Mixers are always a challenge to work with because they contain many unknown ingredients and you’re not sure what you need to truly add to get the right flavor to meet your needs. In the case of the Refine Mixers, we found it lacked one key ingredient: sugar. This is done purposely as Refine Mixers is going after a slightly different market, the low calorie mixed drinks segment–a growing segment. But, all is not lost because what Refine leaves out of their bottle, we can add quickly and easily ourselves!
On a personal level, my biggest fear with the instant mixers is their ingredient list. Refine keeps the list simple and the only thing you have to work through is how much sugar you wish to have in your mix. In our case, the Mojito brings along with it a heritage of sugar and mint along with the rum spirit and the mixer brings a nice citrus/lime mint flavor profile and we simply add the desired sugar for our own needs. I may like less sugar than someone else so I can utilize less or I may use an artificial sweetener if that’s how I roll.
The key difference: Refine Mixers let me, the consumer, choose what type of sugar I want to use from artificial to powder, granule or simple syrup. This gives me the power to remove high fructose corn syrup from my cocktail diet and consume just the ingredient I want–or no sugar at all.
I found the lack of sugar displeasing on my palate so I needed something to sparkle the mood. This may be different per individual, especially if they’re not a huge mojito drinker to begin with because there is no true substitute for the original muddled mint and sweetness. But, perhaps you’ll find Refine Mojito Mixers the next best thing.