Have an upscale ready to drink cocktail at home (sans a large inventory of spirits and mixers) with the lineup from On the Rocks Premium Cocktails. Just add a glass!
Sometimes I think it would be nice to have a personal mixologist.
You know, someone that will make me a cocktail without me having to (a) keep a whole lot of specialty bottles of mixers and bitters at hand, and (b) make it myself.
And make that drink from top quality spirits and ingredients (no artificial stuff, please!). Oh, and make that drink taste really yummy.
Is that asking too much?
Upscale Bottled Cocktails, ready to drink
These ready to drink cocktails (aka RTD craft cocktails) met all my requirements above, and all I had to do was add a glass (and maybe an ice cube or two).
The full lineup has six varieties of bottled cocktails to choose from. I sampled four and took home two. This from someone who generally doesn’t drink cocktails at home (the occasional Margarita or White Russian being the exception).
On to the tasting…tally ho!
On the Rocks Premium Cocktails
At Bauer’s Wine & Spirits, June 21, 2019
On the Rocks - The Aviation
- Nose: flowers, some lemon
- Taste: lavender, gin minimal, lemon
- Finish: sweet flowery nectar, lightly citrus
- Comments: very sweet, gin flavors are muted
On the Rocks - The Old Fashioned
- Nose: vanilla, cream, oak
- Taste: soft cinnamon, vanilla, rises to mocha
- Finish: soft baking spices with mocha fudge and lemons, leathery
- Comments: very nice and not too sweet, Knob Creek bourbon shines
On the Rocks - The Cosmopolitan
- Nose: cotton candy, pink lemonade
- Taste: lemon, lilacs, cotton candy
- Finish: fades quickly with citrus notes
- Comments very sweet, pleasant to sip, think hard pink lemonade
On the Rocks - The Margarita
- Nose: Lime, cotton, linen
- Taste: heavy lime, light citrus and salt in the background
- Finish: lots of limes (I’m sensing a theme here)
- Comments: not a lot of sweetness, rather it’s quite tart; lime dominates all
What I really liked about the whole line of On the Rocks Premium Cocktails was that there was no chemical taste in any of the samples I tried, how pre mixed cocktails usually taste to me. Nor was there a metallic taste that you might get from canned cocktails.
My only complaint might be that some of these cocktails were a little too sweet for me, but that's personal preference.
While I still prefer having my scotch, whiskey, or bourbon neat, it’s nice to be able to mix it up a bit (pun intended) without having to stock the large inventory of mixers and bitters I mentioned before.
So while I wait for that personal mixologist to magically materialize at my door, I’ll just sip one of these bottled cocktails...there’s no hurry…just please hand me a glass.
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!
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