Category Archives: Liquor

Some luxury liquors are definitely higher than “top-shelf”, and we at Imagine Lifestyles love to keep tabs on, well, the bar-tabs of others! Those others being the rich, famous, and excess-full of course! This is where you can learn about the luxury liquors of the world, exotic beverages, what to drink and where, and the occasional million-dollar bottle of Russo-Baltique vodka. It is true, we can’t make that up! Read on for upscale entertainment in the area of nightlife.

Porsche Design Touts Techy Johnnie Walker-Themed Luxury Bar

For all the Johnnie Walker Blue Label lovers out there, things just got a whole lot smoother! Porsche Design House has created a private bar for the elite drinkers of the high-end scotch, for just $150,000. You can almost own a Porsche for that price, or you can buy the bar and a Porsche rental…though you may require a chauffeur if you spend too much time at it!

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Porsche Designs Johnnie Walker Luxury Bar

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40-Proof Chocolate Milk-A Childhood Favorite Gets A Grown-Up Twist

40 Proof Chocolate Milk

We at Imagine Lifestyles love to read Urban Daddy, and find their stories fabulous, like the 40-proof chocolate milk now available online.  Essentially adult chocolate milk, this vodka-laced carton can be easily acquired online for just $23.99 whenever you are feeling nostalgic for a childhood treat. 

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Top 10 Most Expensive Entrees, Drinks and Desserts in the World

Expensive Restaurant ItemsThe culinary world of the rich and famous is fascinating, in regards to the entrees, drinks, desserts, and of course, the outrageous prices.  As culinary explorers, join us on an epic journey through some of the world’s most expensive entrée, beverage and dessert items.  It is nothing but the best for our fans.

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Still Hard To Swallow-$1.3 Million Dollar Bottle of Russo-Baltique Vodka

1 Million Dollar VodkaThis is definitely not a round you want to pick up the tab for-because a single solitary bottle of Russo-Baltique Vodka, yes vodka, has a staggering price tag of approximately $1.3 million smackaroos.  I know we covered this last year, but we are still astounded and felt a compulsion (and possibly revulsion) to revisit the subject. What can we say, money fascinates us.

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The Diamond Standard of Vodka

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and diamond filtered vodka is just best. Diamond Standard Vodka is the fresh luxury vodka that may just sweep major markets around the globe. Diamond Beverages, LLC has perfected the world’s most expensive vodka filtration process and is presently launching the ultra-premium vodka into major U.S cities. Launched in Miami last week and we got to taste, touch and feel Diamond Standard. Obviously the premium vodka will be kept in the best restaurants, nightclubs and hotels on South Beach, think Prime 112,  Mokai and the Fountainebleau.

Diamond Standard Vodka is produced in Poland, where vodka was originally discovered. Made at the legendary Polmos Siedlce Distillery, using four-times distilled, fine Polish rye and pure aquifer water. The vodka is then continuously filtered through 600 DeBeers cut diamonds for seven days. Diamond Beverages CEO Louis Amoroso told it like it is, "Our goal with Diamond Standard Vodka is to produce the finest vodka in the world. Consumers have had nowhere to go but sideways in the ‘Ultra-Premium’ category for some time. For those who want to try the best, we have created a vodka at an entirely new level and established a new ‘Diamond Standard’ – luxury."

The best tasting luxe vodka, of course, has to look the part. Ergo, Diamond Standard Vodka is bottled in "perfume grade" Saverglass; and then beautified with a 25 mm Swarovski crystal, which overhangs the bottle. Diamond Standard Vodka is crystallized, chic and yours for about $100 per.  Diamond Beverages would like to remind you that, "when enjoying Diamond Standard Vodka, please keep your standards. Drink responsibly." Or just keep it classy San Diego!

 

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For Father’s Day: 10 Cane

Father’s day is in a few weeks and 10 Cane has done ya’ll a favor. If you don’t know what to get dad, go for the 10 Cane personalized gift box. The box is lacquered white, with 10 Cane’s signature orange inside and features a 1 liter bottle of 10 Cane premier rum. The best part, you can engrave the gift box for a more intimate touch.  Face it, a bottle of something is the easiest gift to give and unfailingly goes to good use.  What’s more, 10 Cane is the best of the best as far as rums go. The  rum is made from pressing the juices out of virgin Trinidadian Sugar cane, the only rum that presses virgin cane. Plus, 10 Cane is owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), which is the largest luxury group in the whole wide world.  Make Father’s Day gifting painless this time and just get an engraved gift set of 10 Cane, $65 per.

 

 

 

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Crystal Customized Moet & Chandon

Parties can be planned all the way down to customized chocolate M&M’s. And now you can design your own champagne bottle for your next fete. Moet & Chandon will let you customized your own 750 ml or 1.5 liter bottle of champagne with, what else, Swarovski crystals.

It isn’t the first time the duo has teamed up. This time you can add a touch of sparkle to your sparkling champagne. How cliche? Anyhow with MyMoet you can write whatever you’d like on the bottle from a congratulations, birthday name, to a charity event cause. Any which way you like it, do it with Moet & Chandon.  

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Go Green Alcohol in Eight Flavors

No offense ladies but we may have found liqueur on par with your wine spritzers. It seems former vice president of marketing for Campari/SKYY spirits wanted to go in a greener direction. Dave Racicot started his own eco-friendly line of organic liqueurs. Thatcher’s Organic Artisan Liqueurs come in eight flavors: cucumber, elderflower, apple spice ginger, pomegranate, tres chili, dark chocolate, chipotle and blueberry. The liqueurs are USDA Organic certified and packaged in lightweight, recyclable glass bottles, with recyclable labels. Thatcher’s Organic Artisan Liqueurs will retail for less than $25 a bottle and are being sold in California now. Ladies of Orange County, California, we saw the Bravo show "The Real Housewives of Orange County," we know how much you drink and all about the charity galas you throw. Get excited about eight flavors of liqueur and going green with Thatcher’s!

