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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
Coppa Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy gold color. Baked aromas and flavors of spiced yams and oranges, cola, and sarsaparilla with an even, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-full body and a sleek, intricate, medium-length finish conveying notes of rich brown spices, gingerbread, lemon tea, and mincemeat finish. A solid cola cocktail.
91 points $13.99 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
Coppa Mojito Cocktail
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale light golden green color. Rich, minty, citrusy aromas and flavors of mint leaf, key lime pie, and caraway rye bread with a silky, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with accents of mint gum and lemon curd finish. A tasty and well balanced mojito; garnish with mint.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
SoulBoxer Brandy Old Fashioned
88 points
$21.99
Brilliant amber color. Delicate, spicy aromas and flavors of warm brown spices, sarsaparilla, egg nog, and dried cherries with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy finish revealing suggestions of caramelized orange, vanilla, and delicate herbs and barks finish. A rock solid ready-to-drink brandy old fashioned.
88 points $21.99
Tremols Easy Cocktails Piña Colada
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Creamy white with floating bits color. Lively, sweet, tropical exotic creamy aromas and flavors of fresh cream, coconut flakes, dried pineapple, and banana cream pie with a chunky, soft, moderately sweet fat body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of coconut cream, pineapple candy, whole milk, and vanilla and coconut wax finish. Nice piña colada flavor however the chunky bits of coconut flakes are tough to swallow; blend in a blender with ice.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Coppa Margarita Cocktail
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Cloudy hazy straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of lime curd and limeade with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, snappy finish with impressions of lemon custard and sorbet and hint of vanilla finish. A solid ready to drink margarita.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® Ginger Pear Mule
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Hazy slivery straw color. Waxy, herbal fruity aromas of asian scented candle, herbal tea, and dried pear with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length creamy vanilla, white toffee, crystallized ginger, and candied lemon finish. A fun, Asian inspired ready to drink cocktail.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bodega de San Antonio Sangria Tradicional
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Bright medium garnet color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cranberry-orange chutney, lemon-lime soda, peppery spices, and potpourri with an even, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, intriguing, crisp finish with notes of cherry pits and honeycomb finish. A pleasant, fruity and floral red sangria.
86 points $8 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
Tremols Easy Cocktails Caipirinha
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Hazy slivery straw color. Bright, earthy aromas of cane stalk, flower patch, citrus pith, and diesel-like minerality with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk lime zest, sugar cane, wax, and gravel finish.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Tremols Easy Cocktails Long Island Iced Tea
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright medium mahogany color. Lively, toasty, grassy aromas of dusty spices and herbs, smoked peppercorns, cola, and cedar with an even, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, breezy candied citrus and sweet lemon tea finish. A sweet, candied, toasty cola cocktail.
86 points $12 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.
Pepito Sangria Sangria Original
84 points
Garnet color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of brown spices, cherry and raspberry jams, and candied oranges with a supple, crisp, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish imparting suggestions of mixed berry powder and candy finish. A pleasant lightly spicy sangria.
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
Maven Cocktails Chardonnay Vodka Cocktail
84 points
$6.99
Bright light straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of smoked and caramelized nuts and baked apple with a satiny, tangy, dry medium body and a warming, quick finish revealing accents of lemon pith, white cranberry, and white chocolate finish. A very tart and tangy ready to drink cocktail.
84 points $6.99
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
Maven Cocktails Pinot Noir Vodka Cocktail
83 points
$6.99
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, funky aromas and flavors of dark berry relish and gastrique and baking chocolate with an even, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, brisk finish with notes of nutshells, grape skins, cocoa, and earth finish. A lean and tart rtd with firm woody tannins.
83 points $6.99
Lost Vineyards Classic Sangria
83 points
$7.99
Dark garnet color. Mild, baked aromas of roasted red berries and nougat with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk spiced apple and citrus finish. A mellow sangria sipper.
83 points $7.99
Lost Vineyards Berry Sangria
83 points
$7.99
Bright medium dark garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of berry powder drink, cocoa, pixie sticks candy, and children’s aspirin with an even, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish with notes of cherry candy wrapper and nutshell finish.
83 points $7.99
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
Tremols Easy Cocktails Sex on the Beach
83 points
$12
Cloudy light ruby color. Bright, fruity, confected aromas and flavors of melon and raspberries sorbets with a supple, tart, fruity sweet light body and a graceful, brisk finish with suggestions of berry aspirin and melon rind finish. A pleasant fruit cocktail.
Tremols Easy Cocktails Mai Tai
83 points
$12
Neon red color. Delicate, earthy, herbal aromas and flavors of peppercorns, berry gelatin powder, and cotton cloth with a silky, tangy, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, quick finish with nuances of cranberry and strawberry sorbet and fruit punch finish. A nice tangy cocktail.
Lolea No. 1 Red Sangria Frizzante
83 points
$14.95
Bright medium steely purple color. Delicate, unusual, waxy aromas and flavors of crayon, schmaltz, and cherry scented candle with an even, vibrant, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish manifesting shades of raspberry sorbet, orange soda, delicate spice, and wax paper finish. A fruity, berry soda like sangria.
83 points $14.95
Whispering Oaks Winery "Blueberry Sassy Sangria"
83 points
$14.99
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of cranberry relish and mild brown spices with an even, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, fast tomato jelly, sour cherry, nuts, and earth finish. A tart, cranberry like sangria.
83 points $14.99
Poppers "Hard Ice" Malt Liquor
82 points
Cloudy clear color. Bright, baked, citrusy aromas of baked lime and lemon lozenge with a supple, tart, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, short lemon powder drink, lemon-lime soda, and children’s aspirin finish. A crisp, citrus hard lemonade.
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
Tremols Easy Cocktails Caipiroska
81 points
$12
Cloudy clear with light particles color. Delicate aromas of lemon-lime soda, lemon concentrate, and flat watery ginger ale with an watery body and a smooth, instant diet tonic water, seltzer water, Alka seltzer, and old can buttercream frosting finish.
Tremols Easy Cocktails Real Mint Mojito Gold
81 points
$12
Hazy amber with lots of color. Bright, minty aromas and flavors of mint gum, lime water, and chamomile tea with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery finish imparting accents of lime ice, chalk, and soda water finish. A decent tasting mojito with distracting floaties.
Lolea No. 2 White Sangria Frizzante
81 points
$14.95
Bright pale white gold slivery color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of peach sherbet and candy and nougat with a glycerous, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that exhibits accents of white grapes and diet peach soda finish. A very fruity and candied sangria.
81 points $14.95
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
Lost Vineyards Citrus White Sangria
80 points
$7.99
Bright light slivery straw color. Bright, rubbery aromas and flavors of peppery spices and pear soda with an even, bright, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, rapid finish with notes of apple sauce and lemon-lime soda finish. A mellow, candied sangria.
80 points $7.99
TreeHugger Sangria
80 points
$7.99
Steely purple color. Mild, confected, citrusy aromas and flavors of powdered citrus drink and pez candy with a soft, tart, fruity sweet thin body and a graceful, terse finish that shows notes of berry powder, children’s vitamin, and fruit pith finish. Serve with a lot of ice.
80 points $7.99
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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