Fab Find! Velvet Cinn from Cruzan Rum!


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.


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! Sauza® Sparkling Margaritas

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This new margarita positively sparkles! It’s Sauza® Sparkling Margarita, adding a bubbly kick to a tasty margarita. I gathered a few of my bride friends together to taste-test the Sauza Sparkling Margaritas, in the three flavors, Original Lime, Wild Berry and Mango Peach, and all of them were a hit! Two out of three brides chose Mango Peach as their favorite, and I was a Wild Berry girl.

Since these are so fun, fresh and new, you get fabulous hostess points for lining up these pretty bottles on your engagement party bar, and they’re a Fab addition to a bridal shower or bachelorette party drinks list. They’re available in two sizes: 750mL ($12.99) and 375mL  ($7.99) and they’re low in calories at 125 calories per 4oz serving.

Here’s what else I love: July 24th is National Tequila Day, so invite your bridesmaids over for a special cocktail party just for them, chose one or all of these sparkling margaritas [you might want to color-coordinate with your party theme!] and have a tasting party. Here are some recipes to make them even more fun!

Speaking of fun, here are some Fun Facts for your tasting party. Print these out on cards for your bar, and let the learning begin!

    • Last  year more than 40 new tequilas were introduced to the market
    • 100%  Agave products lead the pack on what consumers are gravitating towards (Tequila that has been produced from only the fermented and distilled juices of the Blue Webber Agave)
    • The  US consumes almost twice as much Tequila as Mexico each year
    • In the last 10 years, Tequila volume has grown by 72%

We’re not done yet! Sauza Sparkling Margaritas would be pretty and perfect to serve on your wedding morning, when your ladies are getting ready. Add some festive straws and pretty cocktail glasses, and take plenty of photos of you toasting your bridesmaids.

Check them out here.

Fab Find! Watermelon Wow by Pucker Vodka — the newest for cocktails that match the PANTONE wedding colors!

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Just in time for Spring, Pucker® Vodka introduces its latest expression, Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka. Leveraging its bold and innovative flavor expertise, this new vodka features an intense and refreshing watermelon flavor that provides an extra dimension of taste to cocktails.

Made from quadruple distilled vodka and with natural flavors, Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka is a premium spirit unlike any other flavored vodka on the market. It combines the luscious flavor of watermelon with the invigorating aroma of candied fruit and melon for a unique sensory experience.

This clear, smooth spirit delivers a taste that is balanced and confident enough to enjoy with a simple mixer, served straight up or in a cocktail creation, such as one of these:

Sultry Spring Bloom


1 3Ž4 parts Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka

2 parts Cucumber Juice

Splash Fresh Lime Juice

3Ž4 part Simple Syrup

Watermelon Candy Slice

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass. Garnish with a Watermelon candy slice.

Brazen Watermelon Blush


1 1Ž2 parts Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka

2 parts Kiwi and Strawberries, Pureed

Bunch of Mint

Kiwi Slice

Strawberry Slice

Red Sugar Rim (optional)

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain over crushed ice into a highball glass. Stir/swizzle and top with a mint bunch, kiwi slice and strawberry slice. Optional garnish: a red sugar rim.

I also love how Pucker Vodka drinks let you create cocktails in the IN colors for spring and summer weddings. Take a look at the PANTONE® colors for spring, and cruise the recipes on the www.puckervodka.com website to find delish drinks that coordinate with the colors of your bash.

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And now, you can wow your guests with their newest flavor, Watermelon Wow:



  • 1 Part Pucker® Watermelon WOW Vodka
  • 2-3 Parts Lemonade


Shake ingredients with ice until well blended. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon zest and watermelon wedge.

Watermelon Wow is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $16.99 for a 750ml bottle. Available in seven bold flavors, including Sour Apple Sass, Grape Gone Wild, Cherry Tease, Citrus Squeeze, Lemonade Lust, Raspberry Rave and Watermelon Wow, Pucker® Vodka continues to deliver a multi-dimensional vodka experience for the playful, audacious, and spontaneous. To find a store or additional recipes, please visit www.puckervodka.com, ³LIKE² Pucker Vodka on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @PuckerVodka.


Fab Find! Pucker Vodka Recipes and Bridesmaid Gifts

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If you’re looking for a gift with a kick for your bridesmaids, sweeten your choice with flavored Pucker Vodka collections, in fabulous flavors including:

* Lemonade Lust

* Raspberry Rave

* Sour Apple Sass

* Cherry Tease

* Grape Gone Wild

* Citrus Squeeze

We had a lot of fun with Lemonade Lust here at our Girls’ Night, and when I showed my friends Pucker’s amazing site with its huge collection of cocktail recipes, they went wild. Here are just a few of the standouts:

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Check out all of the Pucker Recipes, and have fun with their Randomixer to configure cocktail using a flavor of Pucker vodka and ingredients to reveal your choice drink!

Line these bottles up for your bachelorette party, and have those recipes ready for a spectacular bar list, and personalize your bridesmaids’ gifts by presenting each of your girls with a flavor you’ve chosen just for her…or give out trios of bottles in a fab gift presentation, paired with these pretty swizzle straws to make your drink bar stand out and add some flair to your gifts:

Pucker_Holiday%20Package_StrawsIt’s the taste that makes for a great alcohol offering at your bachelorette party or bridal shower drink bar, and when you make these your bridesmaids’ gifts, your ladies can take the party home to their sweethearts for their own celebrations…or save it for their own hosted parties.