Red Square Reloaded. I will admit that reviewing this drink that I have memories of the stereotypical drinker of this particular alcoholic beverage. Spending the evening in the local park sharing a bottle and becoming intoxicated at 14 or 15 years of age. That is the typical stereotype of a Red Square drinker - or any 'alcopop' drinker for that matter. However, I am sure we are not all into stereotyping people due to the drink they consume, and there is no crime in enjoying a bottle on an evening.
Red Square reloaded comes in a 70cl bottle, and costs around £3 - cheaper than a regular alcopop in a nightclub these days! The drink contains vodka and is high in caffeine and taurine. The drink is vodka and a fruit flavoured energy drink hence the picture of angels wings on the bottle. A very popular drink is Vodka Red Bull, and this is an already mixed drink so is very convenient to consume. The 70cl glass bottle is covered in a grey/silver plastic label with colourful writing and the picture of wings on it and is clearly aimed at the young drinker. The reasoning behind the mix of vodka and energy drink is very simple. The energy drink gives you an energy boost/lift, and the effects of the vodka is combined with this, but you are then left with an after-effect that can mean you are drained of energy. The effects of the vodka will generally leave you with a hangover, but the energy drink will also leave you drained, but whilst you are drinking it the feeling is great.
It is fairly safe to say that if you are a wine buff, or a drinker of real ale's then you wont be the type of person that enjoys these alcopop drinks. Red Square Reloaded is aimed at the young market, and is therefore very sweet in taste and I wouldn't drink it as enjoyment in itself. It isn't a drink to savour, more one to drink before you hit the town. I drink these types of drinks so that I don't have to spend a small fortune when I meet my friends in time. For the price and quantity that you get in the bottle, it is a worthwhile drink. As I said, most drinkers won't enjoy this drink due to its sweetness and just how fizzy it is.
Ive always been a fan of red bull and vodka and looked for a cheap version. These bottles go for about £1.98 and have hardly any alcohol in so i thought "why not".
There was a special offer at sainsburys, 3 bottles for £5. I got 3 bottles and went home to drink it. 3 days later i went to have some more and realised it was all gone! My first thought was that someone had had some but my partner hates the stuff so it was obviously me. I didnt think much of it and went and got 2 more bottles. The same thing happened again but i didnt get chance to go to the shop. I went a day without it and fell rough. I was addicted!! I felt angry, i just wanted some more. My partner was the one who said i could be addicted. I thought maybe it was the redbull so i did a bit of googleing. I came across a girl in a situation similiar to mine accept hers was just redbull so i just assumed thats what it was. To test the theory i went and got a can off red bull....and hated it! It was definately the redbull and vodka mix! Ive now stopped drinking it because i was having about 5bottles a week.
The drink itself is simple redbull and vodka but you dont really taste the vodka, this can be quite bad as you forget it got vodka in and that can turn into a very bad night. I would recommend this to someone who likes the typical "alco pop" and likes sweet stuff. But be careful and only buy one bottle at a time so you dont have the temptation.
I'm not the most classiest drinker. I don't quaff Wine, and although I like to buy a bottle of Rose Cava, and Champagne is certainly nice, sometimes I just want a cheap fun drink. If you think about how much a bottle of Vodka would cost and the mixer to go into it, then you can be talking about £15. Yes, you will get a few goes out of this, but this bottle is a bargain £1.91 in my local Sainsburys, so a bit of a bargain to be had. This is pretty cheap anyway, but I find that this can be anything up to around £3 in the more expensive corner shops.
You get this in a 700ml bottle. It would be handy if you can get this in smaller 285ml bottles for a small drink, but sadly not. The bottle is alright looking. It has a plastic wrap around label and it is grey colour. The writing is in red. THere is a picture of some wings on this, and this is probably the energy drink part of it.
So what is this? This is Vodka and Red Bull. I gather by the price of this then it isn't the premium brand of each, but it is tasty anyway. This doesn't have a great strenght to it, it is only 4%, so perhaps a lot of this to get you pretty merry.
This is the usual orange colour that energy drink has. This is fizzy, but not that fizzy, and it seems to go flat quick as well. This tastes best when it is cold, as it isn't so appealing when it is warmed up a bit.
A nice fun drink, that I enjoy now and again.
God this brings back some memories of my youth. Sitting in the park swigging off Red Square thinking we were the coolest girls ever lol. Thank god Ive grown up a bit since then. Anyway I havent drank this for bloody years but I can remember everything about it as if Id drank it this morning! I think this comes in quite a few flavours but I would definately say this one is the best and if I remember rightly it can be picked up quite cheaply, we used to pay about £5 for two bottles but surely its gone up in price over the last few years! The funny thing is this drink used to get us lot really drunk! God wasnt I a lightweight back in the day!
