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: Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter and Non-Alcoholic Black Butte Porter

By Christopher Null | April 12, 2022 |

It’s a bold move for Deschutes to send us its non-alcoholic Black Butte Porter and its standard, pro-alcoholic expression side by side. Can an NA version of this beer really hold up to its big brother? Let’s find out! Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter – This is the year-round version of the Deschutes expression which…

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Review: 2022 Sovi Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Rose

By Rob Theakston | March 13, 2022 |

In mid-December 2021 we had the opportunity to review the inaugural offerings from California’s Sovi line of ready-to-drink canned non-alcoholic wines. While the red blend was flavorful and well-rounded, the Sparkling Rose could have used some fine-tuning.  I am pleased to report that, after receiving this year’s vintage, things have improved for the better. Before…

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Review: DaySmith Coffee+

By Rob Theakston | February 24, 2022 |

Pop into any bodega or convenience store and chances are there will be a cooler filled with ready-to-drink coffee options ready to refresh and energize. You probably won’t find DaySmith in those options, as this plucky little Texas upstart is just getting its feet wet in the market, but we were lucky to sample a…

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Review: 6 Stirrings Mixers

By Christopher Null | February 14, 2022 |

Stirrings makes a bazillion mixers, and the company recently sent us a ton of stuff — all in response to missing out on our grenadine roundup — so we figured it was best to put it all here in one mixed roundup. Note that all the products in this roundup are non-alcoholic despite the “bitters”…

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Review: WhistlePig PiggyBack Devil’s Slide Non-Alcoholic Whiskey

By Monica Uhm | February 1, 2022 |

Ever since they converted an old Vermont dairy farm into a craft whiskey operation in 2007, WhistlePig has made quite a name for itself with their consistently highly acclaimed rye whiskeys. They ante up on their limited edition special releases year on year, which includes ultra-premium expressions such as the 17 year Boss Hog VIII…

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Review: 2021 Sovi Non-Alcoholic Red Blend and Sparkling Rose Canned Wine

By Rob Theakston | December 18, 2021 |

It’s a bit of a double nightmare for wine drinkers of a certain pedigree: an alcohol-free wine arriving in a can. With the rumored forthcoming glass bottle shortage and supply chain issues, plus more people opting to no longer partake in traditional wine, it would be unsurprising if there was a market shift in favor…

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The Best Ginger Liqueur Roundup – 6 Brands Tasted, 1 Winner

By Christopher Null | December 18, 2021 |

Ginger has long been a staple of cocktailing — but only recently has it become popular in liqueur form — thanks to the instant popularity of Domaine de Canton — as opposed to the more usual “ale” or “beer” formats. Ginger liqueur is a staple in many modern cocktails, and it can be consumed as…

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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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