Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur Recipes for your Bridal Shower and Wedding

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Godiva very kindly sent me some free samples of their dark chocolate liqueur to review, and I LOVE it. Especially the little favor bottles it comes in — so perfect for your out-of-town guests’ welcome basket and as wedding favors.

And here are some ultra-tasty recipes that you can use to DIY wedding drinks:

http://www.barnonedrinks.com/drinks/by_ingredient/g/godiva-chocolate-liqueur-493.html

http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/1311/

Cruzan Rum Drinks Making Fall Fabulous!

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Rum’s not just for summer! I’m a Cruzan Rum Collector, and we keep our rum drinks going year-round here during the many occasions when we’re entertaining friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and wedding groups. I love Cruzan’s “Don’t Hurry” campaign– so perfect for this time of year when the clock seems to be speeding up, the holidays are approaching, and for brides, wedding stress is a very real aggravation. A nice rum drink, hot or cold, is very welcome right now. From my friends at Cruzan Rum:

Master mixologist, Jesse Card, has created three deliciously seasonal cocktails made with the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection, a line of super-premium, blended aged rums that features Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum and the new Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, along with the popular Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum. Staying true to the spirit of The Don’t Hurry, Cruzan Rum doesn’t rush the aging process, which is why their rums are so amazingly good. It’s all in good taste.

Cruzan® Fig Pie 

Cruzan Fig Pie Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum
  • ¾ parts Orange Juice
  • ¼ parts 1:1 Brown Sugar Syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1 tablespoon Fig Chutney

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker
  2. Shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  3. Garnish with grated nutmeg & skewered fig

Cruzan® Winter Break

Cruzan Winter Break Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum
  • 1 parts Pineapple Juice
  • ¼ parts 2:1 Muscovado Syrup (combine 2 parts Muscovado sugar, 1 part water)
  • 5 parts Hot Peppermint Tea

Method

  1. Combine rum, pineapple juice and Muscovado syrup in a toddy glass and stir
  2. Slowly add tea to the glass and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and stick

Cruzan® Sidecar

Cruzan Sidecar Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • A splash of Lemon Juice

Method

  1. Combine ingredients and shake with ice in a mixing glass until chilled
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass (a sugar-rim garnish is optional

About Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Cruzan Distillers Collection Bottles Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

All three products in the Distiller’s Collection are available nationwide. Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Estate Diamond Dark Rum have a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum features a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750ml bottle. The Distiller’s Collection joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, key lime, passion fruit, coconut, mango and strawberry.
For more delicious recipes, please visit http://cruzanrum.com/rum-recipes

Fab Find! Velvet Cinn from Cruzan Rum!

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Wow, I can’t even believe how delicious the new Cruzan Rum Premium Rum Horchata is! You have to have this as part of your engagement party, engagement party, bridal shower, wedding reception, or any other party you’re planning. It’s rich, smooth, creamy, and that cinnamon is divine. Check out the cocktails recipes here in the official release, and I’m thinking this would be a great welcome drink for a fall or winter wedding.

CRUZAN® RUM LAUNCHES PREMIUM RUM HORCHATA

Pioneer of the Flavored Rum Category Shakes Up the Rum Cream Market with

 Cruzan® Velvet Cinn™

Deerfield, Ill. (August 1, 2013) – Cruzan® Rum unveils its latest innovation, Cruzan® Velvet Cinn™, to fill the need for a premium rum option in the rapidly growing rum horchata market. Now available nationally, Cruzan Velvet Cinn features fine Cruzan Rum with the addition of rich, sweet dairy cream and a smooth cinnamon flavor.

Cruzan Rum is made from tropical rainwater and high-­‐quality molasses and is distilled to be the cleanest-­‐tasting rum on the market. Crafted by Cruzan Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations, Cruzan Velvet Cinn stands out among other horchatas.  In addition to containing Cruzan Rum, it combines the flavors of bakery cinnamon and rich dairy for a smooth and creamy combination reminiscent of cinnamon toast. Velvet Cinn also has a higher proof than others in the category.

“As rum horchatas gain in popularity and presence, Cruzan Rum saw the opportunity in the marketplace to develop a premium rum horchata option. Velvet Cinn makes an excellent addition to our exceptional portfolio and fills a need in the marketplace for a premium cream rum liqueur,” said Nabil Wanna, Senior Brand Manager of Rum at Beam Inc. “It fits right in with our expansion of flavors and provides rum horchata lovers with a high-­‐quality alternative.”

Horchata is a milky drink that originates from Mexico and is especially popular when mixed with rum. Cruzan Velvet Cinn takes the naturally sweet flavor a step further by adding a robust and lingering taste of cinnamon. Cruzan Velvet Cinn can be enjoyed on its own, mixed in a shot or in a cocktail. Jesse Card, Cruzan’s Master Mixologist, created the following recipes to introduce the new flavor:

Cruzan® Cinnful Cherry

3/4 parts Cruzan Velvet Cinn Horchata with Rum

1/2 parts Cruzan Black Cherry Rum

Method: Combine all over ice, stir, pour into shot glass.

Cruzan® Cinnful Martini

1 ½ parts Cruzan Velvet Cinn Horchata with Rum

1 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum

½ parts DeKuyper® Blood Orange Liqueur Float DeKuyper® Hot Damn!® Liqueur Flamed Orange zest

Method: Combine Cruzan Velvet Cinn, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum & Blood Orange Liqueur in a tumbler over

ice & stir for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Float a small amount of DeKuyper® Hot Damn!® Liqueur on top & finish with a flamed orange zest.

Cruzan Velvet Cinn is now available with a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle. It joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include of Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 other flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, coconut, key lime, passion fruit, mango and strawberry. For more information, please visit  www.CruzanRum.com,  www.YouTube.com/CruzanRum,  like us on Facebook.com/CruzanRum  or follow us on Twitter  @CruzanRum.

About Cruzan® Rum

Named for the people of St. Croix (Crucians), Cruzan® Rum is synonymous with the spirit of the island whose unpretentious and authentic lifestyle proves that life – like our rum – is more enjoyable when you embrace the “Don’t Hurry” and sit back, relax and take things one sip at a time. The Nelthropp family, who has called St. Croix home for eight generations and runs the distillery to this day, crafts each of its rums with natural ingredients and a five-­‐column distillation process. Cruzan® also touts one of the cleanest-­‐tasting rums in the industry – a characteristic derived from crafting a spirit with low levels of fusel oils, a by-­‐product of the distillation process which, if not removed, can taint the smell and taste of the rum.

Cruzan® Velvet Cinn™, Rum, Cream, Natural and Artificial Flavors, 15% Alc./Vol. ©2013 CRUZAN International,  Deerfield, IL USA All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Fab Find! Little Black Dress Vodkas

I love these kicky vodka flavors so much, I included Little Black Dress Vodka in my recent roundup of the Best Bridal Party Gifts on BridalGuide! The flavors are fabulous, with just a touch of blueberry pomegranate, black cherry vanilla, and pineapple honey, and the site has some fab recipes that you can use for your pre-wedding parties, the wedding itself, or the after-party! And of course, your bachelorette party gets tasty with recipes like the Black Cherry Latte, Pineapple Honey Mojito, Blueberry Fresh Smash, Blueberry Lemonade and More. Here’s a recipe from their site:

Little Black Dress Fresh Squeeze (220 calories)

1 1/2 oz Little Black Dress Classic Vodka

Splash of Cointreau

3 oz cranberry juice

1/2 oz agave nectar

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, roll to mix and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Check out www.lbdvodka.com for more recipes and great ideas on their blog! This is one fun and festive drink collection, for your own bar, entertaining and as gifts!