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Friday, February 27, 2009

healthy mixers: hint water and pom juice

.jpgin this world of genetically modified high fructose corn syrup sweetener, natural beverages have become an anomaly. recently, i was sent two of these gems to sample, and i found them both worthy of mention.

the first is HINT WATER, which is so much more palatable than regular water, but devoid of the sugars found in most flavored waters. i was a VITAMIN WATER addict until recently when THE unusually uniformed GWEN was actually told she was ingesting chemicals and sweeteners. boy i really dropped the health ball on that one. but i’m back… count me in for HINT WATER, a welcome alternative to just water and flavored waters. why not mix it in your favorite cocktail… after all, MR LIBRA likes it.

a2.jpgthe second is POM WONDERFUL POMEGRANATE JUICE, which at this point has become a classic in the juice world. it was POM WONDERFUL that started the trend to popularize the pomegranate years ago, so thank them. check out the website for tons of really good cocktail, mocktail and culinary recipes. my personal favorite is virgo’s PURPLE HAZE. on a personal note, POM WONDERFUL signed a memoratorium on animal testing a while back, so TRIPLE KUDOS to them. how many other companies conduct needless tests on animals unbeknownst to you an I? be confident that POM WONDERFUL is not among them… drink in moral confidence and drink to your health, cheers!

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac





Saturday, February 21, 2009

belly flash – mr. libra III’s drink of choice

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stemming back to my child hood days as a competitive gymnast, i still have the propensity to do cartwheels over a big, inviting, open surface when i see one. freshly mowed lawns are my all-time favorite surface to flip on, but a nice big, well-vacuumed carpet comes in a close second. such was the case with mr. libra III’s oriental rug. like the man himself, his carpet was irresistible… invitingly clean, no offensive odors, impeccably coordinated, constructed by the nimblest of fingers, top notch stuff. and like when we first met, the word no was suddenly absent from my vocabulary. it was a second date and i hardly knew him, but i knew it was too soon to be turning tricks on his rug. still, those fibers called and over i came. before i knew what was happening, nadia comănec’s athletic spirit possessed me for a spell… my body erected itself into a perfect handstand… and continued on to a perfectly executed pirouette… and finished with an impressive mid-air straddle. it was here that my shirt fell above my stomach, exposing a flash of flesh that had the same effect on mr. libra III that his rug had on me. almost against his will, over he came, cocktail in hand, not a splash made, eager to taste the flash of belly flesh. that was a very good day indeed, mr. libra III.

BELLY FLASH:

1 oz irish whiskey
1 oz flavoured water
ice

mr. libra III drinks his poison with tap water, but i recommend adding fruit-infused H2O to make the BELLY FLASH that much more palatable. girls beware: both of libra III’s and this ain’t no girly drink, take heed!

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac




Friday, February 20, 2009

economic stimulus plan: buy american, buy jim beam

jim_beam_white_bottle_new.pngas if the the economic stimulus plan, Foreclosure Aid Package, Wall Street and government auto bail outs weren’t enough of a smack in the face, take the somber fact that thousands of american retail stores are predicted to go bankrupt this year alone.

all of a sudden, those four little words, MADE IN THE USA, have an updated, and inspiring, meaning. products manufactured in the states are slowly starting to enjoy a new genre of patriotic consumers. lest you remain unconvinced, let’s do the math… if we support american brands of our own volition, then government won’t have to force us to to support them with our taxes.

and one certainly can’t get more american than JIM BEAM. as american as apple pie, this bourbon whisky was founded way back in 1795. JIM BEAM even made it through prohibition to be listed today as #14 on the world’s top 100 spirit list. every piece of this product is born and raised in the good ‘ole US of A—in america’s heartland kentucky to be exact. and in case you should wonder, yes mr. JIM does taste as good as he sounds. cheers to a new america!

here’s a lil’ recipe to get y’all started…

Bourbon-Glazed Nut Snacks

¼ cup Jim Beam
¼ cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. salted mixed nuts

Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. Combine Jim Beam, syrup and butter in saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. After mixture reaches boiling point, reduce heat to medium and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts, tossing to coat evenly. Spread nuts in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining glaze. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Immediately remove nuts to wax paper, separating them to prevent sticking together. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2-1/2 cups.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

cocktail / cookbook to benefit guide dogs

whats_cookin_at_the_puppy_place-1.jpgcan we get a better cause than this? for a mere $10 (tax deductible) you can help support the florida-based guide dog school, SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS. this is a win win win win situation… help dogs, help people, help your tax return, and help your taste buds with some interesting new recipes i doubt you ever heard of… for instance, GRAND MARNIER CRANBERRY MUFFINS, BOURBON-BUTTERSCOTCH BAKED APPLES, BAPTIST CHAMPAGNE and DRUNKEN WIENERS. so, without further ado, go to THE PUPPY PLACE for more info, or visit THE PUPPY PLACE BLOG and support this wonderful organization today.

