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New Year’s Eve Cocktails with ChaiElixir

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Do you have a New Year’s resolutions in mind for 2015? You want to lose weight? Exercise more? Drink less? Drink more water? Eat Healthier? Recycle more?

Whether your New Year’s resolutions are health driven, socially-conscious, or environmentally-friendly, I want to introduce you to a few brands that will help make reaching those goals a little bit easier. All week long I will feature some great new products that will make your New Year’s goals a synch!

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ChaiElixir was founded in 2012 for the purpose of providing an exquisite and quality chai experience in a bottle and offer a compelling, all-natural, alternative to today’s carbonated and caffeinated beverage selection. It’s more than tea; it’s chai. It’s more than a drink; it’s Exilir. Confused? read on.

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ChaiElixir is not your ordinary tea. They are sparkling Chai teas, available in three effervescent, tea-based flavors, offering a unique experience for every palette. Vivid combines crisp green tea and citrus, while Fusion provides the dignified flavor of smooth oolong tea with vanilla notes, and Essence blends white tea with delicious peach nectar. These bubbly drinks are bottled in elegant glass, but also present beautifully in champagne flutes. The carbonation makes you feel like you are drinking soda, but it’s actually much healthier, less sweet and overall just so much better than soda!

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ChaiElixir are rich in antioxidants to invigorate both body and mind, so you can feel good about drinking this (unlike soda.)

As each flavor has significantly less sugar and calories than standard soft drinks; 100 calories per serving.

One of the things I like most about ChaiElixir – besides the delicious & refreshing taste of course- is that they can also be used to create  health[ier] cocktails.

These unique, ChaiElixir cocktails are perfect for New Year’s Eve and will certainly wow your guests at any party!

Enchanted Elixir

  • 1oz Prosecco
  • 1oz Fusion ChaiElixir Tea
  • 8 Drops of orange blossom water
  • 1/2oz Brugal aged rum
  • 1/2oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4oz Cherry Heering

Prep: In a flute style champagne glass, add all ingredients. Top with 1oz of Fusion ChaiElixir tea and 1oz Prosecco sparkling wine. Garnish with a cherry.

 

Vivid D’Amour

  • 1/4 muddled orange
  • 1.5oz House Brandy
  • 1/4oz Creme de cacao
  • 1/2oz Ginger syrup
  • 3/4oz Fresh lime juice
  • Vivid ChaiElixir top off

Prep: In mixing glass muddle quartered orange slice. Then add all ingredients and add ½ cup ice then shake moderately. Lastly strain over new ice, then top off with Vivid ChaiElixir. Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with an orange twist or lime.

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Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for my review, all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Apinya Thai Chili Sauce Review

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Unsatisfied with vinegar-based hot sauces, Adam and Apinya Ross thought it was time to make a line of premium chili sauces using fresh vegetables and spices as the base.

Inspired by the flavors of Thailand, Apinya Thai Chili Sauce is made with roasted red peppers, fresh Thai chilies, ginger, and garlic. This premium hot sauce is SUPER spicy.

The original recipe of Apinya Thai Chili Sauce pairs well with unseasoned chicken, fish, steak, sandwiches, soups, pizza, and bland Chinese takeout.

It can also be used as a dip for seafood, kabobs, vegetables, and dried mango. Or use it to replace ketchup, cocktail sauce, other hot sauces with your favorite, everyday foods.

  • Fresh, Natural Ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Fat Free
  • Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors

Bloody Apinya

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Ingredients

  • 5 fl oz tomato juice
  • 2 fl oz vodka
  • 2 tsp Apinya Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 sprig cilantro
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper

Directions

Mix tomato juice, vodka, Apinya sauce, salt, pepper, and juice from half of the blood orange into a glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of blood orange and cilantro.

Click here for more great recipes using Apinya Thai Chili Sauce.

Ingredients:
Peppers, Ginger, Chilies, Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Salt, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Potassium sorbate and Sodium bisulfite as preservaties. CONTAINS SULPHITE

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You can buy Apinya Thai Chili Sauce at select stores in NYC, at Apinya’s online store or on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Winter White Sangria Recipe & TaZa! BPA Free Stemless Wine Glasses

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NEVER BREAK A GLASS AGAIN! With TaZa’s drama-free glasses you can entertain in style, without the worries. TaZa! glasses are known for their brilliant clarity—such clarity that makes them easily mistaken as crystal. Unlike crystal, however, these glasses won’t crack or break, which makes them ideal for entertaining anywhere, anytime.  These shatterproof 16oz glasses allow you to enjoy your wine— or any drink— indoors or outdoors (think pool, patio, boat, picnic, campground, RV, etc.)!

Besides their durability, what else makes these better than other plastic competitors?  For starters, they using USA-made Tritan plastic, which is 100% BPA-free/EA-free and FDA-approved. No need to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into your drinks.

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TaZa has also paid special attention to the rim—because there is nothing worse than a plastic cup rim that’s rough and nips at your lips. Who needs that? They’ve managed to make extra-smooth rims while keeping the glasses ultra-thin.

