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Truly Refreshing: Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water

Let’s face it, enjoying a cocktail or two is always fun, but it does tend to leave you a little dehydrated. After we enjoy a few cocktails, we always find ourselves reaching for a glass of water to combat the decrease of our body’s natural anti-diuretic hormone (we all have it….it’s why you go to the restroom more often). This is changing! We were recently introduced to a new light and refreshing low-calorie, clean and simple spiked sparkling water. Yes, we did say spiked sparkling water. Say hello to Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water, a spiked sparkling water with a little kick…or rather, a buzz.

When trying to diet or just eat and drink healthy, alcohol is usually one of the first things added to your “can no longer enjoy anymore” list, but with Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water, there is no need to make that sacrifice. Truly Spiked and Sparkling Waters are just 100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per serving, gluten-free and made with simple ingredients, with nothing artificial – no artificial flavors or sweeteners of any kind. It is the is the lowest-calorie and lowest-carb spiked sparkling water available at only 5% ABV. This is a great alternative to light beer because it has fewer calories and carbs than beer. It’s also a great alternative to the heaviness of cocktails or wine, plus it’s better for you than beer, wine or cocktails.

Truly Spiked and Sparkling Water comes in eight truly refreshing flavors – the above newest flavor Wild Berry (a mix of California strawberries, raspberries and Marion blackberries that brings a hint of the natural sweetness and juiciness of fresh picked berries); Colima Lime (a slightly tart taste with a crisp, subtle sweetness); Pomegranate (a crisp and refreshing drink with a hint of juicy pomegranate); Grapefruit & Pomelo (citrusy, tart and tangy with a hint of sweetness from the Pomelo fruit);  Lemon & Yuzu (a refreshing delight of juicy lemon tartness and fragrant Yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit); Sicilian Blood Orange (a refreshing, sweet, mellow and delicious taste from the exotic cousin of the traditional orange); Blueberry & Acai (sweet and tart blueberry mixes with the exotic and antioxidant-rich Brazilian acai berry); and Raspberry & Lime (a thirst quenching blend of the ripe sweetness from California raspberries and the crisp citrus twist from lime.

Believe us when we say this is TRULY the refreshing go-to sparkling water for those who love staying balanced but also love a good time. The Truly Spiked and Sparkling Waters are available in 6-pack slim cans, 12-pack slim cans, and 16 oz. cans. Get your favorite flavors at Whole Foods, Target, Rite Aid, Fresh Direct, Trader Joes, Fairway, and Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts. Are you ready to be truly refreshed?

Spring Sips from Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails

Although the first day of spring has come and gone, we think there should be a do-over. We deserve a spring day without any winter elements and since we got snow on the first and second day of spring, a reward is deliciously due. We’re going to ignore the first two “official days” of spring and raise a glass with a delicious spring cocktail in honor of the warm days ahead. As the temperatures slowly but surely increase, what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail or two from Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails that celebrate the flavors of the season.

Spring Cocktails
If you’re ready for sweet and refreshing cocktail recipes that will not only awaken your taste buds but also celebrates the warmth of the spring season, check out these three delicious drinks below, two of which are low-calorie concoctions. Why not take your strawberry lemonade to another level, indulge in thirst-quenching watermelon, spring’s hot flavor, and surrender to the delicious flavors of citrus and mint with the following three drinks.

Berry & Basil

Berry Basil
2 parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
2 parts pink lemonade
2 sliced strawberries
Basil leaves for garnish
Lemon wedge for garnish
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a glass and serve. Garnish with basil and a lemon wedge.

 

What-A-Melon!

What-A-Melon!

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
1 ½ parts lemonade
1 ½ parts watermelon juice
Thyme or watermelon for garnish
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Pour mixture into a tall glass, add garnish and enjoy!

 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
2 parts orange juice
Dash of grenadine
Mint leaves
1 orange wheel
2 lime wedges
Mix all ingredients except orange juice. Pour over ice and top with orange juice. Garnish with lime wedges and an orange wheel.

