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Cascade Ice Valentines Day Cocktails!

Cascade Ice Bottles
Above Photo By Gail. Cocktail Photos Courtesy of Cascade Ice.

Are you on the lookout for a few fantastic new cocktail recipes to provide liquid refreshment for your Valentine’s Day / Eve festivities? Then you’re in luck, because Cascade Ice just sent me a selection of their latest delicious and unique flavors including Cranberry Pomegranate, Black Raspberry, Pomegranate Berry, Blueberry Watermelon and Peach Mango. Yummy!

Cascade Ice fruity sparkling waters – which are free of calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar – have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices and are absolutely ideal as cocktail mixers. I always try to have a few bottles chilling in the fridge. Here are three easy and delicious cocktail recipes that are fully appropriate to the mood of the day!

Cascade Ice Love Potion

Love Potion Pizzazz:
To mix up the irresistible potion, mix 2 oz of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry with 1 oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!

Cascade Ice Passion Pucker Up Cocktail

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail:
Mix up this tantalizing drink by pouring 1.5 oz of tequila and 3 oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and you’re ready to serve!

Cascade Ice Blushing Sparkler

Blushing Sparkler:
Mix 1 oz of whipped cream vodka, 4 oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.

Cascade Ice is available for purchase in all 50 states, at retailers such as Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers, among many others. Click Here for a full map of retailers.

Happy Valentines Day!

Teqa Revisited: Murray Hill Modern Mexican Gets a New Chef!

Teqa Pulled Pork Tacos
All Food Photos By Anne Raso

It’s a fact that Foodies can get Fickle Fast. Even restaurants that have laser-like focus on a successful culinary groove may need to change things up in the kitchen sooner than anticipated. On a review visit to traditional Mexican eatery Teqa back in the late summer of 2011, this self-proclaimed ‘Taqueria & Tequileria’ was savoring its position as a hip newcomer and was all about promoting a ‘Tacos and Tequila’ vibe that would attract a fresh crowd to its Murray Hill neighborhood. But it wasn’t long before anyone with a Mexican food hankering could find Tacos and Tequila every few blocks. It was clearly time for a re-think, as Teqa came under new ownership, bringing in a new Chef, 28-year-old Steven Cruz (a private catering expert also formerly of the Lower East Side’s Orchard House).

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Emmy Inspired Cocktails Courtesy of Sparkling ICE!

Sparkling ICE Spring Water Ad

With the Emmy Awards airing tonight, and your Drinking Game already in hand, why not enjoy the show with a couple of low-calorie cocktails? The recipes below feature Sparkling ICE, a naturally flavored sparkling water that is zero calories, gluten-free, lightly carbonated…and a delicious addition to any mixed drink. Sparkling ICE contains B-Vitamins and Vitamin D, along with a caffeine-free Green Tea Extract, which contains healthy antioxidants.

And now, to the drinking!

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Emmy-tini

Ingredients:

1½ oz. Corzo Tequila Silver

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE

¾ oz. Lime juice

1 Strawberry

½ tsp. Jalapeño, diced

Directions: Muddle strawberry and jalapeño in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with strawberry.

Calories per 6 oz serving: 130

Sparkling Ice Red Carpet Raspberry Rave

Red Carpet Raspberry Rave

Ingredients:

1 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon

½ oz. Dry Vermouth

2 Bourbon Cherries

2 oz. Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE

2 Blackberries

Directions: Combine the bourbon and dry vermouth in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE. Gently stir and garnish with blackberries.

Calories per 6 oz serving: 130

Sparkling ICE is part of the TalkingRain® family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparking ICE (In NYC I’ve see it at Duane Reade stores) visit Sparkling ICE Dot Com!

Win a VIP Weekend at Lollapalooza Chicago from Maestro Dobel Tequila

Perry Farrel and Maestro Dobel

Legendary music festival Lollapalooza is coming to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2-4, 2013 and tickets are already sold out. But ultra-premium tequila maker Maestro Dobel is currently holding a photo contest on Facebook and will give two lucky grand prize winners a VIP weekend experience for two at the much-anticipated event, complete with two VIP Lollapalooza Passes, roundtrip airfare to Chicago, hotel accommodations for three nights and $500 in cash. To enter the contest, participants age 21 or older must “Like” Maestro Dobel on Facebook and upload a photo and description of a Rock Star Moment – however one defines that – from his or her life using the form provided. Entrants are then encouraged to have friends and family  for their entry. The contest, which celebrates Dobel spokesman and Lollapalooza Founder Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and gives fans a chance to experience his devil-may-care lifestyle for a weekend, is now live on Dobel’s Facebook Page and will run through July 18th.

In addition to receiving a ringside seat to see 130 of the best bands in the world, each winner and his or her friend will receive a true VIP experience that includes access to all VIP areas, golf cart shuttle transportation, viewing platforms with premium sightlines to take in all the rock-and-roll action, complimentary food and specialty beverages from Lollapalooza sponsors (including Maestro Dobel), reserved air-conditioned restrooms and shaded lounge seating.

