We love bourbon, and usually we drink it neat, so initially we did not create any Mixicles® flavors designed for mixing with that particular spirit. But then we were approached to host a booth at Cincinnati’s first “Bourbon in the Park” event. We were asked by the organizer, Rawnica Dillingham, now with Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, whether we made any Mixicles® to pair with bourbon. We immediately answered, “Yes, we could do three different varieties.” (That’s what the hustle calls for: say “yes” and then figure it out!)
And so we started brainstorming ideas…. Jason came across a piece by mixologist Molly Wellman in Bourbon+ magazine that featured a recipe for “The Avenue,” a classic bourbon cocktail with tropical notes, and he started experimenting. Soon enough, he had the flavor profile down for what has become Jen’s favorite, and one of our most popular, Mixicles: Orange Blossom Pomegranate (available as one of the three flavors in our Distinctive Collection).
Putting bourbon over ice can help smooth out and open up the flavors, but too much will dilute the spirit. With Mixicles, you get the benefits of chilling and enhancing your bourbon, with no risk of watering it down. That’s why we love drinking bourbon with Orange Blossom Pomegranate Mixicles. When you top a cube with the spirit, the flavors start to unfold right away. The first couple of sips will be bourbon-forward, and then, as the cube begins to melt, you’ll pick up notes of sweet apple and tangy passion fruit mixed with tart pomegranate and orange blossom essence. If you happen to finish your drink before the cube has melted completely, no problem: just add more bourbon!
For Bourbon in the Park, we were partnered with Jim Beam®. We paired our Orange Blossom Pomegranate cubes with Jim Beam® Bonded 100-proof bourbon. Generally, we suggest mixing Orange Blossom Pomegranate with a bourbon that is 100 proof or less so you don’t overpower the layered flavor of the cubes, but pick whatever whiskey variety you like best. It’s all good.
- 2 Orange Blossom Pomegranate Mixicles® cubes
- 2 ounces bourbon
Place the Mixicles® cubes in a rocks glass. Top with the bourbon. If desired, garnish with an orange peel. Swirl, sip, and savor.