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Friday, April 18, 2014

100% natural herb & flower rimming sugars

herb-crystal2 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

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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!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

polish snakebite is capricorn’s vice

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you might know i’m a cappie because it’s all about me. but did you know i love black currants? anything with blackcurrant flavoring is good. anything with cassis is even better. enter the POLISH SNAKEBITE. not to be confused with the SCOTTISH SNAKEBITE which consists of equal parts lager and hard cider with a shot of ribena or cassis.

my polish friend, olivia (a cancer), tells me they drink this by the gallon over there. so i tried it. not bad. plus it’s sparkly and pretty so that makes it not badder ; ) i would say this simple drink is simply amazing.

black-currant lest we forget, blackcurrants are a fruit of capricorn because they are ruled by saturn due to their dark color and sometimes sour flavor. yea, my “mentor” culpepar, lists all currants under venus, but i think the currant category needs to be broken down into subcategories. with all the different types of currants, one category is way too broad. if you haven’t tasted blackcurrant, which is quite possible as they were once illegal in the US, they have a deliciously bittersweet flavor. deliciously bittersweet just like capricorn. this goat picked these berries just last summer… cheers!

POLISH SNAKEBITE:

• a shot of cassis
(new to the US market, but nearly 200 years old, LEJAY CASSIS is where it’s at–it is the original, first of its kind, cassis–WOW)

• in hard cider
(celebrating a 175th anniversary this year, brotherhood winery, bottles TRUE BELIEVER–get the ginger apple is FAB with LEJAY)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

winter parties are hot

In the dead of winter, it’s actually the perfect time to throw a house party. everyone always saves their party plans for the summer. and then you have so many invites you can’t possibly make them all. and if you’re a gemini, libra, sagittarius, leo or aries, fughettabout it. you are so going to have to disappoint more than one of your friends for it is simply not possible to be in more than one place at a time. well, actually that’s not true. there is such a thing a “bilocation.” but that’s another post. in the winter, people are SAD, they are cold and they could use some could some good vibes more than ever. party

so have i convinced you yet to start planning your menu? choosing your theme? making favors? penning your invites? i hope so! winter is the time for house parties. so if you decide to cut the rug, your next job is event planner. one of the main reasons people don’t throw parties is because it’s overwhelming and stressful. if you let it be. i love love love to throw parties. i am naturally very organized so that’s easy for me, but i know it’s not for everyone. and i love to design the theme, and make the flavor and create the menu. i am in my glory doing this. but i know that’s not everyone’s thing, but it can be. here is a simple check list for your winter party:

list1 1. make an outline and checklist and don’t stray from it. getting caught up in too much detail is a pitfall. yes, details make or break you, but don’t let em get the better of you.


favor 2. speaking of details, the favor is a big deal. if it’s just a casual event i guess you don’t really need one. but it’s so fun to get a favor… if you are following proper party etiquetter, then it’s only good manners to give a goodie at the end of the night. if you’re crafty like me, you can whip something up. but, even if you are crafty, time is a constant challenge these days. purchasing a custom favor is your solution. if you are inviting a lot of type As to your shindig, how bout a stress ball?

pens are an awesome token that will be kept and if it was a good night, treasured! i love souvenir pen. i guess it’s because i’m a capricorn, the pragmatic sign, where everything must have a use. of course one of the coolest favors you could give would be custom barware.


apps 3. the menu. now it gets tricky. i’m a pain in the ass, first to admit it. my last boyfriend cited my diet as one of the reasons he broke up with me. i was too difficult to feed and he liked to cook. so, there are more and more people like moi in the world every day. which is a good thing, ha ha! so, you want to have stuff for everyone. not just vegetarian, but VEGAN fare. then, instead of red meat, just choose a chicken dish. who doesn’t like chicken? you really only need a few dishes and some apps and your good. tray also and provide some GMO-FREE fare. i won’t touch anything GMO with a ten foot pole. sugar is also on the outs, so have some stevia on hand to serve with coffee.

drink 4. the drinks. maybe the MOST important element of your soiree. always have a nice non-alcoholic option available. not just iced tea. lame! but a real bonified mocktail. something you put some thought into. zero-proof drink are a big trend right now. even for peeps who drink, we’re tired of waking up with hangovers. so, when i go out, i’ll drink a combination of liquor and non-liquor drinks. make a couple pitcher drinks up, like punches and make your life easy. don’t forget about WATER. totally under rated and overlooked. SO IMPORTANT. why not infuse some pitchers of water with mint while you’re at it?

