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June 2019 - Mixers & RTD Cocktails

June 2019 - Mixers & RTD Cocktails
This month's Spirits feature is Mixers & RTD Cocktails

Mixers & RTD Cocktails Reviews

Novo Fogo Original Lime Sparkling Caipirinha Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
96 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aroma of funky cane with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long key lime, apricot, grilled fruits and vegetables, coconut, lychee, and guanabana finish. A delicious, perfectly funky caipirinha in a can.
96 points $15.99 Best Buy
Q Indian Tonic Water
95 points
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of juniper and sage, citrus pith, quinine, and sandalwood with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish conveying notes of wormwood tea, honeyed lemon, and elderflower and herbs finish. A delicious and vibrant tonic water that is finely balanced and eminently drinkable; makes a spot on G&T.
Bloody Point Mixing Co. Original Bloody Mary Mixer
93 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque dark reddish brown color. Aromas and flavors of spicy tomato sauce, celery salt, worcestershire sauce, and smoked peppercorns with a chunky, bright, saline medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with notes of horseradish, olive and peppercorn focaccia, and water chestnut finish. A rock solid, finely balanced Bloody Mary with lingering warmth that is sure to please.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Candid Cocktails Bourbon Whiskey with Honey, Ginger, Lemon and Apple Juice Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas of cinnamon pastry, birch, ginger, lemon bar, caramel, and candied orange peel with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla, oak, and fondant finish. A completely delicious canned whiskey sour that will be well loved.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Mezzo Spritz Blood Orange Cider Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
92 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, grapefruit peel, orange marmalade, honey, gentian, celery leaf, and wild lemon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish. An ultra-refreshing spritz with a hint of palate-opening bitterness; a great summer crusher with lovely cider tannins.
Stirrings Mojito Mixer
92 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Cloudy nearly opaque straw yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fresh lime, slapped mint leaves, and mint cream cookie with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, long finish imparting notes of creamy key lime custard, toasted meringue, and coconut cream finish. A delightful mojito with great balance and an attractive creamy lime character; a pure and natural tasting mixer that lets the creamy rum character come through.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Handy & Schiller Barreled Old Fashioned Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
92 points
$39.99
Copper color. Aromas of chinese 5-spice, sesame, hint of mint, and tobacco with a satiny, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length allspice, clove, vanilla steamer, peanut brittle, chewy caramel, and roasted nuts finish. A spicy-sweet cocktail with great drinkability.
92 points $39.99
Q Grapefruit Mixer
91 points
Light minutely hazy pink color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potatoes and dates, grapefruit marmalade on buttered potato bread toast, white peppercorn, and cedar candle with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, layered, long finish conveying shades of grapefruit sorbet and honey roasted roasted pineapple finish. A pure and natural grapefruit soda mixer that makes an excellent Paloma; lets the agave shine.
Bulles de nuit LApero Spritzz Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
90 points
Bright coral pink color. Aromas of cinnamon, gentian, galangal, and rosemary with a silky, vibrant, bittersweet medium-full body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long pink grapefruit finish. A rock solid aperitivo RTD that offers fashionable refreshment in a bottle.
Q Ginger Beer
90 points
Hazy straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut and crystallized ginger, pepper dust, ginseng and cilantro, and dried pineapple with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that shows touches of Sichuan peppers finish. A very appetizing ginger beer that makes a well-balanced and craveable Moscow Mule.
The Long Drink Company The Finnish Long Drink Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$2.50
Best Buy
Cloudy slivery straw color. Citrusy aromas of freshly zested grapefruit, fresh lime, and rosemary with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long agave nectar and orange marmalade finish. A totally delicious canned cocktail with vibrant, fresh grapefruit flavor.
90 points $2.50 Best Buy
Stirrings Cosmopolitan Mixer
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Cloudy light ruby color. Confected aromas and flavors of cherry gummy bear and yogurt and fruit punch with a lightly tannic, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, snappy finish that exhibits notes of berry infused spring water finish. A clean and never-cloying Cosmo for cocktails in a flash.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Boulevard Beverage Company Fling Blood Orange Vodka Soda Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lime gummies, vanilla pastilles, and jam with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of aniseed finish. A fun and citrusy Ready-To-Drink cocktail.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Novo Fogo Passion Fruit and Lime Sparkling Caipirinha Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Golden green color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango, smoked honey, clementine, jasmine tea, and fresh cut grass with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, layered, medium-long finish with impressions of raw cane and mango yogurt finish. Vivid, all-natural fruit flavor makes this a knockout Ready-To-Drink cocktail.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Novo Fogo Mango and Lime Sparkling Caipirinha Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas of lychee syrup, peach gummies, and grilled jicama with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long white tea finish. Cachaca and Rhum Agricole fans will find lots of juicy, complex flavors in this must-try RTD.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Boulevard Beverage Company Fling Mai Tai Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale hazy golden green color. Aromas of lime candies, coconut snocone, and vanilla layer cake with a satiny, bright, sweet light body and a warming, medium-length sweet and sour mix and toasted coconut finish. A solid summer crusher; serve with a good chill.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Drego Azul Margarita Supremo Gold Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden green color. Aromas of key lime sorbet and creamy blanco tequila with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, subtle, long horchata, lime glaze, kiwi, and fine orange liqueur finish. A totally tasty bottled margarita that offers a ready-to-drink alternative to hand-crafted margaritas.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Candid Cocktails Gin with Mint, Grapefruit and Lime Juice Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
88 points
$17.99
