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June 2017 - Mixers & RTD Cocktails

June 2017 - Mixers & RTD Cocktails
This month's Spirits feature is Mixers & RTD Cocktails

Mixers & RTD Cocktails Reviews

Old Forester Ready-to-Drink Mint Julep
96 points
$24.99
Medium golden amber color. Oaky aromas and flavors of masa and caramel, violet, eucalyptus, and demerara with a glycerous, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length aromatic bitters, crystalized ginger, peppermint, and caraway seed finish. A dead ringer for a freshly-made Mint Julep.
Awards: 2017 Best Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
96 points $24.99
Fat & Juicy Cayenne Bloody Mary Mix
95 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Aromas and flavors of char grilled tomatoes, bourbon barrel, steak seasoning, and smoke sea salt with a thick, vibrant, salty medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length horseradish, red hot sauce, barbecue ribs, and dill bitters finish. A rich and satisfying bloody mix to to elevate your next brunch.
Awards: 2017 Best Mixer, 2017 Best Bloody Mary Mix
95 points $5.99 Best Buy
Doc Pepe’s Lab Cuvée Reserve Barrel Old Fashioned
95 points
$48
Dark amber color. Sweet aromas of caramel, fresh cigar, and grilled peach with a syrupy, very sweet medium-full body and a subtle, very long vanilla cola, ginger powder, dark caramel and butterscotch, and milk chocolate and clove finish. Barrel aged spirits lovers with be over the moon with this rich ready-to-drink cocktail.
Crafted Cocktails Bloody Mary Cocktail Mix
94 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Spicy aromas of tomate de arbol, barrel aged pepper sauce, vinegar, and jerky with a thick, lively, salty medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long chipotle pepper sauce, fresh horseradish, pickle juice, and celery salt and brown sugar finish. A tangy and slightly smoky Bloody mix with great vegetal notes.
94 points $8.99 Best Buy
Owl’s Brew Pink and Black Cocktail Mixer
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a label-suggested whiskey cocktail. Dusty garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of tomato paste and basil with a thick, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a captivating, breezy dried berry, rooibos tea, and lemonade finish. A strange savory brew that transforms into an excellent cocktail when combined with whiskey; endless possibilities.
Awards: 2017 Best Specialty Cocktail Mixer
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nina’s Natural Pina Colada Mix
91 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Piña Colada Cocktail. Opaque cream color. Aromas and flavors of fresh coconut, rice pudding, and bubble gum with a thick, vibrant, sweet fat body and a delightful, medium-length crushed pineapple upside down cake, maraschino cherry, banana creme, and coconut cake finish. Serve this tropical treat on crushed ice.
91 points $5.99 Best Buy
Original Bartenders Margarita
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden green color. Rustic, inviting aromas and flavors of vanilla caramel and roasted marshmallow, lime zest, salt water taffy, and roasted nuts and agave with a round, racy, sweet medium body and a complex, medium-length salted butterscotch with orange zest finish. True tequila flavors shine in this ready-to-drink margarita.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Taste of Florida Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer
90 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque red color. Spicy aromas and flavors of celery seed, fennel, and Italian herbs with a thick, lively, salty medium-full body and a hot, elegant, medium-long dried dill weed, mixed vegetable juice, and barbecue sauce finish. A hot and zesty bloody to spice up brunch.
90 points $4.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Spirits Old Grove Gin and Tonic Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silver clear color. Green aromas of cucumber and watermelon, biscuit, thyme, and lavender with a satiny, lively, bubbly, moderately sweet light body and an interesting, medium-length Italian lemonade, quinine, and grapefruit peel finish. A great cucumber number with a long, refreshing finish.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Georgian Bay Gin Smash
89 points
$3.50
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon-lime soda and mint with a round, vibrant, bubbly, sweet light-to-medium body and a short celery leaf, crystalized lemon and lime peel, ginger candy, and bitter almond finish. A citrusy-sweet refresher for the beach with very subtle juniper notes.
89 points $3.50 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney Sparkling Tonic
89 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Gin and Tonic cocktail. Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of candied ginger, fresh lime peel, lemongrass, and white tea with a satiny, crisp, bittersweet light body and an appealing, medium-length quinine and rose water finish. A refreshing, exotic and balanced tonic water.
89 points $5.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Spirits Mai Tai Mix
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Mai Tai cocktail. Golden peach color. Tropical, confected aromas of pineapple candy, candied coconut, fruit stripes gum, apricot, and dried pickled mango with a syrupy, racy, sweet-and-sour medium body and an interesting, medium-length sour tangerine candy, Creamsicle, and orgeat finish. A tropical getaway of a mixer.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney Sparkling Mojito
88 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Mojito cocktail. Light pale golden green color. Minty, medicinal aromas of peppermint gum, lime jello, cedar, and fresh orange peel with a velvety, crisp, moderately sweet light body and a peppery, medium-length menthol mint tea, vanilla, and coconut water finish. A minty mixer to simplify your mojito game.
