National Vodka Day | Celebrating the US’s Favorite Spirit

If you love a good Martini, Cosmo, or Screwdriver then we’re speaking directly to you. National Vodka Day is coming up. Mark your calendars for on October 4th because we’re celebrating the most popular spirit in America. Whether you treat yourself to a Martini, Cosmo, or Moscow Mule, we’d like to share some interesting facts about this beloved spirit and share some recipes. Dominating one-third of all spirits consumed by volume, vodka is here to stay and rightfully so. For this upcoming National Vodka Day, we get to know more about the beloved spirit. We’ve never understood those who find vodka boring when it allows you to do so much. Unlike other spirits, Vodka provides a clean canvas, one that can easily – and should – be manipulated to suit individual tastes and preferences (think Moscow Mules, Espresso Martinis, Vodka Sours, etc).

With a vodka spirit a your base, your cocktail can become whatever you want. Which is why it works so well year’ round. Whether you want a drink that’s light and clean, sweet and fruity, or warm and spicy, you can create it with vodka. There’s also so much the average person doesn’t know about vodka. For example, did you know that Vodka does not contain any sugar, yeast, fat, cholesterol, sodium, or carbs? It can also be gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher-certified. A great example is RÅVO vodka, which retails for $20.00. It’s vodka in its purest form, made from winter wheat, continuously distilled five times, and blended with natural spring water. Flavored vodkas, such as Chase Smoked Vodka, combine Chase (retail $32.99) with smoked water to achieve an intriguing palate closely reminiscent to a fine reposado tequila or mezcal – no artificial flavoring! Check out some great drink recipes from Chase and RÅVO that are perfect to celebrate National Vodka Day.

Espresso Martini

2 parts Råvo Vodka
1 part Coffee Liqueur
2 parts Espresso coffee
Coffee beans for garnish.
Pour Råvo Vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur into a shaker with ice and shake hard to chill. Strain into a Martini cocktail glass and garnish with a couple of coffee beans.

Vodka Martini

3 parts Chase Vodka
½ part Dry Vermouth
Olive garnish
Stir Chase vodka and Vermouth with ice in a stirring glass to chill and strain into a Martini cocktail glass. Serve with an olive garnish.

Moscow Mule

2 parts Råvo Vodka
4 parts Ginger beer
½ p Lime juice
Squeeze a couple of lime wedges into a rocks glass or copper mug and drop in the wedges before filling up with ice. Pour Råvo Vodka and ginger beer over the ice and serve with a stirring rod.

Great Chase

1.5 parts Chase Vodka
½ part Chase Elderflower Liqueur
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Top with soda
Build all ingredients in a wine glass over lots of ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Now that you know more about vodka, we want to know, which vodka cocktails will you be National Vodka Day this National Vodka Day?

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

Labor Day Cocktails from Patron: Cheers to the American Labor Movement

Despite the difficult time we are currently facing in America, we must always celebrate the small victories. The things and people that help build this melting pot of a country. The strength of this country is its so-called “blue collar workers”, and we must always celebrate the contributions these workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the U.S. What better way to do so than to raise a glass of Patron Tequila, preferably delicious margaritas, Palomas, and tiki cocktails. Not sure how to do so? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these Labor Day cocktails from Patron.

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

As you know once Labor Day comes around, it’s time to say goodbye to the summer season. We’ve got some great Labor Day cocktails, made with Patron Tequila from Beverage Coordinators, Grace Kim of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, Mindy Kucan of the legendary Tiki bar Portland, Oregon, and Ravinder Singh of Rapscallion and Boulevardier in Dallas, Tx, and the Middle Branch bar in New York.

The Miss Grace Paloma (available at Red Rooster in New York)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

1.5oz Patrón Silver
.75oz Grapefruit juice
.5oz Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur
.5oz Watermelon juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Cucumber juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Lime juice
.25oz Agave syrup
.25oz Jalapeño shrub
2-3 dashes Grapefruit bitters
2-3 dashes Smoked chili bitters
Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA
Grapefruit salt-berbere rim*
Half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to combine. Rim glass with grapefruit salt-berbere mixture.
Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass. Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA. Garnish with a half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube.
*Grapefruit salt-bebere rim: Mix 2 tablespoons grapefruit salt with 1 teaspoon berbere spice

A Grape[fruit] Time (available at Middle Branch in New York *available off-menu)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Silver
2 drops of Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters
.5 oz fresh lemon
1 oz fresh grapefruit
.375 oz Orgeat syrup
.375 oz Tamarind syrup
Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice, strain into hollowed out grapefruit half. Garnish with the other half of the grapefruit or grapefruit slice.

