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Best Craft Mixer Brand (2022)

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A great cocktail calls for great 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

  • Blind Tiger Spirit-Free Cocktails

    Blind Tiger Spirit-Free Cocktails

    Launched as an Erie, PA speakeasy in 2017, the Blind Tiger was forced to pivot during the pandemic when state laws kept them from selling to-go drinks. After discovering there were only 29 craft non-alcoholic mixer companies in the country, they recognized a significant opportunity and began bottling and distributing a full line of non-alcoholic craft cocktails. These drinks mirror their finely crafted alcoholic libations and can be served alone or used as a mixer with your favorite spirit. 
    Photo courtesy of No

  • 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

  • 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 Maria Fehl

  • 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

  • Absinthia's Bottled Spirits

    Absinthia's Bottled Spirits

    Absinthia’s Bottled Spirits, formerly Nickel Dime Cocktail Syrups, produces four varieties of fresh cocktail syrups in California. Caged Heat spices up cocktails with tamarind, chili and cardamom, while Fairy Dust adds herbaceous notes of fennel, anise and wormwood. Cherry Bomb features flavors of black cherry, roasted coffee and cacao, and Crimson Smoke has hints of smoked tea, cranberry and honey.
    Photo courtesy of Jenya Chernoff

  • 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 Billy Cress

  • Yes Cocktail Co.

    Yes Cocktail Co.

    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 Mary Lagier

  • Alley Twenty Six

    Alley Twenty Six

    Downtown Durham, North Carolina is home to the state's first-ever James Beard Outstanding Bar Program Finalist, Alley Twenty Six Restaurant and Bar. Pivoting during the pandemic, Alley Twenty Six expanded its tonic syrup line from a single flavor to a wide variety of cocktail syrup options. The founder, Shannon Healy, draws from both history and innovation when developing the flavorful libations. The craft beverage syrup was developed as farm-to-sip, complementing the restaurant's farm-to-table approach to long-term sustainability.
    Photo courtesy of Baxter Miller

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

  1. Strongwater
  2. Blind Tiger Spirit-Free Cocktails
  3. Fresh Victor
  4. Simple Times Mixers
  5. FloraLuna Apothecary & Trading Co.
  6. Bitter Girl Bitters
  7. Absinthia’s Bottled Spirits
  8. 1888 Hand Pressed Olive Juice
  9. Yes Cocktail Co.
  10. Alley Twenty Six

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning brands!

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