Lack of Adult Beverages

As wonderful as it is to have a profound selection of drinking waters, it just isn’t as fun to drink water with dinner as it is to drink wine or beer.

With water, there is almost zero chance of a miracle interaction, like where your wine pairing brings your food up to a new level.

And, well, every other damn soft drink on the planet is aimed at children, or at least those with the palates of children, pumped to the gills with sugar and cartoon level flavors.

Grapier than grapes. Applier than apples.

I don’t always feel like Coffee or Tea, though I do almost always feel like Cold Brewed Tea. If only it were easier to find decent, well made, unsweetened Iced Tea in the real world.

It seems like there is a whole category of non-alcoholic adult beverages missing from the market in the US.

Sun Tea

Sun Tea.

Sun Tea.

Lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of bottled tea.

The other week, things were just getting silly, bottles and bottles piling up in the recycling.

I had to remind myself that there is almost nothing in the world easier than making Sun Tea.

Fill jar with water. Add an appropriate amount of dry tea. Place in Sun. Relax in hammock for a while or play some video games. Strain out tea leaves and refrigerate.

As far as amounts of dry tea goes, the general rule for hot tea is 1 teaspoon for cup. For Sun Tea, since it isn’t heated as much, you want to be a bit more generous, maybe 1 1/2 teaspoons per cup. You also want it to be a little stronger than plain tea, as you will be serving it over ice.

For the above two litre container, I found about 2/3 of a cup of tea seemed appropriate.

As far as what type of tea is most appropriate for Ice Tea, Lipton uses mostly Indian type teas for its blend. For a traditional flavor, teas from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) are good. But the sky is really the limit.

As to whether it is appropriate to add lemon juice, sugar, and bourbon to your iced tea, I leave it up to you.

Purchased Goods, Feb 04, 2011

I’ve been drinking a lot of Cocchi Americano and Soda this month, finishing off the first bottle since its return to availability in the US. Oh right! Note to Self, I should write about that.

Lagunitas Maximus turned out to be a hit last week, even comparing favorably to an (admittedly tired) bottle of Pliny the Elder. A very tasty Imperial IPA!

The rest is two months worth of of Beer Club selections we picked up from Plump Jack: Oyster Stout from Porterhouse Brewing Company in Dublin, Ireland. Bellegems Bruin, from Brewery Bockor, Bellegem, Belgium. Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA. Goudenband from Brouwerij Leifmans, Oudenaarde, Belgium. Van Twee Dark Belgian Ale Brewed with Cherry Juice, a Collaboration ale between De Proef Brouwerii in Belgium and Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. The only thing I’ve tried so far is the Oyster Stout from Porter House in Dublin. Not bad, but a tad disappointing, compared to the truly excellent local Oyster Stouts from Magnolia and 21st Amendment.

As for the rest, we shall see!