EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY

April 22, 1970 marks the first day in history that Earth Day was celebrated. It brought about awareness for the necessity of environmental reform to over 20 million Americans. It brought light to an issue that was in the dark for centuries, and in July of that year, the Environmental Protection Agency was born. It has since spread to 192 countries as a day of political action and civic participation. It is a day for parades, signing petitions, meeting with elected officials, cleaning up the streets, and planting trees. Almost 50 years ago, Earth Day made massive ripples when it came to be, but with climate change and the mounting natural disasters- the environment is screaming for waves rather than ripples- and we should all be fighting to help.

On Earth Day, we expect large corporations to share their sustainability measures. We expect political leaders to reveal their plan for protection. We expect civilians to recognize the difference between throwing it on the ground or recycling it. Policy changes are in the air, and Earth Day brings about a time for reflection and renewal.

How can you make a difference this Earth Day?

Volunteer, donate, clean up after yourself. Every measure, great or small, helps.

The Surfrider Foundation is a cause that’s close to our Clifftonian heart. The force behind the foundation works to keep our oceans and beaches clean. Surfrider’s staff supports their chapter network in their campaigns, they champion for policy and fight legal battles for our coasts, bring awareness to the issues facing our ocean, provide critical support for areas like accounting, technology, and HR, and raise money to make all of this happen. Their focus is on their united love and appreciation for our ocean, waves, and beaches.

The best way to make waves in environmental reform, is to all agree to protect them. See what you can do for Surfrider, or any other local environmental protection nonprofit this Earth Day. Make it more than just a time to post on social media- make it the day that you made a change that changed the world for the better. We only get one Earth.

 

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https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/21/opinions/earth-day-explainer/index.html

 

The Superfood to Add to your Cliffton Spring Sunrise Mimosa

Ready for Easter brunch? Or Sunday brunch, or just a beautiful spring morning, as the case may be. Anyone can add some OJ to their Cliffton- the key is switching it up and keeping everything FRESH. Adding Grapefruit juice will benefit you in more ways than just improving taste.

Grapefruit’s have about 128% of your daily-recommended vitamin C intake. Therefore, it’ll support your immune system in helping to fight any colds or influenza that comes with the changing of the seasons. Vitamin C protects your cells from the aging process — the ascorbic acid neutralizes free radicals, which are toxic chemicals that accelerate aging and can cause sickness or disease. (1). 

Grapefruits are also rich in nootkatone- a very rare and important compound. Nootkatone improves energy metabolism in the body through AMPK activation. This results in higher endurance and boosted energy, a reduction in the chances of developing diabetes, and increased weight loss (2). Multiple studies, including one published in Journal of Medicinal Food, have proven the significant benefits that even half a grapefruit can have to weight loss by improving insulin resistance (3).

The biggest draw to incorporating invigorating grapefruit into your regularly scheduled OJ+bubbly mimosa, should be the lightness that compliments the Cliffton Dry so well. Since grapefruit juice is lighter than other fruit juices, it acts quickly on indigestion in easing the heat and irritation caused in the stomach (4). Cliffton Dry is made from fresh apples making it also rich in antioxidants and low in sugar. The balance between these two means you’re avoiding the traditional brain fog of heavier drinks. Spring is a time to have a clear head, happy buzz, and a great time. 

It’s your typical mimosa proportions, as much Cliffton as you see fit, grapefruit juice, and top it off with an orange slice that you’ve thoroughly squeezed. It’s easy, clean, and fresh to match the sparkling Cliffton you’ve paired with it.

1 part Cliffton Dry 

1 part Grapefruit Juice 

1 orange slice, squeezed

 

 

Cliffton Sparkling Green Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day!

These are no normal sparkling cocktails- keep in mind they both use Cliffton Dry instead of any other sparkling champagne or prosecco that’s made with added preservatives, a ton of sugar and processed grapes. Cliffton has no preservatives and is made fresh from apple’s from it’s own orchard- so you know it’s the best. This will keep it light, fresh, and help keep that hangover away on a day so devoted to drinking.

Clifftons of Moher Mimosa

 

Whether you’re Irish or not- there’s only one way to start your St. Paddy’s Day Weekend. Instead of a typical mimosa with just O.J. and Cliffton- ADD CURACAO! It’ll turn that drink green and add a little sweetness and a lot of fun to your standard morning drink. Highly recommended morning drink, ESPECIALLY if you’re really feeling last night. It’s the light, easy hangover cure you need. Three simple ingredients, in whatever measurements you prefer.

We all know our own proper Mimosa Ratio (hint: the more Cliffton the better).

1. Cliffton Dry

2. Freshly squeezed orange juice

3. Splash of Curacao.

For a sweeter taste feel free to add triple sec!

 

For this picture perfect mimosa, dip the rim in simple sugar and then a pile of green sprinkles if you’re really dedicated to getting that Instagram worthy drink.

Shamrock Bubbly

For an all-day healthy buzz, you need a fresh and clean drink like this glorious Cliffton Cocktail. Simple, 2 ingredients, and you’ve got a perfectly prepared drink to enjoy all day!

