Toast summer with pre-mixed drinks

2011-11-11 14:09

Now that summer is well and truly here, there’s no reason not to start popping open those ice-cold drinks.

And when you’re hosting a braai this festive season, you don’t really want to be shuttling to the kitchen, mixing drinks all the time. This is why the pre-mixed drinks trend has taken flight.

Many of the spirit brands have now come up with pre-mixed drinks in portable bottles to make with popular mixers like ginger ale, cranberry juice, lemonade, soda and Coca-Cola.

From brandy to whisky and vodka, there are a variety of mixed drinks to choose from. And I sampled them ...

Smirnoff Boxed

Ladies (and some gents) who take their drink seriously will tell you there’s nothing they love more than ice-cold Smirnoff vodka with cranberry or orange juice on the stoep after a long day at the office. Now they can choose between Vodka & Cranberry and Vodka & Ruby Orange. Still waiting to see if they’ll add on a vodka, lime and lemonade.

Verdict: It might have the look of boxed wine, but there’s no mistaking that delicious taste of vodka mixed with your favourite juice.

Jack & Cola

Believe it or not, Old No. 7 already has its variation of mixers.

Overseas, there’s Jack & Cola, Jack & Ginger and Jack & Diet Cola. They’re packaged as aluminium cans or 340ml bottles. The pre-mixed drinks consist only of a single shot, which might be too weak for normal double drinkers.

Verdict: The unmistakable sweet smell and taste of Jack mixed with cola gives it a sweet cocktail taste.

Hunters eXtreme Zero

It’s not a blend but this new addition to the Hunter’s Dry family could convince those ladies watching their weight that it’s worth a taste.

Verdict: It tastes a bit like an energy drink. It also has that distinct “no sugar” after-taste. If you like sugar, you’ll know what’s missing.


The grandfather of pre-mixed drinks is undoubtedly Klipdrift brandy and Coke. The bottled beverage is a generous mix of Klipdrift Export brandy combined with classic cola.

Verdict: This is the no-mess-no-fuss solution for an afternoon or evening out. And the best drink for those with non-
judgmental buddies.

Captain Morgan Spicegold and Gold

Captain Morgan is cool and stylish again – all thanks to its clever adverts. So don’t expect them to get left behind when there’s a new trend. The product is a blend of Captain Morgan Black Label

Jamaican Rum and cola.

Verdict: The spicy notes and refreshing taste of the cola make it yummy all round.

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