Host a Cocktail Party With the Best Southern-made Drink Mixers

May 9, 2014 | By | Comments (1)
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Simon Andrews

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Simon Andrews

When 13-ingredient drinks featuring house-made habanero bitters are the new normal and bartenders regularly light orange peels on fire, hosting your own cocktail party can be intimidating. Do you need a muddler? Where can you find those perfectly ironic drink umbrellas?

Fortunately, we’ve found four Southern companies whose small-batch drink mixers take the guesswork out of serving up a seriously impressive cocktail.

With flavors as classic as grapefruit and as exotic as Siberian fir, you can mix and match to suit your guests, whether they’re more of the gin-and-tonic crowd or are versed in the art of infusions.

And if you’re thinking of that plastic bottle filled with neon margarita syrup, think again. These apothecary-style bottles are a serious bar-cart upgrade, and the serving instructions on their artfully designed labels make channeling your inner mixologist easy.

Here are our favorites to get the party started.

Liber & Co‘s Texas Grapefruit Shrub: Austin, TX

With its ‘Rio Star’ grapefruit acidic edge, this is a sweet-tart shrub for bourbon or gin. $13 for 8.5 oz.

Bittermilk‘s Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour: Charleston, SC

Bourbon barrel-smoked honey adds campfire complexity to the classic whiskey sour. $14.95 for 17 oz.

White Whale Bold Mixer’s The Filthy Liar: Durham, NC

Each bottle has fruit and herbal flavors along with three steps for mixing and garnishing. $11.95 for 8 oz.

Shrub & Co‘s Spicy Ginger Shrub: Atlanta, GA

The sweet heat of this ginger-infused shrub mixed with vodka, lime juice, and club soda is just right for a Moscow mule. $21.99 for 16 oz.


  1. Kevin

    Hannah – nice write up, but you should check your facts…the Shlub & Co Facebook page clearly states that they are based in Berkeley CA. Hardly the ‘South’… the story should be focused on the other three true Southern entrepreneurs.

    May 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm

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