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!

Drink to Sustainability | Danny Seo’s Philosophy Wines

It’s a sad fact that many people think going green or organic means you have to give up your favorite foods and drinks, but they would be very wrong. While it is true you may have to give up your preferred brands, there are hundreds of companies that offer phenomenal organic options in every category (you most likely will end up liking the organic choices more). For example, we love wine and like to enjoy a glass or two often, and we couldn’t see ourselves giving it up just because we’re going organic. We recently discovered a lovely collection of organic wines called Philosophy Wines, by the recently dubbed “green Martha Stewart” (NY Post), Danny Seo. The first two wines in Danny’s Philosophy Collection include a 2011 Zinfandel and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

Proving that you don’t have to give up on taste and quality even though you are drinking sustainably, Philosophy Wines offers exceptional wines from organic grapes grown in prized, organic vineyards in the cool climate of Mendocino, CA.

  • “The 2011 Philosophy Zinfandel is complex and full with plenty of fruit-forward notes. Raspberries, plums, and blackberries burst onto the palate with notes of cedar, vanilla, and bramble in support. This wine has nice structure and the heavy texture of the wine helps it to finish smooth and long. 
  • The 2012 Philosophy Sauvignon Blanc explodes with bright citrus flavors, tropical fruits, lemongrass, and pears. The acidity of the grapes is well maintained in the wine which is refreshing, clean, and vibrant. The wine is distinct and complex while delivering easy drinkability.”**

Both Philosophy wines are right at home indoors and outdoors, with the Zinfandel pairing perfectly with anything off the grill, especially steak, pork chops, etc, and the Sauvignon Blanc great with savory dishes like lemon chicken, and fish in citrus, along with various cheeses, especially goat cheeses.

We found that we couldn’t get enough of the fresh, crisp taste of the Sauvignon Blanc. We certainly didn’t have any trouble devouring several chilled  glasses and even experimented a bit by adding with chunks of fresh mango to a glass on one occasion and slices of fresh ginger to another. It was no surprise to find out the resulting flavors were amazing. The Zinfandel played up the flavors (we are die-hard fans of bold seasonings) of our hickory BBQ Chicken, Turkey Chili, and Szechuan Beef dishes we paired it with. Both wines are available nationally for a retail price of $19.99 and can be purchased on PhilosophyWine.com.

**Tasting notes by Philosophy Wines

The Soda Report | The Four All-Natural Ingredients of DRY Soda

When it comes to getting and being healthy, we have to give up a lot of our favorite foods and drinks, much to our displeasure. One of the biggest things people give up is soda because of its high sugar content, artificial ingredients, and calorie content. As someone who sometimes needs a soda every now and then, it’s very difficult to give it up. Because of this, we’re always looking for new ways of enjoying the bad-for-you beverage, while remaining healthy. That’s where DRY Soda and it’s delicious four all-natural ingredients come in. You read that correctly, there are only FOUR ingredients in these sodas, created by Founder and CEO, Sharelle Klaus.
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So what exactly are these ingredients that make up this groundbreaking range of sodas? DRY Soda’s four all-natural ingredients include purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors extracted from fruits, flowers or herbs (see flavors below), and a clean preservative. That’s all! These four ingredients make DRY Soda a less sweet, lightly carbonated, craft soda. A special formulation that is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free, which allows the brand’s unique soda flavors (of which there are eleven) to stand out. It contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar of traditional soda, 11-19 grams of sugar to be more precise. In fact, did you know the word DRY means less sugar in wine-lingo? Hence the name. DRY Sodas also only have 45-70 calories (depending on the flavor, and as shown on each can and bottle).

The eleven flavors of dry were developed to pair beautifully with the flavors of foods and spirits, making DRY the perfect soda to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into signature cocktails. The flavors include: Lavender, Wild Lime, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean, Cucumber, Pear, Apple, Ginger, and Cherry. Discovering each of the flavors is surprising, every time you think you may have found your favorite, another one delights you. So far our top favorites include Lavender, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Apple and Pear.

Two of DRY’s flavors, Cherry and Pear, are in their new Discovery Pack, a curated selection of DRY’s best-selling flavors which contains tasting and pairing notes and recipes, and were developed by former “Top Chef” and restaurateur Richard Blais – you may remember him as the runner-up from season 4 and winner of Top Chef: All-Stars, season 8. This Discovery Pack is similar to the variety packs made popular by craft beer makers which highlight seasonal favorite flavors.

You can purchase DRY Soda’s amazing flavors at select retailers such as Whole Foods, Krogers, Fairway, Balducci’s, etc  and online on www.drysoda.com. A 12-pk of DRY Soda’s slim aluminum Cans retails for $15.00 and 24-pk of DRY Soda Bottles retails for $32.00.