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Member Name: louisechackett
Advantages: lovely and crisp when cold, can be bought on offer, nice in cocktails
Disadvantages: not as nice if not cold
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!
Summary: One to drink occasionally
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