Whether you are looking to create an elaborate cocktail or a simple mixed drink, mixers are vital to getting a great balance of flavours and bringing down the alcohol content.
As well as sweet mixers, other sparkling drinks like ginger ale and tonic water can add a more sour or bitter element to cocktails, making them much more palatable. The sparkling feature itself is also a great way to lighten up an otherwise heavy drink, such as one with a powerful flavour or syrupy texture.
By adding in a mixer, it is easy to bring a spirit to life and add a different dimension to the base flavours. It can also be interesting to play around and try to find what mixers work best in which cocktails, while not making a drink too boozy.