Earlier this year I attended the launch party for Owl’s Brew, a new line of tea cocktail mixers. Last week they had another celebration and I was so excited to get to sample their tasty creations again. This time the party took place at Riff Raff’s, a funky little spot in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. My boyfriend Jason tagged along but he was soon quite hooked and the innovative drinks that were served.
The menu offered a range of brew, bubbles and liquor. All of them were made using one of Owl’s Brews delicious flavors. On most days Jason and I are plain beer and whiskey drinkers so it was fun to step a bit outside of our comfort zone. Click on the picture to the left to see an enlarged version. Although the bar area was crowded, we were happy to find a spot on a comfy couch where we could catch up on each other’s day.
Jason and I studied the menu for a bit. He wasn’t sure how he would like some of the concoctions but eventually he settled on a Manhattan Owl. This was more in his comfort zone since it contained Pink & Black (their Darjeeling, hibiscus blend), whiskey and bitters. I went for a Dark Heart which also used Pink & Black, blended with cassis and Champagne.
Our next round was beer cocktails. I thought that these were particularly innovative. Jason ordered a Red Shandy which featured the Pink & Black blended with a pilsner. Being a dark beer kind of girl, I went with a Gingerbread Beer. It featured their Coco-Lada (black tea with chai spices and pineapple juice) mixed with ginger liqueur, spiced rum and stout. It tasted just like creamy gingerbread!
|Red Shandy on the right and Gingerbread Beer on the left|
For our last round of drinks Jason decided to try the Dark Heart that I had before. I went with something different and ordered a Margaritea which featured The Classic (English breakfast black tea with lemon and lime juice) mixed with tequila and jalapenos. I of course forgot that I’m that big of a fan of margaritas in the first place but it’s always fun to experiment.
The photographer at the event snapped some great shots, including a few of Jason and I. Thank you to the Owl’s Brew gals for inviting us! We had a blast 🙂