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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Review: Pampelonne Sangria

By Christopher Null | December 29, 2014 |

Pampelonne’s new sangria comes in a can instead of a bottle for a reason. This new brand, made with French wines as a base, is lightly sparkling, which gives sangria a neat, new dimension. Available in 250ml mini-cans, these two varieties — one red, one (very pale) rose — are bottled at an easy-to-guzzle 6%…

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Review: VEEV 2.0 and VitaFrute Cocktails

By Christopher Null | November 11, 2014 |

Remember, VeeV, the “acai spirit” that rode the superfruit craze in the late zeroes, launching in 2008 as “the only açai spirit on the market?” I figured you didn’t, and that’s probably why VeeV — now an even louder VEEV — is relaunching, reformulating, and re-hoping you will get on the bandwagon of endorsing a speciously healthier…

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Review: High West A Midwinter Nights Dram 1.1313 and The Barreled Boulevardier

By Christopher Null | June 11, 2014 |

We’re finally getting around to reviewing High West’s latest products, a new rye and a second barrel-aged-and-bottled cocktail. These have both been around for a few months, so please forgive our tardiness! High West A Midwinter Nights Dram 1.1313 – Never mind the typo (it should be “Night’s,” no?) and never mind that I’m reviewing…

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Lolailo sangria bottle shot

Review: Lolailo Sangria

By Christopher Null | February 6, 2014 |

Made by Bodegas Sanviver in Spain, this budget sangria may not be overwhelming in its complexity, but it sure does go down easy. A basic, fruity red wine gets things started — think strawberries and raspberries — and copious sugar seals the deal. The finish offers a character not unlike a highly sweetened fruit tea,…

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Blind Review: SkinnyGirl Margarita vs. SmarteRita

By Christopher Null | May 25, 2013 |

If you’re unfamiliar with the SkinnyGirl phenomenon, either you don’t go down the booze aisle at your grocery store or you’re a dude. SkinnyGirl is one of the fastest-growing brands in the spirits (and wine) world, and its vast array of “low-cal” alcoholic beverages have ladies’ night positively abuzz. It was only a matter of…

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Review: OM Organic Mixology Wild Cranberry & Blood Orange Cocktail

By Christopher Null | May 2, 2013 |

Pre-mixed cocktails aren’t often a high-end affair, but Organic Mixology is trying to change that with a new line of ready-to-drink cocktails, courtesy of Natalie Bovis, “The Liquid Muse.” Made with certified organic ingredients, no artificial flavors/colors/preservatives, lightweight glass bottles, and packaged in 75% post-consumer recycled cases (whew!), this is high-end, eco-friendly cocktailery, complete with…

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Review: Mangria

By Christopher Null | April 20, 2013 |

We’ve covered celebrity wine. Celebrity vodka. Celebrity Cognac. Even celebrity tequila. This is definitively the first and likely the only celebrity sangria that we’ll ever see. Mangria comes to us courtesy of sangria-lover Adam Carolla, who’s apparently still working the “man” angle on just about everything. Like Mansinthe, it’s a horrible name for a product,…

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Review: Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

By Christopher Null | January 17, 2013 |

The whole “ginger ale/ginger beer” thing is extremely misleading. As any partaker of the occasional can of Canada Dry can tell you, there’s no “ale” in there — it’s really just ginger-flavored 7-Up. Ginger beer and ginger ale aren’t the same thing (The difference between the two is simple: Ginger ale was actually invented as…

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Review: Pomagria Pomegranate Sangria

By Christopher Null | October 31, 2012 |

Pomegranate remains the hottest superfruit out there, mainly because, unlike a lot of these fruity-come-latelies,  pomegranate tastes good. Not a bad idea then to add a little super-juice to your sangria, no? Well, Pomagria — not the best name, to be honest — doesn’t quite work, landing in a no man’s land between fruit juice…

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Review: Kahlua Iced Coffee Grab & Go Cocktails

By Christopher Null | September 20, 2012 |

You can pour your Kahlua into coffee, or you can get it in one-stop format, thanks to Kahlua’s new “grab & go” canned cocktails. (I’m not sure where you’re supposed to be “going” with one of these in hand, but that’s another story.) Each of these pre-mixed cocktails are fairly self-explanatory, and each includes 100%…

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