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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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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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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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Friday, August 30, 2013

the best part of fall is apples: core vodka

core-nachoSMthe most redeeming part of autumn is not the crisp comfortable temperatures… nope. not the breathtaking scarlet foliage… nope. not the return to regular schedules after a hectic summer… nope. the best part of fall is the the APPLES! i live for ‘em, and so do my buns. and now that we’ve found CORE, we live for that too! it’s the only vodka they’ll touch.

Golden Harvest Farms AKA CORE VODKA is a 3rd generation, family owned, 200 acre orchard dating back to the 40’s. Derek Grout came up with vodka as a business to use the surplus of apples which were going to waste.

Harvest Spirits was the first distillery to receive a D class distillers license in the state of New York, which authorizes the manufacturing of spirits from farm produce that can be sold directly to the public right out of the distillery. This required them to repeal a Prohibition era town law in order to become operational.

they make more than vodka, they make several types of brandy too: PEACH brandy, RARE PEAR brandy, APPLEJACK, BLACKBERRY vodka and GRAPPA to name a few. So this fall, get your butt up to the Hudson Valley and enjoy a tasting at this unusual FARM DISTILLERY. PS, if you bring your empty bottle back they’ll redeem your efforts with a FREE shot glass! you can also go apple picking on the premises and enjoy a hay ride. what country outing could beat that? Here’s a recipe to get you on your way…

SEERSUCKER SLING:
2oz Harvest Spirits Core Apple Vodka
2oz Tonic Water
Sprig of Thyme
Garnish with alternating peeled apple slices and blueberries for striped, seersucker effect
Serve in chilled cocktail glass

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Monday, June 10, 2013

american harvest organic vodka: get patriotic!

american-harvestThe peeps making AMERICAN HARVEST are patriotic environmentalists. As we all should be! they care about our country and planet. each time you choose to order or buy a non-organic vodka, when you have the option of an organic one, you are acting unpatriotically. you are saying i don’t care about our planet or what happens to our kids. when you walk into the liquor store or order a drink you have a choice: save the planet or stick your head in the sand. essentially you are choosing between life and death just by drinking vodka. sound hard core? it is.

i don’t want to hear that another brand is your standard favorite which you’ve been drinking for years… is that brand doing anything to help our planet? if the answer is no, then shame on them. why are you going to support a company that does not support you as a human living on this planet? earth is at the tipping point, which way are you going to push her? it may sound silly to hear that your drink impacts the future of our home, but it can not be made simpler than that.

are you thinking… oh… it’s more expensive, or oh… it’s not as smooth… well AMERICAN HARVEST challenges both. it’s smooth, crisp, distinctive and clean. and it’s $23. if that’s more than you’re used to paying well then cough up the extra few bucks because you’re LITERALLY investing in your future and that of your childrens. here is how passionate AMERICAN HARVEST is about preserving our country and saving our planet:

• Supports sustainable agriculture by using organic materials and an organic production process.

• One-third of the monthly electrical consumption at the distillery comes from local wind generated power. Unused materials from the distillation process are used as cattle feed along with most of the water. The American Harvest Distillery is USDA Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

• Each glass bottle is coated and decorated with organic inks and water-soluble varnishes.

“American Harvest is organic vodka to which a proprietary blend of organic ingredients has been added, creating a truly unique vodka specialty. The addition of these ingredients results in the distinctive, smooth, clean and crisp character of American Harvest. American Harvest is handcrafted in small batches from organic winter wheat grown on a family owned and sustainably managed American farm. It is distilled and bottled in Rigby, Idaho using water from aquifers deep beneath the Snake River plain. American Harvest is the creation of Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., a third generation family business that is 100% US owned and operated.” AMERICAN HARVEST

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Monday, April 22, 2013

earth day: eat (and drink) less meat; save the earth

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HAPPY EARTH DAY! the best way to save the planet is to curb your diet by minimizing your meat intake. FACT.

