Celebrating #NationalTequilaDay w/ Sauza Tequila & Bungalow 23 Cocktail Mixers

Well, we have officially survived #NationalTequilaDay. Our day was filled with a pitcher full of delicious Prickly Pear Margarita made with Sauza Silver Tequila and Bungalow 23 Prickly Pear Margarita cocktail mixer. Our goal was to share this highlight on the day of celebration, but after a fun-filled afternoon of what seemed like unlimited margaritas, putting together sentences was not going to happen. We were tasked with creating perfect pitcher pics by Sauza and boy was this a fun task. To create our #SauzaPitcherPics, we received Sauza Tequilas, a beautiful pitcher and matching margarita glasses and a Glass Rimmer. Thanks to our attendance of the Fancy food Show, we were introduced to a premium, culinary cocktail mixer brand, Bungalow 23, whose prickly pear cocktail mixer had everything we needed for the perfect margarita, and The Spice Lab’s world of salt varieties, whose Ghost Pepper Sea Salt was the perfect heat needed against the sweetness of the prickly pear. Pairing with Sauza’s signature blend Silver Tequila and we were in for some delicious trouble. This was obviously predestined to happen.
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Because it’s been so hot and humid lately, we decided a frozen margarita would be the perfect way to celebrate National Margarita Day. Thanks to our Nutri Ninja Blender System With Auto-IQ, we just poured our ice (no need to break it up), Bungalow 23 Prickly Pear Cocktail Mixer and Sauza Silver Tequila and seconds later, we had a pitcher full of this nontraditional flavored, classic cocktail. Boasting limes, oranges, blue agave nectar, a hint of cilantro, and the finest prickly pears, we couldn’t can’t help but love this crisp,  refreshing, and complex cocktail mixer from Bungalow 23. Sadly we ran out of The Spice Lab’s Ghost Pepper Sea Salt doing our “test run” so when we were ready for the next batch, our margarita rims were salt-less but that didn’t stop us from enjoying it anyway.

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What do you think of our #SauzaPitcherPics? Looks delicious right? It certainly was fun taking them, we couldn’t help but take a few sips mid-photoshoot but if you tasted how delicious it was, you’d completely understand. We hope you celebrated #NationalTequilaDay with a few delicious margaritas of your own.

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?

Toasting The Oscars and National Margarita Day w/ Powell & Mahoney

The day of the Oscars is officially upon us but it’s also National Margarita Day. What do you do when two cocktail-worthy events happen on the same day? You celebrate them both of course. Powell & Mahoney, the first all-natural, hand-crafted, vintage original Cocktail Mixers, bring you two delicious cocktail recipes to capture the essence of both the Oscars (with a cocktail made with Powell & Mahoney’s True Grenadine, an all-natural blend of pomegranate juice and orange blossom), and National Margarita Day (with a cocktail made with Powell & Mahoney’s Jalapeño Margarita Mix, a unique mix of fire roasted Jalapeño’s and crisp lime juice). First the Oscars: celebrities won’t be the only ones giving spice on the red carpet today. You too can enjoying your own bit of spicy fun with this peppery cocktail:

Crimson Pepper Martini

1 oz. pepper-infused vodka
Powell & Mahoney True Grenadine
½ a lime juice
Shake the pepper-infused vodka, a few drops of Powell & Mahoney True Grenadine, and the lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime slice or a hot pepper.

We continue on to more spice to celebrate National Margarita Day, by sharing this Margarita recipe that brings the heat. It may be winter but this two-ingredient cocktail will warm you up from head to toe.

Roasted Jalapeño Margarita

Powell & Mahoney Roasted Jalapeno Margarita
100% Blue Agave Blanco Tequila
In a shaker, mix equal parts Powell & Mahoney Roasted Jalapeno Margarita mixer, and the blue agave blanco tequila. Shake and strain over ice into a Margarita or Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

We hope these two delicious cocktail recipes will make your day of dual celebrations an even more more enjoyable one. We know we’re going to have fun.