Alcohol Content: 5.5%
Stockists: Off Licenses & Supermarkets (I dont think its widely available in pubs & clubs, not any one Ive been to anyway!)
Contains: Caffeine, Taurine & Vodka
This is not only alcohol but also a stimulant drink.
Price: Around £3 on most supermarket websites (Nice to see the price ahsnt gone up by to much!)
Not suitable for diabetics or pregnant women (obviously!)
You must be 18 or over to drink this.
As this is also a stimulant it is a great drink to have whilst your getting ready to go out because it wont get you totally wasted but it will wake you up while your having abop around your room to your getting ready tunes. This tastes exactly like Red Bull there is no other way to describe it. It also smells and looks exactly like Red Bull but its alcoholic. Funnily enough it tastes nothing like Red Bull & Vodka which surely is the same thing. Anyway the only difference between this and Red Bull is that this has more of a fizz to it, when your pour it into a glass you will really notice this, its sort of like fizzy pop. That is not necassarily a good thing though because that results in the drink making you feel really bloated and makes you burp every 5 minutes, which isnt great if your drinking it with friends.
If you have to much of this I would definately say that it will become sickly because it is really sweet and that results in you getting that horrible phlegm at the back of your throat like some alcopops can give you. This is an okay drink but nothing more, it certainly isnt my top drink and I doubt many people would drink it if it wasnt so cheap because it wont get you drunk. Unless you drink millions of bottles of the stuff!
Now Ive grown up and my tastebuds have developed a bit alcoholwise I doubt I would drink this again unless I was really broke and couldnt afford a really expensive pre going out drink. Its a bit to sweet, leaves a phlegmy aftertaste and gives you gas all night long! I dont really recommend unless your proper broke!
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I am usually quite a spirits drinker, but when I feel like drinking something ready mixed, I usually reach for the red square reloaded.
Its basically vodka and red bull, but made by red square.
I think it tastes great, and not only does it get me quite drunk after a few, the energy drink component in it keeps me very energetic too, so no more falling asleep when drunk lol! Sure thats happened to a good few of us once or twice on here.
This drink mainly comes in a large bottle for around £1.80, and I can normally drink two of these over a night. In some places you can find this drink in smaller, single alcopop style bottles, but its very rare to find them. I have only ever found them once, and I can not remember how much they were each, but I do remember it is better value to buy the larger ones if you plan to have more than a small drink. The alcohol content is about 4% I believe, but I could be wrong.
For a good night out, or in, this is a good drink with a great taste and I recommend to anyone over 18! Drink it responsibly though please!
If beer ends up making you feel bloated and slow, this is a nice change of pace. COLD is the only way to drink it - but it is the kind of drink where you can enjoy a nice little buzz and not feel FULL - the "red bull" edge makes it an easy way to have a couple and get those boring house chores out of the way without wanting an afternoon nap. If I have a bottle of vodka at my disposal I may go a little overboard. Nice taste, a little sweeter than I like, but now my wife actually shares a couple with me and now doesn't nag me about picking up a twelve pack to mow the dang lawn. Now she sends me out to pick up a few so we can hang out and get our weekend work done with energy to spare.
Tonight we decided to have a quiet night in with a DVD, the kids are staying at nannies so off I toddled to the shop to pick up a few bits and pieces for a nice meal. Standing in the queue I was opposite the alcopops when I noticed a new bottle. I picked it up because you've got to have a drink with a DVD, obviously.
Vodka Red Square Reloaded comes in a typical Red Square Ice type bottle except this is covered in a gold plastic meaning you can't see the colour of the drink before you pour it. Red Square comes in all sorts of colours; pink, blue and green to name but a few so this could really be any colour in the rainbow.
Pouring, I see it's a very dull cider colour, if you were picturing the striking Blue Ice or girly Pink Ice you're completely out of the loop. It's the most dull looking drink I've ever seen, sitting there in my glass like a flat lager (Carling...) with just a solitary bubble rising to the top here and there. It smells of the vodka and Red Bull drinks you get in the pub; and being as this drink is a mix of ginseng, caffeine, vodka and tequila this isn't too much of a surprise.
