last week i went on a SHARK TANK casting call at the SMALL BUSINESS EXPO in NYC and pitched my INTOXICATED ZODIAC Candles, Barware, Wedding & Bachelorette product lines… i was SO nervous… but had fun once i got into the screening room… wish Intoxicated Zodiac luck everyone!!!! Wanna read by 60 second elevator pitch?
“Welcome to where Astrology meets Alcohol and becomes one in your glass!” I illustrated each Zodiac sign to be drinking a Cocktail! And those Cocktails are based on Medieval Herbal Astrology, where plants have signs like people. In those days they would use this to cure their illnesses. But in these days we use it to help us drink… WINK! Speaking of drinking, I’ve created Cocktail programs for celebrity events with Chef Todd English and renowned Astrology Susan Miller. I used these recipes in my Zodiac Candle line which sells internationally, and was picked up by Henri Bendel a few years ago, along with my Zodiac Barware line. Both of these products have also been featured on Channel Five. Cheers!”
BLUECHAI SWEET PEA FLOWER tea is fabulous. it really is this blue! no photoshop, no filter.
pleasant enough to be enjoyed as a cup of hot brewed tea. or as a tisane (the french for “herbal infusion.”) in europe it is actually illegal to call dried flowers a tea. but here in the states it’s fine.
where it really shines is the color. use it in a cocktail, or make blue iced tea! the unusual SWEET PEA FLOWER will add interest to any cocktail menu.
the best part is no lab-made color. mother nature made this masterpiece in thailand. it’s here where the organic flowers are picked and sun-dried daily. and a little bit goes a long way. the blue color in this glass can be achieved with just one or two flower buds! the pigment is very strong. this unique brew is worth every penny: $8 per bag at BLUECHAI.COM
the 2nd edition of MARKET FRESH MIXOLOGY by bridget albert with mary barranco is an interesting book. it calls for some seasonal ingredients. but it’s not a “garden” fresh book. it’s a “market” fresh one. i prefer to use LOCAL seasonal ingredients. however this book calls for GLOBAL seasonal ingredients.
free energy is coming. food miles will be a thing of the past. we were never supposed to use mother earth’s blood as gasoline. freshness will be the only negative of using globally sourced ingredients. to remedy that high speed food transportation will be introduced. then we’ll be 3-d printing cocktails before you know it.
now i’ve divined the future for you. maybe i should review the book. well, it’s cool! i like how the chapters are divided into the four seasons. most of these original drinks are highly creative. the book itself is well organized. contains thorough yet concise information. lovely photos of many but not all of the drinks. a nice, inexpensive guide for beginners and adepts alike.
this is a great tool with which to channel your inner mixologist! some of its catchier recipes include GOOSEBERRY LEMONADE, BLACKBERRY CINNAMON MOJITO, SPICED BEET COCKTAIL, CARROT CHIC, HOT BANANA BUTTERED RUM adn the HONEYDEW SAKE COCKTAIL.
while the CAVIAR MARTINI is cool, i urge you to consider caviar. it’s often harvested in a cruel manner. enjoy this more humane tipple instead:
SAVORY AVOCADO COCKTAIL:
***muddle 1 whole avocado, 5 fresh tarragon leaves.
***shake with 1 1/2 oz fresh sour, juice from 1/2 lime, 1 1/2 oz anejo tquila, 1/2 oz triple sec.
***strain and rim with sugar / sea salt mixture.
MARKET FRESH MIXOLOGY $15.95 via AGATEPUBLISHING.com
i could drink a lot of these. sweet, sour, smoky and salty. all part of a naughty mexican treat.
technically, agave belongs to scorpio/aries… apple cider belongs to taurus/libra… salt belongs to cancer… but i’m assigning this drink to CAPRICORN. why? because smoke is ruled by saturn and can go cappie/aquarius.
and this drink is all about smoke. i love it. and i’m a goat. it’s mine!!! so i hereby proclaim this to be a drink of capricorn. but i’m gonna let you guys have the recipe so you can make your own and pretend it’s yours…
making this drink even more capricornian, btw, is my vintage mexican bag in the background. goats love antiques. even real goats. i remember when i was a kid (ha), my pet goat- felisha -grabbed an antique newspaper out of a collector’s hand and devoured it on the spot. so, celestial goats and furry goats are both very into vintage!
