Hyacinth Nembhardt has operated different iterations of her drink business, Concoctions MKE. Originally, it started out as a liquor store with specialty drinks to go, then it was a mobile cocktail truck, and at the end of 2020, she opened a full-service and to-go bar at 4943 W. Fond du Lac Ave. which is also home to Uppa Yard Restaurant.
“I’m excited to bring Concoctions back to a brick a mortar location at a time where to-go options are at an all-time high,” said Nembhardt.
Concoctions MKE specializes in frozen drinks, including their top-selling Jamaican-themed Treasure Beach made with frozen mango, swirls of strawberry and topped with candy.
"It warms my heart that this is our most popular drink. My father was Jamaican and now that he’s passed I feel like selling so many of these is his way of saying he's proud of me," she says.
There are other Jamaican cocktails on the menu including a house-made rum punch and a Rude Boy made with ginger beer, rum and house-made lime juice. They also have a couple of hot drinks on the menu for winter.
All of the drinks are available with or without alcohol. The drinks are prepared without alcohol, and then customers decide if they want to purchase a 15ml "airplane bottle" of alcohol on the side or not.
"They not only decide if they want alcohol in it or not, but if they do, they can customize it with whatever liquor they like and at the price point that's best for them," says Nembhardt.
Concoctions MKE offers drinks to go as well as limited seating. Nembhardt has a staff of six and her daughter, Hyleah Pulley, serves as the manager.
This summer, Nembhardt hopes to have the drink truck back on the road, but it will depend on the state of the pandemic. She is happy for now to focus on her new bar.
"Things are going really well so far. My expectations are exceeded," says Nembhardt. "We're 100 percent female-and-minorty owned and operated here and I couldn't feel more blessed with my staff."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.