Everyone loves a margarita. In fact, it’s one of the most popular cocktails in the country, but where and when did the margarita take center stage?
The origin of the margarita is widely disputed with many mixologists laying claim its discovery and accounts dating back to the late 1930s. It’s perhaps based on a popular Mexican drink, the Daisy, which uses brandy instead of tequila, and margarita is the Spanish translation for “daisy.”
Our take on this popular classic cocktail includes our very own agave spirit distilled in-house using two hybrid-copper stills. With bright and zesty lime, candied orange peel and sweet agave aromas on the nose, our Margarita is refreshing and balanced on the palate, highlighted by the vibrant lime and citrus.
Fun fact: The salted rim on a margarita glass isn’t just for show. It helps to bring out the sweet + sour flavors of this classic cocktail.
As long as the weather calls for it, keep your beachside libations as refreshing as possible with our thirst-quenching Margarita—and don’t forget the salt!
As always, drink responsibly. Find BarBox near you!
New to the BarBox cocktail family, our Gin Lemonade is making a splash this summer. While it may be perfect for a day at the beach or lounging poolside, this tart and tasty tipple can be enjoyed year-round.
Gin Lemonade – sometimes referred to as “London Lemonade” because of the base spirit – is similar to a Tom Collins without the carbonation. Our version of this beloved cocktail combines fresh lemon juice and simple syrup with our small-batch gin produced in-house, which adds a fruity and floral character bringing layers of depth to its refreshing profile.
To spruce up your Gin Lemonade, we suggest adding some club soda for a spritz, and fresh mint and a lemon wheel for garnish. The earthy quality of mint leaves works remarkably well with the botanical-packed gin and bright citrus flavors.
And because our Gin Lemonade comes in our signature eco-friendly packaging, you’ll have 14 four-ounce cocktails to go around. So, for your next gathering, bring along BarBox and be the hero of the day.
As always, drink responsibly. BarBox is available for purchase online, and in select stores and regions. Find BarBox near you!
Entertaining this summer just got a bit easier as BarBox just released its two newest flavors.
This St. Petersburg, FL-based ready-to-drink company just released its first extension to its original lineup since its founding in November 2020. Joining its Cosmopolitan, Negroni, and Vodka Sour, are Gin Lemonade and Margarita. “When we launched, we knew it would only be a matter of time before we expanded our offerings,” says Matthias Kozuba, who co-founded BarBox with his brother Jacob. “With a focus on classic cocktails and seasonality, we felt strongly about adding libations fit for summer.”
The two cocktails are right on trend. Lemonades, in the hard seltzer category, are trending, according to IWSR, and lemonade is also poised to be one of the top five drinking trends in 2021. Margaritas consistently top the list of “most popular cocktails” in many different surveys and studies. In 2019, Nielsen said the top-selling cocktail in the United States was the margarita.
“Nothing says summer like a fresh squeezed glass of ice-cold lemonade so a Gin Lemonade felt like the perfect fit for these hot, summer days,” says Matthias. “And a classic Margarita is just about as refreshing as it gets. We’re excited that BarBox lovers can now enjoy five classic cocktails in our collection. Who doesn’t love a Margarita poolside or enjoy a Gin Lemonade at a cookout?”
The cocktails themselves come high-proof in a box. Or rather, a sustainable, corrugated cardboard box with a bag and a spout inside. “In a market dominated by cans, the ‘bag-in-a-box’ format is unique from other RTD’s,” says Jacob.
Most RTD’s, he says, come in aluminum cans or glass bottles, and they’re in individual serving portion sizes. “It was important for us to remain an eco-friendly brand and use our sustainable and recyclable packaging while still offering a great flavor and a great price,” Jacob says.
The BarBox boxes offer 14 servings, of four ounces each, and if you only want a half a cocktail, the rest of the box remains fresh. “Because our cocktails are higher proof and come in a pour-spout valve system, they remain fresh, and they can be enjoyed over an extended period of time,” Matthias says. “There’s no need to finish it right away once it’s opened.”
“We saw a gap in sustainability across the board, and we felt strongly about putting out a product with as little carbon footprint as possible,” says Jacob.
