Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

It’s almost Inauguration Day and we’re in such a celebratory mood. In two days, we’ll have a new administration who promises to really be for the people. As we watch the virtual swearing-in ceremony, we’ll be raising a glass to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Since we’ll be enjoying a new Administration with an actual conscience, we thought we’d celebrate with a spirits brand with a conscience too – Marble Distilling Co.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co. is an award-winning grain-to-glass to ground distillery located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Their “Drink Sustainably” philosophy is born from their passion to be gentle with the Earth’s natural resources and a duty to do their part to save the planet. Marble Distilling Co. returns all spent grains to the farms where they were grown, recycles 100% of their process water, and recapturing all of the energy from their stills. Marble has committed to being net-zero by 2022. They are at zero waste and use 1/100″ of the water a normal distillery utilizes. Their new addition of a 35kw solar array is getting them close to net-zero electricity. This makes them the most sustainable distillery on the planet!

Marble Distilling Co. produces two spirits brands, the small-batch Marble range consisting of Original Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Reserve, Gingercello, and Gingercello Reserve; the second brand, Hoover’s Revenge, features Hoover’s Revenge Whiskey, Hoover’s Revenge Ragged Mountain Rye Whiskey, and Hoover’s Revenge Single Barrel Bourbon. Their Original Marble Vodka is made from locally grown soft white wheat and malted barley, which imparts a smooth and creamy texture. The 80 proof, non-GMO vodka is 5X distilled in a copper pot still to ensure purity and clarity. It is then filtered over crushed Yule (limestone) Marble for a hint of minerality and finish; then the vodka is filtered on coconut husk for a luxurious, viscous finish.

We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with some of Marble Distilling Co.’s offerings and we’re delighted with this multiple award-winning distilling company. We find ourselves completely obsessed with the Gingercello (a non-traditional take on the Italian classic).

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

A contemporary cello adaptation, the gluten-free and non-GMO Gingercello liqueur is pot distilled with fresh ginger and rested on 200 hand-zested lemons and more ginger for several weeks. It combines fresh cut ginger and the sweetest part of the lemon zest creates a refreshing taste. Lightly sweetened, it is citrusy and bright with a ginger forward spiciness (the Gingercello Reserve is aged for a minimum of 1 yr in whiskey casks). the 70 proof liqueur is quite lovely on its own. We mostly enjoyed it on the rocks to fully enjoy what makes this such a distinct spirit, but the Gingercello is also extremely versatile as a modifier in craft cocktails. A Gingercello version of a Bourbon tea cocktail is absolutely divine (just switch out the limoncello for Marble’s Gingercello and you’re in cocktail heaven).

Moonlight Expresso Small-Batch Vodka

Coffee lovers will love the small-batch-from-scratch, coffee-flavored vodka. Made from a family recipe using all-natural ingredients, Moonlight EXpresso is made by distilling vodka, locally roasted Guatemalan coffee, and Ugandan vanilla beans. The result is a rich, dark coffee profile with a smokey, chocolate finish. Combined with a cold brew made in-house, this luxurious coffee liqueur is perfect for fabulous cocktail creations or stand-alone in hot or cold libations. The Moonlight EXpresso Reserve is aged in ex-rye whiskey casks for a minimum of 1 yr.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

The Hoover’s Revenge range is Marble Distilling Co.’s first foray into putting several single casks together, which yielded their Silver Label Whiskey. Each single 53-gallon American Oak cask is hand-selected and tasted for the flavor profiles it brings to this “marriage.” This whiskey is aged a minimum of two years, bottled at 84 proof with bottles numbered and signed by Connie Baker, Co-Founder and Head Distiller. The copper-colored whiskey is a marriage of three whiskies made by Marble Distilling Co: Bourbon, Rye, and Triticale. It features notes of hay, pear, and allspice; its taste is light in body with a floral sweetness with a hint of vanilla. It boasts a long finish with black peppercorn and clove spice that spikes at the end.

