I don't care if it's snowing outside, I'm thinking of spring. There have been glimpses here and there; a few hours of sunshine, a warm breeze teasing from the south. It will be here soon, and when it arrives, I will be waiting with a cocktail in my hand, ready to head up to the roof for sunbathing and some good times chillin' with my friends. (Or if you're not in NYC, the front porch, backyard, boat, beach, whatever.) But let's be real, I'm not going for complicated cocktails. The most I'll do is pour a few ingredients and ice into glass and go. No muddling, measuring, or singing of peels is going to make it into my posts! Luckily, there are a few haute and summery mixers out there to make the job easy. I'm not talking sour pucker margarita mix at Bed Bath and Beyond. I'm speaking of organic and natural mixers that look smashing on your cocktail cart (what, you don't have a cocktail cart?) and that would actually be healthy--if you weren't pouring alcohol into them. The first classy mixer I got to try is Owl's Brew, "a tea crafted for cocktails." In these recipes, I use the Coco-Lada mix (black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, coconut, coconut water, agave, and pineapple juice concentrate) and The Classic (black tea, agave, lemon, and lime). The Coco-Lade pairs well with spiced rum, of course, but also champagne, prosecco and vodka. And The Classic pairs well with gin, tequila and vodka.
Bubble Brew1 part Coco-Lada Owl's Brew 1 part champagne
- Pour Brew and champagne into a champagne flute
- Garnish with fresh pineapple or an orange peel
Owl's Pina Recipe2 parts Coco-Lada Owl's Brew 1 Part Spiced Rum
- Pour over ice
- Garnish with fresh pineapple
Front Porch Classic2 parts Classic Owl's Brew 1 part Prairie Organic Gin
- Pour over ice
- Garnish with lemon or lime
Happy Cucumber Ginger Mule1 1/2 ounces Prairie organic cucumber-infused vodka 1/2 ounce Organic Fair ginger syrup 2 lime wedges A few slices of cucumber Seltzer or tonic water, to taste
- Fill a rocks glass 3/4 of the way with ice.
- Over ice, pour vodka, ginger syrup, lime wedges and cucumber.
- Stir with a large spoon.
- Fill the glass the rest of the way up with seltzer.