The farm to table movement resulted from consumer desire to eat fresh and local produce. Now a Connecticut based Craft Juicery is bring the concept to cocktails with the country’s first cold-pressed, fresh juice bar mixers — RIPE Bar Juice.
Created by Michel Boissy who grew tired of “day-glo” Margarita mixers, RIPE Bar Juices are redefining consumer expectations of what cocktail mixers can be. The process is simple – start with the best fruits and vegetables, use the absolute minimum in processing, and offer a juice that surpasses all others in freshness, taste, and nutrition.
“Until now, mixers have been limited to juices from concentrate, loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and who knows what else,” said Michel Boissy, Founder, FreshBev. “Shelf stable may be fine for soup, but we believe in sticking to our principles. So when you want to serve cocktails that are truly fresh—again and again—they have to be made with RIPE Bar Juice.”
At the RIPE Craft Juicery in New Haven, Connecticut, every step in the making of fresh juices is managed to ensure the time from grower to refrigerator is mere days as opposed to weeks. All juice extraction is done under one roof and never above 45°. Within minutes of being extracted, the raw juices are bottled and submitted to high-pressure technology — making them safe and preserving nearly 100% of the color, flavor, aroma, and nutrition.
“You only get out what you put in — so we start with nothing less than the best,” said Boissy. “We source non–GMO fruits and vegetables straight from farms we know. Our produce is picked at the peak of ripeness, and then we lock in that freshness. So when you pick up a bottle of RIP Bar Juice, you know it was made in the past few weeks, not months.”
RIPE Bar Juices are available nationally through Whole Foods and select regional grocery chains in 750 ml bottles (SRP: $9.99). For a list of store availability by state, click here. Bar Juices may also be ordered online and are shipped via 2-day express in custom refrigerated coolers to preserve the freshness.
Agave Margarita Very well done, with a fresh squeezed lime flavor that has just enough tang. Not cloyingly sweet either. A perfect balance between the agave and citrus. Try this with a blanco or silver tequila to get the full benefit of flavor. GSN Says: Recommended.
San Marzano Bloody Mary Having tried dozens of Bloody Mary mixes over the years, this one stands out. A great fresh tomato flavor, nothing like canned, coupled with a great spice blend and just the right amount of citrus. The mouthfeel is chewy, not watery and the heat is mild, but noticeable. GSN Says: Recommended.
Agave Mojito It’s hard to pull off a mint flavor without making it taste like chewing gum. This comes close to a fresh mojito, but struggles a bit with the mint which lasts much longer on the palate than a fresh Mojito would. Still, if you’re craving one and there is no mint in sight, this will do once in a while. GSN Says: Good in a pinch.
Bajan Punch Interestingly, one of the ingredients is Angostura bitters. Without it, this would be pretty much a typical fruity tropical flavored sour mix. But, the bitters lifts this up higher and gives it a bit of pizzazz. You can use a white or gold rum in here and everyone will be pleased. GSN Says: Good for beginning tiki enthusiasts.
Classic Cosmopolitan This is the weakest of the bunch, mainly because one of the key ingredients is missing: Cointreau. RIPE replaces it with orange juice and it doesn’t serve it well. It is more like a cranberry-lime mixer than a true Cosmopolitan. GSN Says: Not classy.
RIPE also offers two other flavors not sent for review: Classic Lemon Sour & Cocktail Cranberry.
For more information go to: Drink Ripe