music 5. music. ok, this is not my forte, but i do know that you need stuff on hand to switch when the mood of the party changes. you don’t want to be fumbling for something to play. or worse, asking your guests to borrow their playlist. get your shit together in the tunes department before the guests arrive. music is the great healer… don’t underestimate it’s power. have something slow, steady, fast on hand.

help 6. help. if you need it, which i think you do wonder woman… then arrange it. you don’t want to be slaving in front of your guests. you want to be out schmoozing with the guests. get all the “stuff” done before your friends start trickling in. and don’t forget to look hot. i always tell people to keep an apron or two on hand. and if you have to something that could potentially get messy, slip one on and remove it just a quickly. aprons are integral to a smooth party operation.

so, this is party on gwen, signing off… and hoping your invite yours truly to your winter bash!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

jasmine hot toddy – cancer’s got snow fatigue

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whenever i meet someone i resonate strongly with, they usually end up being a cancer. yes, the crab has mood swings, and are ridiculously sensitive, and can be… ahem, frugal. but, they also happen to ROCK. why? because this crustacean is just so… caring. and usually 100% genuine too. they are the sign of FEELING. if every human could experience the feelings of other beings on this planet… gosh our world would be a very different place. cancer though, is well on their way to doing just that. they are so intuitive. they pretty much all ready know what others are feeling… all the time. they may be in denial about it, but they are feeling it none the less.

maybe it’s the watery nature of their sign that mixes so well with the H2O in alcohol… but it’s a rare thing to catch a crab who doesn’t enjoy drinking. reallllly enjoy.

jasmine is ruled by the moon because it is a night flowering blossom. also, it climbs. like a cute little crab crawling its way into your heart. those two qualities make for a lunar plant, according to the principles of medieval herbal astrology. but hey here’s the good news: we can all enjoy this lovely warm tipple on a cold winter night. it’s not just for those crabby ones. and seeing as cancer is the sign of home, this would be a particularly nice toddy to sip in front of the fire. we all have one of those right? ha! the good old days… actually, i kind of LOVE my geo-thermal heating system. i’ll take that over chopping wood any day.

HOT MUSCAT TODDY
2 oz hot Jasmine Tea
3/4 oz Hot Simple Syrup
1/2 oz hot fresh lemon juice
1 oz room temp Pavan Muscat Liqueur
1 oz room temp Gin
spritz of Heritage Jasmine water JASMINE FLOWER WATER must be stored in fridge.

pour all in mug and enjoy

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Monday, February 17, 2014

vintage casino-themed cocktails

book2i was looking through my collection of bar books to find some casino-inspired recipes the other night. and i couldn’t find a one! i was bummed.

next morning i tripped over a book that had fallen off its shelf: the “COMPLETE WORLD BARTENDER GUIDE” circa 1977, reprinted in 1993. well, etsy classifies anything two decades old as vintage. that makes this book, and all the recipes in it, vintage. the universe wanted me to find this book. i opened it to the page that contained the CASINO cocktail! tell me that’s not cray cray. synchronicity! telepathy! welcome to the new age! pretty soon the casinos will go out of business because we’ll all be guessing the right bets. but for now, they are still a bit of gamble for most of us…

wondering why the page is ragged? my neurotic rabbit takes after it’s mommy, but chews books instead of nails. thank god i rescued this off the floor before he got to any of the actual recipes. casinos hold temptation for humans. but the pages of twenty year old books do it for buns.

so, here they are: the casino-inspired cocktails that i just knew had to exist!

CASINO:
• 2 oz gin
• ½ tsp maraschino bitters
• 1-2 dashes orange bitters
• a few drops lemon juice
(combine with ice; shake well. Strain and add ice.)

LAS VEGAS JULEP:
• 1 oz bourbon
• 1 oz lemon juice
• 2 tsp Galliano
• 1 tsp sugar syrup
( combine with ice; shake well. Strain over crushed ice. Decorate with mint.)