Have we peaked your interest with these tantalizing libations from Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails?  Do you have a spring cocktail recipe of your own to share? Let us now in the comments.

Beat the Summer Heat w/ Cascade Ice Cold Lemonade

It’s been so incredibly hot lately that we’ve been enjoying glass after glass of ice cold lemonade. With temperature flirting with the 100 degree mark, can you blame us? We’ve been enjoying a variety of lemonade flavors including the good old regular lemon, strawberry lemonade and raspberry lemonade. You may be thinking, “that’s a lot of sugar intake” and normally you would be right but this time we’re enjoying all the delicious and cooling benefits of this staple summer drink, without the calories, sugar, caffeine, gluten, and sodium, thanks to Cascade Ice Sparkling Flavored Water.

These delicious sparkling waters boast a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices, and they definitely doesn’t skimp on flavor, so you get all the wonderful tastes without the unnecessary and unhealthy stuff that’s typically found in other flavored waters.

Looking for a refreshing and low calorie summer cocktail, pour any of these lemonade flavors with your favorite alcohol or make a few Cascade Ice flavored ice cubes for that extra delicious chill. So if you’re looking for a delicious way to beat this heat, grab your favorite Cascade Ice lemonade flavor and enjoy. Cascade Ice is available for purchase in all 50 states, at many retailers including Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers. for a list of retailers near you, click on the Cascade Ice store locator.

Celebrate the Summer Season with these Cocktail Recipes

Although we haven’t reached the official start of summer date, according to the temperature (and the fact that Memorial Day – the unofficial start of summer – just passed), it’s summertime, time to whip out your summer cocktail recipes. Don’t have any drink recipes to try? You’re in luck, because today we’re highlighting some delicious cocktails to celebrate the season of sun, sea, and fun from Cruzan Rum, Skinnygirl Cocktails, DeLeón Platinum Tequila, and Blackwell Jamaican Rum. Looking for a tropical rum drinks, tequila drinks with more bite, or a something crisp, we have cocktail for you.

Cruzan House Punch

2 parts Cruzan® Estate Light Rum
1 part Cruzan® 9
4 parts Pineapple Juice
2 parts Mango Juice
1 part Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients, mix well. Pour over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a fruit wedge.

Summer Slush

1 part Skinnygirl® California White Wine
1 part Cruzan® Light Rum
2 parts frozen lemonade
1 part seltzer
Crushed ice
Blend with a little crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Top with seltzer.

Platinum Pina

1 ½ oz. DeLeón Platinum Tequila
1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 dash of jalapeño syrup
Shake and strain over the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of jalapeño. Agave and spice is a match made in heaven, especially when paired with sweet tropical pineapple in the Platinum Piña. The experience of this modern cocktail begins with the fresh pieces of pineapple and lime, imparting a rich mouthfeel that complements the smooth agave and subtle coconut notes of the DeLeón Platinum tequila and finishes with subtle heat from the jalapeño. The result is a nuanced tropical cocktail with a kick that allows DeLeón Platinum’s delicate complexity to shine.

DeLeón Unadulterated

Pour 1 ½ oz. of DeLeón Platinum over a large, clear cube of ice
Stir seven times to thoroughly chill
Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime to complement the bright citrus notes of the tequila.

Lost Weekend

2 oz. Blackwell Jamaican Rum
1 oz. Salted Lime Cordial
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Absinthe
Pinch of mint

Toast to the Golden Globes: Movie-Inspired Drinks from Skinnygirl Cocktails

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards are almost upon us and while we can’t personally be present at the illustrious event to indulge in (and critique) the red carpet fashions, award winners, and losers, we can fawn over and snark from the comfort of our home, and away from the freezing temperatures (what’s with the single digit temperatures, Mother Nature?), while relishing in a few delicious cocktails. We are already envisioning ourselves savoring a cocktail or three, inspired by some of the most talked about Golden Globe-nominated movies while we share our favorite fashions, and moments via Social Media; and since these low-calorie cocktails are made with Skinnygirl Cocktails, we need not worry about our waistline expanding. Fans of the fan favorites, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, and Interstellar, may want to pay special attention to the following cocktail recipes:

The Theory of Thyme (For the Theory of Everything)

The-Theory-of-Thyme

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
1 ½ parts lemonade
1 ½ parts watermelon juice
Leaves stripped from a 2-inch sprig of fresh thyme, plus a small sprig for garnish
Fresh watermelon ball/slice for garnish
Combine the vodka, lemonade, juice, and thyme leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Double-strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish on the rim with the thyme sprig speared into the melon ball.

