Cutwater Cans: Part Two

Friday 7/6/18 4pm-7pm. FREE tasting featuring Cutwater pre-mixed drinks. Two new exciting flavors.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. We JUST did a Cutwater tasting. HOWEVER, we have some AWESOME new flavors available, and you’ve just GOT to try them!

First up is Lime Margarita.

I remember this one time when I was oh, maybe 22, and decided I’d take a train from here to California and back. It took a really, really long time. Great adventure though. Anyway, one sort of dull evening in the middle of Nebraska, they announced a drink special in the dining car: $2 margaritas.

You had me at “two dollars,” Amtrak. I am a cheap date.

Much to my chagrin, these were not real margaritas, but teeny tiny canned malt beverage margaritas. Cue my utter disappointment.

This event colored pretty much all of my expectations of canned, pre-mixed drinks. Until last year when I tried Cutwater. Because they, say it with me: ACTUALLY. TASTE. GOOD.

The margarita is no exception. It’s got just enough tequila kick to tweak your taste buds, but won’t trigger your gag reflex like some lesser tequila brands (I’m looking at you, Jose. we are no longer on friendly terms after the Tequila Sunrise Incident of 2003).

Refreshing. I feel like I’m on a beach somewhere already.

Next is the Whiskey Highball.

I feel like the stakes are pretty high(ball) when you tackle a simple classic like this one. While it seems like there isn’t enough going on to really mess things up, people can be pretty particular about what bourbon or whiskey is used, what ginger ale is used, and how much of each. It’s a delicate balance.

Full disclosure: I am not a bourbon drinker. But my husband is, and he says this one is pretty solid.

I will take his word for it.

But you don’t have to! Come in and try both of the new cocktails for yourself on Friday July 6th from 4PM- 7PM. See you there!

Western Son Flavored Vodkas

Flavored vodkas are a dime a dozen. Unique and well done flavors are worth noting.

So we just got in these cute lil’ guys: Western Son Vodka flavors, in 50ml bottles. At 99 cents a pop, you can try all six of the flavors we carry (peach, lime, cucumber, prickly pear, watermelon, and grapefruit) without spending a ton of money. AND we also have them available in 10 packs (single flavor only, sorry) for $8.99, so you save about a dollar that way. Good deal!

Western Son distills their vodka in Texas, and they *might* be knocking on the doors of Tito’s fans (they also boast that they are a small batch, hand-crafted, gluten-free corn vodka, distilled 10 times…oh, and they, too, give back through their own charity). However one big difference: Western Son has the FLAVAHS.Western Son Minis

NOW ON TO MY RANT. I feel like these days there are as many flavored vodkas as there are shows on the History Channel that have nothing to do with history (and I blame you, Pawn Stars).
I checked, and there are easily a gillion different vodka flavors. Everything from Bacon to Sriracha to Chocolate Whipped Cream. I mean, I’m sure that gym-sock flavored vodka is going to go GREAT in your post-workout Bloody Mary, but I don’t see a ton of uses for some of these crazy flavors.

Western Son Vodka comes in flavors that are different, but not super-specific and weird (I bet you were wondering where I was going with the gym-sock thing). Lime and Prickly Pear could go in any number of fun fruity cocktails. With summer just around the corner, Fun Fruity Cocktails are definitely on my list of things to do. So while I’m pretty sure flavored vodkas in general are poised to go the way of the Cupcake, I’m hoping these will stick around to grace my concoctions for years to come.