Chocolate Intoxication: Celebrating National Margarita Day

If the best friendships are built on Margaritas and chocolate, then get ready to add more friends to your circle. It is said that chocolate goes with everything, and we believe no truer words were ever spoken. In honor of cost of kaletra National Margarita Day, February 22nd,  we’re showing you how adding chocolate to your celebration, and by celebration, we mean Margaritas. These wickedly delicious cocktail recipes will easily make the day a more decadent and enjoyable one. For those of who that are lovers of all things chocolate, how would you like to sip on a drinkable version of chocolate chip cookie? How about indulging in the adult version of the childhood flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, or better yet, enjoy the sophisticated blend of chocolate and raspberry? With these three, must-try drink recipes from zithromax without prescription Sauza Tequila, you can.

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1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part JDK & Sons Crave® Chocolate Chili Liqueur
¾ part half and half
1 glass of ice (for shaking)
5-10 chocolate chips for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice combine Sauza® Blue Silver, Crave Chocolate Chili, and half and half. Shake until chilled. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with chocolate chips.

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1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots
8 parts chocolate ice cream
2 parts milk
¼ part creamy peanut butter
Chocolate sauce (to rim glass)
Peanut butter (to rim glass)
Rim cocktail glass with half creamy peanut butter and half chocolate sauce by running the edge of the glass through plates with each. In a blender combine chocolate ice cream, milk, peanut butter, tequila and butterscotch liquor. Blend until smooth. Pour drink into prepared glass and enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Margarita

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Razzmatazz
6 parts chocolate milk
2 dashes of Taza® Chocolate Mexicano Extract
Chocolate shavings (for garnish)
Raspberry (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings. Garnish with a raspberry and enjoy.

Have you tried a chocolate margarita? We are adding these sinful margarita recipes to our cocktail making rotation, and we hope you will to. Stay tuned for more delicious Margarita recipes coming soon.

Let the Good Times Roll w/ these Mardi Gras Cocktails

It is that time once again for day long celebrations, debauchery, and delicious cocktails that free you from your inhibitions. Oui, Mais Amis, it is Mardi Gras time!! This iconic celebration has been an time honored holiday in the city of New Orleans since the 1720, and if you’re like us and unable to attend in person, we give you the next beast thing…..cocktails inspired by the Carnival celebrations. So grab your Krewe and let the celebrations begin with these drinks from Hornitos Tequila, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey, and Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.

Hornitos® The Gold Doubloon

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1 ½ parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
¾ part lime juice
¾ part pineapple juice
¼ part agave
Pinch of cilantro leaves
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.

Hornitos® French Quarter Faithful

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2 parts Hornitos® Reposado Tequila
½ part lime juice
3 parts pineapple juice
2 dashes green habanero hot sauce
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and pour into a martini or highball glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Basil Hayden’s® Cajun Sazerac (Created by Brittini Rae Peterson)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1/2 part Cajun Spice Syrup*
5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
Lemon Zest
Sprig of Thyme
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the zest of a lemon a sprig of thyme.

*Cajun Spice Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Cajun Spice
Combine all three ingredients in a saucepan and warm. Stir until sugar and Cajun Spice are fully dissolved into the water. Strain into an empty container and set aside.

Knob Creek® Bourbon Street Nightmare

3 parts Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
3 parts orange juice
½ part blood orange syrup
Place all ingredients in a Hurricane glass over ice, mix well. Drizzle blood orange syrup over top. Garnish with a black licorice stick.

Mardi Gras is set to hit the streets of New Orleans on February 17th. As they say “Laissez les bons temps rouler”….let the good times roll!

Culinary Delights: The Launch of Flavors of Aloha: Cooking with Tommy Bahama Cookbook

It’s no surprise we are a fan of good food…..can you blame us? So we were really excited when we received the invitation to celebrate the new cookbook by renowned Chef, Lifestyle Expert, and Author, Rick Rodgers. The famed food writer partnered with Tommy Bahama Restaurant, to preview the visually stunning, and tantalizing cookbook, Flavors of Aloha: Cooking with Tommy Bahama. We arrived just in time to hear the man himself introduce his newest gift to the culinary industry (trust us, after sampling some of the delicious fare, you can’t help but call these recipes gift-worthy).
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The event featured various food and drink stations and gave guests the opportunity to sample hors d’oeuvres and entrees, from the 100 or so Hawaii-inspired recipes, featured in the cookbook. Flavors of Aloha: Cooking with Tommy Bahama highlights everything from poultry, and seafood, to desserts and cocktails. It is a feast for the eyes as well as the palette. We began the evening with some wonderfully delicious cocktails – Mai Tai, Hibiscus Cooler, and an addictive cocktail called Pain Killer #2. They were the perfect way to begin this culinary Hawaiian adventure.

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We can’t think of Hawaiian flavors without thinking of Spam, so it was no surprise to find an amazing spam dish, Spam Musubi, at this event, which we heartily devoured. We then headed over for a fresh and savory Ahi Tuna Poke, a wonderful combination of fresh Ahi Tuna, Guacamole, and herbs and spices.

