The startup ecosystem in Cincinnati is something truly special. We didn't quite appreciate this when we launched our business; we just happened to live here. But from our earliest days we have benefitted immensely from being rooted in this hub of entrepreneurship. People have gone out of their way to help, encourage, and support us. And as we grow, we are always on the lookout for ways to give back.
So, when we were approached by the Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC) to help sponsor one of its concerts this season, we jumped on board. YPCC is the largest young professionals choral organization in the nation, and Jen (a music major in college) has previously sung with the group. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, YPCC has been rehearsing virtually and, when the weather permits, outside in parking lots. One such parking-lot rehearsal took place a few weeks ago at Karrikin Spirits Company, a craft distillery located on Cincinnati's east side. We set up a table inside the distillery where the singers could sample and purchase both Mixicles and Karrikin's spirits, beer, and non-alcoholic sodas:
One of the most popular combinations we featured that night was Jalapeño Citrus Mixicles mixed with Karrikin's Blaze agave spirit and Keylime sparkling spirit. (FYI: Blaze is made from 100% blue agave imported from Mexico. It can't be called tequila, however, because the spirit isn't produced in one of the five Mexican states that comprise the Los Altos highlands region.)
To make their Keylime sparkling spirit, Karrikin blends Blaze with real lime and lemon juice and then adds carbonation. It's the perfect topper for our cocktail.
To see a Reel showing how to make this cocktail, click here.
- 2 Jalapeño Citrus Mixicles® cubes
- 2 ounces Karrikin™ Blaze agave spirit (or substitute your favorite tequila)
- 3 ounces Karrikin™ Keylime sparkling spirit (or substitute lime seltzer)
Drop the Mixicles® cubes into a rocks glass (optional: salt the rim of the glass beforehand using Kosher salt and lime). Add the agave spirit and top with the sparkling spirit. Stir to combine.