If you've always wanted to make cocktails at home as good as the Broken Shaker's, now you can.
Bar Lab's Gabe Orta and Eli Zvi have just announced the release of a line of Broken Shaker cocktail mixers, available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
Four mixers retail for $16 each, with each cocktail representing Miami and its diverse cultures. The collection includes Chi Chi Collins, made with watermelon and spicy white ginger; Caribbean Tonic, with passionfruit and island spices; Floridita Tropicale, with Florida citrus and blackberries; and Havana Smash, with pink guava and minty orange.
According to Orta, each bottle makes 12 to 16 drinks, and each cocktail is meant to be used with a specific spirit — such as gin and vodka for the Caribbean Tonic. There are instructions on each bottle, and Orta recommends finishing each drink with a splash of fresh citrus to "pop the flavors."
The Bar Lab partner says the idea for the cocktail line came about almost a year ago when the Broken Shaker organized an event with Williams-Sonoma. "We started talking about how great it would be to partner on something, and they loved the idea," Orta says. He's been a big fan of the high-end kitchen store. "We always loved Williams-Sonoma ever since we used to work in bars and kitchens."
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To make a cocktail mixer worthy of the Broken Shaker name took eight months of trial-and-error, Orta says. "Our main concern was the taste. We went through the recipes a lot of times." The finished product, the Shaker cofounder says, is a drink made in your home that tastes "good and fresh."
The mixers are made with ingredients such as fresh guava purée and mint. Each product is then shelf-stabilized to stay fresh.
Orta sees a future for the Broken Shaker line. "We would love to have more flavors, including some winter cocktails. If this takes off, the sky's the limit."
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