Editor’s Note: This ready to drink cocktail was provided to us as a review sample by Siponey. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.
The cocktail in a can or ready to drink cocktail seem to be popping up everywhere. Not everyone has attention to quality ingredients and a mission to help recover the environment. Part of each can Siponey sells goes to fund new apiaries. They believe in saving the honeybees, one can at a time.
Siponey is a small, family owned business that has its roots in New York. Everybody and everything involved with Siponey has a New York connection, including founders Amanda Victoria and Joseph Mintz who were born there.
The first release in the brand’s product line up is Siponey Royale, which is made from a 4-year-old rye, wildflower honey, real lemon juice, sparkling water and sea salt. Siponey Cafe is the second product release. It’s much like the Siponey Royale but also features cold brew coffee. From morning to night it seems like Siponey has it covered but we can’t wait to see what else they come up with.
Tasting Notes: Siponey Royale
Vital Stats: 4-year old New York State rye whiskey made from locally sourced grains. Wildflower honey is sourced from farms in Saratoga Springs, New York. Lemons don’t typically grow in New York, but the supplier is based there to minimize the shipping footprint. Real lemon juice, not from concentrate. Sparkling water. Sea salt. Canned and packed by Siponey in Saratoga Springs, New York. 7.25% ABV. $49.99 for a 355ml eight-pack.
Appearance: Pale yellow like lemon water with fizz.
Nose: It smells like honey, happiness and everything sunny.
Palate: It’s not syrupy like a soft drink or whiskey made with soda. It has a very pleasant mouthfeel and fizz. The honey is very forward so you must like honey in order to enjoy this beverage. You can even taste the lemon, which helps balance the sweetness. It’s almost like those Japanese paper candies. Just melts in your mouth.
It’s very refreshing and easy to drink. If you like soda water and whiskey this is something to take with you when others might opt for a beer. It’s a great summer sipping beverage. If you run a little warm year round, you may also like it in the winter. I have a preference for honey as a sweetener over others so this was perfect for me as you can taste the sweetness but it’s not like a typical soda or mixed drink you would get in a bar.
I’m a big fan of all these cocktails in cans as I would much prefer this grab and go to a cider or beer. As whiskey lovers, you might agree.
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Melissa D. Jones is a traveler, blogger, photographer, storyteller, foodie, whiskey lover and creative entrepreneur. Living for adventure and new experiences she's photographed her way around all 50 states and 47 countries (still counting!) and wrote her travel knowledge into a book. When she's not traveling you can find her...