Cola should be a combination of tang, spice, sweet, and savory. But the balance in today's colas is all syrupy sweet with hardly any spice. Which is to say, there really is no balance at all.
So we started over. With a mix of carefully selected spices from real trees and plants. Think you know how a cola should taste, especially when mixed with rum or whiskey? If you haven’t tried Q Kola, you don’t.
A sweet-smelling but bitter-tasting nut whose legend has been passed down from generation to generation among West African tribes. As they hunt, they slowly chew it to stay ready for the kill. That’s because each kola nut contains natural caffeine - more than a strong cup of coffee.
In the Bible, Moses is commanded to use cinnamon in the holy anointing oil. We’re trying to stay a bit humble with Q Kola. But we know the sweet, spiciness of the cinnamon sure makes it taste great.
The woody, sweet nut of an evergreen native to the Banda Islands, near Indonesia. These islands were fought over until 1667, when the British ceded them to the Dutch in exchange for a city called New Amsterdam, which they quickly renamed New York.
The aromatic flower buds of an evergreen also native to the Banda Islands, which are known as the “Spice Islands.” They add a warm and pleasant note to Q Kola.
A vanilla orchid can be naturally pollinated only by a species of bees that survives only in parts of Mexico. So today the pods of these beautifully fragranced flowers are usually created by hand-insemination. Even more challenging – each flower lasts just a day...
Lemon & Lime
John Pemberton’s original recipe for Coca Cola contained fruits and spices designed to mask the flavor of its wine and cocaine. The laws have changed, but the fact remains. Lemons and limes still add a tangy deliciousness.
Unlike other colas that use tons of high fructose corn syrup or sugar, we craft Q Kola with a dash of organic agave nectar. This gives it more depth and a much cleaner, crisper taste.
2 oz. rum
6 oz. Q Kola
Squeeze of lime
Two lime wedges
Try it with an overproof rum for a bigger kick.
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the rum and squeeze in a lime. Then pour in the Q Kola (from a fresh bottle). Gently stir and garnish with a lime wedge.