Wilks & Wilson- proud to be part of the Indiana Artisan movement

May 20th, 2015
by Wilks & Wilson

The Indiana artisan movement is a vibrant community. It consists of artists specializing in such varied mediums as glass, wood and leatherwork; art work in oils, watercolors, acrylics and colored pencil, jewelry, fiber art and weaving, specialty foods like cheeses, fudge, chocolates, and popcorns; wines and craft distillery products.

Wilks & Wilson is proud to be part of the Indiana artisan movement.  Like other members of this group, we’ve earned a reputation for careful attention to detail, knowledge of our craft and a true entrepreneurial spirit.  Our line of elixirs and mixes reflect an appreciation of the finer, handcrafted cocktails of yesteryear.

Like so many other members of this movement, we’ve proudly reached back in history, scouring the annals of bartending to find the recipes and stories behind the greatest cocktails in history.  Out of this research, we created our elixirs.  

In addition, we’ve taken our skill into the world of bitters. They are the “Bartender’s spice cabinet,” a few dashes of bitters can brighten up a cocktail, add complexity, and tie all the ingredients together.

Like the elixirs, only the finest natural ingredients have been skillfully combined to produce a high quality flavor profile. We can’t say that a few dashes will cure what ails you, but they will certainly make your cocktail well.

Like other Indiana artisans, we’re on a mission.  Our mission is to make all natural, mostly organic products that enable anyone to create a great cocktail. Every cocktail has a story and, with Wilks & Wilson, the story of the handcrafted cocktail will continue to be written with taste and distinction.

From the Wilks & Wilson Blog Team

What Exactly is Orgeat Elixir?

March 9th, 2015
by Wilks & Wilson

At Wilks & Wilson, our line of elixirs provides a full range of flavors to satisfy any taste.  http://wilksandwilson.com/products/
Of the seven different elixirs, one of the “staples” has to be Adelaide’s Orgeat.  Pronounced “or-zat”, it is a French name deriving from the Italian word orzata, which means almond.
Our Adelaide’s Orgeat is an almond-infused elixir flavored with rose water. One of our most versatile and popular elixirs, its origin has a colorful history.


                               Adelaide’s Orgeat

After perfecting her savory Orgeat elixir, made from almonds, sugar and rose water, Adelaide used its delicate almond taste to sweeten medicine for young patients at the children’s hospital where she volunteered.
Today, its rich, nutty flavor is used in many ways.  For those desiring a non-alcoholic option, Adelaide’s Orgeat can be combined soda water to create a delectable almond-flavored Italian Soda. It is also used in coffees, fruit drinks like lemonade and food and desserts.
As a flavoring for cocktails, it can be found in many of the classic drinks, including the Scorpion, Japanese cocktail and the traditional French drink called the Momisette. But, the original Mai Tai is probably the most popular cocktail to use orgeat.
Here’s our recipe for Mai Tai:

Simple Mai Tai
2 oz. Jamaican Rum
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. Adelaide’s Orgeat
1/2 oz. Gertrude’s Gomme
Crushed Ice
Mint Sprig
Fill a cocktail glass with ice cubes and add the rum, lime juice, Curacao, Orgeat, and Gomme. Cover and shake well, then strain into a Collins glass. Pack the glass with crushed ice, push the mint sprig into the ice, and then serve.
From The Wilks & Wilson Blog Team

“The Mix That Kicks” : Your Game Day Playlist 

January 30th, 2015
by Wilks & Wilson

Hosting a Game Day party requires attention to detail. In addition to providing food and beverages to entertain guests for football’s global event, you will want to think of selecting a masterful playlist to provide stadium-style excitement.

There’s fantastic playlists out there on the ‘NET (it’s free) that you can plug into for a raucous party atmosphere during the party.  Online sources like Wondershare AllMyTube (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/youtube-downloader.html) that lets you extract just the audio in MP3 format.

A list of suggested tunes entitled The 47 Song-Strong Game Day 47 Party playlist


includes artists from Aretha Franklin, to the Ramones, to MC Hammer.

Another online source is Spotify.com where you can join for free and get access to a great Game Day playlist perfect for any PAR-TAY. Artists on Spotify’s Game Day playlist include Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, and Justin Timberlake.


These great tunes will have you dancin’ as you make that third visit to the guacamole dip!

Or, while your enjoying that second Bloody Mary, courtesy of Wilks & Wilson’s All Natural Bloody Mary Mixture.

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Wilks & Wilson’s All Natural Bloody Mary Mix

Remember, the Game Day represents much more in America than just a football game- it’s also about pop culture and entertainment. So, make a playlist that will be memorable.

From The Wilks & Wilson Blog Team