RANDOM: Fall Candles Inspired Cocktails

Leaves (highball)
Apple Cider

Pour brandy over ice ( you can also use whisky or applejack. Then pour one drop of Cointreau (you can also use Triple Sec) Top with (preferably pre-mulled/spiced) cider. Add a dash of cinnamon and stir.

Could also be drunk hot as a toddy, just add hot water

Autumn (Tom Collins)
Pama Liqueur
Pomegranate juice
Angry Orchard (Crisp Apple)

Pour in Applejack first, then Pama liqueur and pomegranate juice. Top with Angry Orchard then add one dash of bitters

Cranberry Woods (highball)
Ocean Spray Cranberry Raspberry (or Cranberry Pomegranate)
Pama Liqueur
Darjeeling Tea
Cinnamon Syrup

Prepare your homemade syrup (cook and reduce sugar, water and a cinnamon stick and brew your Darjeeling Tea (regular black tie or Orange Pekoe would suffice if you can't find Darjeeling) Pour in your Pama over ice, then your tea after it has cooled down a bit, then top with cranberry juice. Slowly add in your syrup and stir

Sweater Weather (mojito)
Sweet Vermouth
Soda Water

Muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice in cocktail shaker. Add ice. Pour in your gin (Blue Sapphire if you have it) and sweet vermouth. Shake contents. Pour into glass over ice and top with soda water

You could substitute mint with rosemary to give it a more woody, piney, outdoorsy taste

Cider Lane (martini)
Caramel Apple Pinnacle Vodka
Apple Cider

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the CA vodka. Add one dash of amaretto. Top with (spiced) cider, add dash of cinnamon and shake

Pumpkin Carving (martini)
Pumpkin Pie Pinnacle Vodka
Pumpkin Pie/Spice creamer
Pumpkin Spice
Brown Sugar

Pour your PP vodka over ice in shaker, then the creamer (preferaby Bailey's). Then add about 2 teaspoons of vanilla, about a table spoon of brown sugar and one dash of pumpkin pie spice. Shake and pour into glass

You can line the lime with pumpkin spice with sugar or just brown sugar or both

Spiced Cider (toddy)
Apple cider
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Pour the Captain Morgan in mug and then pour in the cider. Sweeten with honey and add a splash of lemon juice and a healthy dash of clove. Add hot water and a stir.

If you're adventurous, you can mull your own cider with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, lots of clove, vanilla and star anise. Then just add the Captain Morgan (or brandy to be fancy or whiskey to not be fancy)

Cinnamon Sugared Donuts (shot)
King Cake or Cinnabon Pinncle Vodka
Cinnamon Sugar

Pour in either King Cake or Cinnabon vodka into shaker over ice. Add the Rumchata. Shake and pour into shot glass, which the rim should be prelined in cinnamon Smith

Apple Crumble (martini)
Whipped Cream Pinnacle Vodka
Apple Cider

Pour WC vodka over ice in shaker. Top with cider. Add a teaspoon of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Shake and pour. Decorate with a slice of Grannie Smith

Farmstand Apple (Tom Collins)
Absolut Pear
Apple juice

Pour your Absolute Pear over ice in glass. Add a splash of brandy then top with apple juice (or cider) Drop in a slice of Grannie Smith, Honeycrisp or Fuji apple

Nutmeg &Spice (highball)
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Tazo Chai concentrate
Kahlua Caramel

Pour your concentrate in glass first,then the rum, then the Kahlua. Add about two dashes of nutmeg and stir

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Winter 2014 Candles Part Deux

Let's talk about the Holiday tradition and Martinis and Mistletoe candles shall we....

First of all, how friggin cute are these Holiday Traditions candles, with the little animals?! Anyhoo, I won't talk about Twisted Peppermint, Winter Candle Apple, Evergreen and Vanilla Bean Noel cuz E'RYBODY should know what those all smell like.

This SOB came out back 2012, replacing Slatkin's go to holiday spice candle Spice and has been a Christmastime staple ever since...I dunno why cuz it ain't all that! If you like red hot spicy cinnamon scents like Cinnamon & Clove, then you'll probably like Holiday - they both smell very similar. Holiday also has bergamot in it which you think would give it a very aromatic citrusy kick but nope not so much. It makes the blend for some reason smell very ancient and dusty/musty smelling, like an old person's home. Holiday makes me think of old dusty/musty cardboard boxes of Xmas decorations in your grandparents' attic.

