B.B. King Launches Signature Wine Collection

<> on December 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Famed musician B.B. King now has another venture to add to his list of accomplishments. New Yorkers love his B.B. King’s Blues Club for a fun night out and now they can pregame before going there with the B.B. King Signature Collection. In collaboration with Votto Vines Importing, the legend is dolling out wines across the US. The Signature Collection is comprised of both a red and white wine to please every wino. Both wines are sourced from award-winning Bodega Santa Cruz Winery, located in Almansa, Spain.

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The B.B. King Signature Collection Red 2010 is a Crianza blend made from Garnacha, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, while the B.B. King Signature Collection White 2011 is made of 100% Verdejo grapes. We had the opportunity to try the red wine and we must say, we were not disappointed. Having lived in Spain for a brief time, we’ve learned that it’s hard to go wrong with a Spanish wine and that statement holds true. If the white is anything like the red, we expect it to be just as delicious.

These wines pair fantastically with an array of foods – try the red with a nice, juicy steak or the white with a grilled fish and it will bring out the flavors of the dish. The B.B. King Signature Collection is available for purchase for $13.99 at select retailers and online here.

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April Showers Bring Spring Cocktails!

We are so happy that Spring is here and the weather is actually good! One of the best parts about this time of year is…you guessed it…drinking! And we don’t mean sipping on some apple juice. Spring is the time of year when it becomes acceptable, once again, to start day drinking on the weekends. We love spending our days in the sun and drinking something delicious. So here are some must-try cocktails for Spring.

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Prandial Standard (Courtesy of Prandial Restaurant)

  • 2oz- Russian Standard Vodka
  • 1/2 oz.- Lime Juice
  • 1/2oz-Lemon Juice
  • Splash of Simple Syrup

Muddle mint: combine ingredients, usually in the bottom of the mixing glass, by pressing them with a muddler before adding the majority of the liquid ingredients- then add the rest ie. lime juice, lemon juice, russian standard vodka, & the splash of simple syrup.  Then it is poured into a martini glass and garnished with a cucumber

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Midnight Sun (Courtesy of Prandial Restaurant

  • 1/2 oz-Karlsson’s Gold vodka
  •  1/2 oz- St. Germain 
  •  1/2 oz- Lemon juice
  •  1/2 oz- Simple syrup

 Shake ingredients well with ice. Strain over ice into a highball glass and garnish with a lemon.

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Daria’s Melon (Courtesy of Galli Restaurant)

  •  Muddle Water Melon
  •  3/4 pink peppercorn simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Campari 
  • 1/2 oz bombay sapphire 
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Garnish with a slice of watermelon! Enjoy.

Pucker Vodka Recipes

Blooming Honeydew Spritzer (Courtesy of Pucker Vodka)
2 parts Pucker Sour Apple Sass Vodka
5 chunks of Honeydew Melon
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Agave Nectar
Prosecco
Add honeydew melon to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add vodka, lemon juice and agave nectar to the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, double strain over ice and pour into chilled wine glass. Top with Prosecco.

Manzana Menta 1

Manzana Menta (Courtesy of of Tequila Partida)
1¾ oz. Partida Blanco
1 oz. unfiltered apple juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Grand Marnier
Mint
Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with mint sprig. No need to muddle the mint. The ice in the shaker will break up the mint. Nice winter flavors with a hint of mint.

brokenflower

The Broken Flower (Courtesy of Broken Shed Vodka)
1 part Broken Shed Vodka
1 part Soda water
Healthy drop of Elderflower liqueur
Serve with a slice of cucumber.

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Chandon Petal Power (Courtesy of Chandon)
1 Hibiscus flower (wild hibiscus flowers in syrup). Made by the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company of Australia; available at Whole Foods.
½ tbsp syrup from the jar of wild hibiscus flowers
1 small drop of rose water
Combine Hibiscus flower, syrup and rose water in a Champagne flute. Top with Chandon Blanc de Noirs and serve immediately.

Fraise Sauvage

Fraise Sauvage (Courtesy of Cafe Tallulah)
1 ¼  oz. Plymouth Gin
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
½ oz. Wild Strawberry Puree
2 oz. demi-sec Champagne
1 half strawberry, for garnish
Pour all ingredients except Champagne into a mixing glass. Add large, cold ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour champagne into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry.

DonJohnson

The Don Johnson (Courtesy of James Menite, Crown)
1 ½ oz. Ultimat Vodka
¾ oz.  pomegranate liqueur
¾ oz.  blood orange liqueur
½ oz. white cranberry juice

Garnish with a blood orange wedge. Serve in a chilled coupette or martini glass.

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Maple Sour (Courtesy of Tequila Partida)
1¾ oz. Partida Reposado
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. maple syrup
¼ oz. simple syrup
Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice into an Old-Fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon twist. Note: Tasty winter Sour. You can also add egg white for a great finish to the cocktail and this drink can also be served up.

MilestoneMojito

Milestone Mojito (Courtesy of Tony Abou-Ganim & Shellback Rum)
1½ oz. Shellback Spiced rum
1 oz. house made ginger syrup
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
12-14 fresh mint leaves
1 mandarin quartered (substitute: several kumquats sliced)
Chilled soda water
In a Highball glass, lightly muddle lime juice, ginger syrup, kumquats and mint leaves. Add crushed ice and Shellback Spiced rum.  Stir until outside of glass begins to frost. top with chilled soda water. Garnish with mint sprig.

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Sultry Spring Bloom (Courtesy of Pucker Vodka)
1 ¾ parts Pucker Watermelon Wow Vodka
2 parts Cucumber Juice
Splash Fresh Lime Juice
¾ part Simple Syrup
Watermelon Candy Slice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass. Garnish with a Watermelon candy slice.

anjou

Anjou (Courtesy of Lexington Brass)
2 oz. Grey Goose Pear
1 oz. Clove Simple Syrup
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Ginger Beer
Build items in tin. Shake. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with clove.

Tall Tale

Tall Tale (Courtesy of Familia Camarena Tequila)
2 oz. Camarena Silver Tequila
1 oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Agave Nectar
2 Cucumber Wheels
2 Blackberries
2 oz. Ginger Beer
Muddle cucumber and blackberries in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lemon juice, agave nectar and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

HARD

 

Hard Love Affair

 

HARD Love Affair

  • Strawberry vodka
  • strawberry schnapps
  • splash of OJ
  • splash of cranberry juice
  • HARD® CLUB

Mix & Enjoy!

HARD Art Basel

HARD Art Basel

  •  Muddled Basil and lemon
  • Elderflower Liquor
  • Pear Vodka
  •  HARD® CITRON

Mix & Enjoy!

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Not a big sipper? Try the new Hornitos Tequila Lime Shot! The shot combines Hornitos Plata 100& blue agave tequila with refreshing lime and a hint of salt, completely transforming the world of drinking.

How to Make The Perfect Old-Fashioned

For all you cocktail drinkers out there, it is important to not only love what you’re drinking, but to know what you’re drinking, as well! I always love trying new and creative cocktails and learning how they are made. Some of the best cocktails come from classic recipes with a twist. A simple, yet delicious cocktail is the Old-Fashioned. This cocktail originated in the late 1800s and by the 1960s, it was considered an unusual drink to request at a bar. Alas, it has made it’s way back to mainstream and we are sure happy about it. Broken Shed Vodka, which originated in New Zealand, puts their own twist on this classic drink by subbing the usual bourbon or whiskey for vodka. Try out their recipe below and let us know what you think!

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Old Fashioned

  • 3 oz. Broken Shed vodka
  • 3 dash bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Zest of lemon/orange/grapefruit
  • Garnish- flamed or not

In glass, add sugar cube with bitters and few slices of zest, add 3 oz vodka and 4 cubes ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds. Garnish.

Drink Like a Leprechaun – St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Another March, another St. Patty’s Day. If, like me, you’ve grown tired of all the pub crawls, than concocting your own delightful cup ‘o’ gold is the perfect solution. Whether you are hosting your own party, entertaining friends, or just relaxing by yourself, any of these unique and festively appropriate cocktails will do. Check out our round-up of the most Irish of them all!

