Cruzan Rum Introduces New Blueberry Lemonade Flavored Rum

Just in time for the season of Bar-be-ques, summer Fridays, outdoor parties, and tropical summer cocktails, Cruzan Rum welcomes a brand new rum flavor that celebrates the spirit of the warmer seasons. We are so happy to help welcome Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum, a blend of the very fine Cruzan white Rum with the natural flavors of ripe blueberries, and tangy citrus to create a perfectly balanced spirit that combines the wonderful flavors of sweet and tart. A delightful combination that makes our inner rum fanatic extremely happy.

Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum takes lemonade, a classic summertime staple, to the next level by infusing it with the bright flavor of freshly picked blueberries. Like all Cruzan rums (there’s an impressive 14 other flavored rums in Cruzan’s portfolio), Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is crafted by Cruzan Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. The new flavor boasts cane molasses and tropical rainwater, and is made using a unique five-column distillation process, staying true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting, highest-quality rum on the market. We can already imagine ourselves relaxing on the porch sipping one of Cruzan Rum’s delicious cocktails as we immerse ourselves in the warmth of the sun.

Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Cooler

2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
3/4 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 small pinch Sea Salt
Club Soda
Combine rum, grapefruit juice and salt over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Cruzan® Caribbean Dream

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a fluted shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and a speared Maraschino cherry.

“Cruzan continues to be a leader in the rum category and we see the demand for refreshing rum drinks continue to grow. This year, we created a new rum that would appeal to our loyal fans and new rum drinkers looking for a fun flavor option,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Suntory. “The combination of Cruzan Rum with sweet blueberries and fresh lemonade makes this perfect for anyone looking to create a refreshing cocktail that captures the spirit of the season.”

The new refreshing flavor is made from natural ingredients which includes cane molasses and tropical rainwater, using a unique five-column distillation process that stays true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting rum on the market. The Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is available now, and retails for a very budget-friendly price of $14.99 per 750 mL bottle. For more information on Cruzan and their other 14 delicious rum flavors, visit www.CruzanRum.com.

Happy Hour w/ Powell & Mahoney and Master Mixologist, Tad Carducci

A few weeks ago we were invited to enjoy a great happy hour experience with the all-natural cocktail mixers, award-winning cocktail mixers from Powell & Mahoney. We’ve previously highlighted several delicious cocktails from the brand, but this time, we got the opportunity to indulge in the amazing cocktail-making skills of renowned Master Mixologist, Tad Carducci of Tippling Brothers, as well as pick the brain of Powell & Mahoney co-founders, Brian Powell, and Mark Mahoney.

All of the cocktails featured on the Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixer bottles were created by Tad Carducci, who used the event to highlight the new must-have cocktails for the Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday seasons, including Agave Mango Mule, Blood Orange Mule, Low-calorie Margarita, Madras, Momotaro, Pumpkin Smash, Perfect Dloody Mary, and Easy French 75.

While we tried several of the delicious cocktails offerings, we found ourselves going back for more of the Agave Mango Mule and Blood Orange Mule (two recipes we’ve had fun recreating over the past few weeks). We highly recommend you acquire the Mango Passion Fruit Margarita, Blood Orange, and the Old Ballycastle Ginger Cocktail Mixers and try these delicious recipes for yourself.

At the 2014 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, Powell & Mahoney’s mixers took home several awards. The Sriracha Bloody Mary won a gold medal, “Best of Show”, and “Best of Division”, the Chipotle Bloody Mary and the Peach Bellini also both won gold medals, and the Jalapeno Margarita and original Bloody Mary received silver medals. This year, the Sriracha Bloody Mary, Jalapeno Margarita, and Peach Bellini cocktail mixers all received high honors from the Beverage Testing Institute.

We’ve been having quite a time thinking up new ways to enjoy Powell & Mahoney mixers, and not all of our recipes contain alcohol, for example, we’re currently adding the Old Ballycastle Ginger Mixer to lemonade (a must try recipe), allowing us to discover our new, refreshing summer beverage.

