We had a little bit of a new years bash,with everyone bringing various booze and mixers to contribute to the pile. One of the mixers that turned up that was new to me was Schweppes Russchian , a slightly pink in colour carbonated drink that my friend informed we went very well with vodka.
I was keen to try it, mainly because the slight hint of colour made it look so much more appealing than the ordinary tonic water I had standing by. Luckily my friend was in a sharing mood, and I first tried a little bit on it's own.
The taste is unusual - it tastes like tonic water, but with a slight fruity sweetness undercutting the bitter tonic flavour. It's hard to tell what the fruit actually is (the bottle is no help, simply listing 'flavourings') but at a guess I'd say it was some sort of berry. The berry doesn't take over the tonic flavour at all, but just adds an extra element to it. Having established it was drinkable alone, it was now time to try it with some vodka.
It's quite amazing really, equal parts of this and vodka in a glass almost kills off that sort of chemically aftertaste you can get with some vodkas. With plain vodka, you really can't taste anything but the Russchian, which is both good and bad - it tastes lovely, but it slips down just a bit too easily - I prefer my booze to taste a little boozy, as it stops me getting carried away! Experimentation also revealed that this works wonderfully with Southern Comfort and a dash of lime, and is also rather nice with gin. It's also only 25 calories per 100ml, which isn't bad.
Essentially, this can be used much as any tonic water, with the fruit element adding a little dash of sweetness to the drink, and the light pink tinge making clear drinks look very attractive. This costs £1.19 per 1l bottle at Tesco (currently on a 2 for £2 deal) which I think is great value, as this is wonderful as a mixer or taken alone.
On my annual stock check of the drinks cabinet last week, I found a bottle of this. You don't see much of it around these days but I remember it from when it was first introduced in the UK.
You would see huge displays of it in the supermarkets and being different and quite distinct from other mixers it sold very well at the outset.
There was a very significant launch budget and we were told that "Vodka without Russchian is like Lenin without McCartney" Clever, eh?
It's very much a one off (I have never tasted anything similar) and is sold as a mixer to be drunk primarily with vodka, although I have drunk it on its own.
It comes in a 1 litre plastic bottle and is a pink colour. It tastes pleasantly fruity and the flavour is peachy. Drunk on its own therefore it rather paradoxically makes your throat feel dry after you've drunk it.
This particular bottle has lost some of its fizz and I note that it is past its best before date, so I probably shouldn't drink it all. I tipped a bit in my Stolichniya Vodka in the hope that it would make it a tad more palatable - only marginally so.
I think my taste buds have matured because this has lost some of its youthful appeal. I think I'll throw it out.
It is seen as very much a girlies mixer because it does look pretty in the glass. If you're a blokey, you'd get a few funny looks in many pubs if you ordered some of this. However, there is no accounting for taste. Drink it if you dare if you can still find it in the shops. if it doesn't generate the sales, it won't merit the shelf space.
I always drink Vodka when I go out as it's the only drink that doesn't give me an awful hangover the next day! To be honest I don't really enjoy the taste of vodka unless its mixed with red bull which after a bit can get boring and has been known to make me feel like I'm bordering on a fit!! So I was glad to discover this mixer by Schweppes. I actually found out about it through a friend who was drinking a pink drink when I was over at their house. They've got kids and I assumed it was some kind of pink lemonade they stole off the kids but they told me it was actually a vodka mixer. So next time I was going out I went out and got some. I got it from Morrisons but have seen it in most other leading supermarkets.
I really like the packaging for this, it comes in a 100ml clear plastic bottle with a silver lid and over this a silver shot measure cup for whatever spirit you mix it with. The liquid inside is pink which looks good through the clear bottle. It has a full size wraparound clear label with the usual Schwepps logo at the top and beneath this the Russchian logo which is a two headed silhouette style eagle in pink with 'Russchian' written in bold black capitals, and a small 'perfect for vodka' beneath this also in black lettering.
The packaging looks sophisticated and really stands out. I know it's only a bottle...but it does make buying and drinking the stuff more appealing. As far as I know this is the only packaging for the drink in the UK, but I've heard it is more popular in other parts of Europe and is available in a can and smaller bottles in other countries.
The taste is described as 'a refined wildberry flavour with slightly sweet taste'. I've never tasted wildberry before but could tell it was some kind of berry taste, as it reminded me a bit of a mix between elderberry and raspberry. The 'slightly sweet' bit is perhaps a slight understatement as it is quite sickly, but no worse that most alcopops or red bull. It contains 20% sugar which explains the sweetness so isn't the best if you are trying to look after your teeth.
