Who doesn’t love a classic rum or whisky and Coca-Cola? Well, as an alternative to the infamous original mixer, Coca-Cola asked some of the most influential and creative bartenders to come up with the four Coca-Cola Signature Mixers that could be paired with premium dark spirits.
Some of the bartenders chosen were from London’s own bars; including within The Mondrian and The Savoy hotels. They were given over 200 contemporary and traditional ingredients to experiment with to create these unique mixers.
Not moving far away from the brand’s classic taste and heritage, the shape of the bottle has taken inspiration from a silhouette that dates back to before the design of their iconic Contour glass bottle. We love them.
The four Coca-Cola Signature Mixers are Smoky, Spicy, Herbal, and Woody. Man For Himself chose three of the mixers to test out, in three simple cocktails.
Spicy – 02 Coca-Cola Signature Mixers
Created By: Adriana Chia of Antigue Compania De Las India and Pippa Guy of The American Bar at The Savoy.
Suggested Serve: Scotch Whisky
Garnish: Ginger Slice.
The Spicy Coca-Cola Signature Mixers is one of the more sophisticated mixers in the collection. It is certainly warming with its notes of ginger, spicy jalapeno, and fragrant rosemary. Citrus lime and earthy jasmine cut through the fiery finish to create a balanced concoction.
Man For Himself chose a dark Scotch whisky to pair with this particular mixer but you can also use a spiced rum or golden tequila. A slice of fresh ginger was added to provide an extra kick!
Herbal – 03 Coca-Cola Signature Mixers
Created By: Antonio Naranjo of Dr Stravinsky
Suggested Serve: Scottish Whisky
Garnish: Basil Leaf
The Herbal Coca-Cola Signature Mixers is fresh and herbaceous. It contains balanced notes of lemongrass, dill seeds, hops and tagetes (marigolds). This one works really well with amber whiskies and most varieties of rum.
The basil leaf garnish adds a surprisingly enjoyable, refreshing, twist. Slightly crush the leaf when adding it to the drink, to really release the flavour.
Woody – 04 Coca-Cola Signature Mixers
Created By: Alex Lawrence, former head bartender of Dandelyan and The Mondrian.
Suggested Serve: Spiced Rum.
Garnish: Apple Slice
The Woody Coca-Cola Signature Mixers is slightly more subtle. Mixed with a spiced rum or American whiskey, this mixer adds a hint of warmth from notes of patchouli but it the yuzu and basil which add a more refreshing profile.
A slice of apple compliments the citrus elements of the mixer and will enhance any fruity notes within a spiced rum.