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January 2016 - Mixers & Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

January 2016 - Mixers & Ready-to-Drink Cocktails
This month's Spirits feature is Mixers, Ready-to-Drink Cocktails, Bar Syrups, Bar Sodas & Flavored Malt Beverages

Mixers & Ready-to-Drink Cocktails Reviews

Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
95 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque garnet brick color. Bright, attractive, vegetal aromas and flavors of tomato vinaigrette, tomato-pepper jelly, spice-herb medley, and roasted lemon with a lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish evoking notes of roasted nut, spicy garlic tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mixed peppercorns finish. A lively and flavorful bloody Mary with great balance and drinkability.
95 points $4.99 Best Buy
Sallie’s Greatest Blackberry Spice & Sage Simple Syrup
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Cloudy ruby color. Rich, inviting, spicy herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass, juniper, cardamom, and baked berries with a soft, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, odd, long finish imparting notes of boysenberry chutney, hibiscus tea, vibrant spices and herbs, and pink peppercorns finish. Tasted as a cocktail: a rich and layered fruit and herb syrup and makes an fantastic gin-based bramble cocktail.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney "Skinny" Margarita Mix
90 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Hazy straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of baked lime, honey, and candied yams with an even, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish. Tasted as a margarita: an attractive and pure margarita mix that lets the tequila’s agave shine through.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney Old Ballycastle Ginger
90 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear golden amber color. Bright, inviting aromas and flavors of fresh ginger root, caramelized fruits and nuts, and honeyed cucumber with a satiny, crisp, petillant, off-dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of hot peppery spices, chili power, and Mexican chocolate finish. Tasted as a Moscow mule. a wonderfully spicy, vibrant and pure ginger mix that really cuts through and delivers gingery intensity.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Vintage Vine Bloody Mary Mix
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque ruby color. Bright, peppery, savory aromas and flavors of spicy tomato sauce, garlic and celery salts, and worcestershire sauce with a tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, compelling, long finish with notes of cracked pepper, horseradish, and roasted peppers finish. Tasted as a bloody Mary: a very spicy and peppery bloody Mary mix for fans of heat.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Irish Dog Bloody Mary Mix
89 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Cloudy opaque light ruby color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of spicy tomato sauce and worcestershire sauce with an bright, medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of celery salt, mixed peppers, horseradish, and oyster sauce finish. A nice, peppery and salty Blood Mary with a frisky finish.
89 points $4.99 Best Buy
Crafted Cocktails Shrubs Asian Pear Cocktail Enhancer
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw yellow color. Curious aromas and flavors of marinated artichoke hearts, pear vinaigrette and candy, and apple candy with a velvety, lively, petillant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of lemon ice, pear drop and gastrique, and pepper finish. A fun, tangy apple-pear cocktail that will be a great aperitif.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Crafted Cocktails Mule Cocktail Mix
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, herbal aromas and flavors of ginger and honeyed herbal tea with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish revealing nuances of pepper, lime pith, green apple, and dilute lemon tea finish. A nicely balanced and easy drinking Moscow mule.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Rogue Ales & Spirits Honey Orange Soda
85 points
$4.50
Best Buy
Bright slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile tea, jasmine honey, and roasted papaya and sweet potato with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed finish evoking suggestions of cucumber skin finish. A light flower scented soda for delicate rum cocktails.
85 points $4.50 Best Buy
Cicero Beverage Company Bacon Bloody Mary Mix
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque reddish brown color. Bright, savory, meaty aromas and flavors of tomato and split pea soups and bbq potato chip with an soft, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-length finish that exhibits impressions of cracked pepper, smoked ham, and Worcestershire sauce finish. A meaty, savory blood Mary for brunches.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney "Spiced Grapefruit" Tonic
