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Cocktail mix review:
Owen's Craft Mixers (Part 2)

Review of Owen's Craft Mixers by The Pursuit of Cocktails

Two more mixers from Owen's  

Last week I tried the first two cocktail mixers from Owen's Craft Mixers and was not disappointed. You can catch up here if you missed it.

This week I tried two more mixers, a tonic water and a grapefruit mixer, to experience the full line from Owen's. Going into this review I was excited AND apprehensive. Not because I expect them to be anything but wonderful but because 1.) I can't remember ever having tonic water before and 2.) grapefruit is a flavor I generally dislike. So let's just dig in and see how it went.

I followed the same method as last week trying each mix by itself and as a cocktail according to the handy recipe card Owen's sent me. This week I used Skyy vodka for both cocktails

Here is my official review of their Tonic Water + Lime mixer: Owen's Craft Mixers Tonic Water + Lime reviewed by The Pursuit of Cocktails

*I've decided to leave off the "score" because I'm not a proper judge of tonic water. Feel free to take away my cocktail lover card if you need to. ;) 

Just the mix: Wow. Tonic water is something else. I know I've never had anything like that before. So bitter. So dry. So not for me

As a cocktail: I mixed three parts Tonic Water + Lime mixer with one part vodka to make a classic vodka tonic. This is not a cocktail I've ever ordered at a bar so again, I'm a terrible judge here. This is a dry, bitter, slightly lime-y cocktail. If that is your jam the Owen's Craft Mixer could be a fun way to switch up your tonic routine. The addition of lime gives it a nice citrus kick.

Sweetness

One cocktail shaker
One shaker = not sweet at all  // Five shakers = your teeth may curl

A negative five cocktail shakers would probably be a better graphic for this. This cocktail mix is dry, dry, dry as a tonic water should be. Last night when I was tasting these mixers I texted my friend to see if she could tell me what tonic water should be like and she did not disappoint. Per her personality she cut straight to the chase - "dry, devoid of anything sweet, verging on bitter" - which is a perfect description of this mixer. Also true to form, she added a dry, witty comment about tonic water being "the sorority girl choice for low cal" which explains why I've never tried it. I wasn't in a sorority. And low cal has never been my drinking criteria. 

Booziness

Three cocktail shakers

One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = Four Lokos

This was a reasonably boozy cocktail per the recipe from Owen's. You could always tip it farther one way or other depending on how much mixer you put in. I don't have a ton to say about this one because, tonic water...

On to the next!



Here is my official review of Owen's Grapefruit + Lime mixer:

Review of Owen's Craft Mixers in Grapefruit + Lime

Four cocktail shakers 

Just the mix: I surprisingly loved this mixer. As I mentioned, grapefruit isn't a flavor I gravitate to but this mixer was slightly bubbly, a touch sweet and the grapefruit + lime flavor worked for me.

As a cocktail: For this review I used vodka to make a greyhound. I love greyhounds. They are the perfect hungover brunch cocktail when a bloody mary just won't do. Yes, I know how crazy it sounds that I hate grapefruit but love greyhounds which are basically grapefruit and vodka. I'm a complicated girl. I know. Anyway, this mix from Owen's makes a fantastic greyhound with a twist. I love the addition of the bubbles and lime, and that it is a little sweeter.

The recipe card I had from Owen's also suggests trying this mix with champagne. I'm still kicking myself that I didn't have champagne on hand to try that. I for sure plan to in the future. The recipe is 3 parts Owen's Grapefruit + Lime mixer with 2 parts champagne in case you'd like to try it too.

 

Sweetness

Two cocktail shakers
One shaker = not sweet at all  // Five shakers = your teeth may curl

I mean, compared to the tonic water mixer anything would be sweet. So in the name of cocktail science, I tried the Grapefruit + Lime mixer again this morning straight now that I have the tonic water off of my mind. 

This mixer is sweeter than you'd expect from anything labeled grapefruit. It still has a nice grapefruit flavor but there is enough cane sugar to take the edge off. I was pleasantly surprised at the sweetness level for this one. It is not sweet sweet like a sugary, dessert cocktail but it is sweeter than say a hard seltzer.  I'm here for it!

 

Booziness

Three cocktail shakers

One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = Four Lokos

In terms of booziness this was pretty similar to the previous cocktail. It had a kick but wasn't nearly as strong as the whiskey drink I mixed up last week with one of the other mixers. Again, you could tip the scales either direction with more mixer or a stronger liquor.



Would I buy these cocktail mixers again again?

Yes, I would love to get my hands on more of the Grapefruit + Lime mixer so I can try it with champagne. That sounds like a brunch dream come true!

Have you tried any of the Owen's mixers? What did you think? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section. The more opinions the better! Let's "drink together" and share our cocktail stories. 

 

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