Holy Guacamole!! It’s National Guacamole Day

In celebration of the day, we hope you’re out there enjoying this delicious and versatile dip and topping. We don’t know about you, but we like our guac freshly made and seeing as it is the day to celebrate, we’re sharing these delicious recipes from our friends at Dos Caminos and Sauza Tequila…..well, you can’t enjoy guacamole without some tequila. Take the traditional guacamole recipe, like the one from Chef Ivy Stark and feel free to give it a fun twist with variations like Lobster Guacamole, Chipotle-Goat Cheese Guacamole or Artichoke Guacamole with Toasted Pine Nuts.

Pairing 1 – Marvelous Mango Margarita and Chipotle-Goat Cheese Guacamole

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
½ large ripe mango
2 parts fresh orange juice
⅔ part lime juice
½ part simple syrup
4 parts ice
Peel, seed and chop your mango. If you have time you can freeze your prepared mango at this point. Otherwise, put all ingredients except for the ice into your blender and blend until smooth. Then add the ice. Pour the margarita into a glass and enjoy!
Rock the guac and celebrate with these guacamole and margarita pairing ideas

The sweet and fruity flavors of the Marvelous Mango Margarita provide the perfect complement to the smoky heat of the Chipotle-Goat Cheese Guacamole:

2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 tsp. finely chopped white onion
2 tsp. minced jalapeño or Serrano chilies (Optional: remove seeds and membranes)
½ tsp. teaspoon Kosher salt
2 large ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 small plum tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
2 tbsp. chopped canned chipotle chilies

Pairing 2 – Spicy Sauza®-Rita and Artichoke Guacamole with Toasted Pine Nuts

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 parts beer
1 part frozen limeade concentrate
1 part water
A dash of hot sauce
Sugar (for garnish)
Salt (for garnish)
Red pepper (for garnish)
Chili pepper (for garnish)
In a glass, combine all ingredients. Chill and serve in glasses rimmed with sugar, salt and red pepper. Garnish with a chili.

Turn your cocktail up a notch this National Guacamole Day with the Spicy Sauza®-Rita. This spicy cocktail brings the heat with red and chili pepper flavors and pairs well with the mild flavors of the Artichoke Guacamole with Toasted Pine Nuts:

2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 tsp. finely chopped white onion
2 tsp. minced jalapeño or Serrano chilies (Optional: remove seeds and membranes)
½ tsp. teaspoon Kosher salt
2 large ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 small plum tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
¼ cup toasted pine nuts

Pairing 3 – Strawberry Sparkler and Lobster Guacamole

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Strawberry Liqueur
½ part (chilled) rose champagne
½ part limeade
3 strawberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1 lime wedge
Wash, stem, quarter and freeze strawberries for at least 1 hour (can be done the day ahead). Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your champagne flute and dip in a plate of sugar to coat rim. Place 3 frozen strawberries in the bottom of the prepared flute. Pour champagne into the glass. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, limeade, and strawberry liqueur. Shake and pour into glass. Add a squeeze of fresh lime if desired and serve immediately.

Try the Strawberry Sparkler with the Lobster Guacamole for a fresh take on the traditional lobster/champagne pairing.

2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 tsp. finely chopped white onion
2 tsp. minced jalapeño or Serrano chilies (Optional: remove seeds and membranes)
½ tsp. teaspoon Kosher salt
2 large ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 small plum tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 lb. whole lobster or 4 oz. lobster meat, steamed, cleaned and rough chopped
Japanese pickled ginger for garnish (Optional)
In a medium size bowl, use the back of a spoon to mash 1 tablespoon of the cilantro, 1 teaspoon onion, 1 teaspoon of minced chile, and ½ teaspoon salt together against the bottom of the bowl. Steam, cool and pick meat from lobster and rough chop. Then add to bowl. Add the avocados and gently mash them with a fork until chunky-smooth. Fold the remaining cilantro, onion, and chile into the mixture. Stir in tomatoes and lime juice, taste to adjust the seasonings. Add Japanese pickled ginger for garnish (optional). Serve with warm corn tortilla chips.

Save Water, Drink Beer: The Village Voice’s Presents Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

Calling all beer lovers and aficionados. It’s time to celebrate all things malt and hops. It’s time again for the Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festivalwith an outstanding lineup of 125+ Beers from over 70 Brewers. This year marks the fourth annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event which takes place on September 27th. It’ll be a day of unbelievable Beer Porn.

