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I much prefer this Alco pop (which I call it) compared to WKD. This drink when ice cold is so refreshing its pretty awesome. I am not keen on Lemon flavoured drinks and to be honest the first time I had tried this drink I wasn't so keen on it but as the years have gone on I quite like it. Still its not a drink I would buy on a night out as can be expensive compared to other stronger drinks. I like to have this if I'm relaxing in the house and need something refreshing. Like WKD this drink can be very sickly if you drink too much so just watch out. This drink is available to buy in a small bottle or a large depending on how much you know your going to drink helps with the choice and try and buy it when its on offer. Overall if you haven't tried it I would recommend that you do.
Alcopops are a fairly recent development in the "drinking" world. It began in the 1990s with the likes of Hooch and Mad dog 20/20 bringing a variety of alcoholic beverages which were mainly fruit or juice flavoured to give them the perception of being more like a fizzy drink hence where the name alcopop sprang from. Smirnoff introduced the Ice range in the late 1990s, currently in the UK there is the "original" red label and the black label bottles to buy although the red label does tend to the one stocked in most places. Price/Availability Smirnoff Ice red is available in most pubs and clubs, in my 11 years of drinking about and about Ive probably came across handful of places which didn't sell it and these are the kind of places which don't serve alcopops full stop. The black variety is less stocked but is still available in some places. Both varieties are sold in 275ml size glass bottle, although some places do plastic bottles for around £3 but it will depend on your local price ranges. In the supermarkets the red variety again is well stocked, you can get 4 x 275ml which is around £4 per pack, 10 x 275ml £10 per pack and 70cl size £3 per bottle. Now many supermarkets do tend to have these on multibuy offers so its worth shopping around but typically expect to pay around £1 per 275ml bottle when buying in a pack, some smaller supermarkets and local shops might be more like £1.50 so it does depend on where you go. The black variety again I have seen it in these sizes but its not so well stocked anymore so you might need to shop around for these, I normally tend to find them in small local shops rather than chains. Taste Ive never actually tried the black variety so I cannot comment on the taste of this but I have had the red variety on many occasions over the years. The red ice used to be my tipple of choice, as a teen I would drink these if I was out or socialising with friends. As Ive got older my tastes have changed and I found myself enjoying them less and less. The taste is very similar to vodka and lemonade, but the colour of it makes it more of a cloudy lemonade taste and flavour. To drink these they must be cold, warm they don't taste right but chilled its very refreshing and has a lovely taste to it. As a teen I used to drink anything up to 15 bottles of these, now I find them far to sweet and gassy to drink but the occasional one is nice especially on a warm summer afternoon. Overall I do not condone excessive drinking or binging among adults or teens but as an introduction to alcohol goes this is a perfect choice. I personally am not to keen on the taste of vodka and so alcopops like these are a good way to get used to the taste. I can understand why they do get a bad rep as they do tend to be drank by the younger crowd. Overall they are nice and refreshing to drink, I cant drink anymore than 2 or 3 bottles because they are quite sweet but that's my personal taste. Worth a try though.
=Smirnoff Ice= One of the last standing from the breed of Alco-pops. There has been a wide variety over the years, but Smirnoff has been one that has held its place in the market. =Smirnoff= Smirnoff is a popular brand of Vodka, and the Smirnoff Ice is based on the Vodka, and has 2 varieties, the Red label and the black label. =Bottles= Both of these varieties can be brought in a standard 1 serve bottle, or a 70cl bottle, the alcohol content is 5%. =Red Label= This is the lemon variety, this is a like a cloudy lemonade to look at, a slightly grey appearance, which at first you do look at with is this a normal colour, yes it is. With this the alcohol content is not apparent in taste, but it does have a strong lemon taste, as though someone has sat there and squeezed in an extra squirt of lemon juice. I would say that this is an acquired taste. =Black Label= I was surprised when I discovered that this flavour was lime, because for me it just tasted like lemonade with a slightly sharper kick. The drink in this is clear. =Gas= Unfortunately a major downside to this product is it is gassy, and after about 2 or 3 bottles, unfortunately, I feel very bloated and feel that I am in need of some settlers! =My Age= I have gone past the stage of drinking Alco-pops in the pub, but that doesn't stop me buying a 70cl bottle of the black label for a treat at home, about once a month that my treat, and a bottle lasts me 2 nights. =Would I recommend= I would say yes have one or two bottles, but after that, then it is at your own risk, the product is very sweet and I feel it is more designed for the ladies than the gentleman. =Overall Score= A 3/5 - It is a product that has held its own in an ever changing market.