88 points $5.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Spirits Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Complex, savory aromas of fresh summer tomato, orange zest, garden fresh herbs, and aged chile with a thick, lively, salty medium-full body and a hot, refreshing, medium-long chicken bouillon, fresh cracked pepper, and fresh horseradish finish. A very spicy bloody mix bursting with fresh flavors.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney Bloody Mary Mix
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Smoky, herbal aromas of tomato sauce, Italian herbs, and foccacia with a thick, crisp, fruity sweet medium-full body and a medium-length fennel, black pepper, and horseradish finish. A nice bloody mix on the milder side.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney Margarita Mix
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Cloudy golden green color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of limeade, lemon oil, orange jello, and sandalwood with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet-and-sour medium body and a swift coconut-lime and honey finish. A zippy and pleasant margarita mix with a natural sensibility.
Awards: 2017 Best Margarita Mix
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Frissé Rosé Frizzante Sangria
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Neon light ruby color. Sweet, confected aromas and flavors of cranberry juice cocktail, sweet lemonade, white grape and strawberry, and cotton candy with a satiny, racy, fruity sweet light body and an effortless, charming, snappy fresh celery and tangerine finish. A light and breezy wine spritzer that is super sessionable.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
On-Time Mixers Key Lime Sour Mix
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Whiskey Sour cocktail. Hazy golden green color. Citrusy, candied aromas and flavors of lime popsicle, hush puppies, black pepper, and mesquite with a glycerous, tart, sweet-and-sour medium body and a short finish. A crowd-pleasing sour mix.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Luchador Ready-to-Drink Margarita
84 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Cloudy emerald straw color. Confected aromas of sour lime candy, orange gummies, vanilla, and fresh oregano with a round, tart, very sweet medium body and a relaxed black pepper and vanilla and bitter lemon finish. A simple and convenient all-in-one margarita.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Powell & Mahoney Blood Orange Ginger Beer
84 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Moscow Mule cocktail. Golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of fine leather shoes, dried ginger root, bread dough, and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length lemongrass, hot ginger, and lemon-lime soda finish. An earthy and zesty ginger beer that plays nicely with vodka.
84 points $5.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Spirits Mild Bloody Mary Mix
84 points
$6.99
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Umami aromas and flavors of sardines in tomato sauce, clove, Chinese 5 spice, and soy sauce with a thick, lively, salty medium-full body and an interesting, medium-length ground white pepper, pickled celery seed, whole grain mustard, and parsley finish. A hot bloody mix with plenty of umami character.
84 points $6.99
On-Time Mixers Margarita Mix
84 points
$7.99
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Hazy golden green color. Citrusy, herbal aromas of pickled melon rind, pine and eucalyptus, lemon candy, and lavender with a round, tangy, sweet-and-sour medium body and an appealing, medium-length saline finish. A fun, herbal scented margarita mix that holds up well to tequila.
84 points $7.99
Cutwater Spirits Three Sheets Rum and Ginger Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
84 points
$14.99
Minutely hazy silver-clear color. Rustic aromas of hay, dried ginger root, meringue, and pineapple with a supple, tangy, fizzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long spicy crystalized ginger, limeade, white dog, and black pepper finish. A funky ready-to-drink ginger cocktail.
84 points $14.99
Luchador Lime Margarita Mix
83 points
$11.99
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Hazy golden green color. Citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of citrus sno-cone with a round, bright, sweet light body and a sleek, buoyant orange pith finish. An easy-going mixer for emergency margaritas.
83 points $11.99
Cutwater Spirits Three Sheets Rum and Cola Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
83 points
$14.99
Dark brown color. Aromas of cola gummies, coconut water, and coffee caramel with a round, light body and a smooth, medium-long dark roast coffee, coconut cream, saline, and ginseng gum finish. An easy-drinking rum and cola with coffee nuances.
83 points $14.99
Kaiso Coconut Water Cocktail
82 points
$9
Hazy slivery straw color. Tropical, creamy aromas and flavors of coconut cream candy, marshmallow, pistachio taffy, and fallen apple with a thick, tangy, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish. In your face coconut flavors will satisfy any tropical craving; serve on ice.
Powell & Mahoney Ginger Beer
80 points
$5.99
Tasted as a Moscow Mule cocktail. Clear color. Rustic aromas and flavors of hay, saddle, dried ginger powder, and bay leaf with a velvety, lively, moderately sweet light body and a peppery, medium-length root beer and lemon finish. A spicy and rustic ginger beer.
80 points $5.99
Blue Marble Cocktails Mojito
80 points
$7
Hazy golden green color. Minty aromas of wintergreen disk candy and distant lime peel with an sweet watery body and a peppery, atypical, long mint breath freshener spray, concentrated lime juice, and nata de coco finish. Like liquid mint chewing gum.
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