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05 May 2015 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

Life Through the Laughing Glass

By Ilona Thompson – May 05, 2015

In the modern consumer world of food and beverage integrity matters, it’s little wonder that cocktail ingredients would align with this movement. Growing consumer awareness, healthful choices, both calorically and the use of fresh, seasonal, local ingredients, which exponentially enhances flavor, is a trend that is constantly gaining momentum…

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Chiffon Souffle

27 Feb 2015 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

LGC on Chiffon Souffle

By Heather – February 27, 2015

Everyone Needs a Cocktail

Every girl knows, or at maybe ‘everyone‘ knows that we all need a cocktail from time to time.

Whether you’re out grabbing a cocktail with a few best friends, or you’re up to making your very own cocktail, nothing says ‘heaven in a glass‘, other than a pre-made cocktail already made and ready to drink…

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Operative Words

15 Jan 2015 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

Featured on Operative Words Blog!

By Anth – January 15, 2015

As a professional namer, I strive to explore every perspective on my clients’ new brands. Each one is articulated as a name, representing a potential brand future. After spending weeks creating names and then filtering them through trademark screening, I present a shortlist to my client. Many possibilities, all potential, but which one will become reality?

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Amy Ephron’s Favorite Things

19 May 2014 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

Featured on the blog One For The Table in the weekly write up of favorite things!

By Amy Ephron – May 19, 2014

It’s almost summer – in L.A. it feels like summer already. We were sent a sample of a new drink from Laughing Glass Cocktails. Okay, we like the name, too.

It’s an artisan tequila. No, it’s an artisan margarita. In a bottle, pre-mixed (but it doesn’t feel mixed at all, it’s so light and delicious….) and all natural. The name alone was perfect. Just pour it over ice in a wine glass and if you want to be fancy add a slice of lime. But for a summer barbecue, (or a guacamole starter) and a light incredible drink under the stars, we recommend it highly! And, for a party, it’s so simple, three bottles and no muss and fuss, and slightly lighter (thank goodness) on the alcohol content than if you’d mixed it at home. Some of us have a no alcohol before six rule around here, but you don’t, I bet it would be delicious with huevos rancheros, too!

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LGC in Marin Magazine!

01 May 2014 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

Three Marin County women came together to make a great cocktail.

BY CALIN VAN PARIS – May 2014

Some days are coffee days (5 a.m. alarm), and some days are wine days (gridlock traffic). For the women of San Anselmo’s Laughing Glass Cocktails, every day is a margarita day. Founded by Marin locals and close friends Sydney Rainin-Smith, Jill Korst and Carey Clahan (pictured, left to right), the company produces all-natural ready-made margaritas from the trio’s fresh pressed lime recipe, with two more cocktails slated for release this year. “We tasted all the other products on the market, and they all tasted like something out of your medicine cabinet, and worse, were filled with nasty chemicals,” Clahan says. “Our margarita has only a few natural and organic ingredients and is low in calories to boot.”

 

PHILOSOPHY Aside from creating an authentic high-quality product that drinkers can feel good about sipping, the company aims to bring women together. “Laughing Glass Cocktails is all about friendships,” Korst says. “It’s why we started in the first place, but just as important, we want to encourage friends to get together frequently, and get laughing.” THE SCOOP The signature margaritas are composed of simple, quality ingredients like all-natural citrus and organic agave nectar. Specifically omitted are substances that make some ready-made cocktails unappealing: artificial preservatives, sweeteners, additives, flavors or colors. You can find Laughing Glass margaritas all over California and online through Ludwig’s Fine Wine & Spirits and the Jug Shop. BEYOND MARIN The Laughing Glass ladies also list “tequila distillers” on their shared resume. Unable to find a bulk tequila brand that met their high standards, they headed to Mexico and an artisan distillery, where they produced their own proprietary blend — a super-premium blanco tequila — making theirs the only company in the ready-to-serve cocktail market that crafts its own spirit. WHAT THEY SAY “We work together 100 hours a week, but at the end of a crazy day or workweek, we still love to hang out with each other,” Rainin-Smith says. “Recently, we went on a family ski trip to Montana with our husbands and kids and of course shipped a case of our margaritas to enjoy après ski.”