Disappearing Act (For Gone Girl)

Disappearing-Act

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Meyer Lemon Vodka
¾ part orange or citrus liqueur
1 ½ parts lemon sour mix
3-4 fresh (or thawed frozen) raspberries
Lemon wheel for garnish
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, liqueur, sour mix and ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.

Galaxy Gimlet (for Interstellar) 

Galaxy-Gimlet

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
Splash of dry vermouth
Fresh olives for garnish
Shake ingredients with ice. Pour into martini glass and garnish with fresh olives.

For those who want to keep it simple, toast to the red carpet with Skinnygirl Cocktails’ newest offering, Skinnygirl Pinot Noir!

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At less than 100 calories per serving, the delicious Skinnygirl Pinot Noir, a 750 mL bottle which retails for $11.99, has soothing flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla with a long silky finish that is perfect for sipping while you relax and watch the show. what do you guys think of these Skinnygirl Cocktails?

Healthy Hydration w/ Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters

We’ve shared several low calorie drink recipes of Cascade Ice made with Cascade Ice Cocktail Mixes and Sparkling Waters with Juice, today we’re highlighting the two new flavor addictions to their range of USDA certified Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters. With zero calories, zero grams of sugar, no sweeteners, and zero carbs, this sodium-free, caffeine-free, and gluten-free sparkling flavored waters will keep you refreshed and happy.

Who says your water has to be boring and tasteless. With the organic fruit oils and extracts that are in the Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters, your taste buds will be delighted with every sip of this sparkling essence. Joining the current organic flavors of Mixed Berry, Lemon Zest, Citrus Twist and Lemon Lime, are Organic Blueberry, and Organic Grapefruit, two tart flavors for continuous guilt-free enjoyment.

If you’re asking yourself, can these make cocktails better, they can. If you love White and Red Sangria, pour in 1/4 cup of the Organic Blueberry Sparkling Flavored Water to cut your calorie intake and add the sweet and tart blueberry flavor because when it comes to Sangria, we think the more fruit flavors, the better. For cocktail ideas using the Organic Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Water, we recommend adding 1/4 cup to the classic Mimosa or 3/4 cup to a Grapefruit Margarita to instantly turn it into a sparkling margarita. You won’t lose the delicious tastes even though your cocktails will be healthier. For a list of retailers that carry Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters, check out the store locator.

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.

Sweet & Delicious Low-Calorie Valentine’s Day Cocktails

According to Nielsen, Americans alone will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate during the days leading up to Valentine’s Day – that’s A LOT of sugar. Some of you may not want to add even more sugar with the cocktails you will be enjoying, but there is hope. You are still able to enjoy a delicious, low-calorie Valentine’s Day cocktails to toast your sweetheart thanks to Cascade Ice Sparkling Water and these following Valentine’s Day-inspired recipes. Cascade Ice sparkling waters are free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar without losing its delicious flavor. Below are three delicious cocktails you are sure to enjoy for Valentine’s Day. Say goodbye to boring champagne and spend your romantic night enjoying these sexy and sweet drinks:

Love Potion Pizzazz

Cascade Ice Love Potion

To mix up the irresistible potion, mix 2oz of Cascade Ice’s Pomegranate Berry with 1oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Cascade Ice Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Mix up this tantalizing drink by pouring 1.5oz of tequila and 3oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and you’re ready to serve!

Blushing Sparkler

Cascade Ice Blushing Sparkler

Mix 1oz of whipped vodka, 4oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.

What do you think of these low-calorie Valentine’s Day cocktails? Which of these three would you try?