Marble's Distillery Doubles

One of our favorite things that Marble Distilling Co. offers during the pandemic is their Marble’s Distillery Doubles. A rotating selection of craft cocktails, such as their house Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Barrel-Aged Negroni, and more. Each Distillery Double makes two cocktails, all you have to do is just add ice. These cocktails are always made sustainably and with all-natural, local ingredients. Unfortunately, you have to live in Denver to enjoy their Distillery Doubles but you can still purchase their spirits online at www.shopmarblespirits.com with free shipping on 3 or more bottles.

Start 2021 Off Hydrated with Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles

Start 2021 Off Hydrated with Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles

Well, it’s a new year and you know what that means…New Year Resolutions. We’re not sure what yours is but ours is to increase our water intake beyond the bare minimum. It is something we’ve tried to do for years with mild success. For 2021, we’re challenging ourselves to increase to at least drinking 40oz of water. The tool that will help us achieve this? The Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles.

Start 2021 Off Hydrated with Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles

Tervis’ colossal water bottles hold 40oz of water (or any liquid you prefer). That a little over 1 liter or 5 full cups of water, more than half what women need to drink a day.  The Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles are double-walled tumblers that offer all the benefits of stainless steel bottles with a large bottle opening that makes it easy to add ice cubes. You’ll love its featured triple insulation which reduces condensation and keeps your drink cold for up to 84 hours; its copper-lined 18/8 stainless steel construction is durable, and the material won’t retain tastes or odors.

It also features a quiet non-slip base and an insulated high performance or quick access, deluxe spout lid. The included lid is leak-proof and BPA-free with an ergonomic loop for easy carrying. There’s also no need to worry about germs or contamination as the drinking surface is fully protected when closed.

Start 2021 Off Hydrated with Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles

As you can see, the Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles comes in a variety of colors and prints. Some of our favorites prints include the Star Wars-themed Mandalorian, Tie Dye colors, and the Topographic Radar. Favorite solid colors include the pastel Blue Moon, Citrus Sunrise, and Mangrove Green powder bottles. Don’t see a print or color you love? You can personalize and engrave your Tervis water bottle with your name, favorite artwork, or photo.

Start 2021 Off Hydrated with Tervis 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles

The 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottles are available now for $39.99 on the Tervis website. Could you benefit from better hydration this year?

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We usually accept celebrity brands with a bit of skepticism because we’re not just going to accept that something a celebrity puts out is good. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63 ($36.99) because this Bolivian spirit already had a rich and distinct history. Distilled high in the Bolivian Andes from Muscat of Alexandria grapes, this impeccably clean and amazingly versatile spirit will blow you away with every sip. Many may not know this, but Singani is actually the national liquor of Bolivia. Mr. Soderbergh was introduced to this award-winning spirit by the Casting Designer on the set of CHE. Singani is really its own category but many people incorrectly classify it as brandy. The brand is hoping to change this with a petition for category recognition. We find it’s a bit similar to eau-de-vie (a light fruit wine/brandy-esque blend). We invite you to really get to know this spirit. Try it on the rocks first and take in its floral and grape fragrance; sip it slowly to indulge in its Mountain Meadow Flowers, White Pepper, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Honeysuckle notes; and indulge in its short, light, clean, and smooth finish.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We love Singani 63 because it greatly complements herbal liqueurs like Cynar and Aperol; check out their take on classic cocktails made with those Italian liqueurs.  Since it is the season, we want to share some great holiday cocktails. What makes adding Singani 63 to these cocktails to make them distinct? When the grapes mature at the Andes’ high altitude, their skins thicken, creating a unique flavor during the distillation process. Singani has been produced since the 16th century and 500 years later it’s this unique flavor that captivated Steven Soderbergh’s palate. He formed a partnership with pioneers of the Casa Real Distillery and after six years was finally able to launch Singani 63 in the US. This is why we are able to share these delicious holiday cocktails with you now. Let’s get mixing!

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

2 oz. Singani63
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Rosemary Cranberry Simple Syrup*
Club Soda
Rosemary Sprig & Cranberries Garnish
*Roseberry Simple- Boil 1C sugar, 1C water, 1C cranberries, 3 sprigs rosemary. Crush, strain when thickened.
Mix first 3 ingredients with ice, top with club soda, garnish.

