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    Three top accoutrements dress up drinks.

     
    POSTED December 29, 2016
     

PURE & CLEAR MINNESOTA ICE

Ice is an integral part to a great cocktail (with the exception of those made neat). Pure & Clear Minnesota Ice prides itself on its artisan ice cubes that are so dense they melt slower than regular ice, minimizing dilution. Handcrafted in Minnesota but shipped nationwide, the crystal-clear cubes come in a selection of geometric shapes. Logos can be etched into The Rock and The Cylinder for a visually engaging drink. 

AARDVARK

Aardvark’s paper straws won’t last forever—and that’s a good thing. Every day we use one billion plastic straws globally, most of which will never deteriorate. All Aardvark’s straws (including its patented Eco-Flex paper straws) are made with materials that are chlorine-free and are biodegradable, compostable and sustainable. But durability isn’t an issue. Aardvark’s straws are made with 33 percent more material than all other paper straws and won’t break down in beverages. With over 200 designs as well as the ability to create customized straws and wrappers, brands will quite literally be at attendees’ fingertips. 

EVERMINE

Classy and eye-catching, Evermine’s coasters make attendees think twice about setting their drink down. Evermine’s website boasts a wide selection of design templates with customizable text, or clients can upload their own design or logo entirely. Its Business Preferred Club is free to join and offers 20 percent off and promotions to members, making Evermine’s coasters even more cost effective. 

I’ve been spending a lot of time experimenting with sea salt lately. Grilling fish with Meyer-lemon infused salt, adding a pinch of rosemary salt to pinto beans, making a vinaigrette with a smoked sea salt, sprinkling fruit or popcorn with dashes of this or that. A few weeks ago I took the Sea Salt Workshop at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Held the first Saturday of every month, at a cost of $70 per person, the workshops are led by the resort’s chefs.

 

We proudly present your top picks in the inaugural 2016 Best of California readers’ choice awards.

 

In October, the MPI San Diego Chapter gathered in San Diego’s sparkling new venue The Point in Mission Bay for what they called a FUNdraiser. A good time was had by all, thanks to the wellmixed cocktails and delicious bites. The best part was the satisfaction in raising thousands of dollars for the Veterans Employment Committee of San Diego County. The organization is dedicated to serving disadvantaged veterans and transitioning military members of all branches of service by working to remove barriers that could stand in the way of life-sustaining employment.