Posts Written On April 2018

The 6th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo!

High River Sauces has announced the list of vendors for The 6th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, which is set to take place on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Tickets for the event are on sale here:

Vendors include the best hot sauce makers from all over the world will be, including companies from the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The vendors at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo include: Angry Goat, Benny T Vesta, Blairs, Born To Hula, Bravado, Burns & McCoy, CaJohn, Catina Royal, Charman Brand, Chile Pepper Magazine, Cobra Chilli, Corines Cuisine, Cully’s, Defcon, Dirty Dicks, Dragon’s Blood Elixer, El Yucatco, Elijah’s Xtreme, Gemini Crow, Ghost Scream Hot Sauce, Gunthers Gourmet, Heartbreaking Dawns, Heatonist, Hellfire Hot Sauce, Hells Kitchen, High River Sauces, Hoff & Pepper, Horse Shoe, Hot As U Want, Hot Maple, Hot Sauce Holsters, Hotter Than El, Howler Monkey, Inferno Farms, Kill Sauce, Little Bird Chocolates, Pallotta Hot, Peppers, Puckerbutt Pepper Co., Purple Pam, Rads, Rasta Brothers, Sam & Oliver, Tabasco, Tahiti Joes, Torchbearer, Volcanic Peppers, VooDoo Chile Sauces, Whitehouse Station, Wiltshire Chilli Farm, World Famous, and Yellowbird Foods.

This two-day tribute to all things hot and spicy will feature a “Stage of Doom“, where showcases and competitions will take place throughout each day. Highlights include: Guinness Book of Records Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest ($1000 Grand Prize For Broken Record), Screaming Mi Mi Awards & Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Presentations, The Booze & Infuse Cocktail Competition ($5000 Grand Prize), The Spicy Pizza of Doom, The Slaytanic Burrito, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant and more. There will also be food vendors, craft beer and specialty cocktails.

This year’s NYC Hot Sauce Festival will feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission ($10), Texas Smoke BBQ Platter Package ($50) and Ultimate Fiery VIP Package ($100). All attendees can enjoy fiery samples from hot sauce vendors, access to all staged eating competitions, and many other entertaining events fun for all friends and family. The Texas Smoke BBQ Platter Package will feature a GA ticket, 3 craft beer tokens, BBQ lunch box, bottle of High River Sauces & limited edition expo poster. The Ultimate Fiery VIP Package will grant admission to the expo’s exclusive VIP area with complimentary cocktails & spirit tastings, craft beers, Pink’s Taco Buffet, free bottle of High River Sauces, limited edition expo poster, issue of Chile Pepper Magazine & a VIP Gift bag stuffed with sponsorship goodies.

Sponsors for The 6th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo include: Chile Pepper Magazine,, Endorphin Farms Inc., Puckerbutt Pepper Company, Lagunitas Brewing, Evan Williams Bourbon, Fireball Whiskey, El Jimador Tequila, Tequila Herradura, Tsingtao Beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Cold Spell Whiskey, Tanteo Tequila, Heaven Hill, Gem & Bolt, RIPE, Pinks Bar & Grill, Texas Smoke BBQ, Destination Dumplings, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Farmland Fresh Dairies, Yelp, Lyft, The Farmer’s Dog, Fuego Box, Chilly Chilies, Hot Shots Distributing Inc., Heatonist, North Fork Fire, and Hot Sauce Willie’s.

Event Details:

The 6th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo

DATE: Saturday, April 21st & Sunday, April 22nd

VENUE: Brooklyn Expo Center | 79 Franklin St. | Brooklyn, NY 11222


GA – $10 | Texas Smoke BBQ Platter Package – $50 | Ultimate Fiery VIP Package – $100

TIME: 10 AM – 6 PM

For more information, please visit: 






Happy Easter At Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom

Hey Happy Easter!


Lulu and Ryan went to Washington DC to celebrate the born of a new year!

The first stop of course we chose to see the cherry blossoms.

Lulu took her hand craft illustration magnets, it looks like an illustration girl enjoyed the cherry blossoms on her skateboard.

We ate our first brunch at this old fashion restaurant right next to the Washington Monument park where there was Blossom Kite Festival on this Saturday. The restaurant is very very popular, we waited for our seats on the bar for twenty minutes! But the food was amazing and drinks were tasty, the name of the restaurant was Old Ebbitt Grill.

After the brunch and cherry blossom watching, we went to my favorite gallery – National Gallery of Art!

And then we found this super cool speak easy bar at Chinatown – Penny Whiskey Bar. They have a lot of Japanese whiskeys!

A very delicious restaurant at Chinatown – CIRCA.

The cute red color cocktail names Your College Ex, is that lovely?

Today we came back New York and it was snowing! Oh My God, hope the real spring comes soon.


