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Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Celebrate All Things Kombucha on National Booch Day

Kombucha fans, your day has come.  On January 15th, get ready to celebrate all things Kombucha with the first-ever National Booch Day. Thanks to Bill Moses, the founder of KeVita, and now Flying Embers Hard Kombucha, we finally get to honor the lightly effervescent fermented beverage that boasts a bold, invigorating taste.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

To celebrate National Booch Day, Flying Embers welcomes a new national campaign, Dry Fermented January. For those not familiar, Kombucha offers amazing health benefits; it settles your stomach and serves as an all-around good-for-you drink. Like traditional kombucha, each bottle of Flying Embers is packed with live probiotics; live cultures that are considered “good” bacteria that offer lots of health-promoting benefits; supplementing your body’s natural microbiome and gut health. What makes Flying Embers Hard Kombucha different is theirs is brewed with botanical adaptogens and champagne yeast. This delicious, sparkling probiotic tea, is handcrafted with an adaptogen root blend of Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Ginger, and Astragalus. The result is a truly better-for-you buzz from a beverage that has zero sugar, zero carbs, low-calorie, is USDA certified organic, vegan and gluten-free.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Flying Embers has a lot of fun flavors you can choose from. Ancient Berry is a popular choice, featuring a bright and fruity mix of elderberries, goji berries, raspberries. Ginger and Oak offer a clean, refreshing, yet earthy flavor. Lemon Orchard features a delicate mix of lavender, mint, and ginger. Grapefruit Thyme combines the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, punctuated with the subtle flavors of thyme. Black Cherry’s fresh dark cherry mix is complemented with a bright lime spritz. And Pineapple Chili offers a delicate sweet and spicy mix.

Flying Embers Hard Kombucha

Along with the campaign, they will have a national wholesaler distribution drive, events & samplings, and consumer giveaways. Larger National Booch Day events will be held in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York City, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Boston.

“All ingredients are USDA certified organic, including our unique adaptogen root blend of ginger, astragalus, turmeric, and ashwagandha – all with a healthy amount of live probiotics,” adds  VP of Marketing, Kyle Ingram.

For more information on National Booch Day and Dry Fermented January, visit the Flying Embers website.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

#NowPouring, A Traveling Tea Experience with Good Company Tea

When the temperature gets really low, or it’s a day ending in Y, there’s nothing more we love than a good cuppa. For non-tea drinkers, we’re talking about a cup of tea. A nice cuppa is not only good for you, but it can also change your mood. We had the pleasure of getting to know a new premium, organic CBD tea brand, Good Company Tea, made with the highest quality, full-spectrum CBD extracts. We love enjoying a relaxing cup of tea to reacquaint ourselves with the benefits of our own well-being and so should you.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

Good Company Tea was built with the intention of creating moments of respite in fast-paced, hyper-productive work environments, and reminding us to slow down and reserve time for insightful connection with ourselves and others. Their fair-trade teas are cultivated in the most revered regions across the globe. They only use organic ingredients, with gluten-free blends that are infused with premium CBD. They are non-GMO, and triple lab-tested to ensure each batch is free of pesticides, microbial impurities, and foreign materials. You’re left with a matchless experience in every cup.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

Good Company Tea launched with three tea blends: Organic Japanese Sencha, Organic Oolong, and Organic Jasmine. Each tea bag contains 15mg CBD per Sachet, with 5 Sachets per box, all THC Free (Non‑Psychoactive). The CBD wellness company was co-founded by former Google marketing executive Thanh Nguyen (pictured below), and former pharmaceutical regulatory executive Khanh Nguyen.

Good Company CBD Tea

The Organic Japanese Sencha (No 1 ̊ CBD Blend) is bright, earthy, and uplifting. Perfect for enjoying during the daytime, this light-bodied blend features tropical aromas and a warm, buttery finish. It is both stimulating and stress-relieving and is produced in the revered region of Shizuoka Prefecture; their organic Japanese sencha is cultivated in nutrient-rich volcanic soil. It’s combined with pineapple, papaya, and osmanthus flower for an uplifting blend.

Fans of oolong will love Good Company Tea’s Organic Oolong (No 2 ̊ CBD Blend), a warm, fragrant, and soothing blend. This full-bodied blend boasts honeyed overtones and a round, savory finish. This is the perfect tea for those who need to feel relaxed and revitalized during the daytime. The oolong is cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains in the northern Fujian province of China; known as the premier site of oolong production, and its place of origin, this organic oolong is developed through a considered process that honors the legacy of its source.

Last, but not least, is the Organic Jasmine (No 3 ̊ CBD Blend), a luminous, floral, and calming blend. This medium-bodied blend features balancing heady floral aromas and a serene feel. The ultimate relaxation tea, this tranquil and transcendent blend is ideal for bedtime. The main ingredient is harvested in Vietnam’s Central Highlands in the perpetually cool climate of Dalat; renowned for its jasmine tea production, this organic jasmine tea features a subtly complex profile and transcendent aroma that celebrate its origin.

Are you ready to relearn how to unwind, pay more attention to your well-being? A cuppa or two of Good Company Tea is a great place to start.

Carlsberg Green Fiber Bottle Design

This Danish Brewer Wants to Make Bar Hopping More Eco-Friendly

Although there are those who love nothing more than to celebrate with a cocktail or tuck in with a glass of wine after a hard day, there’s a significant portion of people who would rather wind down with an ale or lager. After all, 41% of all adults chose beer as their favorite alcoholic beverage in 2014. But even though beer is one of the oldest drinks in the world, that’s not stopping companies from innovating. It’s not only about craft beer, either; it’s even getting to the point where the ubiquitous bottle or can may not be the best vessel to hold your suds.

Apparently, green beer isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day anymore, and the brewer knows this.

Carlsberg Green Fiber Bottle Design

No, we’re not talking about color. We’re talking about eco-friendliness. It’s a topic more Americans are researching, meaning that many people are actively taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. For instance, some individuals are trying to decrease the activities that add carbon dioxide — a prevalent greenhouse gas that makes up 0.05% of the atmosphere — to the environment, which might involve driving less or switching to an electric vehicle. Others vow to ditch single use plastics, which are incredibly common in our society but are starting to become more highly regulated. Although we might still rely on other kinds of plastics, like those made from the reaction injection molding process, plastic bags and containers are being swapped out for reusable alternatives.

And then, of course, there’s the pledge to recycle more. Research has revealed that the majority of what we think we’re recycling ends up sitting around in landfills — often due to the unsustainably high costs associated with recycling and no way to send recyclable goods to other countries like in the past. But one popular beer brewer based in Denmark believes that their recyclable mission will still manage to make a positive impact.

Earlier this month, beer brewer, Carlsberg announced that the company is currently developing prototypes for its “Green Fibre Bottle,” a fully recyclable beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibers. Essentially, it’s made out of eco-friendly paper and can be recycled after use. Although the world produced 411 million metric tons of paper and cardboard in 2016, not all papers are so environmentally responsible.

Carlsberg has actually developed two different prototypes — one that utilizes an interior barrier made of polyethylene terephthalate polymer film and the other with a “100% bio-based” polyethylene furanoate polymer film barrier. Although the bottles require the barrier in order to hold the beer inside, Carlsberg says that the company eventually wants to produce a completely bio-based bottle without any use of polymers at all. What’s more, the brewer has made a commitment to having zero carbon emissions at its breweries and to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.

While the bottles are still very much in development, Carlsberg is taking its time to ensure that the taste of the beer won’t be altered by the packaging materials. And since many of the materials used in the paper bottles aren’t commercially available, the beer maker has teamed up with other major companies, including Absolut, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola, to create better paper packaging.

Ultimately, Carlsberg doesn’t plan to replace its existing cans and bottles with the paper model, but they are hoping to provide customers with an additional option. It’s not clear as of yet how much beer in a paper bottle might cost; it is possible that eco-friendly drinkers might be willing to cough up a bit more for sustainability.

Until these bottles become available, however, eco-conscious lushes might do well to buy organic and local. Beer actually isn’t the most eco-friendly alcoholic beverage option, given the way this drink is made — but if you’re committed to enjoying a cold one, opt for a can. Although glass is recyclable, it’s heavier to ship (and aluminum is actually easier to recycle). Do your research on brewers that prioritize sustainable practices, too. That way, you can feel a little less guilty about your carbon footprint when you’re getting buzzed.

