January 2015 - Mixers & RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)

This month's Spirits feature is Mixers
Mixers & RTDs (Ready-to-Drink) Reviews
209003
Nina’s
Bloody Mary Mix
Opaque dark brick red bronze color. Interesting, lively, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lasagna marinara, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt with a chunky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with notes of olive brine, cracked peppercorn, pizza bread, and hot pickled okra. A very flavorful and balanced spicy Bloody Mary that tastes homemade.
93 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208704
Bungalow 23
Prickly Pear Margarita
Opaque amber orange color. Lively, complex aromas and flavors of guava, prickle pear, cucumber, and cayenne peppered jicama with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of roasted pepper, lime, agave syrup, and celery. An intriguing, delicious and layered margarita.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209005
Nina’s
Michelada Mix
Opaque amber salmon color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of spicy tomato sauce, dill pickle, Worcestershire sauce, and scone with a vibrant, petillant, salty body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long finish imparting accents of chili peppers, radish, celery salt, and lemon pepper. A great, lively michelada that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208850
Powell & Mahoney
Sriracha Bloody Mary
Opaque dark brick red color. Rich, savory, attractive aromas and flavors of ginger tomato soup, roasted garlic, grilled onions, and sriracha sauce with a vibrant, salty medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, long finish with notes of Asian spices, parmesan, and parsley. A great hot and spicy Bloody Mary with a fun Asian twist, try as a Bloody Maria.
92 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208703
Bungalow 23
Pear Ginger Martini
Opaque straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of pear puree and honeyed citrus with a tannic, tangy, off-dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of lime, hint of ginger, and starfuit. A vibrant, mouthwatering and very well balanced pear cocktail.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209004
Nina’s
The Ultimate Margarita Mix
Opaque golden yellow color. Bright aromas and flavors of baked lime, figs, roasted sweet potato, and chestnut honey with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish that presents notes of lime curd, nuts, minerals, and roasted pepper. Superb balance that lets agave flavor of a good tequila shine through.
91 points $3.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208900
Zing Zang
Bloody Mary Mix
Opaque brick red color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of pizza sauce, pepper dust, celery, and Worcestershire sauce with a supple, bright, salty medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish revealing accents of Italian herbs, carrots, garlic salt, and beef bouillon. A sensationally flavorful and balanced Bloody Mary mix.
91 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208853
Keep It Simple Syrup
Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup
Deep amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of hot cinnamon candy, caramel, spiced pistachios, and oak with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish revealing nuances of cinnamon rolls and honey cream. Excellent, pure and balanced spicy cinnamon flavor for cocktails.
91 points $12.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208851
Powell & Mahoney
Jalapeno Margarita
Cloudy golden amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of roasted jalapeño, grilled lime, fig bread, and squash mole with a supple, racy, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, appealing finish evoking elements of lime pie and chili peppers. A fun, peppery margarita.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208864
Ballast Point
Mai Tai Premium Cocktail Mixer
Opaque silver amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of guava, pineapple, passionfruit, and lychee with a tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of spiced apple, honey, and tangerine. A fun, zesty Mai Tai.
89 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208852
Powell & Mahoney
Peach Bellini
Opaque egg yolk egg color. Lively, attractive aromas and flavors of fresh baked peach pie with a soft, bright, petillant, fruity light body and a polished, delightful, buoyant finish that exhibits notes of peach skin, dried mango, and lemon zest. Nice pure peach flavors; make sure to use a little extra mix then drink up!
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208939
Kirkland Signature
Premium Golden Margarita
Opaque golden silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed lemon and lime, sea salt, fruit bread, and beeswax with a silky, tangy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish. A nicely made, easy drinking margarita.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208442
The Modern Cocktail
Apple Martini
Clear silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of fresh apple cider, waxy honeycomb, and white strawberry with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk finish that exhibits accents of apple skin, apple mineral water, and delicate pepper. A delicate, well-made apple cocktail.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208840
Crafthouse
Southside
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lemonade and limeade, white melon, and starfruit with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish conveying impressions of lime juice, mint, and pepper. A nice easy drinking summer cocktail.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208863
Ballast Point
Bloody Mary Premium Cocktail Mixer
Opaque brick red salmon color. Aromas and flavors of lasagna, roasted sweet peppers, and horseradish root with a supple, saline body and a hot, medium-length finish displaying accents of grape tomato sauce, white pepper, chili powder, and parsley. A fiery Blood Mary.
