The jury is still out on this new artisanal mixer treat called, “Owl’s Brew” by Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield. I protested when green tea started showing up in everything from shampoo to dog food, and the concept of mixing tea and booze is a new one for me. However, I have to admit, it does taste good…unique, light, refreshing. These mixers are concocted from fresh herbs, whole spices and fruits to create something different…something fun to mix 2 to 1 with a shot of booze. I think I like them!
The Pink and Black mixer is handcrafted in small batches and consists of a blend of black tea, hibiscus, lemon peel, and agave, splashed with strawberry and lemon juices. Just add your favorite liquor and you’re all set. The Coco Lada is a blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices, pineapple juice and agave.
Who is to say that you have to use them with booze, however? How about a splash into a glass of tonic water or club soda? How about adding some to one’s morning orange juice? To limit these great flavor concentrates to booze is doing them an injustice. However, if one does decide to use them in booze, they can count on the concoction to be about 1/3 fewer calories than drinks made from their usual mixers….and that’s a good thing!
While we’re in drinking mode, here are some other tips to help you hack your booze, courtesy of this website.
1. Keep your pitcher cold yet undiluted with a plastic cup full of ice.
2. Cut a hole in an orange, and poke the insides gently to open up the pulp. Then pour in your miniature vodka bottle and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next day you will have a delicious, boozy vodka orange!
3. Freeze grapes to chill wine without watering it down
4. Freeze your leftover wine in a ice-cube to use in sauces
5. It doesn’t quite seem like a genius idea, but using a CD to protect your clothes and others around you can and will work.
6. Add a few sprinkles of salt to a bucket of ice, place your booze of choice inside and then watch it cool off, right before your eyes!
7. Drunken gummy bears: Place in baking dish, cover with vodka. Leave in fridge for a week.
8. Did you know the lines on the Solo cups are measurement marks? Solo said it actually isn’t true but to us, and social drinkers around the world, it makes sense. First line, liquor, second wine, third beer. Cheers!
9. If you ever lose your bottle opener, you can always open your next beer with a stapler
10. Or open wine with a drill like a pro.