Sotheby’s first dedicated spirits sale in New York on 13 March. All of The Macallan’s proceeds from the sale will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Support from The Macallan will advance efforts underway at the Guggenheim to increase free access and develop engagement with a variety of audiences, in alignment with the museum’s diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives.
All proceeds from The Macallan’s sale will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
For collectors of rare whisky, the mention of The Macallan in the same breath as the name Sir Peter Blake has for many decades proved an irresistible combination. Next month, Sotheby’s is set to
Is your games night even complete without the prescence of booze? When you think game night you’ll think of fun, friends, and alcohol and in this scenerior some alcohol are better suited than others for the event.
You’ll want a spirit that’s somewhat premium, harsh but not to the point that it’ll leave one sick, and you’d also want flavour in your drink.
If you have a gamesnight with friends and you’re not really sure about which drinks you should get, below are our top 5 picks for you.
1. Patron Cafe: Tequila is the first thing that pops into everyones mind when a fun night of games in mentioned and if you’re goign to be having this liqour, you might as well bless your taste buds with a premium coffee flavoured one that won’t make you squeeze your face too much.
2. Agor Red wine: Not everyone might be a fan of liqour and there’d always be that one person who’d insist on not drinking too much (Maybe the person is the designated driver). For people who fall into this category, you could go the wine route and get yourself a bottle of this sweet dessert wine. Compared to the spirits on this list it’s quite mild and it’s a sweet wine.
3. American Honey: This whiskey literally tastes like honey and after Patron cafe, this might be our second favourite on this list as a lot of whiskey lovers enjoy this drink. Also, if you’re not really a fan of whiskey and you’re open to exploring whiskey, we recomend you start with this brand.
4. Martell Cognac: Now we’re entering the premium liquer territory. Most people argue that all liquer taste the same and buying expensive liquers is a waste of money. We think not!!! If you blind taste a cheap bottle of whiskey and an expensive one side by side, you’d find that the more expensive one would be smoother in the tongue, the flavour would be more complex and generally, the after feel of the expensive one would leave a smile on your face compared to you squeezing your face after sipping the cheaper whiskey.
5. Jameson Whiskey: In Nigeria, this whiskey has become the unofficial whiskey for the millenials as it converted a lot of non whiskey drinkers. But on a lighter note, is any type of party or games night in Nigeria complete without a bottle of Jameson whiskey being there?
Not Every time Wine, Sometimes Gin or Vodka!!!
There’s a time and place for everything. When you’re home alone and watching a movie, It’s wine o’clock. When you have guests you want to impress, It’s whiskey/Cognac time. But, when you’re throwing a small shindig or house party, Gin and Vodka MUST be present as they are known to get the parties started.
Random question though, are you a Gin or Vodka Person?