LIQUID COURAGE
Spirited Collaborations

Last week, we at Joonbug attended the Macallan Masters of Photography Series launch event at the Bowery Hotel that debuted the drams latest venture into collaborative territory. That's right, the beloved whisky teamed up with photographer extroidinaire, Annie Leibovitz to launch a pricey, new bottle and promotional pictorals that featured Grey's Anatomy star, Kevin McKidd. The starry soiree brought much-a-buzz to Macallan paving way for more spirited collaborations?

We guess so, since receiving word that the next venture to launch is between, Patron Spirits and world-renowned fashion designer, John Varvatos. The first-ever artist to collaborate on a new design element of the Patron bottle, to craft a limited edition bottle stopper exclusively for Patron Anejo tequila.

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Reclaiming the Shot: 5 Classic Shots Guaranteed to Deliver the Goods

There is always that moment of painful indecision that seizes one when deliberating upon what “shot” to choose. Whether it be amidst a drove of your pals, on an increasingly awkward first date, or during a solo binge-endeavor—the question remains: what to shoot?

Now there is a proliferation of shot “mixtures”—a subgenre of liquor all itself—that subvert quality drinking with catchy monikers and funky combinations. They masquerade around with names the like of “Kamikaze,” “Buttery Nipple,” “SoCo Lime,” and essentially anything uttered in LMFAO’s infamous song. While these concoctions will achieve the optimal results of maximum frivolity and rapid ossification (a noteworthy achievement), this initiative is directed towards the purists: those seeking a quality shot without all the pageantry.

HAPPENINGS
Sapphire Foundation Presents: Charity Poker & Golf Tournament

The Sapphire Foundation and Peter Feinster, the foundation's creator, will be hosting a charity poker and golf tournament at Sapphire New York and the New York Country Club, respectively, to raise money for prostate cancer. The Sapphire Foundation raises money for all aspects of prostate cancer: financial assistance for medical expenses, outreach and advocacy for getting tested, and support for prostate cancer survivors still burdened with continued health costs.

The poker tournament will take place Sunday, September 11th, and the golf tournament will take place the following day, Monday the 12th. The fundraiser first launched in Las Vegas, and after tremendous success out West, they've decided to come to the Big Apple to continue raising money for the second leading cause of cancer for males in the U.S.

STAFF FAVORITES
Seduced by Mayahuel

The trend in the bar scene lately has been Tequila. New mescal concoctions are popping up everywhere, as are high-end brand options that rival the old standby, Patron. Well the talent behind the mixology temple, Death & Company have created their own place for agave-worship and its called Mayahuel.

A.C. NEWMAN
Post-Break-up Paris Goes to Rehab, Celebrates Vanity

Paris isn't letting the dissolution of her 14-month relationship with Doug Reinhardt get her down. This is the second time we've seen the heiress in Las Vegas in the past few weeks.

It was during her last trip here that the rumors regarding Paris' supposed relationship with Kim Kardashian's ex Reggie Bush surfaced. The two both were at two Vegas birthday parties that weekend for Mark Sudach and Jason Strauss where they apparently shared champagne and more But eye-witness Robin Leach assures that the couple didn't even speak to each other, and I'd believe Robin if he told me Johnny Weir was straight. That's how reliable he is.

50 CENT
Celebs Ring in The New Year in Vegas

Whether they were playing host, making special guest appearances, or just looking to party, celebrities flocked to Vegas to celebrate New Year's Eve last Thursday. Here's the rundown of the hottest ways celebs rang in 2010.

Black Eyed Peas at LAX

Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel stayed close throughout the night once they arrived at LAX in the Luxor. Black Eyed Peas member Apl.De.Ap entertained the crowd with his spinning while the rest of his band mates (minus the love-birds) cheered him on from the DJ booth.

ANNA SUI
Kelly Killoren Bensimon: the Interview

You've already seen her at our Halloween party at Espace earlier this year. But now Kelly Killoren Bensimon is back and ready for more action at Gustavino's on New Year's Eve. Don't let her drama-instigating role on Housewives mislead you: Bensimon is more intelligent, funny, and eloquent than you think, and she's not stopping anytime soon. Love her or hate her, you better get used to her. Joonbug was thrilled to get a chance to speak with her and find out more about her family, her work, and her unrelenting quest for quality.