Patron Reposado Tiki Rita

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
.25 oz Allspice Dram
Grated nutmeg for garnish
Lime wheel and cloves for garnish
Hawaiian sea salt rim
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh crushed ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with 3 cloves.

Blue Crush

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila
2 oz Patrón Silver
2 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Demerara Syrup
.5 oz Blue Curacao
Pineapple ring for garnish
Orange peel for garnish
Pineapple leaf for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple ring, orange peel, and leaf.

So this weekend, raise a glass of one of these Patron Labor Day cocktails to the “little man”, the “blue collar worker” and thank them for all they’ve done for this country. We’d love to hear what you guys think of these Labor Day cocktails from Patron. Maybe they could also help you get ready to say goodbye to summer?

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed! Did you Guess Correctly?

After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally announced what we’ve been waiting in anticipation for – the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed!

As part of the Mystery Fruit Flavor launch back in June, Sparkling Ice challenged fans to taste, debate and ultimately cast their flavor votes. Fans entered via social media using the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps for their chance to win over $45,000 worth of prizes. These prizes included a Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify and more. Fans across the country cast their votes and winners were announced on a weekly basis from May 15th – August 7th.

We were not even close to guessing correctly. 

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor is Passion Fruit Punch! That’s right, the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed is tropical. We knew it would be something tropical, but that’s about it. How did you guys do? Did any of you vote correctly?

“At Sparkling Ice, we’re excited to share that the Mystery Fruit Flavor our consumers have been drinking all summer long has been revealed as Passionfruit Punch,” said VP of Community and Customer Relations of Talking Rain Beverage Co., Nina Morrison.  “In fact, our fans and followers have been enjoying the flavor so much that they’ve made it one of our top selling Sparkling Ice products of the summer.”

Passion fruit, most popular in the Caribbean, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, is a semi-tart fruit that’s low in calories but very high in nutrients. We grew up drinking passion fruit juice and today it still remains a favorite. Which is why we can’t believe how far off we were with our flavor guess. It may be time to reset our palate. We can take solace in the fact that we were not the only ones that were wrong.

“As a company, we’ve been anticipating the big reveal for months,” added Nina Morrison. “Over 245K fans and followers participated in the social media contest, making it one of our most successful promotions to date. We had guesses ranging from Blueberry Lemonade to Watermelon, Fruit Punch and more. Even I guessed wrong!”

In addition to the weekly contest winners, Sparkling Ice also announced a grand prize winner on August 8th. This winner won an all-expense paid VIP trip to California to attend a major music festival in April 2019. 

So now that we have shared the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed, what are your thoughts on the new flavor?

 

McDonald’s Celebrates Summer with McCafé Ready-to-Drink Frappés

There is no denying that this summer has been extremely hot. We have established that we can not survive this summer without a cold drink in hand at all times. Luckily there are rich and creamy delicious options for keeping cool. The most recent one comes from McDonald’s and their new McCafé ready-to-drink Frappés. It was a perfect way to kick off and cool down a hot summer day.

We had the pleasure of attending the McCafé Frappé Summ “Ahh” Rooftop celebration to celebrate the ready-to-drink Frappé flavors. The on-the-go drinks were the perfect way to keep cool as she enjoyed the view from the Spotify rooftop. The McCafé ready-to-drink Frappés are everything you love about McDonald’s delicious frappes in now conveniently available in a bottle at retailers everywhere. Now you can indulge in rich, creamy and delicious flavors with every sip of McCafé ready-to-drink Frappés.

The café-quality, McCafé ready-to-drink Frappés are now available in three mouthwatering flavors, Caramel, Vanilla, and Mocha. All three flavors contain real sugar, real milk and are made with 100% Arabica beans. Now you can enjoy your favorite McCafé Frappés whenever you want, wherever the day takes you. We’re not usually big coffee fans but we admit the Vanilla flavored frappe has absolutely got out attention and it absolutely did its job of keeping us cool and happy.

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This launch was a year in the making as it was first announced on August 30th, 2017. We had a great time keeping cool and enjoying the wonderful music Spotify had to offer on their spacious rooftop; as well as take advantage of the McCafé frappe hued flip flops (they were perfect for our relaxing weekend walks).

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The McCafé ready-to-drink Frappés are available in 13.7 oz resealable PET bottles. They can be purchased at grocery, convenience, and mass merchandise retailers nationwide.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

Take the Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash for National Rum Day

They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We wonder what a shot of apple rum will do! Just in time for National Rum Day, everyone’s favorite rum captain has launched a new shot flavor. Say hello to the Captain Morgan Apple Smash, a blend of Captain Morgan’s Caribbean rum with a burst of green apple flavor that is sure to be a favorite amongst any crew. Basically, it’s like a jolly rancher for adults….that you drink.

