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Best Craft Mixer Brand (2021)

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A killer cocktail calls for killer ingredients, and that applies to more than just the booze. The craft distilling movement has buoyed a similar wave of companies hand-crafting their own lines of cocktail bitters, tonics, mixers, syrups and sipping vinegars, all with an eye toward elevating the cocktail experience.

  • Strongwater

    Strongwater

    Inspired by the apothecaries of the 16th century, Strongwater adds a dash of botanical integrity to cocktails through their line of herb and hemp bitters, shrubs and cocktail syrups. 
    Photo courtesy of Strongwater

  • Fresh Victor

    Fresh Victor

    Fresh Victor offers cold-pressed juices and herb blends made for mixing cocktails and mocktails. Options include Mexican Lime & Agave, Pineapple & Ginger Root, Cactus Pear & Pomegranate, Lemon Sour, Cucumber & Lime, Three Citrus & Mint Leaf and Jalapeño & Lime.
    Photo courtesy of Fresh Victor

  • FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co.

    FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co.

    FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co. takes inspiration from “the forgotten cocktails of decades past” when handcrafting their organic bitters from ingredients sourced in the Sonoma County countryside. Options include Citrus Basil, Wormwood, Cherry Vanilla, Bacon Tobacco, Cayenne Ginger, Celery Horseradish and Rose Petal, along with the classic orange and aromatic.
    Photo courtesy of FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co.

  • Bitter Girl Bitters

    Bitter Girl Bitters

    The small batch bitters from Bitter Girl Bitters in Sonoma County are hand-crafted from both homegrown pears, hops, lavender, mint, prickly pears and pomegranates grown in their Petaluma garden, as well as locally sourced ingredients.
    Photo courtesy of Bitter Girl Bitters

  • Yes Cocktail Co.

    Yes Cocktail Co.
    Paso Robles, CA

    California’s Yes Cocktail Company believes the best cocktails start with the best ingredients, so they are committed to using only 100% all-natural herbs, spices, and fruits in their craft cocktail products. Their handcrafted cocktail mixers include a floral Lavender Honey, a tart Hibiscus Rose, a spicy Ginger Citrus, a cool Cucumber Jalapeno, and a fiery Blood Orange & Chili Pepper. Yes Cocktail makes their recipes from scratch and designs them to “enhance your spirit, not cover it up.”
    Photo courtesy of Yes Cocktail Co.

  • 18.21 Bitters

    18.21 Bitters
    Atlanta

    The goal of 18.21 Bitters is to craft better cocktails through its lineup of cocktail bitters, shrubs, syrups, tinctures, tonic water and ginger beer. Interesting additions to any bar include lavender and French sea salt simple syrup, tart cherry and saffron bitters or watermelon mint shrub.
    Photo courtesy of 18.21 Bitters

  • 1888 Hand Pressed Olive Juice

    1888 Hand Pressed Olive Juice

    1888 is a dirty martini mixer made from whole-pressed Spanish olives. A one-ton press extracts the juice, giving this mixer a real olive flavor without additives or fillers.
    Photo courtesy of 1888 Hand Pressed Olive Juice

  • AVEC Drinks

    AVEC Drinks

    AVEC set out to make a guilt-free mixer made with real juice, low or no sugar and natural botanicals. The lineup of carbonated mixers includes flavors like Jalapeño & Blood Orange, Ginger, Hibiscus & Pomegranate, Grapefruit & Pomelo and Yuzu & Lime.
    Photo courtesy of AVEC Drinks

  • Simple Times Mixers

    Simple Times Mixers

    Simple Times Mixers are made from real, fresh ingredients that can be mixed with your favorite spirit for a fresh cocktail taste. Options include Blueberry Basil Lemonade, Pineapple Mule, Cranberry Lemonade, Pomegranate Mule, Pear Rosemary Mule, Blueberry Cold-Brewed Tea and Blood Orange Margarita.
    Photo courtesy of Simple Times Mixers

  • King Floyd's

    King Floyd's
    Novato, CA

    King Floyd’s in California aims to create the finest hand-crafted cocktail mixer bitters in the world. They source the finest ingredients, grind herbs and spices by hand, filter the bitters after two months of maturation, and add maple syrup to complete the process. Their flavors cover the gamut from cardamon, cherry cacao, chocolate, ginger, green chili, and many others.
    Photo courtesy of King Floyd's

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The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Mixer are as follows:

  1. Strongwater
  2. Fresh Victor
  3. FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co.
  4. Bitter Girl Bitters
  5. Yes Cocktail Co. 
  6. 18.21 Bitters 
  7. 1888 Hand Pressed Olive Juice
  8. AVEC Drinks
  9. Simple Times Mixers
  10. King Floyd's 

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning mixer companies!

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10Best Editors

10Best Editors

10Best Editors

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

Eric Grossman

Eric Grossman

Eric Grossman

Gerrish Lopez

Gerrish Lopez

Gerrish Lopez

Marla Cimini

Marla Cimini

Marla Cimini

Ziggy Eschliman

Ziggy Eschliman

Ziggy Eschliman

Brian Christensen

Brian Christensen

Brian Christensen
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