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June 2018 - Mixers & RTDs

June 2018 - Mixers & RTDs
This month's spirits feature is Mixers & RTDs

Mixers & RTDs Reviews

Handy & Schiller Barreled Old Fashioned
96 points
$39.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint gelato, spiced pistachio nougat, pink pepper, and herbal mint tea with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a warming, complex, long candied citrus peels, brown spices, and hint of menthol mint finish. A delicious ready-to-drink cocktail that tastes homemade.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged RTD
96 points $39.99
Cutwater Tonic Water Cocktail Mixer
94 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of delicate quinine, grapefruit and orange peel, and cucumber with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, long grapefruit granita, floral pear, lychee nut, and aloe drink with gentian finish. A delicate savory tonic that will bring out a lot of fruity complexity in a vodka tonic with just enough bitterness to balance.
Awards: 2018 Best Other Cocktail Mixer
94 points $5.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Tequila Lime Margarita RTD
94 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Hazy slivery straw color. Spicy, earthy aromas of bay leaf, dried lime, smoked poblano, and spiced tea with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grilled peach, lime confection, coconut cookies, and elotes finish. An interesting and earthy cocktail that will play well with Latin fare; serve on the rocks.
Awards: 2018 Best Other RTD
94 points $14.99 Best Buy
Rancho La Gloria Margarita 100% Agave Wine Cocktail
93 points
Pale cloudy golden green color. Citrusy, attractive aromas and flavors of lime and lemon curds, meringue, and tropical and green apple Starburst candies with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an even, appealing, long lime sorbet, honeyed mango and orange, and wisp of peppered jicama finish. A rich and tangy crowd-pleasing margarita with vibrant citrus flavor and long mouthwatering finish. Serve on ice.
Cutwater Fugu Mild Bloody Mary RTD
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Murky ruby color. Aromas of tomato, kosher dill, lemon zest, celery leaf, and caraway and basil with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long horseradish, black pepper, and southern hot sauce finish. A great ready-to-drink bloody with plenty of horseradish kick; serve on ice.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha RTD
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of peppered artichoke, dressed arugula, grilled sugar cane, and charred plantain with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length lime confection and pineapple-banana finish. A peppery and citrusy cocktail with gobs of rustic sugar cane notes.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Fat Boy Uncle Walts Bloody Mary Mix
92 points
$5.95
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Spicy aromas of freshly ground black pepper, dried lemon peel, Worcestershire sauce, charcoal smoke, and rich tomato stew with a thick, crisp, salty medium-full body and a peppery, distinctive, long Thai chile, bay leaf, and demi glace finish. A delicious, boldly aromatic, zesty and robust Bloody for steak n’ eggs pairings.
Awards: 2018 Best Bloody Mary Mix
92 points $5.95 Best Buy
Cutwater Fugu Vodka Soda Cucumber
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda, fresh sliced cucumber, and watermelon rind with a satiny, vibrant, bone-dry light body and a smooth, medium-length chalk, minerals, and lime zest finish. A super-refreshing, portable vodka-soda.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Fugu Vodka Soda Lime RTD
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of sliced lime, dried lavender, and fresh lemon peel with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and an effortless, cheery mineral water and sea salt finish. An ultra-refreshing cocktail; dry and quenching like artesian mineral water.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Stirrings Simple Margarita Cocktail Mix
91 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Margarita cocktail. Cloudy golden green color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lime cordial, fondant, and ripe orange with a velvety, crisp, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, cheery white pepper, key lime pie, and lemon curd finish. An simple path to tasty, vibrant, balanced margaritas.
91 points $6.99 Best Buy
Taste of Florida Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer
89 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Spicy aromas of celery seed, mustard seed, fennel, dill, heirloom tomato, and fresh garlic with a thick, vibrant, salty medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long Louisiana hot sauce, lemon peel, pickle brine, and chipotle finish. A racy herb garden of a bloody with great fresh appeal and lingering heat.
