September 20, 2006

Cocktail Mist Flavor Spray Review

Flavor SpraySo we've been puttering around the lab for the last few days, mixing cocktails with our Cocktail Mist flavor spray. In case you don't recall, Cocktail Mist is a zero-calorie, zero-carbohydrate, zero-cholesterol, and zero-fat flavoring additive that was originally designed for food. With 35 flavors to choose from, how do these sprays make the transition to the world of booze?

Read on to find out.

The Flavors:
As we mentioned above, Cocktail Mist (or at least Flavor Spray, the food version) has 35 flavors to choose from. The flavors we got our hands on were interesting to say the least. We got Banana Split, Apple Pie, Chocolate Fudge, Birthday Cake, and Marshmallow. These aren't the flavors we usually think of when we're making cocktails, but we have noticed a trend of more people drinking dessert cocktails lately.

We first tried the flavors unadulterated without booze mixed in, to see how they tasted. Across the board, they tasted just like advertised, and we had to resist the urge to just keep alternately squirting the banana split, chocolate fudge, and marshmallow sprays into our mouths. Once we calmed down, we were excited to use some of them in our drinks.

We also checked out their website and found some other flavors that we'd love to try out at the bar. Some examples included the fruitier variants like mango, pineapple, kiwi, and blueberry, along with other sweet ones like honey, raspberry chocolate truffle, and coconut. There were other, less-traditional flavors we wanted to experiment with as well, including pepper city, tomato basil, and smoked bacon, which we thought might make more savory, smokier cocktails.

The Cocktails:
We mixed up a few different cocktails with our Cocktail Mist, and we wanted to lay a couple things on the line. Don't expect to pour some liquor on the rocks, pump a few squirts into the glass, and have a Birthday Cake-tini. We kind of did, and it just didn't work out that way. What you should expect is for this to add more like a hint of flavor to straight liquor, or a stronger flavor to a liqueur or something with less straight-ahead booziness.

We discovered that when we shook up a straight vodka martini with five pumps of chocolate fudge. We could smell the chocolate, but when we sipped it was totally muted, killed by the overwhelming booze. That's when we got a little creative and started taking the edge off the straight booze with some liqueur, which seemed to allow the spray to take a foothold, plus you don't have to worry about the added carbs and sugar from another mixer. The favorite among the interns was the Junior Mint Martini (1 shot of premium vodka, 1 shot of peppermint schnapps, 5 pumps of chocolate fudge spray).

That's not to say these things have no use for straight drinks. Let's say you just want the slight flavor of something else, a hint, a reminder maybe. We wanted a reminder of the desperate feelings we have at each of our birthdays as we get older and older, so our favorite drink was the Bourbon and Birthday Cake (Jim Beam on the rocks with 5 sprays of birthday cake spray).

The Verdict:
We liked it. It was fun to experiment with different drinks, and while we only outlined two we tried tons more and had a great time with it. We'll try to get our hands on some other flavors and ocme up with some new recipes, and we'll lay some pricing info on you as soon as we get it. Check out the full list of flavors at and go ahead and order...don't be afraid just because the package doesn't specifically say it's for cocktails. The bottles retail for $5.95 apiece, and you can also order flavor sets like the dessert set and the fruit set if you want to experiment a bit.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 20, 2006 7:15 AM
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