Knob Creek Bourbon

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

During the month of October, all foodies prepare to attend the NYC Food & Wine Festival, a 4-day festival, hosted by renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary insiders. We had the pleasure of getting a preview from one of the participating brands. Our culinary journey highlighted the brand’s product as the main cooking ingredient. What was that ingredient? Knob Creek Bourbon!! Their local Grill Pro, Jason Baker, was back to give us an exclusive recipe he created exclusively for NYC Food & Wine Festival. We also enjoyed signature Knob Creek Bourbon cocktails and a behind-the-scenes look at how their bourbon gets its flavor.

Knob Creek Bourbon

It was a majestic evening of great cocktails, a delicious meal, and a mesmerizing process of the whiskey-making industry. We started off the evening with three Knob Creek cocktails, Rose on the Rye (pictured below), Kentucky Luau, and Smoked Rye Old Fashion; all of which will be available at the NYC Food & Wine Festival.

Knob Creek Bourbon

In addition to a taste test of Knob Creek sauces, the highlight of our exquisite dinner, which included Arugula Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Pulled Pork Sliders, Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, was the Grilled Chicken Thighs with Knob Creek Alabama White Rye Sauce. This wonderfully creamy and smoky chicken dish will be highlighted during the NYC Food & Wine Festival’s Titans of BBQ event at Pier 97.

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

After the amazing dinner, we got to see first hand how Knob Creek gets its flavor with two demonstrations; a live barrel rebuilding and charring demonstration, by one of their highly skilled Coopers. For those who don’t know, Coopers are craftsmen that make and repair wooden casks. Check out our Instagram post of the live charring, it’s an amazing thing to see.

Knob Creek Bourbon Wood Casks

What an amazing experience from an amazing bourbon brand! We advise you to attend the 2019 NYC Wine & Food Festival to partake in Knob Creek and Grilling Pro Jason Baker’s delicious offerings. You will definitely be happy you did. The NYCWFF takes place from Oct 10th – Oct 13th.

Labor Day Cocktails

Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy these Labor Day Cocktails

We hope those of you at home are enjoying your day off from work for Labor Day. Thanks to Unions and Union workers, we enjoy many workplace benefits. So, of course, you have to raise a glass or two to those who fought for weekends off, a 9-5 workday, and so much more. As Union workers celebrate the 137 years of these benefits and also get ready for what’s sure to be a huge workers rights battle, why not celebrate them with one of the below Labor Day cocktails.

Labor Day Cocktails

So as we say goodbye to summer, the last of our backyard BBQs, and visits to the beach. Make sure you remember those Union workers who thought for the right you have today and enjoy one or more of these Labor Day cocktails (responsibly, of course) to them.

The Best Cocktails for a Backyard BBQ:

WTF (Whiskey Tiki Foxtrot)

Labor Day Cocktails
1½ parts Fistful of Bourbon
¾ parts Mango juice
¾ parts Simple syrup
½ Lime Juice
2 dashes Burlesque Bitters (Tiki Bitters)
Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain over crushed ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Peach Palmer
Labor Day Cocktails

1 part E&J Peach
1 part Iced Tea
1 part Lemonade
Shake, pour into a cocktail glass, add ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

The Best Cocktails for a Big Group:

SuperBloom Punch
Created by Mark Stoddard, Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador

1 part Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
2/3 part Hibiscus Tea
½ part Lemon Juice
½ part Lillet Rose (or Cocchi Rosato)
¼ part Simple Syrup
¼ part Crème de Cassis
1 part Sparkling Water
Combine ingredients in a punch bowl over a large block of ice and stir. Garnish with a combination of fresh berries & edible flowers.

It’s Just Peachy Punch
Created by Katie Auth, Distilled, NYC (Serves 8-10)


12 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
4 oz Aperol
8 oz grilled peach basil syrup
4 oz fresh lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a bowl or pitcher with ice, fresh basil leaves, lemon wheels, and grilled peach slices. Top with a dry Prosecco and a splash of club soda.

