’Tis the season for instant cocktails that don’t leave us cold. Mix up a warming Hot Buttered Rum, Vodka Apple Pie, or Whiskey Hot Toddy in a flash with Cutwater Heaters concentrated high-proof mixers. No mixology skills needed. Just add hot water and curl up by the fire.
We love opening those little doors on advent calendars for sweet surprises. Eight Days of Spirits’ windows hide artisanal cocktail mixers and barrel-aged bitters by Woodford Reserve and Williams Sonoma. Festive faves include Orange, Chocolate and Cherry Bitters, and Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Spiced Apple.
We love summertime Bourbon Sours and Old Fashioneds, so it’s no surprise that we’re in-Spire-d by the sweet-and-sour Spire cocktail created by Woodward Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. It’s a cinch when made with William Sonoma’s Spire mixer, a blend of tart cranberry and lemon juice, sweetened with simple syrup.
Electronic instrument and gear maker Teenage Engineering applied their minimalist design to this palm-sized mixing board. The TX-6 runs on batteries and has six 3.5mm stereo inputs, an equalizer, effects, synthesizer and sequencer, and an iOS app. It’s made from aluminum with a PU leather pad on back.
The canned cocktail craze makes drinking convenient but generally leaves us wishing for fresher flavors without an aluminum aftertaste. Williams Sonoma and Woodford Reserve whisky come to the rescue with a trio of premium bottled cocktail mixers – Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Mint Julep – especially for brown liquor lovers.
Because mixers make or break any cocktail, Fever-Tree makes a Distillers Cola with lower sugar and higher carbonation to enhance rum and whiskey. A global search for its key ingredients yielded Caribbean kola nuts, Tahiti limes from Mexico, Jamaican pimento berries, Sicilian lemon, and Madagascan vanilla.
Music gear maker Roland’s compact GO:MIXER PRO-X is designed for capturing live performances on smartphones. It’s great for recording bands, multiple instruments, interviews, and more. It has Combo XLR, 1/4″, and 3.5mm inputs, and connects directly to the Lightning or USB-C port on your phone.