brushChoosing a mixer for a cocktail doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, seltzer plus the spirit of your choice is enough. But, if you have ever wondered why a professionally mixed cocktail is superior to what you whip up at home, take a closer look at your mixers. Neutral spirits can pair with everything from pineapple juice to espresso, but a really good cocktail goes beyond one-note tastes and crafts layers of complementary and contrasting flavor notes. This is where Fever-Tree comes in. Fever-Tree is the brainchild of two men who realized in the early 2000s that although people were starting to pay attention to the quality of spirits they chose, there were not enough top mixers to go with them. The gap in the market led them to create Fever-Tree’s first product in 2005, Premium Indian Tonic Water. The company now offers mixers in five categories: tonic waters, cola, sparklings, gingers, and cocktail mixers.

Fever-Tree sent us 15 varieties to sample and rank so you can make your next cocktail the best yet. We ranked based on overall taste and their function as a mixer. All recommendations are based on first-hand impressions. Promotional materials and products were provided by the manufacturer and distributor for sampling. Blood Orange Ginger Beer is a dramatic twist on ginger beer that blends blood oranges from Italy with spicy ginger. Blood oranges are different from navel oranges in both flavor and color. Blood oranges have a unique red color ranging from mildly red to deep, almost purple. The citrus flavor in this drink comes from blood orange flavoring and natural lime flavor. This mixer has a saturated pinkish-orange color, like the sky on a perfect sunset. However, the aroma is ginger-heavy and doesn’t hint at the citrus in the drink. The taste has the hallmark slow burn of a ginger beer with robust ginger flavor and spiciness, but instead of a sweet-tart or juicy orange flavor, the drink has a heavy perfume-like taste.

TeaThere is a whisper of orange at the end of each sip, but it is not enough to cut through the ginger or make it identifiable as a blood orange drink. This mixer ranked low because of the discrepancy between the name and taste of the drink, coupled with the harsh unbalanced flavor. Lemon is featured in countless classic cocktails, including a Tom Collins and Lemon Drop Martini, so having a lemon-based mixer from Fever-Tree makes a lot of sense. Fever-Tree’s Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade is made of sugar, lemons from concentrate, natural lemon flavor, citric acid, and ascorbic acid. To get the flavor from Sicilian lemons, they used a process common to perfume-making called sfumatrice, which allows Fever-Tree to extract oils from both the peel and juice of the lemon. The pale-yellow, slightly cloudy mixer has a strong lemon aroma, which isn’t surprising. But the intense bitterness in the taste is a shock. This is a far cry from the sweet-tart summer beverage one might expect from lemonade.

The bitterness sets in quickly and lingers well after taking a sip. With the lemon flavor coming from extracted oils, it veers closer to a lemon household cleaner than a refreshing drink. The overall unpleasant taste caused this mixer to rank low. The Fever-Tree product line hits on many different citrus fruits, like lemon, lime, and orange, and this variety goes a bit further to include yuzu, a citrus fruit that is very popular in Japan. Yuzu looks like a cross between an orange and a lemon but has a sharp taste closer to a grapefruit. The limes in this drink are Tahiti limes sourced from Mexico. Fever-Tree suggested vodka, tequila, or mezcal as a pairing. The description of this mixer sounds complex, fun, and delicious, but the initial aroma is a let-down. It mostly smells like lime juice, and not fresh lime juice, but like a can of frozen concentrate. Sparkling Yuzu & Lime isn’t overly sweet, but it also isn’t deeply flavored.

There is a lack of body to the drink, and coupled with not being able to taste the yuzu, it is basically diluted sparkling limeade. It is hard to imagine the flavor standing up to a smoky mezcal, but even a simple vodka would only further the diluted taste. This mixer isn’t unpalatable, but it’s also not very special. Fever-Tree suggests tequila or vodka to pair with this pretty pink citrusy drink, which makes sense since a Greyhound and Palomas are well-loved grapefruit-based cocktails featuring those spirits. If you’re ready to see more information about web page have a look at the web page. There are red and pink grapefruit juices in the ingredients in addition to natural grapefruit flavoring. Sparkling Pink Grapefruit has a fresh and bitter grapefruit smell, like the air after peeling a piece of fruit when the oils from the rind spritz up and perfume the room. The flavor is more delicate. After the fine bubbles on the tongue soften, a subtly sweet grapefruit flavor comes forward. However, more than tasting like the fruit, the drink tastes like a piece of lightly candied grapefruit peel with a heavy bitter quality.