Vodka from the Land Down Under: VDKA 6100

Forget what you think Australia is known for and get ready to enjoy the latest import from down under. Making it’s US debut is an incredibly pure and smooth premium vodka called VDKA 6100. Inspired by the Australian country code, VDKA 6100’s name pays tribute to its Australian roots but its incredible bottle design, created by leading New York designer Joe Doucet, highlights the quality and purity of this incredibly smooth vodka. VDKA 6100 is distilled from fresh seasonal whey and natural spring water from New Zealand, one of the most pristine spring water locations in the world.

With whey that is sourced from grass-fed cows’ milk, then is 3x distilled and filtered through a bed of carbon, the result is a silky, ultra-smooth liquid that is a cleaner, purer vodka which is also gluten free, sugar free, and lactose free. VDKA 6100 will be a real delight to vodka lovers, fans of the spirit will love its light and crisp taste. It’s wonderful on the rocks with twist of lemon and makes a mojito so incredibly delicious, it can only be described as velvety. Adding to this vodka’s greatness is the involvement of Actor Robert De Niro, ­described as the “co-creator” of VDKA 6100, who will be the face of the brand.

“I’m very proud to be associated with the creative team behind the launch of VDKA 6100. It will be personally rewarding to be a part of its growth,” said Robert De Niro. We think that Paul Gardner, President of VDKA 6100, has an incredible product on his hands, and we’re not just saying this because we’re primarily vodka drinkers. Two other cocktails we recommend trying with this satiny vodka are featured below…of course feel free to experiment.

Strawberry Sky

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lemon Juice
¾ Part Simple Syrup
Soda Water
3 Strawberries
2 Cucumber Slices
Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. combine lemon juice and VDKA 6100 in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.

Greener Pastures

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lime Juice
½ Part Simple Syrup
½ Part Sweetened Kiwi Puree*
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
*One part simple syrup to four parts fresh kiwi puree.
Gently rub basil in a shaker with a muddler. Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a sour glass over crushed ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and fresh basil.

VKDA 6100 is available in two sizes, 750ml, retailing for $34.99, and a 1-liter bottle for $44.99. For more information, visit http://www.VDKA6100.com.

Your Taxes are Done, Celebrate w/ this Refreshing Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Cocktail

It’s officially here, April 15th aka Tax Day. After probably stressing out over getting your taxes done, wondering whether or not you owe or getting a refund, you may need a cocktail. This cocktail can be used to celebrate a refund, drown your sorrows if you owe the government or to just celebrate surviving yet another Tax Day. One great cocktail to turn to is the Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, created by Marie Zahn and made with Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon. The American-made, Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, is a modern twist on two classic bourbon cocktails that have been around longer than Tax Day itself. The cocktail combines the spicy, trademark finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon with sweet honey syrup, tangy raspberry vinegar and tart grapefruit juice to make the perfect cocktail to end the dreaded tax season.

Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice,
created by Marie Zahn (Louisville, KY)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 tsp. Honey Syrup*
1 tsp. Raspberry Vinegar
Grapefruit Soda
Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, honey syrup and raspberry vinegar over ice in a Collins glass and stir. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.


*Honey Syrup Preparation:
1 cup Honey
1 cup Water
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and water.
Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.

So whether you get a refund or not, just celebrate the fact that this day is almost over. Cheers!

Chi Chi Chi CHIA | Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia Beverage

We’ve been looking for more ways to add the benefits of Chia seeds into our diet, due to its omega-3, antioxidant benefits, as well as being a good source of fiber and other nutrients. While we have purchased actual Chia seeds to add to our foods, we find that sometimes sprinkling chia seeds onto our meals doesn’t always work out for the best. So we went to our old favorite, Lifeway Kefir, to solve our issue of always having our daily intake and we found the solution in the form of their low-fat Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia; they even provide you with chia recipes ideas to try this new nutritious beverage.

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The low-fat Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia beverage features a refreshing flavor of coconut with the groundbreaking health benefits of chia seeds. This cultured milk smoothie provides all of the probiotic benefits of Lifeway’s Kefirs beverages, 12 strains of probiotics for optimal digestive health, with the added bonus of omega-3’s. It’s also a good source of calcium and has 12 grams of protein per serving. Whether you enjoy it straight from the bottle or in a delicious recipe, you will benefit from all its nutrients.