Contest entries must include a photo that depicts a Rock and Roll Moment at a concert, having fun with friends – or any suitable image that unmistakably says, “This contestant rocks!” Participants must also provide a title for their photo entry and a short description that tells why he or she should win. Contestants can then share their entry and invite their friends to vote for it on Maestro Dobel’s Facebook Page. Entries will be judged by their creativity and the number of votes each receives.

To enter the contest, please visit Maestro Dobel’s special contest tab on their Facebook page at This Link. Learn more about ultra-premium Maestro Dobel Tequila, which can be found at multiple distributors and retail stores throughout the United States and in select countries worldwide, at http://www.maestrodobel.com. Find out more about Lollapalooza at http://www.lollapalooza.com.

Casa Noble Tequila Tasting with Carlos Santana

Casa Noble Flyer with Carlos

As someone who has literally grown up hearing Carlos Santana’s music since I was a small child, it is exciting to see him continually harvesting personal and financial success through diversification into projects that transcend the scope of music. Carlos’s latest endeavor is a partnership with the respected Tequila brand, Casa Noble, a company on whose board he now sits as a part owner.

Carlos Santana Speaks
Carlos Santana Speaks to Guests at the Casa Noble Tequila tasting at Midtown’s Core Club (Photo By Anne Raso)

Regarding the partnership, Carlos explained that he and the company share many core values. “Passion, dedication and integrity is what attached me to Casa Noble Tequila,” he said, adding, “I feel at home.” Santana also revealed that Casa Noble and his family have the same origins; with roots dating to the 1700s in Jalisco, Mexico. “When I visited the distillery,” said Santana, “I immediately felt spiritually connected to the [CEO, Jose] Hermosillo family and Casa Noble. Together we celebrate the gift of life and all of the blessings that come with it. Together we can all make a difference in the world.”

Casa Noble Tequila Bottle Display

Last evening, Casa Noble and CEO Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo held a private tasting event at midtown’s Core Club to formally introduce Carlos’s alignment with and contribution to the brand, and to taste some delicious, triple distilled Tequila.

Casa Noble Tequila Flyer

Three varieties were featured at the Core Club reception: Crystal (the Casa Noble version of the clear Silver or Blanco tequila variety), Reposada and Anejo. I must say that the deep amber Anejo variety scored as a favorite with the guests, owing to its butterscotch, vanilla and chocolate notes and an almost brandy-like essence. In a word: Smooth!

All Casa Noble Tequilas come in beautiful, hand-blown glass decanters and are certainly Tequilas that anyone would be proud to serve or give as gifts to your finest friends and guests.

Read more about the Casa Noble brand and its partnership with Carlos Santana at This Link.

Tiny Bottles of Casa Noble Tequila
Tiny Bottles of Casa Noble Tequila Were Given to Guests to Take Home

Teqa Brings Tacos & Tequila to NYC’s Murray Hill

While its doors opened just this past March, the word is already on the street about Teqa; a Mexican restaurant that does things just a bit differently. Filling a void in a neighborhood previously longing for an infusion of youthful vibrancy, this Taqueria & Tequileria (say that five times fast) is the creation of entrepreneurial owner Derek Axelrod, who’s enlisted the right All-Star team to make Teqa a success. In the kitchen, chef Lisa Schoen (also personal chef to Derek Jeter) creates a presentation of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine that draws from global influences, while in the dining room, Interior Design by Lesly Zamor combines the warmth of dark wood and leather with the rustic/modern touch of custom lighting (courtesy of Johnny Swing) to create a very comfortable and welcoming interior.

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Happy National Margarita Day!

February 22nd is National Margarita Day, in case no one hipped you to that fact. Also, did you have any idea that the Margarita is the Number 1 cocktail drink in the US? I sure didn’t, as I am a Martini gal, myself. Still, I am not adverse to the occasional frozen fruit margarita (peach or mango being my favorite varieties) when the occasion presents itself. The recipe below might be a fun one to try out while relaxing at home this evening, and you don’t even need a blender! Ole!

Grapefruit Margarita
Total prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Wedge of lime

2 teaspoons coarse margarita salt

14 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice, with pulp (about 3 medium grapefruits)

1 ounce lime juice

5 ounces reposado tequila

2 ounces triple sec

4 slices grapefruit or twists

1. Run a lime wedge halfway around the rims of four margarita glasses and dip into salt. Set aside.

2. Combine 7 ounces grapefruit juice, one-half ounce lime juice, 2 1/2 ounces tequila and 1 ounce triple sec in a cocktail shaker. Shake over ice until chilled. Strain into two ice-filled, salt-rimmed margarita glasses.

3. Garnish with a twist or slice of grapefruit. Repeat to make two more cocktails.

Each serving: 174 calories; 1 gram protein; 17 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 2 1/2 mg. sodium.

Enjoy responsibly!