“ Brand: Caribbean Twist / Type: Cocktail „
Item: Caribbean Twist Pina Colada
Price: £2 on special offer (usually £2.50)
Bought from: Tesco
Why did I buy this?
I love Pina Coladas!!!! Love love love them but when not on holiday I like to have some in the house, but it's not always convenient to dig out the cocktail mixer and all the faff that goes with it to make the real deal so when I saw this on sale I thought I would try it, because if I liked it, it would be ideal to keep a bottle in the fridge for "emergencies" haha
Packaging and design:
This comes in a tall glass bottle, same height as an average bottle of wine. It is easy to store on the door of our fridge and can be laid flat too without fear of spillage even after the seal has been broken. The bottle is predominately clear with a dark blue label and lid towards the top of the bottle. The very top and very bottom sections of the bottle have pictures of coconuts and pineapples on it so it is eye catching and gives of that required tropical vibe! The middle section of the bottle is clear and you can see the off white milky liquid that is contained in the bottle. The back of the bottle has details on the strength and quantity and the front tells you that it is a "shaken pina colada with superior white rum" so you know that it is made with rum and is premixed. It also tells you that it is a "sparkling blend of tropical fruit" so you also know you are getting a fizzy rather than flat drink. The bottle is tall and eye catching and stands out form the other bottles near it on the shelves in Tesco due to the coconuts and pineapples on the bottle. I like the design, reminds me of my holidays. The designers could have made it easier for customers to read the detail on the bottle as they are in 5 different fonts and sizes but at least all of the relevant details are on there.
So does this actually taste like a pina colada?
It is what I think most people would call an alcopop. Very sweet, fizzy and not too strong. For me a pina colada should taste of rum, pineapple and coconut and be creamy. Anything added in after that is a bonus. This does taste of all of those elements but is also quite light owing to the fizzy nature of the mix. It is like a mix of a pina colada with a lemonade tops! It has the look of cloudy lemonade. Very tasty, very sweet and very easy to drink. I just fill a glass with ice and pour over. I usually keep the bottle in the fridge but if this was taken to a party and I didn't get to put it in the fridge, over ice is just fine. I don't drink this every time I have a night in, but on summer nights it is a great alternative to wine or other alcopops on offer. At £2 to £2.50 a bottle is a good value for money.
Overall I love this, it tastes like a summer holiday in a glass. Definitely one for a pina colada lover who just wants to purchase and pour without having to get the bender, coconuts etc out at home. I see this is also available at the Spar, Asda and Lidl too.
When you are hosting a party, the last thing that you want to do is run out of alcohol. I always want to keep it flowing but I don't want the expense of doing so and I have found that the Caribbean Twist cocktails are a great and cheap way of ensuring that my parties don't run dry. This is the review of the Caribbean Twist Pina Colado cocktail.
About the drink
The drink is a premixed cocktail which come readily prepared for you to enjoy. This Pina Colada drink contains superior white Caribbean rum which is mixed with pineapple and coconut flavouring with added sugar and sweeteners. The drink has been created with 30% fruit juices and it has an alcohol percentage of 4%. As it contains alcohol it shouldn't be bought or consumed by those under the age of 18 and it should be consumed responsibly.
If you should find that you like this cocktail then you may also like to try Mixed Mango, Blue Lagoon, Pineapple Daiguiri or Muddled Mojito.
Packaging and Price
The cocktail comes contained within a clear glass bottle and you can see the cloudy liquid inside. On the front of the bottle, there are pictures of pineapples and coconuts sitting in some grass and pretty flowers. There is some more information given about the product on the back of the bottle. The lid of the bottle is a screw top and it is easily opened and closed. The best thing about the cocktails in the Caribbean Twist collection is the price. It only costs around £1.50 per bottle and for that money you get 70cl of the cocktail. It can be bought from supermarkets, off licenses and a range of online websites.
The drink is very closely modelled on the famous cocktail of Pina Colada. It has a strong smell which is very tropical and makes you think of the summer and the sunshine. It smells fruity mixed with a hint of creaminess which is how this drink should smell. It looks ok in a glass but it isn't as pretty as some of the others in the collection so you can add a pineapple ring to make it look more eye catching. When you taste the drink, it is a little artificial tasting and it is definitely over loaded with sugar. I love sweet things but this will be too sweet for some and it does have a bit of an after taste.
