Cocktails with MINTA Naturally Flavored Sodas

I love entertaining and having people in our home. We always serve wine or beer if our guests drink, but there are times I would love to offer cocktails. I do have a beautiful bar cart after all! But when it comes to making cocktails, it can be a little intimidating. And, if you don’t make cocktails all the time, you don’t want to have a gazillion liquors and cocktail making supplies. You want it simple. You want to be able to create a drink that’s beautiful and tastes amazing.

Well my cocktail loving friends, let me introduce you to MINTA, a naturally flavored soda.

Minta Mojito

What is MINTA? It’s a naturally flavored soda which combines a mint blend, fruit juice, carbonation and pure cane sugar to create this amazing fresh, delicious tasting beverage. It’s perfect as a treat for your soda loving kids (it’s been approved by my 11 year old) or as a mixer to add sparkle and minty taste to your cocktails.

It comes in  MINTA Original, MINTA Strawberry and the new MINTA Lemon.

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I put my cocktail making skills to the test and used MINTA Original for all three. How did they turn out? Absolutely delicious and something I would be proud to serve to guests. Plus, they’re fun to make and they look fantastic. 

The one pictured above is the MINTA Mojito. It was super easy to make:

  • In a glass muddle together mint leaves and a lime wedge
  • Add the rum (1 1/2 oz) and top with MINTA Original (4 oz.)
  • Stir and add ice cubes
  • Garnish with mint leaves and lime wedge

Up next, I made a Winter Chill cocktail. [Read more…]

Hot Chocolate Spoons for Your Hot Chocolate Bar

Every year, right around Thanksgiving I put together a Hot Chocolate Bar. Which means we have everything we need to make one amazing cup of hot chocolate right at our fingertips. This year I decided to add a little something extra and make Hot Chocolate Spoons.

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You can read all about how I set up this Hot Chocolate Bar over at Parties365. It was super easy and my kids and their friends love it. All you need are some containers, some toppings, a festive tray and a few personal touches like a chalkboard drawing and labels.

Hot Chocolate Spoons

The Hot Chocolate Spoons were really easy to make and fun to use of course! All you need to do is melt some caramel squares for the caramel spoons and some baking chocolate squares for the chocolate spoons. I used Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate and it was the perfect amount of sweetness.

After you’ve melted the caramel or chocolate, dip your spoon in to coat it. Lay it on wax paper and sprinkle your topping of choice on before it hardens. Do the spoons one at a time: dip in coating, sprinkle with topping, dip in coating, sprinkle with topping and so on until you’ve used all of your ingredients.

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The caramel hardens almost immediately and sets up very quickly. The baking chocolate takes about an hour to harden and set up. [Read more…]

Wine You’ll Love, Made Easy: Introducing Giuliana Rancic’s XO, G Wine

XO G Wine Have you ever wanted a glass of wine at night, so you open the bottle, pour yourself that glass and then don’t have any again for a few days? That happens to me quite a bit and unfortunately I end up tossing out a lot of wine. I’m so excited to introduce you to one of my new favorite wines that not only tastes great, but it solves my problem of wasted wine. I’m talking about XO, G Wine from style maven, mom  and wife Giuliana Rancic (who also happens to be incredibly sweet and fun).

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To celebrate the launch of XO, G I had a chance to chat with Giuliana about coming up with the name of the wine, all the places you can take it and what that moment was like when she saw the unique design and packaging for the first time.

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What’s so unique about XO, G Wine?
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