Is it really winter outside? Seems a bit warm. Come to the Market and stock up on some awesome Holiday flavors from NessAlla. We have Pomegranate Cardamom and Blueberry Shizandra. Yep, still have some of those flavors because we don’t think people are heading to the indoor market! Why? “Because it’s cold and I don’t wanna!!!” I get it. I barely want to leave the house for anything. I like to just hiss at the cold from the warm inside. I’m like a cat in winter. I just want a warm lap to curl up in and sleep all day. Like these two…..awwwww. They are friends…. You should still go to the market though, because you can pick up these flavors that very few others have. Then your other NessAlla drinking friends will be like, “hey! where did you get THAT?!” and you can be like, “I got myself to the East Side Madison Market at the Wil-Mar and got some. I also picked up some super awesome pickled stuff, some tea, local cheese, and baked stuff!” Then you guys can like, eat and drink and hang out. Then you plan for that person to pick up stuff next week
It’s already December guys. For real. Eeesh! Well, to hop on the ‘ol buy local train, NessAlla encourages you to BUY LOCAL this Holiday season. Which means, yes! Buy some NessAlla to bring to your next gathering or give to your Kombucha addicted friend. We have some very special flavors that can only be found at the East Side Farmers Market, Tuesdays at the Wil-Mar center in Madison, wi from 4pm-7pm. This week we have Blueberry Shisandra and Pomegranate Cardamom. Sooooooo good! BOTH of them. Seriously. These flavors are great to mix into cocktails and to have with holiday meals or just by themselves! Here are some recipes to play with! Schizandra Collins by Patrick Langley at A-OK Sunshine & Spirits In a cocktail tin add: .75 oz of Deaths Door Gin .75 oz of Luxardo Maraschino .75 oz Green Chartreuse .75 oz Lime Juice shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice in a 10oz Collins glass. Finish with NessAlla Schizandra Blue Kombucha Next, we have a delightful cocktail by Jeanette Dainty Dies Natalis Invicti Solis In a cocktail tin: 1.5 oz of Korbel Brandy .25oz Cointreau .25 oz lemon juice 1 Egg White shake in a circular motion
Hey folks! This week at the East Side Farmers Market we will have delicious Cardamom Ginger and Blueberry Schisandra. UGH!!! it’s times like these that I want to blabber about all the known health benefits of cardamom and schisandra. I want to tell you how people in China have been using these herbs for CENTURIES to treat common ailments! Of course we don’t want to say that this is what a certain herb will do for your body FOR SURE. We haven’t done the research, and oh yeah, guess what, they don’t like to fund those studies necessarily because there is not much money in it. All I can do is tell you how delicious these brews are and how they are perfect for your holiday gatherings. They are a great beverage all on their own as well as mixed up into a delightful cocktail! Cardamom has a sweet flavor similar to those of grapefruit and ginger. This spice also includes floral and soapy flavors, along with green notes and a cool menthol undertone. Mixed with ginger, this flavor is boosted and spiced up for a warming concoction. Schisandra is very interesting. Its Chinese name comes from the fact that
We’re on the cusp of the Fall Season and when our friends at Forbes.com asked NessAlla Kombucha staff mixologist Jeanette Dainty what she likes about fall, she said “Autumn leaves, fall fruit, and Bourbon”! (and it turns out to be whiskey too on this occasion) Here is Jeanette’s latest libation the Wyalusing Wander… Wyalusing Wander In a bar pint glass pour ½ oz dry vermouth, gently swirl the vermouth around and “wash” the glass ~ coating the entire interior of the bar pint. Dump extra vermouth. In a cocktail tin filled with ice add: 1 oz. Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey 1 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon 1 dram of Bittercube Orange Bitters Shake vigorously and strain using bar pint washed with dry vermouth into a 5 oz chilled martini glass. Pour 2 oz of NessAlla Peach Kombucha in the chilled martini glass to finish. Garnish with a simple orange twist. big thanks to our friend Megy Karydes for showcasing Jeanette and many other Midwestern bartenders delicious cocktails… check them out!! Nazdarovya and Happy Fall to you all!!!
Summer time is my favorite time for Shandies. NessAlla was fortunate enough to be featured in the Cap Times article non-traditional shandies. For about 3 years or more, I can’t remember when I started, I have been drinking kombucha with beer. 1/2 & 1/2. They are pretty much my two favorite beverages and so putting them together was a fun experiment that I have never ended. I have a tendency to enjoy the flavors of beers with a high alcohol content. MAN! WHY do they have the best taste? I can only drink like 2 or maybe 3 before I’m too toasted to form coherent intelligent sentences. That is, I think I can normally form coherent-ish sentences….hmmm Any who, I decided to add kombucha to these robust delicious brews and….oh man. That was it! For me, I found that when I did kombucha 1/2 & 1/2 with my beers I could drink more and still remain pretty cognizant. Plus it was delicious. I’m a hop head…yeah, yeah, I know some of you are over it, but I’m not. I do IPA’s, APA’s, and just about anything with a hop dominant with my booch. They go with just about any flavor.
As we approach the longest day of the year, it is my pleasure to reveal our summer seasonal, Lavender Mint. Refreshing and cooling, this flavor depicts the plants it comes from. Subtle soft florals with bursting mint emerging With vibrant energy from the warm earth. This summer seasonal is a popular and long awaited favorite among NessAlla drinkers. Lavender and Mint have awesome properties that are great for your body in the summer season. As I sit sipping it in the cool shade after a long hot stint in the garden I feel it cooling me from the inside out. It seems to relieve the tiredness from the heat and sink comfortably in my bones revitalizing my senses. We hope that you find such enjoyment from our summer seasonal. You should be seeing it on the shelves next week. Pick some up and celebrate the summer! Nazdarovya! To your health! the NessAlla team
Whew!!! Just coming down from the super fun times that NessAlla had last week!! What a way to wrap up the month of February!! We kicked off the first official Madison Cocktail Week with a huge 50th birthday bash for one of Madison’s favorites- Genna’s Cocktail Lounge. Folks flocked in from miles away and nearby to celebrate the long success of Genna’s. A Service Industry Happy Hour sponsored by NessAlla and William Grant & Sons featured guest Rock Star bartenders Grant Hurless from Death’s Door Spirits, and Jeremy Bazely of Three Count Beverage. I joined in on the craft cocktailery and did some shaking and muddling and together the three of us crafted three awesome NessAlla kombucha cocktails featuring Tullamore Dew Whiskey, Montelobos Mezcal and Reyka Vodka mixed with fresh juices, handmade bitters and simple syrups. Revelers sipped on cocktails called “Kristi Tickles Me Pink”, “In A Pickle, Genna’s Will Do” and the “Post University Avenue Cosmo”. Stories of the 50 years of Genna’s were shared and thanks to the awesome party sounds by DJ Nick Nice dance floor got lots of action!! What an amazing, fun night!! Madison, WI’s first official Cocktail Week kicked off on Wednesday February 25