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: Epic Western La Paloma, Chispa Rita, and Ranch Water

By Christopher Null | November 11, 2022 |

Epic Western is situated just a few miles from my home in Austin, where it produces a trilogy of Texas-themed canned cocktails, all made with 100% agave tequila, sparkling water, and — as you’ll soon see — salt. Ready to give them a taste? Let’s crack open some cans and dive in. All are served…

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Review: Sourced Kraken Rum Haunted Halloween Bundle

By Christopher Null | October 18, 2022 |

Sourced Craft Cocktails just dropped a pair of Halloween-friendly kits, including this bundle, featuring two ready-to-go mixers, a bottle of Kraken rum, and the usual accoutrements (skull-topped picks, coasters, koozies, and the like). The two cocktails include the “Sea Monster Mai Tai,” which is really a straightforward version of the classic, and the “Graveyard Smash,”…

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Review: Austin Cocktails Mojito, Ruby Red, and Margarita (2022)

By Christopher Null | October 14, 2022 |

If you can guess where Austin Cocktails is based, we’ll buy you a drink next time you’re in town. You can probably also guess how the brand works: Canned cocktails, slightly fizzy, sweetened with agave and made using real spirits; two servings to an 8 oz. can. All three cocktails in the brand’s lineup are…

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Review: 4 Beers/RTDs From Karbach, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2022 |

Ordering a draft beer or canned saltzer in Texas? There’s a solid chance it’s a Houston-brewed Karbach — and probably one of these. Here’s a look at a collection of Karbach’s most notable offerings as of 2022. Karbach Hopadillo IPA – A darker style IPA than we’ve become accustomed to in modern times, this beer…

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Review: Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye

By Christopher Null | September 25, 2022 |

Hercules Mulligan is a minor figure in American history — and a somewhat larger figure in the musical Hamilton — and now the old Mulligan has a ready-to-drink cocktail named in his honor. It’s a complicated blend of three aged rums, three rye whiskeys, bitters, and fresh ginger — plus a splash of simple syrup. The…

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Review: 5 Drnxmyth Ready-to-Drink Cocktails, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | September 14, 2022 |

We’re back with more from Drnxmyth, one of my favorite ready-to-drink brands on the market. As a reminder, these are kept cold and come packaged in unique two-chamber containers, booze on top, juice on the bottom. Twist the two together and you’ve got a cocktail ready for a glass of ice. Abv for each hovers…

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Review: Oldknow Seltzers – Absinthe, Gin, and Vodka

By Christopher Null | September 1, 2022 |

One wouldn’t expect to find a ready-to-drink seltzer made with absinth in the mountains of Georgia, but that’s just what Oldknow Bev Co. has been doing, using its own interpretation of the green fairy — plus versions with gin and vodka — to make a canned, fizzy, ready-to-drink cocktail. Are the masses ready to sip…

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Review: Buzzbox Tequila Paloma

By Robert Lublin | August 17, 2022 |

We reviewed Buzzbox’s Perfect Margarita earlier this year, and today we are trying their Tequila Paloma. I was happy to see that they have changed the shape of the cocktail box so that it no longer resembles a children’s juice box, but it is still eco-friendly and recyclable (including the cap, which is plant-based). There…

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Review: Onda Tequila Seltzer – Watermelon, Grapefruit and Blood Orange

By Monica Uhm | July 31, 2022 |

Onda is a brand of tequila seltzers that leads with its lifestyle credo of “endless summer in a can,” replete with a retro vibe website that evokes the “surf style of the ’90s.” The drinks comprise blended tequila blanco, seltzer, and real fruit juice, nothing more, not even added sweeteners. (Though note: one never can…

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Review: On The Rocks Cocktails – Aviation, Cosmopolitan, and Mai Tai

By Monica Uhm | July 6, 2022 |

Launched in 2016, On The Rocks ready-to-drink cocktails seem to have held a solid footing in the RTD space and chances are high that you have already seen bottles of On The Rocks at your neighborhood stores. The beverages aim to stick with traditional recipes and start with premium well-known branded spirits as their base.…

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