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From 2:00PM – 6:00PM, you get to enjoy brews from the following: 508 Gastrobrewery, Ace Cider, Alphabet City Brewing Company, Asahi, Ayinger Brewery, Bad Seed Cider Company, Bayou Teche Brewing, Bear Republic Brewery, Boulder Beer Company, Braven Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Broken Bow Brewery, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Crispin Cider Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dyckman Beer Co., Empire Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Harlem Blue, Harlem Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, Ithaca Beer Co., Keegan Ales, KelSo, Beer Company, Krombacher Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lake Placid Brewery, Lindemans Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Company, McKenzie’s, MOA Brewing Company, Narragansett Brewing Company, Original Sin Hard Cider, Other Half Brewing, Paulaner Brewery, Queens Brewery, Radeberger Brewery, Radiant Pig Craft Beers, Rockaway Brewing Company, Samuel Smith Brewery, Saranac Brewery, Shiner Beer, Shipyard Brewing Company, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Singha, Singlecut Beersmiths, Sly Fox Brewery, Steadfast Beer Co., Stevens Point Brewery, Transmitter Brewing, Two Roads Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Wolffer Estate Vineyard, Yonkers Brewing Co.,Coney Island Brewing Company, Eataly Birreria, Finback Brewery, Flagship Brewing Company, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Heartland Brewery, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Rekorderlig Cider, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company and Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales.

Of course, one cannot live by beer alone, so the Brooklyn Pour Food Truck Courtyard is set up to be at the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival and will include local favorites Valducci’s Famous Original NYC Pizza and Phil’s Steaks, with more food trucks available for purchase. You can’t have beer and food without some fun so enjoy the official BKPour Game Area, presented by Dave & Buster’s, featuring beer pong, air hockey, Beirut, basketball toss and more. Plus a souvenir Brooklyn Pour tasting glass, official event photo booth, Brooklyn Pour’s first-ever Insta-Bingo competition and DJ sets from Jonathan Clarke, On Air Personality at NYC’s Q1043, and 106.7 Lite FM radio stations.

The craft beer celebrating event will feature three ticket options. The $85.00 VIP ticket allows guests entry one full hour early, at 2 pm, plus access to the private VIP lounge with a private bar and mezzanine overlooking the event, complimentary snacks courtesy of SCRATCHbread, Ovelia Psistaria, and Paulaner Brauhaus, a Gift Bag and more. The $65.00 Early Entry ticket will allow guests entry into the main room of the event at 2:30 pm, a full half hour earlier than the event’s door time. The $55.00 General Admission ticket allows entrance to the event at 3 pm until the event finishes at 6 pm. That’s hours of non-stop, beer drinking fun. Will you be attending the Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival?

Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines | You Can Take it With You

Have you ever attended an event or party where the only alcohol they’re serving is exactly what you don’t drink? As Bloggers, we get invited to many things but a lot of the time it’s an alcohol-sponsored event, and if you’re like us, you do not like beer, whiskey, or gin. As lovers of wine, we were super excited to find out that something as wonderful as Zipz Wines exists. Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are amazing, premium, single-serve wines that you can enjoy indoors, outdoors and on the go, thanks to its innovative and non-traditional packaging.Zipz_AllVarietals

Zipz Wines is available in four varieties, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Pinot Grigio, and a 2011 Merlot, all of which come individually wrapped and covered in a patented Clean Wrap™ that keeps the wine fresh and the glass clean, making Zipz perfect for enjoyment anywhere.

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You may be thinking, “but what about the taste?” well, all four wines are absolutely delicious. The Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruit with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon grass with hints of hazelnut and cloves. This medium weight white wine boasts crisp citrus, melon, pear and crème Fraiche flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon delivers varying aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with various layers of spice and a hint of herbs. A multi-layered, medium-bodied wine that boasts textures of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee, and vanilla. The deep, rich, ruby-colored Merlot features warm cherry aromas, accented with notes of mocha, red licorice, sage and toffee with flavors of black cherries and plums that are balanced with caramel and toffee from the oak. Last but certainly not least, the clean and crisp Pinot Grigio gets a bit tropical with both aroma and flavor.Notes of mango, pear, orange spice, lemongrass, and pineapple perfectly compliment the  flavors of tropical fruit, apples, pears, and a nice orange citrus note that is balanced with minerality and a wonderful round finish.