Taking a sip the first thing I notice is a distinct Red Bull flavour to the drink. Note the word 'flavour', Reloaded doesn't *taste* of Red Bull - it's tastes *like* Red Bull. Sort of. Over-riding this flavour is a really weird warm alcoholic flavour, the tequila that doesn't taste of tequila. I can feel the sensation of tequila, the warming feeling at the back of my throat as I swallow... but there's no real tequila taste. No matter how hard I try I can't detect vodka either. Jeeez, this is turning out to be full of false promises. Again, I can feel the harsh kick of vodka in my throat but this time it's worrying. Reloaded is only 5.1% vol so really there shouldn't be enough vodka (which comes in at 40% vol) to produce a kick, what vodka is there should be well diluted by the odd Red Bull-like flavour. Makes me wonder what nasties are causing the vodka kick that isn't vodka.
Still wondering, I popped over to the Asda site to check out the ingredients. The first thing that struck me funny is tequila isn't listed as an ingredient, take this however you like - could be Asda have messed up with their list. Or it could be any one of the SIX (yes, SIX!) E numbers that have been used to create the illusion of tequila. Then I see only a one part vodka to three parts carbonated water is used and I simply can't see where the kick is coming from.
It's not a nice drink. It's not sweet at all, and leaves a horrible cloying aftertaste in my mouth. I personally don't like the atificial tequila warmth of Reloaded, I'm not keen on Red Bull and I like my vodka neat. Reloaded just isn't for me.
From the added caffeine aspect, I didn't really notice that Reloaded kept me any more alert than usual and I suspect you'd have to drink a lot of bottles to ingest enough caffeine to make much of a difference. Have a cup of coffee and a choccie digestive if you want to stay awake and save yourself the foul experience of drinking Reloaded.
A 70ml bottle cost me £2.99 from our little corner shop, although if you buy it from the supermarket you can expect to pay around £2.50.
I?ve never really understood the whole idea of mixing an energy drink like Red Bull with vodka. Surely the two would cancel each other out? Maybe the idea is that you?d still fall down in the gutter, but you?d have the energy to get up afterwards, instead of falling asleep there. Or perhaps it?s so that you can dance all night?like an idiot? But mostly the reason I don?t understand it is that I don?t like either of the products in question. Vodka I can handle, although I don?t tend to, if covered by a mixer. But energy drinks? The smell of Red Bull is enough to put me off, never mind tasting it! And drinks of that nature seem to be loaded with sugar and, not having a particularly sweet tooth, the very thought of drinking one of them makes my teeth curl. So quite what made me say yes when I was offered a bottle of Red Square Reloaded, I will never know. I?m guessing it was probably the snazzy silver coloured bottle that caught my eye, as knowing it contains taurine and wolfberry certainly wouldn?t influence my decision ? I have absolutely no idea what they are. Discovering that it contains 17% cane sugar syrup, however, leaves me on the verge of throwing it away unopened. Having overcome that urge, barely, the smell isn?t awe inspiring, either. It?s certainly got a hint of the nausea inducing Red Bull smell I dislike so much, but there does seem to be a little undertone of something else as well. It doesn?t smell as tooth curlingly sweet as Red Bull straight away, as there?s an almost fruity undertone and a hint of what I?m guessing must be the guarana, seeing as it smells a little like those guarana Boost bars. It?s slightly different in appearance to Red Bull, too. Although the basic colour is that of treacle, not unlike Red Bull, it seems to have a subtle green tint to it. Poured into a glass, it doesn?t appear to be unlike lager, only without a head. But as soon as you take a taste, you?d know it?s not lag
er. Even speaking as someone who has drunk bottles of both Babycham and peach Archers Aqua, this is quite possibly the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted in my life. And with my cooking skills, that?s saying something! It?s so sweet, it?s like drinking sugar. I can feel my teeth packing up and running for safety as I sip. Somehow through all this, there is a slightly bitter herbal aftertaste which, after all the sweetness of the original sugar rush, is a surreal experience, but not enough to save this from being way too much for my tastes. On the plus side, I couldn?t taste the vodka at any point in proceedings. If you don?t have a sweet tooth then there is no way that this will be to your taste. Indeed, it may prove too sweet even for people who do think they have a sweet tooth. If you have no taste buds, however, you?ve got nothing to lose. There?s a warning on the bottle that suggests that if you are sensitive to caffeine, or diabetic, that you should be avoiding this. I?m not sure about the caffeine, as I can?t feel that having any effect and I drink so much coffee in an average day that it would take more than this to keep me awake, but I can see where the warning for diabetics is needed ? this stuff could make a serious mess of your blood sugar level! A 70cl bottle of this stuff will set you back £2.34 at Tesco, although you?ll be hit for £1.39 for a 275ml bottle, which is far worse value, relatively speaking. Prices for vodka based alcopops and alcopop style drinks in general are usually fairly equal anyway, so essentially all this means is that you?re not going to avoid buying Red Square Reloaded for reasons of price. You?re going to avoid buying it because it tastes awful! I got my bottle for free, and I still feel as if I?ve been ripped off!
Getting ready for a night out isn't the same if I don't have a drink or two and listen to Bon Jovi or UB40 while attempting to make my face and hair presentable rather than frightening. Normally I choose white wine or Holsten Pils for my pre night out drink, but when I'm a bit tired as I was yesterday I buy Red Square Reloaded at the corner shop for £1.25 for a 275ml bottle. You can get bigger bottles for £2.99 but they had run out yesterday. Pubs and clubs around here charge anything from £1.50 to £3.00 for the smaller bottle, depending upon the age of the regular clientele. The younger they are the more they are willing to pay it seems. Red Square Reloaded is reasonably strong at 5.5% volume, about the same as Holsten Pils if I remember rightly. Some of the ingredients are caffeine, ginseng, taurine and vodka (13.4%). The wake you up kick coming from the first three. Forgive me if I stray a bit here but the first time that I came across anything like this was Red Bull being sold under the counter of bars and gyms in Malta in the early 90s. At that time Red Bull was illegal on the island because the ingredients were reckoned to be akin to keepmeawake drugs, so I was quite surprised to see Red Bull and the mix drinks like Red Square on sale here a few years later. We drank our illegal drinks with vodka but the young Maltese mainly drank Red Bull on it's own. I remember asking a Maltese friend why so many young men were doing cartwheels late at night. He told me that it was because they had been drinking Red Bull. I had too and even though I was very fit back then I kept my dignity and didn't attempt any cartwheels. Don't think I did any last night either! Red Square bottles are mainly silver with a black neck and red, black and white writing on the labels. My bottles were made of glass but I read somewhere that plastic bottles are available too. The overall appearance is strong; the bottles certai
nly stand out from other brands on the same shelf. The Red Square logo is a bird of prey (falcon?), with outstretched wings and 2 heads outlined in silver on a red background. When the time to open my first bottle came I couldn't find a bottle opener grrrr. Then I remembered the one that I always keep in my handbag with Malta written on it, again reminding me of my illegal drinking. Bottle open, the smell is quite strong. My now sticky nose can't decide what it reminds me of other than my fruit bowl when the contents are starting to get a bit ripe, but not unpleasantly so. The colour is a bit like cider with a faint greenish tinge and the taste is great but doesn't remind me of anything. I don't like the taste of a lot of types of spirits and beers so it is nice when I find something alcoholic that is enjoyable and easy to drink. A big swig and your throat lets you know that you are drinking alcohol and not pop. Yes I've just had some more; I saved a bottle to drink while writing my opinion this afternoon and am feeling quite nice again burp!! Oh no I'd forgotten the downside. Although it doesn't appear gassy, Red Square always makes me burp for England. I tried to avoid that last night by quickly pouring my bottles into a pint glass, making a big frothy head and then leaving the drink to settle. A tip that the landlord of the pub that I used to work for gave me. It doesn't work with this drink, last night burps punctuated nearly every sentence that I spoke and interfered with my drinking process all evening. Today I'm drinking from the bottle and it's started again. Did it keep me going? Yes, I felt refreshed and fresh all at the same time. I managed to strut my stuff from 7.00 pm until midnight without my earlier tiredness catching up with me. I only went home then because the nightclub was a bit quiet (no talent) due to it being Keighley Gala day and the all day drinker
s having a skinful and going home early. Would I buy it again? Yes, I like Red Square unloaded and prefer the original flavour to fruity Alco pops, which can be a bit sickly. Unless I find something similar that doesn't make me burp this is the keep me going drink of my choice, but you can't have everything I'm told. Halewood International Ltd., Roberttown WF15 7LL UK, manufactures Red Square Reloaded Website: www.halewood-int.com You are warned that the drink is not suitable for diabetics and persons sensitive to Caffeine. Other Red Square flavours are: Loganberry Ice, Cranberry Ice, Blueberry Ice, Lemon Ice, Mandarin Ice, Irn Bru Ice and Wolfberry Ice. Haven’t tried any of them but I won’t rule trying any of them out. I found a fun Red Square Club site at www.red-sq.com and enjoyed looking round it. I also enjoyed my night out apart from the burps, curry belly and hangover.
Halewood International has further improved its Red Square range of vodka pre-mixes with the introduction of plastic bottles (PETs) in both Red Square Reloaded and Red Square Lemon Ice. alcoholic drink with Caffeine, Ginseng, Taurine, Wolfberry & abv 5.1% Red Square Vodka. 12.7% vodka. 0.023% caffeine.