How To Make Popular Cocktail Mixers From Scratch For Better Cocktails.

by Michael Garrison

Mixology is changing daily, one quick way to step up your game is to start making your mixers from scratch. It is very easy and not to time consuming, and adds a unique personal touch to your cocktails. As people have become more focused on processed foods and natural ingredients, this is a great way to have natural, great tasting cocktails at your next event or for your specialty drink menu. Here are a couple store bought mixers that can be made from scratch in minutes and you wont have to worry about artificial flavors or ingredients.


Simple Syrup:

12 Ounces of Water

12 Ounces of Sugar

You can heat and reduce (although this will give you a thicker consistency which you might not want in some cocktails) or just mix in a bottle. It is a great natural sweetener for cocktails and for use in making other mixers.


Sour Mix:

6 Ounces of fresh lime juice

6 Ounces of fresh lemon juice

16 Ounces of simple syrup (see above)

Mix together and then store in your refrigerator. It will keep for roughly 1 week.



2 Cups of pomegranate juice

1 Cup sugar

Simmer on stove until it reduces by about half, then add 1 cup of sugar and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Store in your refrigerator. It will keep for roughly 1 week.


Sweetened Lime Juice: (similar to Rose's)

1 Cup sugar

1 Cup water

1 1/3 cup fresh lime juice

Make a simple syrup by reducing the sugar and water on the stove until the sugar is dissolved and then add the lime juice and store in your refrigerator. It will keep for approximately 1 week.


Tonic Water: (syrup to add to soda water)

4 Cups water

3 Cups of pure cane sugar

3 Tsbp quinine (found in specialty stores) it is powdered Chinchona bark.

6 Tsbp citric acid (look for this in the bulk section of a large grocier)

3 Limes that have been zested and juiced

3 Stalks of lemongrass rouchly choped.

Step 1 - Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan with the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.

Step 2 - Add the quinine, citric acid, lemongrass, and lime juice and stir for 25 minutes until everything is disssolved and the viscosity is runny.

Step 3 - Remove it from the heat and then begin to filter the solution. This might take several cheesecloths and or coffee filters since the bark is very fine. Filter the solution until you have refined it well.

Step 4 - Use a funnel to pour it into your containers and store in the fridge. It should keep for roughly 2 weeks.

Step 5 - Pour this syrup into soda water (to taste) for a refreshing tonic water for your next home made Gin & Tonic!

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison


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