Jacob says that the ‘bag-in-the-box’ format comes from Smurfit Kappa packaging. “This style of packaging was the right fit for BarBox,” he says. “Not only are we choosing the most eco-friendly option, but it fits your lifestyle. We want cocktail lovers to be able to take BarBox on the go and enjoy the quality and craftsmanship of your classic cocktails any time, any place.”
Both brothers are originally from Poland, and they learned the art of distilling spirits from their father Zbigniew “Papa” Kozuba while helping run the family Kozuba & Sons Distillery in Polland. When they decided to move the company to the United States, they chose St. Petersburg, FL, and they started the BarBox line. Each box of cocktails has a $24.99 SRP, and they can be ordered online here.
BarBox Adds These Classics to Their Delicious Lineup
St. Petersburg, FL (July 21, 2021) — BarBox today announced the addition of two new classics to their line of ready-to-drink cocktails: Margarita and Gin Lemonade. Available in select states in retail locations and online, BarBox is excited to introduce this dynamic duo for summertime enjoyment.
“We’ve been working on our product line and honing our recipes, and summer feels like the perfect time to release these new cocktails,” said co-founder Jacob Kozuba. “Who doesn’t love sipping on a Margarita poolside or at a cookout during the summer? And BarBox makes imbibing more convenient and easier to share.”
With the ready-to-drink market growing rapidly, these two new flavors, like the entire line of BarBox cocktails, stand out with their 40 proof and high-quality ingredients. The citrus-packed Margarita is refreshing and balanced, with quintessential Margarita qualities that make it approachable and delicious. The Gin Lemonade brings sweet and sour notes together with lemon and simple syrup, coupled with a soft herbal character.
BarBox is enthusiastic about offering new cocktails for those who love the ease and portability of their product. “Expanding our lineup just makes sense. Cocktail lovers expect variety, and we want to make it easy for BarBox enthusiasts to grab the drink that feels right in the moment,” co-founder Matthias Kozuba stated.
These new cocktails come in the company’s signature eco-friendly “bag-in-a-box” packaging. “It was important for us to remain an eco-friendly brand and use our sustainable and recyclable packaging, while still offering great flavor and price,” Jacob stated.
Matthias and Jacob Kozuba, brothers and Co-Founders of BarBox, grew up in Poland. They nurtured their love of distilling and spirits under the mentorship of their master distiller father, Zbigniew “Papa” Kozuba, while helping run the family Kozuba & Sons Distillery. When they decided to move the operation to the United States, they settled down in St. Petersburg, Florida. Matthias and Jacob saw an immediate opportunity for a ready-to-drink cocktail experience that spoke to the craft cocktail-loving, quality-driven, eco-conscious consumer. To learn more about BarBox, please visit www.barboxcocktails.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BarBoxCocktails.
We are proud to announce that Kozuba & Sons Distillery was named Florida RTD Distillery of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). Woohoo!
The NYISC takes place annually in New York City, where international producers allow their products to be blind tasted by top buyers in the US market. Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded to the top tastes, in addition to recognition for top distilleries.
On top of being named Florida RTD Distillery of the Year, our BarBox Negroni received a Gold Medal and BarBox Vodka Sour received a Bronze Medal.
All are huge accomplishments, especially considering we went to market in February of this year!
Taste what the buzz is all about. Have you opened the box yet?
Cinnamon, spice and everything nice…plus nutmeg, star anise, ginger, and chamomile. These are just a handful of the herbs and spices that make up our Negroni’s bitter liqueur giving it its distinctive flavor.
This well-loved Italian classic cocktail was discovered in 1919 and is typically served on the rocks garnished with an orange peel. Our Negroni is comprised of gin, bitter liqueur (see above), white wine with natural flavors.
To kick off a meal, serve a Negroni cocktail with a charcuterie plate of uncured meats and salty, strong cheeses. The Negroni with its bitter liqueur acts as a palate cleanser, and it gives you a reason to serve a strong drink out of the gate. Or add some seltzer water to lighten things up!
We hear dads love a good Negroni, so with Father’s Day coming up – do what’s best for the man and serve up a BarBox Negroni.
Available for purchase online, and in select stores and regions.
This month, we’re delivering a little cosmic love for the Cosmo in our ongoing Drinkology series. When you think of a Cosmo, you may think: Carrie Bradshaw and “the girls”. We think: a classically delicious cocktail enjoyable for any occasion.
That’s right. You don’t need to be in a nightclub in New York City or LA to enjoy this delightfully crisp, celebrity-loving beverage. Picnic in the park? Make it a Cosmo picnic. Boating with the boys? Bring a Cosmo along for your sea-bound adventure. Bonfire beach bash? You know where we’re going…
We use lemon-infused vodka, triple sec, and all-natural cranberry and lime juices to make our Cosmo perfectly balanced between sweet and sour.
Not only is our Cosmo tasty, BarBox makes adventuring with cocktails even easier. Great for groups, each BarBox serves 14 four-ounce cocktails, but we won’t judge you if you make your Cosmo a double.
And, if you want your BarBox to go even further, make it a spritzer! Add a little seltzer or soda water to your cocktail, add ice, garnish with lemon, and your Cosmo is perfect for a sunny day.
As always, drink responsibly, and go ahead…open the box. Available for purchase online and in select stores and regions.
With summer just around the corner, the best day-drinking is on the horizon. Admittedly, we like our drinks strong, but strong drinks and day-drinking don’t always go hand-in-hand. We don’t know about you, but when we find ourselves enjoying a few cocktails on a hot summer afternoon and want the day (and drinks!) to last, we reach for a spritzer.
Spritzer? Isn’t that typically made with wine? Perhaps, but you can make a spritzer out of just about anything. And our cocktails are aptly blended, so when you want to lighten your drink and add a little fizziness, you’ll be pleasantly satisfied with the refreshing flavor.
Pop, pour, add ice, garnish, and then top your BarBox cocktail off with as much fizz as you like, and voila! Soda water or seltzer will do, and you’ll be happy to get more mileage out of your BarBox while you spend time imbibing and adventuring with friends.
Canned cocktails, boxed wine, and the like have gained traction in the spirits industry within the last five years. While the concept of tasty ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages is nothing new at this point, it’s brands such as Florida-based BarBox Cocktails that are taking a fresh approach to the category to ensure a legacy that goes beyond the trend. Overseen by founders and brothers, Matthias and Jacob Kozuba, BarBox endeavors to produce quality juice for craft cocktail lovers throughout the States.
Straight Out Of Poland
The Kozuba brothers grew up in Poland. Under the mentorship of their master distiller father, Zbigniew “Papa” Kozuba, the sibling duo assisted in operating Kozuba & Sons Distillery in 2005. Fun fact: Kozuba & Sons Distillery was the first privately owned, family-owned and operated distillery in Poland. In fact, per Matthias, their family company was the first established distillery in Poland after the Second World War. Initially, the distillery created cordials before transitioning into producing vodka and the first Polish single malt whisky.
The Kozuba brothers’ father earned a biochemistry degree. So, this gave the brothers insight into the chemical processes of distillation. Matthias also studied biochemistry, so he had a fairly solid background in the operative components in creating spirits. However, it was his dad who he cites as the main reason he has a more scientific approach to distillation. Matthias adds, “Everything that he does is immaculate. I really appreciate that he taught me respect towards the chemical angle and approach and how to be consistent in terms of quality.” Their father also respects tradition, but always strives to inject it with his own experimentation. Matthias says, “So, on one hand, he’s very conservative and he looks back to traditional methods of production. Then, on the other hand, he always wants to add something that he created that is unique. So, I think that’s a perfect balance between the science and the tradition.”
No doubt the Kozuba brothers’ training and wealth of wisdom inherited from their father has played an important role in the inner workings of BarBox. When the brothers decided to move the operation to the United States, they settled down in Florida in 2014. The poor economy in Poland, especially in regard to the spirits sector, was one of the motivating factors that brought the brothers stateside. Matthias mentions, “We didn’t want to quit. We didn’t want to stop doing what we were doing. So, it was a big, bold decision that we made. We were just looking for an alternative to leave our country and go to a different market that is more mature and that still has a lot of potential for companies like ours.” In 2014, the United States had merely 600 craft distilleries and the numbers continued to rise each month. “The move seemed to be the natural choice,” Matthias adds. “Besides, the American market is more open and flexible compared to other European markets that are more conservative and kind of closed. I think that was the best decision we could make.”
Though entering the American market was what Matthias says was “a piece of cake,” being successful has presented its challenges – with the foremost hurdle being part of a much more saturated spirits space in the U.S. compared to Poland. “We had a few failings in the past with product that we experimented with where they didn’t work out. Obviously, with every new product, we kind of were getting better and better with our forecasts and understanding the trends and taking an analytic approach to what’s happening right now and what’s going to happen next,” Matthias says.
