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    POSTED December 29, 2016
     

PURE & CLEAR MINNESOTA ICE

Ice is an integral part to a great cocktail (with the exception of those made neat). Pure & Clear Minnesota Ice prides itself on its artisan ice cubes that are so dense they melt slower than regular ice, minimizing dilution. Handcrafted in Minnesota but shipped nationwide, the crystal-clear cubes come in a selection of geometric shapes. Logos can be etched into The Rock and The Cylinder for a visually engaging drink. 

AARDVARK

Aardvark’s paper straws won’t last forever—and that’s a good thing. Every day we use one billion plastic straws globally, most of which will never deteriorate. All Aardvark’s straws (including its patented Eco-Flex paper straws) are made with materials that are chlorine-free and are biodegradable, compostable and sustainable. But durability isn’t an issue. Aardvark’s straws are made with 33 percent more material than all other paper straws and won’t break down in beverages. With over 200 designs as well as the ability to create customized straws and wrappers, brands will quite literally be at attendees’ fingertips. 

EVERMINE

Classy and eye-catching, Evermine’s coasters make attendees think twice about setting their drink down. Evermine’s website boasts a wide selection of design templates with customizable text, or clients can upload their own design or logo entirely. Its Business Preferred Club is free to join and offers 20 percent off and promotions to members, making Evermine’s coasters even more cost effective. 

Austin’s Dulce Vida Tequilas has added 70-proof lime tequila and grapefruit options to its retail mix. The fruit-infusions join a new 80-proof portfolio that has been added to the company’s organic blue agave Los Altos tequila. “These cocktail-ready, category disrupters are providing healthier cocktail solutions,” says Eric Dopkins, founder and CEO of Milestone Brands, parent company of Dulce Vida Tequilas. 

 

This recipe was created by Pamela Moncrief, spirits director at Spirits by Sedona, a luxury cocktail experience. The recipe is a riff on a classic called The Bee’s Knees and is a guest favorite of Spirits by Sedona, a division of Sedona Productions, an event management company that serves as the in-house booking, planning and production company for Cendera Center in Fort Worth. 

INGREDIENTS:
—2 oz. Ford’s Gin
—.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
—.5 oz. wildflower honey syrup
—1 pinch paprika
—1 dash Angostura bitters

 

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