By definition, a cocktail is a mixed drink, and while there are plenty of cocktails composed entirely from alcoholic beverages, many of the best involve a mixer — a nonalcoholic juice, syrup, carbonated drink, or some other addition. A mixer’s job may be to twist the flavor of the cocktail in a different direction or to reduce the overall amount of alcohol in the cocktail — or both. While many mixers (like lime juice or simple syrup) can be easily made at home, there’s a cottage industry dedicated to ready-to-use mixers, ranging from artisan ginger ale to exotic, spiced syrups.

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Review: Damrak Virgin Non-Alcoholic Gin

By Robert Lublin | November 11, 2021 |

When is a gin not a gin? Try this one, a non-alcoholic offering from Damrak. We tried Damrak’s standard, Amsterdam-based gin in 2018 and enjoyed its citrus-heavy palate. Damrak Virgin is distilled from 10 (different) botanicals, including Valencia and Curacao orange peels, juniper, ginger, lavender, cinnamon, and lemon peel — before the alcohol is stripped…

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Review: Pratt Standard Agave Spice Old Fashioned Syrup

By Drew Beard | November 7, 2021 |

It was only just this summer that I was waxing poetic about the many merits of a tequila-based Old Fashioned cocktail, and here we have the latest and greatest from the syrup wizards at Washington, D.C.’s Pratt Standard: Agave Spice Old Fashioned. Per Pratt Standard’s founder, Tory Pratt: The flavor profile was driven first by…

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Review: Q Mixers Light Tonic, Spectacular Tonic, Elderflower Tonic, and Hibiscus Ginger Beer

By Monica Uhm | October 20, 2021 |

The artisan mixer-masters at Q Mixers have updated their lineup, several products of which were reviewed and well received by Drinkhacker here. They’ve recently added two new flavors, Hibiscus Ginger Beer and Elderflower Tonic, and two new variations on the standard tonic, Light Tonic and Spectacular Tonic. They’ve also added Joel McHale as their Chief…

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Review: Strike Performance Accelerator Energy Beverage

By Monica Uhm | October 11, 2021 |

  Strike makes no bones about its value proposition as a “performance accelerator energy beverage.” Consider this another contender in the evolution of the “sports drink” category, made ubiquitous first by the likes of Gatorade and followed suit by brands such as Monster, which relies mostly on caffeine and sugar to perk you up for…

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Review: Partake Peach Non-Alcoholic Gose

By Monica Uhm | October 10, 2021 |

What to do if you’re an ardent craft beer lover but can no longer indulge? For Ted Fleming, it was to create non-alcoholic beers that would sate his high standards for craft brews and retain the social buzz of imbibing in the company of friends, a common origin story for many who have embarked on…

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Review: Mountjoy Non-Alcoholic Spirits: Ing, Quileta, Yer Hiskwey

By Christopher Null | October 8, 2021 |

Mountjoy is best known for its CBD-infused seltzers, but its latest endeavor is much different endeavor: Non-alcoholic spirits designed to mimic gin, tequila, and rye whiskey. Each bears an anagrammatic name — and 170mg of CBD per 750ml bottle (or about 10mg CBD per serving). There’s not a whole lot of information about what these…

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Review: Beak & Skiff Organic CBD Sparkling Water Mango Lime

By Monica Uhm | September 7, 2021 |

There is no lack of inventiveness or boundaries in sight for use of CBDs, which are appearing ubiquitously in everything from lotions to candy to sparkling water, the latter being the subject of this review with Beak & Skiff’s latest offering: Organic, CBD-infused sparkling water with a mango lime flavor. (We recently reviewed some of…

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Review: Bushwick Kitchen Trees Knees Bourbon Maple

By Christopher Null | August 14, 2021 |

Bushwick Kitchen can be found not in New York but in Washington, D.C. The company’s maple tree farm can be found in the Catskill Mountains of upstate NY, however. For this release, its syrup is aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels before bottling. It’s a dense and cola-colored product, toasty on the nose with…

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Review: Wilderton Botanical Distillates

By Monica Uhm | July 27, 2021 |

Wilderton is a craft non-alcoholic distillery based in Oregon whose founders Brad Whiting and Seth O’Malley “came together for a new vision of distilling.” That vision? To create botanicals-based distillates without alcohol, their premise being that flavor makes a great cocktail, not booze. To achieve the level of complexity and character needed to carry a…

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Review: Nickel Dime Cocktail Syrups, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2021 |

Nickel Dime is based in Oakland, California, where it makes a collection of four cocktail syrups designed for home cocktailing. Created by bartender Jared Hirsch and entrepreneur Absinthia Vermut, the four-pack’s centerpiece is called Caged Heat, one of Hirsch’s most well-known cocktails. The syrups are made from natural ingredients. Consumers are directed to mix 1…

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