Mocktails: Kombucha Wine Spritzer
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Diet beer, and it's evil cousin, diet malt liquor beverages like Chekov Lite Ice Lime-a-Rita, are not drinks that any person of drinking (much less voting) age should drink with anything less than a guilty conscience.
There are "diet" cocktails of note. The Presbyterian is a cocktail that takes some of the sugar out of the standard whiskey and ginger (or cola, or lemon-lime soda). A shot, chased with bitters and soda, is a low-calorie alternative to a beer and a shot.
The noble VSS is pretty ubiquitous, and my variation, the Shirley Temple of Doom is delicious (and likely lower calorie than a typical Rose Kennedy).
Last week The Kombucha Man stopped over -- an event heralded by the unmistakable beep-beep-beep of his white delivery van backing up into my driveway -- and left me with a case of Lev's (in exchange for a quick stop in my bathroom and a cup of coffee, which is a pretty sweet deal for me I have to say).
Kombucha's health utility is a matter of some debate, but it is a fact that the beverage is packed with beneficial acids like glucuronic acid and B vitamins from yeast.
Naturally I have frequently acknowledged the alleged health benefits of kombucha by heartily saying "fuck it" and adding either vodka or whiskey (pro-tip: Lev's Ginger Berry Kombucha + rye = love).
However in an attempt to "take it easy" I've been toning down the liquor consumption whenever I can, so when I read our Masthead's adult beverage of the week last week (wine spritzer) I figured I'd try that with a bottle of Lev's in lieu of lemon-lime soda or seltzer.
Kombucha may not be for everyone, but if you are a fan of a cold glass of the crisp, tart brew you should try it on ice with a little white or red wine.
For the purposes of this experiment I went with a cheap bottle of Ravenswood Shiraz (about $12). I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
Kombucha Wine Spritzer:
- Pint glass of ice.
- 3 ounces of Shiraz.
- 3 ounces of Lev's Original Ginger Green Tea Kombucha.
Don't ice me, bro. Seriously. Don't.