About US SPIRITS

The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products.

In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey.

This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms.

But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.
Top Picks for USA
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Fat & Juicy
Cayenne Bloody Mary Mix
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.
95 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Zing Zang
Bloody Mary Mix
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Crafted Cocktails
Bloody Mary Cocktail Mix
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Sallie’s Greatest
Strawberry + Basil Simple Syrup
Brilliant dark bronze amber color. Delicate, fresh aromas and flavors of strawberry compote, dried strawberries and herbs, and a hint of balsamic with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length honeyed strawberries and touch of caramel finish. A very pure, superbly flavorful strawberry syrup that makes a great cocktail.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Nina’s
Bloody Mary Mix
Opaque dark brick red bronze color. Interesting, lively, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lasagna marinara, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt with a chunky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with notes of olive brine, cracked peppercorn, pizza bread, and hot pickled okra. A very flavorful and balanced spicy Bloody Mary that tastes homemade.
93 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bungalow 23
Prickly Pear Margarita
Opaque amber orange color. Lively, complex aromas and flavors of guava, prickle pear, cucumber, and cayenne peppered jicama with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of roasted pepper, lime, agave syrup, and celery. An intriguing, delicious and layered margarita.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Owl’s Brew
Pink and Black Cocktail Mixer
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.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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On-Time Mixers
Bloody Mary Mix
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque dark ruby color. Spicy, peppery aromas of sweet bbq rubbed tomatoes, turmeric and cumin, and exotic cracked pepper with a bright, fat body and a searing, appealing, medium-long horseradish and wasabi, chili pepper, and toasty gingerbread and zucchini bread finish. A very thick, very different, very very hot bloody Mary.
92 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Top Shelf Mixers
Jalapeno Bloody Mary
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque sedimentary ruby color. Fresh, vegetal aromas of pizza sauce, roasted garlic, honeyed sundried tomatoes, and herbs with a medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-long celery and cucumber, root vegetables and green peppers, and white pepper finish. A fun, very green and garlicky, spicy bloody Mary.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Stirrings
Simple Bloody Mary
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque ruby brick color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of roasted tomatoes,peppers and carrots, curry spices, grilled lemon, and celery salt on green beans with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long pepper, garlic, honeyed tomato, and blood orange finish. An interesting Asian twist on a blood Mary with nice zesty citrus and curry notes.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab