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Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Margarita Mondays!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 03, 2014

Everyone loves Mondays..right? Although this may not be your favorite day of the week right now, here is a surefire way to make it a solid contender (watch out Friday).

After you’ve made it through those Monday meetings, caught up on all those weekend emails, and consumed your usual 6 cups of coffee before 3 p.m., you’re ready to plan your night at home!

So why not treat yourself to a Margarita Monday?

Margaritas are the most popular tequila based cocktail in the United States and can be served on the rocks, frozen, or straight up. My personal favorite is straight up!

But like any cocktail you can’t just use a cookie cutter recipe which is why you have us! Instead of a traditional and boring salt/sugar rim I recommend using Mini Herb Crystals Cilantro.

The crystals add just the right amount of flavor to the margarita without taking away from the drink’s classic taste. Not to mention the vibrant green rim catches the eye immediately!

Here is the recipe for a classic margarita. Feel free to add a dash of cilantro crystals to the bottom of your glass before pouring for extra flavor and added crunch.


  • 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau is recommended)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Mini Herb Crystals Cilantro (for rim)


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass with Mini Herb Crystals Cilantro
  4. Pour contents, with ice, into the glass.
  5. Garnish with the lime wedge.


New Year New Mixes!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 30, 2013

The New Year is a time for changing up the routine. Whether it’s your hairstyle or your commitment to the gym. Why not start of this year with a new cocktail to impress your friends and family.

Our Mini Herb Crystals Basil add a kick of flavor and just the right amount of texture. It looks sophisticated and elegant but only you will know just how easy it was to put together!


  • 1 handful Petite Basil
  • Fresh Origins Mini Herb Crystals® Basil
  • 3 Strawberries
  • 1 Lemon – 3 oz Lemon Juice (save one wedge for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar or Splenda
  • 1.5 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • Ice


Slice strawberries, keep one slice for garnish. Cut lemon into wedges, save one for garnish. Squeeze lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add Petite Basil and muddle.  Add strawberries and muddle. Add sugar, rum, triple sec, fill with ice and shake.

Pour Mini Herb Crystals® Basil on a small plate, lay out evenly. Add simple syrup (sugar & water mixture – heat to dissolve sugar) to a small bowl and dip the glass rim in it. Immediately dip glass in the Mini Herb Crystals® Basil plate.

Pour the shaker ingredients into the glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a strawberry slice. Top with a tsp of Mini Herb Crystals® Basil.

Enjoy the New Year and don’t forget that at the end of the day it’s about you and your goals.

Baking With Roses

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 27, 2013

The holidays are my favorite time of year, between the gorgeous decorations and the cheer in the air its hard not to feel festive. This year my family is in town and I get to show off my baking skills at every meal.

For Christmas Eve this year I decided to take one of my favorite products, Flower Crystals Rose, and add it to my favorite dessert, Red Velvet Cupcakes. A simple addition such as this one will add a new element of taste and texture that I know will impress everyone at the table.

The cupcakes were simple, I cheated and used the boxed mix and the pre-packed buttercream frosting, and at the end, after everything had cooled and it was safe to add the frosting, I rolled the frosted cupcakes around in a bowl of the Mini Flower Crystals Rose.

To go along with my dessert I decided to add a lemon-rose martini as well. Here is the recipe guaranteed to make you the life of the party!


  • Fresh Origins Mini Flower Crystals® Rose
  • 1.5 oz Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz Rose Liqueur
  • 1 oz Rose Syrup
  • 2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 Lemon wedge (garnish)
  • Ice


Chill a martini glass. In a shaker, combine all ingredients and shake.

Pour Mini Flower Crystals® Rose on a small plate, lay out evenly. Add simple syrup (sugar & water mixture – heat to dissolve sugar) to a small bowl and dip the glass rim in it. Immediately dip the chilled glass in the Mini Flower Crystals® Rose plate.

Strain the shaker ingredients into the glass. Add a tsp of Fresh Origins Mini Flower Crystals® Roseto the drink. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


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