I grew up in in Chicago and, many years ago, wore down a lot of footwear working in various downtown restaurants and, when it comes to cocktails, I’m still mostly an “M or M” kinda gal—Martini or Manhattan. However, most of my girlfriends prefer something a little lighter, sweeter, or “festive.” It’s true that keeping it lighter and imbibing in drinks that use mixers lets them sip through the evening. So I was happy to try out Powell & Mahoney’s cocktail mixes to please my gal pals and broaden my home repertoire. We were all pleasantly surprised.
Powell & Mahoney’s currently offer a line of 18 flavor varieties of Vintage Original Cocktail Mixers to choose from. The mixes combine juices, essential oils and organic cane sugar, eliminating the need for simple syrup, various bottles of juices and bitters and other little bar extras. Prepare your garnishes, combine your spirits with the mixes, and enjoy a classic or trendy cocktail with your friends, your sweetheart, or whomever else you aim to please. After the party, Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixes keep in the fridge until your next sundowner.
I invited my women friends over for a tasting party, and, over the course of the evening, we knoshed, mixed and sipped cocktails made with four different Powell & Mahoney Vintage Original Mixers in pursuit of improving our oldies but goodies and finding that “something new.”
Our top winners? We all loved the Mango Passion Fruit Margarita (“refreshing and yummy”). The Sriracha Bloody Mary, which we tried with gin, was “so spicy it’s not for the faint of heart,” but “great artisan cocktail flavor” for those of us who like it hot. We mixed the Lemon Sour Mix with Bitters vodka and a fresh squeeze of lemon for further tartness, and this was our all-round favorite. We also agree that any of these mixes would be great to use in party punches.
Some of the other flavors to try include classic Mojito, Bloody Mary and Margarita mixes, or fun flavors like Ginger, Blood Orange or Peach Bellini.
These handcrafted, small batch mixes are brought to us from Made in Williston, Vermont, Powell & Mahoney Vintage Original Cocktail Mixers are available nationwide in grocery, liquor stores and specialty shops, or from their online store at www.powellandmahoney.com. Take a look at some of the recipes posted as well. Prices range from about $6.00 to $36.00, singly or in 6 bottle cases.— Photos and story by Nancy Zaffaro
Try some of these Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Recipes: (Cocktail photos below courtesy Powell & Mahoney, Limited)
Pour 4 oz. Powell & Mahoney’s award-winning Sriracha Bloody Mary mix, ½ oz. fresh lemon juice and 1 ½ oz. gin in a shaker and gently shake. Strain into a pint glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and celery leaves.
Pour 1 ½ – 2 oz. spirit of choice and 1 oz. Powell & Mahoney Lemon Sour mixer into a shaker and gently shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Mango Passion Fruit Margarita
In a shaker, combine 1.5 oz. tequila, 1.5 oz. Powell& Mahoney Mango Passion Margarita, and juice of half a lime. Optional: ½ oz. of almond syrup.