The mixers, which retail from $5.99 to $7.99, are available at select Target locations, Whole Foods, finer natural foods, grocery stores, wherever fine wine and craft beers are sold and online at www.powellandmahoney.com

Celebrating the Season of Resurrection with Delicious Easter Cocktails

Easter season is the time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, an event which is celebrated in many ways, one of which is decorating Easter eggs, an act which is said to symbolize the empty tomb that Christ resurrected from. During this time, many people create wonderful meals, and drinks to celebrate this season of new life. Today we share a few Easter Cocktail recipes to help you celebrate the season, from PEEPS® (by way of Love Bakes Good Cakes), Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixers, and Cruzan Rum.

PEEPS® Cocktail

Lemon wedge
Colored sugar
1 1/2 oz. Cherry Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. half and half
Dash of Grenadine
1 Marshmallow PEEPS®
Rim a martini glass with the lemon wedge and then dip the rim in colored sugar. Set aside. Add the cherry vodka, triple sec, half and half, and grenadine to a shaker filled with ice until chilled. Strain into a prepared glass, and garnish with the Marshmallow PEEPS®. Serve immediately.

Powell & Mahoney Madras

2 oz. Powell & Mahoney Cosmopolitan mixer
1 oz. fresh orange juice
1 ½ oz. vodka or gin in a shaker
Shake and strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Cruzan Peach Swizzle

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Peach Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
Soda Water
Mint Sprigs
Dash of Orange Bitters
Lightly muddle a Mint Sprig in the bottom of a Collins glass. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Add ice to the glass and top with Soda Water. Add one dash of Orange Bitters. Garnish with a lightly slapped Mint Sprig.

What are some of your favorite recipes to enjoy during the Easter season?

Village Voice Eighth Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event Recap

Foodies from around the tri-state area converged on the Metropolitan Pavilion to once again partake in the extraordinary gastronomy experience that was the Village Voice Eighth Annual “Choice Eats” Tasting Event. With well over 60 participating restaurants that were handpicked from all five NYC boroughs, Choice Eats did not disappoint attendees who enjoyed unlimited sampling of the restaurants’ best mouthwatering dishes, indulgent desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. We had the pleasuring of once again attending this illustrious event and feasted as much as we could without going into a food coma. Our food journey started led us to old familiar favorites like The Kati Roll Company, Luke’s Lobster, Doughnut Plant, and Carlo’s Bakery, but we also discovered lots of new yummy loves as well. Join us in drooling over some of what we enjoyed.

Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue – Tri Tip Pastrami w/ Horseradish Mustard & Scratchbread Rye

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Peppa’s Jerk Chicken – Seasoned Jerk Chicken w/ Festivals (Sweet Dumplings) w/ Homemade Spicy Jerk Sauce

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Delaware and Hudson – Sour Braised Beef Shortrib w/ Caramelized Onion Puree

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Kuma Inn – Pig & Pickles

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We indulged in some many delicious fare that we had to take breaks and walk around in between sampling just to help our digestion efforts. This proved to be a wonderful plan, because we got to enjoy much more than we did at last year’s Choice Eats.

After indulging in the above savory dishes, it was time to move upstairs to surrender to a few decadent desserts and get to know the Choice Sweets section of the event. We devoured the delicious samples from Tate’s Bake Shop, Fay Da Bakery, Sugar Couture, Butter Lane, Luca & Bosco, Carlo’s Bakery, Doughnut Plant, Robicelli’s, and Butter & Scotch.

After we had our fill of desserts, we walked a bit more around the event capturing photos of the festivities, talking to fellow attendees, and enjoying a cocktail or two from the participating alcohol vendors

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Full food coma was achieved when we got home after the event and we wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. Choice Eats is a must for foodies, or anyone who wants to discover new restaurants or flavors. You should add it to your “must-go-to” list immediately.

Baileys Coffee Creamers | A Little Cream in our Tea?

Who would think the first day of spring would be the perfect day for a delicious mug of tea, not that we need an excuse to drink our chai but today just worked out in our favor. We got to indulge in something we’ve been dying to try for a while, the Baileys Coffee Creamer in Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake. We know many of you see this and think, why are we talking about drinking tea with a coffee creamer? Trust us when we say, this delicious coffee creamer is not just for coffee. We discovered how amazing Baileys Coffee Creamers are in tea when we were younger. We were making ourselves a cup of chai, and discovered we were out of milk, so we grabbed our mom’s Baileys Creamer and the rest, as they say, is delicious history.

We were introduced to the newest decadent flavors from Baileys Coffee Creamers: Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake, and Macadamia Brittle, at Food Fete last month. The Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake is made with four simple ingredients. It combines the light, buttery-sweet flavor of pound cake, the delicate notes of bourbon flavor, and aromatic vanilla. While we’re sure it tastes fantastic in coffee, it is an absolute dream in chai. Adding Macadamia Brittle to your tea will have you thinking someone is baking a fresh batch of macadamia-filled brittle just for you. Trust us when we say, it tastes even better than it sounds, and you won’t regret the indulgence.

We’re on our third cup of the night, and we’re quickly on our way to a fourth, especially as the weather is in its current state of “not spring”. We confess we’ve also tried a little of these Baileys Coffee Creamers in oatmeal and of course were not disappointed. You can also add both flavors to a host of various dessert recipes for even more delicious indulgence. Both of the above new flavors, available in 16 oz and 32 oz bottles, plus many more flavors, are available for purchase now at Food Emporium, Pathmark, ShopRite, A&P, Walmart, and Stop & Shop.

Drink Mode On | St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Here we are with part two of our St. Patrick’s Day cocktails recipe rundown. These are the non-green hued drinks, we hope you enjoyed our previous Green-Colored Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day highlight. Today’s drink recipe highlight features a mixture of delicious concoctions, some of which are made with Irish whiskey, the traditional St. Patty’s Day spirit, and others made with non-typical St, Patrick’s Day spirits: tequila, rum, and vodka. You don’t have to be Irish, or only drink whiskey to toast this celebratory holiday, you just have to love the enjoyment of a great cocktail. Let’s toast to the luck of the Irish with these drinks from Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixers2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey,  Knob Creek Rye WhiskeyCruzan RumBasil Hayden’s BourbonHornitos Tequila, and Skinnygirl Cocktails.

Irish Ginger Mule

In a shaker, add:
2 ½ oz. Powell & Mahoney Ginger mixer
1 ½ oz. Irish Whiskey
Shake and strain over ice into a Collins glass or copper mug. Top with 1 oz. of soda water and with a lime wedge.

Big Ginger

2 parts 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey
Ginger Ale
Lemon Wedge
Lime Wedge
Pour the 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey into a pint glass with ice. Top with ginger ale, followed by a wedge of a lemon and lime.

Knob Creek Rye® Striking Gold by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon

1 1/2 parts Knob Creek Rye
1/2 sliced Orange
1/2 sprig Rosemary
1/2 part Sugar
1 part Club Soda
Muddle the orange, rosemary and sugar thoroughly in the bottom of a shaker. Combine with Knob Creek Rye, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and float with club soda.

Cruzan® Good Luck Punch

1 750ml Bottle Cruzan Strawberry Rum
6 parts Fresh Lime Juice
24 parts Ginger Ale
6 Rosemary Sprigs
Rosemary Ice Blocks
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Basil Hayden’s® Shamrock Spice by Daniel Hyatt (San Francisco, CA)

1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1/2 part Pimm’s No. 1
1/2 part Cold Black Tea
1/2 part Simple Syrup
Mint Leaves
Ribbon of Orange Peel
In a metal tumbler, muddle mint into the simple syrup until mint becomes aromatic. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Stir together until tumbler gets cold. Top off with more ice and garnish with fresh mint and an orange peel twist.

Sláinte de la Noche

1 ½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
1 ½ parts coffee liqueur
¼ part vanilla syrup *
1 part heavy cream
*To make vanilla syrup, mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1 part vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and cool before serving (approximately 1-2 minutes)
Combine all ingredients in a glass and serve.

Blarney Stone Brewski

1 part Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
1 part chilled light beer
2 parts raspberry lemonade concentrate
Apple slice for garnish
Mix all ingredients over ice and serve. Garnish with apple slice.

