January 2013 - Mixers & RTDs

This month's Spirits feature is Mixers & RTDs
Mixers & RTDs Reviews
201104
Bloody Bold
Bloody Mary Mix
Tasted as a Bloody Mary: Rich aromas and flavors of spicy roasted tomato sauce, roasted peppers, celery salt, oyster shell, and horseradish with a thick chunky texture and a long, tangy herb and spice medley on the finish. Very vibrantly spicy and flavorful, but not too hot. For those who like their Bloody Marys big and bold.
91 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200958
Slim Bob & Skinny Chick’s
Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
Cloudy yellow white color with a frothy head. Aromas of lemon meringue pie with a tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a lingering lemonade and custard finish. Very tasty and not at all dietetic tasting. A very good lemon drop mixer.
90 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200677
Demitri’s
Bloody Mary Seasoning Extra Horseradish
Tasted as a Bloody Mary: Vibrant, but not aggressive, horseradish aromas and flavors with a solid backdrop of grilled green pepper, cracked pepper sweet cherry tomato, and celery. The cocktail is balanced and flavorful with a good emphasis on the horseradish, but not overly hot and spicy. Well done.
90 points $8.78 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200608
VnC Cocktails
Passionfruit Caprioska
True orange yellow color. Great pure passionfruit, apricot, and pear aromas and flavors. Punch-like and delicious. Try with a little sparkling wine for an even better bellini.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200676
Demitri’s
Bloody Mary Seasoning Classic Recipe
Tasted as a Bloody Mary: Well meshed aromas of tomato sauce, herbs, pepper, and green vegetables follow through with a good, lightly chunky texture and a warming black pepper finish. A savory, not too spicy Bloody Mary that is very "sessionable".
89 points $7.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199902
Lacey’s Bettah Bitters
Gentian Aromatic Bitters
Tasted in Gin and Ginger ale Cocktail. Aromatically the bitters is fairly restrained with the juniper and ginger ale note more dominant. The effect is a to add a toasted spiced nut dimension to the nose. On the palate the key spice notes of the bitters: cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, clove and gentian come through and play well with the juniper. Overall and integrated and flavorful cocktail that is subtly enhanced by the bitters.
88 points $11.77 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200771
TinyTini
Reduced Calorie Cotton Candy Martini
Hazy electric pink color. Bright aromas and flavors of graham cracker caramel smores with a supple, sweet medium body and a lingering caramel cream and cotton candy finish. Very confected but tasty.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200857
Tres Agaves
Organic Bloody Maria Mix
Cloudy brick red color. Meshed aromas of sweet Spaghettio sauce, herbs, pepper, and citrus with a thick, tangy medium-to-full body and Worcestershire, honeyed citrus, and peppercorns on the finish. A solid Bloody Maria.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200899
Gosling’s
Dark 'n Stormy Ready to Drink Rum Cocktail
Cloudy burnt orange color. Aromas of ginger beer and caramel with a frothy, highly effervescent moderately sweet medium body and a crystallized ginger, steely mineral, and peppery spice accented finish. Lively ginger flavor with mild rum character.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200717
Tropic Isle Palms
Long Island Iced Tea
Golden color. Mild aromas of praline, citrus, nuts, herbal root beer, and cola with a moderately sweet medium body and a tangy, well balanced finish. Nice rum, tequila and gin character throughout.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200748
Compay
Mojito Ready to Serve
Pearl green color. Aromas of doublemint gum and lime ice with a crisp, sweetish medium body and a tangy limeade and mint water finish. A clean, pleasant mojito.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200957
Slim Bob & Skinny Chick’s
Original Margarita Mix
Aromas and flavors of lemon-lime sherbet, roasted pineapple and sweet potato, and canned fruit cocktail with a sweet fruity light-to-medium body and a candied yam, golden, diet lemon-lime and cream sodas on the finish. A bit candied but interesting agave character comes through and not too "artificial sweetener tasting".
86 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200859
Savída
Sangría Red
Violet color. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry, and sour cherry juices with a supple fruity medium body and a tangy, green apple, apricot, melon, and mint accented finish. We.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200860
Savída
Sangría White
Pale golden yellow color. Mild peach, melon, orange sorbet, and ginger ale aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity medium body and a crisp apple and spice accented finish. A pleasant dessert or picnic sangria.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200719
Tropic Isle Palms
Strawberry Daiquiri
Brilliant crimson color. Attractive strawberry sorbet aroma with a sweet fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy strawberry rhubarb jelly and violet candy accented finish. Pleasant, serve very cold.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200702
Franco’s
Lime Margarita Bar Mix
Electric chartreuse color. Waxy lime candy and sweet potato aromas with a sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy lime popsicle and powdered lemonade/limeade/iced tea finish.
84 points $3.39 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200712
Isla de Rico
Mojito
Hazy moonstone green color. Aromas and flavors of lime pie and mint lozenge with a tingling sweet medium body and a cooling menthol-mint and lime soda finish. A vibrant, lively mojito.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200769
TinyTini
Reduced Calorie Pear Martini
Electric pale green-yellow color. Faint waxy green apple candy aromas and flavors with a satiny smooth, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a fleeting creamy apple custard, salt water taffy, and Jell-O accented finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201070
SlimRitas
Margarita Mix
Pearl straw color. Aromas of lime concentrate, grilled lemon, and faint rubber with a tangy sweet light-to-medium body and a diet lemonade powder finish with no agave character coming through. Acceptable for a "diet" cocktail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200770
TinyTini
Reduced Calorie Chocolate Martini
Murky brown color. Hot cocoa, tootsie roll, and chocolate cookie aromas and flavors with a soft moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a chocolate phosphate meets Yoo-hoo drink finish.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200718
Tropic Isle Palms
Mojito
Aromas of plastic wrapped lime and mint with a very sweet light-to-medium body and celery-mint soda, floral melon, and lime powder finish.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201069
SlimRitas
SlimTea Lemon Sweet Tea Mix
Cloudy amber brown color. Aromas of lemonade with a semisweet light body and diet lemonade, lemon heads and aspirin finish with lingering tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201015
Stinky Gringo
Margarita RTD
Cloudy yellow straw green color. Aromas of sliced pepper, squash, lime rind, and peanut have carrot cake like quality with a tangy sweet medium body and a candied yams, brown sugar, and lime sorbet finish. A bit funky (in a good way) on the nose, but quite tasty on the palate.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200709
Isla de Rico
Hurricane
Hazy reddish pink color. Mild aromas of tropical fruit gum and punch with a fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy diet punch soda and citrus popsicle finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200886
Twisted Tea
Cranberry Tea
Copper brown color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry juice and tea leaves with a silky, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a slightly dilute and tannic melon and spiced pear accented finish.
81 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200715
Monkey Paw
Mojito
Hazy silver green color. Lime powder and toasted lime-mint cake aromas with a syrupy sweet light-to-medium body and a honeyed lime and minty mouthwash accented finish.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200714
Monkey Paw
Long Island Iced Tea
Golden color. Curious aromas and flavors of honeyed ham, cola, and lemon pie with sweet light-to-medium body tangy, honeyed citrus pith and jerky finish. Odd.
80 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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