If there were a formal term for someone exceptionally well-versed in the world of zero- or low-calorie beverages (akin to sommelier for wine), I would hold that title. In fact, and again I write this with utmost humility, I might be among the world's best. For indeed I challenge you to find someone else who has spent as much time as I have surveying, evaluating, and testing artificially-sweetened libations.
Yes, my parents are very proud.
Since I associate BAI with post-workout refreshment, I hadn't considered using it as a mixer (sorry, folks, my recovery hydration drink ain't booze); however, when learned that EFFEN Vodka teamed up with BAI to create a line of low-calorie cocktails for the Tribeca Film Festival and Coachella, the wheels started turning. Here is my first creation:
Thyme Is On My Side Sparkler
Pour sparkling water into a chilled glass with 1 spring thyme. Muddle until thyme infuses water; strain out leaves. Add vodka and top with BAI. Garnish with sprig of fresh thyme.
Thyme Is On My Side is airy, crisp, and boasts salient botanical notes that balance well with the mild citrus flavor of the BAI. Sip slowly and pair with grapes, cheese, and crackers.
Another great BAI cocktail that makes wonderful use fresh herbs, though one not created by me, is the Pretty In Pink.
Pretty In Pink
- 3 ounces Bai Bubbles Gimbi Pink Grapefruit
- 3 ounces champagne
- Fresh sage
Pour ice-cold champagne into a chilled flute. Top with BAI and garnish with sage leaves. Drink while gossiping with your manicurist.