When it comes to home cocktail mixing, simplicity is key and if there are too many ingredients (particularly obscure ones) in a drink, then people simply won’t make it. So forget the Yuzu liqueur and the Lavender & Earl Grey syrup and let’s focus on the other end of the scale: pre-batched or bottled cocktails.
I say bottled cocktails, but in this case I am really talking about cocktails that come in a pouch:
Köld cocktails are designed to be frozen before consumption and, after a short thaw, served in a glass as an alcoholic slush. Alcoholic “slush puppies” have been around for a while and I have reviewed some before; whilst tasty and refreshing, they have tended to be more of an alcopop-slush: often brightly coloured, rather sweet, and made using a variety of artificial flavourings.
In contrast, Köld specifically state that they use natural fruit ingredients and quality spirits and liqueurs in their products. Looking at their website, they generally seem to take a more genuine approach and, as such, I would hope that the cocktail should taste more like the freshly-made equivalent cocktail than a day-glo liquid in a crown cap bottle.
With this in mind, I set about trying Köld’s current three varieties, which are all packaged at 8.0% ABV and sold in 225ml pouches.
There is a pleasant tartness from the cranberry and zesty lime, and both of these fruity flavours are fresh and genuine. As an overall drink, this has a good balance and is certainly recognisable as a Cosmopolitan; as a matter of fact, it’s pleasantly reminiscent of a homemade Frozen Cosmopolitan.
The Mojito is a popular candidate for pre-mixed cocktails. In my experience, some are better than others, and the Köld version is certainly one of the better ones. There is a good amount of mint and lime, as well as a little sweet, woody warmth from the white rum. This is fresh and crisp, very easy to drink and quite excellent.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Lychee Martini, but judging this drink on its own merits, I was impressed. There are plenty of the rich fruity, slightly floral flavours of the lychee coming through, alongside some hints of rose. This is a well-balanced and refreshing drink.
The Köld cocktails are a good and well-made range, with genuine flavours that reflect the cocktails that they are based on. The ice slush helps to keep the drinks extra refreshing, making them perfect for a hot summer’s afternoon.
Water, Vodka, Orange Liqueur, cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Natural Cosmopolitan Flavouring, Citric Acid – 78kcal per 100ml, 7.6g sugar per 100ml
Water, Vodka, Lychee Juice, White Grape Juice, Sugar, Natural Lychee Flavouring, Malic Acid, Cloudifier – 89 kcal per 100ml, 10.7g sugar per 100ml
Water, White Rum, Lime Juice, Sugar, Natural Mojito Flavouring – 74 kcal per 100ml, 6.8g sugar per 100ml