Smirnoff do a range of fruity alchopops that are not as harsh as wine, or spirits. They are occasionally enjoyed at parties as well as out on the town. Why I wanted to try this... I wanted to try this because on my birthday, I never want to get too drunk, I want to enjoy a nice drink without getting too drunk. Plus I love the taste of alchopops in general. I am used to drinking other kinds of low percentage drink but I had never tried Smirnoff. Packaging... Depending on the bottle you get, they can come in cardboard packaging. The bottle themselves are a see through glass with various labels. The one on the front says the Smirnoff name and there is one on the neck of the bottle as well as the bottom. Flavours.... The two main flavours are lemon and lime. The clear bottles with the cloudy liquid and red labels are the lemon flavour. The bottles with the black label and clear liquid are the lime favoured ones. On top of this, Smirnoff have made other flavours however, I have not seen them. These flavours include raspberry, mango, pomegranate, loads of flavours! Ingredients.... Vodka, Lemon-lime soda, Sugar, Fruit juice. Other bits.... It is a 4% acholholic beverage, Should not be consumed by children! Should not be consumed when pregnant or nursing! What my senses thought.... The flavour is okay, it tastes like a bottle of cloudy lemonade with a tinge of alcohol, it has not got a strong kick. It's a very very sweet drink and I have noticed it does not make me gassy like other drinks. I love the look of the liquid, like I have said it looks like cloudy lemonade. It smells like lemonade and if this makes any sense, it smells fizzy. My experience.... Well I tried it for the first time last night, my grandmother in law gave me one. I had to use a bottle opener to get the cap off. I found the bottle very easy to hold. It tasted much like cloudy lemonade, quite citrusy in fact. As I said, it did not make me gassy much at all. I did notice that you could not taste much alcohol but it did give me heartburn. Availability.... You can buy the big 700ml bottles as well as the 275ml bottles in supermarkets and shops. Price... Sometimes the big bottles are on offer 2 for £5. And you can buy 4x275ml bottles for around the same price. Advantages... The flavour is nice and it is not too strong I also found the bottle very attractive They are cheaper than some alchopops Disadvantages.... The price, even though they are cheaper, it is still quite expensive for a drink, I could buy a bottle of wine for what I pay for Smirnoff.. Would I recommend? Yes I would, but only if someone else was buying!
Smirnoff Ice is an Alcoholic beverage which belongs to the Alcopop category. By using the term Alcopop, I mean a pre-mixed alcoholic drink which contains various fruit juices. Although I don't drink Smirnoff Ice now a days, I did actually come across a shop in Belgium last month that was selling them, and I decided to buy a couple of bottles. It was more of a nostalgic purchase more than anything as I used to love drinking these when I was a child. Now Smirnoff Ice's are only 4% in alcoholic percentage, which is why they are so popular with revellers of the night! Not only this but they taste so good, you can't really taste the alcohol. They have a slight citrus flavour to them. The problem I see with Smirnoff Ice is that they are so much more expensive than regular drinks. I remember years ago paying up to £3 in a bar for a 330ml bottle, which is far too much, especially when it's like drinking a fruit juice. If you buy these from the supermarket, you can normally get 2 large 700ml bottles for £5, which is far more reasonable. For those who like something a bit difference, I recommend trying a cocktail called a 'Turbo Shandy'. It's basically half a pint of Stella mixed with half a pint of Smirnoff Ice.... it tastes great! Another plus point is that Smirnoff won;t get you bloated on a night out like beer does, allowing you to dance the night away. All in all, for a refreshing alcoholic beverage, try Smirnoff Ice.
I'm not really a massive fan of bottled alcoholic drinks - I prefer to choose a spirit and mixer if I am drinking. However, particularly in my younger days, it is sometimes easier to choose a bottled drink and, in those instances it is Smirnoff Ice that I opt for the majority of the time. Smirnoff is, for those unaware, a popular brand of vodka. The Smirnoff Ice drink mixes that vodka with lemon (red label) or lime (black label). The red label drink is probably the most popular and this has a cloudy white appearance, the black label is clear and colourless. This can be bought in individual glass bottles (price is very dependent on where you purchase from!) or larger bottles of 70Cl. It's alcohol content is 5%. If given a choice, I would choose the red label as this is sweeter and tastes like a cloudy lemonade. It is very lemony and the alcohol taste is not very apparent. It is very gassy though and after two or three of these, I feel very bloated and uncomfortable. I find the black label easier to drink in this way - it is much less gassy and a little more refreshing. The drinks are quite calorific though so not too ideal for regular drinking. I do find Smirnoff Ice to be quite handy to have in the house though as it is an excellent ingredient in cocktails. It adds a lemony fizz with an added alcohol kick so is useful to use as a mixer in this way. This isn't a drink I consume much these days as my tastes have changed and it was probably l the sweetness that appealed to my younger self. It is still perfectly palatable to me but too gassy to enjoy drinking often.
these a lot when I was younger so opted for a case of them when I was looking for something low alcohol to drink that would be refreshing at the same time. Smirnoff Ice comes in two varieties, normal and black label. I chose the normal red label variety and chilled them for a couple of days before I cracked opened my first bottle. The first few tastes were nice. The bitter lemon taste is strong but refreshing and cuts through your thirst with east. As with most alcopops, there was no taste of alcohol whatsoever and the first bottle was finished in no time. By the time I was half way through my second, I had already begun to sicken of the strong taste. It felt quite heavy and as a gassy product, I felt quite bloated already. After just two bottles of this I had had enough and couldn't drink anymore. I would say that one or two of these would be fine but they would be too sickening if drunk all night and therefore I would avoid buying a whole case of them in the future.
My daughter loves these Smirnoff Ice drinks and at times I have drank one too. I really do think that I should like them but when I have one I realise I don't but somehow keep wanting to try one! I like lemonade and I like Vodka so I find it bizarre that I don't like these! These are alcopop drinks, it was one of the first alcoholic drinks that my daughter had, when she turned 18 she had a party and I remember buying her these and it seemed to be the only alcopop they wanted, it was seen as fashionable to drink these. Now I think there is much more choice. It is Smirnoff Vodka mixed with lemon so it tastes like vodka and lemonade which I guess this pretty much is really! It comes in a clear bottle with a red label. It doesn't look like a teenage drink so I think this probably why they were so insisted on having these so they could look as though they were being 'grown up'. It tastes very, very sweet, far too sweet for me. The sugary taste is too much for me and if I have more than two I don't have to stop because I feel drunk but because I feel sick from the sweetness! Saying that, if I have one I find that I drink it rather quickly as it tastes just like having a normal drink and so I can see why youngsters have these and get very drunk on them as they don't taste very strongly of alcohol. They probably get high off sugar too! In my opinion these are actually quite dangerous drinks, disguising the flavour of vodka so much with such a sweet lemonade-type drink. I can see lots of youngsters drinking these and getting very drunk without much thought. This is not a drink for me really.
