Rubber ducks aren’t just for bathtime any more – not unless you’re planning to take a big mug of hot tea into the tub with you because the Tea Duckie is a rubber duck and a tea infuser all in one. This miniature rubber duck serves as the lid of a metal mesh basket that holds the tea of your choice and also keeps the basket floating as it infuses your tea. You can leave the basket out if you want to keep the duck as an accessory for your mug after your tea has steeped, if you want to keep up the cute factor of this little tea gadget.
Coffee could become the official state drink of Washington. Although most states don’t have an official state drink, Washington state is so closely associated with our favorite caffeinated beverage that it doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch to make the connection official. A pair of Snohomish high school seniors have helped to push a bill into the Washington Legislature that would name coffee as the state’s official beverage. Not exactly world changing legislation, but it’s a great nod to all the coffee fans in Seattle and elsewhere in the state.
When I picture hot chocolate, I don’t picture drinks that are blue. A friend of mine gifted me this container of University of California Golden Bears Blue Hot Chocolate because I went to Berkeley and they thought I might enjoy the novelty of it. The box promises that the hot chocolate will to turn bright blue when you add hot water to it – and it exceeded my expectations on how blue it was going to be! I assumed that this would be regular hot chocolate (which is to say, that the drink would be brown) with blue coloring added to it. Instead, this is a blue drink with chocolate flavoring! I can’t say that it going to beat out homemade hot chocolate or gourmet mixes like Godiva’s in a chocolate taste test, but it is fun to make and makes for a warm, festive way to support your favorite blue college or pro sports team. Naturally, I drink a glass when Cal is playing, but I’ll just hide the container and call it Dodger blue hot chocolate when I’m watching a baseball game next season.
If you look carefully, you can find an official day for just about anything. For instance, January 25th was National Irish Coffee Day! Irish Coffee is a hot coffee drink, where freshly brewed coffee is spiked with enough Irish whiskey to give it a kick, then sweetened with sugar and topped with whipped cream. It is a classic and, although I might be a day late to the official party, any excuse for an Irish Coffee is a good one.
Irish coffee is a drink that I like to serve for dessert after a dinner party or even to make for myself on a cold evening when I could use a very cozy, warming drink. I don’t want to offend any purists, but I’ve been known to add a splash of Irish cream to mine, too, just to sweeten things up! I generally go by taste, so as you follow the recipe below, feel free to adjust the amounts to suit your own preferences.
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