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Archive for August 7, 2012

TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Prometheus Springs Spicy Juice Drinks

Fruit drinks, doubly spiced. Photo courtesy
Prometheus Springs.

 

Prometheus Springs is an exciting new line of juice drinks. You might call it the hottest line around, thanks to delectable blends of fruit juice, hot spices and capsaicin, the component that gives the heat to hot chiles. As a bonus, it’s certified organic and kosher.

There’s a big market of people who love spicy foods. They’ll love these terrific, refreshing, spicy drinks, which make great cocktail mixers as well.

We love every one of the six flavors:

  • Citrus Cayenne
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Lychee Wasabi
  • Mango Chili
  • Pom Black Pepper
  • Spicy Pear
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    In addition to the spices in each fruit, capsaicin—the heat component of hot chiles—is added for double sizzle.

     

    But the drinks are “mainstream hot.” We prefer mild salsa, for example, and found the heat levels to be just fine.

    Check out the full review, and perhaps send some Prometheus Springs to a spicy-hot loving friend.

    Or, use them to add sizzle to your Labor Day bash.
     
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    PRODUCT: Fish Clip Bag Clip

    The clamp-style bag clip is great for bags of potato chips, cookies and other packaging with a long, foldover top. These are generally made from sturdier materials that don’t cinch neatly at the neck—which is why the bag clips were invented.

    But there are other foods in softer packaging—bags of bread, produce bags and such. For these types of foods—anything in bag that you’d twist close—the Fish Clip is the better bag.

    The jaws of the fish open wide, then cinch tight and lock in place. It accommodates a broad variety of package necks, including the smallest (like the bread bag) to the largest cereal bag.

    The clips are magnetic so they can tread water on the fridge until needed. Or, use them for non-food purposes—on filing cabinets, to neaten cable cords—a more colorful substitute for velcro ties.

     

    Fun and really useful: the Fish Clip. Photo courtesy Shrockie.com.

     

    Kids will love them, too. Girls may find themselves appropriating the clips as pigtail holders.

    Think of them as small gifts and stocking stuffers. You can buy them online at Amazon.com.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Party Drink With Berries

    A festive party drink: iced tea with fresh
    berries. Photo © EugeneBochkarev |
    Dreamstime.

     

    How can you turn a plain iced tea, lemonade, soft drink or cocktail into a thing of beauty? With fresh berries!

    Think small: The smaller berries, raspberries and strawberries, work best; you also may be able to find small grapes. If you’d like to add a couple of mint leaves, look for a bunch of mint with smaller leaves.

    HOW TO MAKE A BERRY DRINK

    1. Berries float in liquid, so you need to layer the ice cubes and berries to anchor the fruit.

    2. Add a berry to the glass, followed by a couple of ice cubes to hold the berry down. Keep layering, dispersing the berries evenly around the glass (i.e., not all on one side of the glass).

    3. When you’re finished layering, add the liquid and serve.

    4. Place a few berries on a cocktail pick as the garnish. When people are finished with the drink, they can use the pick to skewer the berries in the glass.

     

    Variations

  • For Memorial Day and Independence Day, make a red, white and blue version with Sprite, gin-and-tonic or other clear drink.
  • For Christmas, use raspberries and mint leaves.
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    What would you layer? Please share.

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