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11 Cocktails And Songs To Help Ring In Your 4th Of July

Pair your fresh and savory cocktails with the biggest jams of the year. 

Summer hangouts consist of friends, big tunes and last but not least, the drinks.

As Independence Day rolls around, everyone is scrambling to prepare (or sleep) for the holiday. Part of that includes the gathering the right spirits and music for the turn-up. Allow us to give you all the tools to create a great time.

From savory flavors like Remy Martin and Dusse to light and bubbly feels like Three Olives Rose and Bacardi, there's something for everyone to sip or make.

We also paired some of the year's biggest hits with each celebratory drink.

Check out the list below.


1. The Hand-Shaken Bacardi Daiquiri | Cardi B "I Like It" featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny

What You'll Need:

2 parts Bacardi Superior Rum

1 part fresh lime juice, lime wheel for garnish

2 tsp sugar


Put all ingredients into a shaker.

Fill with 1/2 cubed ice and 1/2 crushed ice.

Shake vigorously until chilled.

Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice

2. Tito's Screwdriver | Teyana Taylor "Gonna Love Me"

What You'll Need:

1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka

4 oz orange juice

Orange slice



Combine Tito's Handmade Vodka and orange juice in glass with ice

Garnish with an orange slice

3. Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash | YoungBoy Never Broke Again "Through The Storm"

What You'll Need:

Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders' Mash



Given the rare presence of the blend in the Noble Collection, it's best to have the drink on the rocks to taste the unique mix of vanilla, caramel and toffee notes.


4. Hennesy Black Berry | Ella Mai "Boo'd Up"

What You'll Need:

2 parts Hennessy Black

3½ parts cranberry juice

2½ parts apple juice

1 dash lime juice

Blackberry garnish

Served over ice in a highball glass


Pour 1 part Hennessy Black in a glass filled with ice

Top with 2 parts cranberry juice and enjoy.

5. Ciroc's Colada Remix | King Combs featuring Chris Brown "Love You Better"

What You'll Need:

1.5 oz. Cîroc Summer Colada

3 oz. of fresh pineapple juice


Combine ingredients and serve in a classic Pina Colada Glass.

Garnish with Pineapple wedge or mini Pineapple and Mini Umbrella.


6. Three Olives' Red White & Rose | Drake "Nice For What"

What You'll Need:

1 Part Three Olives® Rosé Vodka

Top with Soda Water

2 Dash Peychaud's Bitters


Pour vodka into a glass with ice

Top with club soda and a dash of bitter

Garnish with grapefruit twist.


7. Remy Martin's Race Car | Jaden Smith "Icon"

What You'll Need: 

Rémy Martin VSOP




Shake 1¼ oz Remy Martin VSOP with ½ oz lemon juice

Add 1 oz Cointreau with ice

Strain into your best coupe glass.

8. Buchanan's Whisky Sour | J Balvin featuring Wisin, Yandel "Peligrosa"

What You'll Need: 

5oz Buchanan’s Master Blended Scotch Whisky

1 tsp lemon juice

½ tsp sugar

1 orange slice

1 maraschino cherry


Add Buchanan’s Master Blended Scotch Whisky, lemon juice and sugar

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass

Garnish with orange slice and Maraschino cherry

9. Seagrams' The 7 & 7 | YG, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj "Big Bank"

What You'll Need: 

1.5 oz. Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended Whiskey

5 oz. 7UP

Slice of lime


Add Seagram's 7 Crown Blended Whiskey and 7UP® soda to a highball glass with ice

Stir well

Garnish with lime slice

The 7&7 is a great drink for National Dive Bar Day this weekend (July 7). Celebrate with Seagram's here.

