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Product Review: Vodka & Italian Tomato Ketchup From Spirit & Co.

spirit and co vodka ketchup photo by gail worley
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Ketchup? I sure do. Ketchup is one of my top-three favorite condiments of all time  — up there with Mayonnaise, and Trader Joe’s Green Tomatillo Chili Salsa, which is just insane — and if we are talking about Specialty Ketchups, don’t even get me started. If you can’t get your head around the thought of digging into a plate of crispy French fries without a generous side of ketchup for dipping, then let me introduce you to your new favorite thing: Vodka & Italian Tomato Ketchup from Spirit & Co.

vodka ketchup back label photo by gail worley

Spirit & Co.​ is the first company worldwide to exclusively use premium liquor in each of its products. If you are a fan of Penne with Vodka Sauce, you already know that tomato and vodka is a distinctive pairing that delivers an umami flavor comparable to, say,  adding truffle oil to almost anything. The flavor is unique and instantly recognizable, and even if you can’t pinpoint how the vodka makes the tomato sauce taste better, you understand that the result is crazy delicious. That said, I am willing to defend myself against accusations of being overly hyperbolic when I say that Spirit & Co.’s Vodka & Italian Tomato Ketchup will ruin you for all other ketchups: because it is absolutely the best ketchup I have eaten in my life.

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Ziggy Stardust Beer!

weird and gilly ipa photo by gail worley
All Photos By Gail

Ziggy played guitar
Jamming good with Weird and Gilly,
And the spiders from Mars . . .

Hey Bitches, check out this beer I found at the new Trader Joe’s that just opened two blocks from the Chickpad! Weird & Gilly (named for two members of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust-era band, The Spiders from Mars) is a single cut, double dry hopped IPA whose flavor is described as “soft, doughy and slightly tangy malt, [with] bright citrus, pine resin hops, and tropical fruit.”

I was told that it “tastes pretty good.” A four-pack of 16-ounce cans sells for $14.99!  We’ll excuse the fact hat the label font is actually modeled after of the lightning bolt across Bowie’s face from the cover of Aladdin Sane, because nobody seems to get that right.

Pink Thing of The Day: White Girl Rose Ad on Building

White Girl Rose
Photo By Gail

“We’re All Pink on the Inside.” This advert on the side of a building was photographed by me, while walking west on Prince Street towards Broadway in Soho, NYC.

20 Toast-Worthy Beer Facts!

Toast Worthy Beer Facts Infographic
 

On St. Patrick’s Day (especially) we know that our readers are big fans of Beer, but just how knowledgeable are you about the amber nectars ? Do you have any idea what the world’s strongest beer is, for example? Or which president had his very own private brew house? Find out the answer to these fascinating beer facts and more, in this amazing infographic! Enjoy!

Toast Worthy Beer Facts Infographic

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Squirrel Cocktail

Pink Squirrel Recipe

Doesn’t this sound refreshing? Thanks to Steven Deeble for the image!

Product Review: Maven Cocktails!

Maven Pinot Noir
All Photos By Gail

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Mark threw a fabulous brunch party, where I was introduced to a delicious alcoholic beverage called Maven. An entirely original cocktail, Maven is created by the infusion of fine wines with premium vodka — two beverages which I love on their own, but would never, ever have thought of combining. Can I just tell you that the result is a great-tasting cocktail that kind of blew my mind a little.

At the brunch, I also met Maven’s creator, Stephenie Harris; a terrifically charming lady who really knows how to talk about her product. The thing is though, once you taste Maven, it really sells itself. Committed to making a top-shelf product, Maven uses the best all-natural ingredients, resulting is a truly high quality, ready to drink cocktail. By combining gluten-free vodka, which is distilled 6 times, with super premium Chardonnay from the Edna Valley, or Pinot Noir from Sonoma, Maven has perfected the proprietary blend that is used to create their cocktails. And the proof is in the tasting. You would probably not think that Wine and Vodka would blend into such a smooth, delicious tasting cocktail, but once you try Maven you will be won over.

Maven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

One of the things I love about Maven Cocktails is its single-serve, frosted glass bottle with a reseable cap — gorgeous, and also smart design! Not only does glass help to maintain the integrity of the natural flavors, but the cap is super convenient. Say you are in a club and want to hit the dance floor between sips; you can just reseal your drink and drop it in your bag or purse without fear of spillage. The cap is also a good security measure that reassures you no one has slipped anything into your drink. No one likes to think about that, but it happens!

Also, not that I ever think about this, because I don’t, but for the calorie conscious: a full (6.8 ounce) bottle of Maven is just 171 calories (6.3 carbs), while the average mixed drink, such as a Cosmo or Mojito, is over 200 calories and over 10 carbs. Mostly, Maven is just a great tasting cocktail that I will be drinking again, and encouraging others to try, in the future. For more information about Maven Cocktails and to find out where to purchase Maven in your area, visit Maven Cocktails Dot Com.

Release the Kraken! Holiday Cocktail Recipes Featuring Kraken Rum

Kraken Rum

Drinking and Holidays; they go together. The Kraken Rum is imported black spiced rum from the Caribbean which is named for the sea beast of myth and legend made famous by film, The Clash of The Titans. The base rum used in Kraken – distilled from molasses made from local sugar cane – is aged 12 to 24 months and is then blended with a proprietary mix of 11 spices, including cinnamon, ginger and clove. Tasty! All added ingredients are natural, and The Kraken is gluten-free and vegan.

Here is a selection of festive cocktails featuring The Kraken Rum that you can make for all of your holiday entertaining activities! Enjoy responsibly!

Kraken Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

1 part Kraken Rum
2 parts ginger beer

– Mix all ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir!

Kraken Cider

The Kraken Cider

1 part Kraken Rum
2 ½ parts Hot Apple Cider
Cinnamon Stick Garnish

– Mix all ingredients into a mug and stir!

Whats Kraken

What’s Kraken

1 part Kraken Rum
1 part Butterscotch Schnapps
4 parts Hot Chocolate
Whipped Cream

– Mix all ingredients into a mug and top with whipped cream!

Buttery Kraken

The Buttery Kraken

1 part Kraken Rum
1 part butterscotch schnapps
Splash of cola

– In a rocks glass with ice, mix rum and schnapps and stir, top with splash of cola!

Find out more about Kraken Rum at This Link!