Getting home from a stressful day of work, or celebrating a big win in life, with a cocktail in one of those universal things people around the globe look forward to. When you go to do that, you have a few options to choose from.
Of course, you can go to a bar and spend a fortune for some guy to toss together a drink his own way, but that requires you to go out, and that’s not always optimal.
Luckily, you can also opt to make your own at home or buy pre-made cocktail mixers and keep them in your fridge for such occasions.
Which is better, though? Can you really get the same experience from a can as you do with a bit of work and cocktail-mixing experience? Let’s find out.
What is a Pre-Made Cocktail Mixer?
A pre-made cocktail mixer is a canned or boxed cocktail sold by a company. You can typically find the most popular types of cocktails in this form, and they vary widely in terms of quality, taste, and price.
How Pre-Made Cocktails are Better:
Pre-made cocktail mixers are better than homemade in a few different ways. The most obvious is that they’re a lot easier. Instead of having to buy each ingredient for your favorite cocktail, mix it up, and hope you got it right before enjoying it, you just pick your favorite brand, crack a can, and start relaxing.
However, there are some other benefits, too. You can often buy a small pack of cocktails for yourself for less than what you’d spend on ingredients. After all, good alcohol isn’t exactly cheap, and if you aren’t making lots of cocktails, the ridiculous price of a bottle might be completely unnecessary; not to mention all the other ingredients.
Also, you have less of a chance of messing up if you don’t know what you’re doing. Mixing alcohol into things always comes with the risk of pouring too much, and you can easily end up with a drink that’s just too stiff for your liking. With a pre-made cocktail, you’ll usually get just the right amount to feel it without overpowering the other ingredients that make it taste so great.
How They Fall Behind:
Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks. First, your selection is limited. With homemade cocktails, your own imagination and budget are your only limit. However, the companies making pre-made options aren’t going to waste time on oddball flavors they don’t know they can sell. So, you’ll usually have to stick with the classics.
Then, you have to consider the fact that what you see is what you get. If you’re having a particularly bad day and want another shot in your cocktail without having to crack another can, you’re out of luck. With a homemade option, you can make it as strong as you want.
In our opinion, there are some great reasons to buy pre-made cocktail mixers. They’re convenient, affordable, and just right for most occasions. So, most of the time, they’re the better option. If you end up wanting to make a lot of cocktails or you want to experiment, homemade might be the better choice for you.