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.

Top Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Posts:

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

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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Review: White Mule Farms Spodee — “Wine with a Kick”

By Christopher Null | September 16, 2012 |

According to White Mule Farms, the company behind the oddball Spodee, this, er, drinkable was a Depression-era concoction of wine mixed with herbs, spices, and moonshine. Sort of a ghetto version of Port, perhaps, from the sound of it. Spodee today seems to be perhaps a simpler product: Wine fortified with white whiskey, with chocolate…

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Sangria Roundup: Senor Sangria and Eppa

By Christopher Null | July 16, 2012 |

Summer is in full swing, and that means sangria season is here. We’ve looked at Senor Sangria’s original red sangria in the past, now the company’s back with a white sangria. Also on tap: Red sangria from Eppa with a health-conscious spin. Here’s how these offerings from Senor Sangria (made in Washingtonville, New York) and…

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Review: Mionetto ‘IL’ SPR!Z

By Christopher Null | June 4, 2012 |

I’ve written about the Aperol Spritz — often just the Spritz — before. It’s a refreshing and tasty cocktail that’s incredibly easy to make. Along with the Bellini, it’s pretty much the official cocktail of Venice, and many Italian restaurants here and abroad have adopted the Spritz in their own menus. In Italy, you can…

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Review: VnC Pre-Mixed Cocktails

By Christopher Null | April 3, 2012 |

Pre-mixed cocktails continue to grow in popularity. VnC, which is based in New Zealand, takes it to the ultimate conclusion: The cocktails not only have the alcohol already in them (in addition to natural juices), they’re packaged both in party size bottlings and in single serve versions, which we reviewed. Each 200ml cocktail comes in…

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Four Loko Rises Again as “Poco Loko”

By Christopher Null | September 7, 2011 |

You can’t get rid of Four Loko that easily, folks… CHICAGO, Sept. 7, 2011 – Responding to popular demand, Phusion Projects, LLC recently announced the introduction of Poco Loko, a new version of the company’s Four Loko product with unique flavors and in a smaller can size with lower alcohol by volume. Poco Loko is…

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Review: Baileys Mudslide

By Christopher Null | August 28, 2011 |

Few cocktails in the panopticon of chain restaurant beverages imbue the spirit — the very heart — of panty peeler so thoroughly as the Mudslide. A chocolate, creamy, boozy frozen concoction, this is dessert — and usually drunkenness — in a glass. Now Baileys brings the Mudslide to ready-made status, or as near as is…

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Review: High West Barreled Manhattan “The 36th Vote”

By Christopher Null | June 18, 2011 |

If a cocktail requires no fresh juices or other highly perishable ingredients, why not just bottle it outright? That’s the idea behind High West’s Barreled Manhattan: It’s a Manhattan cocktail pre-bottled and ready to go. Now this isn’t some rotgut nonsense, 10 percent alcohol bullshit in a single-serve bottle. It’s the real deal, and top…

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