Review: 4 Drnxmyth Ready-to-Drink Cocktails
Drnxmyth — formally stylized in all caps — offers a ready-to-drink cocktail unlike any other on the market. For starters: These are real cocktails, featuring fresh juices, uncommon ingredients, and real booze, all stored in a unique bottle that keeps fresh juices in a separate chamber from the booze. When you’re ready to drink, you twist the bottom portion of the bottle to allow the two chambers to mingle before you pour it all into your waiting glasses. (Each 200ml bottle serves two servings.) While many are classics, they’re all designed by real bartenders and often feature a slight spin on the expected recipes.
Is this bottle business just a gimmick? No: The company says that keeping the products separate improves the shelf life — for up to five months — though it’s important to note that these are sold refrigerated and must remain such until you drink them. My tasting of four Drnxmyth products would bear out the wisdom of their approach. Nearly every Drnxmyth cocktail I encountered I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’d be happy to sample just about anything on their list of 20(!) different options.
Prices vary between $11 and $12 or so, and the typical abv hovers at 16%. Thoughts on the four bottlings I tasted follow.
Drnxmyth Bourbon Sour – Balanced and delightfully flavorful, this cocktail isn’t complex but it does feature a spot-on blend that lets both whiskey and orange-lemon citrus shine. The juices hit the palate as fresh and bright, but it’s the Blackstrap Bitters that seal the deal, giving the cocktail an earthy-sweet molasses edge. A / $11
Drnxmyth Apricot Rye Smash – Boldly fruity, this does come across like a real “smash,” offering notes of peach and apricot, followed by some hints of cherry (perhaps thanks to the cherry bark vanilla bitters in the mix) and a sultry almond note (courtesy of some orgeat). Tart lemon is evident on the finish. The only thing lacking is really the rye, which could be bumped up a bit here. A- / $12
Drnxmyth Cucumber Margarita – This is a traditional margarita, plus black pepper and — of course — cucumber juice (plus a bit of salt in the mix). It’s a solid margie, but you definitely need to enjoy cucumber in your cocktail in order to gravitate to it. I’m not normally a big “green” cocktail fan, but this resonated with me — especially with the fresh pepper livening it up. My wife hated it. A- / $12
Drnxmyth Eastside – A gin-based concoction with lime, sugar, mint, and cucumber (someone up there likes cukes!), so like a gimlet, filtered through a mojito. This is easily the most straightforward cocktail of this group, heavy on the cucumber, with a thin layer of mint. There’s not enough gin here to make this very interesting, nor enough sweetness to make it summer-friendly. That said, it’s innocuous. B / $11
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