It’s show time! Game Day Cocktails and Bites for Friends Sport Time

No matter what team you’ll be rooting for, we’ve got you covered with the best boozy cocktails and delicious apps to enjoy from start to finish. If you’re an Eagles fan, Slow & Low Whiskey is made in Philly after all! Easy to make at home or tote with you to a friend’s football shin dig, these are the perfect drinks and bites for the big game.

Topsy Turvy (by Jeremy Oertel)
This cocktail features a liqueur made from real coffee so you can finish the game with as much energy as you started.
2 oz Carpano Antica Formula
1 oz Lock Stock & Barrel Rye 18 Year
1 tsp. Borghetti Coffee Liqueur
1 dash Mole Bitters
Method: Stir, Strain
Glass: Nick & Nora
Garnish: Orange Twist

Pats City
2 oz Templeton Rye 6 Year
.5 oz Fernet-Branca
1 bar spoon Coffee Syrup
3 dashes Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
Method: Stir & strain into a large rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Slow & Low Rock and Rye 100ml Cans ($4.99 per can): The Slow and Low 100ml can is the next step in the evolution. Cooper Spirits took a proper 84 proof bar cocktail using a historic recipe and is not only introducing it in a different vessel, the can, but is doing so in a portable, convenient and novel size. Perfect for your outdoor pursuits, from camping to BBQs to sporting events, tailgates and concerts, the 100ml can is versatile and makes for just the right sized packaging.

Half-Time Show (Greg Mayer of Academia in Austin, TX)
This cocktail features a MVP Vodka, launched by two former football pros, and is a lively drink to enjoy during the always-entertaining halftime show.
1.5 oz MVP Lemonberry Vodka
.75 oz Lemon juice
.25 oz Real cranberry juice
.50 oz Aperol
.50 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 Mint leaves
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing tin and shake vigorously until properly diluted. Strain the cocktail using a Hawthorne and fine mesh strainer into a coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha ($3.99 per can): Novo Fogo, a USDA-certified distillery that produces organic cachaças from fresh sugarcane, is highlighting the national spirit of Brazil in an accessible way by introducing the first ever Sparkling Caipirinha in a can. It’s fresh, natural, flavorful, and carbonated, making the world’s most popular cocktail by consumption sparkle and shine in a way that is easy to enjoy.

Smoky Eagle
2 oz Crystal Head AURORA
4 oz Lemonade
3 oz Fever Tree ginger beer
Smoked orange wedges
Method: Add Crystal Head AURORA, lemonade, and smoked orange wedges into a shaker with ice.  Shake very well then pour into a tall glass

Half-Seas Cocktail Cans ($16-20 per 4-Pack): Half-Seas offers elevated versions of the canned cocktail, available in Daiquiri, Paloma and Bramble. These all-natural, effervescent cans are as stylish as they are delicious.

Fire and Rye– Avila’s El Ranchito (Laguna Beach, CA)
1 ½ oz Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Whiskey
2 pressed Jalapeños
2 oz pink lemonade
Splash soda water
Lemon twist garnish

Adult Milkshake (Péché in Austin, TX)
This adult milkshake is a rich and creamy with warm, spiced notes and is a perfect post-game treat to celebrate a win or comfort you through a loss.
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 oz banana liqueur
.5 oz Zaya Rum
Method: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend. Pour into glass and garnish with cinnamon.

Canned Cocktails (available at select retailers nationwide)
Not looking to whip up cocktails on the fly? Save your energy for sweating it out over the game and chill these canned cocktails.  Easy, tasty, and arguably better than beer (for some!) These cocktails in a can are sure to keep the fun going and are easy to dance with during that Half Time show!!

Stella Rosa Aluminum Singles, $4.99 –  Our new 8.5 oz aluminum single-serves serve the purpose for wine anytime, they’re easy to carry, easy to pack, easy to drink, look stylish, can go anywhere with you and you’re going to love them!  Find them at your local retailers or come by our winery to have a taste and pick up a case.  Find location and hours at  Stella Rosa aluminum single-serve wine comes in our most popular flavors, Black and Platinum and Pink!

Easy apps to keep your guests happy all game long:

Guacamole from La Loncheria (; Brooklyn, NY)
Chef/owner Danny Mena just opened La Loncheria, a casual Mexican luncheonette in Brooklyn offers a super simple recipe for guacamole that your friends will rave over at your Big Game gathering.
2 Chile serranos (seeded and deveined)
1/2 onion
Cilantro chopped fine
2 roma tomatoes chopped fine
Juice of 1 big lime or 2 small limes
2 tbsp of salt
8 avocados
Directions:In a food processor, mix chilies and onion until to a fine texture. Then, in a large bowl