{Now Closed} Giveaway // Wild Drinks & Cocktails and a Hazelnut Orgeat recipe!

Giveaway - Wild Drinks & Cocktails // stirandstrain.comReady to get wild with your cocktails? No, I’m not talking about hauling out some liquid nitrogen, but instead hauling yourself out into nature and using your backyard for some cocktail inspiration. Your guide book? Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han.

Today we’ve teamed up with Fair Winds Press to offer one lucky Stir and Strain reader their very own copy of the book. Emily is a fellow Los Angeleno who empowers people to cultivate a mindful relationship with nature and nourishment. As a writer, recipe developer, educator, and herbalist she focuses on topics such as handmade food and drinks, foraging and wildcrafting, and herbs and spices. Her cookbook, Wild Drinks and Cocktails (Fair Winds Press, 2015), encompasses healthful, handcrafted beverages using local, fresh, or foraged ingredients. Passionate about growing communities, Emily is also the Communications Director for LearningHerbs.com, founder of LA Food Swap, and co-­founder of the international Food Swap Network.

Want a taste? Check out Emily’s recipe for Hazelnut Orgeat (and if you know us, we LOVE our orgeats) and enter below! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 9 entries to win. For more information on Wild Drinks, check that out here! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Monday November 30th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

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Hazelnut Orgeat

Recipe reprinted from Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han, with permission from Fair Winds Press, copyright 2015
Yield: about 2-1/2 cups (590 ml)

2 cups (8 ounces, or 224 g) blanched hazelnuts (also known as filberts)
2 cups (470 ml) water
2 cups (400 g) sugar
Dash orange flower water (optional)

Place the hazelnuts and water in a blender or food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are finely chopped but not pureed. Pour the hazelnuts and water into a bowl. (To chop without a food processor, crush the hazelnuts with a rolling pin and then stir them into the water.) Cover the bowl and let stand for 8 hours or overnight.

Line a fine-mesh strainer with a fine-mesh bag or flour sack cloth and strain the liquid into a saucepan. Squeeze the bag or cloth to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the hazelnut pulp. Stir the sugar into the hazelnut liquid. Warm the mixture over low heat (but do not boil), stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in the orange flower water. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Because this is an oil and water emulsion, the orgeat will separate in the refrigerator, so always shake well before using.)

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Scratch and Sniff Whiskey Book! It's the Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All

Giveaway: Scratch and Sniff Whiskey Book // stirandstrain.comHey guys! It’s nice to be back! A few weeks of vacation always makes me start to miss work, weird huh? As I ease myself back to the keyboard, I thought I’d be nice and kick off the season of giving early this year with this fun new book I came across recently: The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose.

Yes, it’s a board book. About booze. So don’t give it to your kids. It’s also a fun book to have around and takes the pressure off knowing all there is to know about whiskey. And it smells nice! Just ask Hollywood actor Edward Norton: “This is really the ultimate ‘hack’ on whiskey. I learned why I should try Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt faster than Google Maps could teach me where the Glorioso Islands are.”

If you want to become a Whiskey Know-It-All too, enter today! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 7 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Friday October 30th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Summer (Cocktail) Reading

Giveaway: Summer Cocktail Books! // stirandstrain.comIf you’ve been pondering what to read at the beach this summer, look no further! Today Stir and Strain in hosting a summer reading giveaway… of boozy books!

Whether you’d like to delve deeper into the mysteries of Vermouth, give yourself a weekend DIY project making shrubs, or chill out with a rum laden tropical treat on your own private island (a.k.a. your couch), these 3 titles will get the job done. Countryman press will be sending one lucky Stir and Strain reader copies of Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture, and Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar. Here’s a little more on each book:

Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times – A definitive introduction to the world of shrubs, from Martha Washington’s secret formula, to recipes utilizing the best of the farmer’s market.

Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture – Vermouth has been an overlooked, under appreciated bar staple for over half a century, but distiller Adam Ford has set out to reclaim it, by telling its unique and fascinating story, and sharing vermouth-centric recipes that showcase some of the nuanced craft vermouths now on the market.

Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar – A fun, colorful book packed with recipes for drinks, syrups, creative garnishes and more, all using fresh juices and syrups for balanced flavors.

