ETC Produce and Provisions at historic Findlay Market was the first retailer to carry Mixicles. We love working with them. Owned and operated by Toncia and Estevan Chavez, ETC partners with area farms and food artisans to provide the freshest produce and local products. Toncia has an infectious laugh that you can hear from across the Market and that would turn around even the saddest of days. Every time Jason visits Findlay Market, he stops at ETC — not just to check on the Mixicles stock, but to see what is fresh and in season.
Recently Toncia asked if we would want to serve Mixicles samples at ETC's booth at the Findlay Fall Fest. Of course we said "yes," and then set about figuring out what drinks to offer. Jen suggested trying Mixicles in hot apple cider. This struck Jason as counterintuitive, but he went along with the experiment. Turns out that dropping a frozen Mixicles cube into a mug of hot cider instantly infuses it with flavor while bringing the beverage to a drinkable temperature from the very first sip.
And so we started running through our current flavor offerings to see which would pair best with apple cider. There were two clear winners: tropical Orange Blossom Pomegranate and earthy Blackberry Lemon Thyme. For Fall Fest, we would be serving samples without alcohol, and both of these flavors made for delightful zero-proof drinks. That said, the addition of bourbon (or, alternatively, rum) takes these beverages to the next level. Mixicles were a hit at Fall Fest. We went through all our samples and had to restock the freezer at ETC twice that day. Jen's kids stopped by to help serve, and we met the loveliest people, including a family that now supplies us with insulated containers and ice packs for shipping Mixicles outside the Cincinnati area!
Brrrrrbon Cider Cocktail
- 1 Orange Blossom Pomegranate or 1 Blackberry Lemon Thyme Mixicles® cube (both found in our Distinctive Collection)
- 4 ounces hot apple cider (not spiced or mulled)
- 1.5 ounces bourbon
Drop the Mixicles® cube into a mug. Top with the hot apple cider, and then stir in the bourbon.