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I’ve always been a huge fan of music. Something you might not know about me is that when I was little I dabbled in a few different instruments including piano lessons for many years and the violin.

As I got older, my passion for music grew and I learned to appreciate it even more. I loved going to concerts of all kinds and my most favorite job ever had to be working at The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado during college. I was all about the energy and loved seeing a different show every night. 

Nowadays I try my hardest to go to as many concerts as possible, but with work and life it can be a struggle. As I have mentioned in many previous posts, one of my all time favorite summertime activities in Chicago has to be music + picnics at Millennium Park. They have so many fun {and free} concerts in the Pritzker Pavillion {mostly on Mondays + Thursdays}. If you haven’t been yet this summer it is something you should for sure check out. 

Passions are important and should be pursued. You should not be defined by one thing you do, but instead by everything you do. Mine happens to be music, but everyone is different. 

You should follow your own passion by entering the mentorship sweepstakes sponsored by Rémy Martin who encourages us to define our many passions and celebrate the variety of talents that make up who we are.  

To enter the seweepstakes, the Entrant must log on to his/her Twitter account and (i) follow @RemyRefined (if he/she does not already), and (ii) Tweet an image of Entrant showing their life passion and including the hashtags #RemyRefined and either #ChicagoSweepstakes, #DetroitSweepstakes, or #StLouisSweepstakes, depending on Entrant’s state of residence.

  • Grand Prize (1): The grand prize winner will receive a mentor for one (1) year to help winner live out his/her passion and a check for $5,000 (“Grand Prize”).
  • First Prize (15 [five (5) per location]): Each first prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to a Jhené Aiko concert on either August 12, 2016 for Michigan winners, August 16, 2016 for Illinois winners, or August 17, 2016 for Missouri winners, a meet and greet with Jhené Aiko, and a Remy Martin gift bag (“First Prize”).
  • Second Prize (30 [ten (10) per location]): Each second prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to a Jhené Aiko concert on either August 12, 2016 for Michigan winners, August 16, 2016 for Illinois winners, or August 17, 2016 for Missouri winners (“Second Prize’).
  • No Purch.  Nec. Ends 8/31/16. 21+, IL, MI, MO only, Rules:

When attending these summer concerts, my friends and I love doing a picnic potluck style. We also love bringing wine or a fun + festive cocktail. With the help of Rémy Martin Cognac, I was able to create the perfect summertime drink that is easy to make, refreshing, and great for any picnic, party or summertime fun. 
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Blackberry Summertime Smash

  • 1 ounce of Rémy Martin Cognac (1738® Accord Royal or Rémy Martin VSOP)
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Blackberries
  • Mint leaves, chopped
  • Sparkling water or soda water
  • Crushed ice
  1. Muddle together 5 blackberries and 2 chopped mint leaves. Then add to a glass.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add 1 ounce of Rémy Martin Cognac and 1 ounce of lemon juice. Stir with a spoon.
  3. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparking water or soda water and stir once again with a spoon.
  4. For the garnish add a toothpick with 2 blackberries and 1 lemon wedge.

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What is your passion or favorite summertime activity? I would love to hear! And be sure to check out the Rémy Martin Sweepstakes to help you follow your passions!

16 thoughts on “SUMMERTIME FUN

  1. Nicole Regan

    Sam, these photos are beautiful! And I had no idea you loved music as much as you do. That summer job in Boulder sounds AWESOME. I’ve STILL never been to the free concerts in Millenial Park but we are going to Ravinia next weekend. So excited. I may even have to bring these cocktails!

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