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl
This come out last winter and B&BW has been pushin this hard ever since and I don't know why. It was "Pumpkin" Caramel Swirl this fall and now it's back as a winter scent. It smells like cinnamon and caramel, that's it. It's not good, it's not bad, just ehhh

Fresh Sparkling Snow
FSS is my all time FAVORITE winter soap and I have to have it every year. I've been sayin for the longest that there should be a coexisting candle to go with it; hell, if Twisted Peppermint, Winter Candy Apple and Vanilla Bean Noel can be a soap, why not FSS?! So when I heard that B&BW finally answered my prayers and there was actually a candle, I creamed my proverbial panties! It smellslike the soap for tbe most part, albeit a little sweeter. The "icy melon" note is more pronounced; I never noticed that there was melon in the soap and pocketbac, but you can't miss it in the candle. As much as I like this, I can't say that it strikes me as a "winter" scent. That melon-y action just makes me think of summer. It's very reminiscent of B&BW summery/melony/oceany scents - think Oceanside, Sunrise Lagoon (Island Waters), Seashore (Renew&Refresh) and Seaspray (Turquoise Waters)

And now onto the fabulous looking Martini and Mistletoe collection. Last year, this New Year's themed collection had a very 1920's/Art Deco/Great Gatsby vibe, however this time around it has a very 1950's/Rat Pack/Lawrence Welk vibe. I think Im diggin the collection the most. I'm not gonna bother talkin about Tis the Season, Peach Bellini or Cranberry Pear Bellini.

Holly Jolly Christmas
I've already talked about that mess, not gonna waste my time and yours talking about it again.

HJC will apparently a one day (Black Friday?) special candle like last year's Buttercream Mint

Champagne Toast
CT made it's debut last winter and was a runaway hit. I loved it and I wrote a review about it. I'm beyond glad that it's back in action this year. CT smells like a Mimosa or a very fizzy orange soda. I already did a review last year, so go check that. If you liked Sparkling Berry Fizz from the Summer sips collection, it was basically a repackage of CT.

Black Tie
Again, I did a review about this last year so I won't go into a great depth about it. It smells like a sexy men's cologne.

Sparkling Confetti
I don't care what anyone says, I don't care what the notes for this says, I've gotten into arguments about this one and I'm stickin to my guns and will go down swingin....This is Party Dress from last winter. Yes, the notes are different, who f***ing CARES!!! I've sad this before I'll say it again, don't take the notes on candles seriously! SCis a little sweeter, not as intensely floral as PD, but the initially smell EXACTLY alike. Like BT smells like cologne, SC, like PD, smells like perfume.

Merry Mistletoe
MM was a Christmastime staple in 2011 and 2012. Last winter it tested as "Winter Wreath" but didn't go wide. Finally it's back in action and I for one could not be happier. Like many of the old school Slatkin era scents, this is a little complex and hard to describe. You definitely get an apparent pear note, a tiny hint of cranberry and there's a double whammy of spruce and rosemary that gives this a refreshing astringent pine-y action. To describe this on a very simplistic basic level, you can kinda say this smells CPB without the fizz with Fresh Balsam without the eucalyptus...kinda. The combo, to me at least, just makes me think of Christmastime. Now I don't wanna say that this smells "cologne-y", I've heard other reviewers refer to it as that in the past; I will say there's something "masculine" about this scent. This won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially yall sweetie lovers out there. But for your hardcore Slatkin fans or those who you who like fresh/clean/herbal/woodsy/cologne scents, this bud's for you!

White Winter Petals
This one kinda slipped under the radar and had everyone thrown for loop. I knew it was going to be a fancy soap but didn't know it would b a corresponding candle/wf bulb. And it didn't test, it just went straight to store. I admit, the name turned me off initially; I'm not a fan of floral scents and I thought it inappropriate for winter and just seemed out of place in this collection. But then I smelled it and I gotta say I was digging it. Thankfully despite what the name suggests, it's not nearly as intensely floral as you might think it would be, on the contrary it's quite subtle. It has a white powdery dewy aspect to it - think lily or jasmine or lilac or peony. And there's definite "holiday greenery" note that's hangin out in the background, like a sweet spruce. It's like a toned down eucalyptus-less Fresh Balsam with added floral, think Lilac Blossom. And it has cooling outdoorsiness like Sweater Weather. WWT  is a little strange but I think folks, like me, will gind themselves liking it by surprise. I do wish B&BW could've come up with a better name - White Poinsettia, Winter Snow, Snowflake Blossom, Winter Tinsel, anything other that Winter White Petals

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Winter 2014 Candles Part One

Hey e'rybody! Let me first off apologize for bein MIA lately. I've had a lot goin lately, including a new job, so I don't have nearly as much free time as I used to. Furthermore, up until today, I hadn't had much to talk about B&BW-wise; I had nothing to review that I hadn't reviewed already and I haven't been inside a B&BW store until a few days ago. After work, I visited my favorite store in the city and it had all of the winter scents so I decided to get my sniff and mentally note which scents I was going to eventually get.

