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Make Your Own Mixers

Many of the non-alcoholic ingredients used to mix cocktails can be purchased in grocery or liquor stores. However, you can also make your own mixers and it is easier than you think. Simple syrup, sour mix, grenadine and infused spirits can all be made from scratch and customized to fit your personal bartending style.
  1. Infused Liquor Recipes (14)
  2. Infused Simple Syrups (12)

Agave Nectar in Cocktails
Agave nectar, or agave syrup, is a sweetener used in food and drinks and it is becoming more popular and readily available. Learn more about what agave nectar is and find cocktail recipes that use the sweetener.

Cranberry-Fig Shrub
Perfect for holiday cocktails like this Holiday Spirit recipe, the cranberry-fig shrub is a mixer that uses vinegar and sugars with fruit and spices.

Habanero Blood Orange Puree
This spicy citrus puree is a great ingredient you can use to add a little flair to a number of cocktails, including the Habanero Blood Orange Margarita it was designed for.

Gomme (Gum) Syrup
Gum (or gomme) syrup was used instead of simple syrup in many classic cocktails. While some people refer to simple syrup as gum syrup, but true gum syrup contains an emulsifier known as gum arabic.

Homemade Ginger Ale
Ginger ale is a popular soda for finishing off many mixed drinks and liqueurs. While there are many commercial brands available, you may want to make your own and this recipe shows you how to make homemade ginger ale.

Homemade Amaretto Liqueur
Amaretto is a popular liqueur, one that every bar should have. While there are many great commercially produced amarettos available, making your own is a fun project and the recipe is very easy.

Homemade Lemonade
Making your own lemonade is very easy all you need is fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and water. Learn how to make homemade lemonade using this recipe.

Homemade Grenadine
Grenadine is an essential bar ingredient and it is surprisingly easy to make fresh from pomegranate juice.

Homemade Bitters
Bitters are essential in the bar and you can also make your own, personalized using a variety of herbs and spices for enhancing your favorite cocktails.

Infusing Spirits with Flavor
Infusing spirits is the process of adding flavor to liquors to create your own custom spirits for mixing or enjoying on their own.

Hot Buttered Rum Mix
Hot Buttered Rum is a favorite warm mixed drink for winter and it can easily be made up in a large batch to have on hand for the occasional Hot Buttered Rum or for a party.

How to Make a Shrub
Learn what makes a shrub, or drinking vinegar, and find methods and tips for making your own shrubs.

Irish Cream Liqueur
Irish cream is one of the easier liqueurs to make at home. The main ingredient is Irish whiskey and the rest of the recipe is made of common kitchen ingredients. Find the recipe and a collection of cocktails to mix your DIY Irish cream into.

How to make Rock and Rye Whiskey
Rock and Rye whiskey is simply a combination of rye whiskey and rock sugar candy that have been combined. Oftentimes, Rock and Rye is sold commercially, but it is exceptionally easy to make at home and is a far superior product to commercial packaged options. Using a good rye whiskey is essential, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam and Rittenhouse rye...

Ginger Nectar Recipe
This preparation for ginger nectar is simple and creates a useful mixer for using in cocktails like the Pear Naked Sailor, which is included here.

Lime Cordial
Lime cordial is a sweetened substitute for lime juice and can be used on its own with soda or in many favorite cocktails, including the Gimlet. With this recipe you can make your own lime cordial at home or in your bar.

Nocino Walnut Liqueur Recipe
Nocino is a walnut liqueur that is popular in Italy. You can easily make your own Nocino using this recipe from About.com Italian Food Guide, Kyle Phillips.

Spa Nectar
Recipe for a spa-like, refreshing nectar infusion of cucumber in agave nectar that can be used in cocktails like the Organic Sensation.

Orgeat Syrup
Orgeat syrup is an almond-flavored syrup that is commonly used in cocktails, most notably in the Mai Tai, other tiki and classic cocktails.

Easy Sweet and Sour Mix Recipe
Sour mix (or bar mix) is a drink mixer made of lemon and lime juices and sugar commonly used in mixing cocktails. While it can be bought in the store, it is easier, cheaper, and better tasting if you make your own using this recipe.

Simple Syrup and Flavored Simple Syrups
Simple syrup is sometimes called sugar syrup and is used as a sweetner in many cocktail recipes. It is easy to make and should be an essential to stock in your home bar.

Peach Liqueur Recipe
This peach liqueur recipe is simple, requiring just a few ingredients, and is ideal for making up when a variety of peaches are available.

Whip that Groove
Whipped cream is a popular topping for both hot and cold mixed drinks and cocktails. Kyle Branche shares a few tips about enhancing freshly made whipped cream with flavors using liqueurs, syrups, and sugars.

Limoncello Liqueur (Video)
Learn how to make Limoncello, a tasty lemon liqueur, with the help of Chef Roblé.

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