After the Frost
Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

After the Frost by Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

1.5 oz Singani 63
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 bar spoon honey, or to taste (preferred raw honey)
3 drops Owl & Whale Lemongrass bitters
8 oz Chamomile tea
fennel frond for garnish
Start brewing the tea in a separate vessel, and simultaneously pre-heat the teacup with hot water. After 3-4 minutes, empty the prepped warm teacup, and add the remaining ingredients. Top with the tea, and garnish with a fresh fennel frond.

Naughty by Ivy Mix

Naughty by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz. #Singani63
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
.75 oz. Red Currant Jelly infused with Ground Ancho Chili (1/2 cup: 1 tsp)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a mint sprig and cocktail cherries.

Nice by Ivy Mix

Nice by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz Singani 63
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake, serve up, garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Singani 63 is available at some of the coolest bars, restaurants, and alcohol retailers including iPIC Theaters And The Tuckroom, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Nobu Downtown, Sanctuary T, Hudson Wine & Spirits, Tribeca Wines & Spirits, and more. You can also purchase it online for $36.99 at www.buysingani63.com.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

We recently shared some great holiday gifts for the wine enthusiasts on your holiday gift list; we’re back with a few more gift options for the wine lovers on your list. These gifts will be obvious hits that both you and the wine lover on your list will enjoy for a long time. If you enjoyed our first round of wine gift ideas, then you’ll love these.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Today we bring you three additional holiday gifts for the wine lovers on your list from Aervana, Tervis Drinkware, and Winebars.

1. Aervana Essential One-touch Aeration, $59.95

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

The Aervana Essential is the newest addition to the Aervana one-touch aeration line. For those not familiar, Aervana is the first one-touch luxury wine aerator. Its newest addition, the Essential, provides the same amazing instant aeration for wines that need to breathe, in a fresh, contemporary format for everyday wine drinkers. Available in three distinct colors, warm and vibrant Saffron, fresh and modern Dusty Blue, or classic Glossy White, you’ll be ready for a night of wine at its best with one touch.

We also love the Aervana Essential because with every purchase of a Saffron or Dusty Blue Aervana Essential, $1 of your purchase will be donated to Food Lifeline, Aervana’s non-profit partner in the effort to end hunger.

2. Tervis Stainless Steel Slim Carafe & Tumbler

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

We’re not telling you to break the law or anything but we have to share this discreet way to enjoy your favorite wine in public. To do so, look no further than Tervis Drinkware. Their 25oz slim carafe and 12oz stainless tumbler make the perfect discreet wine carafe and wine “glass”. The 25oz stainless slim carafe with lid, $24.99, holds one 750ml of your favorite beverage. The standard size for a bottle of wine is 750 ml. Coincidence? I think not. The slim carafe includes a leak-proof, insulated lid, and a quiet non-slip base. It will keep your favorite wine at the perfect temperature for 60 hours.

The 12oz Stainless Steel with slider lid, $24.99, is a double-walled tumbler that offers all the benefits of stainless steel. The Tumblers boast triple insulation to reduce condensation and keep your drink hot for up to 6 hours or cold for up to 15 hours. Its copper-lined 18/8 stainless steel construction is durable, and the material won’t retain tastes or odors. Lastly, it includes a BPA-free leak-resistant, easy-to-clean, and easy-close slider lid.

3. Winebars Versatile Wine Rack, $69.00/Set

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Not everyone has a home with a cellar to store their wines; this is where the versatile wine racks from Winebars come in handy. Winebars are like bookends for wine. You can quickly and easily stack your wines anywhere with these sleek-designed racks. Perfect for small kitchens and as an elegant display, these wine racks can be placed everywhere, even your refrigerator. Plus they are made from solid aluminum, so they get nice and chilly in the fridge. Whether they drink red or white, the wine lovers on your list will love these simple yet decorative wine racks. Get a set of two of the Romantic Red, Jet Black, or Natural Silver for $69.00 on www.winebars.com.

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

We recently shared our Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic; today we’re highlighting some pandemic food staples you should have in your pantry. We’re spending so much more time in the kitchen, so it’s important to have everything you need. Whether you’re preparing a full meal or snack, staples like tomato sauce, olive oil, coffee, salad dressing, and maple syrup are essential. Especially since these food staples not only taste delicious, they’re good for you as well.

