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July 29 2014

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Orlando Pita is famous for his backstage collaborations with makeup guru Pat McGrath (John Galliano is a fan), his editorial work (Vogue, W, and Allure), and for the $800 haircuts he performs at his Meatpacking District salon, Orlo. He’s also quite handy in the kitchen. “Hair makes you look good, makes you feel good inside,” he says. “Food does the same thing. I see it as all connected.” In our latest Style Studio video, the top stylist whips up a batch of Cuban eggnog, Crema de Vie, just in time for the holidays.

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Orlando Pita’s Cuban Eggnog, Crema de Vie

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups water

1 cup rum

2 cinnamon sticks

6 egg yolks

1 can condensed milk (14 oz.) [Carnation]

1 tablespoon vanilla

Bring water, sugar, and cinnamon to a boil. Boil for 6 minutes. Cool (you can place pan in ice water to speed the process up). Whip egg yolks in separate bowl. Mix in condensed milk. Mix in sugar mixture (Note: Pour sugar mixture into condensed milk can to get all the good stuff off the sides of the can.). Add vanilla. Add rum. Strain into a bottle. Refrigerate. Enjoy!

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