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Cupid Needs to Slow His Roll

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 20, 2014

Is it just me or are the Valentine’s Day emails coming too fast and in bulk?! New Year’s just happened and it seems like in the blink of an eye my inbox went from “New Year, New You!” to “Show Your Sweetheart Some Love This Valentine’s Day”.

Not to say I’m one of those people that gets bitter around this time of year but I’d prefer not to have the holiday of love and relationships thrown at me a month in advance. So I’ve decided that instead of fighting it, I’m going to start treating myself like my biggest Valentine.

What better way to do that than with a sinfully delicious martini with chocolaty minty goodness that will warm that little ice box where my heart used to be.

Like I said, I’m not bitter! Drink up and cheers to a Happy Valentine’s Day (single or tied down)!

Mint Chocolattini

Yield: 1 drink



Chill a martini glass. In a shaker, muddle the mint. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur and shake. Pour Mini Herb Crystals® Mint 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 Herb Crystals® Mint plate. Strain the shaker ingredients into the glass. Garnish with a Chocolate mint top.

Herb Crystals®, Flower Crystals® & Chocolate! Oh my!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 29, 2013

It’s a no-brainer. Our Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals® make a pretty sweet addition to any chocolate treat. So if you’re a sucker for a box of chocolates or you know of one, check out The Madison Chocolatier West. They are beautifully coating their strawberries with white and dark chocolate and then covering with our Crystals and Crystallized Flowers! These fancy strawberries are not like any regular chocolate covered strawberry you see at the market. They have also put our Crystals on the inside of their chocolate ganache truffles. What a burst of flavor in your mouth. And the Crystals stay crunchy!

They create small batch chocolates, all hand made using the freshest fruits, herbs, spices and ingredients that have no preservatives added. Each ingredient provides unique flavor pairings for exceptional chocolates. Check out their mouthwatering pictures here!

Cocktails and Mini Herb Crystals® & Mini Flower Crystals® – A Perfect Pair

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Creating a cocktail is just as much about pleasing the eyes as it is pleasing the pallet. Enter our Mini Herb Crystals® & Mini Flower Crystals®, the vibrant colors draw attention and the crystal’s fresh flavors are captivating to the taste buds. The uses are varied and can be incorporated into something as subtle as being a different substitute for plain white sugar, adding a unique sweetness to any drink, or as an eye-catching rim on a cocktail.

The Mini Crystals® are a smaller, more granular than the regular Crystals, making them more adhesive and ideal for rimming cocktail glasses. Check out Mixologists like Junior Merino with his The Big Apple cocktail. Rimming his cocktail with Herb Crystals® Fennel, and garnishing with our Apple Mint Tops. Check out his recipe:

2 oz Hudson Whiskey
1/2 oz grilled apple juice
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Xtabentun Mayan Liqueur
1 dash of Junior Merino Roasted Apple & Toasted Spices Bitters

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and strain into a rocks glass rimmed with Flower Crystals® Fennel and garnish with an Apple Mint top.



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