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Staff Favorite Summer Drink Recipes

We all love a good cocktail at Sonic; happy hour is a favorite office pastime. In celebration of the summer solstice (several days late) and the start of summer, we thought we'd share a roundup of our favorite summery drink recipes.
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Mallory's Classic Margarita

1 shot Triple Sec

2 shots Tequila (preferably silver tequila)

0.5 shot Rose's Sweet Lime Juice

1.5 shots simple syrup

1 shot lime juice

Mix well and serve over ice.

Seth's Drunken Seth

1 liter (yes, liter) Malibu Black

1 gallon pineapple juice

Enough club soda to make it bubbly

Ice

Mix liquid ingredients and serve over ice in a glass. Makes one serving if you're Seth.
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Simone's Pepino

Cucumber

1.5 oz. 901 Silver

0.25 oz. agave

0.75 oz. lime juice

0.5 oz. pineapple juice

0.5 oz. Cointreau

3 basil leaves

Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a tall glass. Roughly a quarter inch is right. Top with ice. Mix liquid ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with basil leaves and a cucumber slice.
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Jamie's Jack and Ginger, for the Ginger

Ice

Jack

Ginger

Lime

Exact measurements are not required. Mix and drink.

Ellen's Fuzzy Navel

Peach Schnapps

Orange juice

Mix to your liking.
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Jen's Moscow Mule

Crushed ice

Juice from half a lime

2 oz. vodka (Tito's Handmade Vodka is recommended)

4-6 oz. ginger beer (Bundaberg is recommended)

Fill a copper mug halfway with crushed ice. Add the juice of half a lime. Add vodka, then top with ginger beer, 4-6 ounces depending on how strong you like your drink. Stir gently and enjoy.

Allie's Cucumber Martini

2 oz. vodka

0.5 oz. lime juice (roughly the juice from half a lime)

0.5 oz. simple syrup

2-3 slices of fresh cucumber

2 mint leaves

Mix all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a martini glass, garnish with cucumber slices and mint leaves, and drink.
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Lindsay's Ruby Red Sipper

1.5 oz. (1 shot) Deep Eddy's Ruby Red Vodka

Splash of St. Germain Liqueur

Fresh lemon juice

Club soda

Mint leaves

Pour vodka into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with club soda, lemon juice, and a splash of St. Germain. Stir gently. Garnish with mint leaves and sip!

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DiVine Drinkware

Blog readers, sit up straight. We've got some news for you.
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For centuries, people have dismissed the desire to turn water into wine as a hopeless pursuit. Not anymore, my friends. Our agency made history this month with the introduction of DiVine Drinkware. As a result of the molecular properties infused into DiVine Drinkware polymers, ordinary water can now be transformed at the molecular level into almost any fermented grape beverage.

Each DiVine Drinkware cup (BPA free, dishwasher-safe) contains the chemical properties of a particular wine. When filled with regular water, the DiVine Drinkware activates the transformation, and the liquid instantaneously transitions into Sonic's signature merlot, a light sweet moscato, or a rustic, mid-bodied malbec.

See DiVine Drinkware in action:

During a press interview last Tuesday, Seth provided some insight into this week's product launch: "My wife owns several pairs of yoga pants and drives a minivan. Needless to say, we go through a lot of wine at our house. With the springtime holidays coming up, DiVine Drinkware stands ready to help take the edge off all that 'bonus' family time, when conspicuously carrying multiple bottles of wine might seem awkward."

Click here for the official press release.
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Stay tuned for additions to our DiVine product line. We expect to roll out DiVine Beer Steins in August, just in time for the football pre-season. DiVine Shots & Rocks are scheduled to launch by Thanksgiving.

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ASI Orlando 2015: Marsha's Favorite Kid-Friendly Items

Good morning! We've got one final list of product finds from the Orlando ASI Show to share with you today. Marsha discusses kid-friendly items below. If you're catching up on our recaps, click here for Marsha's favorite bags and here for her favorite health & wellness items. I (Lindsay) will be attending a show in Dallas this week, so we will have even more ideas to share in the weeks to come. Heeere's Marsha!
Granddaughter Custom
I pay attention to children’s items, as all grandparents should, so this is a fun product category for me. My granddaughter (that's my sweetie in the above photo) and I are “girlfriends”; we watch movies together, play games, and share new clothes and jewelry. She is only three years old, yet she notices when I have on a new pair of shoes. Really?! I have another grandchild on the way, this time a boy (!!), so I will have to start paying more attention to sports.

Here are some new kid-friendly products:
Paws Claws Neoprene Lunch Bag and Bottle Custom
Paws Claws Backpack Custom
Paws Claws Storage Cube Custom
Paws Claws Lunch Bag Custom
I love the entire Paws N Claws line of animal-themed lunch bags, coolers, storage cubes and backpacks.
Even Flo Bottles Custom
Evenflo brand baby bottles are available for custom imprinting.
Paci with cap Custom
This pacifier has a cap to keep the mouthpiece clean when it's buried at the bottom of your purse or diaper bag. 
Silicone Bib Custom
Silicone bibs are so durable and easy to clean. I love the crumb-catching pocket too.
Magic art scratchers Custom
MagicPaintSheets Custom
These Magic Art Scratchers and Magic Paint Posters are perfect kid activities for a doctor's office or restaurant. No mess!