We also love the smooth, creamy taste of Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia and welcome this healthy addition to our nutrition. Have you ever tried the Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia beverage? What are your thoughts?

Try the #GreatTaste of Seattle’s Best Coffee

Great news coffee lovers! Now you can enjoy more Seattle’s Best Coffee flavors at home thanks to their new at-home coffee options. Featuring five varieties of single-serve K-Cup® packs, and two new, at-home roast and ground blends, you now have new reasons and more ways to enjoy your morning, afternoon and evening cup of joe.
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Sitting next to customer favorites, Signature Blends 3, 4 and 5, are new flavors, Born in Seattle House Blend, and Spirited Start Breakfast Blend. The Born in Seattle House Blend is a smooth, medium-roast coffee made with premium, roasted Latin American beans that Seattle’s Best has been known for since their inception in 1970. The Spirited Start Breakfast Blend, is a medium and vibrant blend that is bright and crisp with smooth citrus notes. Seattle’s Best Coffee is also available in single-serve K-Cup® packs in five varieties of medium roast blends including Signature Blend 3, House Blend, Breakfast Blend, Very Vanilla and Toasted Hazelnut. The K-Cup® packs are available for a suggested retail price is $7.99 for a pack of 10 or $10.99 for a pack of 16. Want to try a free sample for yourself? Like their Facebook page and click Get Seattle’s Best House Blend for free.

And for those days when you need something a bit stronger than regular coffee, why not try this enjoy this coffee with a twist like the delicious Seattle’s Best Coffee Mapletini. This heavenly cocktail features the medium-dark and rich Signature Blend No. 4 with the sweet taste of maple syrup and vanilla vodka and creamy half & half.

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Seattle’s Best Coffee® packaged R&G, frozen, instant, and single-serve coffees are available in more than 20,000 locations including most U.S. food, drug and mass retailers (Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Costco, Safeway, Kroger and more). Visit the grocery locator on www.SeattlesBest.com to find your favorite coffee products.

Where Tea is a Pleasure | Good Earth Chai

Anyone who knows me (or has looked up my Starbucks card order history), knows Chai is my favorite tea. Chai is known as a type of Indian tea, made by boiling the tea leaves with milk, sugar, and cardamom. But did you know Chai actually means tea in Hindi? Which mean when you order a Chai tea, you’re actually asking for tea tea….which is a bit funny. Anyway, I love getting creative with my chai, I usually do chocolate chia in the fall and gingerbread chia in the winter and summer it’s all about refreshing cold chai drinks. This is why I love the Chai variants from Good Earth, they’re not afraid to fuse chai with various fruits, spices and roots to create new exciting flavors. The three Good Earth Chai flavors, whose names I absolutely adore, are featured below:WILD CHAILD

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With tantalizing chai spices and smooth caramel flavor, the curiously exotic Wild Chaild gives you the sweet you need with just the right amount of spice to make whatever you’re doing more interesting. We love the subtle taste of ginger, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, and star anise that add to the exotic flavor mix of this bold chai.

SWEET CHAI OF MINE

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With smooth vanilla and decadent maple flavor infused with traditional chai spices, Sweet Chai of Mine is the perfect way to enjoy some “me” time. Ginger, natural peach flavor, and licorice root are just a few of the ingredients which adds to the smooth and delicious flavor of this tea.

ORGANIC STARRY CHAI

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Ready for an amazingly exotic chai that’s organic? Featuring organic spices that are masterfully blended with a surprise touch of cherry flavor to create a decadent tea experience, Organic Starry Chai will blow your mind. With its mix of organic raspberries and natural cherry flavor mingling with the likes of organic cinnamon, organic nutmeg, organic ginger root, organic licorice root, and organic black pepper, you are sure to enjoy ethereal moments of elation with every sip.

All three Good Earth Chai flavors are available on their website. A box of Wild Chaild and Sweet Chai of Mine retails for $4.49 each, while Organic Starry Chai is $4.79 each. Each box contains 18 tea bags.

