DIY vs. Buy: Sometimes It’s Not Worth it to DIY

Normally, I’m writing about why you should make a cocktail ingredient yourself. But there are times when it’s just not worth it.

If I had a nickel for every mason jar full of herbs, spices, and liquor steeping in my kitchen, I’d have 55 cents. (That’s not a lot of money, but it is a lot of weird jars.) So it might seem like I am biased against store-bought cocktail ingredients. But when it comes down to it, there are only three things I would never buy for my cocktails: simple syrup, pre-juiced citrus, and sour mix. Seriously, if you can’t combine sugar and water or juice a lemon, I’m not sure you should be allowed to drink. But there are a few items that I will just never try to make myself. And I don’t think you should either.

DIY vs. Buy: Cocktail Ingredients You Should Not Make Yourself on Serious Eats

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