4 Pretzels: the drink
-47 Pretzels: the book and Nathaniel Hawthorne in general
We’re going easy today because the Lynx house is getting a fresh coat of paint and ain’t nobody got time for making mixed drinks. If you look closely, you can see the natural grey flecks all over my hand. Because, if you don’t get paint all over yourself, are you even painting?
Scarlet Letter is one of those spiked seltzer drinks that everyone’s losing their minds over. For good reason. Spiked seltzers are light, refreshing, and perfect for summer time. I was leery of this one because it was created by a microbrewery in my hometown that mostly specializes in making things that taste simultaneously like burnt coffee, plants, and old oatmeal. I came for the name, I stayed because it is surprisingly good.
The name. Look, shout out to my girl Hester Prynne. I loathe Nathaniel Hawthorne, but I like Hester. Hester Prynne, our leading lady, is publicly humiliated when – you know what, you’re grown folk. You can look up the synopsis yourself. Or, better yet, just watch this.
So, that’s my girl Hester. I have no idea why the folks at the brewery used the name Scarlet Letter. Because, unlike anything written by Hawthorne, the drink is delightful. Hints of cucumber, hibiscus, and ginger – y’all, don’t freak out. They went super light on the ginger – this drink is an easy sipper. And, at 4.5%, it’ll get you where you’re going.
If you like a little kick, throw in a shot of vodka. Yes, it’s totally fine to use alcohol as a mixer. I guess. I mean, I’m about as qualified as old Doc Chillingworth to dole out advice. But, I’ve done it and I’m still around is all I’m saying. Adding the vodka is a good way to stretch a six pack, ya’ know.
You guys, summer is *fingers crossed* coming to an end. Hit up those seltzers while you still can. Not feeling the seltzers? No problem! Try this instead.