I used to live on a sailboat. A lot of people imagine it was a carefree time in which I casually draped sweaters over my shoulders and had the whitest teeth of my life, but the boat was in Southeast Alaska, which is notoriously cold, rainy and expensive. I spent most of my time in fleece leggings, sitting directly on the radiator, shivering and sipping tea.
I was also pretty broke, so when I spied a giant bag of Bai Miang for $0.99 at the grocery store, I bought it; you probably know it as Thai Tea, commonly served both cold and hot in Thai restaurants everywhere. It has a heady oak-vanilla scent, with hints of orange blossom, and usually some kind of dye to give it that signature dark-orange colour. Needless to say, it paired well with even the cheapest of whiskey.
I don’t drink whiskey anymore, unless someone dies. So I’ve found all kinds of cool uses for my cabinet of cheap drink; after using gin in a toner, I tried using whiskey in a scrub. Highly diluted, the alcohol helps to tone and clarify skin by breaking down sebaceous grime in your pores.
Nostalgic for that combination of smoky sweetness and vanilla, I made a scrub to get my legs in shape—and also a cocktail to enjoy in or after the bath!
I usually never buy scrubs, simply because they don’t work; the particles are usually too big, in too much goop. This scrub is sugar-based, and easily customized to your skin. I have tougher skin on my legs, so I like to use raw sugar, which has larger, sharper granules for maximum skin-sloughing action. If you have sensitive skin, swap it for brown or fine white sugar instead.
I use Bai Miang tea, but you can use any kind of tea you love—either bagged or loose leaf—to add extra pizazz. It’s especially good if you let it sit overnight so the scent of the tea is really powerful.
I used Old Grandad, but any whiskey will do. The cheaper whiskeys are a better bet because they usually have a stronger scent. I always add oil to my scrubs to soothe and moisturize so I can skip the lotion.
You will need:
- ½ cup sugar (raw, brown or white)
- 3 TB of whiskey
- 1 TB oil (I used hempseed, I highly recommend it for everything)
- 1 tsp castile soap (it helps to bind the ingredients)
Mix everything thoroughly and store overnight for optimal results. I like to use it before I shave the ol’ getaway sticks—I find it helps to minimize my giant, gaping leg pores.
I came up with this while trying to make a refreshing summer drink with whiskey that wasn’t an Old Fashioned. It has a little sweetness from the honey and the strawberry, but it’s not over the top. Don’t drink from the devil’s spring? Substitute in some Braggs’ Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, and you have a refreshing health drink that gross people that love vinegar will enjoy!
- 1 oz whiskey of your choice
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 fresh strawberries
- dash of lemon
In a tumbler, muddle the lemon juice and honey; add sliced strawberries, whiskey, and top with cold water and ice. Sip in a cold bathtub after manual labour for maximum benefits.
- Is everyone melting in the summer heat?
- Do you DIY your scrubs? Have you bought one that was stellar?
- Have you ever taken a photo of your own legs? How’d that work out for you?