I originally started this post with “Since touching down in America, I have been enjoying all manner of libations”. After writing that sentence, however, something niggled at the corners of my consciousness. In response to the niggle, I went online to see what the Oxford Dictionary could tell me about “libation”. To wit:
(n): a drink poured out as an offering to a deity.
Well then, Mr Niggle, you win this round. I have not, in fact, been drinking many libations in America, nor are the below Australian drinks reviewed today deity-fuelled libations. But if I poured them out as an offering to myself, does that count?
Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
The lovely folk at Crabbie’s sent me two 500ml bottles of their Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer to review before I left Australia. While I’m not a big drinker, I was impressed by the email I received from Crabbie’s (not only did they get my name right, they also demonstrated real knowledge of my blog by noting my vegan inclinations and giving me a head’s up that gelatine is used in their production process). Subsequently, I was more than happy to try Crabbie’s new-to-Australia fizzy-make-feel-good Alcoholic Ginger Beer offering.
My Dad and I both tried this Crabbie’s drink, and were impressed by the true-ness of the ginger flavour. We were also initially surprised by the sweetness, as we’d expected a stronger bitter beer bent. If you’re someone who finds straight beer a bit tough-going, then you’re well positioned to love this zingy-sweet ginger beer. It is now my dear wish that Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer replace all the horrendous Passion Pop in the world forevermore.
RebootYourLife Juices: Lean Mean & Green and The Big Bang
RebootYourLife was founded by one of the key figures in the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Joe Cross, and includes seven different raw juices made using cold pressure. (I wrote that part for those of you who’ve seen the movie and find the link interesting; I haven’t, so it doesn’t mean much to me.)
Back in June, when I was buried under a mountainous workload, I bought myself several of the Lean Mean & Green juices in the hopes they would magically transform my body into the epitome of report-writing prowess. While I can’t say for sure whether this ploy worked, I do know that the blend of celery, cucumber, spinach, cos lettuce, and lemon was almost very delicious. Almost. Alas, the celery was too strong for my tastes, but I liked the cooling nature of the drink and the lemon twist.
The Big Bang, on the other hand, was a far sweeter drink than the vegetable-only Lean Mean & Green. With spinach, mango, banana, and apple, The Big Bang was sweet without being sickly, tropical without being overpoweringly-mango-y, and gave me something pleasant to focus on during the particularly gut-wrenching scenes of Cloudstreet.
Mojo Kombucha: Lemon Citrus
Mojo Kombucha was the first kombucha I tried, and will be forever associated in my mind with the gloriousness that was exploring Melbourne with my darling Lisa back in January. My brother gave me Mojo Kombucha’s Lemon Citrus flavour (along with a little tub of raw cacao nibs) as a gift during our weekend at Rutherglen, and it was zingy and wonderful. Three cheers for kombucha!
Obligatory American Starbucks Drinkytimes
To switch from the above Australian drinks back to America, where I’m currently gallivanting, my time in Chicago was peppered with more Starbucks than I expected. You see, the Windy City surprised me several times with rainstorms while I was out exploring, but I used these opportunities to create such silver linings as curling up cozily in a Starbucks armchair with a grande soy decaf half-caramel-half-cinnamon-dolce (thanks for the tip, Gabby!) latte and my book to read for an hour or so.
Being on holiday sure is blissful sometimes.