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Brunch Bunch: Spice Up Sunday with Katie Lee’s Favorite Bloody Mary Recipe

InStyle March 30, 2014

Katie LeeThis year, we’re celebrating an extra spicy milestone birthday. 2014 marks the 80th anniversary of the Bloody Mary.

Created in 1934 at the St. Regis’ King Cole bar in New York City, the Bloody Mary (first named the more G-rated “Red Snapper” as to not offend the posh patrons), quickly became the “it” crowd’s best-loved vodka cocktail.

Today, the Bloody Mary is still a favorite for celebrity chef and food critic Katie Lee (and likely millions of brunchers). “Bloody Marys are, really, the only savory cocktail.” She told us at the Stoli vodka #SearchForMary party held earlier this week at the famed King Cole bar. “Swing on by (my house) on Sunday and you’ll find a Bloody Mary bar.”

And, yes, she means every Sunday. “Maybe that’s why I can’t get rid of my house guests!” Lee joked.

“I’ll make a big pitcher of Bloody Mary mix, set up the garnishes, and the let guests make it their own way.” Some of her go-to garnishes include sugared bacon, a single beautiful kale leaf and pickled kimchi. “Pickled produce is such a food trend right now,” Lee told us. “Pickled kimchi, pickled beets—all of it!”

So. . . can we come over?

“Of course!” Lee graciously offered. “You’re all invited.”

For those unable to make it to Katie Lee’s Sunday brunch, she shared her favorite Bloody Mary recipe, which is a bit of a mash-up: one part Northeastern, inspired by Lee’s breezy summers in the Hamptons, and one part Southern with a nod to her West Virginian roots.

Mary by the Beach


– 10 oz. Stoli vodka — While other vodkas will do in a pinch, Lee insists on using Stoli for her recipe. “Stoli is a really robust vodka,” she says. “It pairs well with complex flavors.”
– 1 45 oz. bottle low-sodium vegetable juice
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 2 tsps. prepared white horseradish
– 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp. celery salt
– ½ tsp. kosher salt
– ¼ tsp. onion powder
– Hot sauce
– Old Bay Seasoning — Lee likes to use the seasoning to rim the cocktail glasses.
Garnishes: celery sticks, green olives, pickles, crispy bacon strips (Lee also likes brown sugar bacon — yum!), lemon wedges, and shrimp


In a large pitcher, combine the vegetable juice, Stoli vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, kosher salt, onion powder and hot sauce to taste. Chill until serving time. Pour over ice and garnish as desired.

These Glamorous Grammys Gems Are Off the Charts!

Grammy Jewelry Katy Perry Rihanna 2013InStyle January 20, 2014

This Sunday’s Grammy Awards are sure to dazzle, but it’s hard to believe the 2013 red carpet could be outdone. Last year, the stars were shining bright like diamonds—literally!

From Alicia Keys’ slithering snake-pendant earrings of black agate and diamonds to Jennifer Lopez’s nearly $1-million worth of megawatt gems, it seemed like the bigger, the better when it came to Grammy jewels. Rihanna iced her sexy red silk custom-made Azzedine Alaïa gown with glittering Neil Lane diamonds. “We were deep in pre-production on her Diamonds World Tour,” says stylist Mel Ottenberg. “So styling RiRi’s look was nuts!”

Katy Perry, on the other end of the spectrum, embraced her Priscilla Presley inspiration with a vintage style 14kt gold Adeler ring set with an oval chalcedony. “There was so much embellishment around the neck of her mint green Gucci with its sexy keyhole cutout,” explains Perry’s stylist Johnny Wujek. “The ring was the perfect touch of gemstone to tie into the whole look. Plus, the mood-ring style of the design matched the 1960s vibe.”

To see more of our favorite off-the-charts Grammy baubles, check out the full gallery.

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Get More Energy Now with These New Workouts and Easy Tips

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Between holiday shopping, endless traveling, and maneuvering our bustling party calendar, we’re exhausted!

Feeling the same way? Not to worry: these tips straight from our January issue promise to soothe the holiday-season-ravaged beast.

We found some amazing new workouts and easy strategies to de-stress—some of our tips even do both! To wit: New workout Forza lets you burn calories and get out all that pent-up aggression earned from mall shopping by swinging a samurai sword!

Read on to see our top tips to get more energy now.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Brad Pitt!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Brad Pitt! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been mooning over the A-list hunk for over two decades. From charming Julia Roberts in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, to saving the world from zombies in this summer’s blockbuster World War Z, Pitt has long been one of our favorite golden boys of the silver screen.

What’s next for the birthday boy? He’s currently filming Fury (due out November 2014), a World War II drama where he plays “Wardaddy” opposite Shia LaBeouf, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood. You can see Pitt in theaters now appearing in the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave.

On the home front, we’re hoping wedding bells are in his future! Pitt has six children with his fiancée, Oscar-winner and humanitarian Angelia Jolie. When asked about a trip down the aisle, he told reporters last year that, “It’s soon. I got a good feeling about it.” The Jolie-Pitt wedding would surely be the event of the year—it would have to be in order to live up to the wow-worthy 10 carat diamond ring Pitt gave his bride to be!

Celebrate the heartthrob’s birthday by popping open a bottle of Pitt-Jolie created Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (recently named the best rosé in the world) and browsing through his transformation gallery.

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Happy Birthday, Hailee! The Teen Queen Turns 17 Today

Hailee Steinfeld beautifulInStyle December 11, 2013

Happy birthday, Hailee Steinfeld! Today, the teen queen turns 17. She’s already been nominated for an Oscar, took on the iconic Shakespeare role of Juliet, and is one of our favorite style muses (who else can make silver nails and hot pink Converse glam enough for the red carpet?). We can’t wait to see what she takes on next!

How will the busy birthday girl celebrate? Most likely on set! She’s currently filming Barely Lethal, a comedy about an international teen assassin who longs for a normal life and, after faking her own death, enrolls in a suburban high school. Due out next year, Barely Lethal will co-star Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson.

Celebrate Hailee’s birthday by perusing some of our favorite red carpet looks from the budding style icon.