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The rest of the evening was an onslaught of decadent dish after decadent dish. From the succulent Ribs, to the mouth-watering Pulled Pork Sliders, Crab Rangoon, Korean Drumsticks, and the peak of our culinary ecstasy – Chocolate Bread Pudding.

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The Flavors of Aloha: Cooking with Tommy Bahama, is sure to be our most treasured cookbook. If you’re tired of winter and looking for ways to bring a bit of paradise into your life (and maybe lots of Food Porn), head over to TommyBahama.com for this excellent cookbook which retails for only $40.00.

 

Super Bowl Sunday Cocktails from Sauza Tequila

It’s Game Day and we’ve got some great Super Bowl Sunday-worthy cocktails that will have you reaching for more than just beer. Are you ready to enjoy one or two of these as you cheer on your team to victory? Give plain old beer a break and enjoy one of these awesome Sauza Tequila cocktails that have you screaming touchdown. The best part, these drinks still incorporates your beloved brew. Whether you’re enjoying Mexican Nachos, wings, chili, burgers, or pizza, these awesome cocktail recipes are great for toasting to the Big Game.

Goal Line Sipper

1 part Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
4 parts limeade
1 part beer
Fill a beer glass with ice. Add Tequila and limeade and stir. Fill glass to the top with your favorite beer.

The zesty flavor mix of the Goal Line Sipper pairs perfectly with any slice of pizza.

Cheat-a-rita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Blue Curacao
2 parts frozen lemonade
1 2̷3 parts light beer
Lemon wedge (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!

Love Mexican Nachos? Sip on the refreshing Cheat-a-rita to complement the heat of this spicy dish

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1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 ½ parts light beer
1 part frozen limeade
1 part water
Lime wedge (for garnish)
In a glass filled with ice, combine Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila, limeade, beer and water. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).

You can’t beat a delicious Sauza®-Rita when you need to cool off your taste buds while eating spicy wings.

Seattlelite Sipper

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 lemons (juice only)
6 parts club soda
1 rosemary sprig
1 tbsp. sugar
Combine lemons, club soda, sugar, and Tequila in a glass with ice. Mix well and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Adding chili to the menu to spice up your Game Day? Pair it with the savory Seattlelite Sipper. you’ll love the resulting amazing flavor mix.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails: A Toast to Love Potions

According to folklore, when one wanted to seduce their heart’s desire, they would whip up a love potion. Centuries later, not much have changed in that respect. This Valentine’s Day, why not enchant your sweetheart, your friends, or your crush, with one of these delicious, spellbinding Valentine’s Day Cocktails from Casa Noble Tequila, Bluecoat Gin, and Crystal Head Vodka. Give Cupid the day off and whip up one of these magic brews that are sure to woo your loved ones.
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Opt for a tart, bubbly Mimosa that’s both sexy and passionate, bewitch your love with the same delicious recipe that reminded Carlos Santana of the feeling of falling in love for the first time, delight them with a drink that’s elegant and effortless, or turn their heads with decadent deliciousness. No matter which you create, these cocktail recipes are sure to win their hearts.

Blushing Maria

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2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
1 oz. Pink grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. Agave Nectar
Combine the tequila, juices and agave nectar in a shaker tin with ice and shake until chilled. Strain- serve in Champagne flute, top with rose sparkling wine.

French American 75

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1 oz Bluecoat Gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lavender simple syrup
Stip over ice and transfer to a champagne flute. Top with brut champagne or dry sparkling wine.

“The El Beso de Luz” Margarita (The Kiss of Light)

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2 oz Casa Noble Crystal
1/2 oz Licor 43
1 oz Lime juice
Squeeze an orange wedge over the cocktail and drop it into the glass.
Fun note: Carlos Santana named the cocktail “El Beso de Luz” as a tribute to his wife Cindy.

Clover Club

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1.5oz.Bluecoat American Dry Gin
.5oz. simple syrup
.75oz. freshly-­squeezed lemon juice
.5oz. grenadine
1 egg white
Combine the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. You’ll need to shake this very vigorously to emulsify the egg. Strain into a cocktail glass.

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1 1⁄2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
3⁄4 oz. cranberry juice
1⁄2 oz. premium orange liqueur
1⁄2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
Lemon peel
Add Crystal Head, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the Lemon peel.

Will you try one or more of these Valentine’s Day Cocktails? let us know in the comments below.

Happy Hour At Any Hour: American Born Moonshine Apple Pie

So the holidays may be over but if you’ve been in or around New York City over the past week then you’ve no doubt realized that while the weather is still frightful, a warm cocktail is most assuredly still delightful. With that in mind, the yen for a great cocktail still endures.  However, if you’re not quite the mixologist then why not just rely on your hosting prowess and just put some ice in a glass and pour.  That of course, would entail a really great tasting spirit that needs no more than a fruit garnish and the right glass.  That spirit, that I recently had the pleasure of sampling, is American Born Moonshine Apple Pie.

