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Purchased Apple Sourz from Asda for a very modest £12.50 for a 70cl bottle, however you can purchase it from any good supermarket for around that price. It is often in some sort of sale in many stores so there is usually an opportunity to pick it up slightly cheaper. The reason for buying was I was having a house party and it seemed a sensible route to go down buying a cheaper liqueur to drink in the night instead of the usual vodka and mixer!
The first thing that's hits you with this drink is the smell, a very sweet sickly Apple smell, not the most appetising but not the worst smell ever. The liquid is a deep green colour, which doesn't look particularly promising when poured into a glass.You'd be right if you were worried after seeing the Sourz in a glass, as the taste is nothing short of disgusting. It's very very artificial and sweet.
I wouldn't recommend using it in any cocktail, or for that matter any drink that'll take longer than 2 seconds to drink. It is simply so sickly it makes you feel a little ill whenever you drink it. The sugar in the drink takes its effect too and you suddenly feel very awake. It is only 15% strength but the taste mixed with the smell makes you feel queasy after not too long!
I'm not a hangover type of person, however the Sourz gave me a monster hangover! The sugar and taste mixed with the alcohol makes for a terrible next morning with the taste of Apple in the back of your throat. There isn't much more I can add about the Sourz except really honestly do not buy it! Yes it's cheap, and sounds like a nice fun drink but in reality it isn't. Can only give this disaster 1 star unfortunately.
Price: £11 on special offer (Usually costs £12.50)
Bought from: Asda
How did this green monster get in my shopping trolly?
We were having a house party a few weeks back and aside from getting in the usual wines and beers I saw that this bottle of Apple Sourz was on special offer in Asda so I got a bottle to put in with the shopping. I'd been looking for something a little bit novelty but not too potent and I remembered drinking this a few years back and I don't remember it being too horrid. Here is what I found when I tried it more recently.
Packaging and design:
This comes in a glass bottle with a thick base that narrows towards the cap end. It is green bottle with a silver cap. I would say that the designers have tried to hedge their bets and the bottom of the bottle has quite a sedate swirly pattern in 2 different shades of green. Towards the top of the bottle it had the words "Sourz Spirited Apple" across it. I think that as a 30 something I don't feel that I am too old to be buying this but the name and the colour of the bottle would appeal to a younger customer too. The bottom section and back of the bottle has details to advise you that it is a sweet and sour spirit drink. It also tells you that it is 70cl and 15% in strength. The bottle is not a great shape. Basically if you hold that widest part of the bottle to pour, you have little control over where the neck of the bottle goes and if you are pouring it in to a shot glass it is likely to spill over (even when pouring while sober!) If you hold it at the neck of the bottle you end up with sticky hands as the excess liquid that comes over the rim as you finish pouring seems to collect in the metal section of the lid that stays on the bottle after it has been opened. So a star has been taken off for design and stickiness.
The taste test:
It does taste of Apple, or at least it tastes of what cheap apple sweets taste of rather than actual apples. First off all in a glass of lemonade with ice as recommended on the Sourz website. It tasted "dry" the way dry wine does. It was still very tart even after being mixed with lemonade and although the taste was mostly disguised by the lemonade it was bitter rather than" sweet or sour" so we gave up on the lemonade version and kept it for later for shots. Once the shots came out we poured just less than a 25 ml measure in each glass and passed it round. We had put the bottle in the fridge for a couple of hours thinking that chilling it would help the flavour, and due to the leakage on the neck of the bottle a nasty bright green stain was left in the fridge to be cleaned up. So with a glass of cold straight Sourz we made a toast and drank it back. It was not very nice. I will say it was less offensive or strong that the likes of After Shock but it was still a shock to the taste buds. It still had that "dry"ness about it and left what felt like a powdery coating over my mouth. This is not what I remembered form years ago but I'm not sure if the memory has faded or the recipe but either way I was not impressed with this. A couple of people did take a second shot and the bottle was finished so it wasn't a waste (and thankfully I wasn't left with any) so it did suit some taste buds, but not mine. 2 stars taken off for taste (lack of).
Overall, I know that the name does give it away, "Sourz" so I was expecting a bit of a tangy drink, but for me this tasted more bitter than sour and the apple taste was very synthetic.
Apple Sourz is a sweet flavoured Liqueur from a range that also included Cherry, Raspberry, Black-current, Tropical and Pineapple. It contains 15% Alcohol By Volume and is most commonly seen in a 70cl bottle which is bright green (so bright you could almost spot it a mile away).
It's commonly served as a shot but has a wide number of uses in cocktails. I personally like it with Vodka and lemonade in a high ball glass. It can also be used as part of a pitcher to add a range of flavours. It is enjoyable to drink regardless as it holds is very apple intensive flavour well despite what its mixed with.
As a shot it works well, due to the fact that it is not a fierce or as strong as many other spirits such as sumbuca or tequila that are also often used for shots. It seems a shame to down something so quick that offers such a wonderful experience so don't be in a rush to finish it.
It's taste is rather strong and a bit over whelming if you haven't encountered it before, but otherwise still a great flavour. It offers a lot in terms of sweetness, sharpness and tangyness in a combination that's unmatched by another other spirit out there (maybe with Cactus Jacks Apple coming closest).
