Four Uses For Beer (Aside From Drinking It)

Beer shampoo
was all the rage in 2012 so, naturally, I decided to do some research and find out what else I can do with the magical drink…the answer?  A LOT.  Funny since I’ll choose wine over beer any day of the week but hey, for me, 2013 is all about being open to new things!  

Clean yo’ jewelry, girl: Place your gold jewelry in a dish of beer, let it soak, then remove, rinse and polish with a dry cloth.  Clean jewelry for everyone!  Finally!

Polish your wood furniture: Rub flat beer gently onto furniture using a soft cloth. The beer will help to restore polish and color.

Soothe your feet: Apparently the enzymes in beer soften callused feet and help stimulate circulation!  Kind of awesome.  Make a mixture of room temperature beer and warm peppermint tea (half and half).  Submerge your feet for about 20 minutes.

Get a better night’s sleep?: This is definitely a must-try.  Wash your pillowcase in water spiked with a little bit of beer because, apparently, hops are sometimes used as an herbal remedy for insomnia…serial.  They have dimethylvinyl carbinol, which is a chemical compound that has a calming and slightly sedative effect.

The Best Hangover Prevention for New Year’s Eve

I was totally skeptical when I got a pitch about Mercy, a new hangover prevention drink made with a blend of amino acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins.  The beverage is designed to basically replenish key nutrients in your body that get lost when too much alcohol is consumed.  I mean, I’ve heard it ALL…and most of the things that I’ve tried do NOT work.  I decided to give Mercy a try during a night that I knew I would most definitely be hungover the next day – my office holiday party in Palm Springs.  I enlisted my friends Devon and Nicole, giving them each their own can, and we decided that we would truly put Mercy to the test that night.

The result?  NO HANGOVERS.  For the sake of full disclousure, I didn’t finish the entire can because I forgot to put it in the fridge (and it wasn’t really at it’s best while warm) BUT what I love about this drink is that you can actually use it as a chaser and mix it with your booze and it still has the same affect.  Genius.  Devon and Nicole agree.  This is a New Year’s Eve must-have.

photo: me, Devon – preparing to test out Mercy.

Summer Cocktail: Chandon Brut Mojito

It’s summer and, to me, summer means fun and cocktails galore.  Chandon is a brand I was just recently alerted to and here’s a delish recipe from the Napa-based wine experts…a spin on the classic mojito!  Chardon takes this minty mojito to a sparkling new level with this refreshing summer cocktail.

  • 2 oz. Chandon Brut Classic
  • 1 oz. 10 Cane Rum
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 7-10 mint leaves
  • Juice from 1/4 lime
  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice
  • Add rum and shake with ice.  Strain into glass filled with ice
  • Strain into glass filled with ice
  • Top with Chandon Brut Classic and stir
  • Garnish with mint sprig