If you’re looking for a unique non-alcoholic drink, Kin High Rhode is worth checking out. This drink is made with adaptogens and nootropics, which supposedly work together to provide a host of health benefits. This review will cover how it tastes, both neat and in mocktails, plus whether or not the euphoric element is noticeable.
Bottom line: The simple mocktails made with Kin High Rhode were great, easy drinking with bitter notes. Specifically, grapefruit and ginger beer pair well with High Rhode.
A friend recommended Kin High Rhode because she knows I love bitter beverages, so I tested it in a few drinks.
The flavor was great for producing bitter aperitif mocktails, but keep reading below to learn about nootropics, adaptogens, and whether or not they created the experiences the brand suggests. If you’ve already heard everything you need to know, you can buy Kin High Rhode here (link to Amazon).
What does Kin High Rhode taste like…
- On ice
- On ice with tonic or appropriate single mixer
- Brand recommended mocktails
- Creative mocktails
Kin High Rhode is rather bitter tasted neat. It definitely has a bitter orange peel flavor about it.
#2 On Ice
On ice, High Rhode is an interesting aperitif. It is quite bitter, so be ready with some snacks. Given the serving size is only set to 2oz, drinking it this way would be a bit underwhelming.
#3 On Ice with Tonic Water
Kin High Rhode makes a simple spritz with Tonic Water. Since it’s so bitter on its own, play with different tonic waters to decide how much sugar you want to add to the beverage.
#4 Brand Recommended Mocktails Featuring Kin High Rhode
All non-alcoholic drink products are tested in brand recommended mocktails as a baseline. Here are some of the simplest mocktails Kin features and how they taste. You’ll find fresh citrus a theme.
- 2oz High Rhode
- 0.5oz of ginger syrup
- 1.5oz of orange juice
- 1oz of ginger beer
- Orange slices
- Candied ginger
- Crushed ice
Directions: Add ice to a shaker. Pour High Rhode, ginger syrup, and orange juice into the shaker. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a highball glass over one scoop of crushed ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with an orange slice and a piece of candied ginger.
Verdict: Kin Spice was pretty tasty, but overwhelming with sweetness and ginger. I think finding a great ginger beer would be sufficient, rather than going to the trouble of making ginger syrup. I experimented with simplifying in a mule mocktail below so keep reading.
- 2oz High Rhode
- 0.5oz of lime juice
- 1.5oz of tonic water
- 1 lime
- Edible flower (optional)
- Cubed ice
Directions: Pour Kin High Rhode over ice in a highball glass. Add lime juice and stir for 10 seconds. Add a scoop of fresh ice and top with tonic. Serve with a lime wheel and optional edible flower.
Verdict: Kin Classic is fresh, but the lime juice was more prominent in this cocktail than I wanted. I would suggest halving it or grating some lime peel on top of the beverage as a garnish instead, so you get the aromatics without the flavor of tart citrus.
- 2oz Kin High Rhode
- 1oz grapefruit soda
- 5 dashes of citrus bitters
- Sparkling water
- Orange slice
Directions: Add ice to a rocks glass. Stir in High Rhode, citrus bitters, and grapefruit soda for 30 seconds. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh orange slice.
Verdict: Using Fever Tree Grapefruit, Kin Citron is a nice non-alcoholic aperitif. Grapefruit is a nice compliment to the bitter High Rhode and you can play with how much sparkling water you add.
#5 Creative Mocktails with Kin High Rhode
While it’s easy to get carried away with creating fancy drinks, I love a simple cocktail that only has a few ingredients. That’s why I wanted to try Kin High Rhode in a mule mocktail.
High Rhode Mule
- 2oz Kin High Rhode
- 3oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer
- Juice from one wedge of lime
- Tajin and a lime wheel for garnish
Directions: Build ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Float a lime wheel sprinkled with Tajin on top for garnish.
Verdict: High Rhode and ginger beer are great compliments to one another, and this was very drinkable. As predicted, I wasn’t missing additional ginger syrup, as used in Kin Spice.
Kin High Rhode vs GHIA
After taste-testing both Kin High Rhode and GHIA in mocktails, I prefer the flavor and consistency of GHIA. That being said, I also enjoyed my mocktails with High Rhode, and love the fact that the brand is offering more potential nutritional value and benefits to the beverage than GHIA. Both non-alcoholic aperitifs blend well with grapefruit.
High Rhode has no sugar, while GHIA has 3g per serving. Depending on your taste, you might find yourself adding more sugar to mocktails with High Rhode than you will with GHIA, so it might even out.
Kin Euphorics Drinks
Besides Kin High Rhode, Kin Euphorics makes a few other non-alcoholic drinks with various intended “experiences.” Kin Spritz is a canned mocktail with a few added ingredients and a similar flavor profile as Kin High Rhode and the same intended effects. Dream Light and Lightwave are made to calm, with Lightwave being the canned mocktail complimentary to Dream Light.
What are Adaptogens and Nootropics?
Adaptogens are a class of herbs that allegedly help the body adapt to stressors, whether they be physical, chemical, or biological. Nootropics, on the other hand, are substances that supposedly enhance cognitive function. While there is some scientific evidence to support the use of both adaptogens and nootropics, it’s important to remember that not all claims made about these substances have been backed by science.
So, what did I think after trying Kin High Rhode? It’s pretty common for me to need a bit of a boost later in the day, so I enjoyed the mocktails as aperitifs or happy hour drinks.
I am happy to report that Kin High Rhode gave me a boost each time I made a cocktail with it. I’m not sure I would use the term “euphoric” but I did feel more energized after each of these beverages. Maybe it was the small amount of caffeine, maybe it was the unusual ingredients. Maybe it was a placebo effect. I guess we’ll never really know. While coffee in the afternoon usually keeps me up at night, Kin High Rhode did not.
What is in KIN high Rhode?
Kin High Rhode is an alternative beverage for mixing in non-alcoholic cocktails. Not only is it a non-alcoholic spirit, but it also contains a proprietary blend of ingredients meant to lift serotonin levels. It also contains a small amount of caffeine. The ingredients in the blend can be found below in products details.
Is Kin Euphorics safe?
Refer to kineuphorics.com for information on the safety of their product.
Final Thoughts on Kin High Rhode
I enjoyed taste-testing Kin High Rhode and think it’s a good option for a bitter aperitif with zero alcohol. I am still unsure about the proposed adaptogenic and nootropic effects, but High Rhode did give me a slight boost of energy when I wanted it.
If you like bitter aperitifs and looking to mix non-alcoholic cocktails, try Kin High Rhode.
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Kin High Rhode Details
Ingredients: Water, allulose, gentian root extract, hibiscus extract, licorice root extract, orange peel extract, bitter orange extract, citric acid, acacia gum, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sea salt.
Nutrition: (Serving size: 2fl oz) Calories 10; Carbohydrates 3g, Sugar 0g, Niacin 5g, Vitamin B6 2mg; Folate (folic acid) 500mcg DFE; 595mg Proprietary Blend of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), L-Theanine, Citicoline, Caffeine, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), L-Tyrosine, Phenylethylamine, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract; Contains 50mg Caffeine*
Storage: Refrigerate after opening and consume within 14 days.
*All nutrition information and product details were found on the bottle and may be subject to change.