The hurricane is definitely fruity and hides the 8% ABV very well. There is an overflow of carbonated sweetness that may be easier for a person that doesn’t care too much for heavy alcoholic cocktails. Mike’s On The Rocks is definitely targeting the female demographic with this beverage because it’s both simple, sweet and brings a bit of an 8% kick to the table.
You don’t get the “five whites” flavor of a true Long Island but this does bring a bit more tea factor than that of a true Long Island Ice Tea which only brings the color of tea, not the flavor. It slides so much into the tea realm I almost wanted more out of the On The Rocks offering in the way of true tea flavor even if the original cocktail takes its name from Tea over such a flavor. The lemon bite is the citrus profile of choice where I think the Hurricane really screams lime.
If you had to choose between On The Rocks Hurricane and On The Rocks Long Island Ice Tea I would lean towards hurricane for those with a sweet tooth and Long Island for those looking for a bit more of the wild side of cocktail life. While neither yields a true potent punch the Long Island has a more difficult time hiding the vodka-like finish.
Why would you choose Mike’s over making your own home grown cocktail? Obviously those looking for straight laziness factor but that’s not our audience. Our audience tend to be the cocktail builders of the world but when we visit a friends house we’re not always packing five distilled bottles of gin, tequila, vodka, rum and other great spirits… we want to ride light. This is a great product to swing buy and pickup on the way to a party and would make a great backup cocktail if you find the party is full of beer and wine but no cocktail love.