You definitely can't taste the alcohol which is always a good thing in my book. As the alcohol percentage is so low, you are unlikely to get tipsy unless you drink a lot of this but it likely to make you feel sick before you get to that point as it is so sugary. One glass of this is more than enough. If you want to make it weaker, it taste nice with added fruit juice and if you want to make it stronger then it also tastes good with more rum added. If you throw in some fruit pieces, it makes the cocktail look that much better. If you spill some of this then it will leave your surfaces sticky so take care.
All in all, this is a cheap and cheerful cocktail which tastes nice and will keep your party goers happy at a small cost. It will be too sugary and sweet for some and you won't be able to consume too much before it gets sickly but it can be easily adapted to your taste. I would happily repurchase this one but would consume it in moderation.
I'm not a massive fan of alcohol. In fact, Christmas is probably the only time I drink it at all. And this is probably about the only alcoholic drink I actually enjoy, as well.
Having always been a fan of all things coconutty, this made this drink immediately appeal to me the first time I saw it on the shelf of Tesco. It stated on the packaging that it contained pineapple and coconut milk, which you would expect from a pina colada anyway, but having never really liked the taste of alcohol (or the hangover...) I hadn't purchased this until probably a couple of years ago when I decided that I would give this one a go.
I never looked back. For those of you familiar with Rubicon's coconut and pineapple drink, it actually tastes like that. Only, obviously it's alcoholic rather than fruit juice. As I love Rubicon's coconut and pineapple drink (even though I can't actually drink it without being ill as there's milk in it) this seemed like the perfect alcoholic drink for me. Unfortunately for the rest of my family, they're not getting any of it while I'm around ;)
It contains 2.8 units of alcohol per bottle, so it's not like it's too high in alcohol for a treat anyway, and considering that it only costs £2.50 a bottle (which contains 70cl) I don't think it's bad for your pocket either. After all, coca cola costs £1.98 a bottle now, so why not get something that tastes better? At least, that's how I think of it!
Although I do like to drink "proper" drinks such as Spirits, and perhaps the odd bottle of Rose Cava I do tend to plump for some convenient drinks and Cocktails are more of my thing. Judging by the strenght of this is isn't really a Cocktail as such, but I do like the Caribbean Twist range as the drinks are pretty flavoursome. The price is good too.
There is a few different ones for sale in my local Asda and I had never bothered to try this one before as I have had Pina Colada before and it is not my favourite drink. However looking for something that bit different I decided to splash the cash and pay £1.98 for the 70cl bottle from my local Asda.
The bottle looks like the picture on here. It looks alright and colourful enough. The bottle is a screw top bottle and easy to open. I tend to finish a bottle the same night I start it and just pour some in a glass and keep the rest in the fridge and although the fizz does go a little after this has been open for an hour or 2 it still has an ok fizz to it, the percentage is 4% so the same as other alcopops and i've sure if you did want it a bit stronger then just pop some White Rum into this and liven it up again. I have never added any more Rum to this but keep meaning to sometime.
So how does this taste? I can't say that I can taste the Rum in here but I wouldn't really expect to anyway. The Pineapple stands out alright and although there is a strong enough taste of Coconut it isn't too sickly or strong. This is best drank when it is nice and cold. It is quite a sweet drink I think.
Not my favourite Alcopop and not my favourite in the Twist range but if you do like Pina Colada Cocktails and would like the flavour but with a bit less Alcohol content then you should like this no problem.
I love cocktails when my girlfriends and I go for a night on the town. I have tried to make them at home on my own but I can never get the quantities right so when I discovered that you could buy premade cocktails I bought some to see what they were like.
The one that I was most impressed with was the Pina Colada by Twist which costs around about £2 for a 70cl bottle so is dirt cheap in comparison to some others. It isn't exactly sophisticated but it is lovely.
The Pina Colada contains rum, pineapple juice and real coconut milk. It has a clear milky colour to it and smells absolutely gorgeous when you pour a glass. The taste isn't as complex and delicious as a proper Pina Colada from a good cocktail bar but for only £2 a bottle it tastes much better than I thought it would.
