Master of Mixes Cocktails
This post is sponsored by Master of Mixes.
When I set out to create a couple recipes using Master of Mixes Pina Colada Mix I started with the mix for inspiration. This premium cocktail mix is an ultra-creamy blend of hand-harvested tropical coconuts, and a refreshing splash of premium Costa Rica pineapple juice. It is truly a tropical vacation in a glass, and since these two flavors are my favorites it was easy to come up with some awesome recipes using this versatile mixer.
I find that mixes are used when the fresh ingredients aren’t available – or they’re just not feasible at the time of cocktail creation. Going to a friend’s house for a party and don’t want to lug a bunch of coconuts and pineapples? Or maybe you’ve had a long day at work and don’t feel like hand juicing some coconut milk on your way to a slammin' tiki drank…
Here’s your solution.
Master of Mixes sources only the best varietal fruits from the best growing regions in the world. In fact, they employ a full-time Food Scientist, Isolde, to identify and source their selections. I’d say that’s a commitment to quality.
For the first cocktail, I wanted something that was easy to make with only a few easy-to-find ingredients. Enter the Martini.
Cocktail #1: Toasted Coconut Martini
- 1 oz Master of Mixes Pina Colada mix
- 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- Splash of pineapple juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a coupe glass. (Optional) Garnish with toasted coconut flakes. This is a bit sweet for my personal tastes but we all know someone that prefers a sweeter cocktail. This is it.
Next up I wanted to create something more complex, but with a stiff kick. Something I would drink. To offset the sweetness of the mix I brought in some Cynar to balance it out.
Cocktail #2: Beach Bum
- 1.5 oz Master of Mixes Pina Colada mix
- 1.5 oz dark rum (I used Bacardi 8)
- ½ oz Cynar
- ½ oz orange liqueur (I used Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao)
- ¼ oz lime juice
- ¾ oz pineapple juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a Collins glass. (Optional) Top with ½ oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum float.
Overall, I was really happy with the way these turned out and this Master of Mixes Pina Colada mix has helped to open my eyes to a world of craft mixers. Did I mention there are over 45 flavors? Let the testing begin.
Check out MixologyPro.com, a great resource for home bartenders to glean recipes and how-tos.