February 2022 - Mixers and Large Format RTDs

February 2022 - Mixers and Large Format RTDs
This month's Spirits feature is Mixers

Mixers and Large Format RTDs Reviews

On The Rocks The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
96 points
$11.99
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of pickled pineapple, sliced bell peppers, fresh agave, hot honey, green apple, and passion fruit with a round, lively, moderately sweet fat body and a peppery, thought-provoking, very long finish. A delicious ready-to-drink cocktail with balanced, concentrated flavors that surprise and delight.
96 points $11.99
Lyre’s Italian Spritz Non-Alcoholic Spirit
95 points
Neon red color. Aromas and flavors of cherries and pomegranate, cola, and candied lemon and orange zest with saffron with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, very long finish with notes of delicate herbs and coriander and exotic honeycomb. A pitch perfect take on the classic Italian red aperitif; Aperol fans take note.
Q Mixers Hibiscus Ginger Beer
95 points
Brilliant dark pink color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, hibiscus, pickled ginger, and honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish revealing overtones of hints of watermelon, currant, and spicy ginger. A distinctive ginger mixer with bright cherry-like flavors; an effortless way to bring creative flavor to your party.
Fever-Tree Sparkling Cucumber Cocktail Mixer
95 points
$4.99
Clear color. Aromas of celery and cucumber with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a warming, engaging, medium-length fresh bitter lemon, gentle, balanced quinine, pressed flowers, and sea salt finish. A fresh, balanced Tonic that’s never too bitter; a lovely salinic lift on the finish keeps us coming back for another sip of this elevated, contemporary tonic.
95 points $4.99
On The Rocks The Old Fashioned Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
94 points
$11.99
Gold color. Aromas of caramel popcorn, dried cherry, honey, and orange candies with a slightly chewy, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long honey-roasted nuts and Grand Marnier finish. It doesn’t get simpler that this. Pour this effortlessly pleasing Old Fashioned liberally and frequently.
94 points $11.99
On The Rocks The Manhattan Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
94 points
$12.99
Bronze color. Spicy aromas and flavors of candied pecan, clove-studded oranges, cinnamon stick, and cherry glaze with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish imparting shades of chocolate-covered cherries, aromatic herbs and roots, baked cranberry, and hints of olives. An effortless bottled Manhattan with great cherry flavor and herbal vermouth undertones.
94 points $12.99
Lyre’s Italian Orange Non-Alcoholic Spirit
93 points
Dark red color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted herbs and spices, pomegranate and peppers, and beeswax with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, nuanced, very long finish evoking notes of candied orange zest, delicate bitter herbal lozenge, and hint of sweet pickle brine. A spot-on interpretation of a classic Italian red bitter liqueur that is a pleasure to drink on its own or in spirit free cocktails.
Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale Cocktail Mixer
93 points
$4.99
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of hints of honey and crystalized ginger with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of hints of sweet gingersnaps, vanilla, and hints of rosemary. An easy Ginger Ale for adults; drier than expected, distinctively herbal and highly mixable.
93 points $4.99
On The Rocks The Cosmopolitan Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
93 points
$11.99
Bright pink color. Aroma of cranberry with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length pink lemonade and orange zest finish. Astutely balanced, this Cosmopolitan cocktail comes as close to freshly made that you can get in an RTD.
93 points $11.99
Lyre’s Amaretti Non-Alcoholic Spirit
92 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan, maraschino cherry, and cola with lime with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with notes of spiced cherries and apples. A delicious and well balanced Amaretto NA spirit for all occasions.
Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso Non-Alcoholic Spirit
92 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake, cola, gingerbread, and jell-o with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish with shades of honey roasted apple and pear and delicate brown spices. A complex and engaging aperitif that will appeal to Negroni fans.
Lyre’s Aperitif Dry Non-Alcoholic Spirit
91 points
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon meringue tart, honey cream, almond cookie, and ginger with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish that shows notes of limoncello cream, starfruit, and peppered jicama and radish. A pure and delicate aperitif that will make a great alternative to vermouth.
Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit Non-Alcoholic Spirit
90 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of toasted bananas nut bread with warm molasses and vanilla bean with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of dark toasted marshmallow and mint and pepper oils. An interesting dark rum alternative for spirit-free tropical tipples.
Fever-Tree Distillers Cola Cocktail Mixer
90 points
$4.99
Bronze color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, carob, brown sugar, licorice, allspice, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish with touches of prune chutney, spiced dates, and hints of chocolate. An upgraded cola for the contemporary drinker.
90 points $4.99
Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit
89 points
