How would you describe your business?
Yes Cocktail Co. is a small batch cocktail mixer, syrup, and bitters company. Every product is hand crafted and bottled with locally sourced, 100% natural ingredients.
How did you get into your trade?
Yes Cocktail Company was founded by avid travelers and lovers of cocktails, Lauren Butler and Brandon Alpert. The husband and wife team's entry into the mixology scene came from a unlikely source—an international children's theatre tour that took them all over the U.S. and abroad. They spent three years traveling the world, working with youth as theatre educators, actors, and directors. When they weren't performing, staging musicals, teaching improv, or leading workshops, they made it a personal mission to enjoy the world's best bars and cocktails. The pair was always thirsty for a bit of the local flavor, from Bourbon in Kentucky to Aquavit in Denmark, they sampled anything and everything they could find. When they returned from their epic journey, they were disappointed to find that it was harder than expected to make these craft libations in the comfort of their home. The quality of the bar products just hadn't caught up with the craft distilled spirits. Most mixers and bars syrups they purchased were full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and even high fructose corn syrup. The drinks they made at home simply paled in comparison to the incredible cocktails that had inspired these budding mixologists. So, they began crafting their own concoctions, with flavors inspired by their travels and produce from the abundant harvest of their new home, Paso Robles, California. From the very first batch, Yes Cocktail Co. has been focused on locally sourced, entirely natural ingredients, simply because the best cocktails require the best ingredients. And of course, the name Yes Cocktail Co. is all about saying, “yes”— which is the first rule of improvisational acting. Aside from being a throwback to their theatre background, it is also their life philosophy. By saying yes to new ideas, flavors, experiences, travel, or even something simple as a cocktail, Lauren and Brandon believe you can live a joyful, adventurous life!
Working as a maker on the Central Coast can be hard, expensive, and risky. Why do you do it?
The Central Coast is home to some of the best produce in the world. Within a 100 mile radius we can source everything from tropical passionfruit to juicy cucumbers and all the berries, citrus, herbs, and spices we could ever need! We're surrounded by winery tasting rooms, vineyards, and a burgeoning new distillery scene (yep, there's even a distillery trail!). We can source, collaborate, and drink to our heart's content here on the Central Coast!