Best Inexpensive Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

205318
Crafthouse
Moscow Mule
Cloudy straw beige color. Earthy aromas of fresh cut ginger and pepper with a tangy and nicely tingling medium-to-full body and a long, peppery, honeyed ginger finish. On the rocks brings out an interesting tropical fruit dimension. A tremendous rendition of a Moscow Mule cocktail with outstanding natural ginger character; a world class RTD. Serve on the rocks.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205319
Crafthouse
Paloma
Opaque pearly straw color. Pleasing vegetal agave aromas of roasted yellow peppers, yams, dates with grapefruit zest high note. Tart with a medium-to-full body and a grapefruit compote palate with the emphasis on the rind. On the rocks things liven up and the citrus rind and agave balances out nicely with a long mouthwatering finish. Definitely a more serious Paloma than just tequila and Squirt. Serve on the rocks.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220357
Original Bartenders
Margarita
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213659
Coppa
Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219801
Cutwater Spirits
Old Grove Gin and Tonic Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219815
Georgian Bay
Gin Smash
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205019
Ginger Grouse
Ginger Beer
Golden yellow. Aromas and flavors of ginger beer and mild nutty whisky with a mildly sweet, frothy medium-to-full body and a tangy apple and ginger candy finish. A solid ginger beer that is very tasty.
89 points $3.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207251
Soleil
Pineapple Mimosa
Cloudy bright golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of pineapple and custard with a supple, petillant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, tropical fruit salad and chalk finish with no oak. A tasty pineapple treat.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205149
Twisted Tea
Blueberry Tea
Copper color. Floral blueberry and tropical fruit aromas with a silky, lightly sweet medium body and a tangy, ice tea and citrus finish. Very nice.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208939
Kirkland Signature
Premium Golden Margarita
Opaque golden silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed lemon and lime, sea salt, fruit bread, and beeswax with a silky, tangy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish. A nicely made, easy drinking margarita.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab