In Alcohol Review Brockmans Premium Gin Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Gin Recipes Summer 2018 Summer Drinks

The Case Of How Gin Just Got Better: Brockmans Premium Gin


Some may say that, although available year-round, Summer is the season for rosé.  Well I (as well as other cocktail imbibers) say that any wine or spirit can be for any season depending on your mood and your available seasonal culinary offerings.  For example, the spices, warmth and soothing quality of a hot toddy could be enjoyed all year, but works best when the thermometer dips low.  The citrusy kick and effervescent pop of chilled wines and champagne spritzers can certainly be made in December, but seem more appropriate in July.  However, it's all relative.  Some folks order based on what connects to them after a hard work day, after an emotional break up or to cap off a memorable event.  Further, on this spinning orb we call earth, it's always both Summer and Winter somewhere right?  So I say use what you like and connect with in order to create the feeling, atmosphere and satisfaction that you want, be it straight up, on the rocks, with a bevy of fresh ingredients or just a touch of lime.
Gin has always been something that I look to enjoy mostly in the Summer.  I used to think it was due to the lively juniper berry essence, but then I realized that I first had a gin and tonic years ago in the Summertime.  Gin is grown, sexy and seasoned with a distinctive flavor profile that has profound character.  So when I recently came across Brockmans Premium Gin I wondered what this spirit would add to the arena of gins to make it special.  Well the answer lies in the eclectic essence of the ingredients.  Brockmans Gin tantalizes its taster with a special blend of unique botanicals from worldwide locales creating a melange of notes blessed by different soils and climates for an exciting spirit.  What you have in Brockmans Gin are Italian juniper berries, Spanish lemon and orange peels, Bulgarian coriander, Indo-Chinese cassia bark and Northern European blueberries & blackberries.  It's like a UN meeting of world-sourced flavors in a suave bottle.  Then rounding out the profile of tastes is Chinese licorice, Belgian & Saxon angelica, Spanish bitter almonds and Italian orris root.  The result is a very explosive gin with a satisfyingly smooth and appropriately complex flavor profile and this wonderfully soothing burst of aromatics.  Brockmans Premium Gin will satisfy gin drinkers whether they choose to enjoy it on-the-rocks or in a great cocktail. 

And speaking of cocktails, in true 'Jacket Optional' fashion, I had to use this groundbreaking gin to pay homage to the season in which I savored my first sip of it to create a signature cocktail that I'm calling "Pineapple Express To Summer".


Pineapple Express To Summer
4 ounces             Brockmans Premium Gin
2 ounces             Fresh Pineapple Juice (squeezed with a citrus juicer)
1 ounce              Triple Sec
1 ounce              Fresh Lemon
1 sprig                Fresh Rosemary
1 slice                 Fresh Pineapple

Grill both sides of the slice of pineapple and set aside.  To a rocks glass add ice, gin, pineapple juice, triple sec and fresh lemon.  Stir gently, then use the citrus juicer to squeeze half of the grilled pineapple into the glass.  Add the sprig of rosemary, then skewer a wedge of the remaining grilled pineapple and garnish the glass.  The similar notes of the fresh & accompanying ingredients in this cocktail play up the gin very nicely and allow it to still stand out.  The sweet tropical pops of the pineapple, lemon and triple sec blend harmoniously with the citrus notes in the gin to heighten the flavor.  Then the herbal note of the rosemary and the smokiness of the pineapple sidle up with the earthy rustic flavors in the drink.
Summer starts today so when thinking of a refreshing and distinct gin cocktail, remember Brockmans.  For a list of bars and retailers near you, click here and as always please remember to enjoy responsibly.

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In Comfort Foods Cooking Entertaining Food and Drink Moore's Hot Sauces Moore's Marinades Summer 2018 Summer Eats Vegan Vegan Foods

The Barbecue's Cherry On Top: Moore's New Line of Hot Sauces


You've patiently waited and were temporarily fooled by Memorial Day hi jinx, but the official start of Summer is at the end of this week.  So in walks the trips to the beach, horseplay at the pool, rooftop soirees, sunbathing on the deck and of course the ubiquitous backyard barbecue.  With all the dietary concerns nowadays, the gluten-free this, vegan that, dairy-free here and vegetarian here, I always find one common food item that many a guest looking for culinary flavor is interested in (and in many cases quite particular about).  That item is hot sauce.  

That heat-induced, vinegary and leveled bit of saucy loveliness is understood as an essential, but often not for the faint of heart.  From the potent Carolina pepper to the lively jalapeño and from the Caribbean Scotch-bonnet to the Mexican habanero, there are stages to heat for those who want an oral inferno to those who want just a pop of warmth to those who desire an ample amount of heat coupled with a sweet blend of spices and flavor.  I am one of those latter folks and that is why I was happy to discover Moore's Marinades & Sauces new line of Hot Sauces.


I decided to christen the Summer cookout season with a sampling of my own bevy of vegan barbecue foods coupled with Moore's new line-up.  I started with Moore's Habanero Hot Sauce, their hottest of the foursome, on a 'Beyond Burger' with classic toppings.  The Habanero Sauce packs some heat but also packs a nice balance of vinegar to spices which made it a perfect mixer with a simple ketchup.  It also has a nice consistency that could also liven up sweeter more tamed sauces with punchy heat.  Next up, in the spirit of North African & Mediterranean cuisines, I decided to make a vegan shish kabob with a 'Field & Roast' sausage then topping it with Moore's Harissa Hot Sauce.  The smoky grilled flavors of the veggies and sausage went perfectly with the tangy pepper-melange blend and savory garlic-infused heat of the Harissa Sauce.  I could also see this working its way into homemade pizza sauce to give it a smooth garlicky kick.


Then came the hot dog.  Moore's Spicy Mustard Hot Sauce gives you the familiar earthy zestiness coupled with a pleasant undertone of sweetness from apple cider vinegar.  I placed this on top of a 'Field & Roast' hot dog and even with the spicy raw kraut underneath, the Spicy Mustard Sauce held its own and offered up a great mustard-heat to spicy-sweet combination for the grilled organic flavor of the hot dog and the crunchy tartness of the kraut.  Finally, I grilled up some cauliflower heart slices to be accompanied by Moore's Jalapeño Hot Sauce.  When I initially tasted the Jalapeño Sauce I was impressed by its fresh greenness and how it lent itself very harmoniously to the vinegar and spices.  I did a simple grilled dish of crisp grilled cauliflower on a bed of raw carrot medallions to give the right amount of texture, smokiness and earthen freshness that served as the perfect complimentary base to highlight the verdant sauce.
Moore's line of hot sauces are a great solve for your pre and post grilling conundrums this season and would be a great pantry stocker for flavorful everyday cooking with heat.  Moore's complete line of hot sauces are available now and for a list of the retailer near you click here.  You've been 'hot sauce briefed' just in time to add some welcomed delicious heat to your Summer culinary escapades.

www.MooresMarinades.com

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In Fitness Health Kryofit Sport Nutrition OWYN Product Review Protein Powders Summer Fitness Vegan Vegan Foods Wellness

Got Fit?: Summer Fitness Product & Nutrition Essentials from Kryofit Sport & OWYN


Have you not been working on your fitness game all throughout Winter?  For shame!  Not only is the Winter perfect for burrowing comfort food into our mouths like we actually hibernate, but it's also the opportune season to work on transforming that extra layer of 'blubber' into 'beach buffness' before it comes time to trade in the snorkel for the swimsuit.  Well some didn't get the memo and that's fine.  The only drawback is that if you want to do any routines outside then the temps are warmer; but have no fear!  If you're anything like me and are prone to sweat like a Coke bottle at a barbecue when the temps rise about 75 degrees then I've come across a new product that has helped me so I'm sharing the wealth.

Kryofit Sports aims to make it easier for you to tackle that last set or run that last mile with their cooling gear that reduces heat illness and boosts performance.  Alan Brockway birthed Kryofit, a line of ice-cold compression Targeted Thermal Support (TTS) sleeves that aim to prevent heat illness before it occurs.  The idea is to use the ice pods in the sleeves to directly cool the blood of the wearer thereby keeping their muscles and joints cooler rather than targeting large muscle groups.  The result is a very useful and proven cooling system that allows for prevention of injury.  

Brockway has 15 years of medical experience and his Kryofit invention has benefitted many pro-athletes across the arenas of boxing, cross-fitness, triathlon, tennis, soccer and volleyball and leagues like the NFL, UFC, MMA fighting and AAA baseball.  He found that developing a targeted way to keep proactively cool during workouts helped him to avoid the potentially serious dangers of overheating.  The pods are frozen and then slipped into the key designated areas of the various compression sleeves and units zeroing in on heat-trap areas with cooling targets.  They have a cooling time of 45 minutes and can target over 8 cooling zones.   They also integrate with any and practically all of your fitness and workout gear and are suitable for any age, sport, athlete or procrastinator looking not to overheat as they tread toward their fitness goal.  



The full line of Kryofit sleeves and units are available now at KryofitSport.com.  

Now after you've trained, remember to get your protein!  You may remember my coverage of plant-based protein drinks last week here, with great drinkable pre or post-workout ways to get your soy-free, dairy-free and non-GMO protein.  Well OWYN also has a wonderful and very tasty, I must say, line of protein powders in convenient on-the-go packets.


OWYN Ultimate Wellness 100% Plant-based Protein Powders are perfect ways to get a flavorful 20 grams of protein.  Then to sweeten the deal, each powder in the line also offers 500mg of omegas, 1B CFU probiotics, trace minerals and a full serving of greens per serving.  Also, if you haven't guessed by now, they're vegan and free of the top 8 allergens!!!  I add a packet to my post workout smoothies and tailor the smoothies to the specific flavor of the OWYN powder.  Check out a couple of my smoothie options below and remember whether preventing heat illness with Kryofit or sustainably getting a great wealth of nutrition from OWYN Protein Powders, always remember to take the strides to take of your body and become the best you!

My Post-Workout Fruit/Breakfast Smoothie with OWYN 

1            Packet OWYN Ultimate Wellness + Energy 100% Plant-based Protein Powder-Vanilla
3-4         Ice Cubes
2-3         Frozen Strawberries
10-20     Frozen Blueberries
1            Piece of fresh scored Turmeric (frozen preferably as it is prone to stain and about the size of      
              an adult pinky or 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder)
1            Long slice of fresh Papaya (makes about 8 small wedges)       
1            Long slice of fresh Pineapple (makes about 8 small wedges)
1            Piece of fresh cut Ginger (about the size of a tablespoon)
5-10       Rounds of fresh Black Pepper from a mill (to activate & boost the properties of the turmeric)
1            Fresh cut Kiwi
2-3         Ounces of Almond Milk (unsweetened) 

Into your blender, start with the frozen ingredients first then the fresh and lastly the powder and milk.  Blend ingredients.  OWYN Vanilla gives the smoothie a nice full-bodied creaminess with a great honest vanilla flavor not muddied up by anything artificial-tasting.

For the Cold Brew Coffee flavor, I like to add a handful or raw almonds, 3 tablespoons of steel cut oats and unsweetened almond like to the ingredients above.  The thickness from the oats, almonds and almond milk together with the earthy flavor of the OWYN Cold Brew Coffee gives the smoothie a delicious iced-coffee milkshake quality.


 Go forth and be the best you!!!

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In Fitness Food and Drink Health Plant-Based Vegan Vegan Foods Wellness

Hope For My Protein Fix: 1915 Organic and OWYN Plant-Based Protein Drinks


If you haven't guessed it by now, I'm vegan.  While I do have a soft spot in my heart against the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals, my main objective behind my vegan switch last year was that I wanted to start my journey 'on the 4th floor' with an attentiveness to my health.  With so many questionable things being done to food these days, eating has been a matter of 'to each their own' and 'eat at your own risk'.  Well my self-awareness says that I made a good choice to stay away from dairy and for those that agree with me and still want to remain active and fit, health conscious and mucus-free, here are two products I discovered recently to make will leave Bossie free to graze and you filled with praise.  

First up is 1915 Organic,  a new almond milk and plant protein-based beverage.  What makes 1915 Organic special is the freedom of dairy, soy and GMO's.  Ingredients like organic almonds, organic coconut water and organic pea protein are joined together to create a delicious drink that offers an impressive 12 grams of protein.  1915 Organic is very rich and satisfying on it own, but also works perfectly in a fruit smoothie for a great level of creaminess after blending and is a great pre or post workout drink, so take it to the gym with you.


Next up is OWYN (Only What You Need), a plant-based protein drink that offers a whopping 20 grams of protein.  This dairy, soy and GMO-free drink boasts organic ingredients like kale, spinach and broccoli and is free from the top 8 food allergens like wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.  Add to the health factor the 535 grams of Omega 3's and what you have is a smooth tasty drink that can also be great pre or post workout and, with this particular flavor, replace your morning coffee or be blended with oats and almonds for a tasty power smoothie.


Both 1915 Organic and OWYN are available now at select retailers.  Visit the links below to find out where you can get 1915 Organic near you and to order OWYN directly from them.  Your tastebuds and sensibilities will thank me later.



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