Adult Drinks without the Dehydration
Mixed drinks are popular among social drinkers. Drinking liquor by itself is harsh. Mixers help drinks last longer, add flavor and are versatile. There are not many rules when it comes to making a mixed drink. The trick is to mix flavors that complement each other, rather than flavors that contrast. Most adults end up feeling dehydrated at the end of an evening, or even the next day from alcohol consumption. Making mixed drinks that contain natural juices and electrolytes is ideal to maintain proper hydration while enjoying a couple of cocktails.
Soda and carbonated water are common mixers for adult drinks. Carbonated soda contains high amounts of sugar and salt. Salt aids in dehydrating the body when non-sodium or carbonated drinks are omitted.
It is common to use ginger ale and colas for mixed drinks as they mask the flavor of the alcohol some. This makes the drink more enjoyable. Flavored sodas, such as colas with a hint of citrus or other fruit flavors are also popular. These mix well with dark spirits such as whiskey and bourbon. Lighter liquors, such as tequila and rum, mix better with light sodas such as ginger ale and lemon-lime flavors.
Many sodas contain caffeine. Consuming caffeine late into the evening can make it difficult to fall asleep.
Fruit Based Mixers
Fruit juice, purees and frozen juice cubes take mixed drinks to a whole new level. As these combine with alcohol, layers of color can be developed to make the drinks appealing to the eye. It is ideal to use fresh fruit puree rather than processed juices to keep the nutrition benefits of the fruit in the drink.
Using fruit based mixers that include electrolytes helps prevent dehydration from alcohol consumption. This comes in handy when water is not consumed between drinks. Healthy alcohol mixers nourish the body while allowing adults to relax and enjoy an evening out or a gathering with a few friends.
Make your own custom adult beverages by mixing favorite fruit juices and spirits. Combining two or three different spirits with simple syrup and fruit juice results in a refreshing adult beverage. When garnishing mixed drinks, consider using pieces of fruit that is frozen as it helps chill the drink. Freezing fruit puree or freshly juiced fruit into cubes adds to the visual appeal and flavor of the drink. Refrain from adding water to the juice cubes as it will water down the drink.
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