1/2 Oz Midori Liquer

3 Oz Cliffton Dry

Pour Midori into glass and top with Champagne.

For an even FRESHER cocktail ADD HONEYDEW MELON. Tried and true, adding fresh fruit compliments the Cliffton so beautifully, your taste buds will be feelin’ just as lucky as you should be.

The 2018 UN Women for Peace Annual Awards Luncheon

This year on International Women’s Day, March 8, the Cliffton Dry team spent the day at the United Nations Headquarters for the UN Women for Peace Annual Awards Luncheon. The star studded event was one for the ages. Bridget Moynahan, actress in the CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” served as the master of ceremonies. Among those to receive awards were model, Ashley Graham, for her body activist role and the first lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo De Varela for her role as global spokesperson for the Zero Discrimination Movement. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah, and philanthropist Eve Branson, mother of Richard Branson were also recognized.

The event was inspiring and empowering and the Cliffton Dry team was extremely honored to be present and to serve Cliffton to these awe-inspiring women. The women we met were equally endearing and being able to introduce Cliffton Dry to like-minded, powerful women was extremely fulfilling. The speeches were enthralling and confirmed that which we already knew- women are powerhouses with an outstanding ability to create change.

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#PRESSFORPROGRESS for Women Today & Everyday

International Women’s Day Should Be Everyday.

March 8, 2018– We’re celebrating women everywhere, past, future, and present because today is International Women’s Day. This year the theme is #PressforProgress. In today’s ever changing social landscape, the need for progress can’t be overstated. Recent events and repression have led to women taking a stand at the forefront. 2017 saw utter turmoil in regards to women’s rights- efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, compromises to women’s legal and reproductive rights and threats to essential health benefits. Then came the thunderstorm of sexual assault and harassment reports from women from all walks of life, revealing just how prevalent the problem is for women everywhere.

Instead of allowing this corruption to belittle women, this horrible onset of injustice has created a movement. Women support women. Marches. Protests. Strength in numbers. All proving just why this may be one of the most important International Women’s Days the world has seen. We are in a fragile period of time where things can change for the worse or for the better- to not capitalize on this opportunity is allowing the possibility for the worse.

Don’t let today be the only day you acknowledge the actions and the power of women. While today may give us an extra reason to pay attention, everyday is a good day to do something about it. Remember the men and women who have made a difference and strive to follow their lead.

Cliffton Dry is standing firm behind UN Women for Peace Association- give a little, give a lot, but most importantly, PRESS FOR PROGRESS.

 

The ABCs of Eating Seasonally

When it comes to shopping for produce, eating seasonally is not only great for your body but also for your budget. It’s as simple as taking a trip to your local farmers market and picking the freshest, local produce. But remembering what’s in season and what isn’t is the tricky part, and we’re here to help you have the healthiest and most delicious kick start to your Spring diet.

Stay tuned for Cliffton Dry coming to your local NYC and Brooklyn Farmers Markets soon!

A – Artichokes, Asparagus, Apricots
B – Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Butter Lettuce
C – Carrots, Cliffton Dry, Celery, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn
D– Daikon, Dandelion Greens
E– Endive
F – Fava Beans, Fennel
G – Green Beans, Garlic, Grapefruit
H – Honeydew
J – Jackfruit
K – Kumquats, Kale, Kohlrabi
L – Lychee, Leeks, Limes
M – Mango, Morel Mushrooms, Mustard greens
N – Nettles
O – Oranges
P – Potatoes, Peas, Pineapple, Pears
R – Radicchio, Red Leaf Lettuce, Rhubarb
S – Snow Peas, Strawberries, Spring Baby Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Scallions
T – Tangerines
V – Vidalia Onions
W – Watercress, White Asparagus

This article has been featured on the PositiveHealthWellness.com.

Made By Women in NYC

Owning a business in any capacity is a feat in itself, but to shatter the glass ceiling as a woman in any industry is an even bigger feat. We stand behind anyone who has the courage to pursue their passions and overcome obstacles to make their dreams a reality, just like our founder Shelagh D’Arcy-Hinds.

