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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

lejay: original cassis. forbidden fruit.

lejay cassis black currantmeet Lejay, the original cassis, created in 1841. oh, what’s cassis, you ask? cassis is french for black currant. great, now that we’ve got that established, what is a black currant? oh, you don’t know what a black currant is? you’ve never tasted a black currant? well, you’re not alone. here’s why: the united states made the cultivation of black currants a federal crime. as in illegal. yup. hard to believe, isn’t it? the lumber industry proclaimed this berry was responsible for blighting the white pine. which was never actually proven by the way. unbelievably, this ban is still upheld in certain states like MA. here in NY though, we are once again free to grow black currants after a long 60 years, the way they were formally grown here. you see, the northeast part of the US is the perfect climate for growing black currants. it’s just mind-boggling that a country would ban a berry, isn’t it though? that’s the reason most americans have no idea what a black currant is. and no idea of how amazing cassis is. because my family hails from europe, i know well the merits of this forbidden fruit. talk to anyone whose mum grew up in europe, and you will be talking to someone who has savored the striking and memorable flavor of black currant. the real crime is that they were banned for so long. but let’s not cry over spilled cassis. let’s get out there and enjoy this awesome berry. enter Lejay, since 1841. blackcurrant lejay cassis

blackcurrants lejay cassis so back to cassis. the black currant, and by extension all things made with it, completely fell out of favor for generations due to this crazy ban. your grandmother knows what cassis is and she most likely drank it in a Kir Royale©. now cassis is making its way back into american life. on elevated culinary menus, you’ll find black currant proudly listed. on trendy cocktail menus you will see cassis prominently noted. and there is no cassis like Lejay. why have just any cassis when you can have the original, and best, cassis?

lejay cassis black currant i have taste-tested almost every cassis in the New York market, and while most are pretty good… Lejay is hands down spectacular. i wish i could pass you a sip through this post… i will do my best to paint a picture… when you first set your eyes upon Lejay, the color will strike you most. it is not maroon, it is ruby. it is more vibrant than any other cassis i’ve found, and if for no other reason than to color your drinks, Lejay should be your top choice. but let’s move on… as you touch it to your lips, your nose will detect a faint floral smell. and that would be the same flower essence Chanel No. 5 uses in its perfume: the highly sought after black currant flower bud. Lejay is not just fruity, but subtly floral as well. additionally, two different varieties of black currants give Lejay its diversity and depth. in 173 years nothing has changed in the manner in which Lejay makes their cassis. the same gravity fed, two month, slow pressing of the berries is still employed. the process is wholly artisanal and the result is so pure that it’s hard to believe there is actually alcohol in Lejay. lejay cassis spritz but there is: 18% or 36 proof, to be exact. lastly, very little sugar is used and what is used comes from sugar beet (GMO-free). this is not your typical sugary, fruity, cloying liqueur. this is heaven in a bottle.

so i invite your taste buds to the garden of eden… once you go black currant, you don’t go back, lol…all though Lejay can be mixed many ways, the Lejay Spritz is the simplest and perhaps most delicious way to enjoy the most outstanding cassis in the world. for entertaining, convert the ounce to cups and whip up a pitcher. cheers!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

#sharkbait – my shark tank casting call

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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!”

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

herbal blue tea to sip and mix

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bluechai2 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

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

new book: market fresh mixology 2nd edition

book 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

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

salted mezcal cider compliments of capricorn

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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!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

easy ice ball maker

ball 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

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

farm animal wine

sheep 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.

donkey The wines are certified organic, vegan and come from LaFortuna Vineyards, in a certified free trade zone in Chile.

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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.labels

Shop FARM SANCTUARY and support the silent victims of our world today: the much abused and humble farm animal.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

earth day: bolivia grants rights to mother earth

bolivia 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!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

the future is here with incredible 3-d ice cubes

shark ice 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…

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Monday, April 21, 2014

5 yr anniversary: the manhattan cocktail classic

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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.

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