It doesn't take much to elevate a homemade cocktail to bar-level standards with small-batch syrup or mixers.
Most of the new crop of craft mixers are designed for use in quick concoctions, with suggestions for simple gin and tonics, old-fashioneds or mojitos right on the label.
"It's as simple as two parts brew, one part booze," said Maria Littlefied, a partner at Owl's Brew. Their Pink & Black—darjeeling tea with hibiscus, lemon peel, strawberry and agave—is a good pair with whiskey or tequila.
Want something more complex? That's not a problem, either.