Because there are so many scents to talk about, I decided that instead of making one long ass post that Id split it into two parts. Part one will be the Ski Lodge/Snow and Slopes and Home Traditions candles and Part two will be the Holiday Traditions and Martini and Mistletoe collections. So let's begin...

So everybody should know what Fresh Balsam, Winter, Tis the Season, Vanilla Snowflake, Marshmallow Fireside and Mahogany Teakwood smells like so I'm not gonna talk about em. So I'll just talk about the less popular as well as new scents.

Sparkling Icicles
I've already done a review about this so I won't go into great depth about it. It basically smells like a fresh, cool, "aqua" men's cologne - more to the point it smells EXACTLY like Acqua di Gio.

Hot Buttered Rum
This has been around for awhile. I'm personally not a big fan of it; it's too sweet for me. If you like ooey gooey sugar high inducing caramel-y type scents like Pumpkin Caramel Latte, Summer Boardwalk, Salted Caramel, etc, you'll like this. In fact, if you ever smelled this year's Bourbon Butterscotch, that smells almost exactly like HBR. It's warm, ooey gooey, caramel-y scent with a hint a strong sweet dark alcohol

Spiced Apple Toddy
Another winter classic that's been around for awhile. There's not much to say about - it smells like a watered down Leaves. Take out the nectar and mandarin and berries, leave the apple/cider/cinnamon and add a dash of brown liquor and that's SAT.

Ski Lodge
This in my opinion is the star of this collection. When I first heard about this, I didn't know what to think; I thought I would be a repackage of Vanilla Cedarwood or Vanilla Firewood or that good awful Good Natured Christmas. But (unless someone can prove me wrong), I think this may a new scent...PRAISE THE LORD!!! It's hard to describe. It's woodsy without smelling "cologne-y", it's sweet without smelling candy-sh, it's smoky without smelling like an old chimney. A reviewer on the website described it perfectly -  "If Fireside and Espresso Bar Had a Baby..." It's got the woody/smoky action like Fireside without leather note and the intensity with the sweet vanilla/cocoa action of Espresso Bar. It feels like you're inside a ski resort/cabin in front of the fire sipping cocoa. It's warm, it's cozy, it's inviting - I REALLY like this one a lot!

*Snow and Slopes, despite it being the name of this collection, did not make the cut

And now onto the Home Traditions candles. I won't talk about the stuff everyone (should) know - Cinnamon & Clove Buds (Red Hot/Hot Tamale candies), Cinnamon Frosting (Frosted Cupcake mixed with Cinnamon&Clove Buds) and Merry Cookie (vanilla scented wax).

Gourmet Espresso
Let's not beat around the bush, it's Espresso Bar plain and simple....next!

Pumpkin Gingerbread
Why PUMPKIN?! Isn't this supposed to be a "WINTER" scent?! Anyhoo, this one...it's new but not new if that make sense. It's smells...familiar. For you ol school BBW'ers out there, it's very similar to Frosted Gingerbread. I never liked that one; to me it always smelled like corn chips. And there's a sharp intense spice note that made it smell a little like curry. Luckily PG doesn't have that sharp curry action; I think this smells more like actual gingerbread that FG did. Also there is a "pumpkin" note; an earthiness with cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger "pumpkin pie" spice; kinda smells like Pumpkin Cupcake. So yeah, PG is basically Frosted Gingerbread mixed with Pumpkin Cupcake.

Butterscotch Toffee
Ehh, there's not much to say about this one.Again, it's new but not new...familiar smelling. Just your standard  B&BW-ian take on caramel/toffee/butterscotch scents. If you liked Bourbon Butterscotch, Salted Caramel, Sea Salt & Maple Popcorn, Hot Buttered Rum, then you'll like this.

Mint Mocha Bark
This seems to be the run away hit of this collection; ER'YBODY and their grandma has been ravin about it. Most reviewers have said the same thing about it and I have to agree - this smells like a mix of Mint Chocolate and last year's Buttercream Mint. The chocolate note is there but hidden in the background. You mainly get a cool but not overpowering "Twisted Peppermint-iness" with a milky somewhat buttery creaminess. Yeah, Mint Chocolate and Buttercream Mint's love child. Personally I think Mint Chocolate (especially last year's version) smells better but that's just my humble opinion.

*Snickerdoodle and Holiday Apple Crisp did not make the cut, although HAC is available as a wf bulb online

Stay tuned for Part Deux......