Distilling Spirits: Veteran Bartender Jason Kosmas Launches The 86 Company

Ever since mixologist Jason Kosmas hit town in 2010, he’s been a busy guy. In less than two years he’s shaken and stirred at Neighborhood Services Tavern, Bolsa, and Marquee Grill. Today he told me he is starting The 86 Company, which introduce new brands of  spirits. “I have been working on this for years but it is finally coming to fruition,” Kosmas said. “My partners, who are rooted in the craft cocktail movement, and I will collaborate with some of the best distillers in the world to make liquids and brands that are geared towards mixing in cocktails.”

So far, they have created four brands: Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Cana Brava Rum, Fords Gin, and Tequila Cabeza. “The products are all made to be tools for the bartender,” said Kosmas. “The informative and whimsical labels speak to that.”

Kosmas will remain in Dallas. “In fact, we are doing our initial launch in Dallas before New York City or California,” he said. He is still working at Marquee Grill but he is no longer a day-to-day manager on the floor. The 86 Company will make it’s debut at Craft Cocktail Texas which takes place June 14-17.

Kosmas elaborates below:

These are high-quality spirits are simply quality BS put in a practical ergonomic bottles. There are a lot of high quality spirits out their but because of their packaging and advertising budgets, the price of what is in the bottles is inflated. Ours are priced to democratize the ability to make good cocktails.

Our brands are multi-purpose ingredients for most of the classic calls but are also flavorful enough to inspire new creations.

For example for each category:

Vodka-round and naturally sweet, made from winter wheat mash, with a grainy finish. Smooth quality vodka with enough character to accentuate a cocktail instead of turning it into alcoholic fruit punch.

Rum-3 year-old aged and filtered light rum made from molasses. Makes the best daiquiri and mojito I have ever had. It is kin to the old Cuban-style rums which no longer can be found in the US. Also is at 86 proof (where the flavor really shines in cocktails).


  • Darren

    He should rethink the vodka brand. Duck Vodka??

  • Michael Martensen

    Way to go Jay! You are the man. For everyone out there the Rum and Tequila are absolutely amazing a must for any bar in a restaurant or at home.

  • Liz Scobee

    Nice work Jason- I can’t wait to taste what you have created. If its anything like your amazing cocktails its sure to be successful. The best of luck to you!

  • heather

    I second Martensen… the tequila is simply fantastic and JK definitely knows spirits.

  • Eddie & Kim

    Congrats Jay!!

  • Sarah Alexander

    Jay!!!! AWESOMENESS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!! You’ve worked so hard and you deserve it!!!!

  • Fortunate Son

    Private label booze? Good luck with that.

  • Doug Tucker

    Congrats on the launch Jason – bring them too me soon so I can start working with them and get them in people’s glasses asap…

  • Justin Beam

    Contratulations, Jason! I know this has been a long while in the making, and a ton of work while you have been juggling dozens of other things… I have said it since you moved here — Dallas is lucky to have you… We can’t wait to get our hands on your new spirits! Official Dallas launch party at Marquee?

  • TheLuckyOne

    You can bet that this whole line of spirits will have incredible flavor and probably at an incredible value – I am so proud that Jason moved to Dallas when he did and am even more proud that they have chosen Dallas to launch the 86 Brand! I hope others realize what a great honor it is that Jason feels so strongly about our City! Thank You Jason – you make it hard not to love you bro!
    BTW Jason, I know your busy but have you had a chance yet to tell people how I taught you so much, and how I’ve been such a mentor to you? Its OK if you havent, Ive been telling people myself

  • I look forward to June 15th, 130pm at the Stoneleigh Hotel for some concentrated evil.

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