Food, Food/Beverage, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Natural Foods, Recipes

An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes

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An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou's Infused Cubes

Would you call yourself a bartender in the sense that you know how to make the drinks your guests may request in a moments notice? I know rum & coke and screwdrivers and that’s about the extent of my cocktail recipe brain. I typically shop mixers because they at least include the written recipes on the bottles to guide me. Hardly do we all get together as friends and not enjoy some drinks in the evening. I typically buy random beverages and pull out my liquor and let my guests fend for themselves and even then I am sure I am leaving out some essential mixer option until I discovered Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

 

Making cocktails is so fool proof even I can manage to make a great drink. It is so simple to do. Here is a bit of the packaging. Once you get your cubes you will store them in the freezer.

 

Step 1: Freeze the box of cubes

Step 2: Set up your bar with choices of different spirits for your guests. Set out some glasses, a cocktail shaker, sliced lemons and oranges and easy access to those frozen Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

Step 3: add a frozen cube to your spirit of choice-in this one I chose the Blood Orange-Ginger to mix with some local distilled gin. Shake the 2 together in your cocktail shaker and pour over ice (or not if you like it straight).

Step 4: Enjoy! It’s that easy. The Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes are pre-mixed with the finest of ingredients. And for the non-alcoholic beverage just mix a cube with some seltzer. The flavors are so delicious

  • The Clyde: Peach with Benedictine-Inspired Herbs and Artisanal Bitters
  • The Cecile: Cucumber and Watermelon with Clover Honey and Thyme
  • The Cooper: Blood Orange-Ginger Old Fashioned

 

With the Holidays around the corner what a great product to keep in your freezer and have on hand for those dinner parties. I found some at my local Barnes & Nobles as they do make great gift ideas! Check the retail locator near you by visiting the website. You can also order on Amazon.

Food/Beverage, Giveaways, Natural Foods

LaCroix Flavored Sparkling Water Giveaway #LiveLaCroix

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The hashtag is #LiveLaCroix and the meaning of that is whatever you want to make of it. For me it was about tossing all juices and sodas from the house. We find ways to enjoy water by adding natural flavors. When we do crave that sparkling carbonation, the flavors of LaCroix satisfy.

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My favorite: Orange. The other flavors to choose from: passion fruit, mango, apricot, pamplemousse, cran-raspberry, berry, pure, lime, lemon, coconut, peach pear and tangerine. Great flavors with nothing artificial added.

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Want to try an 8 or 12 pack and #LiveLaCroix? Enter below. Open to US and ends on 4/4. Good luck!

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Food, Food/Beverage, Recipes, Spring 2017

7 Perfect Cocktails for Game Night

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Once you’ve picked out your activities for the night and set up the games for your evening of fun, you’ll need to plan and prepare the menu. No game night is complete without perfect party favors. You’ll want to have pre-made pitchers available so partygoers can refill their glasses quickly and get back to competitive gameplay. Use the following cocktail guide to pair your activities and snacks with a beverage menu your guests will thoroughly enjoy.

  1. Sparkling Fruit Sangria

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Sangria is an excellent addition to the drink menu of any get-together. It’s a fun, fruity, summer-themed party drink that’s easy to make in large quantities.

Serves 6

  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 10 large strawberries
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/2 cup of triple sec
  • 1 750 ml bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 750ml bottle of champagne

Mixing Instructions:

Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, the rest is rather simple. First, thinly slice the orange, lemon, and lime into rounds and place them in a large mixing bowl. Slice the strawberries in half and add them to the fruit mix. Then, combine the brandy, lemonade concentrate, lemon juice, orange juice, and triple sec in the bowl. Stir for about one minute before taste testing the cocktail, and add a quarter cup of sugar if it’s too sour.

To bring out the flavor of all the fruits, refrigerate the mixture overnight.  For a sparkling, fizzy sangria, stir in champagne just before serving it to your guests. This recipe can be easily adapted to accommodate designated drivers and those who don’t like or can’t drink alcohol. Simply leave out the triple sec and brandy, substitute red grape juice for red wine or sparkling red wine, and replace the champagne with two cups of carbonated water or club soda.

