Review: Cocktails by Jenn – Appletini and Lemon Drop

Review: Cocktails by Jenn – Appletini and Lemon Drop

cocktails by jenn

You’ve probably seen these pastel-toned, mini-sized premixed cocktails (typically in a little, hat-box-looking tote package) at the grocery store. Cocktails by Jenn seem to be on sale everywhere. With enticing Lemon Drop, Cosmo, Appletini, and “Tropical Blue Lagoon” (to round out the color palette), look good on the shelf. But how do they taste?

Unlike most of these types of drinks, Cocktails by Jenn are premixed with alcohol, all coming in at about 20 percent alcohol: Less than a typical cocktail, but considerably more than a Zima.

I tried two flavors — Appletini and Lemon Drop — both available in new 750ml bottles. Both were plenty drinkable, but neither was impressive to the point where it matched the real thing. (Though what is a “real” Appletini, anyway?”)

Cocktails by Jenn Lemon Drop is quite straightforward, a burst of lemon followed by a harsh, alcoholic aftertaste. Blend lemon juice, sugar, and some cheap vodka and you’ve got the essence of this drink. Not awful, but you could probably do better by yourself. B

Cocktails by Jenn Appletini was a far bigger disappointment, but for an opposite reason: It simply had no character at all. Any apple tone (even that saccharine flavor of Apple Pucker) is just barely present. Mostly you just get that standard, cheap-vodka flavor, with just a hint of appleness. Try juicing it up with an extra shot of Apple Pucker and you’re in for a better treat… though you could always do that with plain vodka if you wanted. C+

UPDATE July 2009: Cocktails by Jenn appears to be out of business and off the market.

$15 each

Cocktails by Jenn Lemon Drop




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Susan on March 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I tried the Appletini’s. It did not taste at all like the appletini I had at Tumbleweed’s. I had to add some cherry juice in order to drink it. There was a really bad vodka taste without the cherry juice. I will not be buying them again.

  2. Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 1:22 am

    appletini w3as shit

  3. Stephanie on July 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Does anyone know what happened to the website It’s no longer up…

  4. Lu on July 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    The Cosmo flavor of Cocktails by Jenn was delicious! These were great to throw in a cooler and have martinis anywhere. The company was sold (a year after coming out with the product) for $15 million (according to their publicist or marketing agency’s website). This was a great product — too bad it’s no longer available. :- (

  5. Yve on June 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Hmm, how do I put it lightly?!
    House and dog sitting, saw a mini appletini in the fridge. As I was drinking it decided I’d better make sure it’s not something difficult to replace. My friend travels and figured I’d better make sure it’s not something she got from afar. Found this site and before I read the reviews, decided it tastes like a cough syrup or something I would not have a second time. I may not have to be concerned about replacing it. Hoping I did my friend a favor, by drinking it for her, getting it out of her fridge…
    This bloggers review for this flavor is accurate, ;[p’

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