Sunday, February 22, 2015

National Margarita Day Recipes (with CHOCOLATE on top!)

Whether you like it frozen or on the rocks, National Margarita Day (TODAY -- February 22nd) is the perfect time to celebrate everyone’s favorite tequila cocktail!! 

While Valentine’s Day has passed and your roses may be wilting, it’s never too late for chocolate! We’re combining two of our fave things – margaritas and chocolate – for some chocolate-inspired recipes with a Sauza® Tequila twist!

Chocolate Chip Margarita 
·            1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
·            1 part JDK & Sons Crave® Chocolate Chili Liqueur 
·            ¾ part half and half 
·            1 glass of ice (for shaking) 
·            5-10 chocolate chips for garnish 
Preparation: In a shaker filled with ice combine Sauza® Blue Silver, Crave Chocolate Chili, and half and half. Shake until chilled. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with chocolate chips. 

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Margarita 
·            1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila 
·            ½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots 
·            8 parts chocolate ice cream 
·            2 parts milk 
·            ¼ part creamy peanut butter 
·            Chocolate sauce (to rim glass) 
·            Peanut butter (to rim glass) 
Preparation: Rim cocktail glass with half creamy peanut butter and half chocolate sauce by running the edge of the glass through plates with each. In a blender combine chocolate ice cream, milk, peanut butter, tequila and butterscotch liquor. Blend until smooth. Pour drink into prepared glass and enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Margarita
·         1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         ½ part DeKuyper® Razzmatazz
·         6 parts chocolate milk
·         2 dashes of Taza® Chocolate Mexicano Extract
·         Chocolate shavings (for garnish)
·         Raspberry (for garnish)

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings. Garnish with a raspberry and enjoy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: #BoyMeetsSkinnygirl Valentine's Day Launch Party withBethenny!

To introduce the new Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl Pinot Noir, Bethenny Frankel threw a Valentine's Day party in New York City on February 10, 2015. And it was awesome!

From the sexy red ambience to the ever-flowing drinks and apps, the party was on from the moment we walked in!

Everyone was dressed in red and in the Valentine's Day spirit, even the Real Housewives of New York City!! 

Kristen Taekman and her husband were there from the very beginning, and she looked absolutely stunning. Kristen hung all night, talking and dancing with the group. Ramona Singer came for a little bit and seemed to be in a funk. She was pretty separate from the group and I felt like she was trying to look busy. She did sound sick, so maybe that's why she left early... Heather Thomson and her husband were also in attendance and she was having so much fun dancing (Ms YummyTummy's got some moooves!). Sonja Morgan and Countess LuAnn DeLesseps arrived a little later, arm in arm, and danced the night away.

Of course, I got some good face time with my girl, Bethenny, and she was so kind, gracious, and lovely, as always. We raved about how good the new Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita is, and we took some pics and selfies. I just admire and respect Bethenny so much, and it was such a delight to be celebrating the launch of more Skinnygirl Cocktails.

The night went on and the music hit a real groove toward the end. I went with my friend Cary, and as we stood by the bar, dancing and talking, Bethenny pointed to us and pulled the two of us from the crowd onto the roped-off VIP stage to dance with her and the Housewives! 

I couldn't believe that Bethenny chose us, and we just let loose and had the best time dancing to "Hot In Herre" and "Empire State Of Mind," among other classics. Bethenny asked me to request Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" but the DJ didn't have it :/ When "Drunk In Love" came on, I lost it and was dancing, singing, rapping, and being a fool. It was so much fun, and I'm pretty sure Bethenny saw me and got a kick out of my on-point Hova rapping skills ;)

For every hashtag #BoyMeetsSkinnygirl on Twitter and Instagram, Skinnygirl Cocktails donated money to Dress For Success, which I think is amazing. 

Check out the RHoNY dancing together!

And our selfie with Sonja (after she spanked Cary with her clutch a few times - ha)!

Special thanks go out to my friend @Acute_Tweetment for these great pictures of us on the center stage dance floor :) So great!

What a night!!!! I love Bethenny so much and am so grateful! She makes the best Valentine and throws the greatest parties! 

Thank you Skinnygirl and Coyne PR!!

