Newest Review: ... cute. I give her a glass of lemonade and she never knows! I always think of Babycham as a Christmas drink, though it's actually on sa... more
A Christmas fizz from yesteryear
Member Name: basketofbuttons
Advantages: Fun celebratory drink, inexpensive, alternative to sparkling wine, easy to drink
Disadvantages: Too sweet and a little sickly
Oh dear! The first time I ever tasted Babycham was when I was about 17 years old. I thought I was so grown up and sophisticated. This drink seems to have been around for years. The last time I bought any was the day before Christmas Eve 2012. I bought it not for my own consumption, but for my mother in law, who was coming round to our house for Christmas lunch. She absolutely loves the stuff and she prefers it to wine, sparkling wine or even champagne. Obviously, it's not an expensive as a decent bottle of champagne and if she was happier with the Babycham, then all the more champagne for me to drink!
I bought four bottles (they came in a pack of four) from Morrisons and cost £3.59 for 4 x 200ml glass bottles with a flip off lid. My daughter asked me if she can have some of the 'reindeer pop' every year as she thinks the bottles look cute. I give her a glass of lemonade and she never knows! I always think of Babycham as a Christmas drink, though it's actually on sale all year round, it does seem to be much more popular around the festive season and more popular as a woman's drink, rather than a man's. My husband has had a glass every now and again but he's not very keen and says its far too sweet for him.
Taste-wise, it's nice enough but nothing to get excited about. It's very sweet and reminds me a little bit of Lambrini or Lambrusco. It needs to be very well chilled before consumption, as otherwise it tastes dreadful. It's a little bit like a very cheap tasting weak sparkling wine. It contains only 6% alcohol by volume so you aren't going to get drunk on this very quickly.
I am able to have the very odd glass of Babycham but to be perfectly honest I find it just too sweet to be able to drink any more than one glass. It's a great part or celebration drink but not what I would call 'moreish'. It certainly doesn't live up to or compare with a decent bottle of Prosecco or sparkling wine and I'd personally say that it's not even at the same level as Lambrini. Having said that, I've never seen any youths in our local park knocking back Babycham so I suppose that says something in itself!
It's slightly fruity in taste and very bubbly and fizzy. It is perhaps a little bit too fizzy for my liking and gives me hiccups if I drink it too quickly. I have also used it mixed with orange juice as a kind of cheap version of Bucks Fizz and it tasted fine. Actually, the orange juice too the edge off the sweetness of the Babycham slightly and made it more palatable. Colour-wise, it's pale much like a white wine and it smells pretty nondescript to me - a little like watered down / diluted cheap wine.
Babycham is, I believe, also available in large sized bottles with a cork. This would probably have the advantage of making it look a little bit classier and it's a good drink to take to a party of celebratory event. Personally speaking, I much prefer a mid range bottle of wine to Babycham any day, but I have to say, it seems to be growing in popularity recently as a lot of the younger girls at work seem to be drinking it again, especially over the festive period.
It's a nice enough drink but I'd not miss it if it were ever take off the market as there are a lot better alternatives out there. Price-wise it's very reasonable, the bottles are recyclable and if nothing else, it brings back memories of my teenage years and was one of the first alcoholic drinks I'd ever tasted.
I give it three out of five stars.
Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons.
Summary: Not one of my favourites but nice enough