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Alcohol That Gives Back

If you’re on my site, chances are that you enjoy your spirits.  (Duh.)  Why not do good WHILE enjoying your spirits?  The companies below let you by giving back.  Now that’s something I can really sink my straw into.


RED RIVER WHISKEY | RRW gives back to wildlife conservation and has neat drawings on the bottles.  Oh, and it’s a local business and delicious. Win-win-win.
Check out William‘s review here: Red River Whiskey Review red river whiskey

SNOW LEOPARD VODKA | “a unique new vodka made from the distinctive spelt grain and distilled six times in small batches using natural spring water and was born out of the desire to save the Snow Leopards from extinction, so 15% of the proceeds 
is donated directly to Snow Leopard conservation projects.”

WESTERN SON VODKA | a sister brand of Red River Whiskey, WS donates a portion of proceeds to the Peter Burks Unsung Hero Fund.

VeeV | while you’re “cheating on your vodka” with VeeV, you’re drinking one of the most eco-friendly liquors on the market.  Along with that, they have donated $200,000 to green-minded non-profits and planted more than 40,000 trees (1 cocktail = 1 tree planted).

JIM BEAM | “Jim Beam has partnered with Operation Homefront to provide emergency assistance to the U.S. military, the families thy leave behind, and wounded warriors when they return home. This marks the sixth year that Jim Beam has donated to the organization, resulting in over $900,000 in donations.”

VIVA Tequila | “10% of net proceeds donated to animal abuse prevention. VIVA XXXII supports organization like SPCALA, ASPCA, and START,regularly donating to animal welfare charities that make a difference.”


ONE HOPE WINE | produced in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr., HALF of their profits are donated to their partner causes – each varietal supports a different cause.

BAREFOOT WINE | one of the causes they support is Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit organization that gives shoes to those in need.  So far, they’d donated millions of pairs of shoes!

AFRICAN PASSION | “For every bottle of African Passion Wine, 10% of the profits will go to support TransAfrica Forum, an organisation dedicated to the human rights and social justice advocacy of the African world.”

FLIPFLOP WINES | the apparent fun-loving brand donates to charity on a regular basis thanks to feedback from its fans.  Case in point: they announced on 9/15/14 that they’d be donating $100,000 to four charities picked by their fans.


FINNEGANS | “100% of profits go to the Finnegans Community Fun to be used for good.” (Available in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota)

BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY | BBC donates to 12 worthy organizations each year, 3 per quarter.


2014-09-25_10-02-36NAPA WINE CHILLER | this lightweight stainless steel ball (dubbed “balls of steel” by the company) can chill your wine or spirits without diluting it … and it donates 15% of proceeds to MD Anderson’s Cancer Center in Houston.
$29.95/ball, available at www.originalbos.com.

UNION GROWLER CO.This local growler supplier claims that they “don’t pay [themselves] a dime; rather, [they] donate 100% of profits to organizations striving to make our world a better place.”

CAUSE | this “philanthropub” in DC donates profits (up to $100,000) to charitable organizations.  They choose a different organization each quarter.  More information.
If you know of another company along these lines that donate to charity, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

Kidd’s Kids Charity Opportunities

After the unexpected passing of Kidd Kraddick this past weekend, so many Dallas residents who grew up listening to him are mourning the loss. Please find some great options to help his charity, Kidd’s Kids, below.

  • Bread Winners | August 6 (5pm – close) | 15% of sales donated
  • Katydid Collections | August 2-4 | 30% of all sales will be donated to KK (details)
  • Chili’s | August 1 (all day) | 15% of your purchase donated (must print and present THIS EMAIL)
  • Twisted Root | 7/31-8/6 | $1 for each shake sold donated to KK
  • Old Navy at The Shops at Park Lane | August 8-11 | Donate $5 to Kidd’s Kids and get an additional 10% off your purchase
  • KiddsKids.com | donate to KK
  • OverstockArt.com | 20% of your purchase will be donated to KK
  • Mockingbird Station’s Savor the Station | a portion of proceeds will go to Kidd’s Kids
  • Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream | Date TBD | Mention Kidd’s Kids and 20% of your purchase will be donated to KK
  • El Fenix/Meso Maya/La Ventana | TBD
  • More to come …

Concert for Kidd’s Kids (featuring Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, Cimorelli, Tim Halperin and more TBA!)image

Derby Day Drinks, Events, and Recipes

This year I’ll be muddling juleps at Polo on the Lawn, benefiting Project Transformation   Join me for a good cause … I’ll make you your first cocktail.


THE STANDARD POUR | May 4, 2-6pm
$5 juleps, $20 julep pitchers, long stem roses for every woman
$100 for biggest hat

 YELP | May 19
The Village Country Club
RSVP: yelp.com Derby Listing
“food, bevies, and entertainment!”

$3 Mint Juleps, $2 Miller Lights, $20 Derby Punch Pitchers
“Want to win a Derby hat? RSVP at http://www.themasonbar.com/forms/derby2013  to get $4 U Call Its & $4 Beer ALL NIGHT LONG!”


THE EQUESTRIAN (available at Central 214 through May 4)
$1 will be donated to Project Transformation for each one of these drinks that is purchased.



  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Sparkling ICE Lemonade
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • 2 Sugar Cubes
  • Crushed Ice

Place the mint leaves at the bottom of a glass and crush (for real authenticity use a julep cup).  Pour in the Bourbon and Sparkling ICE Lemonade.  Add in the crushed ice and stir.  Garnish with mint sprig



  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 4 drops of angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1/2 shot of bourbon whisky
  • Top it off with VOGA Sparkling

Polish the sugar cube with bitters and drop it into the glass.  Pour bourbon whisky into a chilled glass.  Top it off with VOGA Sparkling



Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Remove from heat and add 4 bags of mint tea. Steep for 10 minutes.  Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.  Approximately 8 teaspoons of lime juice, also chilled.  Mix 1 cup of the chilled mint tea with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the lime juice in a chilled glass.  If you would like your tea extra sweet add in some honey, agava nectar, otherwise skip to the next step.  Add ¼ cup of chilled Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE to fill the glass.  Add crushed ice and stir.  Add a lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish



  • 3-4 fresh figs, sliced (or 1 cup dried figs)
  • 1-2 fresh gala apples, sliced
  • 1 cup of cherries
  • 2-3 oranges, sliced (not peeled)
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 bottles VOGA Italia Merlot
  • 3 cups sparkling apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ½ cup dark spiced rum
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves

Slice apples and insert whole cloves directly into the fruit.  Combine all fruit slices in a glass pitcher and slowly pour in brandy and wine. Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!).  Before serving, add sparkling cider and orange juice. Stir gently and serve over ice.  
Makes about 15 servings



  • 1.25 oz. Rum
  • 1.25 oz. Sparkling ICE Kiwi Strawberry
  • 3 oz. frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Add Rum, Sparkling ICE Kiwi Strawberry, frozen strawberries, and crushed ice in a blender.  Blend until smooth and pour into glass.  Garnish with strawberry