To drink this properly you need to have it with ice as without it is just too sweet and sickly. With ice it transforms in to a really tasty and refreshing drink that is perfect for summer evenings having a drink in the garden with friends.
Don't buy this if you are wanting something that is high in alcohol as this only contains 4% alcohol and even a whole bottle is barely enough to get me tiddly. This is ideal for me as I just buy it to drink with friends and not to get drunk.
The Pina Colada also doesn't taste very strongly of alcohol which again is good for me as I don't really like the taste of spirits but the coconut and pineapple dilute what little alcohol is in it and the coconut makes it taste different from most other alcohol based drinks and it also takes away some of the sweetness from the pineapple.
As I said this tastes so much better than you probably think it will considering that it is only £2 a bottle. I wouldn't say that it is as good as a proper Pina Colada but it is better than any I have made myself and it is a ice fun drink to share with friends.
I have recently tried out the Caribbean Twist Pina Colada drink and this is my review.
I first came across the Caribbean Twist drinks at my daughters hen night last year. She had bought a lot of bottles of ready-made cocktail drinks to give out to her guests and I really liked the taste of them all. One of my favourite cocktails is a Pina Colada which is pineapple based. I only usually ever drink it when I am in Spain or on holiday somewhere hot.
My daughter recently bought a bottle of the Caribbean Twist Pina Colada for us to share as she remembered I liked the bottles of ready made cocktails at her hen night. She paid around £2 for the bottle which gave us a glass and a half each of cocktail. The bottle is made of glass and is 700ml in size.
My daughter bought the bottle of Caribbean Twist ready made cocktail in a local branch of Asda supermarket but I have also seen it in Tesco as well as in my local off license so I think it is quite a popular drink and can be found easily.
The Caribbean Twist range has other ready made cocktails in it such as a Mango, Orange and Passion fruit cocktail which I have also tried and think it is a very nice drink to. I think for the price these bottles of drinks cost they are a great value drink and are a nice drink to give your guests if you are having a dinner party.
The bottle is very easy to open and it does not have a cork or anything in it so you only need to screw off the lid on the top of the bottle. The drink has a very strong smell which I can smell as soon as I am pouring it into my glass. It smells very sweet and quite alcoholic but the Caribbean Twist Pina Colada does not have too much strong alcohol in it and it is only 4% alcohol/volume.
I put a lot of crushed ice into my Caribbean Twist Pina Colada as I do not think it is the type of drink that is very nice if it is warm at all. The smell of the pineapple in the drink is very noticeable and it makes the over all smell of the drink very sweet. I can also smell the rum in the drink.
The taste of the Caribbean Twist Pina Colada is very sweet but this is the way the cocktail usually is so it does not put me of. I can tell straight away that the pineapple juice in the Caribbean Twist drink is not fresh pineapple juice as I am so used to drinking fresh pineapple juice that I can tell the difference easily. It does not put me off from the drink though and I think it tastes very nice.
There is a strong taste of coconut in the drink to which I think goes very well with the taste of the white rum which might be a bit bitter otherwise. I am not that keen on the taste of rum by itself so I am pleased about the coconut flavour of the drink which calms the rum flavour down a bit. I think this is because the coconut flavour is quite sweet.
I really like the Caribbean Twist Pina Colada but it is not as nice as the real thing. A real Pina Colada costs a lot more than £2 though and I think for the low price this drink costs it is a good value for money drink. I would recommend giving it a try out and I think it is a really nice refreshing drink that makes a nice party drink.
When I did the pre-Christmas stock-take on the contents of the drinks cabinet, I found a bottle of this and a bottle of the Blue Lagoon variant under the same brand. They had been bought for a summer barbecue but we had had no takers. I figured the best thing to do would be to polish them off so after necking a particularly hot spicy chicken kebab on Friday night, I opened up this one, saving the Blue Lagoon for another time.
I think it is fair to say that unless we happened to be drinking the real thing on some faraway sun-kissed terrace enjoying a sunset, this isn't the kind of drink which either of us would buy. My wife doesn't drink much and I always make her cocktails weaker than mine. Hardly surprising therefore that she rejected my offer of further glasses after her first trial glass and had a cup of tea instead!
