Saturday, September 19, 2015

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a PINK Drink

In honor of the upcoming National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Hard Rock’s 16th annual PINKTOBER campaign, Hard Rock Cafe locations are serving up sweet support with a beverage offering that raises funds and awareness for the cause.

Now through October, guests can enjoy Hard Rock Cafe’s non-alcoholic Wildberry Smoothie – a frozen blend of blend of fresh bananas, piña colada mix, orange juice and Monin Wildberry. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cheers to National Guacamole Day with Sauza Tequila!

Holy guacamole!  National Guacamole Day is September 16th and Sauza Tequila is giving thanks for the delightfully delicious super food with a “Good to be Green” avocado cocktail and a side of mouth-watering, Artichoke Guacamole with Toasted Pine Nuts.

Fun facts about our favorite fruit:
  • Avocados have been cultivated for more than 10,000 years
  • Avocados pack even more potassium than a banana!
  • Nearly 105 million pounds of avocados were consumed during the 2014 Super Bowl – bring on the guac!

Good to be Green  
·         1 ½ parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         2 parts limeade concentrate
·         ½ parts triple sec
·         ½ ripe avocado, chopped
·         ½ cups ice
·         Avocado slice for garnish

Preparation: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve in a salt rimmed glass. Add an avocado slice for garnish. Enjoy!

Artichoke Guacamole with Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped white onion
  • 2 tsp. minced jalapeño or Serrano chilies (Optional: remove seeds and membranes)
  • ½ tsp. teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2  large ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 small plum tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped 
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice 
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts

  1. In a medium size bowl, use the back of a spoon to mash 1 tablespoon of the cilantro, 1 teaspoon onion, 1 teaspoon of minced chili, and ½ teaspoon salt together against the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add the avocados and gently mash them with a fork until chunky-smooth. 
  3. Add 1 cup of marinated artichoke hearts chopped with ¼ cup of toasted pine nuts and stir.
  4. Fold the remaining cilantro, onion, and chili into the mixture. 
  5. Stir in tomatoes and lime juice, taste to adjust the seasonings.
  6. Serve with warm corn tortilla chips.  

**Makes 4 Servings

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Portal to Halloween Town is Open!

Mystery Minis: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Our second series of The Nightmare Before Christmas
Mystery Minis are coming!
The set includes the elusive Pumpkin King, the lovely Sally,
and inhabitants of Halloween Town like
Oogie Boogie’s henchman, Lock, Shock, and Barrel!
Each figure has a 1 in 12 rarity! Which figure will you get?!

Coming in October!

TNBC Vampire Teddy Pocket Pop! Keychain
Jack Skellington’s Vampire Teddy Pocket Pop!
Keychain is only a little evil!
Add the mischievous creature from The Nightmare Before Christmas
to your keyring to keep a little piece of Halloween Town close by!

Coming in November!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Welcome Fall With Cozy Cocktails from Skinnygirl

Before you know it, the warm weather will be over, and it’ll be time to switch up your clothes, décor and go-to cocktail! 

Pack up the frozen drinks and reach for something more cozy with these recipes from Skinnygirl® Cocktails featuring seasonal flavors. They’re perfect for a tailgate, bonfire, or relaxed night in. 

Pumpkin Spice Martini 

·         1 ½  parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
·         1 part canned unsweetened pumpkin
·         ¾ part fat free sweetened condensed milk
·         ¾ part unsweetened almond milk
·         ½ tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Preparation: Shake ingredients with ice, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Crisp Apple Cooler 

  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
  • ¾ part apple juice
  • ¼ part agave syrup
  • Apple slice for garnish
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Preparation: Stir agave syrup with vodka in the base of a shaker until the agave syrup dissolves. Add apple juice and shake thoroughly with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice and mint leaves.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Recreate 'The Fallon' Cocktail Featured Last Night on The Tonight Show

On Wednesday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Justin Timberlake and his personal mixologist, Eddy Buckingham, were on-hand to introduce a one-of-a-kind Sauza® 901® Tequila cocktail inspired by the late-night TV host – The Fallon.

The Fallon is a unique blend of “sweet and heat” using jalapeño-infused Sauza 901 Tequila. A triple- distilled, super-smooth tequila, Sauza 901 lends itself to being a fantastic mixer and ideal for infusing spicy flavors. 

The Fallon was enjoyed by Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and Questlove, and was declared “SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO AWESOME!” 

Sauza 901 Tequila
Sauza® 901® is a super-premium tequila created by Justin Timberlake and Sauza® Tequila, one of the world’s top premium tequila brands. Perfect for a celebratory occasion, Sauza® 901® is a triple distilled, 100% agave tequila offering a smooth taste crafted using only the finest Blue Weber agave.

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

The Fallon 

Cocktail Ingredients:
·         2 parts Jalapeno-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila (see below for directions)
·         1 part maple syrup
·         2 dashes Angostura® Orange Bitters

Preparation for The Fallon Cocktail: Stir all ingredients and jalapeño-infused Sauza 901 Tequila in a rocks glass. Top rocks glass with ice. Stir. Garnish with a Small Skewered red Jalapeno

Jalapeño-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila Ingredients:
·         1 bottle of Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         1 tsp. agave syrup
·         Four jalapeño peppers
·         Pinch of salt

Preparation for Jalapeño-Infused Sauza® 901® Tequila: Rough chop four jalapeño peppers. Combine the chopped jalapeño peppers with one bottle of Sauza 901 Tequila, teaspoon of agave syrup and a pinch of salt. Stir and allow to sit for up to one hour. Fine strain back into the Sauza 901 Tequila bottle.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Toast to Summer's Sendoff with Delicious Cocktails from Skinnygirl!

Whether you’re staying home by the pool or going on a weekend getaway this Labor Day, it’s hard to deny that summer is slowly coming to an end. There’s no better way to give the season a proper sendoff than by surrounding yourself with family, friends, and hassle-free cocktails!

Skinnygirl Cocktails® ready-to-serve cocktails take the work out of cocktailing – simply pour and enjoy! 

·         If you’re craving a little a spice in your cocktail, be sure to try Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita. It finishes with a bright lime flavor and lingering subtle heat for those hot summer nights.
·         Cool off with Skinnygirl® Sweet’arita! It features an aroma of lime complemented by notes of peppery tequila and orange for a sweet settling finish. 
·         Trying to find the perfect fruit-flavored cocktail? Sip on Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita! The flavors of sweet and juicy peach complemented with notes of silver tequila will keep you satisfied regardless of the weather!

If you’re up for mixing a few cocktails yourself, you’ll find easy-to-make recipes that include a last taste of summertime flavors below.

Summer’s Kiss Goodbye  
·         2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
·         2 large, muddled strawberries
·         3-4 pieces of basil
·         Splash of club soda

Preparation: Pour all ingredients except club soda over ice. Muddle strawberries and top with club soda.

Summer’s End
·         1 ½  parts Skinnygirl®  Cucumber Vodka
·         3 – 4 parts soda water  
·         Cucumber for garnish

Preparation: Mix all ingredients over ice.  Cut the cucumber into thin slices and garnish.