10. Modelo's Yucatan Michelada | Ozuna featuring Cardi B "La Modelo"

What You'll Need:

Modelo Especial

1 1/2 oz. orange juice

3/4 oz. lime juice

1 sprig cilantro

Kosher salt, for rim


In a salted stemmed glass, muddle cilantro

Fill a glass halfway with ice

Add orange juice, lime juice

Top with beer


11. Dusse's Lorraine 75 | The Carters "Apes***"

What You'll Need:

1 1⁄2 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac

1⁄2 part BENEDICTINE® liqueur

1⁄2 part fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon spiral

1⁄2 part grenadine

Top with MARTINI® Prosecco

Champagne flute


Gently shake D’USSE VSOP Cognac, BENEDICTINE® liqueur, lemon juice and grenadine

Pour into a champagne flute

Top with MARTINI® Prosecco


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Yumm: Chick-fil-A Considers Adding Vegan Options To Menu

Chick-fil-A will jump into the growing market of vegan fast food with the addition of vegan options to their menu.

Speaking with Business Insider Tuesday (May 14), Senior Director of Menu Development Amanda Norris has looked into the idea of more meat-free options for several years. The only meat-free options on the current menu are their fruit cups and signature waffle fries.

“We’re definitely aware, and I would say we’re always interested in, what’s happening in food,” Norris said. “Specifically … a vegetarian option or a vegan option is something we’re looking at, we’re thinking about, and have (done) some (research and development).”

Norris added it normally takes about 18 to 24 months for a new item to appear on the menu so the idea of a vegan Chick-fil-A sandwich won't be available just yet.  "I think it's good. People like a lot of different choices," Chick-fil-A customer Carl Smith told Atlanta's WSB-TV, where the food chain was first created. "As long as they keep their standard favorites, I think having more choices is good, too."

Chick-fil-A is just one fast food giant who is jumping on the vegan wave. KFC recently announced plans to sell vegan chicken sandwiches while Burger King, Carl's Jr., Del Taco and Taco Bell have vegan options.

But it's hard not to credit the popularity of Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat for giving customers healthier options. It's also secured a few bags. CNBC reports demand for meat substitutes made a cool $1.44 billion in 2018 with Euromonitor International predicting the number will reach $2.5 billion by 2023.

Impossible Foods also announced Monday (May 13) their funding has reached $300 million. The company partnered with the likes of restaurant chains like Counter Burger and White Castle. Even Ghostface Killah has shared an appreciation for the Impossible burger.

"It's dope. The first time I tried it was in Brooklyn. You could have sworn you were eating regular meat," he told VIBE in 2018. "I had to really ask them and they said, "Yes, it's really a plant-based food." It's the best plant-based vegan food that I've ever tasted, ever."

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Jamie Foxx and Grey Goose take over The Times Square Edition bar to Live Victoriously launch event.
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Jamie Foxx Takes Over Grey Goose Happy Hour, Announces Comedy Tour

Leave it to Jamie Foxx to take over a New York City happy hour. To celebrate the launch of Grey Goose's latest campaign, Live Victoriously, the actor and comedian made a surprise appearance at The Time Square EDITION Hotel on Tuesday (April 16).

As attendees were treated to after-work cocktails like "Angel of Music" (Grey Goose vodka, sparkling rosé, and lemon cardamom) and "The Grey Goose Martini" (Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters with a twist of lemon), Foxx walked behind the bar, took over and mingled with attendees. Bar-goers joined him behind the bar, danced, showcased some dancing and rapping talents on the impromptu "Grey Goose Idol" and jammed out to songs like "Blame It" (feat. T-Pain). Later in the evening, Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa made an appearance, Foxx cracked jokes and announced his upcoming, Kill the Comedian Tour, his first stand-up tour since his last comedy special in 2003.

As Jamie busted throwback moves behind the bar with bar-goers, comedians Aidy Bryant of Shrill and SNL’s Colin Jost made surprise appearances at Brooklyn's Extra Fancy and the Financial District's Underdog. Bryant and Jost performed spontaneous stand-up comedy routines and played a small game of sending selfies to each other.

Scroll through more photos from Jamie Foxx's appearance at Grey Goose's Live Victoriously event down below. Like Foxx wrote in his Instagram post, "Sometimes you gotta turn up on a Tuesday" and celebrating life's small, everyday moments.

Turning a random Tuesday into a night to remember. This is how to #LiveVictoriously ✌🏽. @iamjamiefoxx pic.twitter.com/IOdb58NWNw

— Grey Goose (@GreyGoose) April 17, 2019

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