Simple Times Mixers is a small business in Columbus, Ohio. They create natural cocktail mixers from local produce. We interviewed owner, Rian Howells, about this awesome local brand. Meet Simple Times Mixers on June 3, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart!
Tell us about your Ohio-made business.
We are Simple Times Mixers, based out of Columbus, OH. We craft our mixers at 1400 Food Lab in Grandview. Our mixers are 100% All-Natural, that means no added flavors, colorings or preservatives. We use fresh whole fruits and produce. We pride ourselves in handcrafting the highest quality while staying true to our mission of putting a craft cocktail in the hands of all that want one, no matter their skill level, tools or where they are. The word mixer has been dragged through the mud for long enough. The best taste comes from real 100% all-natural ingredients, the way nature intended it. We cut no corners and put quality first in all that we do, never tainting our creations with added flavors or preservative.
What drew you to your craft?
Coming from a background in the spirits industry we were sick of high quality Spirits being polluted with artificial, overly sweetened mixers. We believe that everyone deserves a delicious cocktail and they shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
That’s a tough one, I love everything we make, but if I had to choose just one it would be our Pineapple Mule mixer. That is cocktail that started it all for us.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A firefighter or professional athlete, I never thought as a child I would be making cocktail mixers and selling spirits, but here I am, and I love it!
What is your creative process?
We start with a few general ideas of what we want to create and then work from there to get to our final product. We go through many different combinations and recipes before we get to what you see being sold.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Don’t sweat the small stuff & know that each day is a new opportunity.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
One word: Community. The stronger the support and community, the better we all do.
Why do you love doing what you do?
We enjoy creating a high-quality product that allows people to truly enjoy their time with one another and not have to be stressed with the mess of creating great cocktails at home.
What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?
Try and stay even keeled, each day is a roller coaster of highs and lows, believe in what you’re doing and know that it will pay off in the end. Be comfortable with changing things on the fly and not always being perfect.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
The diversity of our state and all the different makers and small business that take pride in where we are from. They showcase what makes Ohio great!