Cool Down With These Go-To Summer Cocktails

Summer CocktailsSummer heat getting to you? When the temperatures start spiking into the hundreds, nothing beats a cool, summery cocktail. Naturally, Artizone’s got the scoop on what to sip.

Perhaps the most obvious artisan that can help you pour the perfect summer drink is Dallas Fine Wine & Spirits. The shop has gained a reputation over the years for its extensive inventory of imported and domestic wines, but its stellar selection of liquors and spirits is also worth noting. Here you’ll find such summer staples as vodka, rum and tequila, as well as more exotic fare such as Campari (so good with pink grapefruit juice!) and, if you’re feeling adventurous, absinthe.

But liquor is only part of the story. Summer cocktails call for summer fruit, and you’ll find the freshest produce at Green Grocer and Green Tree International, Inc. Juice from melons, pineapples, coconuts, kiwis, citrus fruits, mangos and papayas lends itself especially well to summer cocktail recipes. If you own your own juicer, that’s great. If not, you can puree fruit in your food processor and then extract the juice from the pulp by running it through a fine mesh strainer.

But what to shake up this summer? Margaritas, daiquiris, mojitos, piña coladas, sangria and Mai Tais are all classics, and with good reason. They’re cool and refreshing, especially when made with primo ingredients. But if you’re looking for something a little different, you know we’ve got your back. Here are two tasty drinks to try:

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails  

Tequila doesn’t have to be the stuff of bad Cinco de Mayo memories, especially if you go top-shelf with your selection. To make this cocktail, you’ll need to start with simple syrup. Mix ¼ cup water and ¼ cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on the stove, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. While the syrup is cooling, puree about eight cups of seedless watermelon and strain. Then mix the syrup, watermelon juice, ¼ cup fresh lime juice, ¾ cup fresh mint leaves and 1 ¾ cup blueberries in a large pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle the berries and mint, then stir in 1 ¼ cup silver tequila. Chill for two hours and serve over ice.

Ginger-Peach Beer Cooler

This beer-based treat is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue. First, you’ll need to make a ginger simple syrup. Put ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar and a four-inch piece of ginger cut into ¼ inch pieces in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves and remove from the heat. After the syrup has cooled completely—about 20 minutes—strain to remove the ginger. Mix the syrup with three 12-ounce bottles of light beer and three cups of chilled peach nectar in a large pitcher. Slice and pit two peaches into wedges and stir in.

Bottoms up!

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Enjoy healthy, natural sweets with CaveChick!

 Can’t get enough of cookies? Artizone customers will be able to indulge without the guilt thanks to our artisan, CaveChick

“CaveChick is partnering with Artizone to bring the healthier cookie choice right to the door of cookie lovers,” said Lori Diversey, owner of Cavechick. “With Artizone’s distribution expertise Chicago area cookie lovers will have the opportunity to conveniently have access to CaveChick’s artisanal ingredients.”

With flavors like Chocolate Chip and Oats & Raisin, these unique vegan treats will satisfy any sweet tooth!

“CaveChick cookies are unique because they are made with the Ancient Heirloom Grain Spelt, ground flax and maple syrup sweetened,” said Diversey. CaveChick cookies are also dairy free, egg free and modern wheat free.

“I see the opportunity with CaveChick cookies of connecting people to the old saying, ‘You are what you eat’” she said.

The name CaveChick is inspired by the ingredients Diversey uses in the cookies. While getting her Master’s Degree in Nutrition, she learned all about the caveman’s diet. “Cookies aren’t a part of the caveman diet but had they been, CaveChick cookies would have made them happy,” she said.

For a moist CaveChick cookie, Diversey advises Artizone customers to refrigerate or freeze the cookies for extended shelf life.

“These cookies are a more wholesome cookie experience. You’ll be happy to know that you’ll be less likely to get the sugar surge let down after eating a few CaveChick cookies. So eat to nourish, even if it’s just a cookie,” said Diversey.




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Spice up your meals with Curry’s!

Curry’s high quality Indian spices are now live on Artizone, and our customers will love these unique, hand roasted products.

“Curry’s began as a small project in 2009 with our five original gourmet spice blends – Curry Powder, Garam Masala, Tandoori Rub, Chai Sugar, and Chai Spice,” said Founder Gayatri Borthakur.

“Over the next few years, through the support of our loyal customers and careful planning we have developed a range of products to fulfill the ethnic spice cravings of our consumers.”These products include flavored teas, baking mixes, finishing salts and roasted peanuts.

A nutritionist turned entrepreneur, Borthakur is the daughter of a family that owns a chain of hospitality businesses across three states of India. She grew up with the vision of offering clients the best possible service for the comfort of living and the highest quality dining experience.

