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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, buoyant 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 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, relaxed 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, breezy 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 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, relaxed 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, cheery 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 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, brisk 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 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 body and a smooth, breezy 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, rapid 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, swift 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, swift 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 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, brisk 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 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, quick 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 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 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, brisk 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, crisp 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, brisk 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, brief 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, snappy 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 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 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 straw 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, fast 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 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 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, short-lived 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, carefree strawberry lemonade and berry candy finish. A sweet berry cocktail.
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