Modica cocktail mixers are the real deal

Modica Cocktail Mixers
Modica includes superfoods!

Retail cocktail mixers can sometimes be tricky, and they’re just about always way too sticky. Sugary sweet concoctions of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, mixers are made to help you throw a bomb-ass party without having to play bartender.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found some great Old Fashioned mixers for when I just don’t feel like shakin’ my own bitters. So I get it. We want something easy, tasty and — this is a hard box to check — somewhat healthy/natural with not much sugar, right?

Enter Modica Superfood Cocktail Mix, a creation by two Louisville guys — Eric Wentworth and JD Mitchell — who like to drink cocktails but don’t want all that junk that comes in a store-bought sour mix, for example. Have you seen the ingredients list on those? That shit also gives me heartburn, so I say to hell with it!

Anyway, the guys met in business school and decided to combine their entrepreneur knowledge to launch better-tasting, better-for-you cocktails where not much effort was required by the consumer. And they did.

Here’s a better explanation from the website:

For three years, they experimented with ingredients until they found the perfect cocktail combinations. They said “yes!” to naturally-sourced ingredients, antioxidants and B-vitamins. And they passed on preservatives, tons of sugar and anything artificial. They wanted a fantastic cocktail (or two), and they didn’t want to feel guilty about it afterwards.

I was fortunate to try all three flavors at a recent backyard hoedown I hosted. I also shared them with my guests, and people couldn’t stop raving about them. Since I bend toward bourbon, my favorite is the Tart Cherry Old Fashioned, where literally all you have to do is add bourbon. I can handle that.

Modica Ginger Julep
Ginger Julep, anyone? The recipe is on the website. | Courtesy of Modica

The other flavors offered are Turmeric Ginger Mule (just add vodka or bourbon) and Cucumber Aloe Margarita (just add tequila). Of course there are all kinds of cocktail recipes on the website as well, so take a gander or come up with your own creation.

Each bottle of Modica retails for about $13.99, and you can find them at more than 20 locations here in Louisville — including Kroger, Liquor Barn and Total Wine.

They’re looking to expand to Lexington next, and if people latch onto these like I have, you better believe global domination isn’t too far up the road.

Raise a toast to healthy drinks. I’ll get my superfoods wherever I can!

I have two suggestions for future flavors: a Tajin Bloody Mary or a Pineapple (or Mango) Jalapeño Margarita.

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