Friday, December 8, 2017

Shake It Up: Cocktail Chameleon Makes the Holidays a Little More Fun

From the classic Margarita to the Love Byte, a stunning new home mixologist's one-stop guide is award-winning designer and producer Mark Addison’s invitation to join him as he dresses up twelve cocktails in twelve unique variations for 144 signature takes on the classics. The book is called Cocktail Chameleon and signed copies are exclusively available at, just in time for holiday entertaining.

Mark likes to say: “It’s called entertaining for a reason: you get to have fun while you do it!” In his new book he gives advice and tips on how to get out from behind the bar and out of the kitchen to enjoy your own party and spend more time with your guests. 

He also shares easy-to-follow recipes for his signature holiday libations such as Baked Apple PunchCranberry Sauce Cocktail, Pumpkin Pie Martini and many more! And he cracks the code on what to serve to whom and when - friends vs. family, cocktail party vs. dinner party, party starters vs. dessert cocktails.

Mr. Addison tantalizes with molecular mixology to create the Anti-Gravity, instructs on how to reinvent the beloved Bloody Mary with sake, and invokes the famed royal rose garden with the Versailles in this beautiful new book. Inside readers will find:
·                The Pop-Rocks-rimmed Anti Gravity Martini
·                The Old Fashioned inspired Old Black Magic, a sultry variation on the original
·                The Provence, an elegant twist on the traditional Champagne cocktail with lavender syrup
·                The Sangria Flora, a traditional sangria with Elderflower
·                The herbal complexity of the Versailles, the Manhattan gone botanical
Whether given as a gift or a valuable addition to one's own library, COCKTAIL CHAMELEON will unlock the mixologist in everyone. It is sure to become an instant ally for hosts looking to elevate an occasion, or to help unwind and end the day on a high note!

Addison’s entertaining and design expertise, along with his dynamic personal style, have made him a sought-after authority. He has shared his ideas on throwing parties, mixing signature cocktails, home décor, and cooking for guests in more than 100 television appearances on national and regional TV shows as well as a being a regular contributor to print and on-line publications.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chocolate Granita, Perfect for the Holidays, by American Heritage Chocolate

With AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, individuals have a culinary partner for making new stories of their own - from creating to entertaining to educating. Try this for the holidays. 

Chocolate Granita

Give this icy refresher a try: Chocolate Granita, a chocolate treat served in Italy. 
Grazie Così Buono

Active Time: 20 minutes
Time to Freeze: additional 3 to 4 hours
Serves: 6

1 C brewed coffee (regular or decaffeinated)
1 C water
½ C sugar
1 ⅔ blocks (5 oz) American Heritage Chocolate blocks, finely chopped (or ¾ C AHC drink mix)


1.     In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the coffee, water, and sugar. 
Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, whisk in the chocolate, and continue to whisk until melted, about one minute.
2.     Transfer mixture to a square glass or metal baking dish. Place on a level surface in freezer. After about 45 minutes, use a fork to begin to scrape the granita. Leave granita in freezer, scraping with a fork every 30 minutes until a fluffy, snow-like texture has formed, about 3 to 4 hours.  Once the entire granita has reached this consistency, it is ready to serve.