Looking for a variation on your tropical drinking traditions? Why not go the old-fashioned route, with an Old-Fashioned! Try one of these great recipes with a classic edge, now in our ever-expanding Recipes section. Like the Orgeat Old-Fashioned, pictured below!
Want to check out BG Reynolds syrups without the commitment of a full bottle? Do you have someone in your life that wants nothing but the best for their cocktails? Check out our new BG Reynolds gift sets! Featuring 3 flavors in one pack, you can order a variety of our tropical mixers, or our top 3 syrups, Orgeat, Falernum, and Passion Fruit in one convenient pack! Each mixer and syrup made with real ingredients that a bartender can stand behind, you'll love the flavor, and just how much you get out of each bottle.
Give the gift of ultimate flavor for your cocktails today. Cheers!
Ahoy-hoy! Glad to have you here for the BG Reynolds experience. BG Reynolds is all about making the bartender's life easier, and hey, why shouldn't that extend to our website too?
The navigation and pictures have gone through some redesign to make it easier to find what you want here, and we've got a nice reminder to sign up for our newsletter. You really should, we're working hard to make it awesome with announcements, bartending tips, recipes, discounts, and reminders to restock on your favorite syrups!
On top of that, the Find Us page offers a comprehensive list of where to find BG Reynolds syrups and mixers, whether behind the bar or on your retail counter. We're working hard on getting it updated. With distribution in 20 states, it's hard to be sure every single store we're in. Be sure to call your local liquor store or specialty retailer!
For those of you in the not so well populated zones, we've brought back online ordering. No more hard searching for the best Mai Tai mixer on the planet, we've got it right here, ready to ship to you! And if you want a discount on that order, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter below.
Enjoy the new design, next step is going to be getting some more recipes up, expanding into some new, uncharted drinking territory for BG Reynolds. We're masters of the art of tropical mixology here, but make a damned mean old-fashioned, refreshing daiquiris, and awesome gimlets to boot.
Until we drink again. Cheers!
I’m thrilled to announce that B. G. Reynolds’ mixers will be hitting the shelves in late 2015. But before I spill the details, I wanted to share a little backstory about what led up to this exciting point.
When I initially got intro tropical cocktails, I dove in headfirst and fell in love with creating my own syrups, mixes and potions. My kitchen was abundant with sugar and spices and fresh citrus. It was a magical time—and I won’t kid you, a time with a lot more leisure than I have today.
After I was first approached about making my homemade syrups public, I thought I might not do too well, considering how seemingly simple it could be to make your own (at least for those of us who are willing to dive headfirst into mixological madness). Well, five years and a heap of sales later, I can see that making great drinks easier to craft definitely makes sense. Whether you’re a home mixologist looking to try a few recipes without committing to gallons of your own stuff or a bar manager wanting to set your costs low and quality high, my syrups hit the mark.
Now, for those seeking an enjoyable home tiki bar experience that doesn’t involve squeezing citrus or preparing a dozen different ingredients, I’m proud to introduce the finest tropical mixers. Featuring the highest quality ingredients and true and tested recipes, these mixers make it easy for tropical cocktail lovers to mix and go. Simple, authentic, and damned tasty if I do say so myself.
Here’s the lineup:
Mai Tai: One of the powerhouse potables in the tropical bartender’s little black book. Originating from Oakland, California, this is the drink that really put tropical cocktails on the map. B. G. Reynolds’ Original Orgeat makes for sweet, floral flavors while tart lime and smooth orange mellow out the mix for the ultimate combination. Mix with some crushed ice and your favorite aged rum for a taste of the tropics in a glass.
Jet Pilot: Get ready for take-off with this rich mixture of citrus, cinnamon and spice! Only the best ingredients go into making this world-class mixer. Pair with your favorite aged rum.
Zombie Punch: This potent punch of flavor is based on the original 1934 recipe for the drink that started the first tiki revolution. Hints of tropical flavors from pomegranate, grapefruit, lime and clove stir your spirits and awaken your tastebuds. Mix with any potent rum.
