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Cocktail of the Week: Courvoisier Cognac

1 Aug

By Rissabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample)
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It’s summertime and the weather is sweet! Kick off your shoes, throw your sundress on and enjoy the activities that are so much better this time of year: Outdoor BBQ’s, picnics in parks, drive-in movies, long hours at the beach and rooftop soirees. For any summertime scenario, the perfect cocktails to enjoy with friends can only make the festivities better. The warm weather welcomes classic refreshers such as punches, sangrias and sparkling champagnes, which we discovered can be made even more delicious by adding Courvoisier® Cognac! So without further ado, here are our yummy cocktails of the week, all made with Cognac by Courvoisier®.

COURVOISIER SPARKLING SANGRIA

4 parts Courvoisier® VS Cognac

4 parts DeKuyper® Peach liqueur

2 bottles Prosecco

½ cup white grape juice

2 peaches

Green grapes

Directions
Thinly slice peaches. Cut the grapes in half. Put sliced fruit in a pitcher with Courvoisier, peach liqueur and grape juice. Let sit in the fridge for 1-3 hours. Immediately before serving, pour 2 bottles of Prosecco and stir. Serve over ice.

COURVOISIER SUMMER PUNCH

250ml Courvoisier® VS Cognac

750ml Lemonade

20 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters

3 orange wheels

6 lemon wheels

Directions
Add the freshly cut fruit into a bowl or pitcher, pour in remaining ingredients. Infuse for a few minutes. Serve on ice.

COURVOISIER SPARKLER

1 part Courvoisier® VSOP cognac

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 sugar cube

Top up with Champagne

Directions
Soak a sugar cube in bitters and drop into a Champagne flute. Cover with Courvoisier® VSOP Cognac and slowly top with Champagne.

21+ – please drink responsibly

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Star Spangled Cocktails for the 4th of July…

4 Jul

By Rissabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample) 

Happy Birthday America! What an exciting day to come together and celebrate our patriotism in various ways including sparklers, fireworks and outfits adorned with red, white and blue. One of the most celebrated summer holidays in the states, the day is usually spent outdoors, perhaps at a nearby beach, park or the eminent backyard BBQ. Stay cool while sipping on a Star-Spangled Cocktails that matchy-match your festive attire!

Red White Blue Cocktails

CHERRY LIME MOJITO
Skip that slice of All-American Cherry Pie on the 4th and opt instead for this low-calorie refreshing cocktail that allows you get your sweet cherry fix without the added guilt of sweets!

Ingredients
4 oz.  Cherry Limeade Sparkling ICE
1.5 oz.  White Rum
10 Mint leaves to muddle and garnish
6 Cherries (stems and pits removed)
Lime slices for garnish

Directions
In a large, sturdy glass, muddle together the mint and cherries until lightly-smashed. Stir in the rum and then top with Cherry Limeade Sparkling ICE over ice, stirring in gently to mix. Garnish with fresh cherries, mint leaves, and lime slices.

SWEET BERRY BOURBON
A good old fashion cocktail to sip during a good old fashion 4th of July BBQ! Sure to cool you off around the smoking grills and will taste great paired with a rich hamburger.

Ingredients
¼ oz. simple syrup
1 ½ oz. VOGA Dolce Rosso
1 oz. bourbon
Fresh Berries

Directions
Mix equal parts water and sugar until sugar is dissolved to make simple syrup. Muddle fresh blueberries and raspberries into a cocktail shaker and add ice, simple syrup, VOGA Dolce Rosso, bourbon. Shake well and strain into a glass. Add some fresh berries and mint sprig for garnish.

BOHEMIAN FIREWORKS
This cocktail is sure to fire up your night! Bursting with spiced rum and citrus flavors, this drink is like having the fireworks right inside your glass.

Ingredients
2 strawberries
1.5 oz Bohemia
1.5 oz spiced rum
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lemon

Directions
Muddle the strawberries and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake all ingredients and pour over ice in a Collins glass. Top with Bohemia beer and enjoy the fireworks!

HERRADURA’S RED, WHITE AND BLUE BERRIES
This cocktail is sure to match your July 4th attire. Crisp, refreshing and patriotic colors, you will look chic and festive with all of your red, white and blue!

Ingredients
1½ oz. Herradura Silver
 2 ½ oz. coconut water
¼ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. lime juice

Directions
Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over crushed ice in to a tall glass. Garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

RED BERRY SANGRIA
This cocktail will have your singing You’re a Grand Old Flag!  It’s deliciously sweet, tart and festive looking, so go ahead and sing your heart out…

Ingredients
1 oz Ciroc Red Berry
1 oz Rose Wine
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Berry Tea

Directions
Combine Ciroc Red Berry, rose wine, lemon juice, simple syrup and berry tea over ice into a wine glass. Stir and add blueberries, black berries and lemon slices for garnish.

CIROC BLUE
This drink is the blue to your white stars and stripes! Refreshing and chic, we suggest you wear red while drinking this cocktail.

Ingredients
1 oz Ciroc Vodka
5 oz Blue Curacao
.25 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Simple Sugar

Directions
Combine ingredients in shaker and shake with crushed ice. Strain into a martini glass and add lemon slice or strawberry for garnish.

CIROC WHITE
A perfect cocktail to have in your hands while waving your sparklers! It will reflect off your glass, making it look like your sparkling drink is actually, well, sparkling…

Ingredients
1 oz Ciroc Peach
1.5 oz Ginger Ale or Sparkling Club Soda

Directions
As simple as pouring over ice! Decorate your glass accordingly, perhaps with a little flag or cute festive straw, or a real life sparkler!
(just don’t drink it while the sparkler is lit).

