Mixers/Non-Alcoholic

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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Pepsi and Mountain Dew to Offer Cane Sugar Versions

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2009 |

“Mexican Cokes” — imported cola sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup — are all the rage right now, mainly because they’re perceived as a healthier (or at least less full of chemicals) way to drink soda. Many believe they taste better, too, but side by side, tasted blind, the differences are…

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Review: Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

By Christopher Null | February 15, 2009 |

Well known for its line of artisan mixers, Fever-Tree is definitely a brand to watch out for if you’re looking to elevate your simplest of cocktails (gin and tonic, scotch and soda, or whatnot) to something more impressive. After all, a tall gin & tonic is probably 70% tonic, depending on your glass, so the…

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Review: ViB “Vacation in a Bottle” Chill-N Flavor

By Christopher Null | February 8, 2009 |

Vacation in a bottle? It’s like the Holy Grail of beverages… but is it too good to be true? Vacation in a Bottle — or ViB — is a non-alcoholic, lightly carbonated soft drink, sweetened with cane sugar (not corn syrup) and some sucralose, flavored with natural pomegranate and goji berry juices  (at least this…

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Now That’s a Healthy Drink

By Christopher Null | January 24, 2009 |

Consumerist alerts us that paying attention to labels isn’t such a bad idea: Of all the ridiculous Acai schemes we’ve seen involving overpriced miracle elixirs, Snapple wins hands down — their Acai Blackberry drink is high fructose corn syrup, pear juice, and “natural flavors.” Water and corn syrup? Great! Basically, not much healthier than drinking…

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Review: Hint Flavored Water

By Christopher Null | December 13, 2008 |

Another solid contender in the lightly flavored water category: Hint is mild — but distinctly — flavored, all natural and with no sweeteners added. I tried two varieties: Strawberry-Kiwi and Cucumber. 13 flavors are currently available in total. I found both versions very good, though obviously different as night and day. The cucumber version is…

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Man Drinks 17 Energy Drinks, Survives

By Christopher Null | November 19, 2008 |

I’m glad I wasn’t the one who had to suffer through 17 servings of this stuff, but this intrepid reporter sucked down all manner of energy drinks to determine what tasted best, what had the best buzz, and which was most “drinkable” (which I guess is slightly different than “taste”). The results: Moxie Citrus Flavor…

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Review: Drank “Anti-Energy” Drink

By Christopher Null | October 20, 2008 |

Leave it to folks in my home town of Houston to buck the trend and introduce the opposite of what everyone else is doing: Drank’s tagline is “slow your roll” and it’s an anti-energy drink. Instead of caffeine, guarana, and taurine, it’s loaded with Valerian Root (10mg), Rose Hips (10mg), and melatonin (1mg), all designed…

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Review: Mini Thin Rush Energy Shots

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2008 |

I happened into a Phoenix gas station earlier this week and was stunned to see how many “energy” shots were on sale at the register. Over 20 different varieties and hundreds of little two-ounce vials. It’s become one of the biggest trends in nonalcoholic drinking: High caffeine, very small portions. Just suck down the shot…

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Review: Ayala’s Herbal Water

By Christopher Null | September 17, 2008 |

When you’re drinking your federally-mandated 27 gallons of water a day, you might as well enjoy it going down. Flavored water is nothing new, but Ayala’s takes a different approach, flavoring its bottled waters with natural herbs instead of chemical sludge (check the nutrition facts on a bottle of Propel if you don’t believe me).…

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Review: Vignette Wine Country Soda

By Christopher Null | September 6, 2008 |

It’s grape juice for grown-ups: With its Wine Country Sodas, Vignette takes the juice of real wine grapes — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc & Grenache — adds a little fizz, and puts it into single-serve bottles. But no alcohol, making them perfect for lunchtime, picnics, or those who can’t (or don’t want to)…

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