“Strange brew, kill what’s inside of you.”
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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 add a bit of overall 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.
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Owl’s Brew Pink & Black, Bittermen’s ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters, Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters
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.