I'm trying to determine if "instant" craft cocktails are something I should be buying. . . I saw this in Fresh Market (Carytown) the other day, and I'll admit it intrigued me, so plopped it in my grocery basket.
Owl's Brew produces three different kinds of micro-batch, fresh-brewed, tea-based blends for cocktails: The Classic, a blend of English Breakfast lemon and lime, Coco-Lada, a blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices, pineapple juice and agave, and Pink & Black, a blend of darjeeling, hibiscus, lemon peel, strawberry and agave. I'm a fan of the sweet taste of hibiscus, so I went with the latter.
The concoction called for two parts brew (Pink & Black) and one part booze (vodka was my choice, although you can mix it with tequila or whiskey as an alternative). I added a couple of strawberries for a little more of that flavor.
I gotta say, even though it was the easy way out - I didn't get to muddle anything - it was still a refreshing vodka cocktail. At least I added a little of my own "craft" in there by tossing in some strawberries, which, by the way, are the best part of the cocktail once you get to the bottom (IMHO). I still like the idea of going through all of the effort of creating a drink largely from scratch, but if your "happy hour" just can't wait, then go for a ready-to-pour mixer like Owl's Brew. Although I do want to make this next, with no help.
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