What I’m Drinking – March 2020

We are all MORE than aware that shit is going down right now. And with that, I felt inspired to create the next post in our “What I’m Drinking” series. Most months this list is a mixture of “Early Bird” (coffee/non-alcoholic) drinks, and “Night Owl” (booze) options. We felt that given the current state of the world, and it being St. Patrick’s Day, we would just go ahead and dedicate the entirety (minus one) of March’s “What I’m Drinking” suggestions to alcohol. Bottoms up.

Topo Chico: We have been straight obsessed with Topo Chico, sparkling mineral water, for quite a while. Topo Chico has been sourced from and bottled in Monterrey, Mexico since 1895. It does come in flavors, like lime, but we like the original flavorless version best. Topo has become increasingly popular in the coffee world, I think it’s the best thing next to a shot of espresso or a one-and-one. I’ve had many people ask about the purpose of seltzer water served with coffee – it acts as a palate cleanser with your espresso. As you sit and sip, the flavor of the espresso changes, and cleansing your mouth with bubbly water between helps you detect taste changes.

Matcha Margaritas: A group of my creative friends got together recently (pre COVID) for a dinner party. As one would expect, I was assigned the drinks for the evening. With a menu consisting of enchiladas, guacamole, etc., I felt compelled to try my hand at a margarita. But I couldn’t simply show up with your standard marg; these creatives inspire me on a daily basis and I wanted to bring something fun, something… spicy.

My resources had me questioning how matcha might work in a margarita, and with a quick glance at Pinterest, I confirmed my suspicions. This recipe is delicious, but it’s more of a guideline, really. I’m a home bartender and, by no means, am I a professional when it comes to cocktails. 

Ingredients:

Sliced Jalapeno

Matcha Powder

Tequila

Agave Syrup 

Fresh Lime Juice

Instructions: In a jar or cocktail shaker, muddle sliced jalapeno with 2-3oz of fresh lime juice. Next, add matcha powder along with 3oz of distilled water and 2oz silver tequila, along with a splash of agave syrup. Shake, shake, shake! Strain over ice, garnish with lime, salt, and extra jalapeno slices. 

Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc: Back at Trader Joes, (maybe – this was a few weeks ago) we found one of our favorite inexpensive, red wines. Priced at only $6.99, this is an easy to drink Paso Robles red with a great peppery finish. What really got me was when I sat down to write about this wine for March (aka our COVID Drinking at Home Guide), this what I found on the back of the bottle: 

“I don’t care if you call me Lazy Bones, I love to lounge away the day alone. Why mix with others when being myself is so beautiful? When the day’s at my pace, I can relish small pleasures like ripe cherries, spiced blackberries, the aroma of sweet wood and fresh herbs. After all, there’s no shame in putting off for today what can truly wait ‘til tomorrow.”

“The best part about wasting the whole day is that it’s wholly yours to waste.”

Guinness Irish Stout: And if we didn’t have enough reasons to want to drink right now, happy St. Patty’s day! As the long-standing tradition goes, we will be drinking Guinness this evening. Maybe a fun fact you didn’t know, Guinness patented the widget, an ingenious nitrogen filled capsule that surges with bubbles when the ring pull is opened – replicating the draught experience in a can.


Thanks for hanging with us through uncertain times.

Cheers! xoxo – a Couple of Coffees

What I’m Drinking – October 2019

Early Bird PHX

Cold Brew: This summer, I craved something more than my regular hot, black coffee. When the Phoenix heat is steadily above 105, it’s tough to resist an icy cold brew, and it’s damn near impossible to turn down nitro cold brew on tap. And even though it’s October and it’s not so hot anymore, I’ve still been indulging in my “summer drink:” cold brew with cream, definitely nitro when available.


We have a creamery here in AZ called Danzeisen Dairy. They’ve been making fantastic milk products as well as lemonade and orange juice just 10 miles from Phoenix for over 50 years. (They even bottle in beautiful glass bottles just like the old days!) One of my favorite things they make is their naturally flavored root beer milk that tastes JUST LIKE the end of a root beer float. Dropping a bit of that into cold brew coffee was a popular treat on hot summer afternoons at the Early Bird PHX. It’s just as irresistible whenever you’re craving a float — triple-digit weather or not.


The Cactus Wren: If I wasn’t obsessed with Danzeisen enough, let me tell you about their lemonade and orange juice, which I consume daily. One of my all-time favorite beverages is an Arnold Palmer, absolutely delicious when made with this local lemonade. To switch it up a bit, I’ve been pairing the lemonade with a tropical herbal tea from Maya Tea Company, out of Tucson, AZ, and then decided to get wild adding a splash of O.J. The citrus adds a refreshing finish that makes this classic drink even more tempting.


Night Owl PHX

Spotted Cow (New Glarus Brewing, WI) – It’s no secret that Wisconsin produces good beer, and one great example is Spotted Cow. People can’t stop talking about how much they love this beer. Spotted Cow is a “farmhouse ale that is prized and praised by Wisconsinites. It’s a local phenomenon with more than 12 million pints consumed annually.” Basically, it’s tasty as f*ck, but sadly, it is not distributed out to AZ. David, originally from Milwaukee, visited family this summer and got to drink a *few* Spotted Cows. Luckily for both of us, he also packed a couple of six-packs to bring home for sharing. Moral of the story, if you’re ever somewhere that carries Spotted Cow, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.


Grifone Sangiovese 2016 (Trader Joe’s) – Who doesn’t love scoring a good, cheap wine at the grocery store? Trader Joe’s is a weekly stop of ours, and we love the selection of wine they offer! From $3 to $30+ bottles, there is a wide range of varieties and prices to choose from. Grifone starts with not-too-sweet berry notes, subtle pepper and spice; it seems to pair with just about any meal. It tastes like a classic Italian red, and if you’d prefer to drink it without food, it’s smooth enough to do so. Best part? It costs $4. Winner winner, wine with dinner.