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Now don’t get all Prohibition on me! American Born Moonshine Apple Pie is a great tasting moonshine with notes of sweet apple and earthy spice with an 83 proof punch that can assure warmth and delight.  I enjoyed mine served over ice but this is the kind of spirit that can also be enjoyed as a shot or as a toddy remix with hot water and lemon.  Well, don’t only take my word for it, check out the recipe for a delicious Tennessee Toddy below:

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1 oz. American Born Moonshine™ Apple Pie
1 Tbsp Honey
1/4 Lemon
1 Cup Hot Water + 1 Tea Bag
Coat the bottom of a mug with honey. Add the American Born Apple Pie Moonshine Apple Pie and the juice of the lemon quarter. Add tea bag to a cup of water and microwave for one minute. Pour the steaming tea int the mug and stir.

Toast to the Golden Globes: Movie-Inspired Drinks from Skinnygirl Cocktails

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards are almost upon us and while we can’t personally be present at the illustrious event to indulge in (and critique) the red carpet fashions, award winners, and losers, we can fawn over and snark from the comfort of our home, and away from the freezing temperatures (what’s with the single digit temperatures, Mother Nature?), while relishing in a few delicious cocktails. We are already envisioning ourselves savoring a cocktail or three, inspired by some of the most talked about Golden Globe-nominated movies while we share our favorite fashions, and moments via Social Media; and since these low-calorie cocktails are made with generic kaletra pills Skinnygirl Cocktails, we need not worry about our waistline expanding. Fans of the fan favorites, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, and Interstellar, may want to pay special attention to the following cocktail recipes:

The Theory of Thyme (For the Theory of Everything)

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
1 ½ parts lemonade
1 ½ parts watermelon juice
Leaves stripped from a 2-inch sprig of fresh thyme, plus a small sprig for garnish
Fresh watermelon ball/slice for garnish
Combine the vodka, lemonade, juice, and thyme leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Double-strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish on the rim with the thyme sprig speared into the melon ball.

Disappearing Act (For Gone Girl)

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Meyer Lemon Vodka
¾ part orange or citrus liqueur
1 ½ parts lemon sour mix
3-4 fresh (or thawed frozen) raspberries
Lemon wheel for garnish
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, liqueur, sour mix and ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.

Galaxy Gimlet (for Interstellar) 

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
Splash of dry vermouth
Fresh olives for garnish
Shake ingredients with ice. Pour into martini glass and garnish with fresh olives.

For those who want to keep it simple, toast to the red carpet with Skinnygirl Cocktails’ newest offering, Skinnygirl Pinot Noir!

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At less than 100 calories per serving, the delicious Skinnygirl Pinot Noir, a 750 mL bottle which retails for $11.99, has soothing flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla with a long silky finish that is perfect for sipping while you relax and watch the show. what do you guys think of these Skinnygirl Cocktails?

Healthy Drinks & Smoothies w/ Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-iQ

We’ve been on a juicing and smoothie rampage ever since the Nutri Ninja Blender System With Auto-iQ came into our lives. we’ve treated ourselves and our family to an absurd about of fruit and non-fruit smoothies. Our freezer and refrigerator is now stocked with lots of fresh fruits, taking the place of sodas, juices, and ice cream. We’ve blended both all-fruit, and fruit and vegetable smoothies to appease the different tastes, diets, and various allergy issues of our family, thanks to the individual Nutri Ninja® single-serve cups with Sip & Seal Lids. We’ve done so much with this wonder machine already, but we actually haven’t even scratched the surface of its amazing uses (we are ecstatically stuck in the smoothie-making phase).
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The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender boasts 1000 watts of power, which pulverizes ice in seconds (we’re looking forward to ices this summer), is optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and crushes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency, and features one-touch Intelligent Controls that delivers smooth results. This life changer kitchen appliance comes jammed packed with essentials: a 64 oz. Processor Bowl, three sizes of Nutri Ninja® Cups (18-ounce, 24-ounce, and 32-ounce) with lids, an XL 72oz. Pitcher, Nutri Ninja® Pro Extractor Blades, and Dough Making plastic blades. Everything you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and healthier eating habits is available to you from Ninja. We were so excited about using the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender, we took several videos of our smoothie making. This video is from our first time using it

The below is a photo from our first fruit and vegetable smoothie-making experience. We jammed packed quite a few ingredients in there. The photo and video featured below is of our Apple, Blueberry, Banana, Blackberry, Carrot, Broccoli, Spinach, and Tangerine smoothie:

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We also love that Ninja provides tons of smoothie recipe ideas for you to try. The best part is you can experiment with those recipes, making them thicker, sweeter, or thinner, as well as adding or removing whatever ingredients you want. one of our favorite Ninja recipes is:

Antioxidant Refresher

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon whole flax seeds
Container: Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup
Place all ingredients into the Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup in the order listed
Select Auto-iQ ULTRA BLEND

Of course it wasn’t all fruit and vegetable smoothies, at the request of our dear mother, we mixed up a few Seattle’s Best Coffee Frozen Coffee Drinks to satisfy her caffeine cravings. As someone who owns her Ninja Blender herself, my mother immediately wanted to relinquish one of our single serve cups while she was visiting for the holidays.

As we’ve stated, we’ve been on a smoothie making rampage but we can’t wait to really spread our culinary skills and start making soups, stews, etc. We suggest you add this amazing kitchen appliance to your life.