A Mojito, The Magic of Camu Camu & The Body Shop

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This summer, The Body Shop has released a limited edition line of body care products that all smell like a delicious Mojito cocktail. It’s true. I’ve shoved my nose in each and every one of these products, and they really do smell like a mixture of crushed mint and fresh lime. And, even though they’re calling the range of products “Virgin Mojito”, I swear there’s a hint of sweet white rum in there. Don’t worry, I haven’t attempted to consume these goodies since I received them a few weeks back. They ARE virgin after all.

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If you’re gonna slather something resembling a cocktail on your body, a Mojito seems to be a pretty nice choice, especially for summer – minty and fresh with bright citrus notes. I was pleasantly surprised how much I really liked smelling like a Cuban highball!

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Working with some of the folks at The Body Shop to create an ACTUAL Mojito recipe to be included in their press release, I found out that their vitamin C packed facial products had a secret ingredient that they wanted included in the cocktail recipe as well, camu camu.

Camu camu is a berry that grows in South America and is one of those Amazonian super fruits that seems to be unmatched in nutrient density and health benefits. There are lots of claims around this powerful berry including its mood and immune boosting properties and even cancer prevention. The camu camu berry, apparently has the most concentrated amount of vitamin C in the world. And this is where it derives much of its powerful healing properties. So, yeah! Let’s put that magic Amazonian berry dust in a cocktail!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup white rum
1/2 cup club soda
2 Tbsp Camu Camu Powder
12 mint leaves

4-5 ice cubes

Garnish: 4 Mint sprigs, 4 lime wheels
Glass: Highball

Directions:
In a blender add rum, lime juice, syrup and Camu Camu Powder and blend until well mixed. Add ice, mint leaves and club soda and puree until well blended. Pour mixture into chilled highball glasses. Garnish each glass with mint and lime wheel.

For a more traditional, single serving Mojito recipe:

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Ingredients:
1 oz agave syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
2 oz White rum
1.5 oz Club soda
6 Mint leaves

Garnish: 1-2 Mint sprig, lime wheel
Glass: Highball

Directions:
In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint. Add the agave syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice. Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

Summer Cocktails for FreshDirect

If you live in the New York metropolitan area, including parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia, you know ALL about FreshDirect, an online grocer that delivers fresh and prepared food to your door. It’s pretty much a godsend for anyone entertaining, cooking for a group or planning an event, because no one, and I mean NO ONE wants to lug gigantic cheese platters home on the subway. I’ve used them for years for my regular grocery needs, as well as for BBQs and cocktail events that I’ve produced – where they’d deliver fresh fruit, mixers, beer and wine. Guess what ELSE they are now delivering? BOOZE! That’s right, this game-changing move has turned FreshDirect into a one-stop online shop for all of your entertaining needs. Even if you’re just entertaining your own mouth! This is pretty exciting, you guys. Do you know how I was informed of this glorious news? Each season FreshDirect includes a brochure/insert in 50,000 of their boxes that go out over a two-week period, and they wanted me to create a few summer cocktail recipes to be included in their summer brochure! And to be posted on their blog. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to contribute to this very New York institution. Check out the recipes below, as well as their growing list of boozy bottles

Watermelon Mint Margs

Frozen Watermelon Mint Margaritas
Makes 4

Ingredients:
2 cups cubed watermelon
10 sprigs of mint
1 cup Cimarron Blanco Tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup Cointreau
2-3 cups of ice
1 ounce turbinado sugar
Pinch of salt

Directions:
In a blender, combine the watermelon, mint leaves from 6 of the sprigs, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, sugar, ice, and salt. Blend until pureed. Divide into 4 glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.

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The Montauk Palmer
Makes 1

Ingredients:
4 ounces unsweetened iced tea
2 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces Montauk Black Sail Rum
1 1/2 ounces maple syrup
FreshDirect Italian Sparkling Mineral Water
Lemon wedge for garnish

Directions:
In a shaker, combine the iced tea, lemon juice, rum, and maple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with FreshDirect soda. Give it a stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

bittersweet collins

Bittersweet Collins
Makes 1

Ingredients:
2 ounces FAIR Quinoa Vodka
2 ounces grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce agave nectar
Pink peppercorns
Basil
FreshDirect Italian Sparkling Mineral Water

Directions:
At the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 sprigs of basil with half a tablespoon of pink peppercorns. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, Campari and agave, and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda. Garnish with basil.

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All of the beautiful images courtesy of FreshDirect

Habañero Hemingway Daiquiri

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Surprise! It’s another “national holiday” celebrating something you thought was a normal everyday celebration! This Sunday is National Daiquiri Day and I don’t know about you, but I can actually get behind this one. All hail the daiquiri!

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The Hemingway Daiquiri has to be one of my absolute favorites. The addition of fresh grapefruit juice as well as swapping out simple syrup for Maraschino Liqueur just elevates this already perfect summer cocktail. It also adds a little complexity to a fairly simple concoction. You know what makes it even better? Using an award-winning, premium dark golden rum from Venezuela, such as – Diplomatico’s Reserva Exclusiva.