The above mixers will retail for $15.99 each (for a 750mL bottle). Wholesale pricing and sizing is also available for professional use. For more info on how to order, visit BGReynolds.com
When talking tropical drinks, it’s so easy to extoll the virtues of their origins, their history, their varied palate of flavor, and even their exciting nomenclature. One thing most tropical drinks have in common that isn’t often discussed is the general “brownish orange” hue that comes with a good tropical drink. It’s even been thought that the tiki mug was developed just to hide this secret shame of tropical drinking! Well this next drink we’re going to discover brings a lovely shade of green to the line up, thanks to a heaping helping of mint. It’s the Missionary’s Downfall!
The Missionary’s Downfall originally comes to us from Don’s Beachcomber Café, where it was served to many of his celebrity clientele. Don the Beachcomber had a history with mint, using it extensively as garnish at his bars. When building his business in Hawaii and finding that no mint was grown on the islands, he quickly resolved the issue by smuggling some mint seeds and stems in his hat and giving them to a friendly nursery owner.
When selecting mint for your cocktail, make sure the stalks are strong and the leaves don’t have any brown spots. Check the fragrance of the mint by rubbing a leaf to release some of the oils and giving it a nice big sniff to make sure it’s got that nice cooling aroma. Though it’s easy to think that the mint is just getting chopped up, the fresh green of good mint makes quite the difference! Fresh, high quality mint can be had all year round, even from your own garden! It’s a hearty plant, but do keep it in its own pot, as it has a tendency to take over in open soil.
The drink blends not only fresh mint, but pineapple, peach brandy, and good crisp rum. At Hale Pele, we have tried through a wide selection of rums. While quality white Puerto Rican rum does well, using a lovely blended rum, such as Plantation 3 Star or Banks 5 can make a real game changer for flavor. The range of peach liqueurs goes from dirt nasty to essence of heaven, and just a dash is used, so feel free to spend a little extra cash to get the good stuff. For the pineapple juice, fresh is best if you’re equipped with a juicer and a few pineapples to spare, but I can’t knock going with the canned stuff. If you’re looking to make these in volume, a blend of canned and fresh still gives you the ripe acidity and foam of fresh pineapple. For honey, don’t use the stuff straight, but mix it ahead of time half and half with warm water. Any kind of honey will do, but I personally avoid clover honey, as the taste tends to dominate other more delicate flavors. The amount of crushed ice is a crucial step too. If you’re going to be serving it in a larger vessel, double up the size of everything! I’m sure your guests won’t mind.
The Missionary’s Downfall takes some technique to make right. The mint has a tendency to try and escape the whirling blades of your blender. Your best bet to make sure it gets nice and chopped, and not as strands in someone’s teeth, is to ball up your mint leaves nice and tight before throwing it in the blender, and blend it with crushed ice for at least 30 seconds. Another little something that will happen is a separation of the liquid of the drink and the frothy foam of fresh pineapple juice. Once it’s done blending, let it sit for a minute or so. There will be enough separation where you can hold the foam back with a spoon, letting the liquid into the glass first. This step is important if you’re using a small vessel, such as a coupe, so that the drink doesn’t end up all foam and no cocktail!
This delightful little taste of tropical drinks history will add some much needed color to your repertoire of rhum rhapsodies. Its flavors are agreeable with almost everybody, from the tiki neophyte to the ghost of Don the Beachcomber himself. So raise your glass to the Missionary’s Downfall! Cheers!
½ fresh pineapple ring
10 mint leaves
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- ½ oz Orange Blossom Honey Mix
- ½ oz Peach brandy
- 1½ oz light rum
Mixing instructions: Blend all ingredients with 4 oz crushed ice, let sit for 1 minute. Pour slowly into a 5oz. coupe and top with foam. Garnish with an orchid and mint sprig