Saturday, January 24, 2015

Have a Musical Valentine's Day with Hook'd

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, forget the clichĂ© prix fixe dinners and pricy chocolate hearts and put a priceless twist on the day with Hook’d. This free social music app can help you channel your inner rock star and serenade your current flame with romantic song selections such as:

·          “So Fine” – Sean Paul
·          “The Words” – Christina Perri  
·         “One Bedroom”  - Yellowcard 
If you’re not a fan of the lovey-dovey day, you can also voice your frustrations and mend a broken heart while you sing the blues:

·         “Paris” – Magic Man
·         “Liar Liar” – Cris Cab
·         “Chronicles of a Fallen Love” – The Bloody Beetroots 

Hook’d is free to download from Apple’s iTunes Store and features a rotating list of tracks straight from the artists users love. Fans can select a song, sing lead vocals to the master recording of the tune (not a cover band like most apps), add sound effects, and share the recording on their YouTube channel or social media platforms.

This app is so much fun! Looks great, sounds great, and has a ton of great artists on it. Find out more here and download on the App Store for FREE on your device now! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cocktails to Toast to Golden Globes Fashion

From sleek buns to plum lips, the dashing divas of the Golden Globes kicked off the 2015 awards season with a bang!

A sparkling statement was made in sequined silver and winter white dresses.  But the show was as colorful as it was bright, as the year’s hottest hues rocked the red carpet. 

The color of the year?  A bold, beautiful yellow, donned by gorgeous gals ranging from Mrs. Tatum to funny girl Leslie Mann to British beaut Naomi Watts.

Steal the biggest fashion trends at the lowest prices by translating these style-spirations into cocktails!  

Recipes inspired by the Golden Globes “it color” can be found below!

Rosemary Lemon Margarita
  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 lemons (juice only)
  • 6 parts club soda
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Preparation: Combine lemons, club soda, sugar, and Tequila in a glass with ice. Mix well and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Pineapple Chipotle Margarita 
  • 1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part frozen limeade
  • 2 parts pineapple juice
  • 1-2 dashes chipotle hot sauce
  • Chipotle pepper for garnish (optional)

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a chipotle pepper.

Mango Margarita 
  • 1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • ½ large ripe mango
  • 2 parts fresh orange juice
  • ⅔ part lime juice
  • ½ part simple syrup
  • 4 parts ice

Preparation: Peel, seed and chop your mango. If you have time you can freeze your prepared mango at this point. Otherwise, put all ingredients except for the ice into your blender and blend until smooth. Then add the ice. Pour the margarita into a glass and enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita & Skinnygirl Pinot Noir

Wow! The new Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita is soooo good! Classic margarita flavor with just the right amount of heat. 

And the new Skinnygirl Pinot Noir is light and enjoyable, even for someone like me who doesn't prefer red wines. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Recipe: Italian Wonton Cups

My new favorite obsession is using Nasoya all-natural wraps to create these beautiful and delicious Italian wonton cups!

Just preheat your oven to 375* and spray a mini-muffin tin with olive oil. 

As the oven warms up, cut up some fresh baby spinach and sundried tomatoes and stir in some ricotta. 

Lay each wonton wrapper over each indent and fold slightly so it makes a nice little cup. 

Spoon your mixture into each cup and then fold over the edges to gently close. 

Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown and you're done!

Remove your wonderful little Italian wonton cups and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fall in Love with Sauza 901 this Valentine's Day

Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? Fall in love with tequila instead! Introducing the ultimate forget-me-not spirit – Sauza® 901® Tequila, founded by Justin Timberlake. Forget the wine and chocolates, this year bring sexy back with three romantic cocktails perfect for your dinner date.

All recipes were created by Sauza® 901® mixologist, Eddy Buckingham.

Mexican Mule
·         1 part Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         2 parts ginger beer
·         Juice of ½ lime

Preparation: Combine Sauza® 901® Tequila and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice. Pour ginger beer into glass. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.

·         2 parts  Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         1 part simple syrup
·         1 part fresh lemon juice
·         Float: Blackberry liqueur 
·         Blackberries for garnish

Preparation: Combine all ingredients, excluding blackberry liqueur.  Shake well.  Strain and serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass.  Float blackberry liqueur on top.  Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Sauza® 901® Ruby Sparkler: 
·         2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         1 part fresh grapefruit juice
·         ½ part fresh lemon juice
·         ¾ part simple syrup
·         5 raspberries, plus more for garnish

Preparation: In a mixing glass, muddle five raspberries.  Add remaining ingredients and shake. Strain before serving over ice in a highball glass.  Garnish with skewered raspberries.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Golden Globes-Inspired Skinnygirl Cocktail Recipes - Perfect Accessory for a Red Carpet Viewing Party!

The Golden Globes are all about the stars, the dresses – and the cocktails! This weekend, Skinnygirl® Cocktails can help get your at-home Golden Globes viewing party started with some movie-inspired cocktails fit for an A-lister:

·        The Theory of Thyme (for the Theory of Everything)
·        Disappearing Act (for Gone Girl)
·        Galaxy Gimlet (for Interstellar)

Want to keep things simple? Roll out the red carpet for Skinnygirl® Cocktails newest offering, Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir! At less than 100 calories per serving, Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir has flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla- perfect to sip back and relax with during the show.

The Theory of Thyme (For the Theory of Everything)
·        1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
·        1 ½ parts lemonade
·        1 ½ parts watermelon juice
·        Leaves stripped from a 2-ince 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) 
·         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)
·        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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Skinnygirl Cocktails offerings coming soon!

Get ready for the Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl Pinot Noir!

Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita
Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
Facts That Sell...
Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita is a perfect balance of cool lime and spicy chili.
Mixed with premium Blue Agave tequila for a cocktail that brings a little heat, a little citrus, and as
always, is low calorie.
Blending of spicy-sweet, the combination of two or more flavors into one flavor-saturated item, is
gaining popularity, making spicy lime the perfect addition to our margarita line.
It's heat, meets sweet!
Proof: 19.9

Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita Tasting Notes
Aroma: Light citrus aroma with spicy undertone
Taste: Well rounded balance of tequila, lime and spicy chili
Finish: Bright lime flavor with subtle heat lingering
Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita, Made with Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, and Natural Flavors, 9.95% Alc./Vol.
©2014 Skinnygirl Cocktails, Deerfield, IL (Per 1.5 oz ? Average Analysis: Calories 35.7, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 0g, Fat 0g)

Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir
Skinnygirl: The Wine Collection
Facts That Sell...
Ideal for meal pairings - Pinot Noir is well-suited to pair with a wide variety of ethnic dishes, classic
cuisines and traditional foodie favorites.
Food pairings are made possible thanks in large part to its consistent acidity, subtle, silky tannins
and lighter-bodied style.
Proof: 20

Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir Tasting Notes
Aroma: Dark cherry in the nose
Flavor: Dark cherry, toasted oak, vanilla, juicy acidity and with richly structured tannins
Finish: Long and silky
Skinnygirl® California Pinot Noir Wine
©2014 Skinnygirl Cocktails, Deerfield, IL (Per 5 oz ? Average Analysis: Calories 100, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 0g, Fat 0g)