About Mixers

Mixers are the nonalcoholic components of various cocktails that have been conveniently packaged so that one just needs to add the alcohol base, and perhaps ice, to make a complete cocktail. We include sodas and bar syrups in this category as well.

The most popular cocktail mixers are margarita and Bloody Mary mixers and in recent years we've noticed a trend towards fresher, more natural tasting ingredients in packaging that requires freezing or refrigeration.

Top Picks and Reviews for Mixers

213683
Zing Zang
Bloody Mary Mix
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque garnet brick color. Bright, attractive, vegetal aromas and flavors of tomato vinaigrette, tomato-pepper jelly, spice-herb medley, and roasted lemon with a lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long roasted nut, spicy garlic tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mixed peppercorns finish. A lively and flavorful bloody Mary with great balance and drinkability.
95 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215412
Sallie’s Greatest
Strawberry + Basil Simple Syrup
Brilliant dark bronze amber color. Delicate, fresh aromas and flavors of strawberry compote, dried strawberries and herbs, and a hint of balsamic with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length honeyed strawberries and touch of caramel finish. A very pure, superbly flavorful strawberry syrup that makes a great cocktail.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209003
Nina’s
Bloody Mary Mix
Opaque dark brick red bronze color. Interesting, lively, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lasagna marinara, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt with a chunky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with notes of olive brine, cracked peppercorn, pizza bread, and hot pickled okra. A very flavorful and balanced spicy Bloody Mary that tastes homemade.
93 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208704
Bungalow 23
Prickly Pear Margarita
Opaque amber orange color. Lively, complex aromas and flavors of guava, prickle pear, cucumber, and cayenne peppered jicama with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of roasted pepper, lime, agave syrup, and celery. An intriguing, delicious and layered margarita.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215449
On-Time Mixers
Bloody Mary Mix
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque dark ruby color. Spicy, peppery aromas of sweet bbq rubbed tomatoes, turmeric and cumin, and exotic cracked pepper with a bright, fat body and a searing, appealing, medium-long horseradish and wasabi, chili pepper, and toasty gingerbread and zucchini bread finish. A very thick, very different, very very hot bloody Mary.
92 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214676
Top Shelf Mixers
Jalapeno Bloody Mary
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque sedimentary ruby color. Fresh, vegetal aromas of pizza sauce, roasted garlic, honeyed sundried tomatoes, and herbs with a medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-long celery and cucumber, root vegetables and green peppers, and white pepper finish. A fun, very green and garlicky, spicy bloody Mary.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215332
Crawley’s
Spiced Honey Apple Syrup
Opaque sedimentary amber color. Lively, nutty, fruity aromas of gingerbread, zucchini-apple bread, and delicate brown spices with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long pure clover honey and cinnamon finish. A great spiced apple syrup that really cranks up the volume and midrange of a whisky-based cocktail like a whisky smash.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213820
Stirrings
Simple Bloody Mary
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque ruby brick color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of roasted tomatoes,peppers and carrots, curry spices, grilled lemon, and celery salt on green beans with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long pepper, garlic, honeyed tomato, and blood orange finish. An interesting Asian twist on a blood Mary with nice zesty citrus and curry notes.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213543
Powell & Mahoney
Margarita Mix
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Hazy slivery straw color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of dates, sweet potato, and roasted pepper with an even, lively, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length candied lime, lemon sorbet, and herbs finish. Tasted as a margarita: this is a great margarita with expressive, lingering agave and citrus flavors.
92 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209005
Nina’s
Michelada Mix
Opaque amber salmon color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of spicy tomato sauce, dill pickle, Worcestershire sauce, and scone with a vibrant, petillant, salty body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long finish imparting accents of chili peppers, radish, celery salt, and lemon pepper. A great, lively michelada that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab