Remember going to three different stores searching for the ingredients to make your favorite drink? Those days are bygones thanks to so many companies packaging all the fixings for you into pre-measured mixers. A select few even take the artisan approach by using natural ingredients and focusing on quality over quantity. Call it a craft cocktail in a bottle. From breakfast cocktails through that final, soothing nightcap, with these small batch libations already mixed and ready to pour, you’ll feel like you have a personal bartender at your beck and call.
Made only from fresh and natural ingredients, RIPE Bar Juices are never made from frozen concentrates like some other brands, and both citrus and vegetable juices are hand squeezed or hand pressed in the company’s kitchen. They only use organic agave juice as a sweetener and the horseradish they use in some mixes is ground from fresh horseradish root.
From sweet to savory, the RIPE collection includes Agave Margarita Bar Juice (Agave Lime Sour), San Marzano Bloody Mary Bar Juice, Agave Lemon Sour Bar Juice, Agave Mojito Bar Juice and Agave Punch Bar Juice.
For drinkers who have somewhat bipolar palates, yearning for a classic cocktail one day and the latest trendy drink the next, Powell & Mahoney Limited is your new best friend. All their mixes are handcrafted in Vermont, and the recipes were created from 1872 to the present. They use the highest quality juices and essential oils and pure cane sugar for sweetness.
Choose from the newly introduced Chipotle Bloody Mary, Old Ballycastle Ginger created in 1881 and perfect for making a Dark and Stormy or Moscow Mule, or pick up a bottle of Cosmopolitan, Original Bloody Mary, Mojito, Margarita (also available low-cal), Lemon Sour with Bitter, Pomegranate, Peach Bellini, Blood Orange or the red hot Sriracha Bloody Mary.
If you’ve been on a lifelong quest for the perfect gin and tonic, Jack Rudy Cocktail Company is your pot of gold. Their Small Batch Tonic is a delectable quinine concentrate that transforms gin (or even vodka) into a flawless tonic cocktail with whatever amount of soda water you prefer. Imbibers who lean toward sweeter concoctions appreciate their latest mixer, Small Batch Grenadine.
Jack Rudy Cocktail Company puts tremendous care and effort into their mixers. The quinine mixer is made from quinine harvested from the Cinchona tree, lightly flavored with a botanical mixture, and sweetened with pure cane sugar, all of which bring out the best in gin and vodka. The pomegranate juice used for the grenadine comes from Madera, California family-grown fruit. Cane sugar and orange flower water dissolved in the juice make the fresh flavor pop. Use the grenadine to create your own cocktail recipes or to mix classic drinks such as El Presidente, Monkey Gland, Ward 8, or Jack Rose.
Not for the faint of heart, Liber & Co. mixers will take your taste buds on a trip they’ll never forget. Their Spiced Tonic Syrup is based on a recipe from Colonial India. The quinine in the syrup is made from the bark of Latin American cinchona trees, flavored with a mysterious blend of South Asian herbs and spices, and finished off with organic agave nectar to impart a delicately sweet finish.
Shrub is a very old method of fruit preservation that retains the essence and acidity of the fruit, which infuses drinks with an ideal balance of tartness and sweetness. Liber & Co.’s Rhubarb & Ginger Shrub is an exotically flavored mixer made from fresh rhubarb and ginger root tempered with pure cane sugar and coconut vinegar. Their Texas Grapefruit Shrub was born out of the company founders’ Texas roots. Made from vibrant red and extremely sweet Rio Star grapefruit, the mixer pairs well with almost any hard liquor.
You can whip up a variety of bar favorites with a collection of all-natural mixers from Stirrings. Blood Orange Martinis, Bloody Marys and Peach Bellinis turn any breakfast or brunch into a special occasion. As the day wears on, sip on your favorite martinis such as Apple, Watermelon, Wild Blueberry and, in season, Pomegranate. For all-time bar favorites, make your drinks with Stirrings’ Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop, Margarita and Mojito mixers.