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of expressed orange and lime zests, ruby grapefruit, and orange-date rum spice cake with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, delightful, long finish displaying notes of vanilla milk, herbal alpine lozenge, and peach mint sorbet. A delicate and refined orange liqueur NA spirit that will play nicely in spirit-free creations.
Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
88 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of rum raisin spice cake, brandied cherries, rye cracker, and polished wood with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet full body and a warming, interesting, long finish displaying overtones of buttery cinnamon praline, peppered nuts, and spumoni sundae. A robust, spirit-forward cocktail for parties and punches.
Lyre’s White Cane Spirit Non-Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
Straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of copper pan seared spices, brown sugar cookie, and vanilla pudding with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish displaying suggestions of coconut cream, toasted meringue, and aleppo pepper. A creamy, toasty rum alternative.
Lyre’s Coffee Originale Non-Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coffee beans and melted dark chocolate with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that shows accents of chocolate coconut coffee ice cream and figs and dried fruits. A delicious and appealing no-abv spirit that will be great on the rocks or in cocktails.
Russian Standard Moscow Mule Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
88 points
Gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pickled ginger, dill, lemon zest, and hints of coriander with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish with suggestions of hints of apple, pineapple and vanilla. A spritzy ginger cocktail with balancing sweetness.
Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Cocktail Mixer
88 points
$4.99
Light red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh Ruby Red grapefruit peel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish. Pure, all-natural grapefruit flavor shines in this balanced, grown up grapefruit soda.
88 points $4.99
On The Rocks The Aviation Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
87 points
$11.99
Steely purple color. Aromas of violet flower, lime, cucumber, whit grapefruit, and rich cherry preserves with a satiny, tangy, off-dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length juniper and maraschino finish. A cheerful, floral cocktail that makes classic Aviations easy.
87 points $11.99
Day Chaser Cocktails Lime Vodka Soda Low-Calorie Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
86 points
$0
Minutely hazy straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest and citronella with a supple, tart, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A crisp and easy vodka-soda with a hefty squeeze of lemon; refreshing and simple.
Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit Non-Alcoholic Spirit
86 points
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of cedar pencil shavings, dark roasted spiced nuts, and vanilla tea with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy finish revealing accents of caramel cream. A fun rum alternative for Cuba Libres.
Q Mixers Ginger Beer
86 points
Hazy straw yellow color. Spicy aromas and flavors of ginger-dusted lime with a supple, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of powdered ginger, hints of turmeric, sesame, and black pepper. A clean and modern Ginger Beer with a peppery finish.
Day Chaser Cocktails Cranberry Vodka Soda Low-Calorie Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
85 points
$0
Pale pink color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon candies, cherry soda, and hawaiian punch with a silky, vibrant, dry light body and a warming, fast finish. A berry seltzer-like vodka soda that’s dry and flavorful.
Lyre’s American Malt Non-Alcoholic Spirit
85 points
Amber color. Curious aromas and flavors of dark chocolate,honey, blackstrap molasses, maple, and mesquite honeycomb with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree finish revealing suggestions of spice cake, cedar, corn cake, and malted chocolate. An interesting take on a NA whisky.
Lyre’s Dry London Non-Alcoholic Spirit
84 points
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fruit stripe gum, lady grey chai, and lemon-lavender verbena soap with a satiny, racy, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, long finish evoking overtones of violet and rose oil, mint, and clover. A fruity, floral NA spirit for fans of floral gins.
Fever-Tree Sparkling Lime And Yuzu Cocktail Mixer
84 points
$4.99
Pale hazy golden green color. Aroma and flavors of roasted lime with a supple, bright, moderately sweet light body and an even, brisk finish imparting suggestions of citrus melange. A super-fizzy, citrusy mixer that pairs like a dream with Tequila; light and balanced in cocktails, this mixer keeps the focus on Agave.
84 points $4.99
On The Rocks The Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
82 points
$11.99
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pears in cream, citronella candle, eucalyptus, and bitter lemon with a satiny, tart, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, relaxed finish conveying elements of underripe pineapple. A big, tangy tequila cocktail to serve on ice.
82 points $11.99
Lyre’s Absinthe Non-Alcoholic Spirit
81 points
Bright aquamarine color. Aromas and flavors of spearmint, wintergreen, white melon, hints of licorice, and powdered sugar with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish that exhibits notes of fennel seed. A minty, refreshing Non Alcoholic spirit that could be good in a spritz.
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