About Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

Ready to Drink cocktails, or RTDs, are just that: conveniently packaged, alcohol-included cocktails that are ready to drink on their own, chilled, or with ice.

Sometimes referred to as flavored malt beverages (FMBs), malternatives, alcopops, or even "wine coolers", these started out as sweet, fruity, "highly palatable" concoctions using cheaper malt alcohol bases in the US in the late 1980's through 2004. In recent years, the category has migrated towards more classic cocktails conceptions using fresher, more natural tasting ingredients and clearly identifiable distilled spirits as their base.

Top Picks for Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

LiveWire Honeydew Collins
97 points
A curiously savory cocktail that really grows on you; balanced, quenching and interesting. This is a an awesome option for cocktail enthusiasts.
Awards: 2022 Best Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
On The Rocks The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
96 points
A delicious ready-to-drink cocktail with balanced, concentrated flavors that surprise and delight.
96 points $11.99
Cutwater Spirits White Russian
96 points
A really, really good creamy coffee cocktail; careful with this one.
LiveWire Golden God Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
96 points
A friendly, fruity and floral cocktail that's sure to please your guests; great for Moscato lovers, elderflower enthusiasts and Champagne cocktail drinkers.
Lyre’s Classico Non Alcoholic Cocktail
96 points
A complex, tropical cocktail that drinks effortlessly.
Awards: 2022 Best Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
Vampire Spirits Absinthe Verte Ginger Ale & Lime Cocktail
95 points
Absinthe with ginger ale and a citrus twist; this is absolutely delightful.
Altos Classic Lime Margarita
95 points
Best Buy
Nice clean agave flavors with a splash of lime and salt without too much manipulation will make you very happy to sip this.
95 points Best Buy
Taptails Nordic Mule
95 points
A warming, pleasingly spiced ginger ale to liven up the long, dark winter.
Cazadores Spicy Margarita
95 points
A rock solid sparkling Margarita with a kick; balanced, spicy, and delicious.
Cutwater Spirits Gin & Tonic
95 points
A winner of a packaged Gin and Tonic; fresh cucumber flavors offer a refreshing and distinctive twist on this classic.