Drinks with Pat: A better-for-you beverage

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Nearly six years ago, I first wrote about Brewt’s Bloody Mary.

Emily Griffen was just coming out of her career as a Muay Thai personal trainer and spent a whole lot of time working on a perfect, healthy bloody mary mix. Following 50 hours of crafting a fine bloody mary mix, branded with a shortened name of Brewtus, the Chihuahua.

After dozens of bloody marys in my life (Maybe more? Who’s counting?) I can say it’s a very fine bloody mary mix, whether mixed with a spirit or not.

The Brewt’s line since has expanded into a few more products, including a Bloody Caesar and several excellent hot sauces: Serrano, Habanero and Arbol.

This year, Brewt’s debuted a margarita mix. It has three natural ingredients: fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and orange blossom water. It’s already available on online retailers such as Amazon and Brewtsmix.com, but it will hit Midwestern retail shelves March 1.

It’s well worth a shot.

Watch out for next week

Drinks with Pat will feature a conversation with the founder of Jeng, a hemp-infused, nonalcoholic ready-to-drink cocktail, John Enghauser.

The beverage company hits three major categories of surging beverage trends and recently started distributing to West Michigan.

Right now, it’s available at three retailers in the area: Horrocks Market, Siciliano’s Market and Simmy’s Barrel House.

What I’m drinking now

The lone drink I’ve had this week was a nice, easy-drinking Irish whiskey from the County Cork.

Clonakilty Distillery’s Irish Whiskey is an incredibly smooth, slightly sweet whiskey made on the Irish seashore, which they say is accentuated with a kiss of sea salt while it’s being made. The Scully family, which owns the distillery, also grows the barley for the whiskey.

The distillery also makes Minke Irish Gin, which I’ve yet to try, but I like whales, so it’ll probably be excellent.

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