Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail Crate set at Craft & Caro


And now in the Relax collection, Cocktail Crate mixers!

These premium cocktail mixers are handcrafted in small batches in Queens, NYC, by a guy named Alex who quit his job in 2012 and raised funds on Kickstarter in order to bottle the recipes he’d been making for family and friends to great acclaim. The only difference between these and the one’s he was making at home is the booze; these don’t have any, so you just have to add your own and voila! first-rate craft cocktails without the bar.

Cocktail Crate Lavender Bloom cocktail mixer

Like our other carefully chosen mixers, Cocktail Crate drinks are super easy to make. Just add spirit, shake vigorously with ice, and pour. Garnish if it tickles your fancy but it’s not absolutely necessary. And they really are mixologist-worthy concoctions, with real juices and natural sweeteners like New York wildflower honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar, and topshelf flavor components like organic lavender, jasmine, and handmade sriracha.

Cocktail Crate Sriracha Margarita cocktail mixer

Each one is an original recipe designed to showcase its short list of ingredients, pairing delicately with its corresponding distillate. Since they don’t use any extracts or concentrates, the resulting flavor profiles are strikingly well balanced, especially considering how easy a cocktail it is to make. You barely even need a cocktail shaker! (though it does help)

Cocktail Crate Ginger Bee cocktail mixer

Lean in to fall and relax in the comfort of your own home with a deliciously simple and ingeniously sophisticated craft cocktail. Peruse these straightforward mixers, and a shaker to boot, in Craft & Caro’s Relax collection right here:

Cocktail Crate Spiced Old Fashioned cocktail mixer

White Whale lineup at Craft & Caro

Although we launched two new products over the weekend, being at American Field Boston all day Saturday and Sunday, we didn’t get the chance to write about them. So today we have a few coming at you! Starting with White Whale bold cocktail mixers.

Just added to our Relax collection are these delicious concoctions that make it easy to mix bar-quality cocktails in just a few easy steps. Take any of the five White Whale varieties, mix one part White Whale with one part spirit, add ice, stir, and garnish. You don’t even need a shaker, though they’re not bad at all when you do use one.

White Whale mix how-to infographic

Each of the recipes offers something unique and tasty. Blends of exotic juices (like youngberry) and garden-fresh herbs combine to create strong, spirit-forward cocktails that delight the palate and conjure prohibition-era speakeasies of the South. Made in Durham, North Carolina using all natural ingredients, White Whale mixers are a reliable staple behind the home bar. Their innovative, sophisticated whimsy is reflected as much in flavors as it is in their names and back-of-bottle descriptions:

White Whale The Mob Man

Whaddaya want, eh? Some kinda neon-green cocktail like yous is down on da Jersey Shore gettin’ wrecked with Pooki, Nooki or whatever-her-name is? This ain’t spring break and if ya know what’s good for ya you’ll hav’a Manhattan. Oh, your Manhattans have vermouth in ‘em? Fuhgeddaboudit, Mr. Fancy Face. Yours’ll have cherry, blackcurrant, and anise and you’ll like it or else we’ll find ya some concrete loafers and serve ya up a mouthful of the East River.

White Whale The Skinny Dipper

Aw, you’re blushing. You just remembered that spring day long ago, when your heart overflowed with the promise of youth. The cool of the wind on your skin, the fear of getting caught, and the shiver when you finally took the plunge. Ah, pure bliss. Then that little punk Timmy Tanner swiped your clothes from the shore when you weren’t looking. Relive the memory with a breezy blend of mango puree and lemon. Just keep an eye on your clothes this time, OK?

White Whale Your Older Brother

We know what you’re thinking right now: “Keep your damn pine tree out of my cocktail.” Hold your horses. It ain’t pine, it’s Siberian Fir, pine’s suave older brother. And when it does the Jitterbug with juicy orange, organic lemon, and your favorite vodka, it’s magic. No, not kid’s stuff like sawing scantily-clad assistants in half. More like an ancient wizard standing on a cliff conjuring wormholes to new worlds. Let’s see a pine tree do that.

White Whale Aunties Old Fashioned

The year is 1976. You stop by Aunt Mildred’s house at, say, four o’ clock in the afternoon. You dodge the tribe of feral cats that roam her halls and arrive at the kitchen, where Mildred blends exotic youngberries with an infusion of rosemary from her garden and adds something she refers to as “Auntie’s Little Helper.” Aunt Mildred claims that the secret ingredient is love. Technically, it’s bourbon. Mix one up just like Auntie used to! It’ll be our little secret.

White Whale The Filthy Liar

Have you ever tasted Lychee fruit? If you answered “Yes” you are either an exotic fruit importer or you’re lying. Probably you’re lying. Regardless, be prepared to be seduced! When this floral fruit encounters the herbal tag-team of rosemary and clove, your tongue experiences something like, well, remember the first time your eyes beheld the sun rising above an aqua sea, the perfect silence broken only by the distant cry of the humpback whale? Bingo.


Get your White Whale alongside a selection of curated, quality bar accessories in Craft & Caro’s Relax collection right here:

3 Owl’s Brew cocktails on Owls Brew available at Classic Tonic: - two parts The Classic - one part gin - shake well - top with tonic - garnish with fresh lime wedge

Owl’s Brew is bottled brewed tea made specifically for crafting cocktails. All-natural and handcrafted in Vermont, it comes in three distinct and delicious recipes that can be mixed with almost anything in the bar: dark and light spirits including rum, whiskey, vodka, tequila, and gin, as well as champagne, wine, and beer. With between 20 and 40 calories per serving and 35-45% of your daily vitamin C, Owl’s Brew also delights the palate without weighing on the bathroom scale.

When mixing with spirits, the rule of thumb is 2:1 – two parts Owl’s Brew to one part liquor. With beer, wine, and champagne, a one-to-one ratio is sufficient. How many drinks one gets per bottle of Brew depends heavily on the bartender. A small bottle of Coco-Lada, for example, yields four Owl’s Piña rum cocktails, whereas a large bottle of The Classic would go towards 32 champagne cocktails! In the event of leftovers, don’t fret: once open, Owl’s Brew can be refrigerated and stored for 2-3 weeks. Unopened, their black, protective bottles keep Owl’s Brew good for up to a year without refrigeration.


The Classic is a stalwart blend of English Breakfast tea, lemon, and lime. The citrus components of this brew pair well with light alcohols like vodka and gin, while its black tea foundation supports recipes with dark spirits like aged rum and whiskey. A simple elevation of perhaps the most classic cocktail, the Classic Tonic is as tasty as it is reliable.

3 Owl’s Brew cocktails on Owls Brew available at Classic Tonic:  -	two parts The Classic -	one part gin -	shake well -	top with tonic -	garnish with fresh lime wedge

Classic Tonic

  • two parts The Classic
  • one part gin
  • top with tonic
  • garnish with fresh lime wedge


Pink & Black is a cunning mix of Darjeeling tea, hibiscus, lemon, and strawberry juice. Sweetened with agave, Pink & Black works best with spirits that can stand up to its robust flavor profile, such as dark tequila or whiskey. We prefer whiskey in this case. Queue the Manhattan Owl.

3 Owl’s Brew cocktails on Owls Brew available at Manhattan Owl  -	one part Pink & Black -	one part whiskey -	two dashes bitters -	shake and pour over rocks -	garnish with fresh orange slice

Manhattan Owl

  • one part Pink & Black
  • one part whiskey
  • two dashes bitters
  • shake and pour over rocks
  • garnish with fresh orange slice


Coco-Lada is a tropical-tasting concoction of black tea, coconut, chai, and pineapple. Sweet and a bit spicy, festive booze is the way to go here. Light or dark, quality rum is the perfect complement. Taste the Caribbean at your leisure with the Owl’s Piña.

3 Owl’s Brew cocktails on Owls Brew available at Owl’s Piña:  -	two parts Coco-Lada -	one part spiced rum -	shake and pour over ice -	garnish with fresh ginger

Owl’s Piña

  • two parts Coco-Lada
  • one part spiced rum
  • shake and pour over ice
  • garnish with fresh ginger


In addition to the classics above, Owl’s Brew cocktail mixer teas are complexly-flavored yet pleasantly-flexible enough to be used in almost endless combinations—equally ideal for the aspiring mixologist and the backyard barbecue boss. Small-batch-made in the USA. All-natural. Served hot or cold and mixable with wine, liquor, beer or champagne…what more could we ask for? Owl’s Brew has become a staple in our home bar (and office refrigerator), and we think it’s time you add it to the mix in yours!

Complete your set-up with these must-have home bar accessory essentials and this cocktail recipe book that brings a whole new perspective on the art a of truly seasonal cocktail!

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