Hump Day Happy Hour: Vodka Mule and Bloody Mary cans from Cutwater Spirits (NOW AVAILABLE IN OREGON!)

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!

A few weeks ago, we reviewed whiskey and tequila options from Cutwater Spirits, a distillery based out of San Diego. We also reviewed some other whiskey and tequila options last week. This week we are back with some vodka options from their Canned Cocktails line – Vodka Mule and Bloody Mary. 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.


It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but one of my favorite drinks of late has been the “mules”. I have utilized my own simple recipe of Trail Distilling Gin from Oregon City, and combining with ginger ale and simple sugar. Therefore, I was eager to try Cutwater’s Vodka Mule, which utilizes natural ginger, some bitters, and a splash of lime. As with most of Cutwater’s canned line, it’s really drinkable. It’s got a nice flavor to it and the copper can is a nice touch.

In a previous Cutwater post, I mentioned that my Hawaiian vacation showcased my affinity for margaritas. As my wife and I were without kids, we also had a few mornings filled with Bloody Mary’s as well. My wife likes this style more than I do, but I remembered that there is something welcoming to have a morning drink every once in a while (harkening back to kid-free days), and this style is the way to go. The canned option from Cutwater won’t net you the fancy salted rims and sometimes endless olive, pickle, and meat accompaniments, but its easy enough to make your own. It’s definitely more tomato-forward, more veggie than vodka, and that isn’t a bad thing. It’s got a nice spicy bite to it, but super drinkable and not spicy.

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  • Vodka Mule
  • Bloody Mary

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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