Tropical Breeze

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It is Wednesday! *CELEBRATE* One day closer to the weekend, so just hang in there! While getting ready for the weekend, you will need to pick up a few ingredients to make a super tasty Friday 5:00 pm drink. BUT a word of caution…these drinks are delicious and the alcohol is hidden very well…don’t say I didn’t warn you, as you stumble around the house!

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Ingredients you will need (found at your local Spec’s or liquor store):

1 shot – Midori Melon Liquor

1 shot – Banana Liquor

1 shot – Coconut Rum Liqueur

4-5 oz Pineapple Juice

A few cubes of ice

Directions:

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In a tumbler/pint glass with ice cubes, add 1 shot of each liquor and top with pineapple juice. You may stir or if you are feeling adventurous, take a larger cup, turn upside down, and firmly fit the opening on top of the other glass and shake well, over a sink.

And Enjoy! My doesn’t that look tasty?? Excuse me while I go start my pre-weekend warm up!

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Onli Beverages

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Today I have a review for a fantastic gourmet soda company, Onli Beverages. Onli has chef inspired beverages with a unique flavor profile. Mixing flavors such as Espresso Swiss Hazelnut or Huckleberry Pomegranate. These sodas are flavored with sugar but are not overly syrup like or sweet. They are not caffeinated but do have a light carbonated fizz to them.

 

 I received a package with the following flavors to test out:

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  • ·         Green Tea Lemon grass Mango
  • ·         Espresso Swiss Hazelnut
  • ·         Hibiscus Pomegranate Strawberry
  • ·         Lemon Mango passion & Mint
  • ·         Hibiscus Pomegranate Aronia
  • ·         Lemon Watermelon
  • ·         Huckleberry Pomegranate

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Green Tea Lemon grass Mango – I could easily pick out each of the flavors but the one that stood out the most to me was the mango. It had a very light and crisp flavor.

 

Espresso Swiss Hazelnut – This beverage had a very strong espresso “coffee” like flavor. I personally am not a fan of coffee so I did not prefer this one.

 

Hibiscus Pomegranate Strawberry – The strawberry was the most familiar and easiest taste to pick out of this mixture. Pomegranate added a very sweet and tart flavor to the beverage as well. The hibiscus had a light aroma and addition in flavor.

 

Lemon Mango Passion and Mint – This flavor was not very over powering, all of the flavors blended nicely. The lemon added a nice tartness without being too over bearing in comparison to the other flavors.

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Hibiscus Pomegranate Aronia – The aronia adds a nice tartness in with the mixture of hibiscus and pomegranate. Pomegranate adds an additional mild tart flavor along with the natural sweet.

 

Lemon Watermelon – Well, what is there to say about lemon watermelon? Both flavors have been used in combination before and they work together splendidly! Most Americans love watermelon in the summer time and the lemon just adds to the yummy flavor.

 

Huckleberry Pomegranate – Huckleberry has a unique taste…it is tart with a little sweetness, and is unlike blueberry. I really love these fruity beverages! Definitely makes a refreshing treat for the summer.

Please feel free to visit Onli’s media pages and website to check out more information and where you can find them locally!

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Boylan Bottling Co. : Shirley Temple Soda

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The weather has been getting hotter out and the sun a little more scorching, well at least in the south. Out in the hot blistering sun, definitely makes me want to reach for a nice cold refreshing soda. Until recently, my beverage of choice has been of the main stream variety – high in sugar and caffeine. Now that I have been introduced to the specialty soda world, my tastes have changed.

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With that thought in mind, today I have a review for Boylan Bottling Co.’s seasonal soda: Shirley Temple! Now if any of you have ever had the original Shirley Temple drink mix, you’ll recognize the similar flavors in this Boylan version as well. The original variation consists of: Lemon Lime flavored Soda, Grenadine Syrup and a maraschino cherry.  The Boylan version consists of: Ginger Ale, Dark Sweet Cherry, and Other secret ingredients and sweetened with Cane Sugar.

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The flavor of The Shirley Temple was light and fruity, definitely can taste the black cherry. I prefer the black cherry addition to the heavy grenadine cherry syrup in traditional versions.  The price per drink is anywhere from $1.40-1.75 depending on where you go to get it, or if you order bulk.

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All in all I would give this product 5 out of 5 cupcakes (Stars)!cupcake-clip-art-2cupcake-clip-art-2cupcake-clip-art-2cupcake-clip-art-2cupcake-clip-art-2

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Thirsty Planet Brewery – Austin, TX

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I hope you all made it through the week! If you need a drink after the work hustle settles, you should head over to Austin, TX and check out the Thirsty Planet Brewing tour on Saturday. Every Saturday this awesome micro-brewery has a beer tasting and tour from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, the brewery closes at 3:00 pm. photo DSC_1384_zps98167ab4.jpg

As you arrive to the brewery, you can purchase a pint glass with 3 tickets. Your pint glass has the logo of one of their varieties of beer, very cute. From there you walk over to the bar and choose your beverage. Take your glass of refreshing beer and you can either sit at the tables indoors or they have a very nice patio outside with picnic tables. A very relaxing way to spend your late morning/early afternoon.

