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Food & Beverage
Lately I've been enjoying some Jordan's Skinny Syrups in my diet Sprite with a splash of rum or vodka to unwind, but I really like to play with different carbonated waters. New flavors are constantly being released and I'm always eager to try a new one.
Now that it's 2020, celebrating a new decade as a reprise of the roaring twenties is all the rage. While that really doesn't bode well in some respects, it's fun to revisit the drinks of yesteryear and either make them as they were or try new twists on everything from the Old Fashioned to the Bee's Knees.
When we hear the word herbaceous, we often assume it means that something will be savory and not sweet at all. I've been learning the opposite through exploring different indie perfume companies and now I've learned that herb-infused drinks can be pretty sweet, too!
The joke is that it's always five o'clock somewhere, and drinking with breakfast--or at least brunch--is in fashion, especially if it incorporates juice and is suddenly a breakfast drink. Mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody marys have never gone out of style, but now people are actually putting their booze IN their breakfast food.
As a person who loves flavor but is trying to limit my sugar, I gotta say, living in 2019 is hard. There's temptation everywhere, and for every sugar-free alternative that is released, there are probably 500 sugary products to make you drool right behind it. Case in point: Stroopwafel Stout.
While the month of December is cold enough to warrant a plethora of hot drinks in your home, I can't help but advocate for some ice-cold minty and chocolatey beverages as your Poison of Choice throughout the winter holidays. I love a hot drink, but what can I say? There's something wintry and Christmasy about cold, minty freshness, especially when combined with chocolate. A spiked hot cocoa with mint over ice? Perfect.
Since I reviewed my purchase of Jordan's Skinny Mixes' Christmas Cookie, which I LOVED, I thought I'd share my thoughts on two other flavors I tried this week, which were Cookie Dough and Salted Caramel Mocha.
Let's start with the bad, which was Cookie Dough. Ugh. It did not taste like cookie dough, or cookies, chocolate or anything yummy. I tried it in coffee and in almond milk and both times it tasted gross. In the almond milk it almost tasted like grass! So that one's definitely not for me. Maybe it's just my tastes.
During a sale, I recently purchased a few new-to-me syrups from Jordan's Skinny Mixes, which I fell in love with over the summer. Their syrups have no sugar, carbs or calories, and they have a huge array of flavors. I've really enjoyed their Unicorn Syrup in my tea, which tastes just like blue raspberry. Who needs a snowcone when you have that?
If you haven't heard, it's the last week for Starbucks' famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, so get yours while it's still here! In the meantime, you can always make a PSL at home, especially if you have a Skinny Girl mix on hand. I love these syrups and often suggest them to friends (I'm drinking one in my coffee right now), and their website has a bunch of great recipes you can make with them, too.