Boy Meets Skinnygirl Valentine's Day Launch Party in NYC


Bethenny Frankel and Celeb Friends Help Debut New Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir at Event Benefitting Dress for Success®

DEERFIELD, IL – February 11, 2015 – The newest “single girls” in town,  Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir, were officially introduced last night at the Skinnygirl® Cocktails“Boy Meets Skinnygirl® Cocktails” Valentine’s Launch Party in Manhattan, and party attendees quickly fell in love! With the original Skinnygirl herself, Bethenny Frankel, behind the bar pouring cocktails, an enthusiastic group of celebrity guests, fans, friends and media kicked off their Valentine’s Day week by sipping the two newest products in Skinnygirl® Cocktail’s closet of low-calorie cocktailing options.  

The evening felt “romantic in red” as partygoers decked out in their Valentine’s Day finest sampled new Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir. Frankel was joined by “Real Housewives of New York City” cast mates LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Kristen Taekman and Heather Thomson, along with other celebrity guests.

The original Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, left, poses with fellow “Real Housewives of New York” cast members Kristen Taekman, second left, Heather Thomson, center, Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps, right, at the "Boy Meets Skinnygirl Cocktails" Valentine’s Launch Party, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 in New York. The group joined Frankel as she unveiled Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl Pinot Noir at the event benefiting Dress for Success. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images)

All the fun was for a good cause as the brand donated $50,000 to long-standing charity partner Dress for Success®. The funds will assist Dress for Success with their mission of helping disadvantaged women on their paths to financial independence. 

“Our newest girls offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a cocktail with a little heat and a little citrus, or a delicious wine option without the guilt,” said Frankel. “We had a great time unveiling the new products all while giving back to Dress for Success, a cause that is so important to me.”

The two new products expanded Skinnygirl® Cocktails’ offerings across Skinnygirl®, the Wine Collection and its Ready-to-Serve lineup, bringing the full portfolio to 20 products.

The original Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, center, strikes a pose with fellow “Real Housewives of New York” cast members Kristen Taekman, left, and Ramona Singer, center right, and friends at the "Boy Meets Skinnygirl Cocktails” Valentine’s Launch Party on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 in New York. The group (including Lisa Lampanelli, Chuck Nice, and Jax Taylor) joined Frankel as she unveiled new Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl Pinot Noir at the event to benefit Dress for Success. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images)

“Skinnygirl®Cocktails continues to shake up the cocktail industry and our latest offerings are no exception,” said Megan Frank, Senior Director of Skinnygirl® Cocktails. “The spicy-sweet flavor combination is popular and Pinot Noir is one the largest wine segments right now and growing, so we feel these on-trend products are excellent additions to our great-tasting, low-calorie lineup. Regardless of how you’re celebrating, these new offerings provide the perfect companion this Valentine’s Day.”

The delicious new products from Skinnygirl® Cocktails are sure to make fans fall in love at first sip: 

  • Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita ~ Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margaritais the perfect combination of heat meets sweet, offering a well-rounded balance of cool lime, spicy chili and tequila. Skinnygirl®Spicy Lime Margarita contains a light citrus aroma with spicy undertones, finishing with a bright lime flavor and lingering subtle heat. At less than 100 calories per serving, Skinnygirl®Spicy Lime Margarita is 19.9 proof and offered in 750 mL and 1.75 L bottles. (Suggested retail price is $12.99 for a 750 mL bottle, currently available nationwide; $19.99 for a 1.75 L bottle, available March 2015)

  • Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir ~ Skinnygirl®Pinot Noir contains aromas of dark cherry and mouthwatering flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla. At 100 calories per 5 oz. serving, the newest girl to join Skinnygirl®,the Wine Collection offers a long and silky finish with juicy acidity. Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir is 10% ABV (alcohol by volume) and offered in a 750 mL bottle. Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir is ideal for meal pairings, well-suited to pair with a wide variety of ethnic dishes and classic cuisines due to its consistent acidity, subtle, silky tannins and lighter-bodied style. (Suggested retail price is $11.99 for a 750mL bottle, currently available nationwide)

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Friday, February 6, 2015

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Cocktails

Ana and Christian are coming to the big screen and Sauza Tequila has some cocktails to toast to the first installment of the trilogy – no cable ties, masking tape, or rope required.