Happy 4th of July – USA!
21+ – please drink responsibly

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COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: 4 Fancy Mommy Mocktails & Cocktails…

9 May

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

This Sunday, why not pamper Mom and treat her to low-calorie Mother’s Day Cocktails & Mocktails from Sparkling ICE, RealBeanz and VOGA Italia Wine? No Mom wants to indulge in sugary, high-calorie beverages… instead she wants to sip a delicious homemade low-calorie drink while celebrating her special day with family and friends! Below – find some fabulous Mother’s Day recipes- along with calorie counter (for psycho dieters like yours truly).

mom mocktail cocktail

RASPBERRY LEMONADE SPRITZER MOCKTAIL
(perfect for the preggy momma)
Total Calories: 15 

Ingredients
1 Bottle of Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE
Dash of lime juice
Raspberries for Garnish
Ice

Directions
In a cocktail shaker, combine Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE and lime juice. Stir in ice. Stir and pour in two glasses. Garnish each glass with fresh raspberries.

VANILLA NUT MARTINI
Total Calories: 130

Ingredients

3 oz Vanilla Vodka
2 oz Vanilla Nut RealBeanz
1 tbsp cream

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Vanilla Nut RealBeanz, vanilla vodka and cream. Shake well and divide between two chilled martini glasses.

CUCUMBER COCKTAIL
Total Calories: 156 

Ingredients

4 oz. Lemonade Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz. vodka
Cucumber and lemon slices

Directions
Muddle a few cucumber sliced with vodka. Strain and pour into a chilled glass over ice. Top with Lemonade Sparkling ICE. Garnish with lemon and cucumber slices

MOTHERLY LOVE
Total Calories: 148 

Ingredients
3 oz. VOGA Prosecco
1 oz. Raspberry syrup
Fresh Raspberries for garnish

Directions
Pour in Raspberry Syrup. Top with VOGA Prosecco. Add fresh raspberries for additional taste and garnish.

(21+ – please drink responsibly)

About Sparkling ICE® Beverages

Sparkling ICE has made a great tasting, refreshing, zero-calorie beverage Perfectly Possible™. Combining naturally flavored mountain spring water, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants, Sparkling ICE offers a bold flavored, lightly-carbonated beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in eleven refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple and new in 2014 Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon. Sparkling ICE Lemonades®, launched in 2013, are available in six refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Lemonade with Tea and new in 2014, Peach Lemonade and Mango Lemonade. Sparkling ICE can be found in retailers nationwide. Sparkling ICE is part of the TalkingRain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparking ICE, visit www.sparklingice.com.

About VOGA Italia Wine

VOGA Italia hails from Italy, the country best known for producing some of the world’s best wine as well as its’ keen sense of style. VOGA Italia encompasses all aspects offering a collection of crisp delicious wine thoughtfully packaged in a revolutionary re-designed bottle featuring a unique resealable cap. Since the company’s inception, VOGA has earned numerous awards and accolades for their sleek and sexy glass cylindrical bottle, presentation and most importantly taste.  The collection retails from $10.99 to $15.99 and includes Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Dolce Rosso, Prosecco, Premium Sparkling and Baby Sparkling. VOGA is available in over 62 countries, hundreds of major cities, and can be found in thousands of the world’s trendiest bars, restaurants and shops. Wherever, whenever, if you are drinking VOGA you are drinking IN Style. For more information on VOGA Italia wine www.vogaitalia.com

ABOUT REALBEANZ™

Founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, RealBeanz is a ready-to-drink gourmet iced coffee company combining premium-brewed beans and reduced-fat milk with functional ingredients such as vitamins and herbs.  Currently available in seven flavors and personalities – Cappuccino/Energize, Caramel/Focus, Vanilla Nut/Relax, Mocha/Resist, Diet Cappuccino/Trim & Fit, Cappuccino with Coconut Water/Refresh and Dark Roast with Coconut Water/Refresh.  Each variety aims to satisfy health-conscious consumers without the extra calories while helping to enhance their lifestyles.  For more information, please visit www.RealBeanz.com, “like” RealBeanz on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RealBeanz.

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Cocktail of Week: Drink your Leftovers

29 Nov

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)

So many Thanksgiving leftovers and so little room in the fridge and your belly. My advice? DRINK THEM – with the help of fabulous post-gobble drink recipes below.

Post Thanksgiving cocktails
From sweet potatoes to cranberry sauce, Sidney Frank’s in-house mixologist Todd Richman shows you how to create tasty cocktails using your favorite Turkey Day extras:

The 56 Holiday feast:
In a shaker combine:

2 parts Jägermeister
2 scoops of cranberry sauce
10 mint leaves
1 lemon slice

Shake well with ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge

Sweet Potato smash
In a shaker combine

2 parts Bärenjäger honey and bourbon
1 scoop of leftover sweet potato puree
3 sage leaves
1/2 part of orange juice

Shake all ingredients well with ice, fine strain into a rocks glass full of fresh ice. Garnish with a sage leaf or an orange slice (optional)

The Cosmopolitan Pilgrim
In a shaker combine

1.5 parts American Harvest
2 scoops of leftover cranberry sauce
3/4 parts fresh lime juice
1/4 part orange liqueur

Add ice and shake well, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge

(21+ – please drink responsibly)

 

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Cocktail of Week: The North Star featuring Hennessey V.S

22 Nov

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)

Spice up your Thanksgiving this year with a little help from Hennessey V.S and The North Star holiday cocktail recipe.

The North Star
THE NORTH STAR

2.5 oz Hennessy V.S

.25 oz maple syrup

1 dash fee brothers black walnut bitters

1 dash angostura bitters

Garnish: 1 star anise

Glass: rocks

Method: add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled.
Strain into an old fashioned glass without ice and garnish with a star anise.

(21+ – please drink responsibly)

 

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