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Lacing Up with Shontelle


Singer/songwriter Shontelle is branching out! The talented songstress is showcasing her design skills with her new CAT x SHONTELLE footwear collection, which debuted during New York Fashion Week. Joonbug had the opportunity to chat with the gal of many trades about the inspiration behind the collection, her plans for the future, and more.

LIQUID COURAGE
Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

CULTURE CLUB
Festive Fall: Theater Edition

Gotham Burlesque Coney Island Spectacular: Coney Island is invading Manhattan's Upper West Side October 6th at 10pm at The Triad. There will be twelve amazing acts from NYC's best burlesque and variety performers, including Bambi the Mermaid, The Great Fredini, Ekaterina, The Great Throwdini, Miss Harvest Moon, Scott Baker, Tigger, Justina Flash, and more! Shelly Watson will host this sultry extravaganza featuring song, dance, tricks, and plenty of treats. Tickets range from $37-$49 and can be purchased here.

THRILLS & DEALS
NYC Happenings & Deals

High Altitude Oktoberfest: 230 Fifth is bringing Oktoberfest to a whole new level. From Sept. 22 until Oct. 7th, five German beers and two Germanic gastronomic classics will be added to the menu at the well-known rooftop lounge. Brews will sell for $6/bottle, $8/half liter, and $16/liter and German eats such as giant pretzels and bratwurst will go for $9. On Sept. 29th, from 12-6pm, make sure to drop by to start dancing up a storm along with Bavarian oompah music, play Teutonic inspired games and prizes, and gaze upon plenty of Fall decor.

Extended Sambahour: Both Sushisamba locations in the city are extending their immensely popular 'happy hour' from Sunday through Friday. Fan favorites such as the Classic Mojito and Yellowtail Tiradito will now be available for just $6 from 4-7pm and 11pm-close. If this isn't a deal to die for, I don't know what is!

LIQUID COURAGE
Cowboy Killer Cocktail for National Bourbon Month

Las Vegas may be the place to party, but for a relaxing and intriguing cocktail, Scottsdale, Arizona is the place to go. If you 're looking to sip on a pleasant bourbon beverage in honor of National Bourbon Month, The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has you covered. Enjoy the delicious Cowboy Killer Manhattan, so either head on over to order one up, or make your own!

Cowboy Killer Manhattan
2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Grand Marnier
6 ea Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherries
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherry Pick For Garnish

1. Muddle Cherries with a two dashes of bitters
2. Add remaining ingredients then ice and shake vigorously
3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Morello Cherry Pick

LIFESTYLE
Best of All Worlds: New Social Media Platform

Social media snobs you're in for a treat - a new online social network is making its way to you! Erik and Louise Wachtmeister launched Best of All Worlds, an innovative and private online community that focuses on the future. Erik states that, "So much of social media is about focusing on other people’s pasts. Best of All Worlds is about paying attention to our own future.” This invite-only platform offers relevant future-facing information instead of focusing on past events. You can access Best of All Worlds both online and through their iPhone app.

LIQUID COURAGE
Farm to Shaker: Local Ingredients Take Over Cocktails

West Village staple Barrio 47 launched their Farm to Shaker Series this past Monday to great success. Every Monday, mixologist Miguel Aranda (of Apotheke) will visit the bar to craft a new cocktail with the freshest ingredients from a local farm, shaken or stirred to perfection. The cocktails will sell for $14 each. The first to be debuted was the Strawberry & Fennel cocktail. For a look at what the future has to offer, check out the cocktails lined up next in the series:

Strawberry & Fennel: Fennel infused vodka, muddled strawberries and fennel, lime, and cane sugar

Lavender Margarita: Lavender infused tequila, Combier liquor, fresh agave, lime and orange

The Ride of Passion: Fresh pineapple infused mezcal, pink peppercorn and chipotle with a spicy pink Himalayan salt rim

TRENDTASTIC
Fall Fashions to Die For

Fall is finally upon us and with it comes the dreary thoughts that the sun is leaving but that is no reason to step out of the house not in style. No matter what season is underway, us fashionista's have to work it the right way! With that said, we've rounded up some of the hottest trends and accessories for the Fall, which should leave you with no excuse to look like a mess.

Rose gold is the 'it' color for jewelry this fall and Philip Stein has created the perfect accessory for any woman. The Small Active Rose Gold Plated Chronograph watch is perfect for the woman on the go, with the date and time and includes Natural Frequency Technology, which increases focus, improves sleep, and provides a better overall well-being. This beautiful must-have watch is water resistant and retails for $650.

LIQUID COURAGE
End The Summer Right with Fresh Cocktails

We're gearing up for the transition to Fall and it's clear that New Yorker's already have the itch to don their best fall wear, but we're still not ready to let summer slip away just yet. The obvious solution to keep the spirit of summer alive is through these refreshing cocktails that can be found right in New York City or made right from home!

There’s nothing like sipping on a refreshing drink with summer fruit, so make sure to get your final fix of Gastro Bar at 35th’s Strawberry Fig Shrub -- Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka and a touch of Brooklyn gin shaken with fresh strawberry puree and fig balsamic vinegar, served on the rocks with a splash of fizz.

NIGHT STALKER
Attention Night Animals: Casting Call for Nightlife Fiends

Calling all night crawlers! If you love to party, are out and about, or serving NYC's trendiest crowds, it's time to listen up. An award-winning television production company based right in New York City is partnering with a major cable network and working on an exciting new documentary series that could feature YOU! The series will tell the story of NYC through the eyes of its city dwellers who are on the job or out socializing between the hours of 3-5am, highlighting the unique ways and real life events through which the city comes to life at night.

To be considered—or to nominate others—please send an e-mail to midnightshiftcasting@gmail.com with the following information (if you are nominating someone, please include both your information & theirs):