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Irish Mojito (Courtesy of Benjamin Steak House)
1 ½ oz. Bacardi Limon
½ oz. Crème de meth
Muddled mint leaves & lime
3 packets of sugar

Muddle mint leaves and lime. Add ice and Bacardi, shake, and strain into a martini glass. Sink crème de menthe (which floats to the bottom), garnish with a mint and a lime, and enjoy!

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Kilbeggan Dubliner (Courtesy of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey)
3 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
2 parts Sweet Vermouth
1½ parts Cherry Syrup
1½ parts Cranberry Juice
Dash Simple Syrup (optional)

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain neat into a martini glass. Garnish with a black cherry.

Shamrock Shaker[2]

Shamrock Shaker (Courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)
1/3 Cup Vodka
1/3 Cup Sour Apple Schnapps
1/3 Cup Lemonade
1/3 Cup Sprite
1 Granny Smith Apple
Cinnamon Sugar Mix

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake up the vodka, schnapps and lemonade. Rim the martini glass with cinnamon sugar mix. Pour into a martini glass and top off with Sprite. Garnish with a Granny Smith apple slice cut into the shape of a shamrock (simply use a shamrock cookie cutter).

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Sauza Lucky Rita (Courtesy of Sauza Blue Tequila)
2 parts Sauza Blue 100% Agave Silver Tequila
1 part Dekuyper Melon Liqueur
4 parts limeade
Sugar

In a shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients and shake to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice and rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a lime. Serves 8.

NoMa Social_Nixie

Nixie (Courtesy of NoMa Social)
2 oz. Milagro Silver Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
Juice of 1/2 a fresh lime
2 Serrano peppers (one cut in to quarters and one whole, with a slit cut in the end)
1 large strawberry (cut in to quarters)
Crushed ice

In a large mixing shaker, muddle the lime juice, the quartered Serrano pepper & the strawberry until pulpy. Fill shaker with crushed ice. Add the tequila & the triple sec. Shake vigorously. Pour mixer in to a martini glass & garnish rim with whole Serrano pepper.

irishspring

Irish Spring (Courtesy of Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel)
1 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whisky
3/4 oz. Midouri
1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. White Cranberry
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice

Shake & pour on the rocks.

BJ Brunch 008

Bloody Mary (Courtesy of Brother Jimmy’s)
1 (46-ounce) can tomato juice
1/4 cup prepared white horseradish
1 3/4 teaspoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
1 3/4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 3/4 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Cruzan Irish Cherry Soda (Courtesy of Cruzan Rum)
1 part Irish Whiskey
1 part Cruzan Black Cherry
1 part Lemon Lime Soda

Build over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a cherry and lime.

Sassy Shamrock

Sassy Shamrock (Courtesy of Pucker Vodka)
1 ½ parts Pucker Sour Apple Sass Vodka
1 part Lemon Juice
½ part Simple Syrup
½ part Elderflower Liqueur
Soda

Add first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain. Pour into a Collins glass and top with soda.

Kilbeggan_IrishStorm

Kilbeggan Irish Storm (Courtesy of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey)
1½ parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
3 parts Ginger Beer
1 part Fresh Lemon Sour

Build all ingredients over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Sauza Sour Apple Margarita (Courtesy of Sauza Blue Tequila)
1 can frozen limeade
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1/4 cup DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
1 Granny Smith apple
1 Lime

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled or over ice. Garnish with an apple slice. Serves 4. Enjoy!

Cruzan_PotOfGold

Cruzan Pot of Gold (Courtesy of Cruzan Rum)
1 1/2 parts Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 part DeKuyper Orange Curacao
3/4 part Fresh Orange Juice
2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a cinnamon and sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

blackopal

Black Opal (Courtesy of Jacques Bezuidenhout)
1 1/2 oz. Partida Reposado
1 1/2 oz. Guinness Draft
1/2 oz. Tawny Port
1/4 oz. Agave Nectar (Cut with water. So the Agave Nectar is cut with equal parts water as we do with the Marg)
Dash of Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled wine glass or small pint glass without ice. Garnish with some grated or ground cinnamon powder. Guinness Note: Take a pint of Guinness before hand and use a bar spoon to stir it up for about 30 secs. This removes some of the Co2.

