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January 2014 - Mixers & RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)

January 2014 - Mixers & RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
This month's Spirits feature is Mixers

Mixers & RTDs (Ready-to-Drink) Reviews

Crafthouse Moscow Mule
96 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Cloudy straw beige color. Earthy aromas of fresh cut ginger and pepper with a tangy and nicely tingling medium-to-full body and a long, peppery, honeyed ginger finish. On the rocks brings out an interesting tropical fruit dimension. A tremendous rendition of a Moscow Mule cocktail with outstanding natural ginger character; a world class RTD. Serve on the rocks.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Crafthouse Paloma
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Opaque pearly straw color. Pleasing vegetal agave aromas of roasted yellow peppers, yams, dates with grapefruit zest high note. Tart with a medium-to-full body and a grapefruit compote palate with the emphasis on the rind. On the rocks things liven up and the citrus rind and agave balances out nicely with a long mouthwatering finish. Definitely a more serious Paloma than just tequila and Squirt. Serve on the rocks.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Keep It Simple Syrup ® Spearmint-Infused Simple Syrup
90 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of spearmint are pure and natural with a thick syrupy texture, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a long honeyed finish. In a mojito cocktail, great balance and vibrancy of mintiness on the nose and palate that meshes seamlessly with the sweetness and lime flavors. A great alternative to fresh mint for cocktails.
90 points $12.50 Best Buy
High West The 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan
90 points
$49.99
Deep copper bronze color. Aromas of orange zest, dried cherry, spice, waxy honeycomb, and praline with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a nicely balance finish. On the rock, more integration with some sassafras, herb, and tropical fruit notes emerging. Very nice and approachable, a little like an Old fashioned. Serve on the rocks.
90 points $49.99
Ginger Grouse Ginger Beer
89 points
$3.50
Best Buy
Golden yellow. Aromas and flavors of ginger beer and mild nutty whisky with a mildly sweet, frothy medium-to-full body and a tangy apple and ginger candy finish. A solid ginger beer that is very tasty.
89 points $3.50 Best Buy
Twisted Tea Blueberry Tea
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Copper color. Floral blueberry and tropical fruit aromas with a silky, lightly sweet medium body and a tangy, ice tea and citrus finish. Very nice.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
High West The Barreled Boulevardier
88 points
$49.99
Deep copper brown color. Attractive oaky whisky aromas of root beer, toffee, and herbed ham and brown spices with a supple, mildly sweet medium-full body and an anise cookie, sassafras, cola nut, peppercorn and hint of bark on the long, whisky-kissed finish. A solid cocktail with a nice whisky presence, but could use more amaro character. Serve on the rocks.
88 points $49.99
Walker’s Southern Bloody Mary Mix
87 points
$9.95
Best Buy
Light brick red color with little floating manilla chunks. Interesting aromas and flavors of bbq sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato cheese focaccia with a supple, salty medium body and a chunky smoked nut, hot sauce, and beignet accented finish. Different.
87 points $9.95 Best Buy
Mr. Tomato Beefed Up Bloody Mary Mix
86 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and pepper dust have a nice meatiness with a tangy, salty, medium-to-full body and cracked pepper, horseradish, beef bouillon, and celery salt notes on the finish. Tasty.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Madame Mary Original Bloody Mary Mix
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
In a Bloody Mary Cocktail: Opaque brick red color. Aromas of tomato sauce, pickled fish, black pepper, and celery with a salty, thick medium-full body and a nicely integrated tomato and pepper and herb driven finish with prominent saltiness. A solid Bloody Mary.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
TeQava Sparkling Tequila Cocktail
84 points
$12.99
Clear with a silvery cast. Aromas of dried mango, peach, and roasted pineapple with a lightly effervescent fruit sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, peach and apple sodas finish. A bit sweet and only a hint of agave on the nose and finish, but crowd-pleasing.
84 points $12.99
Twisted Tea Sun Tea Style
83 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Copper color. Aromas of fresh sun tea with wax and spinach note with a soft, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a relaxed starfruit and melon accented finish. A little bland.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
TinyTini Reduced Calorie Espresso Martini
82 points
$14.99
Brown black color. Aroma of espresso gelato with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a cappuccino milk and tinny cocoa powder finish. Decent ice coffee flavor.
82 points $14.99
TinyTini Reduced Calorie Lemon Drop
81 points
$14.99
Hazy bright yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd and vanilla ice cream with a tannic, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a lingering, slightly tinny, diet lemonade powder finish.
81 points $14.99
Twisted Tea Black Cherry Tea
80 points
$6.99
Copper color. Aromas of waxy maraschino cherry and marzipan with a soft, milky sweet light-to-medium body and a wispy, dusty almond skin, tea bag, and suede accented finish. Very mild and underpowered flavors.
80 points $6.99
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