~Smirnoff Ice~ Smirnoff Ice is an alcopop type drink produced by popular vodka brand Smirnoff. This drink has a 4% alcohol content. It is described as 'a vodka mixed drink with the classic taste of lemon'. Smirnoff Ice is available in 275ml single bottles and a larger 70cl bottle. This drink is simply presented in a typical Smirnoff Vodka designed glass bottle. The difference is in the colour of drink. 100ml of Smirnoff Ice has 64 calories and 8g of carbohydrates. Smirnoff Ice is widely available in supermarkets, pubs, clubs and local shops. Expect to pay around £5.00 for a pack of four x 275ml bottles or £3.00 for the large 70cl bottle from supermarkets. Pub and club prices will vary. ~My Thoughts~ I very rarely drink but when I do wish to have a tipple, I rarely opt for anything heavy. I favour fruity alcopops over wine and beer. If at a party or on a night out, I usually vary my drinks between WKD, Bacardi Breezer and Smirnoff Ice. I get bored of drinking the same thing so like a bit of variety. This does seem to be a popular drink. Smirnoff Ice is a cloud white colour and is best served ice cold. I am happy to drink this from the bottle using a straw and find that it lasts me longer this way. When the bottle is opened, a light fizzy hiss is noticeable. This alcopop has a nice fizz which isn't harsh or overpowering but it certainly isn't weak. It is just right in my opinion. Smirnoff Ice has a pleasant smell of real lemons and I would say that you really need to like the taste of lemons to appreciate this drink. I do like the taste of Smirnoff Ice as it is deliciously sweet. The lemon taste is very strong and whilst it is refreshing, it does have quite a strong, sweet sugary flavour to it which some might find a little much. I find that the sweetness takes the edge of the tangy lemon a little making this drink more palatable. I personally like it. The vodka taste is very diluted by the lemon and I only notice it as a light aftertaste. This is fine for me as I'm not a fan of strong spirits. The alcohol content is low but care should still be taken with drinking too many of these alcopops. I find Smirnoff Ice to be pleasant, thirst quenching drink. It is one which I would opt for on a warm day as it is light and refreshing. As I am not a big drinker, I find that one or two alcopops gives me a feeling of being a bit tipsy. To be honest, I wouldn't drink several of these in one sitting as they are very sweet. I find that drinking one and then switching to something different is better for me as Smirnoff Ice becomes quite sickly if drunk it high quantities. ~Conclusion~ Smirnoff Ice is a little bit more expensive than WKD but I find the quality of the drink to be worth the higher cost. It is a sweet, refreshing lemon drink perfect for consuming during the Summer. I recommend it. Thanks for reading x
About Smirnoff ice: - It's a pre-mixed vodka drink mixed with lemon. -Its alcohol content is only 4%. -It is available as a small individual bottle (275ml), a larger bottle and also as a multipack. -It is generally drank on its own but sometimes used as part of a cocktail mixture. My personal opinion on Smirnoff ice: Smirnoff ice is a alcopop that costs around £1.35 for a 275ml bottle (multipacks work out cheaper). I enjoy drinking it because it is only 4% and even if I drink around 6 or 7, I rarely feel drunk because they taste a lot like soft drinks and are really easy to drink. I am also very rarely hungover from Smirnoff ice because although it contains vodka, it is only around a tenth as strong as neat vodka. It's really refreshing due to the strong lemon flavour and is a great drink to have on a summers day. I prefer to have it with ice to water it down even further. It's a great drink to have on a night out if you just want to take it easy, its refreshing, light and although it is fizzy, I am very rarely bloated by it. You can also buy cheaper versions of Smirnoff Ice whish are better value for money but tend to taste slightly different.
I very rarely drink alcohol at all and when I do I tend to stick to either vodka or alcopops as there is very little else that I actually like the taste of. One of the alcopops I quite like is Smirnoff Ice which I guess is stereotypically classed as a younger persons drink and quite often I do see local teenagers out and about round town drinking this drink. Smirnoff Ice appeared during the late 1990's though it does seem like it has always been around! Smirnoff Ice is a bottled pre-mixed vodka which is citrus flavoured and I think it just tastes like a soft drink rather than it being an alcoholic drink. I think this is why I like it and can drink quite a lot of it as it really quenches my thirst and doesn't feel like I am drinking vodka at all. Smirnoff Ice is 4% alcohol which is pretty standard in alcopops really. The bottle features a large red label on the front which depicts the name and the bottle top is bright red in colour also so you can see at a glance which variation of the drink you are picking up. Looking at the drink it has the look of a very pale cloudy lemonade and looks quite thick in consistency. The drink comes in a 275ml bottle as standard but there are also larger bottles now available. As I say, the drink is classed as citrus flavoured and it does have a very lemon-y taste to it which is actually quite sharp. Although I do think it is good for quenching my thirst it does get a little sickly if I drink too much of it which I am glad about as I don't like getting drunk but as you can't taste the alcohol in the drink it would be easy to get drunk off Smirnoff Ice! As many people do, I tend to drink Smirnoff Ice from the bottle through a straw but my main reason for doing this is because if I drink it normally it makes my teeth feel weird! Currently you can buy Smirnoff Ice from Tesco for £4.75 for a pack of four, or alternatively the 70cl bottle for £3.25 (2 for £5.50 at the moment!). I do quite like Smirnoff Ice on the odd occasion I do drink as an alternative to Wkd which I do like a lot. Thank you for reading my review.