Green-Colored Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

It may not be easy being green, but it sure is easy to drink green, especially when they come in the form of delicious St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. This year, we’re celebrating by giving you two drink options – emerald hued, and non-emerald hued cocktails……what else do you need to toast the Emerald isle? We begin with green-colored cocktails of course and shockingly, they’re not made from whiskey. That’s right, we’re showing you how Tequila, Vodka, and Prosecso can enchant you on this traditional Irish holiday. Today we offer incredible options that range in color from brilliant green, to pale moss green, from some of our favorite spirits: Sauza Tequila, Hornitos Tequila, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re counting calories, or counting kisses, but we’re not skimping on extraordinary taste. Break out your shamrocks and dive into one of these emerald brews.

Lucky Rita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Melon Liqueur
2 parts limeade
Sugar
Lemon slice ( for garnish)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients and shake to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice and rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy!

The Mexichaun

2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
⅔ parts green chartreuse
1 part fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Strain over ice.

Hornitos® Green Mexican

1 Part Hornitos® Plata Tequila
1 Part Midori®
4 parts sweet and sour mix
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add Hornitos® Plata Tequila and Midori®, fill rest of glass with sour mix, and garnish with an orange slice.

Mint Margarita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 ½ parts club soda
1 part fresh lime juice
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 part sugar
Salt to rim (optional)
Extra mint leaves (for garnish)
Lime wedge (for garnish)
In a glass, muddle together the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together. Add tequila. Fill glass with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass. If you want, rim your glass with salt by rubbing the rim with a lime wedge and dipping in a plate of salt. Fill glass with club soda and garnish with an extra sprig of mint and lime wedge.

Lucky March Mojito

1 part Skinnygirl® Prosecco
1 part light rum
1 tsp. agave nectar
3 parts lime juice
Splash of lime flavored sparkling water
3 sprigs of mint
Shake rum, lime juice and agave nectar in cocktail shaker with ice. Top with Skinnygirl Prosecco and sparkling water, and pour into tall Collins glass. Muddle in mint leaves and enjoy!

Sour Apple Margarita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker
2 parts frozen limeade
2 parts apple juice
1 Granny Smith Apple (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled or over ice. Garnish with apple slice.

Shamrock Sipper

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
6 parts green tea (water steeped with tea bags OR diet green tea)
Cucumber wheel for garnish
Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Scared of Tap Water & the Effects of BPA? Refresh Naturally w/ Premium Icebox Water

In our attempt to drink more water (women should drink 9 cups a day while men should average 13 cups a day), we’ve found ourselves wanting to know more about our water supply, and frankly some of what we’ve come across scares us a bit. Did you know that bottled water is often only filtered tap water? We didn’t realize there was so much to fear from our tap water but we have learned there is. Because of this, we find we’re more inclined to purchasing bottled water, but even that brings up a whole other set of researching on bottling methods, packaging, water sources, etc. The result of our research led us to Icebox Water, a clean, crisp, pure spring water from Canada that is packaged at its source, the True North Spring.

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The naturally organic Icebox Water spring water is filtered in the glacier-carved freshwater fjords (“a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion”*) of Newfoundland, far away from contaminants. This refreshing, environmentally-friendly, and safe for you, premium spring water has a pH of 7.4, 14.0 mg/L of Calcium, 2.0 mg/L of Magnesium, boasts safe and eco-friendly, BPA-free, pressed paper packaging that contains 76% less plastic than a PET bottle (regular water bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate), is compostable and 100% recyclable, and has a shape that fits just about anywhere. We didn’t realize there was a difference in water until we tried Icebox and tasted how different it was from the filtered tap water and the bottled water we drank. The difference is beyond it being good for you, Icebox made us realize that we didn’t drink more water because we just didn’t like the taste. With Icebox, we easily met and surpassed the required amount of water we’re supposed to drink in a day.

We think everyone should try Icebox Water, a case of 12 – 500ml Cartons is only $12.00, and compare it to their current drinking water, you won’t go back.