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Cool Cocktails for the Summer

Are you ready for some refreshing summer cocktails? Stay cool and have a great time with family and friends with our refreshing recipes to try!

Pepecello Lemon Cooler
Pepecello Lemon Cooler
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It’s summer and that means heat which means BBQs, parties, and plenty of other opportunities to enjoy refreshing cocktails. In our family one of these opportunities presents itself once a month when we have family dinners. Each month we get together with my husbands’ parents, his sister and her family to relax, have a few drinks, and enjoy good food.

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Easily Create Artisan Cocktails At Home

Easily Create Artisan Cocktails At Home

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We live around wonderful local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. They are filled with great food and locally made drinks. My husband and I aren’t frequent drinkers. However, we appreciate good quality when we do. Usually, we prefer an artisan cocktail or a craft brew…. [read more]

Easy Breezy Summer Cocktails

Easy Breezy Summer Cocktails

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Summer is one my favorite seasons of the year! I aspire to be in a Jimmy Buffett frame of mind, wearing my flip flops and feeling relaxed. For our family, it’s a time for cookouts, birthday celebrations, reunions, and vacations…. [read more]

Create Your Own Craft Cocktails

 Create Your Own Craft Cocktails

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I’m a Jack and Coke kind of girl. Although it’s my signature drink, I’m always up for trying something new. After all, life is all about experiencing different flavors, cultures, and adventures. One way I indulge in this is through craft cocktails. I’m just fascinated by the unique combinations bartenders around the world come up with. Recently, I got to try my hand at making some unique cocktails thanks to Shaker & Spoon.

Shaker and Spoon Craft Cocktails kit ingredients

The brand was kind enough to send me their October 2017 Austin Without Limits Box.  Inspired by the “Live Music Capital of the World”, and one of my favorite cities, this box features drink recipes from three of Austin’s hottest bartenders. In addition to the recipes, each box comes with glossary card and enough contents to make 12 cocktails. All I had to do was add the liquor and the barware.

Craft Cocktails Goes to Austin

One of my favorite things about this box was that each recipe could be made with either Bourbon or Tequila. If you’ve ever been to Texas, you know both are popular choices. I like my dark liquor, so I made two of the drinks with Bourbon and one with Tequila. Next time, I might switch it up.

Craft Cocktails - The Beat Goes On

First up, I decided to fill my rocks glass with The Beat Goes On. Created by Jessica Sanders, award-winning bartender and owner of Austin’s drink.well., this craft cocktail ups the ante on the Old Fashioned.

The recipe required me to mix the included Spiced Mojo Syrup, orange bitters, Hella Bitters Aromatic Cocktail Bitters, anise pod, and lemon with my bourbon. My The Beat Goes On came out perfectly thanks to the easy to follow instructions. In just three simple steps, I was sipping my way through the rich, smoky, yet sweet flavor of my craft cocktail. It kind of made me nostalgic for the trip I took with my mom to Austin last April. I know she would have loved this drink as much I did.

Craft Cocktails - Huarache Nights

Next, I took to Rainey Street in Austin for a cocktail inspired by Chris Bostick, owner of Half Step. Recently named to Esquire TV’s Best Bars in America, Bostick knows a thing or two about making your taste buds sing with to the delight of his Huarache Nights.

For this craft cocktail, I gave my tequila a shake alongside the box’s Ginger Grenadine Experimental Syrup, lime juice, soda water and lime zest. The results were a Collins glass filled with both smokiness and sweetness. The ginger, lime and pomegranate flavors mixed perfectly with the tequila. I could imagine drinking Huarache Nights while sitting outside with friends listening to some great music.

Craft Cocktails - Masour

Last, but certainly not least comes the most unique cocktails I’ve ever made, the MaSour. Created by award-winning bartender Caer Ferguson, the MaSour is inspired by Texas’s first female governor. In addition to being the first woman to govern Texas, Mariam “Ma” Ferguson also worked to repeal Prohibition. She was a woman after my own heart.

I was excited and apprehensive about trying the MaSour. First off, it uses a raw egg white and secondly, it required me to fat-wash my bourbon. Fat-washing is a technique used by bartenders to add savory flavors to liquor. In this instance, I would be adding browned, salted butter. I love the flavor of brown butter. It’s rich and smoky.

After fat-washing the bourbon and following a few more steps, I was ready to fill my coupe. I topped it off with the charred flavor of a cinnamon stick and took a sip. My MaSour was an absolute delight. It was rich and creamy, yet somehow still light. I loved it, even more, knowing the bartender who created it had asked Shaker & Spoon to donate 50% of her proceeds to the Houston Humane Society. Sounds like a true Austinite to me.

My Craft Cocktail Experience

I absolutely loved everything about my Austin Without Limits box. It was so much fun creating my own craft cocktails. I can’t wait to try it again or to share them with friends. I also think these boxes would make a great gift for cocktail lovers, or anyone who likes to experiment with flavors.

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Do you like craft cocktails? Which drink from the box do you want to try?

 

 

Healthy and Delicious Cocktails

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For awhile, I had been really slacking in terms of making healthy eating choices. Now, I’m stepping back into the game and have made the decision to start taking better care of my body and monitoring what I consume.

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Fall For Healthy Food and Drink Favorites

Fall Foods and Drinks that are healthy
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I don’t know about you, but summer seemed to fly by for our family. It was very busy! Actually, we really tried to stay healthy and active. We spent a lot of time outdoors, swimming, and traveling. It was a very relaxed pace of life. But, next thing I knew, it was fall! We gathered our favorite Fall Foods and Drinks!

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Elevate Your Tailgate & Fall Party Season

Elevate your tailgate & fall party season
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Although it’s not officially Fall, it’s officially football season. That can only mean one thing, it’s time to kick off the tailgate and fall party season. It’s also time for some delicious cocktails that are both tasty and extremely easy to make. So easy in fact, you don’t need a cocktail shaker, mixers, or even multiple bottles. All you need is a cooler, some ice, and maybe a glass or two.     

Sound too good to be true? This time, it’s not, thanks to Canella Bellini and Cutwater Spirits Ready-to- Enjoy Cocktails.

Start Tailgate & Fall Party Season with a Bellini  

For those early morning games or fall brunch celebrations, there’s nothing like a Bellini. The combination of peach and sparkling wine is made for mornings or midday. Instead of breaking out the sparkling wine and the peach juice, just unscrew a bottle of Canella Bellini.

Bellini from Canella

Comprised of 75% Canella sparkling wine, 25% white peach juice and a splash of raspberry juice, this Bellini is the perfect combination of sweet, vibrant and tangy. It’s exactly what I want out of my Bellini. You can definitely taste the notes of apples, pear, white flowers, raspberry, and peach in every sip.

Besides loving the taste, I’m also a big fan of the screw cap. It means I never have to remember to pack the corkscrew. We’ve all been there…ready to savor a bottle of deliciousness only to discover you’ve left the corkscrew at home. Not an issue with Canella Bellini.

This glass of sweetness works well on its own, or to make it extra fancy, add a little fresh fruit to your flute. Not only is this cocktail perfect for tailgate & fall party season, but it will also make a great addition for your future holiday celebrations.

Ready-To-Enjoy Cocktails in a Can
Tailgate and Fall Parties with Cutwater Spirits

Next up we have a collection of cocktails I know you are going want to serve at all your events. Its Canned Cocktails from Cutwater. These San Diego, California made canned creations are not what you would expect from a cocktail in a can. They truly will elevate any tailgate or fall party with their refreshing flavors.

The brand was kind enough to send four of their sixteen offerings, including Spicy Bloody Mary, Vodka Mule, Grapefruit Vodka Soda, and Lime Margarita. Let’s get things started with my two favorites, Vodka Mule and Grapefruit Vodka Soda.

I was surprised by how much I liked the Grapefruit Vodka Soda considering I dislike grapefruit. The combination of the extremely smooth Fugu Vodka and grapefruit infused housemade soda, make this cocktail an ideal drink for a late summer/early fall day. It’s so light and crisp, with only 99 calories, and zero fat, carbs or sugar.

I can imagine drinking it while watching my Gators torture me through another Saturday. Is it that hard to make a block or throw the ball down the field?