Giveaway: Summer Cocktail Books! // stirandstrain.comI have been nose deep enjoying these books this past month and I think you all would love them too! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 7 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST July 14th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Cinco de Mayo Gift Pack with Tequila Partida and Salt Traders

Giveaway with Partida Tequila and Salt Traders for Cinco de Mayo // stirandstrain.comThere was a time when “drinking holiday” meant you were either wearing green and getting pinched, or you had a reason to bust out that giant plastic chip and dip set that slightly resembled a sombrero. Now, thanks to the internet and society’s intense need to celebrate something every day, we can toast to Taco Tuesdays (actually I’m OK with that), National Brisket Day (May 28th. Actually, that sounds like an even better holiday) and National Fettuccine Alfredo Day (February 7th. Because…why again?). Even though every liquor also has its namesake day, I think I’ve reached the end of all these made up holidays and just want to go back to the basics.

Like Cinco de Mayo. Now, debatably, this holiday is more for the American audience. However, any reason for me to celebrate a culture whose food I would contentedly eat on a deserted island for the rest of my life is OK with me. Also, margaritas are pretty darn satisfying too. Which brings us to this fantastic giveaway I’m hosting.

I’ve teamed up with Tequila Partida (a favorite of mine you’ve seen around on the site before) and Salt Traders for this Cinco de Mayo gift pack! Just in time for this particular holiday, you can mix up your own batch of cocktails for celebrating. One winner will receive:

  • 1 Bottle of Tequila Partida Blanco
  • Partida’s Organic Blue Agave Syrup
  • 1 Fun Shaker
  • Salt Traders Margarita Salt with Chipotle Chile

Just bring the limes! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 10 entries to win. You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST May 4th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on Partida Tequila, please visit them at partidatequila.com and Salt Traders can be found at salttraders.com. Good Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Small Hand Foods Syrups

Giveaway - Small Hand Foods 3 Pack Syrups // stirandstrain.comAt our last Coconut Club event we switched up the signature cocktail (the one in the coconut) to include some orgeat. Nathan and I are pretty particular about the quality of the ingredients we use, and since we didn’t have time to make it ourselves, we enlisted the help of Small Hand Foods.Giveaway - Small Hand Foods 3 Pack Syrups // stirandstrain.com

Their orgeat is our go-to brand, especially when we are trying to wow the pants off a crowd of discriminating Tiki cocktail fans. This time around, when we got our comment cards back, people seemed to really love the new incarnation of the signature drink. And today I’m giving away a bottle for you all to try at home. That and a few more Small Hand Foods syrups to get drink making.

Small Hand Foods creates “classic ingredients for pre-prohibition cocktails”. But don’t let that stop you from creating whatever the heck you want. Get futuristic and sphere-ify that drink!Giveaway - Small Hand Foods 3 Pack Syrups // stirandstrain.com

One lucky Stir and Strain reader will win:

  • 8.5 oz Orgeat
  • 8.5 oz Pineapple Gum Syrup
  • 8.5 oz Tonic Syrup

Ready to start mixing? Check out the options below to enter and get up to 12 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST April 21st, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. residents). For more information on Small Hand Foods products, please visit them at smallhandfoods.comGood Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Spring Liquor and Entertaining Basket from VOM FASS

Giveaway - Spring Vom Fass Basket 2015 // stirandstrain.comYou guys really went wild over that last giveaway with VOM FASS.  So now that we’re moving into slightly warmer temps and the blooms here in Los Angeles are starting to fill the trees, I think we all can start thinking about SPRING Entertaining! For this month’s giveaway I’ve partnered up again with VOM FASS to create a basket brimming with fun ingredients to concoct springy cocktails and flavorful nibbly bits. Check out what’s in store for one lucky winner:

Spirits:
Caipirinha Lime Liqueur
Yahara Bay Vodka
Yahara Bay Gin
Calvados Napoleon, 18 years
“Brothers in Arms” Irish Single Malt Whiskey, 14 years

Balsamics:
Quince Balsamic Vinegar
Apple Balsamic Star
Forest Raspberry Balsamic Star
Mango Balsam

PLUS!:
Calamansi Balsam Pearls
Raspberry Balsam Pearls
Tangerine EVOO
Oil & Vinegar spray set

Giveaway - Spring Vom Fass Basket 2015 // stirandstrain.comIntrigued by the balsamic pearls? Want to swirl some tangerine EVOO into some gin? Just check out the options below to enter and get up to 10 entries to win. You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST April 1st, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on VOM FASS products, please visit them at vomfassusa.comGood Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Chocolate Love with SelvaRey Rum

Giveaway with Selvarey Cacao Rum // stirandstrain.comLast year I had the pleasure of working with SelvaRey Rum in conjunction with The Coconut Club. While their white rum is delicious, I thought that for this week, since Valentine’s Day IS right around the corner, that I’d introduce you guys to their other rum: SelvaRey Cacao. While our chef at The Coconut Club made this his special ingredient in the finale dessert of the night, obviously it’s good in drinks too. Cacao Old Fashioned? YESSSSSS!

