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Entertainment expert and Heart Of Hollywood Magazine editor Sandy Rodriguez is the author of Choose to Prevail, a book designed to help the reader navigate life more confidently.

It is a collection of nonfiction essays, written from the heart and with a sprinkling of humor. From dealing with problem people or making peace with your appearance to letting go of envy or getting comfortable with public speaking, this slim volume has you covered.

Choose to Prevail is the Gold Medal winner in the Best Health & Wellness Book category of the International Latino Book Awards, the largest Latino cultural awards event in the U.S. It is also the 2021 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship genre.

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To help set the stage for a relaxed evening of reading, renowned sommelier and wine and spirits consultant Angelo Rivas has designed three drink options inspired by Choose to Prevail.

These exciting beverage recommendations pair beautifully with the contents of the book. Pour yourself a glass to sip while leafing through the pages.

The color of all three drinks evokes the book’s rich maroon-red cover. The first one contains a distilled spirit from Puerto Rico, where the author was born. The second one celebrates the idea of turning lemon into lemonade, a concept explored in the book. The cover shows part of a painting titled “Sangiovese and Roses,” and this, in turn, gave way to the third drink suggestion.


1 oz Bacardi Reserva Ocho (or similar) rum

1 dash grenadine syrup

1 small bottle tonic water

Pour rum and syrup into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Fill glass with tonic water.


¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers (also known as jamaica flowers, available in many Latin supermarkets or online)

Juice of 3 yellow limes

¼ cup honey

8 cups of water

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add hibiscus, cover pot, and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain, add honey and stir until dissolved. Pour into pitcher, add lemon juice and remaining water. Refrigerate or serve over ice. (Sandy suggests adding a small splash of mezcal to one’s glass in order to turn this nonalcoholic drink into a cocktail, if desired.)


Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva

Pour a glass of this Sangiovese wine, or another Sangiovese of your choosing.

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