The world's most famous soft drink have launched its first ever range of Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers, designed and expertly crafted to be enjoyed with dark spirits.
Dark spirits and premium vodka are making a comeback with cocktail drinkers in Ireland and across the globe, and so, the world’s most famous soft drink, Coca‑Cola, is excited to embrace the dark side with its new range of Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers. Launched in Ireland this week, and a global first for the brand, Coca‑Cola enlisted some of the world’s most influential and inventive bartenders to create four new specially crafted Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers; Smokey Notes, Spicy Notes, Herbal Notes, and Woody Notes, which are now available in leading bars across Ireland.
Taking cues from its 134-year history as the authentic original mixer, Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers draw on the craftsmanship, skill, and passion at the heart of the brand. Coca‑Cola challenged a handful of the world’s most innovative and accomplished bartenders to take the unique familiar flavor of Coca‑Cola and play with the formula to create four truly distinctive and sophisticated mixers to pair with premium spirits. These bartenders included Max Venning, Bar Three and Three Sheets London, Adriana Chía, Antigua Compañia De Las Indias, Barcelona, Pippa Guy, The American Bar at The Savoy in London, Antonio Nevares, Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona, and Alex Lawrence, former head bartender, of the Dandelyan at The Mondrian in London.
Max Venning visited Dublin for the launch of Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers at a specially created ‘Enter the Dark’ event at Vicar Street, where the four new specially crafted drinks were unveiled. Max demonstrated how they were designed especially to be paired with premium dark spirits; whiskey, rum, as well as vodka and tequila.
The collaborative project of Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers began in March 2018, when a number of mixologists were invited to attend a Coca‑Cola curated workshop held at a secret location. The mixologists were given the original Coca‑Cola syrup (pre-carbonation) as well as access to over 200 traditional and contemporary ingredients. The knowledge of the experienced mixologists was tested by consumers invited in the evening to taste their recipes and multisensory flavor combinations.
The most popular four mixers were chosen, and these now make up the very first batch of Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers range which are artfully crafted, offering discerning palates a balanced and complex innovative taste experiences in a bottle:
- 01 Coca‑Cola Signature Mixer Smoky Notes by Max Venning
- 02 Coca‑Cola Signature Mixer Spicy Notes by Adriana Chía and Pippa Guy
- 03 Coca‑Cola Signature Mixer Herbal Notes by Antonio Naranjo
- 04 Coca‑Cola Signature Mixer Woody Notes by Alex Lawrence
Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers bottles are inspired by the brand’s heritage and served in Hutchison glass bottle, a silhouette that pre-dates the iconic contour. Each batch is stamped with the signature of its co-creator. The four mixers were crafted by the following experts:
01 COCA-COLA SIGNATURE MIXER SMOKY NOTES BY MAX VENNING, BAR THREE AND THREE SHEETS, LONDON
Intensely aromatic, oaky with subtle notes of tobacco; it adds nuanced dimension to deep spiced dark rums and heady vanilla bourbons. Top notes include ancient ylang ylang, ambrette seed and dried fruit balanced with a delectable base of elegant warm brown spices, Peru Balsam and amber.
02 COCA-COLA SIGNATURE MIXER SPICY NOTES BY ADRIANA CHÍA, ANTIGUA COMPAÑIA DE LAS INDIAS, BARCELONA AND PIPPA GUY, THE AMERICAN BAR AT THE SAVOY, LONDON
Initially warm, with a fiery finish, the mixer is a sophisticated and complex blend of citrusy lime, ginger, spicy jalapeño, fragrant rosemary and aromatic jasmine – creating a zesty, earthy, musty liquid that pairs beautifully with Scotch whiskies and golden tequilas.
03 COCA-COLA SIGNATURE MIXER HERBAL NOTES BY ANTONIO NEVARES, DR. STRAVINSKY, BARCELONA
Developed to deliver fresh and herbacious notes for the discerning palette. This mix is delightfully floral, crisp and tart; balancing refreshing notes of dill leaves, citrus and lemongrass with the earthy notes of dill seed and tagetes. It provides a delectable and refreshing simple mixer with the malt and fruity notes of Scotch whiskies and fruity cognacs for a refreshing serving.
04 COCA-COLA SIGNATURE MIXER WOODY NOTES BY ALEX LAWRENCE, FORMER HEAD BARTENDER, DANDELYAN, THE MONDRIAN, LONDON
Crafted from a subtle blend of earthy patchouli, citrusy yuzu and aromatic basil. The mix is light, citrus, light and refreshing with a hint of pepper. It elegantly enhances the mellow wood and sweet tropical flavours of golden and spiced rums, bringing the toasted vanilla notes to the fore and enhances onto the complexity of bourbons’ woody notes to allow the warm spices to sing out.
Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers are available in 200ml bottles and served in in Fade St. Social in Dublin and The Ten Square Hotel in Belfast and other high-end bars, hotels and restaurants. Coca‑Cola Signature Mixers Range RRP €3.45 or £2.65.
Keep an eye out for these premium mixers in your favourite Cocktail bars and follow the conversation on @cocacolasignaturemixers_ie
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