THE CLASSIC easily the best 30-second cocktail addition

FRIEND! Ooh do I have a treat for you today! It’s been kind of an icky, rainy week and not only in Mercury in retrograde, but 3 other planets as well (woof), so clearly, we are all in need of a cocktail. Luckily, I take my job very seriously and do a lot of research and development of fabulous new cocktails and products to make your bar cart and happy hour easy, delicious, and relaxing.

So, that being said, meet the latest addition to your bar cart – The Owls Brew. First of all, it was started by two women, so that is reason enough to pick up a few bottles (at least in my book), secondly it’s one of the best cocktail mixers I have ever tried.
All of their mixers (and they have a great variety) are tea based (HOLLA!) And let me tell you, they are absolutely fantastic. Like, order-all-of-them-and-have-them-on-hand-at-all-times fantastic.

Plus, they are super easy to mix – ready, two parts mixer & one part booze. DONE. If that doesn’t meet 30-second cocktail qualifications, I don’t know what does.

Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1
  • The Classic mix from The Owls Brew
  • Gin
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice (optional)
  • Cucumber slice (optional)
  1. Add in one part gin to two parts mix (or to taste) over crushed ice
  2. Top off with lemon and cucumber slice & VOILA!

So, what do you think? Willing to give it a try? If not, you are crazy cause these mixers are LEGIT. So get them and then call me and we will have the best happy hour ever.


GIN OLD FASHIONED for the non-bourbon drinker

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktailsGang, how is it not the weekend yet? Jeesh! I have been crushing hard on this gin twist on the classic Old Fashioned and I cannot wait to share. I had a gin based Old Fashioned at a bar downtown Chicago and was OBSESSED! It’s crazy good & if you are like me and just starting to dip your toes in to the whiskey well, this is a refreshing way to get the flavor without going crazy. So, how do you make it you ask? SIMPLE!

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

So the simple, 30-second recipe is this: Grab your gin, tonic, and the Cocktail Crate Old Fashioned mix and voila!

If you don’t know Cocktail Crate, you should. They are honestly the best pre-made mixers around (& no, this isn’t a sponsored post). We have a few on hand at all times and they are always a hit. You just add in your ice, gin, a bit of the mix, and a splash of tonic to make it bubbly & heyo, it’s party time!

For the more living room mixologist friendly recipe, see below. Both are great & I promise, you’ll be obsessed!

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

  • 4 Oz Good Quality Gin
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 2 Sugar cubes
  • Zest of an orange or lemon
  • Ice
  1. Divide the sugar cubes into 2 glasses.
  2. Saturate with bitters - give it a good couple shakes or so.
  3. Top with 2 shots of gin and muddle until the sugar breaks down and begins to dissolve in the mixture.
  4. Add as much ice as makes you happy and stir for about 45 seconds.
  5. Run the zest of the citrus along the top of each glass. Twist and squeeze to release some oil and drop into the mixture or skewer with blueberries and place on side of the glass.
  6. Bottoms up.

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails