Cocktail Squad co-founder Lauren Maggio was born and raised in New Orleans, so it’s fair to say that the Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler attitude runs deep in her soul. A few years ago, Lauren was immersed in the world of raising four young children. Actively trying to find a balance between her old and new life, she rarely had babysitter back-up and dinners out were not a frequent affair. Often times Lauren and her co-founder husband John were passing ships, but when they could, they would steal away to catch up. On one such occasion, the couple met at the bar of a new restaurant in Boulder, Colorado and had a great cocktail… they found themselves with idle time the very next evening, decided on the same bar, enjoying that same enticing cocktail. Lauren realized that while indulgent and certainly fun, this was not real life, so she asked for the recipe and the bartender kindly obliged.
Three liquor stores and $103 later, she had the makings for an elevated craft cocktail… Lauren thought, “wouldn’t other adults appreciate the ease of a fully-loaded, ready-to-drink portable cocktail?” Lauren and John had been actively investing in businesses and pursuits that embodied a balanced lifestyle: health and wellness and enjoyment, defining pillars of Boulder living.
With John’s 20+ years of experience leading and guiding companies in the food and beverage arena, Lauren knew she had the beginnings to something special.
Cocktail Squad’s offerings include Gin & Tonic, Margarita, Vodka Soda, Greyhound, Bourbon Smash and Whiskey Sour canned cocktails.
Cocktail Squad Canned Cocktails (10% ABV)
GSN’s Thoughts: These are handy if you’re having a party and don’t want to be stuck behind the bar making drinks for guests all night long. That being said, the simple cocktails (vodka soda & gin and tonic) can be skipped. Adding a spirit to a mixer is easy for anyone. The more complex cocktails are the two whiskey based ones. These were pretty tasty and worked well without any garnishing. Overall, we felt that the citrus in each cocktail was subdued and needed a fresh wedge added. The other surprise (not necessarily a bad thing) is the low alcohol content. Each of these has less than a glass of wine. So, you can have a few and not be knocked on your ass. Overall, something to keep on hand if you end up running out of booze.
GSN Rating: B
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