Now that we have your full attention, let’s get to know this captivating new rum. Not only does Apple Smash taste like an apple, it smells like one too! Like it’s predecessors, two of which we’ve previously highlighted, LocoNut and Watermelon Smash, the Captain Morgan Apple Smash packaging resembles the fruit the rum is mixed with. In this case, an apple and the bottle also emanates the aroma of tart green apple when you scratch it. The result is an experience that entrances your sense of smell and taste. You will absolutely want to shoot your shot with this delicious libation.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

The ready-to-serve apple rum shot tastes delicious as a chilled shot, a mixed shot, or simply mixed with club soda for a fresh tasting cocktail. If the thought of a boozy jolly rancher sounds good to you (of course it does), then we highly recommend adding Captain Morgan Apple Smash to your home bar. Not just for today, National Rum Day, but for any day that requires adulting.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

Speaking of cocktails, we especially love the Apple Smash with a splash of club soda or ginger ale. Both cocktails are easy to make and highlight the essence of this apple flavored rum shot. Try out these recipes below:

Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Soda

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
4 oz. Club Soda
Muddle mint leaves in a highball glass. Add ice and stir.
Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Ginger

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
4 oz. ginger ale
Add ice and stir. Garnish with lime

Captain Morgan Apple Smash is 60 proof with an ABV of 30% and gluten-free. The 750ml bottle is available now and retails for $15.99.

Are you ready to live #LikeACaptain?

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine

BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine: Cocktails in 20 Seconds

Do you know how much cocktails cost in a bar or restaurant these days? If you’ve ever eaten out, then you know a night out will cost you a lot per glass. What if you can enjoy bar or restaurant quality cocktails right at home at the touch of a button? Thankfully that “what if” question has become a reality thanks to BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine. The spectacular BIBO Barmaid cocktail machine will give you a great bar and restaurant perfected cocktail in 20 seconds.

BIBO® is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine

Whether you’re making a cocktail for a night in alone for entertaining guests, the BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine lets you make and enjoy mixologist-crafted cocktails in less time than it takes to place an order at a bar. The minimal counter-space taking home appliance comes equipped with a shaker/shot glass, and three sample Bibo Cocktail mixers made in the USA (ours had the Cucumber Melon Martini, Tangerine Paloma, and Margarita).

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The Bibo Cocktail Mix Pouches come in a variety of popular cocktail flavors to make your next big party or casual get-together a success. They include Appletini, Cucumber Melon Martini, Margarita, Tangerine Paloma, Mai Tai, and Rum Punch. There’s a delicious cocktail for everyone to enjoy. Just slide each Bibo cocktail mix pouch into the machine, and add the appropriate spirit to the mix to enjoy the perfect cocktail every time. Each pouch contains the right amount to make a single cocktail serving. For our first cocktail, we did the Cucumber Melon Martini with Finlandia grapefruit vodka.

As we mentioned before, BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine is lightweight and takes a minimal amount of kitchen or bar counter space. It’s also incredibly easy to clean and can continuously make cocktails as long as you have Bibo Cocktail Mix Pouches on hand. Can you imagine the amount of money you will save in bar tabs? The average cocktail costs around $17 – $20 each and the BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine retails for $199.99. You are sure to get your money’s worth in no time with this amazing machine.

To get your own BIBO The Ultimate Cocktail Machine in either black or red, visit www.bibobarmaid.com. We also recommend getting the Bibo Variety Pack 24-Count Cocktail Mix Pouches, $49.99, to try out all the cocktail mixes.

The Ginger People Ginger Products

Food Trends: All Things Ginger From The Ginger People

For the past several weeks, while office AC units have been set to Siberia levels of cold, overindulging in delicious foods and drinks, interacting with a few sick people, not getting enough sleep, and basically running ourselves ragged. Normally, all of this would result in us being very sick right now, but NOT surprisingly we’re not and that is thanks to products from one brand – The Ginger People. No, we’re not talking about a group of cool redheads; we’re talking about the makers of the most wonderful ginger-based products we’ve ever had.

The Ginger People Ginger Products

We are now all aware of the amazing health benefits that ginger has to offer and the products from The Ginger People are what we have to thank for getting us healthily through everything we mentioned above. Ginger energizes and stimulates the circulatory system, it helps with nausea, is an amazing anti-inflammatory food, a powerful anti-Cancer, helps with digestive issues and anti-flatulence, is a fantastic cold and flu remedy, a great migraine reliever, highly antioxidant, and of course wonderful as an aphrodisiac. We had the pleasure of getting to know the delicious product from The Ginger People including Ginger Rescue Ginger Shots, Turmeric Latte Mix, Gin Gins Ginger Candy, Ginger Soother Tonics, Arjuna Organic Ginger Bites with Turmeric, and Ginger Rescue Chewable Ginger Tablets.

