Some days, even mixing two or three ingredients, plus breaking out the ice and glasses, seems to be too much when all you want is a refreshing cocktail.
That’s where Cutwater’s canned cocktails come in. This company now has 19 canned cocktails in circulation (see my previous mentions of those here). It’s a great idea for the home bar, where folks can just reach for whatever taste they want. I’ve reviewed the Key Lime Margarita and Vodka Soda products, but frankly, they pale in comparison to the Tiki Rum Mai Tai and Long Island Iced Tea.
The Mai Tai is the can I reach for on those just-can’t-do-more days. I keep a can in the fridge for this reason. It’s good right from the can, with an agreeable mix of pineapple, coconut, some citrus and of course, the two rums inside–Cutwater’s Barrel Aged Rum and Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum.
At 350 calories, with 12.5 percent alcohol, this nicely measures up to what you would drink at a bar. Except it’s in your house. You could–if you were inclined–toss some ice in a glass and stick a slice of fresh pineapple in it and impress your household, where everyone would think it was made from scratch. Cost: $13.99 per 4-pack.
The Long Island Iced Tea has the required potent mix of four spirits: vodka, rum, gin and tequila. Oh yes, this iced tea is not your grandmother’s lunchtime sweet tea. Nope. It has some citrus in it, and some cola. The cola was what I tasted right away, and that belies the fact that it’s 13.2 percent alcohol, with 345 calories. Cost: $12.99 for a 4-pack.
Both are available at liquor stores, including Total Wine and ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, as well as through delivery services Drizly and ReserveBar.
Announced this week:
- The South Beach Wine & Food Festival announced that it’s moving the fest dates from February to May 20-23, 2021. Not really a surprise, given the ongoing pandemic problem that affects SOBEWFF along with everyone else.