 

Toast to Spring w/ Cruzan Rum’s Paradise Punch Cocktail

What better way to toast the beginning of spring than with a delicious and refreshing, spring-inspired cocktail. get ready to enjoy a sip or six of the Cruzan Rum Paradise Punch, made with the newly launched Cruzan® Peach Rum. This sweet and fresh rum blends fine Cruzan® Rum with the sweet taste of juicy, ripe peaches that will arouse thoughts and memories of carefree summer days and succulent summer peaches.

Cruzan® Paradise Punch

12 parts Cruzan® Peach Rum
12 parts Ginger Ale
4 1/2 parts Honey Syrup*
3 parts Lemon Juice
Combine Cruzan® Peach Rum, Honey Syrup & Lemon Juice in a pitcher. Stir to mix and refrigerate. Add Ginger Ale right before serving. (Serves 8)

*Honey Syrup

6 parts Honey
6 parts Hot Water
Combine 6 parts Honey and 6 parts Hot Water. Stir and set aside.

Cruzan® Peach Rum is a fresh, succulent flavor to the enticing Cruzan® Rum lineup. Like all Cruzan® rums, Cruzan® Peach is crafted by Cruzan® Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. Cruzan® Peach is made from tropical rain water and high-quality molasses, it is distilled with a unique five-column distillation process to create the cleanest-tasting rum on the market.

“Cruzan® is constantly searching for the freshest flavors and innovations that will appeal to loyal fans of our rum, as well as those trying it for the first time,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Inc. “That’s why we are especially excited to introduce Cruzan® Peach to the Cruzan® Rum family.”

“This flavor embodies the spirit of St. Croix and is the perfect addition to any cocktail that rum lovers will want to enjoy this season and beyond,” said Nelthropp.

Cruzan® Peach is available now, the 750ml bottle retails for $14.99. It joins Cruzan® Aged Light Rum, Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan® Black Strap Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum, Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan® 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum and 13 other flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, coconut, key lime, passion fruit, mango and strawberry.

Munch Madness with Duane Reade’s deLISH Snacks #DRMunchMadness

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March may mean the beginning of spring but to sports fans, it is the most important time for college basketball. That’s right, it’s national championship time! To get ready, we started getting our Tournament brackets organized and scouted Duane Reade and their deLISH brand for our #CollectiveBias Munch Madness snacks that would keep us going during these intense games. We’re already fans of the deLISH Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, so finding game time snacks was a breeze.

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The question on our minds when we first entered Duane Reade was, what do we get for our game time Munch Madness? Which wonderful Duane Reade’s deLISH Snacks should we get? Do we go with chips and dip? Pizza? Pigs in a blanket or go for extra points with sandwiches and pot stickers? Either way, all those choices were found under the deLISH brand. We made a video of some of the amazing options that are available under Duane Reade’s store brand.

Unfortunately our game get-togethers have dwindled in size since some teams were eliminated quickly (not ours…yay!!) and we’re still here to cheer on Harvard Crimson and Duke Blue Devils (our personal top team picks). Since we were now a smaller sized-party, we decided to go with the following mix of yummy deLISH products – Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar, Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt, Tortilla Chips Restaurant Style Multi-Grain, Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip, Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix, Colossal Cashews, Original Crackers, and Cranberry Blends Grape Cranberry Juice Cocktail for delicious cocktails.

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The chips and dip were a huge hit (no one believed the deLISH Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip was not homemade – loved the big chunks of artichoke hearts), I should have bought more for myself. The Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix and Colossal Cashews combination kept our energy level up (there was lots of screaming and jumping around) and as Harvard beat Cincinnati 61-57 and secured it’s placed into the next round, we celebrated with a few glasses of deLISH Cranberry Blends Grape Cranberry Juice and vodka cocktails. Next game we’re keeping our eye on, Duke vs Mercer, then it’s back to Harvard and their game vs Michigan State…..it’s going to be an intense weekend. Check out some pics of our game time snacks before it was pulverized.

