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Mother’s Day Cocktails

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day with a refreshing cocktail. Perfect at brunch, lunch or afternoon delight! Cruzan® Brew Berry Mojito Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Strawberry Rum 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 part Agave Nectar 5 parts Blonge Lager 3 Fresh Strawberries 8-12 Mint Leaves Method: Muddle strawberry, mint and agave nectar in a tall glass. Add lemon juice, rum and ice and shake. Add beer, shake lightly, and strain over ice into glass of choice. Garnish with a halved strawberry and sprig of mint. Cruzan® Blueberry Bramble  Ingredients: 1 ½ parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum ½ part...

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Kentucky Derby Weekend Cocktails

You don’t need to be in Kentucky to celebrate the Derby this weekend! Grab your finest hat and prepare a Derby-inspired cocktail at home. The Basil Hayden’s Derby Day Julep is a great choice for the Derby this weekend. The recipe’s strawberries, lemon and spearmint leaves pair perfectly with the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s. You can also enjoy the more-traditional Knob Creek Mint Julep, which features Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve with mint, simple syrup and soda. Lastly, if you prefer a stronger sip this Derby season, we recommend enjoying Booker’s Batch 2016-02, also known as “Annis’...

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Manhattan Moonshine: First Luxury Un-Aged Whiskey

With cocktail culture booming in the United States, there is certainly no shortage of speakeasies and high-end mixology bars in New York City. Some of the best ones have in common a revolutionary new un-aged whiskey called Manhattan Moonshine, which is rapidly emerging as a number one choice for the discerning drinkers of New York. Inspired by the cocktail renaissance that occurred during American Prohibition and the glamorous yet subversive nightlife that accompanied it, Manhattan Moonshine is the world’s first luxury un-aged whiskey and has been developed to be the perfect whiskey for cocktails. The Manhattan Moonshine Company, LLC...

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Drink Vodka Like a Celebrity

Celebrities have incredible power of persuasion in today’s society. If Jennifer Lopez endorses a clothing line or Kiera Knightley appears in a perfume commercial, people flock to these products with money extended. And why wouldn’t you? Who doesn’t want to smell, dress or eat like a celebrity? It gives a feeling of connectedness and a sense of luxury, to live out a small part of the celebrity lifestyle. If you’ll do all this, would you like to drink like a celebrity as well? Recently, various alcoholic companies have partnered with celebrities to market their vodka. Iconic Brands has teamed...

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Holiday Hangover Cure

The most fun aspect of the holidays is the togetherness: the parties, the friends, the drinks. The least appealing? Hangovers. Never fear, Caliwater has the cure! Caliwater is made with fresh Prickly Pear Cactus puree, and also contains Prickly Pear Cactus extract, which helps reduce hangovers, all with fewer calories and less sugar than coconut water. Furthermore, the Prickly Pear Cactus fruit is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains: powerful antioxidants known for their skin revitalizing benefits. They hydrate and revive your skin naturally. Caliwater also contains five naturally-occurring electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and rare antioxidants. There is zero fat and...

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Sparkling Ice Holiday Cocktails

We’re excited to bring you even more cocktail recipes from SPARKLING ICE! Just in time for your holiday parties and to ring in the New Year! Surely by now your friends are begging for new recipes, as they loved our fall cocktails so much. The first one is a classic: a hot toddy. Cozy Hot Toddy Ingredients 6 oz.  Crisp Apple SPARKLING ICE 1 ½ oz.  whisky or apple brandy 1 teaspoon honey Cinnamon stick, allspice cloves, and apple slices for garnish Directions Coat the bottom of a glass coffee cup with honey. Add whisky or brandy. Heat Crisp...

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SPARKLING ICE Fall Cocktails

SPARKLING ICE is back! This time, they bring us fall cocktails that are sure to delight your guests or satisfy you during a night-in on a cool, November evening. For those of you who enjoy the crisp taste of apple cider, try this twist using their recipe: SPARKLING ICE Apple Cider Ingredients 3 bottles of Crisp Apple SPARKLING ICE 1 bottle dry white wine 1 cup apple brandy 2 apples, sliced 1 orange, sliced 1 pear, sliced  Directions In a large pitcher combine sliced fruit with brandy and wine. Let this sit in the refrigerator for approximately 3 hours....

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Holiday Spotlight with Chef Tim Keller

Luxe Beat Magazine was lucky to hear from acclaimed Executive Chef Tim Keller. He shares with us his views on the holidays and treats us to some of his favorite recipes. When I think of past and future holidays it’s the food that comes to mind first. I’m sorry loved ones! I love you, but I also LOVE my Mother’s Christmas cinnamon rolls and Aunt Roz’s Hanukkah Latkes. Truly the holidays are about sharing. Sharing this special time with family and friends and enjoying each other’s traditional culinary delicacies. I suggest traveling and sampling as many different holiday foods...

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Apple Inspired Cocktail Recipes

As the hot summer makes its transition into cool fall, it’s time to forget about fixing cocktails with berries and start using everyone’s favorite fall food: apples! Whether it is hot apple cider, chilled apple juice or just a tasty apple brandy, the flavor of the apple makes a great foundation for many mixed drinks and works well with many different types of liquor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cocktails to drink when the weather starts cooling down. Apple Cider Bellini Ingredients: Bottle of Prosecco DOC ¼ oz Fig-infused vodka/liquor ¾ cup Apple cider Powdered cinnamon Granulated...

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Panini: The Simple Tastes of Italian Style Bread

Recipes from “Panini, the simple tastes of Italian style bread” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) by Veronica Lavenia. Her next book “The Rustic Italian Bakery” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) will be released November 2, 2015. Carrots and capers sauce A source of inspiration for many recipes – both sweet and savory – carrots are one of the most versatile and tasty vegetables. This sauce is a fresh and light idea to use carrots in a different way. Sicilian capers give a truly unique flavor to a very tempting sauce. Great for stuffing toast and classic panini, or over a slice...

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Pumpkin Beer Overload? Try a Cocktail!

If you’re tired of pumpkin beer or pumpkin spice coffee this fall, shake things up! Despite “pumpkin spice fatigue”, Google Trends data from August 2015 shows that the people are searching for, and craving, the fall flavor as much as ever and this year. One example is Traveler Beer Co’s Jack-O, made with real pumpkin, which was the third  highest selling craft pumpkin beer in the nation last year despite only being available in select markets. It¹s just become available nation-wide for the first time in 2015. Try out one or more of the recipes below to cure your pumpkin spice...

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Van Gogh Double Espresso Cocktail Recipes

Crafted to excellence, Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka delivers a wealth of flavor for those who expect more from their coffee. It’s powerful yet sophisticated, with the stronger and richer character savored by espresso lovers. Smooth yet bold, like your favorite cup of espresso. The Colombian coffee beans are significant and noticeable in the Double Espresso, which has a great roasted aroma with a touch of sweetness. There is a hint of bitterness in the taste that adds to the complexity and keeps the spirit balanced.  Here is all the smooth brilliance of great cafe, in the only FDA-approved vodka...

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