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ASI Orlando 2015: Marsha's Favorite Health & Wellness Items

We're back with another recap of Marsha's favorite products from the ASI Show in Orlando. Today's selection is health & wellness-themed. Check back tomorrow for her final post with kid-friendly items. Take it away, Marsha!
Fit Bracelet Custom
I loved this piece. It's a less expensive version of popular fitness tracking bracelets like the FuelBand, Jawbone and FitBit. This wristband will track steps, distance and calories burned. It also monitors your sleep quality, including the number of times (and length of each period) you are awake during the night. 
Heart shape hot cold pack Custom
We used gel bead hot/cold packs for several client projects last year, but I like that this version has one side covered in ultra-soft plush material. The heart is 5" x 5" in size, and there are a total of five shapes available. Easily cleaned with soap and water.
SudsNToss Custom
These soap-infused disposable towels are so handy. Just dampen with water, use, and throw away. They come in three sizes and are perfect for camping, sports, the gym, pet care (two towel sizes can be infused with dog shampoo), boating and more.
antimicrobial screen cleaner Custom
This screen cleaner uses antimicrobial microfiber to keep your tablet and phone free of bacteria and smudges. 
nurse doctor drawstring bag Custom
How cute is this bag? Choose from nurse, doctor, dentist, fire fighter, and police officer prints.
medical history journal Custom
Keep on top of your medical history with this great journal.

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ASI Orlando 2015: Marsha's Top 10 Favorite Bags

In the promotional world, New Year = new product. Per usual, our staff has been busy these past few weeks meeting with suppliers and checking out new-for-2015 bags, drinkware, apparel and more. Last year, Jamie visited THE industry show in Vegas, and I attended an industry show in Dallas. We love to report back with our favorite product finds, and this year will be no different. Marsha just returned from a show in Orlando, Florida, so we'll kick off the product recaps with her experience. Take it away, Marsha!
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I love attending the ASI industry show in Orlando. I find it to be more manageable than other shows; it only takes two days to complete, and I do not have to deal with a change in time zone. This year was an especially pleasant trip because ASI blocked off an area in Universal Studios, and attendees were able to enjoy attractions like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Men in Black Alien Attack and the Simpsons Ride. I even got a photo with Krusty the Clown.

I returned with a long list of new favorite promotional items, and I will share them on the blog over the next few days. Since I am a self-proclaimed Bag Lady, we'll start with totes and backpacks. Here are 10 that caught my eye!
1 White Essence Backpack Custom
1. I love this item because a white imprint area can be hard to find on a backpack. The base is dark and will disguise any dirt that gathers from setting it on the ground. Other available colors include black, royal, red, apple green and orange. 600D poly/ front zippered pocket /zippered main compartment/ side mesh water bottle pocket/ top grab handle/ padded, adjustable shoulder strap.
2 Messenger Bag Custom
2. Here's a messenger bag that easily attaches to your wheeled luggage. 600D/ adjustable padded shoulder strap/ front zipper pocket/ side mesh pocket/ Velcro closure. Available in beige, gray, olive or slate blue.
3 Cyclone Sports Pack Custom
3. I love the heavy-duty drawstring cord straps on this backpack. Microfiber with mesh inside zippered pocket/ built-in slot for ear buds/ reinforced eyelets. Available in gray, lime green, red or royal blue with black trim and mesh back. 
4 Marina Tote Custom
4. The colors offered with this tote are bright and reminiscent of retail trends: fuchsia, teal, gray and black. 600D/ top zippered closure/ 24” cotton handles.
5 Laptop Bag Custom
5. This laptop portfolio is slim, but it has a lot of padding. 300D/ 16” x 11” x 2 (fits a 17” laptop). Available in silver gray, royal and red. At 300 pieces, the price is just $5.99 with a one color imprint.
6 Wheeled Shopping Tote Custom
6. Nothing is better than a wheeled shopping tote. I was thankful to have a wheeled backpack during my time in Orlando so I could easily collect and carry product samples. This wheeled tote has a large main compartment with drawstring closure and a sturdy frame. The zippered pocket in the back keeps your phone within easy reach.
7 Laminated Jute Tote Custom
7. Laminated jute will be a popular trend this year. Lamination adds strength and makes the product easier to clean. I think the striped webbing gives this eco-friendly tote an upscale look. Available in red, royal and black.
8 Horizon Tote Custom
8. This bag is great for everyone. It is large enough to easily fit a beach towel. Rope handles with wrapped loop attachments are nice details.
9 PVC Trim Shoulder Bag Custom
9. I think the silver/black coloring of this bag is what appealed to me most. 600D/ soft touch PVC trim and handles/ 28” shoulder straps with pinch grip/ zippered top closure/ front zippered pocket/ zippered interior security pocket.
10 Printed Utility Tote Custom
10. I love the prints available for this round utility tote. 7 oz. cotton duck canvas/ laminated interior/ 24” handles/ collapsible wire frame opening.

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