Hump Day Happy Hour: Whiskey and Tequila cans from Cutwater Spirits


I love beer. After now having visited over 465 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer & cider drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages. Check out previous posts here!

Last week, we touched on a few vodka soda options from Cutwater Spirits, a distillery based out of San Diego. This week we are back with some other options from their Canned Cocktails line -Tequila Margarita and Black Skimmer Whiskey Highball. These are not from Cutwater’s 99 calorie options, but are still great options nonetheless. Again, here’s a little background on Cutwater:

The Cutwater story began as a part of Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits. Early in their brewing tenure, their curiosity and creativity drew them to explore the art of distilling, and in 2007 Ballast Point spirits was born. The result was the beginning of a diverse and award-winning family of spirits that became Cutwater Spirits. Now as its own separate company, Cutwater builds on the tradition with their minds wide open to the unconventional, the crew is committed to bringing quality, ingenuity and integrity to the world of spirits. We are currently distributed in 30 states and counting.

When I went to Maui earlier this Fall, I sort of re-fell in love with tequila and margaritas again. I don’t necessarily drink them all the time (I consider them a prime Mexican food and/or beach drink), but imbibing in them in “paradise” really made me realize how much I enjoy them. Cutwater’s Tequila Margarita is a nice combo – and surprisingly well concocted for something coming out of a can. It has that southern feel to it, with a solid mixture of lime, cane sugar, and the faintest hint of citrus. It’s also much easier to take a four-pack of cans out to a secluded beach than waiting around for a waitress to come and charge you $15 for a well option. Consider me very intrigued.

I know that Whiskey is often considered the “mans” liquor of choice, but I haven’t ever really been a fan. I don’t know if it was due to college years drinking cheap crappy whiskey that I still haven’t been able to get over it or what, but there are just a few options I have found that I likes. Cutwater’s take on the Whiskey Highball is pretty simplistic – just utilizing their Black Skimmer Bourbon, soda water, and mint. I actually didn’t mind this, as the flavors are again surprisingly solid for something in a can. I get some smooth vanilla and caramel to balance out the drink.

Spirits: Available in Oregon by request only. Talk to your local state agency liquor store to request!

  • Tequila Margarita
  • Black Skimmer Whiskey Highball

Distillery: Cutwater Spirits

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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