W&P Design Cocktail Mixes Review

We put 5 different cocktail
mixes to the (taste) test

Written by Hana Brannigan

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cocktails out of these mixes and tried them to give you a review.
Cocktail Mixes

All of these mixes have the
traditional ingredients to make the simplest version of each cocktail. This is
handy because that means making these mixes is very straightforward — just
combine the liquor, mix, ice, and you’re done.
Here is our review of each
mix, and as a little bonus, we decided to throw in our favorite recipe.  Needless to say, we had a little fun with
coming up with some variations of each concoction. Enjoy!

Moscow Mule Mix

moscow mule cocktail mix

The Moscow Mule mix was
refreshing, but the slight spiciness from the ginger extract added another
dimension. The syrup wasn’t overly sweet either, so when combined with the
ginger beer, it didn’t feel like you were just drinking a sugary soda.
There is so much opportunity
to get creative with such a simple base. So while everyone knows the classic
recipe of vodka and ginger beer, try adding some sprigs of dill for a fresh

Our recipe: Mix ½ oz. of this
syrup, 2-3 lime wedges, 1.5 oz vodka, ginger beer to top it off, and a few
sprigs of fresh dill. Mix it over ice.
Old Fashioned Mix

old fashioned cocktail mix

Admittedly, Old Fashions can
be quite difficult to drink if not made with the perfect ratio of ingredients,
but this syrup did all the guesswork for you. The syrup made the drink a bit
sweeter than a traditional Old Fashioned, but it still retained its strong
sophisticated flavor.
If you really want to kick it
up a notch and make something unique, consider making it with mezcal to add a
smoky dimension.
Our recipe: Mix ½ oz of this
syrup, ½ oz of mezcal, and 1.5 oz of tequila. Mix over ice.
Spicy Margarita

spicy margarita cocktail mix
Although we were warned from
the label that it’s a spicy margarita, we were still surprised by the powerful
kick. If you don’t like spicy foods, then proceed with caution. It was a bit
tangy from the orange extract, though, so the spice isn’t all that
overwhelming. It was my personal favorite of the three.
But since we’re spice freaks
over here (so maybe take our review with a grain of salt), we had to add more
jalapeno when tasting this mix.
Our recipe: Mix ½ oz of syrup,
1.5 oz of tequila, a couple slices of jalapeno. Mix over ice.

If you’re more into wines and
champagnes than cocktails, spritzers are the way to go. Meaning sparkling in
Italian, you can already guess that these mixes are meant for sparkling drinks.
And no, that’s not too girly.
It’s 2018 already — sip that sparkling rosé with confidence.
Italian Spritz

italian spritz champagne mix
If you like your wines on the
sweeter side, the Italian Spritz is the mix for you. While I’m not a huge fan
of sweet wines, the slight bitterness from the grapefruit extract really
balanced out the mix so that the syrup didn’t taste like straight up sugar.
Our recipe: Mix 1/2 oz. syrup,
4 oz champagne or sparkling wine, orange wedges, and mint.
Elderflower Spritz

elderflower spritz champagne mix

The Elderflower Spritz is nice
for those who aren’t into sweet drinks. It has a pleasant mild floral taste. It
was a very unique taste and requires just slightly sophisticated taste buds.
So, if you’re still on the add-colorful-syrups-and-all-the-fruit-juices train,
consider saving this for the future.
Our recipe: Mix 1/2 oz. syrup,
4 oz champagne or sparkling wine, lemon, and mint.

Bottoms Up, Guesswork Down

So there you have our honest
review. We totally did not just make a bunch of cocktails and handed it around
the office for people to try. Well, okay, we did do that, but it for the sake
of writing this review.
Ultimately, we were fans of
these mixes and they are definitely convenient when you don’t want to think
about the ratios of each ingredient when making a mixed drink.
Let us know your favorite
cocktail in the comments below.

Hana Brannigan

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.