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The Booziest Days of the Year

We’re always looking for a good reason to celebrate … and an excuse to drink at lunch. In the spirit of celebration, it’s a great idea to keep these important days of the year on your calendar. Get ready to party in July!

Too lazy to add them yourself? That’s ok … you can subscribe to my silly holidays calendar here:

January 1: Bloody Mary Day
January 11: Hot Toddy Day
January 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day
January 25: Irish Coffee Day
January 31: Brandy Alexander Day

February 18: Drink Wine Day
February 22: Margarita Day
February 27: Kahlua Day

March 3: Mulled Wine Day

April 7: Beer Day
April 9: International Gin & Tonic Day
April 17: World Malbec Day
April 19: Amaretto Day

May 7: Cosmopolitan Day
May 13: World Cocktail Day
May 16: Mimosa Day
March 18: World Whisky Day
May 25: Wine Day
May 30: Mint Julep Day

June 1-7: Negroni Week
June 4: Cognac Day
June 5: Moonshine Day
June 11: Gin Day
June 14: Bourbon Day
June 19: Martini Day
June 30: Mai Tai Day

July 10: Piña Colada Day
July 11: Mojito Day
July 14: Grand Marnier Day
July 19: Daiquiri Day
July 24: Tequila Day
July 25: Wine & Cheese Day
July 27: Scotch Day

August 2, 2008: International Beer Day (changes annually)
August 16: Rum Day
August 25: Whiskey Sour Day
August 28: Red Wine Day

September 15: Creme de Menthe Day
September 20: Rum Punch Day
September 28: Drink a Beer Day
September 30: Mulled Cider Day

October 4: Vodka Day
October 16: Liqueur Day
October 19: Gin & Tonic Day
October 21: Mezcal Day

November 7: World Gin Day
November 8: Harvey Wallbanger Day
November 12: Happy Hour Day
November 20: Beaujolais Day

December 5: Repeal Day
December 10: Lager Day
December 13: Screwdriver Day
December 20: Sangria Day
December 24: Egg Nog Day
December 31: Champagne Day

Kimpton Angler’s Hotel (Miami, Florida)

Miami is a lot. I hadn’t visited the 305 in almost ten years, and I’ll admit that I didn’t have the best impression of the city … but when your favorite people in the world that lives in London adds some vacation to a work trip to hang with you, you comply … gladly. So once dates were set, trip planning began. While the city itself is a lot, hotel rooms (and AirBnBs and VRBOs and even hostels) are equally as … a lot. The hotel search was daunting to say the least.

But then I was delighted to discover the newest Kimpton in Florida, the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel smack dab in the heart of Miami Beach just a couple blocks from beach access. (As my readers know, because I make no mystery of it, Kimpton is my favorite hotel brand.) It seemed to have everything that we wanted from our accommodations—location, a casual bar that had quality cocktails, a pool, a view, and spacious rooms. Even more, like all Kimptons, they offer a complimentary wine happy hour every night, and this hotel even offered daily on-site wellness activities from yoga to boot camp.

Image borrowed from Family Vacation Critic

We made our reservation and drove up on the day with a ridiculously full car to check in. The valets were as helpful as I’ve experienced anywhere and the hotel staff were eager to show us a perfect stay.  Even the lobby was welcoming with unique art pieces and the signature Kimpton scent that I just adore.

Our room was gorgeous and spacious, which was a welcome respite from the fast-paced city around it. The bathrooms were just as roomy and clean with a powerful shower with cobalt blue tiles that we both died for.

We looked for the amenities that we’ve come to expect from Kimptons—a yoga mat, robes, and more. Since this is a beach hotel, they also provided a beach bag and towels! And, as one always needs when traveling to a beach destination of any kind, our balcony provided a little peek at the water.

To get a better view, we ventured up to the rooftop pool, which was complete with plenty of towels, chairs, sunscreen, and space for days. Grab a glass of wine at the complimentary happy hour and then hop up to the pool to watch the stunning sunset.


While Miami has plenty of amazing bars and restaurants (you know we went to a ton of them … for research purposes!), but we didn’t even need to leave our hotel to find the perfect happy hour spot. Minnow, their lobby bar, has perfect bites and cocktails to get your night started or wound down on the perfect note. If they don’t have a cocktail on the menu that tickles your fancy, just ask the friendly bar staff for a suggestion.