Bringing The Cocktail Home
The Kozuba brothers configured a game plan that’s proven to truly set them apart from their peers. They banked on the fact that most Americans don’t want to come home after a long’s day work to create their own cocktail. “Even if you buy the gear to make cocktails at home, how often do you actually make them? How often do you reach out for a shaker, ice, and shake it, and pour it into your glass? I have all the gear at my home for like ten years probably and I’ve used it maybe five times,” Matthias states. Furthermore, with the onslaught of COVID-19, it’s changed the way we enjoy cocktails. “We wanted to give people the opportunity to enjoy their favorite cocktails, because they cannot go to their favorite cocktail bar anymore,” Matthias says. “So, we decided to take the next step and kind of let people purchase their favorite cocktails in a store or online in the future, and just bring it home with them. Then again, with one purchase, they’re good to go with 14 cocktails. So, it’s not only about the safety of that form of consumption of cocktails, but also the simplicity and functionality.”
Ready-To-Drink That Stays Ready
Most RTDs are crafted at a lower proof between 16 to 20 proof. With BarBox, nothing goes below 40 proof. Anything above 40 proof, stays fresh and with the innovative packaging, there’s no oxidation. “We didn’t want to go into the low-proof drinks. We also didn’t want to go into fermented-based beverages, because we deal with spirits. So, we were thinking in terms of creating an RTD that is based on real spirits like vodka, whiskey, and gin,” says Matthias. Currently, BarBox offers three cocktails: Negroni, Cosmopolitan, and Vodka Sour. All spirit-based ingredients in their cocktails are made in-house. They only source outside ingredients when they’ve exhausted options. For example, their Negroni has sweet vermouth, amaro bitter liqueur, and gin. Regarding the Negroni’s ingredients, Matthias says, “Believe it or not, we made all three of them. Technically we cannot make vermouth because it’s a fermented beverage that cannot be made in a distillery by a distiller. So, in that case, we sourced Pinot Grigio from California. The next step is macerating herbs and there are actually about 25 different herbs in that recipe. We made it in-house. So, we basically made vermouth only sourcing the base spirit, which is wine, and then did all the rest in-house from scratch.”
“With BarBox, we have already experimented with the bag-in-box format with our vodka. We were thinking more in terms of what will really shine – especially where we are in Florida,” says Matthias. The box format is not only about the capacity – which is at 1.75L – but is more about being eco-friendly. He adds, “The bag is exactly the same as you would find in wine in the box. It just has a different film inside because it’s in direct contact with a much higher-proof spirit, which has to stay fresh and there is a chemical reaction between the plastic bag and the spirit. So, we buy special bags and a special spout that doesn’t release any off-flavors into the spirit.” Their bag-in-box design is 100 percent recyclable. Furthermore, it’s shatterproof which is perfect for partying poolside, beach, or the boat.
Though the future in the “new norm” is riddled with ambiguity, one thing’s for certain: BarBox will continue to keep our palates quenched and our curiosity engaged as they release new flavorful libations.
Each month, we’re serving up insider information and tidbits about our classic BarBox cocktails. Up first, we bring you: Vodka Sour. As you may know, the British Navy is credited with popularizing the sour.
A traditional “Sour” contains three ingredients: the base spirit, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener. We use lemon juice in our sour, and we’ve added a twist to this classic concoction by infusing our house-made simple syrup with real blueberries, giving our Vodka Sour its purple-tinged hue and hint of blueberry flavor.
Imagine yourself sailing the seven seas (or maybe just hanging out on the beach or camp fireside with friends) sipping on this strong, yet delightfully balanced cocktail that was ready to drink straight from our bag-in-a-box Better Planet Packaging. We do the work for you, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy craft cocktails on the go. And with 14 four-oz cocktails per box, there’s plenty to go around.
Hot cocktail enjoyment tip: add some club soda or seltzer to any BarBox cocktail to make it a spritzer. Perfect for those warm, inviting days.
With spring in the air, the great outdoors is calling to us all, so why not be the hero and bring the bar with you? Your friends will thank you.
Available for purchase online and in select stores, now is the time to open the box.