What We’re Drinking Right Now (Jan. 6, 2023 edition)

Posted by Carla Gesell-Streeter on Jan 06, 2023 at 2:19 PM

Once a week (or so), we post a beverage (or two) that we are enjoying right now. These aren't be long reviews analyzing the drinks, just what it is and a sentence or two about why it's our go-to right now. We may even talk about the foods that pair well with those beverages. You never know!

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Carla - The last few years, we’ve really gotten into coffee. During the pandemic,lan Happ (former UC Bearcat drafted by the Cubs) created a coffee blend with Connect Roasters in one of the suburbs of Chicago. Part of the money goes to area food banks. Since then, they've done a Lockout blend that supported the players' fund during the lockout, an All Star blend in celebration of lan making the AS team, and a Gold Glove blend for his latest honor. Plus a custom Chemex.

Ian Happ signed Chemex

Chris - I am currently exploring the exciting world of the MobCraft Advent Beer Box my sister gave to me. I am clearly not on schedule since I have only drank about 9 of the 24 beers and it is January 5th but have been pleasantly surprised by most of the beers in the variety pack. My favorite so far is probably the Vanilla Wafer Porter.

Mobcraft Advent Calendar beers

Jared - So far during my planned dry/damp January, I'm enjoing Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Spice herbal tea and LaCroix Mure Pepino (plum cucumber).

Twinings Orange-Cinnamon Spice Herbal Tea and LaCroix Mure Pepino

JR - In the lamest, most half-assed fractional Dry January attempt ever, I'm not drinking beer at home this month (and possibly longer, but we'll see). It's bourbon for me now, either neat or on a ball of ice and with a splash of soda (I heart my SodaStream). I made my first (delightful!) Manhattan over the weekend and have grown up barware on order, so we'll see what kind of cocktail shenanigans I get up to in the coming month. The other exciting thing I've been drinking is brewed cacao instead of coffee, and I think this could be a permanent switch for me.

Julie - I picked up some Lyre’s Dark Cane and made a Dark & Stormy – they also sell this as a premix. I prefer diet Gosling’s (the premix is too sweet for me). This is darn close to an actual Dark & Stormy– Lyre’s does a great job with these spirits.

Lyre's Dark and Stormy

Monika - I'm drinking Bota Box Breeze Pinot Grigio - it's my go-to during the week so that I can have a glass (or two) of wine while binging some HGTV show to get inspiration for our upcoming reno, but can't afford a headache in the morning.

Tom - I'm coding a website (this one!) so I'm drinking anything I can get my hands on at the end of the day.