Then, somebody had the bright idea to compete with vodka in its own space. Instead of vodka and cranberry juice, they marketed bourbon and cranberry.Fred Minnick, Wall Street Journal-Bestselling Author, Bourbon Curator & Taster, Ascot-Wearer in ChiefClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
Jefferson's Ocean Spray Voyage
NOSE: Maple Syrup | Deep Cherry | Pumpkin Pie Spice
TASTE: Orange Zest | Peat | Faint Tartness
FINISH: Very round, with a hint of rubber galoshes. It certainly lingers: it doesn’t burn, but it also doesn’t fade.
SHARE WITH: Anyone suffering from a UTI. Your relative who loves the out-of-the-can cranberry sauce.
WORTH THE PRICE: Considering bottles from this coveted collab are destined straight for secondary, it all depends on how desperate you are for an Ocean vertical and you could never break that chain. However, if you have any dreams you’d like to sell, it may be worth it.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: If you don’t love this now, you will never love it again, as this bottle could easily be the eighth wonder.
OVERALL: Jefferson’s has done it again and just in time for the holidays! Never was there a more perfect release that pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.
The gentle tartness of the palate will blend perfectly with the salinity of a well-brined turkey, and especially one with a crisp, fried skin. Not a meat eater? Not to fear, Jefferson’s Ocean Spray also complements the nutty/salty flavor circus of a traditional green bean casserole, and even helps cut the sweetness of a marshmallow-topped sweet potato dish. Regardless of your favorite Thanksgiving side, Jefferson’s Ocean Spray is its best liquid companion. This release gleans its versatility in flavor from long days bobbing gently atop the bog waters, receiving only gentle nudges from both cranberry harvesters and the Massachusetts crisp air alike.
Have a relative who is more a vodka drinker? I challenge them to give this a try! Substitute Jefferson’s Ocean Spray for vodka in a traditional Cosmo and watch their delight as they discover a new favorite. Darren Star has returned to relevancy not just via his Netflix hit Emily in Paris, but through this nod to his original smash hit Sex & the City. Funny story: it was actually a SATC marathon that gave Trey Zoeller the idea for this innovative collaboration.
In Season 4, he saw how leading lady Carrie Bradshaw attempts to order a Cosmo alongside a cheeseburger and large fry from the McDonald’s drive-thru window. “If only Carrie could have a drink that truly complemented such a classic Americana meal,” Zoeller wondered. Fat and salt pair perfectly with the corn sweetness and barrel caramel notes of bourbon, so why couldn’t she also quench her Cosmo fix? With just an essence of Ocean Spray cranberry, gleaned from the iconic bogs in which they grow, exactly this was possible. So who knows? Maybe in Season 2, we could see Emily order a steak frites and a Jefferson’s Ocean Spray as a nod to the Star protagonist who came before her.