BOOK DEDICATION:
This cookbook is dedicated to the many people who are committed in helping teach the blind to function in daily life through the various Guide Dog and Seeing Eye Dog programs across the country. As volunteers for The Puppy Place we understand the importance of raising funds that is needed by these schools in order to provide the utmost guidance and training that each student receives.

Guide dogs not only provide the gift of increased independence, confidence, and mobility, but they also act as a trusted companion providing new opportunities for social interaction. Thank you for helping to make a difference in the life of a blind individual in the form of a loving, guide dog partner today.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac



Saturday, February 14, 2009

this valentine’s day, peace will guide the planets & love will steer the stars

oh.pngThe talented Terry Evans kindly sent me the following:

This St Valentine’s Day is a truly fabulous day for romance, as the Sun (guys) and the Moon (gals) are in a beautiful aspect.

At dawn on 14th February the day dedicated to Women and St Valentine, the patron saint and martyr of Love, the Moon in Libra enters the seventh house of relationships. And Jupiter and Mars are aligned in Aquarius in the twelfth house of spiritual transformation.

IT IS A COSMIC VALENTINE! In 1969, the song Aquarius, forecast this next Aquarian precursor:

“When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars. Then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars”

Turns out, this is actually happening on Saturday Morning! At dawn on 14th February the Cosmos actually embodies this perfect alignment to support our collective manifestation of love and peace and dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Tokens from the Goddess! In the ancient world, February 14th was a special day dedicated to the Feminine Divine.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac



Friday, February 13, 2009

bramble appletini-aquarius enjoys her birthday caketail

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aquarius is rather like a puppy—usually wagging her cute little tail and willing to play ball. if any sign is man’s best friend, it is the water bearer. few enjoy people, and gatherings, like aquarius. this stereotypically fun-loving, friendly, humanitarian, spontaneous sign would die to have this cocktail served at her birthday bash, in honor of her truly. so if you’re a true friend, screw the mixing glass and bring on the pitcher. that’s one gift aquarius will remember (unless she drinks it all herself).

or perhaps your aquarian friend is of the quiet sort? they do exist, i know several. if that’s the case, definitely bring them a pitcher of freshly mixed booze… this uptight species of water bearer needs to loosen up in the worst way, and if you peer into their puppy dog eyes you’ll see them silently begging to do just that. what better way to loosen up than with 50 proof? in a few sips, those atypically cautious aquarians will be even louder than their stereotypically outgoing counterparts. it must be noted that ALL aquarians are FUN with a capital F. and when one adds gin with a capital G to the equation, well life doesn’t get much better.

this filling cocktail could easily replace aquarius’ birthday cake, it’s like a meal in itself… so skip the cake and go right to the nightcap. happy birthday to the celestial liquor bearer… and to the stereotypically ditzy aquarius, that would be you i’m talking about!

the dark blackberry is technically ruled by venus according to culpepar, but its somber hue has convinced me to assign rulership under saturn. now remember, in the medieval times the outer planet of uranus was not yet discovered, so aquarius was then ruled by saturn. it is not considered co-ruled by saturn and uranus. aaaanyway, in scotland apple season occurs at the same time as bramble season and one of the scot’s fave baked goodies is an apple and bramble pie. for some reason the two flavors blend awesomely together. the bramble gives a nice boost to the apple, both in color and taste. bon appetit.

BRAMBLE APPLETINI:

1 C FRESH LEMON JUICE
20 GRANNY SMITH APPLES FRESHLY JUICED
1 1/2 CUPS BRAMBLE JUICE (FROM ABOUT 4 CUPS BERRIES)
3 CUPS RAW SIMPLE SYRUP
2-3 CUPS GIN DEPENDING ON DESIRED LEVEL OF INTOXICATION

IN PITCHER, STIR THE ABOVE VERY WELL. PLACE IN FRIDGE UNTIL TIME TO SERVE. GARNISH EACH GLASS WITH A TWIST.