“Our spice blends and finishing salts can be paired very well with the fresh seafood, meat, and produce that Artizone delivers,” said Borthakur. “Just sprinkle some of our finishing salt or spice blends over salad, rice, soups, and grilled fish or meat and a quick delicious meal is ready anywhere and everywhere.”

Curry’s products are unique because they are formulated with the American palate in mind. “It is a common belief that Indian spices can be very intimidating for first time users. While it is not completely true, some regional spice blends can be strong for the first time such as Madras Curry Powder, due to its powerfully flavored herbs and spices, like curry leaf,” said Borthakur.

Curry’s products are free of salt (except finishing salts) and all kinds of chemical fillers and preservatives. Artizone customers will fall in love with all the products Curry’s has to offer!

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Best places in DFW for summer family outings

dallas-arboretumAh, summer. School is out, the sun is shining and your kids are inside bickering over whose turn it is to use the Playstation. Stop the insanity. Tell everybody to put on their shoes and head out on one of Artizone’s favorite family outings.

Even if your child isn’t exactly a flower child, there’s plenty of kid-friendly fun to be had at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden might be educational in nature (bad pun, we know), but its interactive learning stations make science accessible and appealing. Little ones can run through a grass tunnel, explore an acre of wetlands, check out a tree canopy and waterfall, solve mysteries in the plant and soil lab and watch movies in the mini 3-D theater. The garden uses timed tickets to control the flow of traffic, so advance reservations are recommended.

There are hundreds of free activities offered each week at Klyde Warren Park. You can hit up the walking trails or dog park, or join a free yoga or Zumba class. The Imagination Playground features larger-than-life building blocks, which allows kids to create their own magical worlds, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, a number of food trucks show up every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so there’s an opportunity to grab some treats. The park also has free Wi-Fi, so it’s a good place to get a little work done while the kids play.

Dubbed the “crown jewel of Dallas’ park system,” White Rock Lake Conservancy is an interesting blend of town-and-country living. Although it offers fantastic views of the downtown area, the park offers much in the way of natural wonders. You can take them in from its nine miles of trails, or you can embark on an aquatic adventure. Because high-powered boats are prohibited on the 1,015 acre White Rock Lake, it’s a great place to partake in such activities as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and paddle boarding.

And what kid doesn’t love animals? The Dallas Zoo has an all-star roster of animals, including elephants, gorillas and tigers, plus more than 70 species of venomous reptiles. Yikes! It’s also one of only 10 zoos in the United States with koalas, so you’ll definitely want to take the opportunity to meet those cute marsupials. Dallas World Aquarium, meanwhile, is home to a staggering variety of fish, but also exotic birds and mammals. Whichever you choose, these are great places to go where the wild things are.

For a look at some of those animals’ very early ancestors, a trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science might be in order. Through the end of summer, it hosts an exhibition called The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, which explores the life and times of the Mamenchisaurus. These long-necked dinosaurs could grow to the size of four school buses. The museum also houses permanent exhibits on topics such as birds, the universe and its expansion, gems and minerals and human biology, to name just a few.

And while we’re all about taking the work out of shopping for artisanal foods, we can’t deny the pleasure of a little offline shopping. A trip to the Dallas Farmers Market is more than a time to pick up the freshest local foods and handicrafts, but a chance to chat with farmers and artists. Kids gain a better understanding of where their food comes from, your family supports our local economy… and maybe there are some heirloom tomatoes to be had.


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Full Belly Artisan Pickles Live on Artizone!

We’re thrilled to have Full Belly Artisan Pickles live on Artizone. If you love pickles and pickled veggies with crunch and big flavor, you will instantly fall in love with Full Belly’s products.

Mitch Wasserman, President of Full Belly Artisan Pickles, began developing his pickle recipes when he opened a kitchen in a Highwood strip center, where he made everything from pies, to soups to pizzas and of course, pickles.

“After a year and a half of struggling with our own little retail location we decided to close the retail end of the business late last year and stop making everything but the pickles,” he said.

Every jar of Full Belly’s products is hand packed and they offer a variety of pickles that each has a distinctive flavor.

“Our pickles are of course great right out of the jar but they also go well with charcuterie, on salads with chicken and pork (especially the Cauliflower Crunch) and in beverages. The carrots are a treat on hot dogs in lieu of sport peppers,” said Wasserman.

One of Wasserman’s favorite thing about Full Belly’s products is that they go with everything and there is no limit to what they can be served with.

“We’re partnering with Artizone as another avenue to help build the Full Belly brand and to let the world just know how unique and delicious our Full Belly 100% natural, handmade pickled vegetables really are,” said Wasserman.

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