This is another alcopop review, this time looking at Smirnoff Ice which is almost like lemonade with added vodka. I first drank this drink when I was 17 and out on a night with my work colleagues at the time, I don't tend to drink it all that often anymore I think I sickened myself with it over a period of time. This is widely available from local corner shops to supermarkets to pubs and bars although a lot of places such as clubs these days tend to serve it in plastic bottles rather than the classic glass. There are two sizes of this drink available the smaller single serve bottles and the larger sharing bottles, the smaller bottles in bars etc will cost you in the region of the £2 mark whereas buying in a supermarket you can buy them in packs of 4 for around the £5 mark and the larger bottles cost around £3 each which makes it an affordable drink at home. The bottle is fairly simple, the labelling is the same as the classic Smirnoff vodka label and is glass and transparent allowing you to see the cloudy liquid inside. The glass seems pretty tough although I don't recommend throwing it around to test it's durability. The smaller bottles have a bottle cap and the larger are screw caps. The liquid inside is cloudy and almost grey looking and is obviously fizzy, on releasing the cap there is the pop of fizzy drinks and there is a pungent lemon scent to it. The drink is refreshing but I have to say drinking it at room temperature makes it very sickly, almost like drinking straight sugar but with it chilled there is a less sickly taste. It's very fizzy with a lemon taste to it that is very cleansing and tasty. This is better during the summer months as it is very refreshing however if you drink too much of it, it does become very sickly and just too much. Although is has a lemonade taste to it, it does taste much sweeter than regular lemonade. I also found that despite the addition of vodka is really isn't as detectable as you would think it tastes nothing like alcohol which I think is the attraction of it. This was one of the staple drinks in my younger years but these days one of the smaller bottles seem to be all I can handle, it makes me feel terribly nauseous otherwise. This is a good drink if you're looking for something that isn't hard hitting on the alcohol but is alcoholic. It's also good if you want to pace your alcohol intake as it isn't hard on the alcohol, there is around 2 units per large bottle however there is a lot of calories so it's worth bearing this in mind if it's a consideration for you.
According to an article I read, "Smirnoff is a brand of vodka owned and produced by the British company Diageo. The Smirnoff brand began with a vodkadistillery founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov (1831-1898), the son of illiterate Russian peasants. It is now distributed in 130 countries. It is produced in several countries including USA, Italy, Northern Ireland and Scotland." This Smirnoff Ice is a Triple Filtered malt beverage which has an alcohol percentage of 4%.I think they have done well with this spin-off product from their original vodka as it is very tasty and something a bit different than just straight vodka but still has the vodka appeal and taste to it, a clear very alcohol drink. Smirnoff Ice is best described as an Alcopop, so named as to appeal to the younger generation of drinker as it has a sweet taste and is bottled and packaged in a way that will appeal to young people who are out on the town. It is somewhat of a girls drink as well, I think guys liek to be seen to be drinking beer when they are out and are often made fun of if they drink a girly drink and I do have to say that mostly it is girls you see drinking this drink. I think thats due to the fact that it has a pleasant fruity taste, goes down quite easily and is lovely served ice cold just from the fridge. When I go out one of my drinks of choice is a Smirnoff Ice. I do like to drink beer and wine but mainly when I have a meal, if I am just out for a couple of drinks i like to drink spirit based drinks and this one is really nice. What I like about Smirnoff Ice is that they will have it in most bars that you ask for it so it is widely stocked as it is a very popular drink. I find it a very sweet drink, with a very light fruity taste to it. It is said to have the classic taste of lemon and you can definitely taste the sharpness of lemon in this drink as well as getting a very citrussy base taste to it. The drink is a bit sickly and I find if I have quite a few my mouth goes a bit dry and you really feel like you have had a bit too much of a thick sickly beverage. That's not to say that the first couple don't go down very easily, this is a very refreshing drink if you like sweet drinks and it is very drinkable. You cannot really taste the alcohol in this drink which I guess is a bit dangerous but you can definitely get drunk on these quite quickly. The liquid itself is a white colour and is a bit misty. In the pubs and clubs Snirnoff Ice is generally sold in 275ml bottles which are a good serving size in my opinion. Prices vary according to bar but if you bought these in the supermarket you can expect to pay about £5 for a pack of four which is not too bad. A nice alcopop but please drink responsibly!!