*TO JUICE BRAMBLES, SIMPLY “MUSH” THROUGH A STRAINER UNTIL ONLY PULP IS LEFT. NOT AN EASY TASK, BUT WORTH IT FOR THE WATER BEARER.

*SIMPLE SYRUP IS A MIXTURE OF 50% WATER AND 50% SUGAR. STIR MIXTURE UNTIL DISSOVED, THERE IS NO NEED TO HEAT.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac



Saturday, February 7, 2009

what says i love you more than tequila?

marry.png forget about diamond rings… that’s old school. for only $225 you can have a custom printed bottle of 1800 TEQUILA. be sure to leave 2-3 weeks shipping time. sorry, i suck… it’s a tad late for the dreaded V-day. but it’s the thought that counts, no? actions speak louder than words, no? so don’t tell him you love him. drink him you love him. (your man will love that in more ways than one.) or gents, ask her to marry you in a truly unique and intoxicated way: inside a tequila bottle. 18002.pngjust in case you’re thinking this is some glued label on the back of a cheesy ass bottle, think again. the execution of your bottle will be top notch. your custom art is actually printed on the back of the bottle, and is meant to last a lifetime. i haven’t tested it, but i’m pretty sure its dishwasher safe. the bottle itself looks like a splendidly cut crystal, and the stopper is a reusable shot glass! made in the usa and meant to be repurposed… can life really get any better than that? visit 1800 TEQUILA to design your lover’s masterpiece today.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

pear, black currant, raspberry infused hard cider… thanks new york!

cider.jpgWARWICK VALLEY WINERY in upstate new york has taken the classic SNAKEBITE to a whole new level: they have incorporated the black currant (cassis) flavor directly into the hard cider. genius, and delicious! unfortunately it is not available for sale on the internet, so unless you are taking a vaca to the empire state, just trust me that the stuff is yummy. or, you can satisfy your infused-hard cider craving with raspberry (framboise), or pear (poire)… still quite delicious.

WARWICK VALLEY WINERY this quaint country distillery uses locally grown fruit to brew their seasonal goodies: apple and pear brandies (eau de vies) and a line of all natural fruit liqueurs: Black Currant Cordial, Bourbon Barrel Aged Apple Liqueur, header.jpgGrappa Grape Brandy, and Sour Cherry Cordial. so next time you’re in the big apple, take a drive upstate about an hour, and explore one of our many local breweries and distilleries.

mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Intoxicated Zodiac’s trade show bar booth

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so we had our first trade show here at IZ. woah… that is a big step! this is where you spend a zillion dollars and hopefully make another few in return. overall, we had a successful first show at the NYIGF… JP and I took orders from both brides and stores, spoke to product reps interested in carrying our line, stores interested in purchasing our products, magazine interested in featuring IZ, and a whole bunch of nice peeps. the best part of any trade show is the last day when you can buy up all the other vendor’s samples at wholesale cost. shopaholic here…! the other vendors were so incredibly nice… how weird is this? the one store in rhineback, new york, that carries the Intoxicated Zodiac line ended up across the aisle from us. what a small world! check out the charming southern belle, chari’s, eclectic and fun store, MERRIEWEATHER’S. this effervescent woman makes some of the best lotion i have ever slathered myself in and you your skin has not lived until it has had chari’s lavender body butter… everyone loved loved loved our booth. visitors would just halt in their tracks, as their mouth dropped in awe, to gaze upon our oh-so-creative booth. ALL thanks to my uber-talented friend, ANNIE KLOER, for building it. she is a set designer/pastel artist/trompe l’oeil painter/farmer/certifiable nut! if you would like to hire her to construct a dream booth for your brand, just shoot me an email and i will slip you her digits. she is worth her weight in gold. last but not least, thanks to margarite for letting us borrow the bar stools from her restaurant, LA PALAPA, in nyc. (some of the most authentic mexican food you will ever taste, this side of the rio grande). and the icing on this huge cake is…. yes, would you believe, we’ve even gotten some press from the show all ready in the GIFTS & ACCESSORIES MAG! check it out here…

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mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac



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