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Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

To say it has been a stressful time is an understatement. We’ve had so much to deal with; so much so that Wine Shops were deemed essential. And truth be told, it has been a necessity. It’s gotten to the point where you need to reach for a glass of wine to escape the mental trauma that is 2020. The problem is, drinking lots of wine has begun to take its toll. Together with all the food we’ve been constantly eating, our sugar intake is double what it used to be. Thankfully, PURE Winery has come to the rescue with the launch of their new PURE Winery zero-carb, zero-sugar wine varietals. Which leaves us with one thing left to ask, ‘Won’t you join us in some zero sugar QuarantWine?”

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

Blending unique and traditional techniques in their wine fermentation process, we’re able to convert all-natural sugars into alcohol. Using blends of only the finest grapes — Pinot Noir, Pinot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Barbera, and Merlot — their wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. From red and white to sparkling white and sparkling rosé, they have a zero sugar wine variety to match every occasion. This occasion just so happens to all for wine cocktails. We’re sharing some low-calorie cocktail recipes, featuring three out of the four available varietals: PURE White Wine, PURE Red Wine, and PURE Sparkling White. Let’s get to know these guilt-free wines:

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Rosé:

Light pink in color with orange highlights, this sparkling rosé presents fragrant aromas of citrus, young red fruits, and red flowers. It is full-bodied, smooth, and velvety, with a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. This is a rosé that will take your palate seamless into the coolness of the fall season. The grapes in this varietal include Pinot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Our cocktail recommendation? Pour and enjoy it.

Sparkling White:

Clear in color with golden reflections, this sparkling white wine also features a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. It boasts a vibrant floral and fruity aroma with a fresh scent, complimented by a velvety and full-bodied taste. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Pinot. The I Feel Good cocktail recipe below gives a new twist on the traditional mimosa.

I Feel Good

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines
5 grams Yerba Mate infused in 50 ml Vodka
Macerate for 1-hour minimum and then strain well and mix.
100 ml Orange juice
Top with PURE Sparkling White
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with an Orange peel

White Wine:

Balance is the name of this mellow white. Clear in color with golden reflections, this white blend offers light, floral and fruity notes. While it is full-bodied and fresh, it is well-balanced and boasts a nice acidity on the palate with a velvety finish. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Sauvignon. You can’t go wrong with a refreshing drink, so we know you’ll love the Green & Fresh cocktail. For those who want a bit of a kick, the Wise Hope cocktail has what you’re looking for. Enjoy them below:

Green & Fresh

Green & Fresh Low Calorie Cocktail

50ml PURE White Wine
50 ml Coconut Water
7 – 9 Big green grapes
Put in a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

Wise Hope (Sabia Esperanza)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml Tequila white
1 Lemon Juice
30 ml PURE WHITE WINE
30 ml Capresse Cordial*
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

*Capresse Cordial
200 ml Herbal Gin (BETTER OPTION) or Vodka
100 ml Honey diluted in water 1:2
Skins of 10 lemons.
5 – 10 Basil leaves
Oregano to taste.
Macerate the above ingredients for 24 hours. Strain with a superbag or coffee filter and ready to use. Garnish with a Basil leaf

Red Wine:

Red wine fans will love this blend for the use of Barbera grapes. Ruby red in color with hints of violet, this blend is a dry, smooth, and drinkable red. It is sharp but balanced and features an aroma that offers fresh and fruity notes of cherries and red fruits. The Barbera and Merlot grapes come together for a soft finish. Merlot-infused coffee beans exist and Barbera is perfect with anything earthy, and the below Stay ay Home cocktail celebrates those flavors.

Stay at Home (Stay in Home)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml PURE Red Wine
30 ml London Dry Gin
6 Strawberries
5 coffee beans
In a cocktail shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with Strawberries.

The PURE Winery, based in Italy was founded with the vision to create a new category of zero-sugar and zero carb wine to meet the needs of today’s wellness-conscious consumer. PURE is passionate about empowering wine-lovers with a solution to the common dilemma between pleasure and guilt. The wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. Each PURE Winery bottle is available for $15.00 – $20.00 at Total Wine & More stores and other select retailers in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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.

Devotion Vodka: The First Alcohol Brand with a Nutrition Label

You may have noticed that unlike other beverages, alcohol bottles do not have nutrition labels. That’s because it’s not a requirement for spirits brands. Adding a nutrition label on bottles is completely optional and if alcohol brands do not voluntarily add a nutrition label to their packaging, there’s no way to verify its calorie, sugar, ingredient, and carb content. One alcohol brand voluntarily sharing their content with a nutrition label on all their vodka flavors is Devotion Vodka. This amazingly smooth and clean vodka is the first gluten-free and sugar-free spirit in the U.S. We had the pleasure of experiencing several of their flavor varieties at their Tasting and Cocktail Mixology event at Son Cubano.

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Unlike many vodkas, the gluten-free and sugar-free Devotion Vodka, founded in 2009 by Drew Adelman and Michael Calleja, is made from 100% high-grade USA corn, is multi-filtered using de-ionized water and certified non-GMO, and as we previously stated, the first to add a nutrition label. You may recognize the name Drew Adelman, featured in our brief video interview below, as the owner of the very popular, 90’s-2000’s nightclub, Polly Esther. We find Drew’s story an amazing one (from police officer to nightclub owner, to spirits brand owner) and love the idea that the next logical step for someone who has helped thousands of clubgoers enjoy delicious cocktails, is to launch his own spirit brand.

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Check out what Founder/CEO Drew Adelman had to say when we asked him why he named his 80 proof, six-column distilled vodka, Devotion, a vodka we learned is also 100% Whole Foods-certified and of course, American-made.

