Mezcal and Bar Jokes: Drinking with Christie Brinkley

From the moment that we saw this stunner driving a cherry red Ferrari with her blond hair blowing in the wind coyishly flirting with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation, we developed a massive crush on Christie Brinkley.

One of the most iconic supermodels in history, Christie has graced over 500 magazine covers worldwide. Her beauty and talents are not limited to modeling, she is also a successful actress, author, skin care entrepreneur and humanitarian. However, it is her latest venture into the wine and spirits industry that has us truly buzzing.

Last summer, Christie launched an organic Prosecco line called Bellissima that includes a Brut Prosecco, Zero Sugar and Rosé sparkling wines. As she recently graced the pages of Sports Illustrated for the umpteenth time – looking smoking hot at 63-years young with her equally beautiful daughters, Alexa and Sailor – Christie once again proved that she is one of the coolest people in the world.

So without further ado, let’s go drinking with Christie Brinkley.

Drinking With Christie Brinkley

Other than Bellissima, what is your current go-to drink boozy order?

Well, I like drinks that keep me feeling like I could go all night long! So bubbles and tequila have always done the trick! Margaritas, Cristal or Veuve Clicquot were my go-to drinks, but now I make a mean margarita with my Bellissima Zero to cut some calories! And I get the best of both worlds!

Christie Brinkley Prosecco

Coffee or tea?

I love coffee. I start every day with a huge mug which I love to sketch on … check out my “cappuccino art” on Instagram #christiecappuccino.  I make mine at home with my Nespresso machine and I use So Delicious Coconut Coffee Creamer whipped frothy warm. I love decaf green tea, too.

For going out, Sant Ambroeus in Southampton has great cappuccino and espresso at the bar; it feels as though you are in Europe!

What is your post work-out recovery drink?

Water. It’s the best. But only in GLASS BOTTLES NO PLASTIC! Just think about all the chemicals you’re ingesting when it’s in plastic. Also, think about the 52 chemicals on every grape you are avoiding when you drink my ORGANIC Bellissima Prosecco!

What is your hangover remedy?

Hydrate all day before an evening out and stop drinking before you’ll regret that headache in the morning .. if it happens .. you’ll need a banana coconut milk, ice and blender… the ice is to put on your forehead, the rest goes in the blender!

What’s your guilty pleasure summertime beach drink?

I love Kombucha Teas .. and at Sunset, break out the Bellissima!!!

What was your first boozy drink and when?

Beer. We only scored one can between 4 friends so we drank it with straws to make it stronger. (is that a thing? We thought so at 12 years-old!)

What is your very last sip death row drink?

That sounds like a job for Mezcal.

Favorite Hospitality Venue suggestions for:

Taking out-of-towners for cocktails for an “Only in NYC” experience?

Cafe Carlyle when my daughter Alexa Ray Joel is the Entertainer!!!

Cafe Carlyle - Alexa Ray Joel & Christie Brinkley
Photo Credit: Theater Pizzazz- Here

Classic Hamptons summertime spot?

In Southampton; Tutto Il Giorno has a great courtyard full of pink blossoms in the Spring and cool, shady leaves in the Summertime great food and Bellissima is on their menu!

A favorite spot for serious Craft Cocktails? (can be anywhere in the world)

I did a television Show for People Magazine TV at Drexler’s in NYC and the bartenders kept making amazing drinks with Bellissima and all I can say was that interview was a blast thanks to the lusty libations!

You have pretty much worked with EVERYONE in EVERY INDUSTRY! Who has been some of most fun celebrity drinking buddies?

We have a home in Parrot Cay and every year Donna Karan creates a gorgeous setting that always includes celebrities by a bonfire under a full moon and twinkling starlight and the resort’s hotel has a firework display extraordinaire! Keith Richards and Jimmy Fallon have contributed to some fun New Year’s reveling.

Many have lauded your comedic chops, have a favorite “bar” joke?

So a guy walks into the bar says to the bartender I’ve got some good news for you and some bad news.. What do you want first? the bartender said I’ll take the good news.. ok, you’re going to die in four hours. Wait! that’s the good news ? What’s the bad news ? the bad news is I meant to tell you that three hours ago. Baaa rumppsh !

When did you decide to create the Bellissima line?

My partners found a vineyard in Treviso that has never had any chemicals put on their gorgeous grapes for over 40 years .. this vineyard is embracing legitimate organic farming and knows something about the benefits to our health and to the health of our planet , therefore I was excited .. when I tasted their wines, I was thrilled! We have followed through every step of the way making our packaging environmentally sensitive and the finest quality.

I designed the bottles with Botticelli’s Venus because my partners own the advertising rights to the image. I just loosened it up and who better than the Goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory (all things we pop the cork for) to represent our sweet nectar, our perfect elixir for life’s “Most Beautiful ” moments. Bellissima means most beautiful!

Where did the name Bellissima come from?

It’s from the MOST BEAUTIFUL place ” for the MOST BEAUTIFUL moments .. it just came naturally just like our all natural, vegan organic Proseccos!

What’s your favorite sparkling cocktail with Bellissima?

The Margarita made with Bellissima or the Aperol Spritz! They are both great!

Spill it …. other than all things bubbles, what are you working on right now?

I am expanding my Skincare line Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare .. I just launched a great new thermal mask and more great products in the Fall. I’ll be in the last 2 episodes of Ali Wentworth’s hysterical comedy ” Nightcap”.. with a name like “Nightcap” I’m sure you’re already a fan, so check out my episodes July 26th on Pop Network.

Social Call – where can thirsty readers keep up with you and your bar adventures on social media?

@christiebrinkley on Instagram

I LOVE taking pictures of e v e r y t h i n g ..beauty is everywhere! I’ll drink to that! Cheers!

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