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Sainsbury's Sea Breeze

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Alcopop

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      16.05.2011 19:02
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      Eugh!

      It was my birthday on Saturday and despite the fact I was expecting only to see my mum and Ma-in-law we ended up with a house full. When my sister phoned to say she was coming up from Northampton I asked her to bring a few drinks in as the single bottle of Archers and bottles of Magners wouldn't stretch to keep everyone happy.

      One thing she bought was this ready-mixed Sea Breeze cocktail from Sainsburys. It comes in a 700ml glass bottle with screw top lid, the bottle has changed since Dooyoo added the piccie above and it now has a silvery cocktail shaker appearance.

      A Sea Breeze is traditionally made by shaking together vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice. There is no list of ingredients on the bottle so I can't say whether Sainsburys have stuck to this or not, but I can definitely taste these three specific flavours - as well as other, less well defined, tastes.

      I only had one glass as this is an absolutely vile drink, from the first sip it reminded me of the old 20/20 which was the (cheap and readily available) booze of choice when I was a teenager in the early 90s. The drink tastes less like vodka and more of meths, the fruity flavours are completely spoilt by the nasty alcohol kick and this also gives the cocktail a very bitter flavour. The main flavour that comes through is the cranberry juice; I usually adore anything cranberry flavoured but in this it's awful, the cranberry tastes like cordial which has had too much water added and doesn't compliment any of the other flavours at all.

      The grapefruit is there more as an aftertaste than anything else, it's not the bitterest ingredient (that honour goes to the cranberry juice) but doesn't really do anything to sweeten this horrible drink up.

      In this bottle there are 8.4 units and the alcohol content is 12%, this is roughly the strength of a standard bottle of wine so if you were to drink enough of it you'd definitely find yourself with a headache the next day. I could never drink that much of this particular Sea Breeze as it tastes so awful (20/20 does not promote very good memories for me!) so the hangover issue isn't a problem!

      My sis paid £7.99 for this, which is an absolutely scandalous price for such a cheap tasting (and no doubt very cheap to make) cocktail drink - I'd personally have expected it to cost a few quid less than this as after all I can buy a bottle of supermarket branded spirits for less than that. They taste better too.

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        03.03.2010 16:23
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        Good but no comparison to the Mojito

        I have heard of a sea breeze cocktail but never tried one before. So when I saw this in Sainsbury's I picked one up.

        This costs about £5.00 so a good bargain for a ready mixed cocktail.

        I liked the flavour of this but it just tastes like juice. It is made of cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, white wine, sugar and vodka. This doesn't feel like an alcoholic beverage, and I like strong cocktails so this one wasn't for me.

        The main flavour of this is the cranberry, there is a tiny hint of vodka, but nothing to get excited about. It tastes nice, but to me it just tastes like a soft drink.

        The alcohol percentage of this drink is 14% and it is 9.8 units of alcohol which is a huge amount, so I wouldn't recommend drinking it all in one go.

        Unlike the mojito in this range I don't think you could water this down, so you will only get about 4 small glasses out of it.

        This is a nice fruity drink but I wouldn't really call it a cocktail, it's good but it's no mojito.

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      Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Alcopops