You don’t have to be a mixologist to create impressive, elegant cocktails at home. Mixers make it simple, and our favorites are crafted in small batches by independent Southern makers. From all-natural gum syrup to low-calorie tonic, here are the Southern-made mixers to stock your bar cart this season.
Liber & Co. makes their Raspberry Gum Syrup with juicy red raspberries that are harvested, cleaned, cooled, and crushed at peak ripeness. This swift process allows the fruit to retain its tart flavor. Pure cane sugar adds a subtle sweetness to the syrup without making it saccharine, while all-natural gum arabica provides its smooth richness.
Liber & Co. Almond Orgeat Syrup
This Almond Orgeat Syrup from Liber & Co. starts with blanched, roasted almonds, which give way to seasonal nutty, toasted flavors. Additional ingredients include pure cane sugar and orange blossom. The orgeat’s distinct marzipan flavor comes from a hint of bitter almond oil, which is the finishing touch. Mix it up with rum, Curaçao, and lime for the best Mai Tai you’ve ever tasted.
ACE Basin Cocktail Co. offers a healthier alternative to Langdon’s Original Tonic made with the same all-natural ingredients as the standard recipe, including citrus juices, lemongrass, and all-spice berries. Its sweetness comes from Sucralose, so it’s less caloric than the original tonic without compromising flavor. Try it in a Bourbon Lemon Tonic.
Take your cocktail (or baking) game to the next level with this versatile 5-pack of Woodford Reserve Bitters. It includes Woodford Reserve® Chocolate Bitters, Woodford Reserve® Orange Bitters, Woodford Reserve® Aromatic Bitters, Woodford Reserve® Sassafras and Sorghum Bitters, and Woodford Reserve® Spiced Cherry Bitters. If you’re a bubbly water fan, try adding a drop or two to a glass with ice for homemade flavored water you won’t find in a can.
For more drink recipe inspiration, don’t miss these batched holiday cocktails from the Local Palate.
Written by Daniela Johnson