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How to Make Amazing Cocktails Even If Your Bartending Skills Suck

Fool everyone at your next party with these six fancy cocktail mixers.

By Maggie Shi
Isaac Takes On... Extreme Bartending

Love a good cocktail but don't know your jigger from your strainer? You're in luck—these pre-made artisanal cocktail mixers let you skip the measuring and muddling and will make you look like a pro, even if you have no idea what goes into a vodka tonic. They're expertly crafted with high-quality ingredients—none of that crappy neon green "margarita" mix that's in your generic supermarket. And they're so easy, even you can't screw them up: just add booze and stir. Hide the evidence, serve up these drinks, and your friends will think you've turned into a master mixologist.

1. McClure's Bloody Mary Mix

Friday feels. #mcclurespickles #bloodymary #weekendvibes

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Brunch just isn't the same without a bloody mary. McClure's—which started out as a pickle company—cleverly uses its spicy pickle brine to create this ultra delish bloody mary mix. There's also dill, garlic, and black pepper in there, ensuring your hangover cocktail will be anything but boring. Add vodka and garnishes, and your weekend will be off to a bloody fantastic start.

2. Cocktail Crate Sriracha Margarita

There's nothing we love better than a spicy margarita, but squeezing all those limes is a pretty big chore. Enter Cocktail Crate's Sriracha Margarita mixer, made with freshly squeeze lime juice, organic agave nectar, and Sriracha. Add some tequila or mezcal, and you're ready for the fiesta.

3. Powell & Mahoney Pomegranate

Finishing off the weekend right! 🍷🍊 #CraftYourCocktail

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Love a fruity drink? This pomegranate mixer, made with real juice and a touch of lime, will be your new go-to pairing with vodka, gin, or even prosecco. Pomegranate martinis and mimosas, here we come.

4. Wilks & Wilson Millicent's Lime Mint Simple

Making a mojito just got a whole lot easier. No need to muddle the sugar, lime, and mint in a glass; just add white rum to this lime-and-mint-infused syrup, and you're good to go. Feel free to throw in a fresh mint leaf for garnish.

5. White Whale Auntie's Old Fashioned

Mixing up a classic old fashioned takes some work; there's muddling and stirring involved, and then measuring sugar, bitters, club soda, and adding orange and cherry. And of course, the all-important bourbon or rye. Handmade in small batches in North Carolina, this mixer makes serving up old fashioneds a snap.

6. Bittermilk Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour

#Bittermilk No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour + @bulleitwhiskey Bourbon + @pureleaficedtea. 👌 #f52snacktime

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With fresh lemon juice and orange peel, bourbon barrel-smoked Georgia honey, and cane sugar,Bittermilk's tasty mixer adds a delicious twist to a classic cocktail. Bourbon is the obvious choice here, but you can also sub in tequila for a smoky take on a margarita.

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