How To Create Your Own Cocktail Mixers With Fruit Puree
Elevate your homemade cocktails with custom bar juices and cocktail purees that have the power to completely transform your favorite drink. Whether it’s a basic strawberry mixer, a classic grenadine, or a combination of your favorite flavors (watermelon jalapeno, anyone?) It's easy to make your own fruit puree cocktails and fruit beers at home.
These flavored bar juices make bold, delicious drinks with a refreshing fruit flavor. Read our simple guide to making your own cocktail mixers.
How to Make Simple Cocktail Purees
1. Make Your Own Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is the basis of any cocktail syrup, and is very easy to make at home—it’s just a mixture of one part sugar and one part water! There’s no need for boiling, either. Just grab your favorite jar or container, add in one cup of water, and stir in one cup of sugar until the sugar has dissolved. This process should only take a couple of minutes, and your simple syrup should last for up to six months in the fridge.
2. Add Real Fruit to Your Syrup
Now that you have your base, you can add extracted juices to make nearly any flavor combination you dream up. Use two cups of fresh fruit, and muddle your fruit, making sure to thoroughly crush it.
Even better, you can use a fresh fruit puree here instead, skipping over the muddling process! Once your fruit is completely mixed, add it to your base syrup.
3. Strain Your Syrup
Now that your bar juices are combined, it’s time to give everything a good mix. Screw on the lid of your mason jar or container, shake vigorously, and strain your syrup into a fine mesh strainer to remove any fruit pulp. You should be left with a vibrantly flavored, fresh-tasting fruit puree to use in your next cocktail or mocktail.
How to Make Heated Syrups
Making heated cocktail mixers is great for producing a bold flavor and works well with less juicy fruits like berries, coconut, or cherries. It creates an exotic, fresh flavor that’s especially useful with fruits that have a softer flavor profile.
1. Make Your Simple Syrup
Create your bar juices with one part water and one part sugar to create an easy simple syrup for your cocktail mixer.
2. Add Your Fruit Puree and Boil
Add in one to two parts fruit or fruit puree and bring your syrup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce your syrup to a low simmer and cook until the fruit begins to break down, stirring gently.
3. Strain Your Syrup
Remove your syrup from heat and allow it to cool. Once it’s cooled, strain the syrup and store in a mason jar or covered container.
How to Use Your Bar Juices
Use your bar juices and custom cocktail mixers in your favorite margaritas, Moscow Mules, or homebrewing projects to infuse your favorite cocktails or mocktails with bold fruit flavor. Making cocktail mixers is even easier with fruit purees, because you do not have to wait for fresh fruit to be in season near you, and you can skip the muddling process!