Sunday, January 31, 2010

5 Cool Drink Ideas

We are a liquid consuming culture. When you sit at a traffic light just take a look at that car next to you. If they aren't holding a cell phone, chances are its a Starbucks. Let's toast five cool drink ideas:

#1: The Skinny Vanilla Latte -- Probably the greatest Starbuck's invention. Coming in at around 90 calories for a Tall and 0 grams of fat this really is a good deal on the beverage front. Not wanting it to be too healthy I usually opt for the Venti and add a little carcinogen (one Sweet-n-Low).

#2: The Venturi Wine Aerator -- My associate Linda Timmerman raves about this device. I'm not sure I believe it can turn a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck into a Caymus Cab but anything with that good of a 4 and 5 star rating can't be bad. (

#3: The Sigg: Ok, not the hand gun -- this is the all metal eco-friendly Swiss made water bottle ( Not only do you look cool, but its a great way to keep plastic out of our landfills.

#4: Teavana: This is my addiction. Taking after my mother who is an avid tea drinker, I normally drink at least 32 ounces per day and almost all of it from Teavana. With wild and fruity flavors like Caribbean Breeze and a generous number of red Rooibos teas you can mix and match these like a mad scientist. And as long as you brew according to the recommended times it almost always tastes great. Probably the biggest lesson here is the Teavana brew pot -- loose tea and water in the top, filtered tea at the bottom right in your cup.

#5: Tito's Handmade Vodka: From the Mockingbird Distillery in Austin, Texas this crystal clear elixir has eclipsed its competitors. If you don't believe me, just go into your neighborhood Centennial Liquor and look at which vodka (from the hundreds) is missing from the shelves. Rumored to have started out in a garage as a vodka that "women would want to drink" it has quickly become my vodka of choice and the price is right too.

Drink up.

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