Looking to kick back and sip a refreshing cocktail this summer? Here are four topshelf craft cocktail mixers from some of America's best artisan food makers that help you hydrate in style.
Frozen Vodka Tonic Recipe Here
True Tonic Syrup // Pratt Standard Cocktail Company // Washington, DC
“My Family’s Standard For Food That I Grew Up With Is What This Company Is About — Authenticity, Flavor, And Connection.”
-Tory Pratt, Founder
Spiced Orange Margarita Recipe Here
Thankfully, Tory Pratt has high standards for the quality of her craft cocktail syrups. Pratt Standard's tonic syrup elevates your home cocktails in seconds and offers up an open-ended itinerary of recipes. Want to be transported to an Italian cafe? Try the Negronic. Or polish off a G&T as the British Navy would...
A Bit Of Travel History:
"The Gin & Tonic was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India. In India and other tropical regions, malaria was a persistent problem. In the 1700s Scottish doctor George Cleghorn studied how quinine, a traditional cure for malaria, could be used to prevent the disease. The quinine was drunk in tonic water, however the bitter taste was unpleasant. British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable, thus gin and tonic was born"
4 Quick Pratt Standard Cocktails Recipes:
Spicy Margarita Recipe Here
Bird’s Eye Chili Rich Simple Syrup // Blank Slate Kitchen // Brooklyn, NY
- Spicy margaritas.
- Use it like hot sauce.
- Add it to salad dressing
- Drizzle over fried or grilled chicken.
- Glaze bacon.
Lemon Cordial // El Guapo // New Orleans, LA
Lemonade that cool refreshing drink… has launched many an entrepreneurial career for 12-year-olds parked curbside the world over. Well, this cup is all grown up with an addition of gin to adulterate it. We have always been huge fans of El Guapo who create some of the best bitters and cocktail syrups in the country out of the cocktail kingdom of NOLA. This is not the Country Time powdered stuff, made with hand juiced lemons with a hint of ginger this syrup will make any mediocre bar hand into a mixologist.
Tom Collins — aka Spiked Lemonade:
In a Collins glass filled with ice add 1 jigger Gin or Vodka, 3/4 parts El Guapo Lemonade Mix. Top with club soda and El Guapo Love Potion #9 Bitters.
Morris Kitchen // Ginger Spice Syrup // Brooklyn, NY
Enjoying a well crafted cocktail doesn’t have to mean paying 15$ in a pretentious bar. Morris Kitchen’s handcrafted ginger syrup reminds us quality cocktails at home can be cheaper than coors light. Go for a Moscow Mule or the Dark & Stormy, just fill a glass with ice, add 3 oz seltzer, ½ oz Ginger Syrup and lime. Slowly pour 2oz rum on top to keep color separate, garnish with a lime. Make a round of these and we promise nobody will care you may not have the proper glassware…