The Best Cocktail Mixers

Skip the measuring and the muddling. If you want a shortcut to happy hour—or the tastiest cola for your Cuba libre—try these just-add-alcohol mixes and sodas.

1

Best Tonic: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic

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For gin or vodka, this not-too-sweet staple has Champagne-like bubbles that fizz until the final sip.

To buy: $6.50 for four 6.8-ounce bottles, at supermarkets and amazon.com.

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Best Margarita: Powell & Mahoney Margarita Mixer

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Any tequila, even a budget buy, tastes great with this blend’s ideal ratio of real lime juice to salt and sugar.

To buy: $8 for a 25.36-ounce bottle, at supermarkets and amazon.com.

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3

Best Bloody Mary: Powell & Mahoney Bloody Mary Mixer

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Not too thick, not too thin, this crowd-pleaser has a fresh tomato flavor with a hit of horseradish.

To buy: $8 for a 25.36-ounce bottle, at supermarkets and amazon.com.

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4

Best Bellini: Williams-Sonoma Passion Fruit Bellini Mix

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The peach-based cocktail gets a tropical upgrade with passion fruit. Top with Champagne or Prosecco for a fast (and fancy) brunch drink.

To buy: $15 for a 12.5-ounce bottle, williams-sonoma.com.

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5

Best Martini: Stirrings Dirty Martini

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Olive lovers, listen up: Add this intense Spanish olive brine to vodka or gin and vermouth for an extra-savory punch.

To buy: $5 for a 12-ounce bottle, at supermarkets and amazon.com.

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6

Best Cola: 365 Everyday Value Cola

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Natural cola flavor and cane sugar offer that familiar soda-pop taste without sodium or high fructose corn syrup—or caffeine, for that matter. Perfect in a classic rum and “Coke.”

To buy: $3 for six 12-ounce cans, Whole Foods.

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Best Ginger Soda: Williams-Sonoma Spindrift Sparkling Cocktail Mix, Moscow Mule

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Staffers chose this brew for its intense ginger bite tempered by lime. Mix with vodka for a Moscow Mule or rum for a Dark ’n’ Stormy.

To buy: $17 for a 25-ounce bottle, williams-sonoma.com.

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Best Citrus Soda: Whole Foods Market Lemon Italian Soda

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When you need bubbles, simple syrup, and citrus for sangría or a spritzer, use this 3-in-1 solution. On its own, it's a brisk thirst-quencher.

To buy: $3 for a 33.81-ounce bottle, Whole Foods.

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9

Best Tropical Soda: Whole Foods Market Tropical Blend Italian Soda

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This bubbly blend of mango, passion fruit, and orange can mix with just about any liquor for instant beachy drinks in your own backyard.

To buy: $3 for a 33.81-ounce bottle, Whole Foods.

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