        2. Jungle Juice Cocktail

The Jungle Juice Cocktail is inspired by a drink of the same name that garnered its fame on college campuses. Jungle Juice is popular because it uses inexpensive materials and can be made in large quantities. The drink itself tastes different depending on your location (local bar versus university campus), your bartender’s preferences, and a few other regional discrepancies. Like sangria, Jungle Juice relies on tropical fruity flavors to appeal to your palate and boost your mood.

Serves 1

  • 1 lemon
  • 30 ml vodka
  • 30 ml rum
  • 30 ml triple Sec
  • 15 ml sugar syrup
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 45 ml pineapple juice
  • 45 ml cranberry juice

Mixing Instructions:

First pour the vodka, rum, triple sec, and syrup into a mixing glass filled with ice. Then, slice two medium-sized wedges of lemon and squeeze in the juices. You can adjust the amount of orange, pineapple, and cranberry juice to your preferences, but they must be added in equal measure. Shake or stir the mixture to blend the ingredients. Last, strain the cocktail into a new mixing glass with ice. Add a maraschino cherry or slice of lemon for garnish.

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      3. Kamikaze

The Kamikaze is a fruity variation on the classic Gimlet cocktail. Despite its fruit-laced flavor, the Kamikaze is slightly more tart than its classic cousin, but no less elegant. This beverage makes a great party drink for cocktail enthusiasts.

Serves 6

  • 300 ml vodka (Smirnoff works well)
  • 300 ml orange liqueur
  • 300 ml lime juice

Mixing Instructions:

Before adding any liquid ingredients, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Then, measure 25 ml of vodka, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a jigger and add them to the shaker. Shake the mixer vigorously until the tin’s surface feels cold. Then, using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into a tall glass. You can also make a Kamikaze from high-quality tequila. However, substituting vodka for tequila will push the taste closer to a Margarita than a Gimlet. For a smoother, less tangy twist, add a dash of coconut liqueur.

     4. Perfect Scotch Sour

Moving away from tropical party drinks, the Perfect Scotch Sour is more subtle than its classic counterpart, mixing sweet flavors with a hint of slightly sour lemon juice.

Serves 6

  • 300 ml blended scotch whiskey
  • 6 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 150 ml lemon juice
  • 105 ml sugar syrup
  • 6 egg whites

Mixing Instructions:

Start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Next, using a jigger, pour in the blended scotch whiskey, lemon juice, syrup, and angostura bitters. Crack six eggs and carefully separate the whites from the yolks. If this proves to be too difficult, purchase a carton of liquid egg whites, and add twelve tablespoons (approx. 30 ml) into the shaker. As with the Kamikaze, shake the mixture until the surface of the tin is cold, and then strain it into a short glass. Top the drink with a thin slice of lemon for garnish.

     5. Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan is one of the great classic cocktails. Its rich blend of sweet whiskey and bitters makes it a favorite within and outside of the greater New York City area. Its popularity is credited to New York’s Manhattan Club in 1874. The original Manhattan was made with rye whiskey. However, after the Prohibition, bourbon grew in popularity, and the drink adapted to the people’s newfound desire for blended whiskey. The classic Manhattan cocktail is an ideal choice for those who like less fruit-flavored drinks.

Serves 5

  • 250 ml malt whiskey
  • 125 ml sweet vermouth
  • 5 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 5 maraschino cherries

Mixing Instructions:

Pour the malt whiskey, angostura bitters, and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Next, fill the glass with ice and stir the mixture with a bar spoon. When the ingredients are completely combined, strain the mixture into a martini glass. For garnish, add a maraschino cherry to each glass.

      6. French Martini

The French Martini is a tropical spin on the classic cocktail by the same name. It’s a popular party drink, easy on the palate, and visually striking. The frothy top adds an extra visual effect that your guests will love.

Serves 5

  • 200 ml vodka
  • 100 ml French raspberry liqueur
  • 250 ml pineapple juice
  • 5 twists of lemon

Mixing Instructions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with medium-sized cubes of ice. Next, pour in the vodka, raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice. Shake the mixture until the surface of the mixing tin is cold, and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Using a sharp knife or a lemon stripper, cut a long piece of lemon peel and twist it onto the rim of the glass.

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      7. Gin Fizz

Last, but certainly not least, is the Gin Fizz, a subtly sweet drink with a sharp, almost bitter blend of added citrus. There are two ways to prepare this drink. The first requires less mixing and more club soda for a fizzier finish. The other uses egg whites (and a lot of mixing) to give this bubbly cocktail a creamy froth atop the body of the drink.

Serves 5

  • 250 ml dry gin
  • 125 ml lemon juice
  • 50 ml sugar syrup
  • 20 ml club soda
  • 5 lime wedges
  • 5 egg whites (optional)

Mixing Instructions:

First, fill a glass with small to medium-sized ice cubes. Next, pour the gin, lemon juice, syrup, and club soda in the glass. Stir the mixture with a bar spoon until all the ingredients are combined, and garnish with a lime wedge. For the alternate, creamier version of this cocktail (also known as the Silver Gin Fizz), fill a glass with ice and pour in the club soda. Then, combine the gin, lemon juice, syrup, and egg whites in a cocktail shaker. Shake the mixture vigorously for about ten seconds. Then, add the ice and club soda to the mixture and shake until the shaker’s surface is chilled. Last, double-strain the drink into the prepared glass.

2016 Holidays, Brands with a Cause, Food/Beverage, Healthy Living

50 Strong Water Bottles Holiday Cures

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The Holidays bring so much joy and happiness as we eat, celebrate and gather with family and friends. Also, with the holidays comes a bit of gluttony, hangovers and exhaustion. 50 Strong Water Bottles Holiday Cures. That’s where 50 Strong comes to the rescue and the tool they offer is water bottles. Why?

Eat too much at a gathering? Cure: water

Drink too much and have or anticipate that hangover? Cure: water

Feeling overworked and tired? Cure: water.

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Water bottles aren’t just a fantastic gift idea for the holidays especially when they come in fun styles like the choices at 50 Strong, they can become a tool of surviving the Holiday overindulgences.

The 50 Strong Foundation  seeks to EMPOWER manufacturing workers to gain further education and training in order to better their workplace and career path; EDUCATE students and teachers on career opportunities available in manufacturing; and INSPIRE others to help change America through manufacturing. So the 50 stands for our own states-in America-that needs these jobs to stay here. Buy from a brand that gives back within its own country here in America.

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Some 50 Strong product suggestions

  • Big 36 – Never go thirsty again. This bottle features a modern square top design, holds a whopping 36 oz. and still fits in most cup holders.
  • Insulated – features a bite friendly pull top and a variety of fun designs including holiday themed, patriotic American flag, camouflage and more.
  • Tornado – unique tornado shaped mixing feature creates cyclonic mixing of protein powders, meal replacement shakes and other powders.  It also features a wide mouth opening for thick drinks.

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Head on over to 50 Strong and see all of their products and learn more about the company that is proud to be American made.

2016 Holidays, Food/Beverage, Healthy Living

KOR Stylish Personal Hydration Products

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KOR Stylish Personal Hydration Products

Can someone on your gift list use a quality water bottle or filtration product? If you are shopping for kids in sports, parents on-the-go, teachers, office workers, coaches, gym users, runners, college students and others I may be forgetting then these KOR water bottles will be a hit.

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It is easy to accumulate water bottles and I have so many in my cupboard that it is time to donate some away. So when my new KOR water bottle came I wondered how I could justify owning another water bottle. I would get rid of all the ones I have and let this be my only one. I have the KOR One special edition water bottle and am in love with it.

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Of the hundreds (probably not over exaggerating that number) of water bottles that have passed through this house in 24 years of raising boys starting with my husbands oldest, I have never had one like this. The design is the most stylish, the shape is ergonomically perfect and the function is free of leaks. KOR has always done hydration right and I never had a water bottle compliment until I carried this one around.

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Visit KorWater to see all of the styles.