89 points $4.99 Best Buy
Regatta Original Craft Ginger Beer
88 points
$7.49
Best Buy
Cloudy slivery straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of white pepper, chalk, and garlic ginger salt with a silky, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, very long honeyed ginger, delicate minty spice, and chili pepper finish. A nice hot and peppery ginger beer that will add pop to Moscow Mules.
88 points $7.49 Best Buy
Cutwater Black Skimmer Bourbon Highball RTD
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale gold color. Toasty aromas of caramel, eucalyptus, dried orange, dry leaves, and summer charcoal with a velvety, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length honeycomb, schechuan peppercorn, and cherry-apricot finish. A great portable highball for your outdoor whiskey fix.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Doc Pepe’s Lab Manhattan
88 points
$39.99
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas of brandied amarena cherries, tobacco, chocolate biscotti, candied orange peel, new American oak, and sweet caramel with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long root beer float, aromatic barks, peppercorns, black tea, and coconut butter finish. Rich and true-to-form manhattan aromas star in this dry and spicy ready-to-drink cocktail.
88 points $39.99
Handy & Schiller Barreled Manhattan
88 points
$39.99
Amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of creme brulee, maple nut fudge, peach tea, and whisky barrel with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, long candied sour cherry and spicy nut brittle finish. A very tasty Manhattan RTD that is sure to please.
88 points $39.99
SuckerPunch Gourmet Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
87 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Aromas of oregano, dried dill, roasted garlic, ground black pepper, and lime vinaigrette with a thick, salty medium body and a medium ancho chile, ginger marinade, fresh horseradish, and celery finish. A bright yet earthy bloody with great heat and limey tang.
87 points $5.99 Best Buy
Regatta Light Craft Ginger Beer
87 points
$7.49
Best Buy
Hazy slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried ginger root and powder, lime rind, pepper dust, and baked quince with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length pepper finish. A solid and balanced ginger beer for mules.
87 points $7.49 Best Buy
Cutwater Fugu Vodka Mule RTD
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy silver color. Spicy aromas and flavors of ginger powder, lime peel, citronella, lemon chiffon cake, and green peppercorns with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, sweet light body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A light, gingery highball with a nice tingle.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Pedrino Sherry & Tonic Spritz
86 points
$4.50
Best Buy
Bright amber orange color. Sweet aromas of orange bundt cake, vanilla funnel cake, spiced pear jam, root beer float, and apple and cherry pie filling with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length tangerine soda, orange Jell-O, apricot preserves, and candied apple finish. A fruity, easy-drinking cocktail.
86 points $4.50 Best Buy
SuckerPunch Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Aromas of hearty tomato, black pepper, hot sauce, cumin, ketchup, and brown sugar with a thick, vibrant, salty medium body and an even, brisk kosher dill and lemon spritz finish. A mild bloody with great tang that allows for customization.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
OMG The Complete Bloody Mary Cocktail
86 points
$15.99
Dark red color. Aromas of steak sauce, sweet paprika, pizza sauce, cracked peppercorns, and jerky with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length red hot peppers finish. A tangy bloody to pair with steak and eggs.
86 points $15.99
Cutwater Black Skimmer Bourbon Lemon Tea RTD
85 points
$14.99
Clear light gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of black tea, honey, eucalyptus, lemon cordial, and hay with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, buoyant finish. A nice, not-too-sweet, spritzy whiskey cocktail with hints of lemon and black tea.
85 points $14.99
Cutwater Tequila Paloma RTD
85 points
$14.99
Hazy clear color. Aromas of thin mint cookies, dried soft tropical fruit, lemon lime soda, and sautéed agave with a round, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy pulque, peppercorns, candied yams, and chocolate drizzled pineapple finish. An interesting minty mixture that may make for a welcome emergency beach refresher.
85 points $14.99
Cutwater Fugu Vodka Soda Grapefruit RTD
85 points
$14.99
Clear color. Creamy aromas and flavors of lemon shortbread, labnah, pineapple, and sports drink with a satiny, dry light body and a smooth, snappy finish. A crisp vodka-soda for craft spirits lovers.
