Ready-to-Drink/Premixed Cocktails

Ready-to-drink or RTD cocktails got their start as so-called “alcopop” beverages, such as Smirnoff Ice, which are malt liquor-based beverages that approximated a cocktail experience through the addition of different flavorings, generally sugar- and fruit-heavy, plus a healthy amount of carbonation. As with most alcoholic beverages, RTD products have moved upscale in recent years, with numerous craft distillers producing genuine cocktails ready to drink out of the can or bottle. These are often made with the identical ingredients you’d get if you made the cocktail from scratch, though quality tends to vary considerably.

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Zima
Cutwater Spirits Whiskey Highball and Whiskey Lemon Tea
Truly Spiked & Sparkling Water

Review: WhistlePig Dank & Dry Old Fashioned Cocktail

By Christopher Null | January 23, 2024 |

How many firsts can we jam into one product? For WhistlePig, its Dank & Dry Old Fashioned is its first: non-alcoholic offering (outside of the syrup it sometimes sells) ready-to-drink cocktail product with cannabis terpenes in the recipe Designed with Dry January — er, Dank January — in mind, it’s a true oddity that we…

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Review: Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Spiked Fruit Punch

By Rob Theakston | January 21, 2024 |

Taking a jab at Guy Fieri in 2024 feels worn out and tired, unworthy of the insightful discourse normally found on this website. After all, there have been countless masterful strokes of savagery aimed at Guy Fieri the frosted-hair harlequin, who runs a bit at odds with Guy Fieri the person deeply involved in amazing…

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Review: 4 Brewdog Non-Alcoholic Beers and Cocktails, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 9, 2024 |

BrewDog’s U.S. arm has been embracing non-alcoholic options for quite a while now, and the operation continues to up the ante on “AF” offerings designed to appeal to the sober-curious (and sober-certain). All four of the products reviewed below are part of a box set that includes four six-packs, one of each product, for $50.…

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Review: Abstinence Non-Alcoholic Cape Floral Gin and Spritzes

By Christopher Null | January 4, 2024 |

Based in South Africa, Abstinence Spirits makes a variety of non-alcoholic spirits and ready-to-drink products, with a heavy focus on various NA gins. The company’s process is described as follows: “We extract flavours through small batch distillations without the use of alcohol, by using maceration, vapour infusion and hydrosols. Each batch is individually blended, tasted…

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Review: ISH Non-Alcoholic Wine, Gin, and Cocktails

By Christopher Null | January 1, 2024 |

Dry January is upon us, and if you’re one of the brave souls who’s forgoing alcohol this month, know that it doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to drinking tap water for 31 days. NA options are increasingly impressive, including a few of the products from ISH, a Danish/German/Austrian operation with the tagline “the…

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Review: Oakside Cocktail Co. Rye Old Fashioned and Negroni

By Drew Beard | December 15, 2023 |

It feels like we’ve reached peak canned cocktail, which I, for one, am totally fine with. Sure, they’re convenient for the beach or a golf bag, but a can just takes something away from the experience no matter how good the cocktail inside. How then to get a quality, ready-to-drink cocktail for big events or…

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Review: Curious Elixirs Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

By Christopher Null | December 7, 2023 |

Curious Elixirs is a new company pushing booze-free, bottled (and canned) cocktails, largely inspired by classic options and particularly heavy on fresh juices. The company has a rotating collection of recipes denoted exclusively by number. The company’s up to 8 now, with more surely on the way — though note that recipes do sell out.…

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Review: Lake Hour Seltzers, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | November 10, 2023 |

Canned, sparkling seltzers made with real ingredients and actual spirits, but hitting the can at 5% abv? What’s not to like? Four flavors are currently available, each contained in a 12 oz. can. We tried them all, and offer our thoughts herein. Each is 5% abv. Lake Hour Watermelon Cucumber – Tequila, real watermelon, real cucumber.…

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Review: Delola Spritzes, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | November 9, 2023 |

I love a Spritz. I’ve enjoyed them at home, in bars, and in their birthplace in Venice. And I’ve enjoyed them for good reason, because the Spritz is incredibly hard to fuck up. The recipe is impossibly simple: Aperol, Prosecco, some soda. People keep trying to bottle versions of the Spritz that are ready-to-drink, and…

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Review: Social Hour Dickel Bourbon Smash

By Christopher Null | September 9, 2023 |

Social Hour is back with another canned cocktail made with high-end ingredients. Like its previous Harvest Whiskey Sour, the new Dickel Bourbon Smash is made with age-statemented George Dickel Tennessee whiskey, this time 8 years old instead of the monster 13 year old last time around. This “slow-sipping” bourbon cocktail is described as “a classic…

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