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Strange Brew

owls brew pink and black woodford reserve spiced cherry bitter bittermen tiki bitters
“Strange brew, kill what’s inside of you.”

Theme song by Cream “Strange Brew” from Disraeli Gears
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I actually once applied to be an operations assistant at Owl’s Brew but didn’t get the gig. They make a line of cocktail mixers based on tea blends. It’s a brilliant idea that honestly kind of pisses me off because I didn’t think of it.

When I gave up alcohol, I wanted to find soft cocktail alternatives that were more than just juice and soda. As I have a bit of an addiction to hibiscus, I chose the Owl’s Brew Pink & Black mixer – a blend of darjeeling and hibiscus tea with strawberry and lemon. It’s has the citrus bite of sorrel along with the lemon, a bit of fruitiness from the strawberry, and the darjeeling adds a bit of bitterness. Owl’s Brew recommends using it as a base for a Manhattan with citrus bitters.

For the Strange Brew (get it? Owl’s Brew – Strange Brew – Brew – oh never mind…), I subbed the bourbon with Bittermen’s ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters for a rye spiciness and a bit of Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry bitters to amp both the spice and fruitiness.

(To be clear, I do not get any compensation or consideration when I link to products or websites. I do it because I dig the things I use in my recipes. However, if anyone wants to get in touch…)

Owl’s Brew Pink & Black, Bittermen’s ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters, Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters

2oz Owl’s Brew Pink & Black
8 drops Bittermen’s ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters
8 drops Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters
Club soda

Take a 12oz glass and add a couple of ice cubes. Pour Owl’s Brew over ice & top with club soda. Add tiki bitters & spiced cherry bitters. Gently stir.

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