TaZa Stemless Wine Glasses look like heavy-duty crystal or glass wine glasses, but are actually incredibly lightweight and easy to hold.

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Lastly, these glasses are actually dishwasher safe!  Avoid being stuck at the sink after a dinner party washing by hand—just throw the glasses in the dishwasher on a non-heated setting, and the rest is done for you.

A great recipe to make for any Holiday party is my favorite Winter White Sangria. (Recipe below)

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Ingredients

  • 1 Gala apple, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1 Bartlett Pear, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1 Orange (skin left on)
  • 1 rosemary sprig + extra for garnish
  • 1 bottle dry white wine – I use Spanish Rioja
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/3 cup apple brandy

Directions

    1. Cut fruit into bite size pieces.
    2. In a large pitcher, combine the fruit and 1 rosemary spring.
    3. Pour in the wine and apple brandy.
    4.  Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for 1 – 24 hours.
    5. When are are ready to serve add the club soda to the pitcher.
    6. Fill glasses with ice, pour the sangria into your glass, garnish with the rosemary springs and enjoy!

With the holiday season coming up, these glasses would be great to have. They look expensive, but relieve you of any worries that your guests— or kids— will break or drop them. You can purchase TaZa! Stemless Wine Glasses on Amazon.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Moscow Mule Mug & Recipe

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Drink up in high style with the 16 oz barrel-shaped, hammered copper Moscow Mule Mug. Its unique beauty gives it a vintage feel, as if it were a prized possession, handed down through generations. Aesthetics aside, the use of 100% pure copper gives all the taste and temperature benefits required to make the perfect Moscow Mule.

The mug of choice when serving the infamous Moscow Mule–a cocktail made from a blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. The copper mug enhances the flavor and keeps the drink colder, longer.

Moscow Mule Recipe 

  • Fill your copper mug with ice
  • Pour in 1.5- 2 oz of vodka
  • Fill with 4 to 6 oz of cold ginger beer
  • Squeeze lime juice into Moscow Mule Mug
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime

Care Instructions for a Long Lasting Moscow Mule Mug 
After each use, clean with warm water and soft soap. No hard chemicals or detergents. Dry the copper mug with a soft cloth. To avoid stains, do not leave your drink in mug overnight. This mug is dishwasher safe, but it is highly recommended you wash it by hand. Do not use in microwave or for hot beverages.

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Want to impress your friends? Well, you can. You can purchase Moscow Mule mugs on Amazon, for yourself or as a gift.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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Healthy Summer Drinks featuring Maple Water

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Here are some great recipes for healthy summer drinks utilizing maple water from the local Concord, MA based company, DRINKmaple. As you know, maple water is a low-calorie/low-sugar, nutrient-rich beverage that contains 46 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, electrolytes and prebiotics and is obtained by tapping into maple trees.

Blueberry Maple Water Lemonade Popsicles

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 2 containers (2 cups) of DRINKmaple pure maple water
  • 3 cups of natural lemonade

Blend together and pour into popsicle maker. Let them freeze for several hours and enjoy!

Makes 12 popsicles.

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Watermelon Mint Maple Water Cooler

  •  1 cup of seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 container (1/2 cup) of DRINKmaple pure maple water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 6 leaves of fresh mint
  • Optional: to make this an alcoholic drink, add a shot of cucumber vodka

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Vanilla Maple Water Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 container (1 cup) of DRINKmaple pure maple water

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Alicia Carlson Photography

Certified Nutritionist & Holistic Health Counselor Kate Weiler, who is also the Co-Founder of DRINKmaple, has shared with us three of her favorite ways to keep cool and hydrated this summer while simultaneously nourishing your body with the unprecedented benefits of maple water. DRINKmaple’s maple water is available throughout the Northeast as well as on www.drinkmaple.com.

10 Juicing Tips & My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

Juicing is tasty, easy, and beneficial for your health. Moreover, juicing fruits and vegetables is a great way to rebuild your immune system with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. Juices help your boy cleanse, heal, and rejuvenate.

Juices are also great for detoxing and cleansing because they require very little energy to be used by your digestive system because a majority of the fiber is removed during the juicing process. This gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber and allows you to better absorb nutrients. The nutrients are fast tracked into your blood stream, which detoxifies and cleanses your system by removing toxins. Other health benefits of juicing include healthier skin, hair, and nails, better sleep, decreased risk of developing certain cancers and help in getting the 8 recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

Products such as Naked and Odwalla are full of sugar and other chemicals not good for your body. These sugar filled “juices” also lack in vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients and health benefits that you can only get from fresh fruits and vegetables. These juices are not suitable for my low sugar diet, which is why I’ve started making my own.

I also like to make my own juices because it allows me to pick and choose my ingredients. Choosing alkaline fruits and vegetables is vital for fighting against inflammation and candida, two things I am dealing with.

Here are some tips – and a recipe – to help you get started with juicing!

  • Go organic. Studies show that the nutritional profile of organic produce is always better than its non-organic counterparts, sometimes drastically so.
  • Wash produce thoroughly. Unwashed produce can be contaminated with pesticides and bacteria (do you know how many people at the grocery touched the food before you did?) so this is an important step in the juicing process, especially if you do not buy organic produce.
  • Focus on vegetables, but include some fruit. I’ve found that one small apple, or other fruit, makes a huge difference in flavor. Try to keep it 75% vegetable to 25% fruit. I like to add an apple or pear for sweetness, but the best fruit to use is papaya because it contains an enzyme called papin, which is extremely helpful in aiding digestion.
  • Include 1-2 root vegetables–such as carrots or beets–to add additional flavor, sweetness, and antioxidants. Including carrots or beets tend to contribute a bit more sugar and sweetness (like the fruit).
  • Add at least one leafy green vegetable. Kale, spinach, broccoli, chard, and cabbage are all loaded with nutrients. These are also very powerful so don’t go overboard; start slowly and add more as you go.
  • Include at least one watery vegetable. Cucumber, celery, zucchini, and other watery vegetables help dilute the too-strong flavors of the previous 3 ingredients. This can make a big difference in drinkability, while adding some nice flavor and additional vitamins.
  • Avoid fruits with low water content. Bananas and avocados are the two main fruits that are pretty dense and very low in water content. Such fruits do a lot better in the blender. I don’t juice with bananas, rather I cut them up and freeze them to use in smoothies. Bananas and avocados are great for thickening smoothies, adding a creamy texture without having to add dairy or extra fat.
  • Start slow with the celery. Celery has a strong flavor and if you put in too much it will be overpowering. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Start with less, and you can always add more until it gets to be too strong.
  • Juice the skins, peels, pith, tops, and stems. Peels and skins are loaded with antioxidants. Avoid juicing the skins of oranges and grapefruits. The pith (the white stuff between the peel and the pulp) and other white membranes of citrus fruit are a great source of nutrition. But avoid juicing the skins of oranges and grapefruits.
  • Rejuice your pulp. Once your produce has been passed through the juicer, check to see if your pulp is still damp (it usually is). If yes, pass it back through your juicer and you’ll be able to get more juice from the leftovers! I do this every time and I am always amazed by how much more juice I get!
  • Don’t forget a garnish. A small amount of a strong flavored item such as ginger, lemon, mint or other herb can make your juice a real pleasure to drink while adding extra antioxidants and health benefits. Fresh lemon juice is a key ingredient in homemade juices, enhancing the flavors of almost any combination. An added bonus – I was recently told that lemon juice can also help balance the acid levels in the body and reduce inflammation. Don’t actually run the lemon through the juicer; instead, squeeze it into the finished juice. Similarly, fresh ginger will bring out the natural flavors of the fruits and vegetables you use. Start with a very small amount, adding more as desired.
  • Drink your juice as soon as possible. For optimal nutritional value it is best to drink them right away. When juice is exposed to the air, it starts to lose its nutrients rather quickly, and there are no preservatives to keep it from spoiling. You can keep juice stored in the fridge for up to 24-48 hours.

 

Jessica’s Green Juice

Ingredients:

  • Kale, 3 or 4 leaves
  • Celery, 3 stalks
  • Apple, 1 small
  • Cucumber, 1 medium or large
  • Zucchini, 1 small or medium
  • Lemon, one slice

First, clean your vegetables and fruit. Place everything in the juicer, except for the lemon juice, and juice it, twice! Squeeze the lemon, stir, and enjoy!

 

What’s your favorite juice recipe? Share below!

 

Party Sangria

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1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
¾ cup blackberry brandy
4 ounce orange juice
6 ounce cranberry juice
1 can (12 ounce) lemon lime soda
1 orange
1 peach
1 lime
1 lemon
1 apple
½ cup pineapple chunks
I doubled this recipe for my party; 2 bottles of Merlot, 1 ½ cup brandy, 2 cans of sprite, 8 ounces orange juice, and 12 ounces cranberry juice. For the fruit I used 2 oranges, 2 limes, 1 lemon, ¾ cup pineapple chunks, 1 apple and 1 peach. I also added sliced strawberries. 
1. Slice the orange, lemon and lime in thin rounds. Cut the rest of the fruit into small chunks or pieces.
2. In a large pitcher add the wine, brandy, half the juices and fruit.
3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (and up to 24 hours). Add the soda to the pitcher about 30 minutes before you are going to be serving it. This will keep it from getting flat and give it a little ‘fizz’.
If you double the recipe do not double all the fruit, it will be way too much fruit. Regular brandy will work just fine, the flavored brandy just gives it a little more sweetness.
This was a hit at my party last weekend and was plenty for 10-12 people to each have a few glasses.
Usually I do not make sangria with so much juice, the tradition way in Spain is just Red Wine, Cuarenta y Tres (A Spanish type of brandy), Fanta Limon and sugar. I love this simple recipe but for a party the above recipe is much better and enjoyed by guests. Here, I’ve noticed everyone likes fruitier sangria, because [unfortunately] that is what most restaurants serve. In Spain it is very different.