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How portable are Zipz Wines and where did they go with us? We took it to our front porch, the racetrack, and a friend’s house, traveling with ease in our handbag with no fear of spillage. Another key note is you can securely reseal your Zipz wine to save it for later without spilling a drop or having your wine get stale. You can’t tilt a half full, regular glass of wine without losing the contents.

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Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are currently available in several states or you can just buy it online at Zipz Wine or Amazon.com. A case of Zipz Wines comes with 12 glasses and retails for $39.99, that’s less than $3.50 a glass. That alone is a reason to raise a glass and toast to this innovation and non-traditional creation.

It’s Margarita Time | Sauza Sparkling Margaritas

Love Margaritas but hate the preparation? Get ready to enjoy delicious Margaritas while skipping the blender. Sauza Tequila, makers of premium tequilas, introduces a line-up of ready-to-serve, sparkling margaritas made with real tequila, that comes in four effervescent flavors – Original Lime, Mango Peach, Wild Berry, and Watermelon.

The Original Lime boasts a sweet, smooth, and tart lime taste, it’s medium-bodied, clear and has a pleasant citrus finish, just like an original Margarita. The Mango Peach features a sweet and tart peach taste, with a medium-bodied, sweet citrus finish. It’s also our favorite flavor. The Wildberry is a bright cherry with fresh citrus  taste, it features sweet tart cherry and a hint of spice for a bold finish. The most recent flavor launch, Watermelon, combines sweet lime, and tequila married with bold watermelon that leaves a lingering sweet green and tequila finish on the tongue.

If you love Margaritas and want instate delicious taste gratification, grab yourself a bottle or two of Sauza Tequila Sparkling Margaritas. They are perfect for a night in or out. A 750ml bottle of Sauza Sparkling Margaritas retails for $12.99 each.

Celebrate National Lemonade Day w/ Skinnygirl Cocktails

It wouldn’t be summertime without the refreshingly delicious, sweet, and tart taste of a glass of lemonade. It is the quintessential summer drink and the ultimate American small business and that is what we’re celebrating today, August 20th. You see, today is National Lemonade Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing three invigorating, and very grown-up drink recipes from Skinnygirl Cocktails that will leave you guilt-free when it comes to your calorie intake. What better way to say goodbye to the summer than putting a twist on summer’s signature drink. Tantalize your taste buds with the Skinnygirl Lemon Drop and Skinnygirl Lemon Patch cocktails, both made with the Meyer Lemon Vodka, which features a bright lemon flavor with a hint of crisp lime; and the Skinnygirl Splash cocktail, a tasty lemon iced drink made with Bare Naked Vodka, a smooth, clean and slightly sweet vodka.Skinnygirl® Lemon Drop

2 parts Skinnygirl™ Meyer Lemon Vodka
Sugar-free lemonade mix
Splash of lemon juice
Lemon slice for garnish
Rim glass with lemonade mix, shake ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a lemon.

Skinnygirl® Lemon Patch

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Meyer Lemon Vodka
Splash of DeKuyper Triple Sec
Splash of diet lemon-lime soda
Raspberries or lemon slice for garnish
Mix ingredients in a glass with ice. Top with diet lemon-lime soda. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon.

Skinnygirl Splash

2 parts Skinnygirl™ Bare Naked Vodka
1 part black tea (or powdered iced tea mix)
1 part lemonade
Lemon wedge (optional)
Mix ingredients in tall Collins glass. Garnish with lemon wedge (optional).

Don’t these three lemon-flavored cocktails sound delicious? There are many more lemon-based cocktails on the Skinnygirl Cocktails website you can celebrate the day with. So when life hands you lemons, grab a bottle of Skinnygirl Natural Flavored Vodkas and make some delicious cocktails. Have a great time toasting National Lemonade Day.