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After a few drinks and a slight buzz you will have the opportunity to go on a tour of the facility. One of the brewery employees will walk around and announce when the next tour will take place, which is usually every 30 mins. If you do not know much about beer or the brewing process (I’m a newb) then this tour is great for you, very educational. The tour lasts about 30 mins, and takes you through the process from start to finish in the micro-brewery process, and ends with an open forum Q&A session.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The staff is so friendly and helpful. Our tour guide was dressed in a gorilla suit with a plaid shirt… which I later found out was for the Gorilla Bar Hop / Run. And I thought he just liked to dress up like this for the tours!

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* Buckethead IPA – well balanced with the bitter and hint of sweet, with an aesthetic Amber color and a mildly citrus note.
* Thirsty Goat Amber – Lighter amber, malty but with a slight hoppy finish.
* Yellow Armadillo Wheat– It was light, crisp, and refreshing. This is a good starter beer for people just getting into craft beer.

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This guy was having a good time!
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Karma Wellness Water

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Today I have a review for Karma Wellness Water! If you are a fitness buff, can not take pill form vitamins or just love to have a little something extra with your water, this drink is perfect for you. I personally can never remember to take my pills every day, (I’m worse than a kid!) but I do love to drink flavored water during the work day. So Karma is a perfect mix of flavor and convenience for me.

A little bit about Karma: Karma Wellness Water was created on the belief that if you do good for others or yourself, you will get something positive back in return. Make good choices and you will see and feel the benefits. Vitamins deteriorate in water, so mixed vitamin drinks can lose their strength over time. Since Karma keeps their vitamins separate until the time you choose to drink it, you are able to enjoy all of their benefits at full strength.

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Acai Pomberry – BALANCE

Pineapple Coconut – VITALITY

Raspberry Guava Jack fruit – BODY

Passion fruit Green Tea – SPIRIT

Orange Mango – MIND

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 How to use: Peal off the seal on top, press the “button” in the center of the cap (have to press pretty hard), allow the vitamins for fall down to the water and then SHAKE IT! Enjoy!

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Hubert’s Lemonade

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Today I have a review for Hubert’s Lemonade! What a wonderful crisp and refreshing drink it is. I came across Hubert’s Lemonade in a local Sprout’s Market on the way back from a trip to Austin. The flavors I tested were; Peach, Cherry Limeade and Lemonade. The taste was tart but sweet, and not an over powering sweet. I tell you, with the weather mood swings that Texas has, this cold beverage really quenched my thirst and hit the spot.

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If you are not a big lemonade drinker, Hubert’s offers other flavors to appease your palate. Original (Lemonade), Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Mango Lemonade, Peach and Limeade. Over all, this is definitely a drink that I make a bee line for any time I go to any whole food’s stores. So next time you see that cute packaging and winking lemon, pick up a bottle and enjoy the refreshing taste!

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Facts: Pure filtered water, cane sugar, natural lemon juice concentrate, citric acid, natural flavor, rebiana (stevia extract). A 16 oz bottle contains 140 calories, 0 mg sodium, and 36 g carbs (30 g sugars). Caffeine free.

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Cascade Ice Grapefruit Martini

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WHEW *Plop down on couch* It’s Wednesday night, made it over the mid-week hump and on the downward slope to the weekend. So sit down on the couch, put on your favorite TV show (The Walking Dead!!!) and have a martini or two. Maybe even have the hubby rub your feet down..OK now I’m day dreaming maybe. >.<

So we have a recipe featuring Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Water. Cascade sent me an assortment of their varieties of drinks and flavors to test out. Among them included; Pink Grapefruit, Coconut, Lemonade, Cosmopolitan and Margarita. The Cosmopolitan was very flavorful and fruity. My favorite out of the group would have to be the Pink Grapefruit, right amount of tart and sweet with carbonation and zero calories, perfect! Any of these drinks are delicious on their own and would make exceptional drink mixers. Cascade Ice Drinks are sodium free, gluten free and caffeine free as well. Many of their flavors also have zero calories.

I am not a big drinker but when I do, I drink alcohol and it MUST be hidden with something fruity. Very few beers can seem to win me over, and even then they need to be light or fruity.

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Cascade Ice – est $1.33a bottle – or $16 for a 12 pack

Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit Martini

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1 oz Mango or Guava Juice

3 oz Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Water

In a shaker, mix together all ingredients with a few cubes of ice. Pour into a martini glass and serve!

Makes: 5 1/2 oz Martini Drink

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