Sandra Lee is a celebrity chef (my wife knew who she was anyway) who’s branching out of cookbooks and into… margies!
These ready-to-drink margarita cocktails are targeted at the higher shelf consumer, as they’re made with real fruit, cane sugar, and “premium blue agave tequila and triple sec liqueur”? I’m not entirely sure if that means the tequila is 100% agave, but let’s assume maybe.
Two flavors exist — lime and strawberry — and we tried them both. Either way, you can’t argue with the price. At less than $3 a serving, it’s hard not to consider packing one of these for your next beach outing.
Sandra Lee Cocktail Time Margarita Key Lime – A classic margarita. Not at all bad, a completely credible margarita, featuring moderate sweetness (not too sweet), tart lime (not too tart), and a touch of bite (though it could use quite a bit more). At 13% alcohol, this is a pretty tame margarita, but an extra ounce of your favorite silver tequila should bring it completely up to snuff. Straight from the bottle, however, it’s perfectly acceptable for an afternoon poolside. Once of the better margaritas-in-a-bottle out there. B+
Sandra Lee Cocktail Time Margarita Strawberry – Naturally, this is the strawberry margarita version. Very, very fruity, first on the nose, then on the palate. Lots and lots of sweetness here dulls the rest of the cocktail with its melted Jolly Rancher character, and again an extra shot of blanco offers an improvement. Probably better as a frozen drink (though I didn’t try it that way). B-
each $16 per 750ml bottle