I was at a small house party recently where the owners of said small house had the coolest freaking party accessory ever — a counter-top-height cooler on wheels. It was compact, it was brightly colored, it had a bottle opener built in, and it was full of booze… it was beautiful and I want one. So now I'm on the hunt for a best outdoor party accessory ever. Grab a cold on and join me?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of beverages posts.
As a former barista, little strikes me as more wasteful than the gigantic piles of coffee straws, stir sticks, and spoons that reliably accompany every warm beverage display. Many coffee and tea drinkers don't realize that by simply rearranging the order in which one mixes a drink, it's possible to never need a stirrer and still enjoy a perfectly mixed cup o' whatever. It's all in the swirl!
I'm sipping on The Devotea's limited edition Raspberry Black Tea as I type. (OMG, obsessed with this one!) Because guess what turned up on my doorstep again? Another box full o' delicious teas! If you'd like to get surprise teas in your mail, then you're going to be really excited about this new Devotea development: Introducing the Devotea's USA Tea of the Month Club!
Some people might think this is blasphemy, but I gave up my coffee habit. I work overnights. I wake up when the rest of the world goes to bed. As you can imagine, it's not particularly easy to go to bed at 2pm. Nor is it easy to wake up at 9:30pm. I was intrigued when a radio DJ I follow on twitter — who works about the same hours I do — mentioned that he had given up caffeine for a while, and had never slept better.
It seems my friends make EVERYTHING with kale — salads, risottos, pastas, and even drinks. I go to my buddy Jessica's house once a week so that she can make sure I'm eating at least one meal that's not microwavable, and this time I stopped drinking wine long enough to document her incredible kale salad recipe. (Not only that, but we got a little creative and made a cocktail out of the leftover kale stocks.)
Glühwein (mulled wine) is really popular in Germany at Christmas. You get it in every Christmas Market and a lot of people make their own at home. Glühwein is a hot drink traditionally made of red wine, tea, spices and sugar. So if you want to try it, I show you how.
It can be a challenge when it comes to Christmas shopping for your spouse, friend, parent, or co-worker… but the gift of booze is usually a win! The downside, however, is that a pre-packaged box or carton of booze can also come across as "easy" or "thoughtless." Well, I recently stumbled across a box that gave me an idea — a 12 bottle storage box could be transformed into "The 12 Beers of Christmas!"