Any bartender worth his chili-lime rimming salt knows that every ingredient in a drink matters.
Ever had homemade tonic? Mexican Coke? Margaritas made the right way?
They taste a million times better. But they also slow a pine-tending man down, especially when he has a house full of guests to entertain.
Which is why we recommend Mixwell, a local mixology company hucking A-grade mixers preserved in smart, resealable cans.
At launch, they do three flavors: Young Ginger, Dandelion Tonic and Mojave Grapefruit, all made from local ingredients like Malibu-picked dandelion and grapefruit and agave sourced just outside of Palm Springs.
And Mixwell owner and local mixologist Billy Ray (Patina Group, Blind Barber) designed the super-savvy can with drinkmaking excellence in mind. It's resealable and pressurized, and has a slow-pour lip so you get exact measurements every time. Just pop the back tab up and slide the lid back so that the fluid comes out.
Each 12-oz. can is good for around three cocktails.
Mixwell Celebrates the Bartenders of Los AngelesAn ode to the men and women behind the pine. 5:05
And because it’s the holidays, Billy Ray kindly made us two cocktails using his mixers and a few other items you can pick up at your local grocer or the Cocktail Lab. Cheers.
1.5 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon
.5 oz. lemon juice
4 oz. Mixwell Young Ginger Soda
2 dashes cranberry bitters
4 sage leaves
Build drink in mixing tin (3 leaves of sage, lemon juice, cranberry bitters, bourbon and ice). Shake. Fine-strain into Collins glass with ice and top with Mixwell Young Ginger. Garnish with sage leaf.
1.5 oz. Altos Tequila
.25 oz. allspice dram
.5 oz. lemon juice
2 dashes Miracle Mile Chocolate Chili Bitters
4 oz. Mixwell Mojave Grapefruit Soda
In a Collins glass, add lemon juice, allspice dram, tequila and ice. Top with Mixwell Mojave Grapefruit Soda and finish with Miracle Mile Chocolate Chili bitters. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.