I was only drinking these by the wine glass and by the time I got half way down the bottle, I wasn't even feeling a tiny bit squiffy, This is only 5.4% alcohol by volume, so even if I had drunk it all it would have been the equivalent of only about a pint and a half of normal strength beer. However, the main reason for not having more was that although the taste was nice, it didn't manage to overcome the strong chilli sauce taste from the earlier kebab, so I wasn't really giving the drink a chance to impress me.
On went the screw cap and I left it until the following evening to finish it off. This time, after a much blander meal, my taste buds were able to make a good judgement on the taste of the drink. As the name suggests, it is a cocktail of rum with coconut and pineapple. On opening the bottle, even on the second evening, the coconut smell was dominant, yet the pineapple flavour still came through much more in the taste......and of course the rum could also be tasted.
I would normally have made the drink a bit stronger to get more of the rum and less of the pineapple taste, so overall I found the drink too sweet for my liking. It wasn't so bad though that without too much difficulty I was able to quaff the remainder.
I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another bottle. I had bought this and the Blue Lagoon one thinking that it may appeal to my daughter in law but she scoffed at it and settled for WKD instead.
The drink itself is well-presented in an attractive clear bottle with the name prominently displayed on the front together with an enticing graphic representation of coconuts and palm trees. The cap and neck is a contrast dark blue. The drink has a cloudy appearance, not unlike cloudy lemonade. On the reverse it tells us that this is a Halewood International brand, not to be sold to minors and that it contains 70cl and is 5.4% alcohol by volume.
The ingredients list shows the main ingredient as being carbonated water, with sweetness coming from Cane Sugar Syrup. 13% of the drink is White Rum and 6.1% is pineapple juice. Coconut is not mentioned as an ingredient so it must just be a flavouring.
My overall verdict is a positive one, but I can do without it in my drinks cabinet. If anyone fancies a Pina Colada, I will make it myself for them. That way, they can have it mixed the way they like it.
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When it comes to the consumption of alcohol I really do rarely bother at all. On the odd occasion I do consume a little alcohol I always tend to go for drinks that although they do contain alcohol don't taste like it which to some people could be deemed as pointless..... however I rather enjoy the getting merry part!
My flatmate purchased this the other night knowing full well that I would join her in a glass or two of this gladly!
70cl see-through glass bottle that has a twist on/off silver cap to the top of it. On the front of the bottle I am told that it is Caribbean Twist, Pina Colada 'A sparkling cocktail made with superior white rum' and there is a colourful picture towards the base and around the back of the bottle of fruit, butterfly's and flowers. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the drink and what it contains, I'm told to serve it chilled, cautions are listed, the size is stated and I'm told that the bottle contains 4% volume and that the whole bottle contains 2.8 units of alcohol and contact details for Halewood International LTD (the manufacturer of the product) are listed. Nice if not somewhat feminine bottle this is and I like the way there isn't pointless information all over it and that it is tidy and classy in its appearance.
The Drink Itself:
Like a thin juice there are no bubbles and/or fizz within this at all and it is a light yellow in colour and not thick in texture but like a thin juice (as I've just said).
It smells of pineapple and coconut (which this contains of course) and nicely and naturally sweet. Taste wise this is really sweet and really does taste mostly of the pineapple. Although very sweet that compliments the small amount of rum and coconut in this very well indeed and the rum in this is very smooth indeed.
This is a lovely summery drink, well balanced on flavours and incredibly moreish (so watch out as it is alcoholic after-all). I agree with the statement on the bottle that it is best served chilled and we shoved some fresh pinapple in ours in large hi ball glasses to get us in the party spirit! If its cold and rainy outside this really beats the blues and after just a couple of glasses of this each were more than ready to party (though not drunk cos it doesn't contain much alcohol at all lol).
A lovely drink and available in all good supermarkets priced at about £1.70 a bottle and other flavours are also available within this range!