Luck o the Mojito[1]

Over the Rainbowjito (Courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)
1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
4 Fresh Mint Leaves
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/2 Cup brewed and chilled Green Tea
1 ounce white rum

In a zombie glass, muddle the lime juice, mint and sugar together until the leaves are lightly bruised. Add ice until the glass is almost full and then pour in the rum and green tea. Stir.

Tullamore D.E.W Whiskey Bacon Pecan Pie

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a boozy Irish treat! Bake It With Booze created this delicious Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey Bacon Pecan Pie in honor of the upcoming holiday and we want to share it with you. Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey – the only kind that you should be celebrating with!

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This year marks a celebration of the brand’s history and culture with the new Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre opening in Tullamore, Ireland. The brand also introduced new packaging that highlights the brands heritage and Irish spirit. So in addition to going out and toasting the luck of the Irish with a glass of Tullamore, we suggest you whip up this outstanding pie if you are really looking to impress. Cheers!

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Pie Crust (makes 2 crusts, freeze the second crust)

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter cut into a dice, keep chilled
  • 6 tbsp Crisco shortening (regular or butter flavor)
  • 4 tbsp Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey
  • 4-6 tbsp ice water (water with ice cubes)

Filling

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Topping

  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp bacon drippings (reserved, see below)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 strips thick sliced bacon, chopped, cooked and well drained (about 1/3 pound); reserve drippings
  • 1 3/4 cups pecan halves (8 oz)

Directions
Make the Crust:
1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter and shortening into the flour using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse meal (a bit smaller than peas).
2. Sprinkle in 2 tbsp whiskey, mix like you’re tossing a salad.  Then add 2 tbsp ice water and mix with a fork, just to moisten.  Repeat with the remaining whiskey and ice water, mixing with fork after each addition.
3. Add just enough of the remaining ice water in 1 tbsp increments to make a dough that just holds together.  Work quickly to keep the ingredients cold.
4. Divide into two discs, cover each with plastic wrap.  Freeze one disc for another time and refrigerate the other disc until ready to use (at least 30 minutes).

Assemble the Pie:
Remove the dough disc from the refrigerator.  On a well-floured surface, roll out the disc to 12 inches for a 9 inch pie pan.  Carefully transfer the dough to the pie plate.  Crimp the edge.  Refrigerate until ready to fill.

Make the Filling:
1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, whiskey, and vanilla.  Beat on medium until well combined and frothy.
2. Add the pecans and beat just to combine.
3. Pour into prepared pie shell and cover edges with foil or crust shield.
4. Bake for 35 minutes until top is just almost set but filling is still very jiggly.  Remove from the oven.

Make the Topping:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, reserved bacon drippings, and honey.  Cook on medium for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.  Add the pecans and cooked bacon.  Carefully spoon over the pie filling.  Replace foil or crust shield
  2. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden brown.  Careful not to burn the nuts. 
  3. Remove the crust shield the last 5 minutes.  Cool to room temperature before serving.

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Get Your Tickets Cheap with Tikly

Concert and theater goers are in for a treat! A new ticketing platform has recently launched offering lower service fees and opens revenue streams for bands, venues, and organizations and places tickets back in the hands of the talent and event organizer. The new site called Tikly, was created by young entreprenuer Emma Peterson, who has had experience touring with musicians. Tikly has already started working with major artists and venues like The Nadas, Bess Rogers, Andy Shaw Comedy, Cityview’s Brewfest, The Venue at Court Center, and more. We spoke with the founder of Tikly to get the inside scoop on what makes this new ticketing platform so great.

Emma Peterson

Emma Peterson

AM: How did the idea of Tikly come about? 