Get Some R & R w/ Cruzan Rum | Toast to National Relaxation Day & National Rum Day

Are we surprised that National Relaxation Day and National Rum Day are a day apart? Not at all, we think the universe set it up this way for a very good reason – one doesn’t work without the other. Today we celebrate the two R’s – RUM and RELAXATION. So attention, all you rum-enthusiasts, we’re talking to you and sharing delicious cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum to enjoy both days. Life can be stressful but you must remember to take time to slow down, breathe deeply and kick back and relax with a delicious Cru-Zen rum cocktail on tomorrow, August 15th, National Relaxation Day. This zen cocktail will have you in a calming mentality so the focus can remain on you and enjoying the day.Cru-Zen Cocktail

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part White Vermouth
1/2 part Chamomile Syrup*
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
Dash of Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake without ice to combine. Add ice, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with two drops of Bitters.

*Chamomile Syrup: 
Steep two Chamomile Tea Bags in 8oz. hot water for 5 minutes to make double strength tea.
Add 8oz. sugar to tea and stir until sugar is dissolved. This syrup will be good for one month.

After you’re done relaxing, it’s time to kick up the festivities just a little bit. On National Rum Day, Saturday, August 16th, honor this celebratory day with a bit of coconut creme and peachy rum goodness. Seeing as August is also National Peach Month, the Cruzan Peach Perfect Day cocktail is an ideal drink to toast this national observance day.

Cruzan Peach Perfect Day

1 part Cruzan Peach Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Coconut Creme
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a Lime Wedge.

Got any rum cocktails you’d love to share? Feel free to recommend your favorites drinks with us.

Enter to Win the POM Juice Blends Summer Giveaway

When we think of Summertime, we think escaping on some wonderful tropical vacation, where we sip on delicious drinks made with coconut water, pineapple, and mango juices. Alas, we are not able to achieve that dream getaway this summer, so we’re doing the next best thing. To fully enjoy our staycation, we are stocking our refrigerator with the tropical deliciousness that are the POM Juice Blends. Since we can’t go to the tropics, we’re bring the tropics to us…..and we want to do the same for you. To celebrate the newest new family-friendly 48oz sizes of POM Juice blends, we’re doing a giveaway. That’s right, it’s POM Juice Blends giveaway time.

POM Wonderful’s 100% Juice Blends come in three tasty varieties: POM Hula, POM Mango and POM Coconut. POM Hula is a tropical whirlwind of flavor with 100% POM, pineapple, and apple juices; POM Mango blends 100% POM and mango juice and works perfectly in mixed drinks, smoothies, and popsicles; and POM Coconut helps fuel your workout and keeps you hydrated by combining the benefits of 100% POM with coconut water. These juice blends also make wonderful additions to your summer recipes, whether you’re pairing them with a delicious dish or creating refreshing cocktails for the summer. Two of our favorite POM Wonderful staycation cocktails include:

Dragon’s Punch



1 oz. POM coconut
1.5 oz. vodka
.75 oz. basil syrup
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
5 dashes Angostura bitters
Crushed ice
Combine ingredients in a shaker, and pour into a tall glass over crushed ice.

Pomegranate Sangria




1 bottle Fruity Red Wine
2 cups Pomegranate Juice
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/4 cup Simple Syrup
Orange (Sliced)
Apple (Sliced)
Pomegranates
Grapes (Sliced in half)
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours before serving. Serve over ice.

As we stated at the beginning, one lucky reader will win a month’s supply of POM Juice Blends, which includes two of each of the 12 oz juice blends and two bottles of each of the 48 oz juice blends (that’s twelve bottles total), along with a POM Blends tote that’s perfect for summer picnics and beyond.

To enter to win this amazing summer prize, see the Rafflecopter entry below:

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Take a Bite Out of Shark Week with ZYR Vodka & TY KU Sake

Don’t go in the water, it’s Shark Week!! Instead, stay on land and enjoy some of these delicious Shark Week-themed cocktails from ZYR Vodka and TY KU Sake. Sink your teeth into these cocktail recipes while you shake and stir them up like the second coming of Sharknado. Fall prey to such delicious, easy-to-make shark week cocktails like Blood in the Water, Sake Shark Attack Sangria, and the most dangerous part of this terrifying sea creature, the Shark’s Tooth. You won’t regret surrendering as each of these cocktails has a bite you’re not soon forget.

Blood In The Water

2 oz ZYR Russian Vodka
2 oz Club Soda
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
Dash of Grenadine

Sake Shark Attack Sangria

TY KU Sake Silver
Wedges of Fresh Fruits
Splash of Agave Nectar

Shark’s Tooth

2 oz TY KU Coconut Sake
1 oz Rum
1 oz Cointreau

Happy Shark Week!