But enough about my football woes. Let’s talk about the Vodka Mule. Its mix of ginger, lime, bitters, and vodka checks off every note I want in a cocktail. I really enjoy every sweet, bitter, tart, and sight spicy sip. You can really taste the natural flavors of the ginger and the smoothness of the vodka.

Again, it’s hard to believe this cocktail comes from a can. You would think a bartender just mixed it up, minus the copper mug. If you want to make a killer impression during tailgate and fall party season, you will want to grab both of these cocktails.

Cutwater Spirits Ready-to-Enjoy Cocktails

If a Spicy Bloody Mary or Lime Margarita is more your speed, Cutwater has you covered. As someone who detests tomatoes, I can’t say I loved the Spicy Bloody Mary, and not because it wasn’t good. I can say that it definitely had a kick, which I did enjoy. Even though I’m not a Bloody Mary girl, I could taste the freshness of this cocktail, from the tomatoes to the pepper and spices. If you like a kick in your cocktail, this one is definitely for you.

Finally, we have the Lime Margarita. I’m all about the margarita, especially while I’m enjoying some spicy, flavorful Mexican food. In fact, this margarita has me craving some chips, salsa, guacamole, and queso. It would pair perfectly with any fall party or a quiet Taco Tuesday at home.

The smoothness of the tequila blends so well with the tart lime, pure cane sugar, and subtle hint of orange. Like all of the other Cutwater Cocktails I tried, the Lime Margarita is light, refreshing and full of flavor.

The Bottomline

If you’re looking to elevate your tailgate and fall party season, I highly recommend adding the Canella Bellini and Cutwater Ready-to-Enjoy Cocktails to your celebrations. Not only are they delicious, but they’ll also satisfy the palette of every cocktail connoisseur, even the pickiest.

What’s your go-to fall cocktail? Which cocktail do you want to try first?

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Beauty Brite Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Beauty Brite Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide 2018! We are so excited about this year’s gift guide and hope you enjoy!  This post is a collaboration between a few of our writers!

While you’re here, feel free to check out our Holiday Gift Guide 2017! Thank you for your continued support! We write for YOU!

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Summer Drink Must Haves

Summer Drink Must Haves

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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer entertaining season. It’s the first long weekend where we can all enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Besides having great food,  and looking summer fabulous, you also need a fully stocked bar, which why I’m sharing my picks for summer drink must haves.

Summer Drink Must Haves – Wine

I enjoy wine all year long, but when the weather heats up, I want something light and crisp. This can range from a delicious Rosé to a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. They both go well with everything from burgers to a cheese and fruit board. I recently discovered some new favorites that are now part of my summer drink must haves.

First up, is the refreshing and fruity Pomelo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2016 Napa Cellars Chardonnay. I could drink these California wines all summer long and I just might.

Summer Drink Must Haves - Pomelo and Napa Cellars Wine

Pomelo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes:

  • Aromas of fragrant white blossoms lead to white peach, melon and ripe citrus on the palate complemented by a lovely lemon curd finish.

As a big fan of blends, I adore the mix of Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc grapes used in the Pomelo wine. You can really taste the influence of the red, volcanic soils of the Mason Vineyard, the fruit from Monterey County, and the mineral soils of Clarksburg, California. I can’t wait to pair this with my vegan crab cakes and steamed asparagus topped with Remoulade.

Napa Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Tasting Notes:

  • Aromas of peach, bright apple, and graham cracker excite the senses. Flavors of pear, crème fraiche, and pie crust are complimented by a creamy texture with balanced acidity and a nice, lingering finish of crème brulee and white peach.

The Napa Valley is known for its chardonnays. The cooler, coastal climate is the perfect place to grow this variety of grapes. I love a good fruity chardonnay with rich oaky undertones. This 2016 Chardonnay from Napa Cellars embodies both. I can absolutely see pairing this with grilled kabobs or even just a bowl of strawberries.

Summer Drink Must Haves - Backpack Wine

Backpack Wines Tasting Notes:

  • Rowdy Red is a tasty blend of Washington State Merlot and Syrah that shows dark cherry on the nose. It drinks velvety smooth showing black cherry, plum and a touch of spice.
  • Snappy White is a Washington State Riesling based blend has a touch of sweetness and weight that finishes with refreshing acidity. This balanced white delivers notes of green apple and Asian pear.
  • Cheeky Rosé is a Washington State Pinot Blanc and Sangiovese Rose blend is a drier expression, with a touch of peach, strawberry and rose petal; a clean crisp blush wine.

