Poking a straw into a laminated foil pouch is a staple for the thirsty preschool and school-aged set. At Trummer’s on Main, a 210-seat restaurant in Clifton, VA, owner/ beverage director Stefan Trummer originally created drink pouches, such as one with pomegranate, orange and lime juices and elderflower, as part of his new Kids’ Tasting Menu.
But because they provide a striking presentation and conversation piece—and are just plain fun—he started offering them mixed with spirits and liqueurs. Priced from $12 to $16, these super sippers change with the seasonal menus.
Trummer’s first version mixes tequila with vanilla-infused Cognac, passion fruit and fresh lime juice. He also plans to offer a julep with fresh peaches and bourbon, a “Cherry Coke” with fresh cherries and an elixir blend of three liqueurs soaked with cherries, and a third that mixes rhubarb with Tanqueray Rangpur gin, vanilla and club soda. And he’s considering selling them to guests to take to-go, sans alcohol, ready to be mixed and enjoyed wherever and whenever. They can even be frozen and enjoyed as a slushie.
“It is a fun way to drink a beverage and brings back childhood memories,” Trummer says. “Everyone has had a drink pouch as a kid, but now we can offer kids a healthier version—and a more fun one for grownups.”