CASA BLANCA:
• 2 oz dark rum
• 3 tsp sugar syrup
• 3 tsp lime juice
• 1 tsp apiece of cointreau, cherry, brandy, and grenadine
• 1-2 dashes angostura bitters
(combine with ice; shake well. Strain. Decorate with a cherry and a slice of orange.)

BLACKJACK:
• 1 ¼ oz kirsch
• 1 ¼ oz iced coffee
• a few drops brandy
(combine the kirsch and the coffee in a wide champagne glass filled with crushed ice. Addd the brandy and gently stir.)

POKER:
• 1 ½ oz Jamaican rum
• 1 ½ oz sweet vermouth
(combine with ice; shake well. Strain and add ice.)

RUSSIAN ROULETTE:
• ½ oz Galliano
• ¼ oz lemon juice
• ½ oz banana brandy
• ½ oz brandy
• ½ oz orange juice
(combine, shake, and pour. Add topping of banana slices.)

MILLIONAIRE:
• 1 ½ oz gin
• 1 tbs pernod
• 1 egg white
• a few drops anisette
(combine with ice; shake. Strain and add ice.)

MILLIONAIRE COCKTAIL ONE:
• 1 oz Jamaican rum
• 1 oz apricot brandy
• 1 oz sloe gin
• 1 dash grenadine
• juice of 1 lime
(shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain, and serve.)

MILLIONAIRE NO. 2
• 1 ½ oz bourbon
• 2 tsp curacao
• 1 egg whte
• a few drops grenadine
• combine with ice; shake. Strain and add ice.

MILLIONS COCKTAL:
• 1 ½ oz gin
• 1 tbs sweet vermouth
• 2 tsp pineapple juice
• 1 egg white
• several drops grenadine
(combine with ice shake. Strain and add ice.)

GREENBACK:
• 2 oz gin
• 2 tsp lime juice
• 1 tsp green crème de menthe
(combine with ice; shake. Strain and add ice.)

TENDER:
• 1 ½ oz gin
• 1 tbsp apple brandy
• 1 tbsp apricot brandy
• a few drops lemon juice
(combine with ice. Shake well. Strain and add ice.)

HUSTLER:
• 2 oz bourbon
• 1 oz orange curacao
• 1 oz sweet vermouth
• 2 tsp lime juice
( combine with ice; shake well. Strain and add ice.)

TEMPTATION COCKTAIL
• 1 ½ oz whiskey
• several drops pernod, dubonnet and curacao
(combine with ice, shake well, strain and add ice. Touch it up with a twist of orange and of lemon.)

TEMPTER:
• 1 ½ oz port
• 1 ½ oz apricot brandy
(combine with ice; shake well. Strain and add ice.)

buns2 If you want experience the thrill of gambling without being persuaded to drink at the same time, you could always try out some online casino games. There are loads of sites that you can play at; you can find out about all the new casinos online at this site www.zencasino.co.uk. cheers!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

free zodiac app for iphone/pad/touch

chartA national survey of 2,035 U.S. adults commissioned via Harris Interactive on behalf of EBATES.COM: discovered if you’re looking for a fresh way to pick a gift for your Valentine, consider their Zodiac sign…

have to say though, I’m an earth sign but would prefer to have flowers, jewelry or tv the LEAST. I have almost no air in my chart, but i’d prefer to get clothes the MOST. go figure. This is just further proof that you are not your SUN SIGN alone. you have a Rising Sign, a Venus Sign, a Moon Sign, etc…

to find out this info, just get your natal charts done peeps!!! here is a FREE APP that is awesome for just that: “CELESTE.COM” for iphone, ipad, itouch… just need to know your time and location of birth.

SURVEY RESULTS:
• Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) want gift cards (36%), Smartphone (11%), or Xbox/Playstation (7%)

• Earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo) want Flowers (26%), Jewelry (23%), or a TV (9%)

• Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) want Shoes (12%) or a Tablet (12%)

• Air signs (Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini) want Chocolate (29%), Clothes (19%), or Tools (6%)

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Monday, February 3, 2014

hilarious book: reasons mommy drinks

babyi have no idea who sent me this book to review. i guess its the universe’s way of confirming my decision not to have kids. REASONS MOMMY DRINKS is hilarious! both to new parents and to those who have abstained. it outlines in a most side-splitting tone, the trials and tribulations of raising a newborn. each hysterical tale is remedied with an anecdotal cocktail.

