Looking for a foolproof way to mix the perfect at-home cocktail? Local epicurean entrepreneurs Rick Ferrone and Chris Henderson might just have the answer with their recently unveiled line of Bungalow 23 cocktail mixers.
With the help of nearly 100 taste testers, Ferrone and Henderson gradually honed their recipes until they were ready to bottle and distribute three flavors— Prickly Pear Margarita, a Pear Ginger Martini and a Blueberry Lemon Drop—in 750-ml wine-sized bottles with labels that provide tasting notes and indicate the region of each drink’s feature ingredient.
Bungalow 23, which is headquartered locally, uses hand-selected ingredients from around the world, including blueberries from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, pears from Washington’s Wenatchee Valley, prickly pear cactus fruit from California’s Salinas Valley, agave from Mexico and lavender is from France.
“We use real fruit and herbs – no concentrates or anything artificial – to create interesting and complex flavors,” says Ferrone, who named Bungalow 23 after his own home, a 1923 bungalow near the Leu Gardens area.
Bungalow 23 can be found in The Meat House in Winter Park; The Ancient Olive in Winter Park, The Villages and St. Augustine; Cork & Olive in Lake Mary; Funky Monkey Wine Company in Downtown Orlando and I-Drive; Cavallari Gourmet in Oviedo and Vines Wine & Spirits in Orlando. Prices for the three flavors range from $12.99 to $14.99.