As life incrementally gets back to normal, it’s time to let loose and enjoy our new Roarin’ 20s with some of the best libations we can muster.
And everyone knows that aside from the booze, no good cocktail isn’t complete without some quality accompaniments. From top shelf mixers to incredible ingredients, here are some of the best cocktail co-stars on the market.
Montgomery Distillery Bloody Mary Mixer
Based in the picturesque community of Misuola, Montana, Montgomery Distillery is a mom and pop operation known for its outstanding spirits and inventive bar. It’s all the brainchild of Ryan Montgomery, a farmer’s son who brings a passionate spin to his craft. It’s a passion that also shows up in its unique line of mixers, including a Bloody Mary mix which spares no expense by using homemade Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, along with other locally-sourced ingredients. The result will blow every brunch spot Bloodys you’ve tried out of the water. (Limited availability, check website for details.)
In addition to the tequila and lime, no good margarita is worth its salt without, well, salt! Any amatuer knows that regular old table salt just won’t cut it, which is where a top-notch sea salt comes in. Say hello to SaltiereOne, a company that harvests sea salt by hand from the waters of Duxbury Bay in Massachusetts. Available in flavored varieties (including blends timed to the seasons) and even a three-pound tub, its lip smacking caliber will make you forget all about the regular old supermarket stuff.
From an Irish Coffee to Mudslides and Martinis, milk is one ingredient you shouldn’t skimp on. Forget about the dairy kind (isn’t everyone staying away from the real stuff these days?), Koita’s speciality is a range of plant-based milk products that boast all of the taste and none of the discomfort. A product of Italy, the company’s coconut, almond, oat, soy and rice milks all offer the perfect balance of delectable creaminess and perfect flavor, tailor made for whatever you’re whipping up. Cheers to that.
vnlla Extract Co.
If you thought vanilla extract was just for baking, think again. Frequently used in boozy summertime-friendly shakes, as well as Eggnog and Old Fashioned variations, a dash of the right vanilla can elevate an otherwise bland drink. Luckily, vnlla Extra Co is here with a bold and flavorful vanilla fit for the job. Concocted using Madagascar vanilla beans and proudly sustainable, the company is known for both its classic extract as well as ones with a hint of lemon, orange and spice.
When time is of the essence and one needs an impressive cocktail with few ingredients at the ready, Morris Kitchen is here to help. The company is known for their line of mixers and syrups perfect for when there’s a last minute guest to impress with unique flavors ranging from Grapefruit Honey to Pineapple Lime. The latter a tropical treat which also features delectable coconut water. Aside from booze, the only other thing you’ll be hankering for is a paper umbrella.
Endangered Species Chocolate
A quality chocolate shaving on top of a passionately-crafted cocktail demands a quality chocolate. Cue Endangered Species Chocolate which has built its company around responsibly sourced ingredients and a promise to never add ‘mysterious’ sweeteners or additives. The result is a fresh, vibrant chocolate: perfect for a shave on top or a blend inside. Now that’s sweet.
Known for their wide-range of products (bowls, mugs, glasses and straws among them), W&P Design also hawks a series of cocktail syrups to fill any sort of container with. Sold in both 8oz and 1oz sizes, their syrups including ones for a mean Moscow Mule or an outstanding Old Fashioned make for the perfect fridge stand-by whether for a weekday craving or a weekend celebration.