85 points $14.99
Cutwater Ginger Beer Cocktail Mixer
84 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dusty ginger root, sliced jalapeño, roasted hominy, and wet pavement with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, long honey roasted lemon, ginger, lemon pepper, and Thai chili pepper finish. A bright and lively ginger beer to light up a mule.
84 points $5.99 Best Buy
Fat & Juicy Bloody Mary Mix
84 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Aromas of dill, celery seed, onion skin, lemon rind, and garlic powder with a thick, bright, salty light-to-medium body and a brisk black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and tinned tomato soup finish. A mild bloody to customize.
84 points $5.99 Best Buy
Stirrings Simple Bloody Mary Cocktail Mix
84 points
$6.99
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Aromas of shrimp cocktail, smoked pepper, steamed green peas, and Dijon with a thick, tangy, briny medium body and a warming, delightful, buoyant horseradish mignonette, lime leaf, sweet Thai chile sauce, agua faba, oyster leaf, and bay laurel finish. Big horseradish tang reigns in this catch-of-the-day of a bloody Mary mix.
84 points $6.99
Largo Bay Hurricane
84 points
$14.99
Minutely hazy neon coral pink color. Aromas and flavors of amaretto, orange peels, bright red maraschino cherry, and Hawaiian punch with a satiny, tangy, very sweet medium body and a buoyant orange Sour Patch Kids candies finish. A fruity, tangy pink treat that will appeal to amaretto sour drinkers.
84 points $14.99
Largo Bay Mai Tai
84 points
$14.99
Cloudy dusty light gold color. Aromas of sweet amaretto and bear claw pastry with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length frozen orange juice, almond extract, bright red maraschino cherry, and peach pie finish. A sweet Amaretto Sour-like cocktail that hits all the notes; serve on ice.
84 points $14.99
Old Forester Ready-to-Drink Mint Julep
84 points
$24.99
Gold color. Minty aromas and flavors of wintergreen, honey-ginseng lozenge, herbs de Provence, cherry-mint marmalade, and marigold with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length sandalwood and vanilla syrup finish. A very herbal and freshening ready-to-drink Mint Julep.
84 points $24.99
Doc Pepe’s Lab Cuvée Reserve Manhattan
84 points
$49.99
Medium copper color. Spicy aromas of sweet vermouth, clove, cinnamon smoke, nutmeg, spiced apple, vanilla pods, dark chocolate, and dark caramelized orange wheels with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long cardamom, black pepper, dark roasted coffee, molasses, and cured olives finish. A rich and spicy, dry manhattan that highlights bitter vermouth.
84 points $49.99
Habla Diablo Original Bloody Mary Mix
83 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Red color. Aromas of marinara, pizza crust, sweetie drop peppers, and mozzarella with a thick, crisp, salty medium body and a warming, medium-length caper brine and sweet and sour sauce finish. A solid Bloody.
83 points $5.99 Best Buy
Largo Bay Long Island Iced Tea
83 points
$14.99
Dull gold color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda, honey roasted peanuts, mild ginger ale, and grapefruit candies with a satiny, bright, sweet light body and a tingling, breezy French toast with maple and apple cinnamon compote finish. An autumnal amalgamation of flavors in a ready-to-drink cocktail.
83 points $14.99
Largo Bay Pineapple Colada
81 points
$14.99
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of buttercream with orange marmalade, coconut oil, cream soda, champagne cola, honeydew melon, and crushed peanuts with a glycerous, soft, very sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy marzipan and fondant finish. A creamy, tropical tipple for emergency sweets cravings.
81 points $14.99
Largo Bay Mojito
80 points
$14.99
Cloudy light green color. Aromas and flavors of spearmint gum and lime powdered drink mix with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length peppermint extract and melon liqueur finish. A tingly, minty cocktail for total mouth refreshment.
80 points $14.99
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