GSN Review: Drake’s Organic Spirits & Spiked Ice

Drake’s is the only spirit brand to hold certifications from five of most recognized authorities, being USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, OU Kosher, vegan per Vegan.org, and gluten-free per Gluten-Free Organization. Drake’s products include Vodka, Rum, Spiced Rum, SpikedIce™ Pops, and a RTD cocktail line: BOXTAILS™. As Drake’s catchphrase says, “Better for you, better for the planet.”

The Vodka, Rum, Spiced Rum are 100% plant-based (e.g., clarified using coconut fibers rather than carbon which often contains bone char) and distilled from organic non-GMO cane sugar. Cane, vs. grain, has a negative carbon footprint vs. a very high carbon footprint. They also use no herbicides and pesticides.

Drake’s Organic SpikedIce Pops Variety Pack comes in three flavors – Mango Vodka Punch, Black Cherry Limeade, and Watermelon-Tini and are made with Drake’s all-organic vodka and white rum. The handheld ice pops feature 12% ABV and only 100 calories each.

Using USDA Organic fruit juice and Drake’s spirits, Drake’s Organic Boxtails are THE ONLY organic boxed cocktails on the market. The collapsible bladder inside the box keeps the Boxtails fresh and shelf-stable for up to 2 years, and the box is made of recycled cardboard. The boxes are 100% compostable, while the inner bladder and spigot are fully recyclable. They come in a variety of flavors including Minted Mojito, Watermelon-Tini, Blackcherry Limeade, Perfect Margarita, and Mango Punch.

Note: We were not sent the Boxtails for review.

  • The vodka is simply what it needs to be. It has an interesting flavor profile, with more vanilla than expected. But there is also a minerality and terroir that adds more character. GSN Rating: B
  • The white rum has a somewhat grassy profile, with again more body and apparent minerality. We especially like this one for Daiquiris. GSN Rating: B+
  • The spiced rum is our favorite, with a nice blend of woodiness, warm vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. Drier than many spiced rums, this works in its favor when used in tiki drinks, cutting through the juice and adding balance. Try it in a Painkiller or a Pina Colada. GSN Rating: A-
  • The Spiked Ice pops are boozier than any others on the market, making them the equivalent of 2/3 of a glass of wine. The flavors are heavily fruity, but refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. What’s nice is that you can throw the whole box in the freezer and it only takes up as much room as two ice cube trays. Plus, they’re safer to have around the pool or patio, as there’s no possible breakage. GSN Rating: B

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GSN Brews News: December 7th 2021 Edition

On the Rocks Premium Cocktails, part of the Beam Suntory portfolio, is introducing a limited edition Manhattan expression made with Basil Hayden Dark Rye. Weighing in at 32.5% abv, the Manhattan offering is available in select stores nationwide and online through Drizly with a suggested retail price of $13 a 375-ml bottle. The On the Rocks range also includes a Cosmopolitan (made with Effen vodka), Mai Tai (Cruzan rum), Old Fashioned (Knob Creek Bourbon), Margarita (Hornitos Tequila), Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita (Tres Generaciones Tequila), and Aviation (Larios gin).

MPL Brands has expanded the Rancho La Gloria line of wine-based RTDs with two new lower calorie Margaritas. The new Rancho La Gloria Skinny Margarita comes in Classic Lime and Strawberry with both at 9.9% abv and 90 calories per 5-ounce serving. They’re made with lime juice and other flavoring, and agave wine. The new cocktails have launched in Target stores nationwide for $9 a 750-ml., with expansion into retailers like HEB, Kroger, Harris Teeter, and Safeway set for early 2022.

Brooklyn, New York’s Q Mixers has launched Tropical Ginger Beer, the company’s third release in the category, following its original ginger beer and a hibiscus-flavored offshoot. The new release is made with ginger, agave, mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, and is currently available in Kroger and through the company’s website. Q Mixers is planning to expand the release in 2022.

Fort Worth, Texas-based TX Whiskey is launching three canned cocktails. The new trio of RTDs are TX Whiskey & Cola, TX Whiskey Ranch Water, and TX Whiskey & Sweet Tea, all 7% abv. They are made with TX Blended Whiskey and are available now exclusively in Texas, where a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans retails for a suggested $13.

Mesa, Arizona-based Cider Corps is releasing a seasonal version of its popular Fruit Salad cider. Made in collaboration with local package store Bottleshop 48, the Winter Fruit Salad cider features flavors of cranberry, plum, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, and pomegranate. It’s at 6.5% abv and is available now at the Cider Corps taproom and at specialty bottle shops around the state.

Port house Croft has launched Pink & Tonic, a new RTD made with rosé Port. The 5.5% abv canned cocktail comes in 250-ml. cans and is made using a house-developed tonic water. The RTD is now available across the U.S. in 4-packs for a suggested price of $18.

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Drake’s Organic Spirits is launching an addition to its Boxtail lineup. The newcomer to the array of boxed wine-style RTDs is Drake’s Perfect Margarita Boxtail, which joins Minted Mojito, Watermelon-Tini, Mango Punch, and Black Cherry Limeade. It’s made with Drake’s Organic Tequila, triple sec, and lime and other citrus juice. Drake’s Margarita Boxtail is at 12% abv and retails for $20 a 1.75-liter within the company’s 44-state distribution area.

San Diego, California-based Coronado Brewing Company is launching Coronado Hard CiderThe company will start with a duo of flavors called Nice & Dry and Super Fruit. The former is at 6% abv and is intended as a classic, crisp cider, while the latter is at 5.5% abv and is made with acai berries and blueberries; both are certified organic. They will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans starting December 10 at the Coronado Bay Park Tasting Room and will hit San Diego County retailers in early January 2022 with wider California distribution coming online in the spring.

New York-based Drifter Spirits is adding to its Drifter Craft Cocktails lineup with a fourth flavor. Created by the team that brought Svöl Aquavit to the U.S., the new line extension is Nordic Style Gin & Tonic (7% abv), which celebrates aquavit with its inclusion in the cocktail. Formulated in partnership with bartender Steva Casey, the Nordic Gin & Tonic features Svöl Danish-Style Aquavit and Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin from the New York Distilling Company along with pear juice and allspice. The new G&T joins Drifter’s existing Spicy Margarita, Moscow Mule, and Passion Fruit Caipirinha RTDs, retailing for $20 a 4-pack. 

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily