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Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed! Did you Guess Correctly?

After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally announced what we’ve been waiting in anticipation for – the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed!

As part of the Mystery Fruit Flavor launch back in June, Sparkling Ice challenged fans to taste, debate and ultimately cast their flavor votes. Fans entered via social media using the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps for their chance to win over $45,000 worth of prizes. These prizes included a Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify and more. Fans across the country cast their votes and winners were announced on a weekly basis from May 15th – August 7th.

We were not even close to guessing correctly. 

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor is Passion Fruit Punch! That’s right, the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed is tropical. We knew it would be something tropical, but that’s about it. How did you guys do? Did any of you vote correctly?

“At Sparkling Ice, we’re excited to share that the Mystery Fruit Flavor our consumers have been drinking all summer long has been revealed as Passionfruit Punch,” said VP of Community and Customer Relations of Talking Rain Beverage Co., Nina Morrison.  “In fact, our fans and followers have been enjoying the flavor so much that they’ve made it one of our top selling Sparkling Ice products of the summer.”

Passion fruit, most popular in the Caribbean, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, is a semi-tart fruit that’s low in calories but very high in nutrients. We grew up drinking passion fruit juice and today it still remains a favorite. Which is why we can’t believe how far off we were with our flavor guess. It may be time to reset our palate. We can take solace in the fact that we were not the only ones that were wrong.

“As a company, we’ve been anticipating the big reveal for months,” added Nina Morrison. “Over 245K fans and followers participated in the social media contest, making it one of our most successful promotions to date. We had guesses ranging from Blueberry Lemonade to Watermelon, Fruit Punch and more. Even I guessed wrong!”

In addition to the weekly contest winners, Sparkling Ice also announced a grand prize winner on August 8th. This winner won an all-expense paid VIP trip to California to attend a major music festival in April 2019. 

So now that we have shared the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed, what are your thoughts on the new flavor?

 

Sparkling Ice Launches Limited Edition Mystery Fruit Flavor & Contest

Sparkling Ice has just launched a NEW limited edition Mystery Fruit Flavor and contest. Do you think you can guess the mystery flavor for the chance to win over $45,000 in prizes? The limited edition, mystery fruit flavor joins a vast assortment of flavors that includes Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape Raspberry and a new Ginger Lime that launched earlier this year.

The Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery fruit flavor will be available in retailers nationwide beginning this week through the end of July 2018. Wrapped in a distinct blue and red packaging with a question mark inside the brand’s signature three-dimensional ice cube, the new limited-edition Mystery fruit flavor offers a clear carbonated beverage balanced with just the right amount of fizz. As with all the other Sparkling Ice flavors, the limited edition Mystery fruit flavor is a zero calorie, zero sugar beverage made with antioxidants and vitamins.

The flavor will not be announced until the end of the summer season, so until then, you’ll just have to place your bets on what you think the fruit flavor by sharing your guesses on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps. But your guess can help you win big. You can also submit your guesses on Sparkling Ice’s Facebook page. What can you win? How about an all-expense paid VIP trip to a major music festival in April 2019! A Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify, and more. The contest opened on May 15th and will last through July 31st, 2018. Better start guessing!

For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit www.SparklingIce.com, www.facebook.com, www.Twitter.com, and www.instagram.com.

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?

Finish Your Day Sparkling: Half-Seas Sparkling Canned Cocktails

There are days when a well-crafted cocktail is worth the wait and anticipation. Then there are days when you want to enjoy a well-crafted cocktail as quickly and easily as opening a can of beer. For those extra stressful days, we just want to pop open something delicious, perfectly chilled, and quick. Luckily Half-Seas sparkling canned cocktails is the answer to those “I need a drink STAT!” days. The refreshing effervescence of these delicious canned cocktails is an added bonus to its incredible taste and convenience.


We are very happy to introduce you to Half-Seas sparkling canned cocktails, created by Seattle bartender Miles Thomas. The company that created every bartender’s favorite, Scrappy’s Bitters, now has three “true” ready-to-drink canned cocktails. The Bramble, Daiquiri and Paloma sparkling cocktails are made with real spirits, rather than malt or other fermented alcohols, and a touch of effervescence for craft cocktail quality to enjoy anytime and anywhere.

The canned cocktails are balanced, refreshing, and simple while delivering a unique beverage experience through champagne level 30psi carbonation level; a unique trait for canned cocktails that cannot be recreated at a bar. As three commonly recognizable drinks, these new sparkling canned offerings are quality craft cocktails. Half-Seas sparkling canned cocktails are made from the finest ingredients including premium spirits such as White Rum, Tequila, and Dry London Gin.  These premium spirits are the bases for the bitters, mixers, modifiers and pure cane syrup.