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Drop Pounds Not Partying

 Alcohol has been known to pack on pounds but there’s a way around alcohol-induced weight gain. Rather than give up happy hour, change your drink order to a cocktail with less calories. Here are some low calorie cocktails that will keep you looking sexy in your swimsuit all summer. Salut to guilt free partying this summer! 

Bellini: 123 calories
3/4 small flute champagne, 1/4 flute peach puree

Mojito: 132 calories
1.5 oz. rum (try Ten Cane rum), .5 oz. lime juice, 2 tsp. sugar, and crushed mint with ice

Sour-apple Martini: 160 calories
2.5 oz. sour mix and .75 oz. each vodka and sour apple liqueur

Tequila Sunrise: 209 calories
6.5 oz. orange juice, 1 oz. tequila (try Patron Platinum tequila) and a splash of grenadine with ice

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Top Five Luxe Vodkas

If you don’t know jack about luxury vodka then fake it until you make it.  Below is a list of the top five most ultra luxe vodka bottles in the world, in no particular order. School yourself and learn how to drink with the big boys.

DIVA Premium Vodka
Diva Premium Vodka is triple-distilled and made with the finest spring water by Blackwood Distillers in Scotland. First filtered through the finiest Nordic birch charcoal, then through fine sand crushed diamonds and gemstones. By the end DIVA is filtered down to 0.5 microns, which is a standard of purity that few luxury vodkas rival. Judges at the World Spirits Festival in Australia explained the taste as  “extraordinarily smooth with a long, luscious finish” and at the San Francisco Spirits Competition judges deemed DIVA, "vodka with attitude."

In addition to its clean, fresh taste, DIVA bottles come with, well, a shiny marketing hook.  Inside each bottle is a tube that contains a selection of fine jewels. A standard off-the-shelf bottle has cubic zarconia, topaz and amethyst Swarovski crystals, nothing to write home about. However, more premium bottles can be customized to include precious jewels. DIVA invites affluent clients to create their own unique jeweled bottle of vodka. No two bottles are ever alike and a 750 ml bottle of DIVA vodka ranges from $100 upwards to, oh, $1,000,000. Make a bracelet, its gimmick-y but they all are.

Snow Queen Vodka
You’ve probably never heard of Snow Queen Vodka but that’s the point. Snow Queen isn’t the best-known vodka but Imbibe Magazine called it the Best Overall Vodka in 2007. Made from organic wheat grown in the Russian Steppes, along the heart of the Silk Route in Eastern Europe, with artesian spring water from the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kazakhstan distillers use only Kazakh birch charcoal in the distillation process which produces one of the smoothest vodkas in the world. The premium bottle has been adorned with 10 gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals for excellence. Snow Queen is ultra rare and marketed only by word of mouth, a 750 ml bottle is $70.

Kauffman Vodka
In the world of vodka it is rare to speak of vintages, a term conventionally reserved for wine. Nonetheless, Russian businessman Mark Kauffman wanted to produce a vodka that would rank among the best in the world. Kauffman produced Kauffman Vodka which is said to be on par with some of the world’s finest wines. Kauffman Vodka is the first vodka to be produced only in vintage years when the wheat crop is at its best. Even at best, Kauffman bottles are only produced in small batches to ensure high quality.

Made in one of Russia’s top distilleries, the process is strictly controlled to the highest standards. Kauffman Vodka is filtered through birch charcoal and quartz sand, as many as 14 times. Keep in mind that most high-end commercial vodkas only go through three to five distillation processes. Having only been produced since 2000, Kauffman Vodka is already known as one of the best vodkas on the spirit market. By 2004 Kauffman luxury vodka had won two gold medals of three in the International Wine & Spirit Challenge. A bottle of Kauffman Vodka is $150.

Ultimat Vodka
Not to be outdone by the Russians, the Poles have been working majorly hard to produce the world’s best luxury vodka. The Polish Ultimat Vodka experience begins with a hand-blown cobalt blue and crystal bottle, that comes with a crystal and cork stopper. It takes 24 protracted hours to produce a single bottle of Ultimat Vodka and you only pay $140, that’s a bargain. Ultimat Vodka is made from a blend of potato, wheat and rye which makes it the only vodka in the world to combine all three ingredients. Like the ingredients, the distillation process is also one-of-a kind. Ultimat Vodka uses a ceramic and candle filtration processes that allegedly take out all of the impurities. The Ultimat master distiller oversees every production process and personally guarantees all elements of the vodka. What’s left is a luxury vodka with a smooth, rich taste and a clean aftertaste.

Gold Flakes Supreme Vodka
Gold is a standard and the marketing hook behind Gold Flakes Supreme Vodka. The name may not sound luxe but this French vodka is high-end enough to stand up to the best luxury brands in the world. Gold Flakes Supreme is quadruple-distilled with the best all-natural ingredients, like clear underground spring water. After distillation 24-karat edible gold flakes are mixed into the bottle. The result seems to awe people at cocktail parties, like fish to shiny hooks. While the point is taken, the French Vodka comes across as nouveau riche compared to the rest. A bottle of Gold Flakes Supreme Vodka is just $60, dazzle away!

These are five of the best bottles of luxury vodka on the market right now. The vodka brands come from all over the world and exemplify the highest standards of quality and class. Culture yourself, figure out which suits you best and order it from now on. Any one of the five will reaffirm high luxe statur.

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