87 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208940
Kirkland Signature
Premium Margarita Mix
Hazy straw emerald color. Delicate aromas of baked lime, sweet potato, date cookie, and tin with a silky, tart, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length lime sherbet, agave syrup, citrus pith, and black pepper finish. A tasty, well balanced margarita mix.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208886
Twisted Tea
Half & Half Tea
Copper color. Mild aromas and flavors of brewed lady earl tea, toasted nut, and clay pot with a supple, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed finish that shows accents of lemonade. A nice tea-lemonade combo.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208443
The Modern Cocktail
Peach Martini
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of peach sorbet, beeswax, and cream with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, breezy finish with impressions of minerals and spring water. A very clean and tasty peach cocktail.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208893
Twisted Tea
Strawberry Lemonade
Bright ruby pink color. Lively aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves, lemon sorbet, and strawberry milk powder with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of lemon ice and strawberry mineral water. A pleasant, easy drinking spiked strawberry lemonade.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208889
Twisted Tea
Peach Tea
Dark copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of peach sorbet, white tea, and saffron with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a compelling, breezy finish evoking notes of dried peach and fruit salad. A very nice peach tea.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208865
SlimRitas
Hatch Chili Margarita Mix
Opaque silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of green pepper, sweet potato chip, honeyed lime, and plantain with a supple, crisp, off-dry light body and a peppery, carefree finish that shows notes of chili pepper, diet sweetener powder, powdered lime, and coconut milk. A pleasant peppery, diet mixer.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208885
Twisted Tea
Frosted Cherry Tea
Dark copper color. Lively aromas of maraschino cherry and tea ice cream with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a easy leather, dried cherry, roasted chestnut, and tea leaf finish. A fun, flavorful cherry ice tea.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208890
Twisted Tea
Mango Tea
Straw color. Aromas of green tomato, celery, pepper, and green tea with a soft, crisp, light-to-medium body and an interesting, brisk mango sorbet, orange blossom, and tea leaf finish. A nice tropical tea.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208859
VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV®
Margarita
Opaque golden straw color. Bright, curious aromas and flavors of agave nectar, lime, sweet potato chip, and gingerbread cookie with a supple, crisp, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of honey spice cookie, melon rind, and lime ice. A nice, easy-drinking margarita.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208860
VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV®
Lemonade
Hazy straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of lemonade, melon, apple, and white sangria with a soft, crisp, off-dry light body and a swift finish. A pleasant light lemonade cocktail.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209006
Nina’s
Margarita Mix
Pearly silver green color. Mild aromas and flavors of lime powder, citrus wax candy, and white ash with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree finish manifesting notes of lime candy, lemon sherbet, and powdered sugar. A pleasant, tangy margarita mix.
84 points $3.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208888
Twisted Tea
Raspberry Tea
Dark copper color. Faint aromas and flavors of berry wax candy, tea bag, and cookie dough with a soft, bright, fruity body and a brisk finish with notes of nutskin and pressed flower.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208884
Twisted Tea
Original Hard Iced Tea
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of instant lemon tea and by leaf with a soft, petillant, fruity body and a carefree finish. A clean, pleasant spike ice tea.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208444
The Modern Cocktail
Salted Caramel Martini
Clear color. Lively aromas of roasted coconut, toasty praline, marzipan, and shea butter with a soft, shy, fruity watery body and a polished, brisk coconut oil, powdered sugar, tres leche cake, and melon ice finish. A clean and easy drinking light, coconuty cocktail.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208866
SlimRitas
Strawberry Margarita Mix
Opaque amber salmon color. Bright aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly, raisin toast, pepper dust, and canned fruit cocktail with a lightly tannic, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish that exhibits suggestions of lime powder, sucralose, chalk, and tea leaf. An good diet mixer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208892
Twisted Tea
Pink Lemonade
Hazy platinum pink color. Mild aromas and flavors of lemon ice, bath salts, and melon husk with a supple, lively, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant finish revealing accents of lemonade and minerals. A pleasant spiked lemonade with a nice spritz.
82 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208895
Taste of Florida
Green Apple
Electric chartreuse green color. Mild aromas and flavors of green apple candy, mineral, apple drink powder, and candle wax with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish manifesting notes of pepper. A pleasant candy apple martini that lets the vodka come through.
81 points $5.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208887
Twisted Tea
Light Tea
Copper bronze color. Bright aromas of fresh brewed tea and lemon sugar with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a brisk honey, sucralose, and violet candy wrapper finish. A pleasant diet spiked tea.
81 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208894
Taste of Florida
Piña Colada
Bone white color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream and oil, pineapple sherbet, and tropical vanilla candle with a creamy, bright, sweet thick body and a tingling, uncommon, fast finish that exhibits impressions of waxy coconut candy wrapper, papaya yogurt, and oily nut. An OK pina colada.
80 points $4.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208891
Twisted Tea
Lemonade
Dull platinum color. Muted aromas of lemon water, melon scented cleanser, toasted rice cake, and floral air freshener with a supple, crisp, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk lemon sorbet and flat lemon spritzer finish.
80 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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