TIPS OF THE DAY
Brody’s Cocktails has had a very rewarding year, having recently won numerous spirits awards. They offer five varieties of ready-to-drink / ready-to-mix cocktails in 375ml bottles that boast a masterful blend and no artificial sweeteners. The backstory is simply founder Cristy Neunson’s quest to simplify making quality cocktails at home and fill what seemed like an underserved niche in the ready-to-drink market.
If you’ve been following the market for the past few years, the RTD category shows no signs of slowing down and the bandwagon is starting to get a bit full. So let’s take a look at how far Brody’s is in this expanding field with three of their offerings.
Brody’s Air Mail Rum Cocktail – Right out of the bottle, this is a thick, robust and tasty drink made with honey, lime and aromatic bitters, without artificial sweeteners. It is clear that this one is deliberately concentrated to be diluted with soda water, ice and / or water, and when poured over a healthy pile of ice it achieves that perfect balance between sweet, tangy and punchy rum: very well done and satisfying. It’s definitely a sweet drink and the rum is more than generous, but the drink manages to stay on that fine line just before it gets too sweet and too boozy. The flavor and kick is reminiscent of being, ahem, parachuted into a bustling club or trendy island bar. The 375 ml bottle provides for 5 servings. With the generous dose of rum bringing that to 20% abv, the serving size is perfect and recommended to be followed. 20% approx. A-
Brody’s Black Orchid Vodka Cocktail – With its opaque lavender hue, this cocktail is a more sophisticated offer than the Air Mail, but with no less enthusiasm. With black raspberry as the star flavor, this drink is smoother and more subtle, but the cocktail still has plenty of body and doesn’t fall into the common conundrum of berry drinks that will leave you itchy for a bit longer. flavor. It is enhanced with lemon, orange and violet, which together help bring some sparkle to the berry base. I enjoyed this fresh and neat for a few more sips than the Air Mail, but it was quite refreshing and pleasant to linger in when added to a lot of ice. The vodka is also more subtle than the rum in the Air Mail, and the drink is detectable and balanced. There is a pronounced, herbal and minty finish that just seems to cleanse the sensory palate and make you want to go back for another sip. Another winner, and also another to be aware of the five serving suggestion. 16% approx. A
Brody’s Touch Of Gray Gin Cocktail – No need to insist, this cocktail is another great offering from Brody’s. Aptly named Touch of Gray because of the base of black tea and bergamot, it is then enhanced with black raspberry, lemon and honey. The pleasant, familiar dryness of Earl Gray Tea foundation is enhanced with a lemon and black raspberry accord that sparkles and calms at the same time. This one is a little less sweet than the other two, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to compare it to an elegant Long Island iced tea. Another mature cocktail to drink carefully at 16% abv. A
With no caveats or conditions, Brody’s line of ready-to-drink cocktails can be served with confidence at any gathering, for any purpose – casual or grand. A little can go a long way with the concentration level of these blends, making it a wonderful way to enjoy mixologist-quality cocktails in the comfort of your own home. Final Analysis: Brody’s is a strong contender in the RTD category.
each about $ 16 per 375ml bottle / drinkbrodys.com
Brody’s Black Orchid Vodka Cocktail