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And then adding a dash or two of Habañero Tabasco Sauce to this refreshing tipple…ups the ante even more, to dangerously delicious territory. Tabasco’s hottest sauce deserves a special cooling summer cocktail. Forget Fireball, this is the real spicy deal.

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So, celebrate National Daiquiri Day this year in style and heat.You still have a few days to perfect this festive drink.

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Habañero Hemingway Daiquiri
2 oz Diplomatico’s Reserva Exclusiva
1/2 fresh grapefruit (juice)
1/2 ounce Maraschino Liquer
3/4 ounce lime
2 dashes Habañero Tabasco

Place all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a well chilled coupe glass.

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The Guinness & Jäger Chocolate Float

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, this is a chocolate ice cream float made with Jägermeister and Guinness beer. And, yes it is AMAHZINGLY BONKERS DELICIOUS.

Sorry for shouting, but I’m really just trying to convey the fact that this combination is crushing it on so many levels. #LoveWins you guys! It’s almost like after I consumed this boozy ice cream concoction, I forgot what life was like before I had it. The world is just a better place with the Guinness & Jäger Chocolate Float in it. Believe.

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When I was asked to participate in a roundup of ice cream cocktails for the lifestyle site ClintonKelly.com, I thought about using some of my go-tos, featured almost exactly a year ago on this blog. But then I realized it was a great opportunity to play around with some flavors I’d been wanting to combine for a while now. I love rich chocolate and creamy stout together, and thought an herbaceous punch in the mouth like Jägermeister could elevate this combo to the next level. I was not incorrect. The beer and chocolate tempers the liqueur, but only slightly. The flavors, when combined, really just ridiculously compliment each other.

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For more ideas to booze up your ice cream or frost up your cocktails, check out the Clinton Kelly site!

The Guinness & Jäger Chocolate Float
1-2 scoops chocolate ice cream
1 ounce chocolate syrup
1 1/2 ounces Jägermeister
4 ounces Guinness Stout

Scoop the ice cream into a chilled glass mug or tall ice cream glass and pour syrup and Jägermeister over it. Slowly pour the Guinness to the top. Serve with straw and long spoon!

“Wanderlush” A Sneak Peek!

Blue Lagoon, Iceland #WanderlushIf you follow me on social media, you know that I was in Iceland in May with Martin Miller’s Gin. I had the rare opportunity to see the waterfalls where Martin Miller’s sources water for their gin, check out their bottling facility deep into Iceland’s rural region, and even help judge an international bartending competition while I was there. We also took a good week to explore. I felt like I really got to know the country, which is breathtaking. And producer and friend, Joy Barrett and I brought along a GoPro and filmed the entire thing! The resulting footage will be used to kick off an exciting new project in the fall called Wanderlush, a show that merges travel, drinking culture and style. Hosted by me! Those of you who love to travel and also enjoy imbibing in exotic places know that you can learn a lot about a people through their drinking culture. This show intends to investigate a region through the glasses of the locals. All while showcasing what makes the area so special. The Blue Lagoon was just one of the many spectacular places we visited while in Iceland. It will only be a blip in the premiere episode but we thought it was such a stunning place, it deserved its own dedicated video.

So, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come Fall 2015!

By the way, I know the dialogue is a little difficult to understand…the woman in the video is basically telling me that the mud masks at the Blue Lagoon are so beneficial that it just takes one application for a year’s worth of beauty! I’m clearly enthusiastic about that idea!

Last Call for the Art of Patrón Contest!

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Tequila Starburst by Karen McIntyre of Brooklyn, N.Y. Courtesy of Patrón

Use our iconic bottles as a one-of-a-kind canvas for your vision, whether that involves sculpture, paint, decoupage, or a new talent the world’s been waiting for. The winning entry will receive $10,000 and all the accolades that come with it.

We are closing in on the deadline for the Art of Patrón contest. But, it’s not too late! The last day to submit your piece of art is July 17th. They will announce the finalists and begin the voting process on or around August 10th. The winner will then be announced on or around August 28, 2015. Let’s see if you can top my Crafty Fox!

A July 4th Cocktail – Blended Strawberry Daiquiri

I recently had the pleasure of guesting on Blender Babes cocktail hour. With the July 4th weekend in mind, Tarashaun (head babe) and I whipped up some yummy, blended strawberry daiquiris. They are a LOT simpler than you might think. We added some mint in the mix and a few blueberries for a patriotic garnish. Let’s be real, this is a smoothie with booze. It’s practically health food. So, enjoy!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Spirit of Gin – We Have a Winner!