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“Los Angeles, I’m Yours” and Laughing Glass

30 Apr 2014 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

Your Californian Margaritas Are Ready: Laughing Glass Cocktails

By Kyle Fitzpatrick – April 30, 2014

Cinco De Mayo is Monday. How is your Monday? Let me tell you: my Monday is going to be a doozy. Mondays are always busy! They are also a night when you don’t really want to go out nor are you really able to. You should celebrate though. Make a margarita at home! Better yet, have someone else make them for you. Another idea: just buy a bottle of Laughing Glass Cocktails, a pre-made, take home margarita by and for Californians. They do a really good job with it! It ain’t no Skinny Girl, either.
The pre-made Margarita comes from a recipe made from San Anselmo locals Sydney Rainin-Smith, Jill Korst, and Carey Clahan. The three moms banded togheter to make a cocktail that reflected what it is to be Californian, something perfect for pool parties. While they are located in Northern California, the brand has a great grasp on Southern California as it’s sold from Pismo Beach to San Diego: they’re targeting us. Just in time for De Mayo, too.

And? How is it? Great, actually. I’ve tried that Skinny shit and it tastes like diet [insert alcoholic beverage]. It’s boring and sad and makes you wish you were having the real thing. Laughing Glass? It does aspire to be “diet” but instead comes off as “fresh.” It’s slightly effervescent and is made from all natural ingredients. It isn’t too sweet or too tart or too boozey: it’s very balanced not to mentioned clean. It’s totally LA friendly (i.e., gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and Paleo safe) (Seriously!) and only comes in at 41 calories per serving. While Bethenny Frankel offered her Margarita for New Yorkers, the San Anselmo crew way outdid her and, hopefully, will conquer her market. Someone needs to take her down! Of course it is Californians.

The pre-made cocktail may sound like a fad or lazy but, honey, on a Monday night when you’re supposed to be drinking a Margarita for Cinco De Mayo it will be perfect.

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Featured in Food Enthusiast Magazine!

22 Apr 2014 Posted by Sydney Rainin in News

by Food Enthusiast – Apr 22, 2014

Laughing Glass Cocktails – a super-premium, ready-made margarita that can be enjoyed straight from the bottle, or as a base for some delicious twists on everyone’s favorite fiesta beverage. The company was created by three Northern Californian moms and best friends who have a passion for entertaining and saw the need for a product that met their at-home happy hour standards

Although Laughing Glass is perfect simply served over ice- listed below are two of co-founder and resident mixologist Jill Korst’s favorite recipes to spice up your Cinco shin-dig or keep on file for summer barbecues and get togethers.

Watermelon and Laughing Glass Mojito
1 serving

Ingredients:

10 mint leaves
ice cubes
about 1/2 cup seedless watermelon
splash of lemon-lime soda or sparkling water
mint sprig and a slice of lime for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a glass, muddle the mint, and watermelon (I use a wooden spoon). Add the Laughing Glass Cocktails Margarita and stir to mix. Add ice, the soda or sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of lime and mint leaves, if desired.

 

Spring Fling Rhubarb Margarita

2 servings

Ingredients:

8 oz Laughing Glass Cocktails Margarita
2 oz Cointreau
4 oz club soda
2 oz simple syrup (see directions below)

Directions:

For the simple syrup: Combine the 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan with the chopped rhubarb (3 rhubarb stalks, cut into small pieces). Bring sugar and rhubarb to a rolling boil and let cook for 10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the rhubarb has released its color and flavor. Remove from stove and set aside to cool. In a separate glass combine the Laughing Glass, Cointreau, club soda and simple syrup. Shake in a cocktail shaker for 10 seconds and then serve.

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