I was happy to see that they would be expanding and opening a restaurant, Seawell, shortly after our visit in “early 2019”. They promise an “American seafood restaurant will feature locally sourced ingredients and regional classics including a selection of ‘raw bar’ items and platters.” With outdoor seating and Minnow next door, it seems like it’ll be a nice addition to the hotel’s offerings for a date night or business meetings.

Courtesy of the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel

The Kimpton Angler’s really helped change my mind about Miami, and I hope I have another good reason to visit so I can enjoy their hospitality again.

660 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
(305) 534-9600

The Kimpton Angler’s Hotel provided me and my guest with a media rate for our stay.

#RaiseItForward and Give Water to Those in Need with Absolut Elyx

March 22 is World Water Day. Water is an incredibly precious resource, and there are billions around the world that don’t have access to a clean, reliable source for it. Not for profit Water for People works to supply water to those people.

2.1 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water and 4.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. Women and children spend more than four hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases.

So, to lessen the number of people in need, Absolut Elyx teamed up with Water For People to supply water and water sources to them. They’ve upped the game each year for the last four, and this year’s a doozy. For every bottle of Elyx or copper pineapple sold, Absolut Elyx will supply one week of safe drinking water (~140 liters) to someone in need. They’ll also donate a week of water for every Instagram post bearing the hashtag #RaiseItForward March 22 to April 22. Even more: This year, if they reach our goal of 10,000 posts, they’ll increase the donation to one month of safe water for every post.

I’m delighted to be working with Absolut Elyx to spread the word about this great cause. So they allowed me to sweeten the deal by giving anyone who uses the hashtag #RaiseItForwardTX the chance to win a copper swan ($399 value) or one of three copper coupes ($39.50 value each).

Please raise a glass with me to this great cause!


Details on the Water for People + Absolut Elyx partnership

Pictures by BECKLEY

SusieDrinks #RaiseItForwardTX Sweepstakes 2019 Rules & Regs



SusieDrink’s Absolut Elyx #RaiseItForward Sweepstakes (hereby referred to as the “Contest” or “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia). Void in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited by law. Employees of SusieDrinks, Aglet, Pernod Ricard, or other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. 

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Charleston Wine + Food 2019 – Here We Go!

I couldn’t be more excited to be heading back in Charleston after being away for more than four years. My first visit to Chucktown was life changing for many reasons, and not the least of which was thanks to their progressive food and drink scene. Thanks to my amazing friend Elise Cordell whose parents happen to live in Charleston, I was encouraged to attend Charleston Wine + Food … and here I am.

The Holy City’s culinary carnival is more than just tuck and tipples; the festival offers education opportunities (from tastings to hands-on classes), excursions, and paired meals rounded out by various wellness opportunities like yoga classes and aliment ambles.

To make us all feel better about stuffing our faces with great food and drink, it’s all for a food good cause. “Charleston Wine + Food is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Charleston and the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community.” Cheers to that.

If you find yourself in the area March 6-10, join me for a drink or three at one of their 100+ events! Tickets for select events are still available!

Follow along on my social handles this week to see what trouble I get into!

March 6-10, 2019 | Charleston, South Carolina
Facebook: /ChsWineandFood
Twitter: @chswineandfood
Insta: @chswineandfood

Pictures courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

A LUV Letter to Southwest Airlines


Being an aunt to two beautiful children is the most fulfilling thing in my world. Yes, sharing my adventures and drinking experiences with y’all is really fun, but knowing that I can help shape my niece’s and nephew’s lives brightens mine every day.

When my sister learned of her first child, Ten’s, severe peanut allergy, we were all greatly concerned and hoped we could find a way to help him live a normal life—because I don’t care what anyone says, a severe allergy to something common like peanuts can make a child’s life difficult. Thanks to a ton of research, my sister found a doctor in Dallas who offers exposure therapy for children. (This is a proven and safe treatment … if you have any questions, just ask!)

The idea was simple—every week for 18 weeks, Ten gets dosed up and monitored—but the execution was less than simple. Her beautiful family lives in Albuquerque, a full 650 miles from said doctor. My parents and I live in Dallas, so she made the choice to make the trip from Albuquerque to Dallas every.damn.week. With flight costs being what they are and most airlines’ cancelation policies and change fees being strict and expensive, it was a daunting idea. (Especially because, if there was any change in Ten’s heath 24 hour prior to the appointment, that week’s appointment had to be postponed.)

