Rave: The All New VerumVita

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Hi, folks. Loads of changes have taken place at VerumVita and in my life as well. Let’s start with VerumVita.  As you can see there is a new look and a new focus. With all the changes that have taken place in my life over the past few months (which I will go into more in a future post), I had an epiphany of sorts and came to the conclusion that a more mindful, healthful approach to everyday living was desired and needed for myself and my family. In sharing some of the changes we made with others, I realized that this was information would be useful not only to my close friends and family but anyone who has a similar mindset or desire for a more healthy, doable approach to living a whole “true” life. (So glad the blog name still works with the new focus…verum=true, vita=life.) Stay tuned!

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Sip: Cucumber Cooler

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On a recent Saturday night, Rick and I had decided to experiment a bit with the random ingredients in our fridge and bar cabinet; hence the Cucumber Cooler was born! It is always such a hoot when those thrown together concoctions actually turn out to be something delightful. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Cheers

Cucumber Cooler

1/4 c diced, peeled organic cucumbers

1/2 organic lemon (freshly squeezed juice) 

1 oz  high quality gin or vodka

1/2 oz agave syrup

4 oz club soda

Add cucumbers and lemon juice to shaker. Muddle. Add spirit of choice and agave syrup. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Pour contents into an 8 oz glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with small cucumber triangle or mint.

Sip/Give: Jewel of a Gift – Julibox

As most of you already know, I very much enjoy a good drink. The only trouble is figuring out what to make and executing said drink can be challenging at times. Going out is not always an option and making one at home is restricted by ingredients on hand. This is where Julibox comes in! A monthly cocktail subscription service that delivers almost everything you need to serve up a delightful drink anytime…spirits, mixers and often times the tools you need for execution! Most importantly, they take the hard part out of entertaining by sharing two cocktail recipes with you created by semi-famous mixologists from around the country. Consider it like having your own personal bartender on hand each month whispering in your ear so you can “wow” your pals.  The only things not included are fresh ingredients that you really must purchase closer to the time of mixing but certainly items that you might already have in your fridge, like lemons, limes, strawberries and the like.

Don’t you just love the adorable box lining and the fun stuff found inside even better?!?

I purchased subscriptions for two of my dearest friends (A shout out to Kara and Kelly! Love you girls!)  Since I’ve already given Juliboxes as gifts and I can tell you first hand this would be the most fabulous gift for one of the many weddings I am sure are on your calendar this summer or a delightful gift of gratitude for the friends whose home you parked yourselves in for a long weekend getaway!  I was super lucky that Courtne, one of the talented and spirit knowledgeable owners, kindly offered to send me a box so that I would be better able to share my thoughts with you. I can tell you unequivocally that Juliboxes are the bomb! They arrive gorgeously packaged, and I adore the wax sealed envelope that contains the instructions for transporting you to cocktail bliss.

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Guide to Cocktail Bliss

The month I sampled the two cocktails featured were the Strawberry Cobbler and the French 75. Both were delightful, but since I am a sucker for anything with strawberries, I think the Strawberry Cobbler was my favorite of the two. What is so cool about these boxes is that you don’t have to think about it. The boxes show up on your doorstep monthly and you are introduced to new drinks and often times new spirits that you will soon be able to purchase full size versions of on the Julibox site.

The Strawberry Cobbler…yum!

Don’t wait because the monthly collections tend to sell out especially with prices as low as $36/month! If you’d like to enjoy the July Collection, make sure you order no later than July 5. Bear in mind that an adult 21 years or older must sign for the box since there is alcohol enclosed…a small price to pay if you ask me. You could have it shipped to the office so acquiring a signature does not pose a problem; although, it may produce a problem of its own when your office mates see this cool box arrive. You may find yourselves with unwanted weekend guests. Cheers!