SALTED MEZCAL CIDER:
6 oz hard cider (standard cider‘s true companion)
2 oz del maguey crema de mezcal (organic)
rim glass with agave dipped in himalayan pink salt.
serve over ice, or not! cheers!
Check out my blue balls ; ) I was sent an ARCTIC CHILL ICE BALL MAKER for review. LOVED IT.
made from bpa-free silicone. so easy to use. looks great in a glass. kick that cocktail up a notch. throw some ARCTIC CHILL BALLS in your freezer!
not only that but the 2.5″ ice sphere melts slower than regular cubes so it saves your drink from getting watered down. ideal for sipping those aged spirits… perfect gift for dad!
not just for adults! kids LOVE these big balls of round ice in their mocktails! color them with NATURAL food dye or stuff them with fruit for extra fun!
customize for any holiday. for example on halloween… stuff them with candy corn or make scary ice eyeballs! on sale for $13.99/set of four ARCTICCHILLPRODUCTS.com
The Barnyard Vineyards is proud to announce that it is selling Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot as a fundraiser. $6 of every bottle you purchase is given to FARM SANCTUARY.
The wines are certified organic, vegan and come from LaFortuna Vineyards, in a certified free trade zone in Chile.
Please disregard any rumors you may have heard circuiting around the farm that Charlie and Christmas (2 of our colossal cows) or the herd of goofy goats, had ANYTHING to do with the smashing of the grapes. In addition, the daffy ducks had nothing to do with tasting the wine, no matter what they say.
Shop FARM SANCTUARY and support the silent victims of our world today: the much abused and humble farm animal.
less than one year ago olivia granted rights to mother earth. not too many people know about this historical and groundbreaking new law. so i thought what better way to celebrate earth day than to spread the truth. if it was on cnn and fox5 — i missed it. maybe i blinked. but i don’t think it got air time as it is not coming up in searches. this granting of rights is a big deal and the time will come when every country passes this same ruling. lemme tell ya, for a small lil’ country… olivia has got some BIG BALLS. cheers to olivia and mother earth!
well the japanese may be into eating dolphins but apparently they are into drinking sharks. the style trend setter of the world is not letting us down in the cocktail category… very cool stuff out of japan… 3-d ice cubes. i want one! click the link to see more innovative designs…
proud to say i blogged THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL CLASSIC the first time it was held in NYC and still blogging it, 5 years later! yahoo! so, as i’ve mentioned, if you wanna be cool, you can move to brooklyn or the hudson valley ; ) but now you have a 3rd option: attend THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL FESTIVAL this may 11-14, and kill it at the classic. instant cache. seriously though, this is an event no one in the business–or a fan of cocktailing–should miss. it’s fun, it’s educational and again, it’s cool. ha! i had the pleasure of attending the prestigious OPENING GALA at the NY public library once and it was AWESOME to say the least. i would reco that to everyone. and if you are a professional, you def wanna get your butt to the “INDUSTRY INVITATIONAL” and make all sorts of liquid connections. or perhaps you’re simply a fan of Cocktailing – then you should take part in one of the SPONSORED EVENTS. i have been to a few of these and have NEVER been disappointed. so much care goes into planning them, each one is a guaranteed hit. tick tock. get your tix ASAP at MANHATTANCOCKTAILCLASSIC.COM.
gone are the days where, if you wanted natural cocktail ingredients, you had to make your own. no longer is our selection comprised solely of chemical dyed, artificially flavored crap. introducing 100% natural – even Kosher Certified – “Fresh Origins Mini Herb & Flower Crystals.” i say, go crazy and rainbow rim your glass with all six flavors! or just choose the one you like best. they come in rose, hibiscus, fennel, basil, cilantro and mint. the basil is really savory even though it is made from cane sugar. it’s not as sweet as the others. but each flavor is really better than the next. and the best part is that now sipping in style won’t kill you. SHOP ONLINE at gourmetsweetbotanicals.com
HOW TO RIM A RAINBOW GLASS: use two plates as per above. pour honey or agave on one plate in the size of the glass rim. on the next, arrange the colored crystals in the order you desire. dip rim of glass lightly in agave/honey and then press into the rainbow colors you so carefully arranged. cheers!