So let’s drop that silly idea of surprising your loved one with a box of chocolates. Instead, offer up this award winning, 5 year dark aged rum (in bourbon casks!!) and infused with natural chocolate. You will win this holiday season—promise. You can find SelvaRey in select markets, but today you have the chance to win your very own bottle. In fact, TWO of you are going to win a bottle because it’s the season of giving.

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No wait, that was Christmas.

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Anyway, you guys have 12 ways to win a bottle of this delicious cacao-infused rum. Enter below, but remember: You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to WIN. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST February 11th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on SelvaRey Rum, please visit them at selvarey.com. Good Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Ludlows Craft Cocktail Jelly Shots

Giveaway // Ludlows Craft Cocktail Jelly Shots // stirandstrain.comAt Christmas, my favorite part of opening presents was tackling the stocking. Buried deep within was surprise after surprise of …well, mostly trinkets, but hey, I love lots of things in miniature.

This week’s holiday giveaway has the perfect miniature gifts to fit inside a stocking or to sneak inside your pockets when you go see whatever holiday blockbuster is showing in theaters (unless you planned on seeing the Interview). Ludlow’s Craft Cocktail Jelly Shots are generously giving one of you a stocking full of every flavor of jelly shots they make PLUS a pair of Ludlows sunglasses, a shaker, tattoos and a tote bag! EVERYTHING FITS IN A STOCKING!Giveaway // Ludlows Craft Cocktail Jelly Shots // stirandstrain.com

If you’re looking for a different take on craft cocktails, look no further than Ludlows; these little guys are amazing! Enter below and get up to 12 entries to win. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST December 25th, 2014. Please see terms and conditions below. For more information on Ludlows, please visit them at ludlowscocktails.comGood Luck!

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Giveaway // A Flavorful Fruitations Holiday

Fruitations Trio Giveaway // stirandstrain.comARGH! I’m not ready for Christmas guys. I put up a tree a week ago but haven’t gotten around to decorating it yet. Maybe I can have a New Year’s tree? I’d make it work.

Sometimes even I need a little help when it’s Holiday time. Maybe you do too. It’s ok; we’re in this mess together. Today I’ve also got something to help us all out when it comes to making cocktails: Fruitations. Awhile back I tried some of these all fruit mixers and decided that you all need to try them too, they’re right up there with freshly squeezed, except I don’t have to squeeze them and they’re ready pronto.Fruitations Trio Giveaway // stirandstrain.com

And not just for cocktails! You got kids running around at your holiday party? Maybe your best friend’s got a bun in the oven? Mix up a non-booze drink with these! Ok, but mostly we all know we’re going to use them for cocktails. Delicious cocktails.

Fruitations and Stir and Strain are giving away a trio of fruit flavors to one reader so you can get to your holiday cocktail planning STAT! Enter below and get up to 12 entries to win. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST December 18th, 2014. Please see terms and conditions below. For more information on Fruitations, please visit them at justaddfruitations.comGood Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Chila ‘Orchata

Chila 'Orchata Giveaway // stirandstrain.comOn the 5th day of Christmas Stir and Strain gave to me….

5 PACKS OF CHILA ‘ORCHATA MINIS!!!

Sing it. It totally works. And that’s what this week’s holiday giveaway is! This time FIVE WINNERS will receive their own 5 packs of Chila ‘Orchata minis with a couple recipes to get you inspired.Chila 'Orchata Giveaway // stirandstrain.com

You may have seen me on Instagram spiking my coffees with this cinnamon cream rum a few months back and now you can spike your own. Maybe improve upon some egg nog? Or just kick back with some over ice perhaps?

However you choose to enjoy your Chila ‘Orchata, you first need to enter to win! Enter below and get up to 13 entries to win. You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to WIN. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST December 11th, 2014. Please see terms and conditions below (some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to). For more information on Chila ‘Orchata, please visit them at chilaorchata.comGood Luck!

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