DIY BEER SOAP :

Beer soap feels silky on your skin, and hops are known to contain skin-softening amino acids, which help soothe irritated skin. Brewer’s yeast has antibacterial properties, which are said to help in the fight against acne. And if that weren’t enough, the Vitamin B in beer helps to moisturize your skin!

What you’ll need:

  • 24 oz coconut oil
  • 24 oz olive oil
  • 38 oz lard
  • 32 oz flat beer, chilled
  • 12 oz lye (NaOH)
  • Any fragrance or colouring of your choice. We like honey, pumpkin pie spice and some fresh orange zest.

How you make it:

In a large, heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut oil, olive oil and lard until the lard is melted. Once melted, take off the stove and let cool. In a separate glass bowl, slowly combine the lye into the cold, flat beer (a wooden spoon works well) and let this come to room temperature.

When the lard mix and beer mix are room temperature, slowly pour the beer mixture into the lard, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until it becomes thick like honey. Add any scent, spices or food colouring.

Pour mixture into a bread pan lined with plastic wrap. Let set for 24 hours and slice into desired thickness. Place on a baker’s rack and let cure for 2-3 weeks before using.

DIY ADULT ONLY COOLER CANDIES :

Conventional wisdom often says that all the alcohol you add to a dish evaporates or dissipates during cooking. This is wrong. In fact, you must cook something for around 3 hours to eradicate all traces of alcohol. So hands off, kids…these treats are for the adults! Pour 4 bottles of your favourite cooler flavour into a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat (do not cover). Boil for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens (to maple syrup consistency). Immediately pour the syrup onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Break it into bite-size pieces and enjoy!

DIY ICE WEDGE :

Impress your friends with this unconventional ice “cube” presentation in their cocktail!

Here’s how:

  • 1- Take 6 rocks glasses and fill them halfway with water
  • 2- Place glasses at a 45-degree angle in a muffin tin
  • 3- Tilt glasses until water just starts to spill out
  • 4- Freeze until solid
  • 5- Top with your spirit or cocktail