The Uncommon Life

Local Glassware, Local Flavor

January 11, 2011

We just tried out our brand new geography glasses, by mixing up a local Brooklyn treat in a New York City glass.

You can make your own egg cream with just a few simple steps, or share your local drink recipe below for a chance to win a $25 UncommonGoods gift card.

Step One: Ingredients

Gather together milk, seltzer, and chocolate syrup. And a special New York City glass to mix them in!

Note: Many Brooklynites insist that an egg cream just isn’t worth drinking without the original Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup. I’m making do with Bosco’s, so if you’re a native New Yorker reading this post, please forgive me!

Step 2: The Syrup

Drizzle a layer of chocolate syrup into your glass.

Step 3: The Milk

Cover the first layer of syrup with a generous splash of milk.

Step 4: The Seltzer

Fill the rest of your glass with seltzer.

Tip: Keep your drink from fizzing over by pouring the seltzer over a spoon.

Step 5: The Egg Cream

Stir and enjoy!

Now it’s your turn! If you’ve got a drink recipe from your area, whether it’s southern sweet tea or Long Island Iced Tea, share it with us for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Need some inspiration? Check out our geography glasses, featuring scenic sites from across the lower 48 and Hawai’i.

Leave a comment to enter by Friday at 5 pm ET. And as always, you can increase your chances to win by tweeting @uncommongoods or posting on our Facebook wall. We’ll announce the winner around happy hour on Friday!

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  • Reply Jessica P. January 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I’m originally from Florida and my friends and I used to make Cherry Limeades to cool us down in the hot weather. First you need to get a nice tall cup with some ice cubes. To make the drink get your favorite lemon-lime flavored carbonated drink. Pour in some cherry flavored grenadine syrup to your taste. Then add a few squirts of lime juice and mix it all together. To finish it off add a lime wedge and you have yourself a nice cold drink.

  • Reply Kathleen H. January 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    My family is from Rhode Island, and the official state drink is coffee milk. Very simply, put two or three tablespoons of coffee syrup (if you can’t buy it in your area, Food Network has a really simple recipe)in a glass and fill with cold milk. For a real special treat, add a couple scoops of coffee milk, whirl it through the blender, add a straw and enjoy!

  • Reply EE January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Cleveland’s hot apple chai

    6 oz hot apple cider (either fresh or mixed)
    2 oz warmed chai tea concentrate
    1.5 tablespoon Carmel sauce
    Optional whipped cream topping
    .5 teaspoon cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice

    Mix apple cider with chai tea concentrate and add the Carmel sauce (warm the sauce to make mixing easier). Top with whipped cream and your choice of spice or just the spice for a healthier treat!

  • Reply Kelly Pramberger January 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    How about a Sam Adams beer from Boston, MA in the glass?! Perfect cocktail all by itseld!

  • Reply Erica C. January 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    The chocolate syrup should be Fox’s U-Bet. It’s the only one for egg cream!

    On another note; I would like to submit the Phickle-tini. We serve them proudly (and copiously) at Square One Fish Co. in Athens, Ga.

    A phickletini is a Dirty Martini made with locally canned Phickle juice and phickles.

    1. Take 5 oz of your favorite vodka, pour over ice in a shaker,add Phickle pickle juice, and a touch of vermouth.

    2. Shake well- until ice crystals form in the vodka and strain into a chilled martini glass.

    3.Garnish with your phavorite Phickle : okra, wedgies, drops, garlic, hotties, styx, ribs…there is no wrong answer.


  • Reply Elizabeth January 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    In South Texas we drink a “Michelada”. First, put a little lime juice on the rim of a chilled glass. Press the rim into some coarse sea salt. Fill the chilled glass with crushed ice, then fill a third of the way up with freshly squeezed lime juice. Top it off with a crisp cold beer such as “Bohemia” or “Dos Equus”. Add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and your favorite hot sauce (I like Cholula) to taste. There are as many michelada recipes as there are beer drinkers, but this one’s always refreshing on a hot, dusty, sticky day down on the border.

  • Reply Julia January 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Congrats Elizabeth! You’re the winner of our local drinks contest! Thanks everyone for all the great recipe ideas. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much! If you ever make it down to the tip of Texas, I’ll make ya’ll a michelada!

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