Today we’re talking about easy-to-make craft cocktails with an innovative and modern twist.

I think most of us can appreciate the experience of sipping on a delicious cocktail. But making them ourselves… well, that just sounds like a lot of work! From trying to find a great recipe to recreate, to collecting all of the ingredients you need just to make a specific drink, the process can be a bit overwhelming.

The good news is, you don’t need to be a mixologist or have access to a loaded bar to make delicious craft cocktails at home! There is no longer a need to purchase pricey bar equipment, run to the store for more drink mixers, or weigh and measure out a list of ingredients. The future of classic cocktails that you can make and take anywhere is here. Dry cocktails, that is!

My guest today, Mikki Kristola, is a bar industry veteran with 20+ years of experience under her belt, and the Founder and (human) magic behind New Fashioned. She joins me in this interview to share how New Fashioned Dry Cocktails is changing the game by taking real fruits and spices and transforming them into powdered, portable blends in single-serve packets, inspired by classic cocktail recipes such as the margarita and old-fashioned.

New Fashioned truly takes all of the guesswork out of preparation and creates your perfect cocktail, wherever you are. Impress everyone with simple and delicious dry cocktails at your next gathering, or grab a few boxes to gift to the cocktail lovers you know this holiday season!

About Mikki:

Mikki Kristola is the (human) magic behind New Fashioned. Born and raised in the Midwest, she first jumped into the world of hospitality as a side gig to being a theatre kid in high school and continued waiting tables throughout college, where she pursued theatre studies.

She moved to the Windy City to try out for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, but didn’t get in (boo!), so detoured into bartending, improv, and sketch comedy instead (hooray!). Like most Midwest actors, she eventually decided to seek a warmer climate in Los Angeles — and hospitality soon became a full-time passion.

Mikki went on to mix libations for some of the city’s most notable hotspots, including a tenure at The Varnish (which has long been credited with shaping L.A.’s craft cocktail scene) and co-partner of The Streamliner (which was dubbed one of Esquire’s “Best Bars in America”).

Before focusing solely on cocktails, she was also a pastry chef at Mozza, Nancy Silverton’s critically acclaimed Italian restaurant. Mikki’s cocktail recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Drew Lazor’s Session Cocktails (Ten Speed Press, 2018).

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, drinking martinis, and wrangling cats & dogs. Mikki started her own foundation, Smokey’s Good Boys, named after her late beloved dog, which is dedicated to funding research for canine cancer treatment.

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