April 26, 2012

proof whisky, birthday bottles, Vol. 82

It seems like everywhere we turn this month, somebody is having a Birthday. Today we are featuring the perfect drink for this very occasion. If you would like 'the proof is in' to come straight to your inbox, sign-up is at the bottom of the page. For more information on proof brands, visit our website www.proofbrands.com, like us on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter to get updates on tastings & events. (photo: martha stewart cupcakes)

birthday blues 7 cups (1 bottle) Ocean Spray® Blueberry Cocktail • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves • 1-12 oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed • 1 bottle proof whisky • ½ cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

Combine one cup blueberry cocktail with the mint leaves and blueberries in a large non-metal pitcher or container. Mash or muddle the mint and blueberries with a wooden spoon or muddler. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in remaining juice, lemonade concentrate and proof whisky. Remove mint and blueberries. Pour into bottles (using a funnel) and refrigerate. Makes 10 servings. Fills about 5 – 6 bottles.


Last week, we spoke about one of our favourite ideas, which is to use proof bottles for a pre-made cocktail at a party. We recently went to an event where guests were circulating with cocktails served in single-serve bottles. We thought that this would be a perfect way to customize a friend’s or relatives Birthday party. For pre-made drinks, mix a batch of cocktails ahead of time (make sure that they are non-carbonated drinks), pour them into several clean proof bottles, cap them, label them and store in the refrigerator. Instead of reaching for a beer, your company can reach for a ready-made cocktail.

If you are looking for nice labels, and don’t want to spend the time designing them, look no further than the nearest Staples. (www.staples.com) Staples carries, The Avery Martha Stewart CollectionAll you have to do is choose your sticker design in store, and then visit this website for your printing template. It allows you to choose from a few different fonts, colours and sizes.

Martha has thought of everything: chalkboard labels, white board labels, necks tags, blanks and die-cuts that run through the printer. For today’s recipe, we used #72458 permanent file folder labels for our Birthday bottles.

For more Birthday Gift ideas, check out our December Breakfast Television newsletter. 

proof will be mixing cocktails at the 55 Bloor Street LCBO tomorrow night from 4pm-8pm and on Saturday morning at 1654 Queen Street East (Beaches) from 11:30am - 3:30pm

If you could have the perfect day, just what would that day be? Time is running out, if you have not entered the contest – the proof’s perfect day sweepstakes from April 1st to May 30th, 2012. To become eligible to win, all you have to do is LIKE US on Facebook. If you should win, you will begin this perfect day with a $50.00 haircut at Toronto’s trendiest Barber Shop, Garrison’s by the Park Barbershop (for him), and a $75.00 mani-pedi at Sunny Mummy Spa & Boutique (for her). A $500.00 shopping spree will follow, courtesy of Club Monaco. Later you will enjoy a $75.00 SoCal dinner at the Combine Eatery on the Danforth, and you will then finish your perfect day with a Cineplex Movie Night Out Pass for two. A few surprises await you along the way, but these we are keeping a secret. Value is over $750.00.

Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Sunny and a high of 9 degrees
Sunday: Sunny and a high of 9 degrees

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