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Why you should use Fresh Ingredients in your Cocktails over Pre-Made stuff

Updated on January 23, 2013

Using fresh fruit in your cocktails

Fresh fruits in Cocktails
Fresh fruits in Cocktails

Reasons why to use fresh ingredients

Many argue that cocktails taste just fine with regular pre-made juices or different simple syrups, but I have to disagree. Just as you would use fresh soda, fresh ice in your drink, I would say use even fresher ingredients to enhance your cocktails! Why? I will tell you below:

When you use fresh ingredients, that really enriches your cocktails and takes it to the next stage. For your favorite cocktails like Margaritas, Daiquiris, and even Long Island Ice Teas, you'll realize that the fresher the ingredients, the more enjoyment, you'll get out of your experience. Of course, at a typical bar, they'll use more pre-made stuff with the lime juice, simple syrup, and the sweet and sour. However, that does not mean you need to do that for your own stuff.

I'm not going to lie, it might be a bit more pricy purchasing different fruits but you'll definitely get a bit more health benefits. A lot of these pre-made mixes have so much sugar that it already adds a lot more sugar to the alcohol. Additionally, the taste is not where it neds to be especially with the so-called margarita mixes. That's not really a margarita just like Jose Cuervo Especial Gold is not real Tequila. It's a mixto - half tequila and half refined sugar with coloring to make it look aged. Too much of this cheap stuff will give you a headache. That's a different story, but I will post a video below explaining the difference.

For you health conscious people out there, you'll realize all of this extra sugar will kill your metabolism and make you gain weight amongst other problems, but that's not the point of this article. It's really taking care of your drink to make sure it has the best and freshest flavor and that's what these nice ingredients give you.

In your simple syrup, all you need to do is use two cups of sugar (even brown sugar or agave nectar) and 1 cup of water and boil it. There you have it. For your sweet and sour mix. it's the same with simple syrup. The only difference is you'll want to add in some fresh lemon juice; not the store kind with a whole bunch of sugar. If you want to add a fullness and rich texture, add in some egg whites. This works really well with your Long Island Ice Tea.

As far as juice is concerned, definitely use fresh juice. You can get a fruit squeezer to maximize the amount of juice you can squeeze out of specific fruits. Also, to add a bit of sweetness, use your fresh simple syrup and agave nectar. I hope this helps! Go to Great Cocktail Recipes for incredible recipes and advice from bartending, party drinks, and much more! Check below for video tutorial on all of the stuff I've explained in this article. Also, if you really want to go ahead and use the pre-made stuff, check the links below. Thanks!

How to Make Sweet and Sour

How to make Simple Syrup

Strawberry Daiquiri

Why Jose Cuervo Especial is not the real thing


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