The publicist dropped off an ice-cold sixer of … fresh, cold-pressed juice. Dammit! My fantasy of whiling away the evening tasting beers evaporated with the frost. But she did say that Juice Standard’s juice blends and drinks ($9-$13, JuiceStandard.com) seem to go well with booze—would I be willing to give it a try? So later that night, I raided the liquor cabinet and threw everything I had at these juices—spirits, sparklers, bitters. Certain combinations worked better than others, some with the juices performing better than commercially available mixers! If booze is the stuff of poor decisions, and freshly pressed juice the stuff of good ones, then what is spiked juice but fun in disguise? I suggest you start with these combinations.
Bee Grateful + Piper-Heidsieck Champagne
Combine at a ratio of 1 ounce of juice to 2 ounces of brut Champagne for something in the realm of a Bellini. It’s naturally sweet, with carrot, pineapple and apple, and just a bit tangy thanks to the addition of ginger and lemon.
Bee Legendary + Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
White rum tasted raw with this nut milk made from cashew, Brazil nut, walnut and local honey. But spiced rum (or any aged rum; 1-2 ounces) mingles deliciously with the drink’s spice blend: turmeric, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, Himalayan salt, clove and black pepper.
Bee Pure + Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro Tequila
Lemon, apple and dandelion need just one thing to achieve brilliance: tequila! Vodka proved pretty, but soulless. Instead, use a clarified añejo (1 to 2 ounces) to keep the color bright and summery while getting all the depth of flavor from the aged spirit.
Bee WHealthy + Tanqueray 10 Gin
Add 1½ to 2 ounces gin, then shake, strain over fresh ice and serve with a slice of lemon to make the flavors pop! This one has cucumber, celery, romaine, kale, apple, dandelion, parsley, lemon, ginger and turmeric.
Bee Royal + Hennessy VS Cognac
Winner, winner! With the addition of 1½ ounces of Cognac and a few dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, this drink instantly embodies the very definition of a cocktail. Over quality ice, Bee Royal’s fresh apple, lemon and extra ginger just sing—here’s to your health!