scorpio BILL GATES even published a short film on his website, THE GATES NOTES, declaring veganism as the best way to save the environment.

are you going to argue with bill gates?

in support of this, i attended the annual HUMANE LOBBY DAY last week in albany and met with senator’s office larkin to express the importantance of treating animals animals with compassion. i met some great peeps there… shout out to the only eco florist GOOD OLD DAYS : )

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

henri bendel sells intoxicated zodiac candles!


i popped into HENRI BENDEL today and guess what to wondering eyes did appear? Intoxicated Zodiac Candles! Shop Bendels New York City and pick up one of our fab Cocktail Candles for everyone on your list…

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Monday, November 26, 2012

edible cocktails by natalie bovis aka the liquid muse


EDIBLE COCKTAILS is the author’s third cocktail book. the liquid muse, otherwise known as natalie bovis, has taken the concept of gardening and applied it to cocktails. it may sound like a no brainer, but no one has officially done this in print and natalie does a beyond superb job of it. from how to start a garden, to making your own compost, to collecting your own rain water, to choosing which plants to grow, natalie has covered all earthly bases. no matter if you are an urban dweller with or without a balcony, sharing a plot in a community garden or converting your front lawn into a cocktail patch, easy to understand advice is administered freely in this valuable book. the only thing i found missing might be the benefits of adding a bee hive to your garden.

after the gardening chapter, the book then moves onto recipes for cocktails and the ingredients needed to make them extra delectable: syrups, marmalades, infusions, shrubs, flavored waters, juices, purees and liqueurs. the selection of recipes is incredibly creative and delivered in friendly way—not at all intimidating to home bar newbies…

there is a whole chapter on grape based spirits, into which a healthy selection of wine-based cocktails is placed. i was very impressed with the level of ingenuity in natalies’ concoctions, like the lemongrass-sauvignon blanc syrup. this book makes a great gift for the winos in your life!

as a vegetarian, i was disgusted by the chapter dedicated to meat cocktails. but, it just cements that there really is something for everyone in this book, and that includes carnivores who like to play with their food… like chorizo mezcal. i’ll be skipping that one myself, but if your man likes the barbeque, this book is for him. when its too cold to fire up the grill outside, now he can turn his meat prep skills loose on the bar.

there is also a chapter dedicated to cocktails that use sustainable spirits. such spirits are made using organic or responsibly harvested produce and/or practices, like del maguey mezcal. seven ways to “green” your bar are listed, such as fixing leaky faucets that may be wasting deceptively large amounts of water.

lastly, i found the chapter on garniture to be particularly interesting. i love blending fresh herbs into sugar or salt and now you can too. explicit directions are given on how to prepare farm fresh rimming mixtures, including fresh mint sugar with which to rim your mojito. and with holiday just around the corner, an ice wreath is sure to please (get your bundt pan on!)

every section of this book is so well thought out and original in every way. it’s a winner! five stars! and a definite yes for the imbiber on your christmas list. $18 ADAMS MEDIA

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Friday, October 19, 2012

when halloween meets astrology: gwen’s article in new webzine: global looking glass


check out the new webzine, GLOBAL LOOKING GLASS, because it’s cool… reminds me of a homegrown version of benneton’s magazine, COLORS, which by the way is awesome. GLOBAL LOOKING GLASS takes this same kind of worldly, contemporary, progressive, food for thought, unadulterated TRUTH approach and blends it with splashes of inspiration, creativity and animal advocacy. i’m honored to be a contributor to this stand-up pub. read my article, WHEN HALLOWEEN MEETS ASTROLOGY, and download the whole mag for free… that’s for FREE i said!!!!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

HeyDoYou.com hearts intoxicated zodiac

Olisa from HeyDoYou.com extols the virtues of both our products and her sign while celebrating her Virgoan birthday! Virgo’s have exceptional taste. Lookin’ FAB Birthday Girl : )

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