Drink mixers are the non-alcoholic ingredients in mixed drinks and cocktails. There are many reasons mixers are used. They change or enhance flavors or add new ones to a drink. Mixers dilute the drink, lowering the alcohol by volume in the drink. They may make the drink sweeter, more sour, or more savory. Some mixers change the texture or consistency of the drink, making it thicker or more watery. Drink mixers may also be used strictly for decorative purposes by changing the color or appearance of the drink.
Carbonated mixers and sodas
- Carbonated water (also called club soda, soda water, seltzer water, or sparkling water)
- Cola - Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc.
- Ginger ale
- Lemon Sour
- Lemon-lime soda - 7 Up, Sprite, etc.
- Tonic water
- Ginger beer
- Root beer, orange, grape, and cherry soda, and various other fruit and herb-flavoured soft drinks are used but typically have not been as popular as mixers as the drinks listed above.
Milk products add a smoothing effect to the feel of the drink to counteract the burn of the alcohol. They also turn the drinks opaque, usually enhancing and lightening the color of the drink.
Juices are flavorful additions. Some add sweetness, others add a sour tang, and some add a sweet-tart sensation. Fruit juices are common additions to rum-based cocktails.
- Apple cider (not to be confused with cider, known as hard cider in the U.S.)
- Coconut milk
- Cranberry juice
- Grape juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice, unsweetened
- Olive juice
- Orange juice
- Pineapple juice
- Tomato juice - plain or flavored (V-8, Clamato, etc.)
- Wheatgrass juice
Some suppliers now manufacture pre-made mixes, which contain all the ingredients for a particular drink pre-mixed. The only thing that needs to be added is alcohol.
- Bloody Mary mix- Mr. & Mrs. T's, Zing Zang, Ocean Spray, etc.
- Margarita mix - José Cuervo, etc.
- Mojito mix - Stirrings, Rose's, , etc.
- Mudslide mix - T.G.I. Friday's Frozen Mudslide mix, etc.
- Strawberry Daiquiri mix - Urban Thirst's Strawberry Daiquiri Slush Mix, etc.
- Cosmopolitan mix - Stirrings, etc.
- Hot Toddy mix - Powell & Mahoney
- Ginger - Elixir, etc.
The addition of a sauce usually imparts a surprising new taste to a familiar drink. Hot sauces are commonly used in drinking games.
The key ingredient in a syrup is sugar, which sweetens any drink into which it is mixed. Other flavors are often added to a sugar syrup.
Many other food and beverage items can be used in mixed drinks. These are some other common ones.
- Egg - egg whites thicken and increase the foaminess of blended drinks.
- Food coloring
- Sports drink - Gatorade, SunnyD, Redbull etc.
- List of cocktails
- Mixed drink shooters and drink shots
- Cocktail garnish
- Category:Drink mixers
- Category:Mixed drinks
- Category:Soft drinks
Alcoholic beverages History and production History of alcohol Production Alcoholic beverages Fermented beverage Distilled beverage Fortified wine (category) Distilled beverages by ingredients Grain Fruit
Apple: Applejack · Calvados · Cashew apple: Fenny · Coconut: Arrack · Grape: Arak · Armagnac · Brandy · Cognac · Pisco · Plum: Slivovitz · Ţuică · Pomace: Chacha · Grappa · Marc · Orujo · Tsikoudia · Tsipouro · Zivania · Various/other fruit: Eau de vie · Kirschwasser · Nalewka · Pálinka · Rakia · Schnaps
Other Liqueurs and infused distilled beverages by ingredients
Almond: Amaretto · Crème de Noyaux · Anise: Absinthe · Arak · Ouzo · Pastis · Raki · Sambuca · Chocolate · Cinnamon: Tentura · Coconut: Malibu · Coffee: Kahlua · Tia Maria · Egg: Advocaat · Hazelnut: Frangelico · Herbs: Aquavit · Bénédictine · Brennivín · Crème de menthe · Metaxa · Minttu · Honey: Bärenjäger · Drambuie · Glayva · Krupnik · Juniper: Gin · Jenever · Orange: Campari · Curaçao · Triple sec · Star anise: Sassolino · Sugarcane/molasses: Charanda · Various/other fruit: Crème de banane · Crème de cassis · Limoncello · Schnapps · Sloe gin
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