sometimes i think that minding my two dog-sized rabbits who wanna kill each other 24/7 kinda sucks. and that my geriatric feline, for whom i am a personal nurse maid, kinda blows. forget about my persian cat whose fur must be brushed every five minutes or up comes a golf-sized hair ball. thank god i do have one normal cat or this place would really be a mad house. after reading this book though, its A L M O S T a piece of cake.

cheer’s an excerpt:

THE AFTER EIGHT:
“Nine o’clock used to be a dinner reservation. Now it’s a bedtime. By the time Mommy feeds you squash, washes squash of the wall, and gets you to bed, she has exactly twenty-three minutes to eat what-ever you didn’t in front of X-Factor before she passes out with her hair encrusted in squash. Being up at 2 am used to mean it was a good night. Now it’s a very, very bad night…”
INGREDIENTS:
1 oz creme de cacao
1 oz creme de menthe
splash milk
fill glass with ice. pour ingredients and stir. enjoy after 8pm but before 9pm lest you turn into a sleep-deprived gremlin the next day.

perhaps REASONS MOMMY DRINKS is so funny is because it was written by two wordsmithing pros: lyranda martin evans, an advertising copywriter and fiona stevenson a trained improviser in sketch comedy. congrats ladies, on your smashing newborn book!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

the peacock: leo’s libational dessert

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pavanthis dessert is easy to make and elegant to serve. A perfectly formed scoop of sorbet floating in a sea of spirit. served in your finest crystal, of course. meet, THE PEACOCK.

in this case, the sorbet is citrus and the spirit is PAVAN: A french muscat liqueur with a touch of orange blossom water. i’m not sure which is better: the exotic muscat flavor, the beautiful floral fragrance or the exquisitely designed bottle. it’s a toss up. what’s not a toss up is PAVAN’s ability to please a wide range of palettes. this liqueur’s fruity, floral, pleasing sweetness marvelously compliments the zesty, citrusy ice… making THE PEACOCK a crowd pleaser. just like leo.

PAVAN is a leo, through and through. (the name translates to “dance of the peacock”). not only is this spectacular bird a leo, whose grand energies are obvious in its (cock)tail feathers. but the muscato grape thrives in sun, also making it a leo. finally, we have a hint of spanish orange flower water, and because oranges are round and orange like the sun, that’s a leo too. (the sun rules the sign of leo).

the beautiful bottle is the color of irridescent feathers and has a gold peacock emblazoned on the front. When the bottle is empty it is a gradated blue color. there is actually no yellow or green at all. but when the bottle is full, a sort of optical illusion takes place and the yellow-hued liquid mixes to create shimmering blues and greens. it’s kind of Funny, because like a peacock feather, i just can’t throw it away. I reuse my bottle in the kitchen for olive oil which gives that nice PAVAN peacock effect perfectly. Cheers!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

zodiac hot toddy tasting @ tuxedo ridge ski center

hey everyone in new york’s hudson valley, listen up: you’re invited to my ZODIAC HOT TODDY TASING! see invite below, i hope you can make it!
tasting

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Friday, January 3, 2014

baron: new boutique tequila is organic, too

baronin spanish the word baron refers to a nobleman or higher power. the project to create BARON began during the chinese year of the dragon. the founder felt an energy between the two and BARON was named.

Here we have an Organically grown, Gluten Free, Kosher, Small batch Tequila that comes in an artisanal bottle. This is a special tequila, and each bottle is numbered on the back.

I tend to choose the path less taken. So does BARON:

“After 10 years of growth, Ansan harvests the prime heads of agave for production. They are slow cooked to assure the caramelization of their sugar. The hand-guided pot-still distillation cooks off the volatiles in three distillations. Unlike industrial producers, a purity is achieved without the use of glycerin or additives. A panel of three tasting experts samples each batch to confirm it matches the original. ”

I love beautiful things. a little too much. BARON is pretty:

Glassblowers first select the best quality glass and then engage in what they call a “four-touch” process guiding the glass into shape utilizing both human touch and sophisticated machinery to mold the ornate design directly into the glass itself. The bottle has decorative floral embellishments wrapping around the bottom, top and sides. it’s a delicate and sophisticated look for an upscale tequila with those very same traits.

BARON TEQUILA 750 ml $55

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