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July 2020 - Conscious Spirits

July 2020 - Conscious Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Conscious Spirits

Conscious Spirits Reviews

Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative Other Spirit
94 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of toasted apple cake, ripe honeydew melon, aloe vera, smoked legumes, and crushed pepper with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-length spicy ginger, pear puree, and hints of pineapple finish. An excellent Tequila alternative that offers all the earthiness, creamy fruit, and peppery heat that you desire; try in margaritas, palomas, and more.
94 points $24.99 Best Buy
Lyre’s Italian Orange Non Alcoholic Other Spirit
93 points
Medium salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of gentian, ginger, orange peel, angelica, cinnamon stick, and tonka bean with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of ripe strawberry, orris root, and jasmine tea finish. A round and highly pleasing non-alcoholic spirit that elevates the no-ABV sipping experience; a round, refreshing, palate-opening beverage for spirit-free aperitivos.
93 points $35.99
Lyre’s Italian Spritz Non Alcoholic Other Spirit
92 points
Crimson red color. Aromas and flavors of marasca cherry, rose hips, fruit punch, watermelon, ginger, spiced honey, and lime peel with a supple, bright, sweet light body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of rhubarb. A bittersweet, somewhat tropical cocktail ingredient for summer spritzers, and poolside libations; a fun and complex option when you want a break from booze.
92 points $35.99
FAIR Quinoa Vodka
90 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of white pepper, whipped cream, and shortbread with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, medium-length finish imparting notes of lemon zest. A well-structured, clean and bright Vodka for sipping, stirring and shaking.
STARR Ultra Superior Light Rum
89 points
Clear color. Inviting, fresh aromas of sweet anise, coconut, toasted marshmallow, sweet tarragon, and strawberries in cream with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length candied pineapple and melon finish. A silky-smooth and inviting Rum that begs for daiquiris.
89 points $32.99
Blue Marble RTD Pure Love Hard Seltzer
86 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of clean club soda with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, swift delicate lemon spritz finish. A crisp, clean Seltzer with just a hint of bright citrus on the palate; the perfect vodka spritz for those on the go.
86 points $1.67 Best Buy
Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative Other Spirit
86 points
Clear color. Earthy aromas of lime peel, cucumber, fresh basil, clay, hemp, heirloom apple, and ginger tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length peppercorns, fresh ginger and melon rinds finish. A spicy, earthy, gingery elixir that offers peppery heat and delicate herbaceousness to spirit-free cocktails.
86 points $24.99
Blue Marble RTD Citrus Joy Hard Seltzer
85 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-lime soda and sour mix with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a brisk finish. A breezy, citrusy Seltzer that refreshes; a bright and cheerful pick-me-up for the warmer months.
85 points $1.67
Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative Other Spirit
84 points
Amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred cedar, wet leather, cumin, raisins, black pepper, and honey with a glycerous, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of caramel, iced tea, barbecue sauce, candied ginger, and turmeric finish. A smoky Whiskey alternative that adds a caramelly, peppery edge to classic Whiskey mixers; a grown-up option for those who enjoy oaky spirits but want to skip the alcohol.
84 points $24.99