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How to Make a Smoked Cocktail Without Any Fire

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One would think that after a full week of terrible, hazardous air, I would have had my fill of all things smokey, but something about the change in season has me craving a smoked cocktail. I feel badly about it, but my (dumb, perverted) heart wants what it wants.

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I am not, however, about to light anything on fire. I’m tired of fire and burning. Luckily, there is a very easy way to add a little bit of singed flavor to a cocktail (or lemonade) completely sans flame, and I’m not talking about liquid smoke.

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I am talking about Lapsang souchong, aka “smoked tea.” It’s a black, Chinese tea traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood, and it absolutely rules. It tastes exactly how you would expect it to—rich, warm, and peaty. It’s a wonderful tea—in fact, it’s the only tea I like sweetened—but I am obsessed with it as a cocktail syrup.

All you need to do is brew an extremely strong cup of Lapsang souchong, then add a bunch of sugar to make a syrup. Once it cools, add it to any cocktail you think needs a little bit of rich, smokey character. I made a simple sour with gin and lemon, and it was astoundingly complex for such a simple cocktail. To make your own smoked tea cocktail syrup, you will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 Lapsang souchong tea bags
  • 1 cup of sugar

Put the tea bags in a heat-proof bowl or cup. You’ll need one that can hold at least two cups of liquid. Bring a cup of water to boil and, once it starts boiling, immediately pour it over the tea bags. Cover and let steep for five minutes. After five minutes, remove the tea bags and set them aside until they are cool enough to touch. While they are cooling, add the sugar to the hot tea and stir to dissolve. Once the tea bags have cooled, squeeze the excess tea into the syrup and stir once more. Store in the fridge for up to a month.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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