Stirrings was one of the first companies to make a splash in the burgeoning premade mixer business, and the brand now dominates shelf space on the mixer aisle. While Stirrings has 13 mixers at present along with a host of other syrups, rimmers, and other nonalcoholic products, today we look at the flagship: Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix. A quick look at the company’s classic margarita rimmer is also included below.
Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix – Built around key limes, 20% juice (which is on the low side for a margarita mix). The mix on its own is more like a limeade, not overly sweet, with plenty of fresh lime character and little else. (Hey, it says “Simple” in the name, after all.) I liked it surprisingly well on its own, before I added blanco tequila to the mix, which introduced a significant vegetal note. Your choice of tequila (and the quantity of tequila) will impact that to some extent. Keep things on the light side to ensure things stay vibrant and focused clearly on the lime. (And consider a dash of triple sec when you whip up a batch of margaritas using Stirrings.) B+ / $12 per 750ml bottle [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]
Stirrings Margarita Rimmer – A blend of sea salt and “spices” (including mint), served in the usual, resealable hockey puck tin. There’s a lot of citric acid in this mix, which gives the rim an intense lemon/lime character — coming across even stronger than the salt component. The mint isn’t immediately evident, but it does give the rimmer a cooling character, which is nice if you like your margaritas extra-boozy. Ultimately, I don’t typically take salt with my margarita (or any cocktail, really), but if I do, I prefer a little more actual salt and a little less powdered, dehydrated lime. C+ / $5 per 3.5 oz tin [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]