Now on to the cocktails. We enjoyed five specialty vodka cocktails at the event, each representing a vintage decade (much like the concept of the Poly Esther clubs). The 1910’s was presented by the Little Andy (Devotion Coconut, Pineapple Juice, and a Splash of Club Soda,); The Trooper (Devotion Black & Blue and Lemonade) represented the 1920’s; Go West Young Man (Devotion Wild Cherry and Red Bull) represented the 1930’s; Mr. Poly Esther (Devotion Blood Orange, Club Soda, and Cranberry Juice) for the 1940’s; and The Devotion Guy (Devotion Dirty Martini, Straight Up, with 2 Olives) for the 1950’s.

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The event also celebrated the 50th birthday of Drew Adelman, pictured below with his Partner/COO, Michael Calleja. Along with the amazing bites from Son Cubano’s menu, we were treated to an array of decadent desserts, including some boozy options, and one cool birthday cake, which also featured devotion’s nutrition label.

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Devotion Vodka is definitely standing out from other vodkas on the market. This month alone, it was named 2016 Gluten Free Vodka of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). Two of their flavors were also awarded top honors; Devotion Vodka Blood Orange was honored with a Gold Award, and Devotion Vodka Tiki Tea was honored with a Silver Award.

Have you tried the gluten and sugar-free Devotion Vodka? Share your favorite Devotion memory or cocktail.

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.

NeoCell: Major Beauty Benefits from the Inside Out

Taking care of our external beauty is easy, but we admit, we sometimes forget about the internal. We’re not talking about eating healthy or staying hydrated, we’re talking about minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving elasticity in the skin, replenishing our body’s collagen, and more, from the inside out. As you may or may not know, Collagen is our body’s anti-aging protein, and sadly it decreases as we age. While we can and have been combating our collagen depletion externally, you can’t deny it’s better to combat that depletion from within. Today we’re highlighting two products from NeoCell, the number one choice for Collagen, that delivers high potency beauty nutrients directly inside your body.

COLLAGEN SPORT ULTIMATE RECOVERY

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Don’t you wish you could build and support strong bones, strengthen damaged nails, thicken fine hair, slow down hair loss, build lean muscle, and help burn fat, all while enjoying a delicious Belgian Chocolate shake? Thanks to Neocell’s gluten-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free, Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery, you will replace the specific amino acids necessary to replenish your body’s collagen supply. With Collagen Sport, your muscles and joints, basically your entire body, will get the energy and nutrients it needs to refuel, recover, replenish, and regenerate itself, after your workout. Boasting whey protein isolate, collagen peptides, L-glutamine and amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and a decadent Belgian chocolate flavor, it’s so delicious, you’ll find yourself enjoying it sans workout. Collagen Sport makes a great breakfast, snack and meal replacement, it’s been keeping us going on those never-ending hours of writing, and those days when we walk the city.

BIOTIN BURSTS SOFT CHEWS

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Who would have thought satisfying your sweet tooth had this much health benefits. It’s been very hard to enjoy just one of these delicious chews a day. Your skin will love you every time you pop one of these gourmet soft chews and will show its appreciation with support of your body’s metabolism, natural energy, luxurious hair, strong nails, and vibrant skin. NeoCell Biotin Bursts offers a delicious and powerful alternative to your daily biotin intake, a much-needed B-vitamin. With 10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew, getting healthy hair and skin will never be this easy.

Are you ready to preserve your beauty from the inside out? Are you ready to fight aging from within? Check out these and the other products from NeoCell.

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.

New, Next – Broken Shed Vodka Launches in the US

In my experience, the best things are always found or got their start in the tiny, hole-in-the-wall types of places and premium vodka, Broken Shed is a great example of that. This refreshing, four times distilled vodka was started by founders, Mark Simmonds, Steve Turner, and Mark O’Brien in an “old and bruised-up shed” in New Zealand in 2009, and while it’s moved on to a newer, grander location, the old shed still exists and acts as a “tasting room”.

Unlike most vodkas, Broken Shed Vodka is distilled from whey (they call it milk honey), which gives it a bit of a unique taste, nothing that will put off vodka fans of course, this actually made it smoother than many other brands I’ve encountered. “While the U.S. vodka market is huge, it’s also over-crowded. Brands are struggling to differentiate themselves,” said Mr. Simmonds. “But our quality speaks for itself, and we have unique features with our water sources, distillation from whey, and 100% New Zealand origins. We’re confident we can get our vodka in front of some smart vodka drinkers. And once they taste, we know they’ll love Broken Shed.”

Broken Shed is made up of 60% water from the Southern Swiss Alps and 40% spirit from the New Zealand whey. I find myself more apt to liking any alcohol that’s a bit on the sweet side and Broken Shed has a subtle, natural, muted sweetness to it but it is gluten-free, as well as free of additives and sugars. Overall, Broken Shed is a fine, crisp vodka that perfect on the rocks, delicious with cranberry juice alone or with a splash of orange juice. There are actually quite a few cocktails that are a must try:

Broken Flower
1 part Broken Shed Vodka
Generous drop of Elderflower cordial
1 part Soda water
Pour over ice and serve with slice of cucumber

Broken Basil
2 parts Broken Shed Vodka
Crushed basil leaves
1 part Passion-fruit juice
1 part Apple juice.
Serve over crushed ice

Broken Sunrise
2 parts Broken Shed Vodka
1 part Fresh orange juice
1 part Cranberry juice
1 part Soda water.
Stir over ice in a tall glass.

Broken Shed Vodka launched in the US this past summer and it retails for $32.00-35.00. “We are very excited to be selling our vodka in the U.S.,” said Mark O’Brien, co-founder of Broken Shed. “We make and sell Broken Shed in a comparatively remote area, so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to launch on the world’s largest stage.”