It is really fizzy and I would definitely recommend drinking it all once opened as it isn't the same once it has lost its fizz. Most importantly for me it went really well with vodka. It didn't clash at all and did well in disguising the horrible edge that vodka can have. Although I liked the flavour I can't imagine drinking it as an everyday drink as it is sickly, but I have since enjoyed it as a pre-night out drink. Also I think after having a few the taste gets a bit much though so I don't think I could drink it all night.
I've never really been in a diet of understood calorie counting but after reading the nutritional info on the back of the bottle I can gather that this isn't a particularly healthy option if you are on a diet, but it is great as a treat.
The best thing about this drink is that it really is individual and I've not seen anything else like it, therefore I couldn't recommend a cheaper version or a copy of it.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Flavourings, Preservative (E211), Colour (Grapeskin Anthocyanins), Sweetener (Sodium Saccharin)
I'm really glad I found this drink and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet drink or is looking for something different to mix with vodka for a change.
This schweppes russian wild berry sparkling mineral water sounds like it would be a lightly flavoured, slightly sweetened, but refreshing sparkling drink. Perfect for a hot summer's day or possibly even with a tad of something harder splashed in of an evening.
Unfortunately, it does not live up to these expectations. The drink is overly sweet and cloying, sticking in the back of your throat when you drink it. Not very refreshing at all. This could possibly be mediated if it was ICE cold and served with extra ice cubes. Although I suspect then you'd be getting refreshed from the melting ice in the glass and the condensation on the lip of the glass as you drink. This is one seriously unrefreshing drink.
Next on to an assessment of the supposedly wild berry flavour. I don't know where schweppes have been picking wild berries, but this doesn't taste like any sort of berry I've ever seen. It doesn't even smell like berries. Not even the fake ones you get in most rasberry flavoured ice creams for example. About the closest you could get is that it tastes vaguely "red". ie. it tastes like the red food colouring in every completely artificial red sweet you ate as a child, but with a twist of artificial lemon flavour to supposedly make it taste more sophisticated, one imagines. Not, not good.
About the only good thing I can say about this drink is that it is a pretty pale pink colour. Also the level of "sparkle" in the water is about right - not so much that it burns your throat, but not too little either.
So, the moral of the story is, Schweppes flavoured mineral waters may still have hope, but pick up another flavour, this one's dire.
I was given a bottle of this when I was having a gathering at my house and as most of us girls like Vodka it seemed like an excellent mixer. The drink itself is a light shade of pink and it has an exotic aroma, which is quite appealing. It does indeed work well with Vodka but it does have quite a bitter taste, which I was not expecting and to me it's similar to drinking a diluted cranberry juice as it has that dry bitter quality.
After my first glass I decided to add a splash of lemonade along with the Schweppes Russchian and vodka and I found that this really helped as it added a sweetness that the drink really needed.
Overall I would say that this is a great addition by Schweppes as it livens up a boring Vodka into a more exotic drink but I would have preferred to get more out of the bottle than 4 x 250ml servings, maybe if it was a concentrated mixer it would be better value.
Per 250ml serving you get
63 Kcal - 3%
14.8g Sugars - 16%
0 g Fat
Trace of Salt
Schweppes Russchian is a mixer drink designed to mix with vodka. It comes in a one litre plastic bottle with a screw cap and free measuring cap for spirits attached to the top.
This fizzy drink is a very pale pink in colour and it has a fruity, aromatic kind of smell. It contains cirtic acid, and colourant made from grape skins. This is where the pink colour comes from. It also contains sugar and saccharin.
A hundred mils of this mixer contains 25 kcals and 5.9 grams of sugar. So, if you mix a small shot of vodka with a hundred mils of mixer, you get a drink which only has 65 calories. I think this is great if you are on a diet and fancy something just a bit naughty, or if you are watching your weight. It tastes much better that sugar free Coke, or diet lemonade. There is a real kick to the flavour.
This product is available in Tesco and other large supermarkets and cost 97 pence for a 1 litre bottle. It is a perfect accompaniment to vodka , especially if you add ice and a slice of lemon. This would make a very good 'posh' party drink.
For some reason, this Schweppes mixer is only available in Europe, so you won't be able to buy it if you holiday elsewhere.
Russchian can also be used with other spirits if vodka is not your thing:
1 measure Southern Comfort
A splash of lime
Fill with Russchian to make a long drink.
1 measure vodka
1 measure grape juice
1 measure grenadine
Fill with Russchian.
There are lots of other ways to use this mixer and I have discovered that children like it with ice. However, it's too tasty with vodka for me to give away to the kids. If you haven't tried it you are in for a surprise. It tasted much more lively than I had expected.