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Today, we celebrate the food staples from Lemonette, Jar Goods, The Governor, Steeped Coffee, and Maple Craft Foods. These food staples are getting us through the pandemic in a delicious and healthy way. We know they’d do the same for you. Let’s get to know more about them.

Lemonette Salad Dressings and Marinades

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

If you enjoy the taste and health benefits of lemons, then we’ve got the perfect pantry must-have for you. Lemonette is a range of first and only lemon-based clean gourmet dressings. The non-GMO dressings are thoughtfully crafted in small batches using locally sourced ingredients in California. Available in four flavors, Mediterranean Herb, Italian Herb, Lemon Garlic, and Zesty Cumin, they are great as salad dressings, marinades, dips, grilling, and finishes. We enjoyed a Chicken Shawarma Bowl topped with the Mediterranean Herb dressing much to the delight of our tastebuds. If you love Sumac, you will enjoy this very much.

The Lemonette dressings are a great alternative to vinegar, cream, or soy-based sauces. Lemonette is a women-owned business that donates a portion of all proceeds to The Heart Foundation.

Jar Goods Tomato Sauces & Pestos

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Want delicious, homemade tomato sauce made with premium ingredients on your table without having to make it from scratch? The answer is the versatile, clean label, certified non-GMO Jar Goods tomato sauces to get dinner on. Founded by two sisters-in-law, this line of fresh, new brand of clean-label tomato sauces and pestos are made with vine-ripened tomatoes, pure olive oil, fresh onions, garlic, and basil. Check out our Instagram post to see one of the ways we enjoyed the Classic Spicy sauce.

  1. Classic Red – A premium tomato sauce that tastes just like homemade. It is thicker, richer, and more flavorful than any other tomato sauce brand.
  2. Classic Spicy – Love your tomato sauce with a kick? The Spicy Classic is what happens when a subtle kick is added to a Classic Red sauce. It features just the right amount of spice to liven up your dinner.
  3. Classic Vodka – Your tastebuds will explode when you enjoy this classic that boasts flavorful cream and smooth vodka added to Classic Red tomato sauce.
  4. Vegan Vodka – vegans will love this dairy-free version of a classic vodka sauce. It’s made with coconut milk to make an indulgent, plant-based version of the creamy classic.
  5. Beet + Basil Pesto – This is where “Beets Meet Basil”: the sweet tangy flavor of roasted, marinated beets unites with fresh, aromatic basil and savory walnuts.

The Governor Premium Olive Oil

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Not all olive oils were created equal. There’s only one in the world that boasts medicinal properties, that is The Governor olive oils, $69.99. This award-winning EVOO is crafted from the finest “Lianolia” olives by three generations of the Dafnis family in Corfu, a region famous for its premium olive groves. We wanted to enjoy this olive oil in its natural state, so we baked some warm bread and drizzled this superb olive oil on our bread, and ate to our heart’s content.

Exclusivity aside, it’s the subject of rigorous scientific testing for its role in the prevention and treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and hypertension due to such a high phenolic content. Impress the foodie in your life with this premium olive oil, that does more than satisfy your taste buds and elevate their cooking.

Steeped Coffee Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Bags

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Hey coffee lovers, wouldn’t you love to enjoy a good cup of coffee with as much ease as tea lovers do? Imagine the convenience of making a cup with an individual coffee bag, just like tea lovers. Thanks to Steeped Coffee, you don’t have to imagine. Unlike other coffees, Steeped Coffee does not require machines or brewing equipment. The coffee comes in single-serve bags that are nitro-sealed to ensure absolute freshness. It’s a uniquely “unplugged” coffee experience, from the award-winning packaging, made using compostable and renewable materials, to the non-GMO filters. All it takes to brew a perfect cup is hot water and a few minutes.

Each Steeped Pack contains hand-roasted, ethically-sourced, Direct Trade coffee that’s precision ground to showcase the distinctive flavor profile of every crafted blend. Available in five flavor varieties: Light Roast, Medium Roast, Dark Roast, French Roast, and Decaf, any coffee addict would approve. If you’re looking for the perfect morning cup to enjoy on Christmas morning, we highly recommend getting the Steeped Lineup Sampler – a collection of each of the five coffee blends. This way, everyone can enjoy a coffee flavor of their choice.

Maple Craft Foods Maple Craft Syrup

Maple Craft Foods Maple Craft Syrup

Maple Craft Foods shows there’s much more to this pantry staple. It’s not only a versatile ingredient for baking, cooking, and cocktails, it’s surprisingly good for you and makes a wonderful gift for families, foodies, and craft beer & spirits enthusiasts alike. Did you know Maple syrup has just 2/3 the sucrose of sugar, over 65 important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals? It also boasts more potassium than bananas and more calcium than milk. These New England-made Maple Craft syrups come in a variety of delicious organic flavors, including Blueberry, Elderberry, and Honey; as well as holiday-inspired flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, and Peppermint Bark.

What’s on your list of pandemic food staples? We think you’d be very satisfied adding these to your pantry.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal – Best Vodka Award

The holiday season is upon us and while Thanksgiving is all about the food, Christmas is about the holiday spirits; and we don’t just mean the joy and magic of the season. What better holiday spirit to celebrate the festive season with than one that’s an award winner! Say congratulations to Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka which recently won the Platinum Medal – Best Vodka at the 2020 L.A. Spirits Awards. Although this is their first platinum medal, it isn’t the first time the American-made vodka brand has won awards.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Of course, it’s no surprise that this classic, velvety smooth, 100% American-made vodka won platinum. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is five-times distilled with high-quality grain, grown in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, to ensure a clean, extra smooth taste. If you’re looking for a delicious, clean, smooth cocktail to enjoy during the holidays, we’ve got five to share with you today.

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

2 oz. Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka
4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1⁄2 oz. Olive Juice
1⁄4 oz. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Dashes Tabasco
1⁄2 oz. Tomato Juice
1⁄2 oz. Lemon Juice
1⁄2 tsp. Horseradish
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Rim a pint glass or mason jar with salt and fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in the glass over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a celery stalk, skewered cocktail olives & onions, lime, and lemon rounds.

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 ounces of grapefruit juice
¼ ounce of grenadine
Grapefruit and umbrella garnish
Add grenadine to a highball glass. Add grapefruit juice and Seagram’s Extra Smooth to a shaker. Shake then strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice and umbrella

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
1/2 ounce of mixed berry syrup
Top with kombucha
Garnish with mixed berry pick
Add everything to a shaker except the kombucha. Shake then strain into a wine glass. Top with kombucha and garnish with a mixed berry pick.

Seagram’s Vodka Cranberry

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

2 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash Tonic Water
Splash of Lime Juice
Rocks Ice
Combine Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Lime Juice in a shaker and shake vigorously, strain over ice in a low-ball glass, and top with tonic water. Garnish with a lime round.

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

3 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth
1 oz. Dry Vermouth
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a martini glass, garnish with 2-3 stuffed olives.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is the perfect bottle to have on hand to enjoy easy, festive cocktails this holiday season whether you’re celebrating with family, a socially distanced gathering, or solo.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

Smith Eastbank CORE sunglass

The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?

More Than Hydration: These Beverages Do More Than Quench Your Thirst

More Than Hydration: These Beverages Do More Than Quench Your Thirst

If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we have to take care of ourselves. 2020 is the year when selfcare and our wellbeing are at the forefront of our minds. Everything we do from now on has to be to the benefit of our health. That includes protecting ourselves with face masks, being careful in common areas, boosting our immune systems, and of course, keeping our bodies hydrated. It’s always been said that hydration is essential to life; however, with this pandemic, we need to do a bit more. Today we’re highlighting a few beverages that do more than just hydrate your body and quench your thirst. These beverages are here to help to keep your body in the most optimal of health.

More Than Hydration: These Beverages Do More Than Quench Your Thirst

Whether you need alkaline water to neutralize the acid in your body, a beverage to help you get better sleep, or need to boost your immunity, these drinks from Perfect Hydration (pH), Som Sleep, ROAR Organics, and Hydralyte are exactly what you need to be at your healthiest.

