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

This month's Spirits feature is Mixers
Mixers & RTDs (Ready-to-Drink) Reviews
205318
Crafthouse
Moscow Mule
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205319
Crafthouse
Paloma
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205109
Keep It Simple Syrup ®
Spearmint-Infused Simple Syrup
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204987
High West
The 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205019
Ginger Grouse
Ginger Beer
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205149
Twisted Tea
Blueberry Tea
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204986
High West
The Barreled Boulevardier
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204995
Walker’s
Southern Bloody Mary Mix
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205030
Mr. Tomato
Beefed Up Bloody Mary Mix
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204154
Madame Mary
Original Bloody Mary Mix
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204880
TeQava
Sparkling Tequila Cocktail
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205143
Twisted Tea
Sun Tea Style
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205360
TinyTini
Reduced Calorie Espresso Martini
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205359
TinyTini
Reduced Calorie Lemon Drop
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205145
Twisted Tea
Black Cherry Tea
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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