EP: After touring extensively for one year with Iowa’s favorite folk rock/alt country band, The Nadas, I launched Tikly in May 2011. While on tour, I made connections with artists & venues across the nation, dealt with the current ticketing options on behalf of The Nadas, and saw a need for a change in the industry. We needed a ticketing platform that allowed us to sell our own tickets, save people some money on fees, and provide a more positive experience to our fans. After all, if the first step toward supporting an event is a negative one, we have a problem.

I found that touring musicians, venue owners, and event organizers are entrepreneurs and their fans and/or patrons are their clients. There is no space in this band to fan, venue owner to patron, event organizer to registrant relationship for greedy third-party ticketing companies.

The challenges put forth by the pre-Tikly ticketing options are not limited to abusive fees. These ticketing companies, that view the tickets on sale as their tickets, are not allowing the client to best represent themselves. So that’s why we built Tikly—the live event world deserves to have a ticketing service that respects ticket sellers and buyers alike while leveraging today’s technology to open new revenue streams for the people who put on the show.

AM: Why do you think it has been successful?

EP: At Tikly, we do things differently—every choice we make for our business, the platform, and our clients is made with serious consideration and respect for the shows and events we represent. The ticketing industry, prior to the introduction of Tikly, has been completely upside down and abusive for a very long time. Ticketing companies of all sizes seem to find themselves falling into the industry standards set forth by Ticketmaster and LiveNation—if these larger companies can have $15+ in service fees, it’s easy for a smaller company to feel they can get away with charging just $5-10 on a $12 ticket.

Tikly challenges that evolution and opts not to just be the lesser of two evils. It is this commitment to providing a reliable product that offers a quality experience for both ticket seller and ticket buyer that has allowed us to achieve the successes we have had thus far.

How does Tikly differ from other ticket selling/buying sites?

Tikly is a low-fee ticketing service that places ticket sales back in the hands of the people that put on the show. We work closely with artists, venues, and event organizers to make sure they are able to provide their ticket buyers a quality ticketing experience. Tikly is free to use and there is absolutely not contractual obligation required to start selling tickets with us. Because after all, the tickets we sell belong to the people who put on the show—we are just here to help.

Our defining characteristics that set us apart from the competition can be found in our transparent and respectful ticket fee structure, ability to sell merchandise alongside tickets, and dynamic sales page that can be manipulated to communicate the branding of the event in the most beautiful way possible.

 AM: What are your plans for Tikly in the future?

EP: We’re going to continue growing this thing and it’s going to be a lot of fun, I’m sure. We so value the success of artists, venues, and events. To the very best of our ability we will learn from these clients, build accordingly, and consequently provide a meaningful ticketing solution. We are committed to revolutionizing the ticketing industry for artists and the venues they perform in.

AM: What is your favorite feature of Tikly?

EP: My favorite feature is our merchandise table. The concept for the merchandise table came from my experience working as tour manager and merchandise person for The Nadas. I wanted a way to give our dedicated fan base an even better reason to buy tickets in advance. I also wanted to let our fans buy unique or limited edition merchandise that we may not have otherwise packed in our trailer.

Not only does pre-selling merchandise give fans an extra incentive to buy tickets in advance but it also opens a new revenue stream for the client. Pre-selling merchandise puts extra money in the touring musician’s gas tank, makes show-goers feel like VIPs and lets event organizers have a better understanding on what apparel, etc. they may need to order.

It’s Britney, Bitch

Okay, we are so jealous of Britney’s hot look in her new video for “Scream and Shout.” If only we all had thick, long hair that we could pony up like that…oh wait, now we can with SHE by SO.CAP.USA Clip-In Ponytail Extensions. In fact, Britney even sported one of these extensions in her “I Wanna Go” music video. If celebs don’t have to spend hours styling their hair, why do we?

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SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions offers the largest selection of hair types and colors. The company has more than 90 hair colors in three different textures and each product is developed by a team of specialized chemists, engineers and hair extensionists. They use only the best hand-selected, 100% European-type human hair that is pre-bonded with 100% Keratin Tips.

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