Golden green color. Aromas of lime, honey, pressed flowers, and lavender with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long angelica, gentian, and juniper finish. A complex gin-based RTD with a balancing bitterness and herbal appeal.
88 points $17.99
Candid Cocktails Vodka with Black Tea, Lemonade and Thyme Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
88 points
$17.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of sweet and sour mix and thyme with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length iced tea finish. Bold iced tea and tangy lemon combine in this wide-appealing and balanced Ready-To-Drink cocktail.
88 points $17.99
Pepito Bella Sangria Low-Calorie Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
87 points
Brilliant fuchsia color. Aromas and flavors of berry candies, fruit punch, and pineapple with a round, crisp, very sweet medium body and a smooth, swift finish. A spritzy berry bomb of a sangria that offers instant satisfaction.
Handy & Schiller Barreled Manhattan Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
87 points
$39.99
Amber color. Aromas of vanilla-almond nougat, candied cherries, butterscotch, tobacco, and toast with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length banana taffy, molasses, and raisin cake finish. A tasty, easy-to-use RTD with a balanced sense of sweetness.
87 points $39.99
Boulevard Beverage Company Fling Cucumber Lime Gin and Tonic Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cucumber, lime spritz, and agave nectar with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length bitter lemon and grapefruit pith finish. A bittersweet fruity and botanical RTD that will be a great al fresco sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Yaysayer Shots Lemon Vodka Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
86 points
$23.99
Hazy golden green color. Aromas of grilled lemon, fresh herbs, and citrus candle with a supple, tart, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, breezy limoncello and peppercorns finish. A tasty, citrusy elixir to shake and shoot.
86 points $23.99
Regatta Royal Oak Ginger Ale Mixer
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of lumber yard, nuts, and chestnut honey with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, relaxed finish revealing shades of pepper, ginger rice candy, and wax finish. A mild and pleasant ginger ale that’s great for topping off bourbon cocktails.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Russian Standard Moscow Mule Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
85 points
$14.99
Golden yellow color. Herbal, spicy aromas of crystalized ginger, lime cordial, tarragon, marigold blossom, and sugar snap pea with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, easy pear and lemon seltzer finish. A mellow, refreshing Moscow mule with wide appeal.
85 points $14.99
Pepito Rosada Sangria Low-Calorie Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
84 points
Pale pink color. Candied aromas of tropical fruit salad and candied strawberry with a vibrant, very sweet light body and a smooth, medium-length berries in cream, raspberry cupcake, and lime candies finish. A fun rose sangria that will be a great al fresco refresher.
Pepito Blanca Sangria Low-Calorie Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
84 points
Straw color. Fruity aromas of ginger-lime, pineapple, and elderflower syrup with a round, crisp, very sweet light body and a sleek, brisk lemon lime soda, hint of coconut, and pear finish. A citrusy sangria that offers a fun tipple to serve with fresh fruit slices.
Beatbox Fruit Punch Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
84 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Brilliant crimson red color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, cherry snocone, and amaretto with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A fun and fruity Mai Tai-like cocktail for summer sipping poolside.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Beatbox Pink Lemonade Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
84 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Pale hazy pink color. Aroma of pink lemonade with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, carefree finish. A true-to-life pink lemonade cocktail with wide appeal.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Beatbox Fresh Watermelon Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
84 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Pale pink color. Candied aromas and flavors of strawberry and watermelon candies, sweet cream, vanilla, and sliced cucumber with a supple, bright, very sweet light body and a seamless, brisk finish. A sweet and uncomplicated ready-to-drink cocktail with fun fruit flavors.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Boulevard Beverage Company Fling Margarita Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
84 points
$12.99
Golden green color. Aromas of sweet and sour mix with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, brisk agave nectar and lime sweetarts finish. An easy-to-tote, effervescent margarita that will hit the spot on a hot day.
84 points $12.99
Blue Marble Cocktails Bloody Mary Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
83 points
$3.99
Best Buy
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas of canned tomato juice, lemon wheel, bell pepper, and overripe papaya with an oily, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a hot, atypical, medium-long bbq sweet potato chip, overripe pineapple, pickled ginger and wasabi, and ink finish. A somewhat fruity Bloody Mary for brunch on the fly.
83 points $3.99 Best Buy
Beatbox Blue Razzberry Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
83 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Turquoise color. Aromas and flavors of blue raspberry candy and powdered sugar with a syrupy, cloying light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid finish. A candied, very sweet RTD for your inner child’s palate.
83 points $4.99 Best Buy
Eastside Distilling Portland Mule Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
83 points
$14.95
Clear color. Savory aromas of pickled ginger, black licorice, and pineapple salsa with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light body and a tingling, brisk citrus marinade finish. A funky, gingery RTD to bring to your neighborhood BYOB sushi spot; serve well chilled.
83 points $14.95
Candid Cocktails Vodka with Elderflower, Cucumber, Mint and Lime Juice Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
83 points
$17.99
Golden green color. Aroma of coconut flake with a velvety, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, breezy sweet and sour mix, peppermint, and sugarcane finish. A solid, easy-drinking botanical sipper.
83 points $17.99
Blue Marble Cocktails Moscow Mule Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
81 points
$3.99
Pale silvery golden green color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda with a lean, crisp, sweet light body and a tingling, brisk pickled ginger, water chestnuts, yuzu, and sea salt finish. A super solid gingery cocktail that could work quite well with Japanese take-out or BYO.
81 points $3.99
Drego Azul Margarita Supremo Light Low-Calorie Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
80 points
$12.99
Light green color. Aromas of lime gelatin and dill with a silky, tart, cloying light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift sour apple candies, powdered sugar, and lime zest finish. A candied lime RTD for sweet tooths.
80 points $12.99
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