Watch the complex relationship between college grad Anastasia Steele and young business mogul Christian Grey unfold, with a cocktail in hand.

No matter what your hard and soft limits are, these cocktails are delicious enough for everyone to agree upon. 

Spicy Passion 
  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
  • 1 part Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum 
  • 2 parts fresh orange juice 
  • Juice of ½ lime 
  • 1-3 dashes Tabasco® Sauce 
  • Lemon wheel (for garnish) 
  • Raspberries (for garnish) 

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and berries. 

The Elevator Ride 
  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Pomegranate Schnapps Liqueur 
  • 2 parts grapefruit juice 
  • 1 part club soda 
  • 1 lemon wheel (for garnish) 

Preparation: Build over ice in a glass in this order: pour tequila, grapefruit juice and club soda and stir to combine. Now pour the pomegranate liqueur over the top (it will work its way down). Garnish with a lemon wheel. 

Inner Goddess  
  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
  • 1 part Cruzan® Guava Rum 
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour 
  • 1 part mango juice 
  • 1 barspoon red pepper jelly 
  • 1 lime wedge (for garnish) 

Preparation: Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

Ultimate Fantasy 
  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
  • 1 part DeKuyper® 03 Premium Orange Liqueur 
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour 
  • 1 part passion fruit juice 
  • Dash of sriracha sauce 
  • 1 lemon wedge (for garnish) 
  • 1 cherry (for garnish) 

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry through a toothpick. 

The Red Room  
  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ Fleur Elderflower Liqueur 
  • 2 parts moscato wine 
  • ½ part cranberry juice 
  • 3 lime wheels (for garnish) 

Preparation: Build in order over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with lime wheels floated.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Guilt-Free Cocktail Recipes from Skinnygirl

With Valentine's Day around the corner (and a Skinnygirl launch party that can't be missed!), you might be in need of a good cocktail recipe to keep  company or spice up a romantic evening!

Bird Hero Blockbuster 
  • 2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka 
  • Splash of dry vermouth
  • Fresh olives to garnish
Preparation: Shake ingredients with ice and pour into martini glass. Garnish with fresh olives.
The Hotel Lobby 
  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Meyer Lemon Vodka
  • 2 parts club soda 
  • Muddled raspberries
  • Fresh lemon twist to garnish
Preparation: Muddle raspberries in a glass and add ice.  Pour ingredients and stir.  Garnish with a fresh lemon twist.

Anti-Cupid Cucumber Crush 
·         1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
·         2 parts club soda
·         Splash of sugar-free cranberry juice
·         Lime wedge or cucumber slice to garnish
Preparation: Pour all ingredients over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber slices.
Valentine’s Twist 
  • 2 parts Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
  • Squirt of fresh lime
  • Squirt of fresh lemon
  • Squirt of fresh orange
  • Splash of lemon-lime soda
  • Orange peel to garnish
Preparation: Shake Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka, lime, lemon and orange juices with ice and strain into martini glass. Top off with a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnish with an orange slice.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these Sauza Cocktails!

This Valentine’s Day, melt your significant other’s heart with something you both can enjoy. Take Cupid’s advice -- stay in, skip the overpriced dinner, and let Sauza® Tequila help you cuddle up with a cocktail in hand.

·         1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         2 parts JDK & Sons™ 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
·         5 cherries (pitted and stemmed)
·         1 tbsp agave nectar
·         1 part fresh lime juice
·         1 part club soda

Preparation: Muddle together cherries, lime juice and agave nectar. Strain into shaker. Add in orange liqueur, tequila, and ice and shake. Top with club soda and garnish with cherries.

Sweetheart Sipper 
  • 1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part DeKuyper® Strawberry Liqueur
  • ½ part (chilled) rose champagne
  • ½ part limeade 
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. sugar 
  • 1 lime wedge
Preparation:  Wash, stem, quarter and freeze strawberries for at least 1 hour (can be done the day ahead). Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your champagne flute and dip in a plate of sugar to coat rim. Place 3 frozen strawberries in the bottom of the prepared flute.  Pour champagne into the glass. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, limeade, and strawberry liqueur. Shake and pour into glass. Add a squeeze of fresh lime if desired and serve immediately.