Review: Mighty Swell Spiked Spritzers
Based in Austin, Texas, Mighty Swell is part of the burgeoning spiked spritzer market. At present the company offers four varieties, with its most recent flavor added earlier this year.
Per the company:
“Mighty Swell Spiked Spritzers were born of a desire to create a premium tasting, ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage that fits consumers active lifestyles and thirst for flavor,” said John Beal, General Manager for Mighty Swell Spritzer Co. “The newest addition to our lineup embodies the spirit of the brand by offering a deliciously light effervescent taste with 5% ABV. We’re aiming to become a household name and the number three hard seltzer in the U.S. by 2021.”
As a company developed and headquartered in the heart of Austin, TX, the city’s vibe has continued to inspire Mighty Swell to strike the perfect balance between living an active lifestyle and relaxing in the sun with an ice-cold Mighty Swell in-hand. Perfect right out of the can, over ice or as a base for your favorite signature cocktail, each 12-ounce can contains 5% ABV, 110 calories and 4 grams of sugar.
We tried all four varieties (which you can find in a mixed 12-pack). Thoughts on each (all 5% abv as noted) follow.
Mighty Swell Cherry Lime Spiked Seltzer – An extremely pale pink, with cherry candy notes dominating. A squeeze of lime is evident here, and while this won’t be mistaken for fresh fruit, it does approximate a (non-alcoholic) cherry-flavored soda fairly closely. Worth a sip. B
Mighty Swell Grapefruit Spiked Seltzer – Bright pink, with a Squirt-like nose. There’s a lot of sweetness in here to counter the natural bitterness of grapefruit, and the combination comes across as fairly saccharine. This one needs a little doctoring — in the form of some real citrus added — to make it palatable; the finish is raw and industrial. C-
Mighty Swell Peach Spiked Seltzer – Moderately colored, pink/orange. This one feels a bit fizzier than the prior two expressions, which helps to temper some of the candylike sweetness that seems to be unavoidable in peach-flavored anything. Lots of lingering sugar on the back end here. B-
Mighty Swell Watermelon Mint Spiked Seltzer – Blush wine pink in color, this is probably my favorite Mighty Swell can of the bunch. Why? Because the mint character is surprisingly powerful and refreshing, totally dominating the surprisingly innocuous watermelon base. The fruit component is sweeter and more candylike than real, fresh watermelon, but it’s dialed back enough (and aided by the mint) to make the whole affair more approachable than you’d think. B
$16 per 12-pack / mightyswell.com