September 8, 2006

Cocktail Kick Extra Sour Mixer Review

Cocktail KickWhen we our bottle of Cocktail Kick first arrived we said it made us think of Mega Warheads, those crazy little candies that are so sour your face instantly crushes up like Tom Cruise after he's been squirted with water. Little did we know that the similarities between the two were so strong, or that we'd be making "Holy crap that's sour" faces for the next week.

We'll come out right up front and say we liked Cocktail Kick and what it did to our cocktails, but you'd damn well use it responsibly or you won't have any skin left on the inside of your mouth - we know from experience. Read on for more details, the recipes we tried it in, and even more vain attempts to get across just how sour this stuff is.

Cocktail Kick is an extra sour mixer designed to add a little "How's your father" to your cocktails, from margaritas to whiskey sours, bloody marys to martinis. If we're going to get down to brass tacks, Cocktail Kick is citric acid. Citric acid is the incredibly sour stuff they use to make things more...well...sour. This is the stuff that makes lemons give you pucker face, and those nuts at Sweet's Brand have distilled it down to its essence and turned it into a powder you're supposed to mix into your drinks.

So how does it taste in a cocktail? Pretty damned good - as long as you like your drinks sour. This stuff isn't for the faint of heart. We mixed it with pretty much everything in the house except for the Drano under the sink, and we loved it. Add it to sour mix? Definitely. Drop it in your margarita? Damn Straight. We even mixed it with sugar and rimmed the glasses when we made lemon drops (for the lady interns, of course).

But as we said before, start off slow, because a few grains is all it takes to go from having a pleasantly tart drink to looking like someone just kicked you in the babymaker. This is the kind of stuff you'll have to build up your resistance to, but you'll be glad you did when you can impress your friends by drinking the world's most sour cocktail.

Learn more at the Cocktail Kick site, and you should definitely pick up a bottle - they go for about five bucks and we've used ours a ton but we have a lot left. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 8, 2006 7:32 AM
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You can get food-grade citric acid other places too -- I use "sour salt" from the Kosher section and have developed a great drink (or at least, if you're the type of person who likes sour stuff, you'll love it).

THE SHOCK TART (c) 2004 by Cristy

2 Oz Citrus Vodka (preferably Stoli or Ketel One)
Juice of one lemon
.5 Oz Apple Pucker
Blue Caracao to taste -- just a hint for color, more if you want a sweeter drink.

Rim a martini glass with equal parts sugar and citric acid. This is even better if you frost the glass.

Shake liquid ingredients in a coctail shaker with lots of ice--strain and serve straight up in the rimmed martini glass with a lemon twist.

Beautiful candy color, not too sweet!

Posted by: Cristy at October 18, 2006 7:28 PM
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