The Best Cocktails for a Brunch Party:

Iced Irish Coffee
Created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

Labor Day Cocktails

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 teaspoon Ground Espresso
2 teaspoons Demerara Sugar
3 parts Cold Brew Coffee
Fresh Cream
Combine whiskey and espresso in a small bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Strain whiskey through a coffee filter into a cocktail shaker. Meanwhile, stir sugar and 2 tsp. hot water in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add demerara syrup and cold brew to cocktail shaker; fill with ice. Shake until the outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with cream.

El Altiplano Verde (The Green Highland)


1.5 oz. Camarena Silver Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Kale & Cucumber Juice
.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
Top with Q Sparkling Lemon
Add ingredients (except Q Sparkling Lemon) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake together to combine/chill. Strain into a highball glass encrusted with Chipotle, and top with Q Sparkling Lemon.

The Best Cocktail for a Dinner Party:

The Rhubarb Lift
Created by Allan Roth, Glenfiddich Ambassador

Labor Day Cocktails

1½ parts Glenfiddich 12 Year
½ part orgeat
½ part cream
½ part orgeat simple syrup
Club soda
In a shaker combine all ingredients except for club soda and shake for at least 10 seconds. Strain into a fizz or collins glass. Top with club soda from about six inches. Then add another splash of club soda from lower to help “lift” the head of the drink above the rim. Rhubarb syrup: In a saucepan, combine 12 ounces of water with 12 ounces of sugar and 4 cups of roughly chopped rhubarb over low heat. Keep on heat for 15 – 20 minutes stirring regularly. Strain and refrigerate. Keep up to one week.

The Drifter

Labor Day Cocktails

½ part Fernet-Branca
1 ½ part Zaya Rum
1 part pineapple juice
½ part simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a fluted Collins glass. Garnish with pineapple fronds and 4 drops of bitters.

What are your thoughts on these Labor Day cocktails? Will you be raising a cocktail to the Union workers?

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

Sparkling Ice Reveals New #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

It was only two months ago that Sparkling Ice once again challenged our taste buds to guess their newest mystery flavor. Well, the mystery flavor reveal is finally here. Do you think you guessed correctly? After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally revealed the limited-edition #WhatTheFlavorSweeps mystery flavor is…….. MANGO GUAVA!

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor - Mango Guava

Over 403.2K people submitted guesses for as part of this second Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps mystery flavor contest. For those who guessed correctly, they’ve entered a spectacular contest where one lucky grand prize winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America. With over 500 additional winners receiving fun tropical prizes perfect for summer.

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor

Sparkling Ice actually recently added the tropical and exotically sweet Guava flavor as a stand-alone flavor and we think making the Mango Guava flavor the second mystery flavor is a great way to introduce this delicious fruit to their vast lineup of zero-calorie, zero sugar beverages made with antioxidants and vitamins.

All fans who guessed the flavor correctly were entered for a chance to win the grand prize. Sadly we only got half the answer correctly, so we’re not in the running to win anything. What about you dear readers, did any of you guess the mystery flavor correctly and the possibility to win the 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America? For those looking to turn their favorite flavors into a great cocktail or mocktail, Sparkling Ice offers delicious recipes. Check out a great mystery flavor cocktail below:

Sparkling Ice Mystery Colada

Sparkling Ice #WhatTheFlavorSweeps Mystery Flavor Cocktail

1 bottle Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor
1 can coconut milk
Grenadine
Coconut flavored rum (optional)
Blender
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Place ice in a blender with coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Fill a glass halfway with blended coconut milk mixture. Add 1-2 ounces coconut rum (if using). Top with Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor, add a splash of grenadine and stir. Garnish with a cherry.

The Sparkling Ice Mango Guava flavor will be available for a limited time at local grocery stores while supplies last.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

The Perfect Summer Soirée: Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

We can’t believe we’re already hearing about summer’s end but with a month left, it is inevitable. Thankfully there was and is plenty to remind us about the greatness of the warmer season. We were part of the lucky few who had the opportunity to enjoy the superbly elegant Alìe Rosé with Frescobaldi Toscana estates and Brand Ambassador and Winemaker, Livia le Divelec. It was love at first sip for us of this bright, fresh rose. We were immediately enchanted by the sensuality and intoxicating personality of this intriguing pale pink rose.

 Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

Frescobaldi Toscana boasts six wine estates which feature various varietals. Today we focus on Tenuta Ammiraglia Magliano, the Toscana by the Sea. This wine territory is warmed by the sun and mitigated by the sea and is home to the Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

The Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé, an elegant rosé with a pale pink hue and subtle ruby highlights. It is a stylish, beautifully-balanced blend of Syrah and Vermentino. These varieties express their finest qualities when grown near the sea. Alìe boasts scents of white flowers, wild strawberries, and citrus peel, combined with a hint of earthy minerality; all typical of this growing area. With its delicate structure and lengthy, complex finish, Alìe Rosé makes an enchanting aperitif wine and a great meal companion.

Tiki-inspired foods at The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42 Tiki-inspired foods at The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42

In fact, Alìe Rosé was perfectly paired with the amazing dishes served at the event’s location, The Polynesian at The Pod Hotel 42. The richly flavored Tiki-inspired foods were paired wonderfully with Alìe. The flavors highlighted the fruity notes, intoxicating Mediterranean aromas, and deliciously refreshing bouquet of this mellow rose.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

What makes the Alìe Rosé stand out against other rose wines? Several factors actually. It’s proximity to the sea, vineyard cultivation typical of white varieties and a production process off the skins for the Syrah variety all give life to Alìe. The sharp and unmistakable bouquet floods the senses with intoxicating aromas that meld with the fragrances of fresh and ripe fruit. September peach bursts forth, followed by floral notes with subtle scents of rose.

Frescobaldi Toscana Alìe Rosé

We’d love to visit the Tenuta Ammiraglia Magliano estate one day to personally experience the stunning beauty of the region and get first-hand knowledge of what makes this exquisite rose so delicious. For now, we have to settle for Brand Ambassador and Winemaker, Livia le Divelec’s extensive knowledge. Check out the My Life on and off the Guest List Facebook page for our interview with her.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Refreshingly NEW: O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water

You may have seen some new beverage launches hitting your supermarket shelves and your tv screens. People are looking for ways to get their buzz on without the negative effects of too much alcohol. We all know that alcohol dehydrates you but with this new beverages category, you won’t have to worry about that. Joining the new spiked water category is an infused water that tastes spiked but isn’t spiked at all. Say hello to O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water, the first spring water infused with the spirit of wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

We had the pleasure of discovering this alcohol-free (yes, it truly is alcohol-free), prestigious water during the Summer Fancy Food Show and fell in love. What makes the elegant O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water so wonderful? Aside from it’s incredibly refreshing and delicious tastes, it is made by upcycling wine grape skins and seeds to create a wine grape infused water that’s uniquely light, dry, crisp, low calorie and filled with antioxidants. It also won Best New Water Concept at the prestigious 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards in Evian, France. The result is a thirst-quenching and nutritious water that makes you think you’re enjoying your favorite wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Created by Anat Levi, O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water is available in four varietals: White Wine Essence Water, Red Wine Essence Water, White Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling, and Red Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling. The O.Vine White Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay wine grape skins and only 15 calories per serving.  The Red Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot wine grape skins and only 20 calories per serving.

They recently added two new varietals to their lineup – O.Vine Chardonnay Wine Essence Water and O.Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Essence Water. These two new flavors are a collaboration between Israel’s award-winning Galil Mountain Winery and O.Vine. Still alcohol-free, they bring the distinct essence of these renowned much-loved wines to refreshing water, without intoxicating effects.

O.Vine wine-essence water

The Cabernet has a dark, red fruity character with a note of chocolate and a gentle tart twist. The Chardonnay imparts more tones of lime and apple, with notes of caramel. Both are equally refreshing and delicious.

O.Vine wine-essence water

All of the O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water has only 4g natural sugar per serving, no preservatives or added color, are Sulfite-free, and kosher. As we see sparkling beverages become increasingly popular as alternatives to soda, mixers for cocktails, and as cocktail alternatives altogether, we know these

The original O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Waters are currently available both online, on Beverage Universe, and at Neiman-Marcus, New York. The refreshing beverages are also slated to hit the shelves of higher-end retail stores this summer.