Summertime is also a perfect time for picnics and the beach. Taking a bottle of wine with you isn’t always a possibility. That’s where Backpack Wine comes in. These summer drink must haves are perfect for taking on the go because they come in can form. Produced from Washington State vineyards these four-packs are available in Cheeky Rose, Snappy White, and Rowdy Red.

I think the wine in a can concept is truly genius. They are the perfect bar or cooler alternative to beer or soda. Of the three options, I highly recommend Snappy White. It’s nice and light, yet full of flavor.

 

Summer Drink Must Haves – Liquor

A list of summer drink must haves wouldn’t be complete without a liquor component. And I have three fabulous brands to share with you. First, is the liquor that most surprised me, American Harvest Organic Vodka. I’m not usually a big vodka drinker. I typically reach for whiskey or bourbon, but this vodka is pure perfection.

Summer Drink Must Haves - Liquor

American Harvest Organic Vodka Tasting Notes:

  • Handcrafted in small batches from American wheat and distilled with 100 percent certified organic ingredients to yield a distinctly smooth spirit with a crisp, clean and slightly sweet hint of real agave.

Besides being an American-made organic vodka, it’s also a double gold medal winner.  All of the wheat used to produce the vodka comes from local farms and the water from the Snake River Water basin in the Pacific Northwest. I love supporting an American made brand, especially when their Vodka goes down this smooth. You can drink this vodka alone or use it for all your favorite summer cocktails. Can someone say summer brunch and a screwdriver?

Trail’s End Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes:

  • A smooth entry of sweet malt and chocolate, bolstered by toasted hazelnut with notes of tobacco and a touch of rye. Finishes long and warm, oily and buttery with a lovely alt spice kick and slight char note.

As I mentioned above, I’m a whiskey girl. I think it might be in my blood since my granddaddy used to make corn liquor, but that’s a story for another time. I instantly gravitated to this stylish bottle of Trail’s End. Crafted using 8-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and perfected in Oregon Oak, this whiskey is warm, nutty and oh so smooth. I can absolutely see why it’s won Gold and Double Gold medals in 2016 and 2017.

It was also recently announced that Trail’s End will be donating a percentage of their sales to help reforest the Pacific Northwest after all those devastating fires. Just another reason to add this whiskey to your summer drink must haves. I know I’ll be drinking it neat or trying out one of their many tasty drink recipes.

Camus Borderies Cognac Tasting Notes:

  • Reveals enticing notes of vanilla pods and orange zest, on a bed of soft spice and floral aromas. Ample and unctuous, with a robust yet elegant structure and a light hint of woodiness. Beautiful, long finish, well-balanced and wonderfully fresh.

Last and certainly not least is the robust 2014 Limited Edition of Borderies VSOP Cognac. I don’t know about you, but there is something about drinking cognac that makes me feel like a sophisticated grown-up. Not only is the bottle beautiful, but so is the rich amber liquid inside. Developed by cellar master Patrick Leger, this rich cognac comes from the Camus family’s own vineyards.

In fact, Camus, founded in 1863, still remains the largest family-owned Cognac house around today. With a history like that, it’s not surprising that this limited edition Borderies VSOP is truly remarkable and very distinctive. Each time I take a sip, I feel like I’m part of a long heritage of cognac makers and drinkers. I can absolutely see why you would want to pair this with chocolate or cheese. Basically, my favorite before and after meal treats.

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Connect with Napa Cellars: Website | Facebook | Twitter |

Connect with Backpack Wines: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

Connect with American Harvest: Twitter | Instagram |

Connect with Trail’s End: Website | Twitter |  Instagram |

Connect with Camus: Website | Facebook | Twitter |

 

What are your summer drink must haves? Which wine or liquor are you curious to try?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Brite Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Beauty Brite Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Welcome to Beauty Brite’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2016

This post is a collaboration among the Beauty Brite review team! As you know, we have a team of reviewers who help contribute to Beauty Brite.  It takes a team to offer unique and creative product reviews and amazing content for you, our readers!  We hope you enjoy our gift guide!

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