Mixing it Up

Cocktail Mixers & Recipes

When it comes to mixing my own cocktails, I’m bad at trying new things. I have my favorite standbys—vodka La Croix and wine straight up. Obviously not very committed to a long list of ingredients; for me, it's booze + mixer. But in the spirit of spring (see what I did there)—I’ve decided to elevate my mixer game. Check out these new ideas for easy mixer + booze recipes and give ‘em a try yourself. 

If you like soda as a mixer, these are for you—they’re different than anything else on the market. The organic, handcrafted soda uses all natural ingredients and agave as sweetener with only 100 calories per bottle. With flavors like Ginger Blossom with ginger, vanilla, and lime, Lemon Flower with lemon, elderflower, and tarragon, Zesty Orange with blood orange, lime, and cilantro it’s sincerely hard to pick a favorite. There’s plenty of recipes on their website so I tried the Light & Breezy. The flavors balance spicy, sweet, and fresh—perfect for day drinking. 

Light & Breezy

  • 2 oz rum 
  • 3 oz Sipp Ginger Blossom + lime wedge for garnish

Directions: Add the ingredients in a highball filled with ice cubes. Garnish with the lime wedge.  

Forget the G & T and mix it up with a G & K. Kombucha is a probiotic and can help with digestion so if you’re known to eat junk food while drinking this could help prevent stomach aches. My go to for Kombucha is Health-Ade because it’s low sugar and has flavor without tasting artificial. Try the Original Health-Ade Kombucha with a more botanical gin like Hendrick’s or ESMÉ.

Coconut water will add a subtle nutty flavor to cocktails. Its health benefits include high potassium and electrolytes so the nice thing about using it for a mixer is that you are actually getting nutrients and re-hydrating on those hot days. It’s not as low cal as water but better than some mixers like tonic which has tons of sugar. Try 1 oz St. Germaine, 3 oz organic CocoCoast coconut water, and a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing low ABV cocktail. 

There’s Frosé, rosé spritzers, rosé sangria, and more, but have you tried Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka and lemonade? Game changing.  This is the new “it” booze for spring. If you like to keep it simple like I do, it also pairs well with soda, prosecco, and grapefruit juice. I enjoyed the combo of 2 oz of Rosé Vodka with 4 oz Newman’s Own Lemonade. You can get the vodka at any of the local Total Wine stores.

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