1. Perfect Hydration (pH) 9.5+ pH Alkaline Water

Alkaline water boasts two very important minerals, Calcium, and Magnesium; both of which our body needs and uses. It is a powerful antioxidant, neutralizes acidic levels of the body, and helps in ridding the body of toxins. Both high acidic levels and toxins can be detrimental to your overall health. With its detoxing capabilities, Alkaline water boosts the immune system, an essential aspect of combating the coronavirus. Simply put, without proper hydration, your cells cannot function at their best.

Perfect Hydration (pH) 9.5+ pH alkaline water is designed to support your body’s natural pH of 7.4 to achieve a healthy, internal pH balance. Not only does it help your body achieve balance for health, but another great benefit is also glowing skin. Purified to its cleanest form by a 9-stage filtration process, pH water also includes electrolytes for premium hydration and has a delicious, crisp taste in every bottle. Available in 20 oz and 1-liter bottles, Perfect Hydration (pH) 9.5+ pH Alkaline Water can be purchased on www.amazon.com.

2. Som Sleep

More Than Hydration: These Beverages Do More Than Quench Your Thirst

The stress of the pandemic has made it very difficult to sleep. During these turbulent times, we definitely need sleep for more than just beauty rest. A restful night of sleep can boost our immune system, restores and energizes our bodies, helps improve our overall health, and increases our tolerance for pain. The Som Sleep Formula helps support a healthy sleep cycle. Whether you can’t fall asleep or have trouble staying asleep, Som Sleep will help you sleep better, feel better, and do better.

The berry-flavored combines both sleep and relaxation ingredients that are naturally found in your body and found in a healthy diet. It boasts melatonin to help maintain a normal sleep cycle; magnesium and Vitamin B6 provides nutritional support for biosynthesis; Gaba and L-theanine help promote relaxation. Som is a safe, effective, and drug-free solution for those who suffer from insomnia and have difficulty falling and staying asleep. With Som Sleep, all you have to do is drink a can 30 minutes before bed. Isn’t it about time you “get Som Sleep?” Get the original and Zero Sugar formulas in a 12-pk and 24-pk on www.getsom.com.

3. ROAR Organics Electrolyte Infusions

More Than Hydration: These Beverages Do More Than Quench Your Thirst

ROAR Organics Electrolyte Infusions is unique to its category in the beverage industry. In addition to being USDA-certified Organic, it offers an array of in-demand attributes – electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins A, B3, B5, B6, C, and E, no preservatives, and boasts only 2-3 grams of organic cane sugar and 20 calories per serving. ROAR boasts a proprietary blend of organic coconut water and sea salt for healthy hydration and refreshing recovery. It is caffeine-free so it can be enjoyed all-day, has zero artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

The beverages are also Non-GMO, Vegan friendly, Gluten-free, and come in 100% recyclable, BPA-Free 18 oz bottles. All that goodness comes in four delicious and refreshing flavors:  Mango Clementine, Cucumber Watermelon, Blueberry Acai, and Georgia Peach. You can find ROAR Organic Electrolyte Infusions for $1.99 to $2.49 nationally at 7-Eleven, Wegman’s in the East, Albertson-Safeway in the West, Fresh Market, Fresh Thyme, King’s, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, and Mother’s Market.

4. Hydralyte Plus Immune System Boost

More Than Hydration: These Beverages Do More Than Quench Your Thirst

Technically Hydralyte isn’t in liquid form but once you add it to water, this on-the-go hydration powder becomes your immune system’s best friend. Most people don’t realize but by the time you experience dry mouth, irritability, and lack of energy, you’re already dehydrated. Hydralyte’s science-backed rehydration formula drink will not only rehydrate your body but also supercharge your immune system at the same time.

Hydralyte Plus Immune System Boost contains 7 key electrolytes for rehydration. It is also infused with 1000mg of Vitamin C and 300g of nature’s super fruit, Elderberry. It is scientifically formulated with the right ratio of glucose and electrolytes to hydrate you more effectively than sports drinks or coconut water with far less sugar. Hydralyte Plus Immune System Boost has 75% less sugar and 4x the electrolytes of a sports drink. The on-the-go, immune-boosting solution can be found at www.hydralyte.com.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to work towards a strong and healthy immune system during this pandemic. We’re losing too many of our loved ones. We hope you stay well.