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What are you snacking on during the tournament? You’ve seen our tournament picks and Munch Madness snacks, what are yours? Have you thought of visiting Duane Reade for your get-togethers? To get updates and more information the variety of Duane Reade deLISH products available, visit www.duanereade.com, follow them on Twitter – https://twitter.com/DuaneReade and Like them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/duanereade.

What’s New in Health & Nutrition | Delicious Products to Get Your Daily Vegetables Intake

We’ve been told since birth that eating your vegetables is a vital part of our diet and nutrition. Of course most of us do not like to eat vegetables and really struggle with trying to eat them, mainly because of taste – I for one struggle with Kale (I really do). But there is great news for those who struggle with adding vegetables to their diet. Thanks to Lifeway Kefir, Green Giant, Jamba “at home” Smoothies, and Edy’s® Outshine, you can get your daily intake of vegetables without worrying about taste.Lifeway Veggie Kefir

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Can’t eat your vegetables? Why not drink them. Lifeway has launched a trio of naturally probiotic, high-protein, drinkable blends where your everyday veggies are turned into superfoods with no sugar added. With these new Lifeway Veggie Kefir blends, you get the traditionally tart and tangy Lifeway Kefir, a burst of garden-fresh flavor and a full serving of vegetables. Your veggies have never tasted so good. The Veggie Kefir is available in savory beet, cucumber, and tomato.

Green Giant® Veggie-Blend-Ins

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Most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables (some none at all), now thanks to Green Giant, we all have a great way to make sure we’re getting our daily intake of vegetables no matter what recipe we’re preparing. Cooking mac and cheese? Blending smoothies or pancakes for breakfast? or baking cookies or a chocolate cake? All you have to do is just pour any of these Green Giant Veggie Puree Blend-Ins into your dish and blend it right into your meal, snacks and dessert preparations. I recently adding the spinach puree to my chili recipe I made, check out a before picture and the blending in the video below (trust me, it tastes 1000% better than it looks lol):

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Green Giant has teamed up with Deceptively Delicious’s author, Jessica Seinfeld, to help your family eat more veggies. Butternut squash works well in cheesy or slightly sweet dishes like macaroni and cheese and pancakes. Carrot works well in ground meat dishes like tacos and baked goods like muffins. Spinach mixes well into red or darker dishes like spaghetti and brownies. I know what you’re thinking “spinach in brownies?” – it doesn’t sound appetizing but believe me when I tell you that you don’t taste the spinach AT ALL, just delicious chocolate. This is a fantastic way for both kids and adults to get eat healthier.

Jamba “at home” Fruit & Veggie Fusion® Smoothies

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Everyone loves smoothies, it is a great way to enjoy fruits. The line of Red, Blue and Green Fusion At-Home Kits offers a unique blend of vitamin-rich vegetables with delicious fruits, creating a powerful and convenient blend-and-serve smoothie. The Green Fusion combines green apple, mango, pineapple, kiwi, banana, broccoli, spinach and spirulina to offer a sweet yet hearty smoothie. The Red Fusion combines red raspberry, strawberry, dark sweet cherry, purple carrot and sweet potato; and the Blue Fusion combines blueberry, banana, apple, blackberry, carrot, broccoli and spinach. Each smoothie kit contains whole pieces of frozen fruit and vegetable blocks that, when blended with one cup of apple juice, makes two, eight-ounce servings. Each glass also provides an excellent source of vitamin C, at 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), 40 percent of the RDA of vitamin A and 25 percent of the RDA of vitamins, E, K, B1 and B6.

Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

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If you want to try yet another way to enjoy your veggies, check out the first national line of frozen fruit bars that combines both fruits and vegetables in a delicious frozen snack. The Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars features five new refreshing and innovative flavors: Blueberry Medley, Tangerine Carrot, Apple and Greens, Peach Mango Medley and Strawberry Rhubarb, along with a 12-count multi-pack featuring Strawberry Rhubarb, Tangerine Carrot and Blueberry Medley. At 35-60 calories each, the Fruit and Veggie bars contain at least 25% vegetables from purees and juices, so you can be rest assured you are enjoying a rejuvenating, healthy snack.