On the Rocks Cosmo and Old Fashioned

Mrs. Mai Tai and I enjoyed some On the Rocks “ready-to-drink” cocktails last weekend in Monterey. We sampled the Old Fashioned and the Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita, and enjoyed both. The Old Fashioned has Knob Creek Bourbon and is booooozy at 35% ABV. Luckily that night I was only having the 200 Ml size!

Tonight we sampled the Cosmopolitan, which Mrs. Mai Tai said was even better than the Margarita. I’m not normally a Cosmo drinker but it tastes very good and not artificial like most RTD cocktails.

The On the Rocks Mai Tai is my top recommended ready to drink Mai Tai, so it is nice to see that the quality is consistent through out the lineup.

RTD Mai Tai that does not suck!

Ready to Drink (RTD) cocktails are trendy now, but don’t have a good reputation amongst cocktail snobs used to crafted cocktails with fresh juices and top-shelf spirits. Count me into this group of snobs.
 
But I am here to tell you that the On the Rocks “The Mai Tai” is actually pretty good. The bottle is 375ml at 40 proof, so more than double the booze in a regular can of beer. Served over ice, this would be quite fine to share with a friend.
 
The label says this features a blend of light and dark rums from Cruzan, along with a blend of flavors including orange, pineapple, orgeat, and coconut. This is the first RTD Mai Tai where I’ve been actually able to taste orgeat, and it’s quite good. Personally, I’d drop the hint of coconut but at least it does not overpower the cocktail. I enjoyed drinking this.
 
You’re going to pay for the quality, though. This one bottle retails for around $13, which is similar to the four pack of 12 oz cans from Cutwater.