The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Twenty Four

Ever had a drink that was just “meh”?  Here are some “Secret Ingredients” to take any drink and make it great!

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In today’s Episode…

Today we’re going to talk about some ingredients that might just make your cocktail go from good to great!

1. Bubbles

Carbonated ingredients can make a huge difference to drink that’s falling flat. You use your own homemade ginger beer, some Prosecco, or even create your own sodas to use by creating your own carbonating rig!

2. Bitters

Cocktail bitters are well known, but I think it’s worth emphasizing that they really can make a big difference.  If your drink just needs “something” and you can’t place it – it might just be bitters!  (Did you catch our episode a couple weeks ago about bitters?)

3. Egg Whites

I know some people are put off by the idea of a raw egg white in their cocktails, but I suspect after tasting the drink they’d come around.  Egg whites are a great way to take your drink to the next level – both in taste and appearance. If you are going to use egg whites, be sure to use them safely!

4. Citrus Oil

Whether or not you’re using citrus to garnish your cocktail, it’s almost always a good idea to squeeze a peel of citrus to express the oils across the top of the drink.  In fact, we’re having a hard time thinking of a drink that wouldn’t benefit from a spritz of citrus oil.  Can you think of any?  Definitely let us know!

We’re Drinking the Cheater Ginger Beer


  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) coarsely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 strips lemon peel (about 4 inches each), yellow part only
  • 1-1/2 cups (about) sugar
  • 3 quarts chilled club soda
  • Ice cube


  1. Place ginger, lemon peel, and 4 cups of water in a 4-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer at a low boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugar, stirring constantly, and continue to boil until reduced to about 3 cups, another 15 minutes.
  3. Place a fine wire strainer over a large bowl. Pour in ginger mixture to separate solids from liquid. Discard the lemon peel. Save those ginger pieces as well. I’m going to try my hand at making candied ginger with the left over pieces.

Allow the syrup to cool and pour your ginger concentrate into a glass container and store in the fridge. If you add an ounce of vodka to the syrup, it will stay good for 2-3 weeks.

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