Raise The Bar With These Winning Recipes From The Walmart Associate Mocktail Challenge
August 7th

Associates from California to Florida shared their best recipes on Instagram for the #WalmartAssociateMocktailChallenge. Three won a trip to Chicago to learn the secrets of top Cocktail Artist® mixologists—here are their winning entries.

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one: An optician, a pharmacist, and a DJ walk up to a bar. 

 

No joke: That was the scene in Chicago as the three winners of the Walmart Associate Mocktail Challenge celebrated their success in bringing their passion to work and took part in this unique experience. They won by posting their recipes to Instagram and saw the benefit of connecting online. 

 

“The experience made me more open to using social media in my store to promote items,” says Kristal E., a pharmacist at Neighborhood Market 6894 in Apopka, Fla. “I had no idea how much influence a short video and pictures can have.”  

 

For their prize, the winning associates—Kristal; Holly G., an optician at Store 3226, Katy, Texas; and Antonio, Walmart Radio DJ, Home Office—got to travel to Chicago and learned tips from award-winning star mixologists from Cocktail Artist®, a supplier of premium cocktail mixes and bar ingredients available at Walmart. “They taught us everything from how to garnish a drink to using the right type of glass,” says Holly. 

 

Each winner also earned a trophy featuring their likeness and drink name on a Cocktail Artist® bottle label. Their winning mocktails were featured as specialty items on the menu at Chicago’s Celeste restaurant and cocktail bar. 

 

“I feel like I’m ready to run a mocktail bar! We have family and friends coming into town this weekend, so we’ll be sure to have mocktails to go around,” says Antonio. 

 

The Winning Associate Mocktail Recipes

 

Southern Mint Sip

By Holly G., optician

@collegewanderlust

“It can get so hot during the summers in Texas, and this is the perfect mocktail to cool everyone down.”

Muddle together in a shaker:

• ¾ oz honey

• A handful of fresh mint and blackberries

Then add:

• 1 oz Cocktail Artist® Premium Mint Syrup

• ½ oz Cocktail Artist® Premium Lemon Juice

• ¼ cup water

Shake, and then fill half of a Collins glass. Top with tonic water.

Garnish: Fresh mint and a blackberry

Summer Smiles

By Kristal E., pharmacist 

@kristalerskine

“The blue curacao stands out with its bright blue color, making it a great summer drink.” 

 

Add to a mixing glass:

• About a cup of crushed ice

• 10 fresh mint leaves, “clapped” to release flavor

• 2 oz Cocktail Artist® Premium Blue Curacao Syrup

• 1 oz Cocktail Artist® Premium Lemon Juice

• 2 tsp freshly zested ginger

• 4 oz club soda

Stir and then strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice.

Garnish: A slice of fresh lemon

 

The Post Watermelone Mocktail

By Antonio Williams, Walmart Radio DJ 

@antonio.rwilliams

“My wife and I named it after Post Malone, because it made us say ‘Wow.’ And you’ll want watermelon for the summertime.”

 

Muddle together in a shaker:

• 4-5 mint leaves

• ¼ cup fresh watermelon

• 3 oz ginger ale

Then add:

• 1 ½ cups crushed ice

• 1 teaspoon each of Cocktail Artist® Premium Simple

Syrup, Lime Juice, and Mint Syrup

Shake and strain into a mason jar over ice.  Top with club soda.

Garnish: A watermelon wedge

 

To check out all the Walmart Associate Mocktail Challenge entries, look for #WalmartAssociateMocktailChallenge on Instagram. 

 

Now that you’ve learned the secrets to a winning mocktail using Cocktail Artist® mixes and bar ingredients available at Walmart, try creating your own!  Share this link on Instagram or Facebook and tag @WalmartWorld in your story—you could be featured in Walmart World!

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