And then Southwest Airlines swooped in to save the day. Alice starting squirreling away miles, watching for fare sales, and setting up her weekly flights to make it happen. And, since Ten wasn’t yet two years old, he flew free. (Huge win.) Even more incredible, if Southwest is alerted that there’s someone onboard with a peanut allergy, they don’t serve peanuts that flight* and families are allowed to board early to get the wee ones settled.

My amazing sister made it happen. She schlepped her pregnant, nauseous self and her adorable, allergic boy on a weekly flight to Dallas to make his appointments where he progressed beautifully, winning over every nurse in the office as he went. And, just before his second birthday, he went to his last appointment. Ten could now eat peanuts, giving him the chance to enjoy what is now his favorite food (peanut butter, or “baya”) and his family the peace of mind that a rogue peanut butter and jelly sandwich wouldn’t take him down.

Over the course of what ended up being 22 weeks of appointments, he grew to love airplanes and, of course, Southwest. When he saw a heart, he’d point and say in a proud tenor, “Southwes!” (He had trouble with the second t for a while.) He loves watching airplanes and will tell you that the planes are going to “Dayas” or “Querque”. (He was also well-versed with the safety cards.)

To mark the end of his treatments and his second birthday, my family figured that the best way to celebrate the extraordinary process he went through was with a Southwest Airlines-themed party. The company being what it is, we made some calls and told our story to any employee that would listen—which was pretty much every one we spoke to—and were given little children’s games, pretzels, gifts, and such here and there.

Then, we started amassing extra napkins from flights along with pretzels and cups … and things like custom Southwest teddy bears and paper airplanes started to show up in the mail. A friend even sent him a branded t-shirt (that is now his favorite clothing item) and some other little gifts from their employee store! Apparently we’d struck a cord …

Living in Dallas, our family knows an employee or two, so we called in some favors. None were too busy to at least try to help. We were blown away by everyone’s kindness and generosity. In the end, we pulled together a pretty festive party for the little man.

We are all so appreciative of Southwest on so many levels—for being the airline they are so that my nephew could make his weekly appointments and for being so generous to help him celebrate two huge milestones. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make it happen.

There’s no question it’s called the love airline.

*This was before August 2018 when Southwest stopped serving peanuts.

Tulum, Mexico


WILD Tulum – By far our favorite bar on the trip in overall experience and quality of cocktails. The staff is friendly and the space is oddly breathtaking thanks to towering cement canopies. Like many of the outdoor restaurants and bars in Tulum, you’ll get whiffs of copal, a natural mosquito repellent, that colors the experience further.
10km, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila

Nômade – One of the most breathtaking beach resorts we saw also made thoughtful cocktails served up by an incredibly friendly staff. Make a plan to enjoy a cocktail and a couple appetizers and watch the spectacular Tulum sunset. Even more, move inside to experience their second bar that has a sexy, darker feel to it.
Carr. Cancún – Tulum KM 10
+52 984 803 2243

Todos Santos Bar – A crafty-ish cocktail spot for the finer palates that can also make a vodka soda to another’s liking. Look out for ladies night when the ladies drink fo’ free.
5G2R+RJ Tulum

Azulik – This resort’s unique, earthy design is the embodiment of eco-chic. Their cocktails are some of the more creative we saw in town, so whether for a late night drink or a brunch, this spot needs to be experienced.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, KM 5 (Hotel Zone/Beach Road)
+52 984 980 0640

Gitano – GIT your butt here for a slightly more elevated dinner experience. Make sure to visit the gorgeous bar in the back and enjoy the architecture along with the meal.
Beach Road Km. 7, Boca Paila

Casa Jaguar – Laid-back, creative cocktails in an open-air space make for a nice spot for dinner or drinks.
Carretera Boca Paila Km 7.5
+52 984 202 2464

Bolas de Postre I Scream Bar – Hold on to your bar stool (or you hat if you walk by) … this irreverent bar is a good stop for a quick drink at almost all hours (8am-3am). It’s a simple spot where you can get your 1-and-1 or a decent margarita. (And if you don’t stop at the bar, after a certain time number of drinks, you’ll probably be jovially harassed by the staff and whichever guests they can get to chime in with them on your way by.)