My first ever memory of drinking an alcoholic drink is a fond one as it was at my dad's wedding. The drink in question was Smirnoff Ice and I still occasionally buy it now. Smirnoff ice is available to purchase in two different size bottles, 70cl or a smaller bottle. It is widely available to purchase whether out on the town for a night out or in supermarkets. It costs a lot more in pubs and clubs than it does in the supermarket, supermarket prices are never usually more than £3 for the bigger bottle and they are regularly on either 2 for £5 or 3 for £8 offers. The larger bottle is the one I will be reviewing today as it's the one I purchase most often. The large glass bottle is a trademark of alcopops such as this one, the glass in this one seems to feel a lot more toughened than other alcopop bottles I've come across. It has the very familiar Smirnoff red branding on the front of the bottle and a label on the back displaying all of the normal information you get with alcohol products. The lid is a metal screw top lid and it's easy to break the seal on the first time you open it. The drink itself has a cloudy white colour to it, looking a lot like cloudy lemonade. Once the bottle has been opened there is an apparent sweet smell to it. I personally like to keep my drink in the fridge as I prefer cold alcopops and tend to drink this more over the summer months as it does have a thirst quenching refreshing taste to it. On the first taste you are instantly met with the sweetness of the lemon in the drink and the fizziness does knock you back for six if you aren't used to the taste. Although this is a vodka based alcopop you can't really tell as there is no taste of vodka in any way in the drink nor does it smell like it either. Overall it simply tastes of a lemonade drink but sweeter and fizzier. I personally love sitting out in the sun in the early evening during the summer with a glass of Smirnoff ice, I find it very refreshing. If you like lemonade, give it a go!
I don't actually drink alcohol all that often but when I do I have quite selective tastes. I cannot stomach wine, lager or beer and so I tend to stick to spirits, cocktails or alcopops. One of the drinks that I have had both as a individual drink and used in a cocktail is Smirnoff ice and this in my review of it. Smirnoff ice is basically an alcopop that seemed to appear at the same sort of time as WKDs. The drink comes in a clear glass bottle which features the red Smirnoff branding and so anyone familiar with the Smirnoff brand would immediately associate this with the vodka giants and I personally think that I see this as one of the better quality alcopops simply because of the fact that it is made by Smirnoff. The glass bottle does have a lid on it which needs to be removed by a bottle opener if you buy it in a 275ml bottle but you are able to buy larger 700ml bottles which come with a screw top lid. I think that the larger bottles are ideal really when you want to make cocktails or have a few drinks of this over the course of a night. The actual drink is basically what I would class as low alcohol cloudy lemonade! The drink has the look of cloudy lemonade and it has the same citrusy taste as well. I think the Smirnoff ice has quite a kick to it in terms of the lemon taste and it is quite fizzy too so I cannot gulp this one down or I will suffer for it. I find the drink is best served when it has been cooled in the fridge for quite some time, preferably over night or longer, as it seems to just taste better and sharper when drank this way. I have used this drink along with orange Bacardi breezer and blue WKD to make a cocktail drink which we christened the skittles cocktail as it is really fruity and tastes remarkably like the skittles sweets! Even having drunk this in a cocktail or on its own I am never going to get drunk off this drink because it has just a 5% ABV. A 275ml bottle has 1.1 unit values according to drink aware. I do quite like this drink when it is nicely chilled but if it is a case of drinking a bottle that has been left out I have to say I would probably skip this because it just seems a bit too tart for my tastes. On a night out I tend to avoid this one as well because the fact that it is really fizzy does tend to bloat me up and that is not a good look on a night out obviously. I will buy this one in probably around Christmas to mix it with other drinks to make the nice tasting cocktail again and I would certainly say fans of crisp, lemony drinks will enjoy this one. A 275ml bottle of this in a pub or somewhere would probably set you back around £2.50 or £3.00 depending on where you purchase it but you can buy a twelve pack for the usual selling price of £13.00 from Tesco. A 700ml bottle will cost you around £3.25 in a supermarket but they are often on a two for five pounds offer so it is worth shopping around. Thank you for reading my review!
A blend of Smirnoff vodka with the classic taste of lemon.