So you’re using top shelf liquor. We applaud you. But what are you using for mixers? Generic sodas with unpronounceable ingredients, sweetened beyond recognition with high fructose corn syrup? We’re here to help.
Use Q Drinks instead – called the ‘world’s best sodas’ by some mixologists– which are clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverages that enhance the finest spirits. (Or, do like us and drink them on their own.) Q drinks say they use the best ingredients they can find — organic agave from the Mexican countryside, quinine from the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, ginger from the fields of Southeast Asia, and salt from the Himalayas.
In 8 flavors (Q Club, Q Ginger Ale, Q Ginger Beer, Q Grapefruit, Q Kola, Q Lemon, Q Orange and Q Tonic), it’s an easy way to upgrade your cocktails. Besides being a healthier option than your standard mixer they look sooooo much better on your bar.
Here’s a few recipes to get you started.
4 ounces Q Kola
2 ounces spiced rum
8 pink peppercorns
1 lemon wedge
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add spiced rum and top with Q Kola and a squeeze of lime. Gently stir and garnish with peppercorns.
Combining the crisp flavor of Q Ginger with bourbon and orange, this makes for a one-of-a-kind cocktail.
The Dark, Stormy and Cidery is a riff on the classic ‘Dark & Stormy.’
Dark, Stormy and Cidery
3 ounces chilled Q Ginger Beer
2 ounces dark rum
1 ounce chilled apple cider
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 apple slice
1 lime wedge
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice and shake well. Pour the Q Ginger Beer into an ice-filled collins glass, top with apple cider and then the shaken rum. Garnish with an apple slice and a lime wedge. Try to balance the lime wedge on the apple slice like a sinking ship. It gets easier on the third drink!