Rogue, the Newport, Oregon-based brewer and distiller, has recently leaped into the canned cocktail game with these renditions of a trio of hard seltzers. All are made with Rogue’s own vodka or gin, natural botanicals, and sparkling water. We tried the full lineup. Thoughts follow.
Each is 7.5% abv.
Rogue Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz – Made from Rogue Spirits Spruce Gin, cucumber, lime, raw cane sugar, sparkling water. Tastes healthy. Plenty of cucumber and lime here makes this feel a lot like fizzy spa water. The gin adds a mild herbal element, but it lacks the punch of a juniper-heavy London Dry. Overall it’s quite refreshing, with a slightly peppery punch on the back end to lift things up. Probably my favorite in this lineup (and a surprise to me). B+
Rogue Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda – Made from Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka, cranberry, elderflower, lime, raw cane sugar, sparkling water. Very pink. Pinker than pink. And yet, surprisingly not very fruity. A rather blunt ethanol note dominates, with a modest, bittersweet note underneath. This wants to be a sparkling Cosmopolitan, but could use more sweetness to get it there. C+
Rogue Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – Made from Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka, ginger, lime, raw cane sugar, sparkling water. A reasonable Moscow Mule, though there’s nothing particularly nuanced here. There’s nearly as much lime here as there is ginger, though a little ice melt helps to bring everything together and sweetens up the finish. B
each $15 per four-pack of 12 oz. cans / rogue.com