Once again, we’re talking all things cocktails here on Female Original. Lockdown has seen me not only experiment with new cocktail recipes but also seek out the best pre-mixed cocktails to enjoy on a Saturday night. This time, I’m sharing a new bottled cocktail company that focuses on both delicious drinks and environmentally friendly methods. Sound like a bit of you? Keep reading to learn more about Mixtons.
Mixtons: A bit about the brand
Mixtons is a bottled cocktail company that was founded as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founders Ranj, Xav and Sim, built the company after having run bars across the UK for six years. With COVID-19 having seriously affected the hospitality sector, they built Mixtons in response to requests that they were getting from friends and family about cocktail-making. They were bombarded with questions about how to make the best cocktails at home. So, they launched Mixtons’ in direct response to the growing need for bar-standard cocktails at home.
Mixtons: Environmental impact
What is it that makes Mixtons so special then, eh? Well, it has to be their commitment to offsetting their carbon emissions. Mixtons work in partnership with Ecologi, which is a company that plants trees in order to offset your carbon emissions. The company that I work for in my day-to-day life is also signed up to Ecologi so, when I spotted it on the Mixtons website, it instantly stood out to me.
As well as their partnership with Ecologi, they also ensure that their packaging and bottles are recyclable and encourage customers to reuse bottles in whatever creative way they see fit.
Mixtons’ cocktail range
So, we’ve established that Mixtons is a cocktail brand that’s striving towards making a difference. But, the big question is, are their cocktails just as brilliant as their commitment to sustainability? I tested out four drinks from their core range of cocktails: Cheeky Peach, Pornstar Martini, Secret Garden & Spicy Melons. Let’s see if they lived up to my expectations.
First up is the Cheeky Peach, which is made up of; white rum, peach schnapps, ginger, peach, apple & guava. Definitely a tropical one from the ingredients alone!
As for the taste, it was giving me a syrupy texture with a sweet peach flavour, yet it still had a lightness to it. For me, it’s the ideal afternoon sipper. Get me parked up on the beach with a glass of this bad boy in my hand and we’re on to a tropical winner.
Next up is their Pornstar Martini. I have to admit that, in general, this isn’t really one of my go-to cocktails. It always seemed a bit too sweet for me. I’m not the biggest fan of sweeter, juice-based drinks, and a Pornstar Martini often leans towards these characteristics. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Mixtons’ Pornstar Martini packed a punch. It had a slight sweetness to it, but what stood out to me was the fact that you can absolutely taste the booze in it, which was vodka, along with passoa, passion fruit and vanilla.
The third cocktail that I tried out was their Secret Garden: gin, elderflower, apple, mint and lime. Let me just say, they had me at gin and elderflower. My mind instantly went to one of my favourite drinks, a St Germain Spritz, so I had high hopes. After tasting, my high expectations had absolutely been reached. It was light, refreshing and everything that I had hoped for. Absolutely gorgeous.
To finish, I gave their Spicy Melons cocktail a go, a tequila-based cocktail mixed with watermelon, jalapeño, cointreau and lime. Very intriguing to say the least. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to get from this drink but ended up being greeted with a back-of-the-throat kick of jalepeño. Yowza! As a spice-lover myself, this was most definitely a winner in my eyes. It was completely unlike any cocktail I’ve tried before. If you’re a fan of a little kick of spice then this is a must-try.
So, what’s my winner?
Ding ding ding, we have a winner! Which cocktail takes the Female Original top spot, you ask? It has to be the Secret Garden. Whilst the Spicy Melons was completely unique, the Secret Garden was simply just a bit of me. You can’t go wrong with gin and elderflower, and I think the Secret Garden absolutely proves that.
Have you tried out any bottled cocktails recently? What are some of your favourites? Let me know in the comments.
Read next: St Germain Spritz Cocktail Recipe.