Ginger Rescue Ginger Shots

The Ginger People Ginger Shots

Enjoy a healthier day with one shot of caffeine-free boost of energy. The Ginger Rescue Shots are available in three flavors: Wild Turmeric, Lemon & Cayenne, and Coconut. All three offer a potent supply of proven health benefits your body will thank you for. Each shot is intense and made with 30% ginger juice. Non-coffee drinkers will love this as a caffeine alternative. You’ll love the sweet creaminess of the coconut, the earthy and peppery taste of the Wild Turmeric, and the hot and spiciness of the Lemon & Cayenne. We highly recommend this for those sluggish feeling days.

Turmeric Latte Mix

The Ginger People Ginger Turmeric Latte

Another of The Ginger People’s great turmeric and ginger combinations is their Turmeric Latte Mix. It’s double the health benefits in an addictive hot creamy beverage. This caffeine-free, plant-based powdered mix is supercharged with ginger and Curcumin, the power behind turmeric. All you have to do is add your favorite milk and prepare to indulge in this nourishing hot drink. If you’ve ever enjoyed a golden milk, this will blow you away.

Ginger Soother Tonics

The Ginger People Ginger Soothers

Say goodbye to your upset stomach with these delicious, soothing tonics. These stomach-settling ginger elixirs are available in two flavors: Lemon & Honey and Turmeric. They are made with antioxidant-rich, fresh-pressed punchy Peruvian ginger, lemon juice and pure honey and wild Fiji Red “Aromatica” turmeric respectively. These should be your go-to drink whenever you and your stomach has a disagreement.

Gin Gins Original Chewy Candy

The Ginger People Ginger Candy

Chewy ginger candy is one of our favorite things and to say we’re addicted to The Ginger People’s delicious original ginger chews is an understatement. As the #1 selling ginger candy in North America, we know it will be your favorite as well. You’ll never worry about the fear of nausea again once you grab a bag of these. In fact, the only thing you have to worry about is how to stop eating Gin Gins. We’re still working on that.

Ginger Rescue Chewable Ginger Tablets

The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Chewable Tablets
For those who need a little more potent way to fight nausea, just grab a pack of The Ginger People’s 24 chewable and tasty tablets. These drug-free tablets boast greater ginger actives to help promote digestive health, relieve motion sickness, and ease gas and indigestion. Available in two options, Strong and Mighty Mango for kids and those with sensitive stomachs, one tablet works wonders, especially when you need fast relief.

If you’ve been looking for a way to integrate ginger into your health and wellness regime, check out all the products from The Ginger People. You’ll thank us.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé Water

Truly Refreshing: Introducing Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé

Are you looking for a new and healthier way to rosé? Truly Spiked and Sparkling, the gluten-free spiked sparkling water, is debuting its newest style: Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé. This rosy-hued spiked sparkling water boasts lots of refreshing bubbles and a wonderfully light taste. You may remember we highlighted this range of light and refreshing low-calorie, clean and simple spiked sparkling water a few months ago. So we’re really excited for this new flavor addition. Believe it or not, this refreshing spiked water does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol in Truly Spiked & Sparkling comes entirely from fermenting all-natural cane sugar.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water Rose

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé is a delicately sweet, slightly tart, and perfectly refreshing with a hint of California Chardonnay grapes. According to a recent survey of over 1,400 alcohol beverage drinkers, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Truly Spiked and Sparkling, half of alcohol beverage drinkers (50%) wish there was a healthier alternative for rosé wine. Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé takes its cues from rosé wine, so you’ll enjoy everything you love about rosé wine. And like all other Truly flavors, Truly Rosé only has 100 calories, is gluten-free, has only 1g of sugars, 2g of carbs, and a 5% ABV. So guilt-free rosé enjoyment is literally right in this can and in your hands.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Rosé Water

This truly refreshing sparkling beverage will help you beat the heat this summer wherever the season takes you. Available in 12 oz slim cans that made for any on-the-go summer adventure, you’ll enjoy every refreshing drop of Truly Rosé. Want to enjoy this new way to rosé now? Pick up a can or a 12-pack to go from Whole Foods, Duane Reade, 7-Eleven Stores, Fresh Direct, and Target. Or sit and enjoy a can with a meal at Embassy Suites, Intercontinental Hotels, and Buffalo Wild Wings locations.