As I mentioned in previous blogs I am not big on breakfast. Don’t like it, but I have to do it.
Since I am not a breakfast lover then it should come as no surprise that I am also not a big fan of brunch.
Now I can hear you all saying, “But brunch isn’t really breakfast. What’s your problem with brunch, woman?”
First, I consider brunch to be the noncommittal cousin of breakfast. Brunch is confused, lonely and not sure what it is or what it wants to be. Brunch can’t even make up it’s mind as to what word it should be.
Second, brunch usually comes at an odd time. Somewhere between 10am – 1pm. If you eat brunch at 10am or 11am then what time is dinner? Do you still have lunch? Very confusing. And I know that right now you are saying that brunch can start earlier at 8am or 9am but fuck if I am getting up that early on a Saturday or Sunday for some pancakes.
Finally if you eat brunch between 12 and 2pm then you might as well call it lunch and just be done with it.
But the biggest “first world” problem I have with brunch is not that I don’t like it, it is that my husband LOVES brunch. So in order to keep the marriage happy when he wants brunch I try to make it happen and just get over myself.
In order to get on board with brunch I decided to focus on what I do like about brunch. In addition to making my husband happy I have found one other thing that pleases me about brunch. What ultimately sells me on brunch is that no matter what time you decide to have brunch it is perfectly acceptable, if not expected, to have a cocktail with this meal.
Which brings me to my Morning Brew and what could probably be the least known yet greatest discovery when it comes to brunch imbibing.
As I mentioned in a previous blog I usually avoid Bloody Mary’s at some restaurants because of the vast amounts of sodium. And I have never been big on mimosas. I mean, why mute some super champs with acidy, sugary orange juice.
But the Morning Brew is a revelation in the fact that it is actually good and good for you.
And the secret to the Morning Brew is the Guiness.
According to a University of Wisconsin study a pint of stout a day may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.
The Wisconsin team tested stout against lager by giving it to dogs who had narrowed arteries similar to those in heart disease. They found that those given the Guinness had reduced clotting activity in their blood, but not those given lager. The researchers found that the most benefit they saw was from 24 fluid ounces of Guinness – just over a pint – taken at mealtimes.
Leave it to the U of Wisconsin to figure out the benefits of alcohol! And leave it to me to run with it!
I love Guinness. It is always my “go to” beer. And when I need a little hair of the dog I find that a little nip of the deep dark brew is just the thing to settle my grumbly tumbly.
At first the combination of coffee and stout may seem a little odd but didn’t vodka, tomato juice and a whole lotta shit thrown in a glass sound slightly ridiculous at first as well?
The coffee and Guiness combine to create this smokey, chocolatey, bitter, yet smooth combination that is unlike any average cup of Joe. It has the right amount of nip and bite to satisfy your cocktail and coffee craving because, after all, isn’t brunch all about combinations and cocktails?
If I can set aside my brunch issues then I think those of you that might not be sold on my Morning Brew should at least give it a go.
Try my Morning Brew next time you are at brunch and think outside the brunch box.
- 4 oz brewed coffee or 2 oz of espresso at room temp
- 4 oz of Guinness Stout at room temp
Combine coffee or espresso and Guinness Stout in a glass of your choosing.