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Thank you all so much for leaving comments about your favorite gin cocktails and brands of choice on last week’s post, as well as on Facebook. There were clearly some cocktails and brands that I still need to explore. I love learning about new products! Thank you. As promised, we have a winner! Picked at random, but also happened to be the very first commenter on the Summer of Gin post, Kathy Stevens is our Spirit of Gin Giveaway winner! Congrats, Kathy! You are now the proud owner of a beautiful, comprehensive ode to gin. Or, you will be, once you send me your address so I can get this stunning book shipped off to you: prose@bitbyafox.com

Kathy mentioned that she LOVES Jack Rabbit Gin from Beehive Distilling – Utah’s first (and only, at the moment) legally distilled gin since 1870. And, she described the Ginger Kick cocktail as her current fave – a combo of gin, lime, ginger and Habanero pepper. It sounds like my kind of cocktail! Since I am lucky enough to be in possession of this fantastic gin, I’ll be making a version of this very cocktail…and then share will all y’all. Then, we’re all winners, right?!

How’s your summer of gin going so far? I happen to be writing this from the land of gin – London! And, I am in no short supply of the stuff. Follow my Instagram exploits if you want to see what I’m drinking out here! Besides a lot of behind the scenes BBaF goings on, you are also likely to see the occasional sunset, plates of food stuff, and other random pretties…

 

The Summer of Gin! And Giveaway!

The Summer of Gin!Summer! It’s officially here! #yaaaaaasssss

I know we’re only two days in, but I am ALL about it. The sundresses and open toed sandals are in rotation, and my hair has already migrated as far away from my neck as possible, in various updos, where it will stay for the next 2-3 months. See you in the fall, bangs! I’ve got this summer on lock. I’m also going around making bold declarations like “This is the summer I will actually see all of the outdoor concerts I’ve marked on my calendar!”. And, “This summer I’ll finally catch up on my emails!” (I like to keep the bar fairly low so I don’t disappoint myself too much.) But one thing I know for certain:

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE SUMMER OF GIN!

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Gin is IN, you guys. Gin is in.

Proclaiming it the Summer of Gin may not necessarily be revelatory (and I may have tried to make this happen in the past)…but it is an especially auspicious time for gin. There’s no question that we’ve been going through an international gin renaissance.

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There are so many new gins that are constantly flooding the market, it’s difficult to keep up. And the familiar ones that have been our go-to Gs in our G&Ts for years like Tanqueray, Beefeater and Bombay Sapphire, continue to mix it up with different (old and new) styles and infusions; Companies like Hendrick’s and Martin Miller’s Gin go to great lengths to differentiate their spirits with unusual botanicals or pure, Icelandic water. And because of the classic cocktail revival, more and more people have come around to a spirit that they once were convinced wasn’t for them. Those vodka-only drinkers who once swore that gin was the work of the devil, now worship at the altar of juniper. Gin devotees even have their very own bible now, a beautiful tome released last fall, The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival,

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Matt Teacher’s The Spirit of Gin is a fully comprehensive guide for the modern-day gin drinker, cocktail enthusiast and history buff. He chronicles the history of gin, explains the distilling and production process, showcases nearly 100 different gins (accompanied by beautiful pictures and a fold out map of gin!), and brings us up to speed on the modern day gin revival that’s currently taking over the world. There are also interviews with top international mixologists and industry leaders, an international bar guide and even cocktail recipes!

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In honor of the Summer of Gin, my new favorite multi-month holiday, by the way, I’ve decided to have a giveaway! This gorgeous gin opus could be yours. In the comments below just let us know what your favorite gin cocktail is to drink in the summer AND your brand(s) of choice. This will also be posted to Instagram and Facebook, so you can triple your chances if you’re chatty! I’ll then pick the winner at random by the end of the week. The winner will not only get The Spirit of Gin book, but will also get to see their cocktail of choice made with a Bit by a Fox spin featured on the blog!

Best of luck, foxy friends! And Happy Summer of Gin!

The Art of Patron Contest & My Crafty Fox!

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You guys! I crafted! I may have had a few sips of Patrón while I transformed one of their bottles into a little, portly fox…but it didn’t turn out horribly! Ok, I know it’s not NEARLY as impressive as some of the other creations that have come out of the Art of Patrón contest in year’s past, but I’m pretty proud of that little guy.

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As I mentioned last monthPatrón Tequila is in the midst of a bottle art competition, Art of Patrón. The contest is giving fans and artisans across the country the opportunity to get some actual cash money from their Patrón bottle creations…

 For years people have been re-purposing these iconic bottles, giving them a second life in the form of unique artwork and functional items. Recognizing this trend, the brand decided to get in on the game. By PAYING you for your creative brilliance! The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and nine finalists $1,000 each.

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As soon as I heard about this contest I knew that my creation would somehow involve a fox. A little gold spray paint, a deconstructed fox ornament, glue, some copper ribbon and voila! I’m a crafter! In your face, Pinterest!

I’m pretty sure it’s not winning the $10,000 prize or anything, but it will brighten up my liquor shelves. And remind me that I’m always a bottle away from getting Bit by a Fox!

Hey, are you inspired? You have until July 17th to throw your hat in the ring.  Check out their site for details and official rules. And, best of luck!

Special thanks to photographer Shannon Carpenter from This Aperture for her expert pics!


Sponsored: This post was made possible by Patrón and this project was fueled by Tequila.

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