Healthy buzz! Spiked smoothie bowls intoxicate Ft. Greene foodies - Brooklyn Paper

Healthy buzz! Spiked smoothie bowls intoxicate Ft. Greene foodies

Winning combo: Baba Cool owner and chef Gabby Mann shows off her colorful boozy smoothie creation.
Photo by Jason Speakman

They’re drunk on wellness!

A Fort Greene cafe serving off-the-menu boozy smoothie bowls offers patrons a one-stop-shop to eat better — and get drunk while doing so — according to the dish’s creators.

“Often times you don’t do wellness and drinking at the same time, but I don’t understand why,” said Gabby Mann, the owner of Baba Cool on Lafayette Avenue and S. Elliott Place.

The concoctions begin as bowls filled with a mouthful of feel-good ingredients that include pureed dragon fruit, peaches, almond milk, cacao nibs, bee pollen, pepita, and chia. The mixture is then spiked with just less than a standard pour of sparkling wine or rose, creating a taste Mann likened to two favorite frozen treats.

“It’s refreshing, kind of like a daiquiri,” she said. “You get different flavors from bee pollen, and the texture is kind of like that of a McFlurry with cacao nibs.”

And while hungry and thirsty customers may get different flavors from the baby bees’ food, the sloshed slush’s alcohol gives them all the same buzz, which is even stronger if they make a meal or two out of it.

“It will definitely give you a buzz — especially if it’s all your eating for breakfast and lunch,” Mann said.

The chef discovered her affinity for creating alcoholic edibles as a student at the University of Wisconsin, where the jello shot bowls she served her hard-partying classmates were a primer for her smoothies.

“I was the queen of making jello shot bowls, so it just sort of came naturally to me,” Mann said.

The boozy bowls join other spiked frozen treats sold across the city, including Tipsy Scoop ice cream, honey whiskey cake, and prosecco-packed popsicles.

Try one yourself at Baba Cool [64B Lafayette Ave. at S. Elliott Place in Fort Greene, (347) 689–2344]. $13.75.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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