BITTERMILK, HANDCRAFTED COCKTAIL MIXER. From left, No. 1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned, No. 3, Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour and No. 5, Charred Grapefruit Tonic. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
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BITTERMILK, HANDCRAFTED COCKTAIL MIXER. From left, No. 1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned, No. 3, Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour and No. 5, Charred Grapefruit Tonic. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

If you have come to love finely crafted cocktails but aren't quite motivated to do the work to reproduce them at home, these mixers will fill in for your favorite mixologist. No, they are not cheap, but if you are hankering for a perfectly balanced bittersweet old-fashioned after a long day at work, or a smoky whiskey sour on the back deck, these bottles will take care of you. I especially loved the Charred Grapefruit Tonic, which I added to a tall glass with shot of gin and a splash of seltzer and a lot of ice for a perfect, citrusy summer cocktail.

Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic, $15 per 17-ounce bottle, at Art in the Age, 116 N. Third St., and other retail outlets or at www.bittermilk.com