This comes in a big bottle, with pictures of "exotic fruits" on the bottom and around the neck of it. The lid is a deep blue colour and so is the neck oft the bottle "right down" to where the picture's are. The pictures also go all around the bottle on the back and front. They decorate it nicely, and at the top it says "a sparkling blend of exotic fruit.." In the middle "Caribbean Twist" is written in big black letter's, underneath that you will see "shaken pina colada, with superior white rum" written. There is also a picture of three palm trees on the front. The lid is quite "easy to open" and doesn't require a bottle opener. On the back it says "a sparkling cocktail with pineapple and coconut flavour containing sugar and sweeteners. Made with blended fermented alcohol and superior Caribbean white rum." This contains 7% pineapple juice flavoured with real coconut mil and sulphites.
There are a lot of different flavours available they are as follows:
Shaken Pina Colada
This is described as "a sparkling, tropical coconut white, flavoured alcoholic drink, that is a fusion of ripe pineapple with real coconut milk. This is the type i currently have and its one of my favourites from there range."
This is described as "a sparkling flavoured alcoholic drink that has a refreshing explosion of tangy orange juice flavours with a hint of mandarin."
This one is "particularly" nice in my opinion. It is described as "a sparkling, thirst quenching alcoholic rum punch that contains a massive 21% of juice from apples, passion fruit, star fruit and limes."
This is probably "my favourite" one although it is hard to choose, it tastes really nice. It is described as "a sparkling twist on a favourite tropical cocktail."Blue lagoon is made with blended fermented alcohol and superior Caribbean white rum.
This is described as a sparkling flavoured, vibrant red, alcoholic drink that is a heavenly tropical muddle of mangoes, oranges and passion fruit.
This is described as a sparkling , brightly coloured, zesty flavoured, alcoholic drink that provides a crush of ripe pineapple tastes
The directions tell you to avoid alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
The caution tells you to take care opening this bottle because it is highly pressurised.
There is 2.8 units per alcohol per 70cl bottle.
UK chief medical officers recommend that adults do not regularly exceed:
Men- 3 or 4 units a day and Women 2 - 3 units a day.
This has 4% volume.
The Serving Tip
They tell you to enjoy this "chilled in a highball glass" garnished with fresh slices of pineapple.
There website is nicely designed and can be visited at this link: http://www.caribbeantwist.co.uk/
I don't drink much, at the most i treat myself to one bottle "every few weeks." I often choose the Caribbean Twist drink's because they taste really nice. They are my favourite, along side West Coast Cooler, WKD and Archers. I love these because they come in such "a bright assortment" of colours. The blue and green bottles are particularly bright, and are also nice when used with other drinks. The type i have and that my photo is off is the "shaken pina colada" flavour.I am really impressed by their "whole range" of drinks. I have yet to try one that i don't like. So far all of the ones that "i have tried" have tasted really nice. When i opened the blue lid. The first thing i was hit with was the "lovely smell" of coconut which was very prominent. The coconut used in this can be tasted very strongly but it is a really pleasant taste. The drinks that i mentioned including this are "the only" ones that i have ever really liked. As with most other people in the world "It takes something" to really impress me before i will make a "regular occurrence" of buying it and this did.
I love the bottle design "its very fancy" and this is the "initial reason" that bought it. As with most drinks, "it is a lot nicer" when served cold. I have tasted this when it was not chilled and it is "nowhere" nearly as nice as it tastes "when it is freezing cold." I think the bottle is quite big and reasonably priced due to this. This is the sort of drink if you have "one glass" you can enjoy it but if you try to drink two and three drink's, "one after the other" it really does become sickening.When i first seen this flavour, i was "almost" put of by the "milky white" colour that it is. Which you will see in my picture "appearance ways" this wasn't as appealing to me as the blue, green and other bright colours available. This turned out to be a case "similar to the saying" about not judging a book by it's cover. It is actually one of the nicest flavours "in my opinion." Its nice with the serving suggestion of garnishing it with fresh lemons and it's even nicer with "a few ice cubes" thrown into your glass.
The best way i have found to " enjoy this" is to have a glass of it every "now and again" because if i try to drink more than that. It does make me feel sick, there is a after taste and its actually quite pleasant. I can't really taste the pineapple much, the coconut flavour over powers it in my opinion. Its not a bad thing though because although i would have liked the pineapple flavour to be a bit more noticeable it is still a lovely, high quality drink.
Price And Where To Buy It.
This is available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's and costs £1.79 for quite a big bottle of it.
Brand: Caribbean Twist / Type: Readymade Rum Cocktail