85 points
$7.99
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, citrusy, minerally aromas and flavors of mineral and delicate herb with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, swift finish that shows accents of honeyed dried fruits and barks finish. Tasted as a vodka tonic: a clean, solid tonic water with balanced, understated quinine and chichona notes.
85 points $7.99
Powell & Mahoney Lemon Sour Mix
85 points
$7.99
Hazy slivery straw color. Delicate, citrusy, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potato and lime soufflé with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, swift finish that shows elements of lemon zest finish. Tasted as a tequila sour: the limey sour mix is understated and pure, making a mellow cocktail.
85 points $7.99
Boris Cool Lychee & Green Apple Malt Liquor
84 points
Bright clear color. Faint, unusual, floral fruity aromas of artichoke, candied orange and mango, and lychee with a supple, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, brisk apple soda, fruit cocktail, rose water, and elderflower finish. A pleasant floral fruity drink.
Rogue Ales & Spirits Root Beer
84 points
$4.50
Best Buy
Dark brown black color. Spicy aromas of root beer, chocolate, and hint of honeyed hops with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet spices finish. A clean, sweet root beer with nice balance; try in an alcoholic float.
84 points $4.50 Best Buy
Stirrings Simple Cosmopolitan
84 points
$6.99
Hazy pink color. Delicate, confected, artificial aromas and flavors of fruit punch powder drink and lime concentrate with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk finish that exhibits touches of punch popsicle, diet cranberry soda, and raspberry lozenge finish. An easy drinking cosmo.
84 points $6.99
Walter All Natural Well-Spiced Caesar Mix
84 points
$7.99
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Cloudy opaque ruby color. Lively, vegetal aromas and flavors of roasted tomato marinara, roasted peppers, peppercorns, and soy with an even, soft, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows touches of celery, roasted squash, and delicate herbs finish.
84 points $7.99
Owl’s Brew White and Vine
84 points
$13.99
Hazy golden amber color. Delicate, baked, fruity aromas and flavors of baked peaches, candied yams, and lemon ice tea powder with an even, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-long finish displaying touches of Arnold Palmer finish. A pleasant spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail with hint of peach.
84 points $13.99
Rogue Ales & Spirits Citrus Cucumber Soda
83 points
$4.50
Best Buy
Clear color. Bright, waxy, earthy aromas of cucumber skin, celery root, ivory soap, and candle wax with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a graceful, fast honeyed cucumber and flat ginger ale finish. A very waxy and earthy cucumber soda that plays nicely in a gin cocktail.
83 points $4.50 Best Buy
Crafted Cocktails Moonlight Cocktail Mix
83 points
$10.99
Minutely hazy gold pink color. Rich, interesting aromas and flavors of prickly pear, roasted jalapeño, white chocolate mint, and cucumber carrot relish with a satiny, shy, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish evoking accents of vanilla-butterscotch pudding and pepper jelly on a cream puff finish. An unusual creamy, peppery, and minty cocktail that tastes pretty good.
83 points $10.99
Taste of Florida Sour Mix
82 points
$4.99
Hazy gold color. Bright aromas of caramel, lemon drop, and grain with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, sparse nutshells, lemon powder, and brown paper finish. Tasted as a Whisky Sour: at 2 oz. whisky to 1 oz. sour mix, the sour mix doesn’t add much to the cocktail, needs more mix.
82 points $4.99
Boris Cool Raspberry & Hibiscus Malt Liquor
81 points
Clear color. Delicate, fruity aromas of raspberry nonpareil and custard, candied yams, hibiscus and jasmine tea, and floral soap with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and an effortless, breezy bubblegum, fruit punch, and pear soda finish. A bubblegum like rtd.
Taste of Florida Peach Cocktail Mixer
81 points
$5.99
Pale orange salmon pink color. Bright, fruity aromas of peaches and strawberries in sour cream, melon sorbet, and pez candy with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, long melon lozenge, berry cough syrup, bitter herbs, and aspartame finish.
81 points $5.99
Fat & Juicy Margarita Mix
80 points
$5.49
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Pale slivery straw color. Mild, earthy aromas and flavors of horse blanket, hay stack, dried citrus powder, and nut brittle with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, short finish revealing nuances of powdered lemon and chalk finish.
80 points $5.49
ShotPak Strawberry Daiquiri
80 points
$15
Neon fuchsia color. Lively, fruity, medicinal aromas and flavors of cherry cough syrup and cranberry relish with a supple, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with nuances of strawberry lemonade and berry candy finish. A sweet berry cocktail.
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