  • As one of the most popular cocktails in the world, the Daiquiri’s ingredients of rum, water, lime, and sugar is replicated in this sparkling variety. Half-Seas elevates this classic drink, known as the British sailor’s “grog” of the 1700’s, with an added twist of bubbles sure to be a favorite for cocktail connoisseurs.
  • The Bramble is a cocktail created in 1980’s London and the original brings together dry London gin, berries, and citrus. The Half-Seas Bramble pays tribute to that original recipe with the added touch of effervescence.
  • The Paloma, the well-known tequila-based drink of Mexico, is more globally recognized than the margarita. Half-Seas takes this traditional cocktail a step further with its own all-natural grapefruit soda, for a personalized touch and delicious twist.

At 12% alc/vol in 200ml cans, these cocktails are close in proportion and strength to a cocktail you can enjoy at a bar. A 4-pack of these refreshing and convenient canned cocktails retails for $16.00-$20.00. The Half-Seas sparkling canned cocktails are perfect to welcome and celebrate the Spring and Summer seasons. What are your thoughts on the Half-Seas sparkling canned cocktails?

Champagne Wishes, Apple Dreams: Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in apple season. While some apples are available all year round, the fall season, (especially fall in New York) is the only time you can get ripe, fresh apples off the tree. What better time than the height of apple season to introduce and highlight the most delicious and newest apple harvest, a wonderfully delicious sparkling apple wine. What do you get when you combine New York breeding with French elements? You get Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine, a 12% abv sparkling wine crafted from locally sourced Upstate New York apples (New York grows more apple varieties than any other state). Creation of this delightful sparkling follows the traditional method used by the French champagnes.

Created and distributed by Sauvage, Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine, launching soon in Apple Crisp, is an all natural, gluten-free and kosher sparkling wine. It is a bit like bubbly and a bit like cider, hence its name, Comsi Comsa, French for “Like this, Like that.” What makes this naturally sweet bubbly so amazing? It’s made with dozens of apple varieties sourced from the local farms surrounding the distillery, it boasts 12% alcohol (ciders only have 6%), has a slightly full-bodied nose, and a gorgeous caramel color. There are only two ingredients in every bottle of Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine – 100% apples and Champagne Yeast, nothing more.

Influenced by French techniques applied in the Champagne region of France, Sauvage marries tradition and innovation to offer this all-natural apple-based sparkling wine. We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine, and it truly was love at first sip. We highly recommend serving it chilled in a champagne flute but we can also see this sweet sparkling adding a unique twist to a French 75 cocktail, a Bellini (who says it has to be peach or pear), or a sweet holiday Poinsettia cocktail (just add cranberry juice).

Comsi Comsa Apple Sparkling Wine officially launches on November 15th, 2017. The 750ml bottle of the sparkling wine, which bears a Panther logo (Sauvage is French for “wild” after all), will retail for $14.99 each.  Keep an eye out at bars and restaurants, clubs and lounges for this crisp spirit, or maybe just pay a visit to Sauvage’s distillery in Oneonta, NY.

Sauvage’s brand-new farm distillery and tasting room are nestled in Oneonta, a vibrant small town in Upstate New York, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains along the banks of the Susquehanna River. With direct access to 24 varieties of delicious apples growing in the nearby region’s orchards, Sauvage produces this local, fresh, crisp and tasty juice, fermented with champagne yeast. This proprietary recipe becomes the signature base for their unique line of apple-based products.

What are your thoughts on apple sparkling wines? Would you love to give Comsi Comsa a try? For more information on Comsi Comsa, head over to www.drinksauvage.com.

Drink to Your Health: The New Delicious Total Wellness Beverages

One of the most important things in life is your health and wellness and while current circumstances may try to obstruct that, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy body. You can stay active, eat as healthy as you can, and of course keep your body hydrated with essential nutrients. Say hello to the following delicious total wellness beverages: Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages, Up Mountain Switchel, and Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice. All three drink brands provide more than just a delicious and thirst quenching taste.

We promise you will love all three delicious total wellness beverages we are highlighting today. Not just the health benefits, but the delicious and satisfying tastes as well. Continue reading to egt to know them.

Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages

Get ready for a tasty organic, non-dairy, probiotic sparkling beverage that’s low in calories. The new, organic Lifeway Elixir sparkling probiotic beverage will be your new favorite drink. Along with it being organic, probiotic and low in sugar and calories, these delicious drinks are also gluten-free, caffeine-free, vegan, and kosher. Lifeway Elixir is available in 12oz bottles in four flavors: Tangerine, Hibiscus, Ginger, and Elderberry. All four sparkling flavors are great on their own but they also wow as a mixer in cocktails.

Up Mountain Switchel

We know what you’re thinking, “what exactly is Switchel? ” It is a drink made of water, vinegar, and ginger, often sweetened with honey, sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup created in the mountains of Vermont hundreds of years ago. And it’s delicious! Fans of ginger (we’re obsessed), Up Mountain Switchel will be your go-to drink. We’re sure you well familiar with the long list of benefits of Apple cider vinegar, such as effectively lowering pH, which makes your body run optimally! This is the main ingredient in Up Mountains Switchel. This delicious, wonder drink is made of three key ingredients: fresh ginger, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and pure grade A maple syrup. Thanks to the fresh ginger root used in Up Mountains Switchel, it is an amazing and natural way to battle inflammation and it’s a fantastic analgesic. Its sugar content is derived solely from unrefined, mineral-rich, low-glycemic maple syrup; healthy sugars that an active body needs. Up Mountains is available in four flavors: Original, Lemon, Yerba Mate, and Cayenne. They are sold in 16oz bottles that come in a 2-pack, 6-pack, and 12-pack cases.

Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice

Do you prefer your fruit juices to be organic? Welcome the delicious, bold taste of Ocean Spray’s 100% juices, now in an organic option! Made with the crisp, clean taste of organically grown North American cranberries straight from the farm to your family. The organic 100% juices, available in Organic Cranberry Blueberry, Organic Cranberry Apple, and Organic Cranberry, contains no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Each juice is non-GMO and is USDA Organic certified and promises nothing but delicious goodness in every sip.

What do you think of these delicious total wellness beverages?

Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water Launches New Ruby Rose Flavor

Last year, while attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to several wonderful drinks and beverage brands, once of which was an all-natural and organic sparkling beverage, Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, which we highlighted in our Good for You Summer Drinks blogpost. During our introduction to Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, we feel in love (at first sip) with their delicious flavors: Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. We were more than happy to get reacquainted with them as they launch their newest flavor, Ruby Rose.

The newest refreshing flavor to join the Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water range of sophisticated sparkling beverages is a combination of organic grapefruit, honey, and rosemary extracts. It has a refreshing, tangy kick from the grapefruit, with slightly sweet hints of honey, and a fragrant finish of rosemary. As with their other sparkling flavors, the Ruby Rose is USDA certified organic and lightly sweetened with agave. At the launch event, we were treated to some refreshingly delicious cocktails made with the new Ruby Rose flavor, as well as Zesty Orange and Lemon Flower. The three refreshing flavors were paired with Gin, Tequila, and Vodka respectively.

“We are really excited to be adding our sixth flavor to the line,” said CEO/Founder Beth Wilson-Parentice. “As with our other flavors, Ruby Rose’s ingredients are culinary-inspired, perfect for enjoying with a meal or mixing in a cocktail. I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback about the flavor at Expo East.”

We can honestly say that the new Ruby Rose flavor of Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water is our new favorite flavor taking over the title from Sipp’s Ginger Blossom – but not by much. When we had those few days of 90+ degrees, a cold 12oz bottle of this invigorating, sparkling beverage was just what the doctor ordered. Sipp Ruby Rose is available now and is available at Whole Foods, Fairway, Balducci’s, Wegman’s, Target, etc.

Cognac Connoisseur: Lunch with Cyril Camus and Camus Cognac

We’re not sure if you’ve heard but there’s a strong resurgence of going back to enjoying sophisticated spirits, and it’s not the older generation. More and more of the younger set are seeing the worldliness and cool factor of sipping heritage spirits, we included. More and more people are moving away from the gimmicky flavors for the purity of well-aged, classic spirits. This is why, when we were invited to enjoy a wonderful lunch with Cyril Camus, head of the House of Camus Cognac, to indulge in a little Camus VSOP and Camus Borderies, we leaped at the opportunity.

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What better location than Brasserie Cognac, known for their authentic french cuisine, to enjoy these brilliant, distinctive cognacs. At the intimate luncheon, we were served three Camus Cognac cocktails (all pictured above), which perfectly celebrated the hot and humid day – the VSOP Cognac Cocktail, Camus Cognac Cosmo, and the French 95. To enjoy the brilliance of each cocktail with our meal, we kept our dish choices light. The VSOP Cocktail (which boasted ginger, Camus VSOP, cucumber, and mint), was exquisitely enjoyed it with Brasserie’s Tuna Tart (a thin tart flambé crust with tuna, horseradish cream and pickled ginger). The bubbly Camus French 95 cocktail, we paired with the Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon, a perfect pairing for the refreshing cocktail.

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We learned so much about cognac from Cyril Camus (without giving away his family secrets), the history of the five generation Cognac brand, and interesting tidbits such as “in order to make a great cognac, you must first create a bad wine.” You see, cognac is produced by doubly distilling white wines made from specified grapes. It is distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels. Who knew! The time flew by as we learned all we could rom this traditional cognac maker. Lunch ended with an introduction the the smoothiest cognac we’ve ever tasted (it was incredibly smooth from beginning to end, with no harsh bite of any kind), Camus Cognac Borderies.

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This sought-after cognac features an elegant, floral and mineral character with aromatic notes of creamy milk chocolate, orange zest, and a touch of spice. These notes made us think it would be incredible over a refreshing citrus desert, so we saved a bit to pour over Brasserie Cognac’s Passionfruit Sorbet to tantalizing results.

If you haven’t yet, you should definitely let your palate get acquainted with the Camus Cognac family of cognacs. Your taste buds will thank you, especially as the fall season, the time of sipping and savoring, is upon us.