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Ready-to-drink cocktail review: Arnold Palmer Spiked

Canned cocktail review of Arnold Palmer Spiked by The Pursuit of Cocktails

A spiked Arnold Palmer? Yep, I'll try that!

I love a good Arnold Palmer - boozy or not. As soon as weather starts warming up this becomes my go-to drink. I've been seeing this canned cocktail version around but I hadn't been too motivated to try it until today when it hit 80 degrees for the first time this year. HELLO SUMMER, I've missed you sweet friend! So when I ran across it again, I decided today's the day. (And if you saw my Insta stories you also know I got carded buying this. I freaking love when that happens! :) )

This canned cocktail doesn't have any fancy ingredients or super awesome branding I feel the need to drone on about so we are going to jump right into it. 

Here is my official review of the Arnold Palmer Spiked:

Three cocktail shakers

I struggled to decide how many cocktail shakers to give this cocktail. I decided on three because this is a middle of the road canned cocktail for me. I don't love it or hate it. I would totally drink it again but I'm probably not going to think of it first when I'm shopping for cocktails.

The Arnold Palmer Spiked has a very true Arnold Palmer taste. It instantly reminded me of the version from Arizona Iced Teas - which is not a dig in any way. I love those things. They aren't exactly the freshest, most natural tea on the block but I still love them. This ready-to-drink cocktail version is kind of like that. This one does have a nicer lemonade flavor to it. Overall, I really enjoy the flavor.

Where it loses me a bit is in the lack of natural ingredients that a lot of the other pre-made cocktails we've tried have had. This one is more "mainstream" versus the artisan cocktails that have my heart. See here, here and here.

Sweetness

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

Not a sweet cocktail. Even though it does have lemonade in it, it is not a sweet lemonade. This is a very tart drink rather than a sweet one.

Booziness


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

This canned cocktail officially rings in at 5% ABV so it is not a super strong drink. It's like a light beer. It would be perfect for those times when you have a long day of day drinking ahead of you. I can totally see sipping this while floating down the river on an inner tube with friends this summer.

Would I buy this canned cocktail again?

In a pinch, I would pick these up again. I see them everywhere - which is part of the reason I decided to go ahead and try it - including gas stations which makes it a reasonable choice for when you need to grab something quick on the way to a gathering. It's not my favorite ready-to-drink cocktail ever but I wouldn't be embarrassed to take to a party either.



    Have you tried this drink? 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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