Five Tips to Make Better Cocktails

Mixed drinks in martini glasses lined on wooden bar
Updated on July 4th, 2023

No matter the occasion, serving a round of handmade cocktails at your next gathering is sure to please your guests. But this time, not any old cocktails will do. This time you want to outdo yourself with expertly blended beverages. Whether you're using real fruit or a splash of Sparkling CBD soda, follow the tips we've outlined below to elevate your cocktails' quality. 

Tip One: Make Sure You Have the Right Tools

You can’t build anything without the right tools, and that goes for cocktails too. Before your guests start to arrive make sure that your cocktail toolbox is properly equipped. At a minimum, that means having a cocktail shaker, a bar spoon, a lemon or lime squeezer, a strainer, a muddler, and a jigger to make sure you get your quantities right.

Tip Two: Never Underestimate the Importance of Mixers

A cocktail is only as good as the mixers you use. Don’t mess around with generic colas and tonic waters. Instead, consider using any of our nine flavors of Sparkling CBD sodas and other beverages by Colorado’s Best Drinks. You’ll find they have everything you need including ginger ale, cola, and more, and they're all infused with broad spectrum, high-quality hemp-derived CBD extract. They're also vegan, gluten-free, sodium-free and free of preservatives and GMOs.

Tip Three: Stock Some Basic Liqueurs

Unless you plan on only serving Sparkling CBD Mules and martinis, you should make sure to have a few basic liqueur options on hand. For instance, you’ll have a hard time making a Margarita or a Long Island Iced Tea without Triple Sec, or a Singapore Sling without Cherry Brandy Liqueur. You don’t need to get too exotic. Just make sure you have a few staples on hand just in case.

Tip Four: Have Plenty of Fresh Fruit on Hand

If you’re scrounging through the bottom drawer of the refrigerator looking for long-forgotten fruits to add to your cocktails, you’ve lost before the race has started. The last thing you want is to be serving cocktails with a shriveled, tasteless piece of lime clinging to the edge, practically pleading to be put out of its misery. Stock up on plenty of plump, juicy, fresh, ripe fruits beforehand and your drinks will take off the way they should.

Tip Five: Use High-Quality Juices

If you really want to make better mixed drinks, you’ll need to make sure all the ingredients are up to the task. And that means your fruit juices as well. The most popular cocktail juices are orange, pineapple and cranberry juice. It's essential to use quality juices for truly delectable drinks. If you use cheap, flavorless juice, don't be surprised if your guest only takes a polite sip or two before heading for the keg.

A Few Final Tips Before Your Mixer

If you take the above tips to heart, your handmade mixed drinks are sure to be the talk of the town. However, keep a few other things in mind as well. For instance, don’t be the host who runs out of ice halfway through the BBQ. Have sugar syrup on hand to put the icing on those sweet cocktails. If you plan on serving CBD Moscow Mules make sure to buy some copper cups. And if you aspire to create more sophisticated cocktails make sure you have some bitters or spices at the ready.

Cheers From Our Beverage-Making Team!

If you are gearing up for a big get-together this coming weekend, Sparkling CBD-infused cocktails could be the perfect way to put an unforgettable spin on your soiree. By taking the above tips to heart you can be sure your homemade drinks will be the refreshing hit of your next celebration.