America is really good at a lot of things. We beat the laws of nature and were first in flight. We were the first nation to land on the moon. We figured out how to mass produce automobiles. We created and commercialized cell phones. We were the foremost advocates and experts behind the birth of the Internet.
With that in mind, as this Fourth of July rolls around, you can feel a bit of passion and patriotism for your country and all its accomplishments. However, one thing we’re not so good at? Understanding basic science. According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, we can get by the super easy questions (i.e. we know the core of the earth is hotter than the crust, nailed it), but we fall by the wayside when the questions get more complicated (did you know water boils at a lower temperature in Denver than it does Los Angeles? Crazy.).
So an Israeli company that specializes in a machine that forces carbon dioxide through a threading system into filtered water may have a tough time selling their scientific wares to Americans, right? Wrong. That company is SodaStream, and their machine that creates carbonated fizzy water has been all the rage for years now. While the machine dates to a 1903 London gin distiller named W&A Gilbey, most Americans became familiar with the concept of quality at-home carbonation when SodaStream International Ltd. went public in 2010. Since then sales have skyrocketed—domestic revenue grew from $4.4 million in 2007 to $40 million in 2011.
If you’re one of the 2.5 million American households with a SodaStream—or if you just love yourself some refreshing carbonated water on a hot summer day—you may be on the lookout for some cocktail ideas to combine with your passion. At BG Reynolds, we’re passionate about taking this adventure with you, so check out a couple of our hot summer drink concepts to incorporate that fizzy fun into your next party.
Take 8 mint leaves, 1 part lime juice, 2 parts rum, 1 part BG Reynolds Orgeat, and your favorite fresh carbonated water. Muddle the mint leaves and Original Orgeat, fill with crushed ice, add the rum and lime juice, and stir it up a bit. Top off with your carbonated water, and beat the heat with this authentic and refreshing Fizzy Mojito.
Suggested pairings: grilled fish, jerk-flavored chicken, mango salsa, maybe even a taquito if you want to get crazy with your adventure.
This one is almost too easy: 2 oz gin, ½ oz BG Reynolds Lime Cordial, 1 wedge lime, topped off with a splash of your choice of carbonated water. Four ingredients and a couple of minutes later and you’ve got a cocktail to wipe the sweat off your brow.
Suggested pairings: cucumber sandwich, fish & chips, strong and fearsome cheese
What’s your Summer Buzz?
At BG Reynolds, we’re all about authenticity and passion. Blair started this whole deal so he could deliver the ideal mixer to bartender and house partier alike. This is our mission, and we want nothing more than to share it with you at your next bash. So give one of these fizzy cocktails a shot, or go wild and do your own new thing. If you find something original and crazy, let us know—we’d love to incorporate it on the BG Reynolds blog! Now get out there and enjoy the summer. Before you know it, we’ll be scheming about whiskey drinks to keep warm.