Some time ago, I was at a college party where my friend gave me some horrifying concoction of various liquors, and he asked me to try it. As I'd expected, it was absolutely foul- until he added a splash of beer. Naturally, I was skeptical...up until I tasted it. I couldn't taste ANY alcohol whatsoever, just some of the juice he'd used. And since then, I've had quite a few other mixed drinks where the taste of alcohol just disappears.
In general, what is happening (chemically, mechanically, any way) when you mix two different types of alcohol together? Are there any specific tricks to being able to make drinks like that?