Pasito Tun Tun – This late-ish night spot in Tulum Town is a change from Beach Road, but still laid-back. Don’t miss their beer and mezcal shot special or their “besos de mezcal” neon sign.
Calle centauro, Av. Tulum esquina (Tulum Town)
+52 984 688 8550

Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar – Pop in for fresh mojitos and stay for the live music! (cash only)
Calle Centauro Sur (Tulum Town)
+52 1 984 745 4571


Chamico’s – Slightly outside of the main tourist areas of Tulum, this beach restaurant (literally, on the sand … on a beach) has the best ceviche I’ve ever had … and in the best setting. Grab a seat, palm tree, or sandbar to enjoy this unique dining experience. Also not to be missed is the full fried fish that you can see the cooks preparing on the walk in.
7JG9+V9 San Pablo (Tulsayab)
+52 984 216 6761

Safari – They do the “food truck” thing really well here. In fact, they do it so well that the truck doesn’t even have to move. The kitchen of this outdoor eatery is an Airstream with a fire out front where you’ll watch some of your food be prepared right next to a small patch of herbs they use regularly. The cocktails are simple, but incredibly well done. Ceviche, tacos, and a margarita … simple and perfect.
15 Tulum, Quintana Roo
+52 984 134 8322

Casa Malca – Even if the food and drink weren’t as fresh and delightful as they are, this space is wildly artistic. Each space, including outdoor areas, offers a unique look and feel, giving diners and guests the chance to enjoy the multifaceted art hotel that occupies a space once inhabited by Pablo Escobar himself.
Carretera Fed, Av. Boca Paila km 9.5

La Zebra Hotel Tulum – Pop into their restaurant for their delightful fish tacos. They’re..worth.the.visit.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.2
+52 1 984 115 4726

DelCielo – Enjoy breakfast in this cozy spot in town before taking a walk around the local shops to experience the town’s color.
Av, Satélite Sur 5, Centro (Tulum Town)
+52 984 160 0770

Mateos – If you’re looking for a spot to watch your game while on vacation, this is it since many of the hotels and resorts don’t have TVs. It’s good for late-night food to soak up the mezcal and cervezas.
Carretera, Boca Paila km 5.2 Manzana 10 Lote 16
+52 984 179 4160


BEACH SO HARD — It’s a beach town … go to the beach!
SOAK — Visit some of the striking cenotes (natural swimming holes) on the beach and in the jungle. It’s truly an incredible experience. (Take a towel and a diving mask to take a look around underwater.)
BIKE — There are bikes to rent all around town, but be safe as the streets aren’t the smoothest.
SHOP — Shop around in town or in the Beach Zone and it won’t take long to find a fun item or eight you’ll want to take  home.
RELAX — It’s a chill town; go with the vibe.
MEDITATE— Yoga on the isn’t hard to find around town, be it on a beach or in a studio.


Chat with The Beach Planner about where to stay. With her services, she’ll help coordinate your trip from dining to diversions as long as you book your lodging with her!

Fried Chicken + Bubbles = the Dream Team

I love sparkling wine.
I love fried chicken.

(I’d like to meet someone who doesn’t agree with the above. … actually, I don’t think we’d get along, so NM.)

Street’s Fine Chicken sent out a press release, and they have the right idea: fried chicken + sparkling wine. The pairing is classic, and one of my favorite things in the world is to pair haute elements with food that comes in a cardboard container of some sort.

So, of course, I HAD to do some “research” to verify that their fried chicken did, in fact pair nicely with sparkling wine. And, research I did. (Not like I didn’t know what the research would return, but it’s best to do your due diligence.)

Luckily, my results were correct. Using bubbles to mitigate the richness of the chicken is just about perfect. Acid can act as a palate cleanser, which is why you’ll often see pickled items served alongside fried items. Since sparkling wines usually ring in 2.5 to about 4.5 pH, their acidity helps to cut the richness and greasiness of the chicken. Choosing a dry sparkling wine helps to push through the fat, and makes for a delightful experience.

Street’s Fine Chicken’s signature fried chicken is “brined for 24 hours and fried in herbs from various French Provinces.” They take their time to do it right, and they get it right. They also offer sparkling starting at just $5 a glass and $18 a bottle, so you can try out the pairing for yourself. (Enjoy.)


3857 Cedar Springs Rd. | 469-917-7140
5211 Forest Lane, #108 | 972-803-5181