1. Cliffton Dry- Shelagh D’Arcy-Hinds
Shelagh, a New Yorker who hails from Cape Town, South Africa, was inspired to create Cliffton Dry when she noted that a fresh, sparkling beverage, like the sparkling apple wine she had enjoyed overseas, was missing in the United States. She sought to create a light, fresh, sparkling apple wine that would fulfill a yearning among a new generation of drinkers looking for an everyday sparkling to compliment their refined palette. Shelagh traveled throughout New York State to find the finest, sustainable  apples with her team to sustainable orchards throughout New York State.
A great deal of love and integrity is poured into every bottle of this exceptionally delicate, pure and politely dry drink.
2. Glossier– Emily Weiss
Emily Weiss has enough experience in the fashion and beauty industry to make anyone feel like they’re in good hands when applying Glossier products to their skin. Glossier’s philosophy is all about feeling amazing in your own skin, and not masking your natural with makeup, but rather enhancing your best features. “Snobby isn’t cool, happy is cool.”
3. Rent the Runway– Jennifer Fleiss, Jennifer Hyman
Rent the Runway is an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals. Rent the Runway was started by Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, who met at Harvard Business School and launched the company in November 2009. Initially a purely e-commerce company, it later opened brick-and-mortar retail locations in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
4. Spoon University– Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler
Spoon University is the everyday food resource for our generation, on a mission to make food make sense. On the site, you can find the simplest recipes, the most obvious hacks you can’t believe you didn’t know, and the best restaurants around campus that you haven’t found yet. Spoon University is here to simplify your meals and your life.
5. Thrive Global– Arianna Huffington
Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Recent science has shown that the pervasive belief that burnout is the price we must pay for success is a delusion. We know, instead, that when we prioritize our well-being, our decision-making, creativity, and productivity improve dramatically. Thrive Global is committed to accelerating the culture shift that allows people to reclaim their lives and move from merely surviving to thriving.
6. Girls Who Code– Reshma Saujani
Girls Who Code has gone from 20 girls in New York to 10,000 girls in 42 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. That’s progress! What started as an experiment has grown into a national movement. When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities.
7. The Skimm– Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin
Two friends in our 20s, who hail from New York and Chicago.
“Our startup romance is one for the books — we met on a rainy day in Rome while we were both studying abroad in college. We bonded over a mutual love of fried artichokes. What we didn’t know as we struggled to order in Italian, was that we’d reconnect years later working in our own country’s capital. By that point, we had become professional storytellers, as producers for NBC News — working in breaking news, political news, and documentaries. We clicked as colleagues, as friends, and as roommates, and it didn’t take long for theSkimm to take off from our living room couch.”

Don’t be Tricked by the Treats!

Halloween is just one of the many holidays this season that seems to give us an excuse to over indulge in high sugar and high calorie treats that can leave us feeling sluggish, bloated, even sick. But this Halloween can be different by following these 3 easy tips to avoiding unhealthy choices but still satisfying that sweet tooth.
1. Instead of the typical candy corn and snickers options (which, don’t get us wrong, we love from time to time), try keeping healthier treats in the house like granola bars or toasted pumpkin seeds sweetened with organic dark maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. These will satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugar and GMO.
2. Boozy drinks will be all around on Halloween, from spiked punch to spooky cocktails, but don’t be fooled by the presentation, because just like a ghost, you can’t actually see the calories you’re consuming in these drinks! Try opting for a refreshing and crisp Cliffton Dry, the “spa drink for boozy occasions.” With only 120 calories per bottle and .02% sugar, it’s the perfect drink to wash down all that sugar and actually leave you feeling good.
3. Take a break from the sweets and partake in some organic pumpkin carving instead. And after, you can bake the pumpkin seeds and even use the pumpkin to bake a pumpkin pie. Visit your local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh pumpkins to get creative with!

#VoteWithOurDollar

We are going to #VoteWithOurDollar

The only way that we can think of to fight back is by voting with our dollar. How else can we compete with billionaires and corporations? Americans are always considered to be good consumers. Well, corporations, beware. We are Americans, we have a brain, and we will consume. We will do it with businesses that consider the quadruple bottom line: perform well financially, environmentally, socially, and how they treat their employees.

Vote with your dollar! Vote with your dollar every single day! Don’t just blindly buy things, make the choice to buy them at a company that truly cares about how they do business.

Cliffton Dry pledges to meet this bottom line, and yours, by continuing to bring you the #highest #quality, #sustainable and #organically #AmericanMade sparkling wine on the market.  

Check out our website at www.clifftondry.com to #FactCheck us.

5 Healthy Hacks for the Holiday Season

With the Holiday season steadily approaching, we think it’s safe to say we’re not only counting the days but the calories leading up to Thanksgiving. But how do we enjoy the delicious foods, beverages, and sweets without overindulging?

1. Be active and get outside. 45 minutes of any kind of exercise a day (walk, run, bike, swim) will improve metabolism and spirit. Offset the calories you’re eating with the ones you’ll be burning!


2. If you’re a coffee drinker, try switching to green tea for a few days each week. Why? Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. One’s daily coffee intake can rev the body’s metabolism to 5 or 8%, but a cup of brewed green tea can raise your metabolism by 12%.


3. Stay hydrated! Water has zero calories so carry a reusable water bottle of any kind to protect our environment from plastic. Solving those mid day headaches one swell bottle at a time.


4. Cut calories and still eat what you want…in moderation of course. Instead of skipping that extra scoop of mashed potatoes or slice of pie, replace your beer with something lighter like Cliffton Dry. With just 90-120 calories in each bottle, you’ll be able to indulge in more filling options.


5. Buy in bulk – not only does this reduce packaging that ends up in landfills, but it helps you maintain your healthy habits and plan your meals. Plan ahead with a case of Cliffton Dry from our online store. 24 bottles to share with friends indulging guilt-free everyday. Saving you calories and your wallet.