Price for a 70cl bottle ranges from around £9.00 upwards depending on your retailer. Apple Sourz is often also found to be on a special offer be it from a supermarket, or a pub or club offering a deal per shot.
It is very easy to find Apple Sourz as these days it seems to be everywhere which isn't a bad thing. While I imagine the taste isn't for every one as a stand alone spirit it has so much potential and should be enjoyed. If you don't like the apple then try one of the other great flavours from the range.
As with all alcohol it is best enjoy in moderation and naturally only by those over the legal age.
It's not often that I get to drink alcoholic drinks anymore especially drinks which are associated as shots! I used to love going out with friends and trying a variety of shots and this sour drink was one which we came across on a drunken night. I only ever had it at the end of the evening when we were really drunk but I always enjoyed it. Now i don't go out very often with being a responsible adult (hmm!) but I did miss having apple sourz! My husband's friend bought some for us when he had been on holiday and I'm so glad he did, it's a proper little treat now!
Sourz shots used to be £1 each and we'd be so drunk we wouldn't be able to really taste it but I always thought that these were nice and I'm glad we managed to buy ourselves a bottle to keep in the house.
The bottle makes it look quite interesting as it's see-throguh and the label at the bottom is quite dark green so it emphasises the green-ness of the drink. It is quite strange seeing a green drink and it draws attention to it. Underneath the lights in a bar it always looked as though it was glowing which was probably what attracted us to it in the first place.
In a bar we'd order it as a shot and everyone would down theirs in one but I used to take my time and sip at it because the flavour is so nice! I now just have it neat over ice in a glass and sip away at it. It tastes like sour apples but in a nice way! it's quite hard to describe but it's similar to having a fizzy apple flavoured sweet so although it is sour it is also sweet too. It is not overly strong, I don't find that it burns my throat when I drink it unlike many other alcoholic drinks. Usually when we had shots they would be awful and would just burn your throat so this one is much softer and I think is probably the reason why I like it so much.
It doesn't taste anything like apple juice, it isn't pretending to be fresh and natural and that is fine by me! I think it's lovely.
I don't drink it regularly, I see it as a bit of a treat and I can't believe we would pay £1 for it and then just drink it back as fast as possible when actually it tastes so nice I like to savour it now.
A shot which is really nice which is a surprise!
~Fruity Apple Sourz~
Amongst the Sourz range of products is a bitter/ sweet tasting apple flavoured Sourz variety that I rather like. I have found that the apple flavoured Sourz mixer drink is the one I like the most from the range. Apple Sourz has a nice sharp yet sweet taste that works well in many cocktails and can also be drunk as it is over ice. The product tastes nice when mixed with lemonade and ice and drunk as a refreshing apple-ade type drink. I feel that Apple Sourz is thirst quenching on a hot day, as it is slightly tangy yet sweet, making a nice sweet and sour tasting cooling long drink.
When making some cocktails I have used the Apple Sourz product in place of a more traditional lemon sours mix (syrup, lemon, base liquor) in some 'sour' type cocktails and found that as long as I add a little lemon juice to the mix, the taste is generally very similar. I recommend mixing a little Apple Sourz, a dash of blue curacao, a measure of vodka, a dash of lemon juice and a good measure of fizzy lemonade, poured over ice to make a cooling long drink perfect for warm summer days.
~Product bottle/ ease of use~
The Sourz bottles are a little bulky and can take up quite a bit of room when placed in a drinks or kitchen cupboard, as they are a little wider than many similar bottled products. In my opinion the bottle lids do fit the bottle tops reasonably well, although they can become sugary and sticky if not wiped over after you have poured out your measure of Sourz. This can effect the seal they give, which may in turn have an effect on how long the product can be safely stored for. A quick wipe over with a clean damp cloth will solve this quite easily. The base of the product bottle is heavy and quite wide making it something that is not easily tipped over by accident. Each Sourz product comes in a colour co-ordinated bottle that I feel makes each flavour easy to identify, with the Apple Sourz bottle being a bright fresh apple green colour. I find it easy to pour a measure of Sourz from the bottle without spilling it.
~Price/ product rating~
The cost of a bottle of Apple Sourz is quite reasonable in my opinion as you can very often pick up a full sized bottle for as little as £8 to £9 in many of the larger supermarkets. The highest price I have seen for a bottle of Apple Sourz is £11, which is still fair value in my opinion. Apple Sourz is something that can be simply mixed with lemonade to make up a cooling long drink, or mixed in to a cocktail if wanted, making it a versatile mixer product. My rating for Apple Sourz is 4 stars as I feel that amongst the product range there is a Sourz flavour to suit many moods and tastes.
Quite often when there is a night out planned local to me my family will head round to my house to get ready and have some pre drinks before we go out! We love the getting ready experience as much as the night out in many cases! As such I do like to keep a stock of drinks in for times like these and more often than not I will have a couple of bottles of sourz in because they are a versatile drink. One of the bottles that I have had recently is the apple flavoured sourz and this is my review of it.
Sourz is a range of sweet and sour fruit flavoured spirits which seems to have been around for a while but seems more popular right now as they keep releasing new flavours and things! I have tried quite a few of the products in the range but this review focuses on the apple flavour. The apple sourz comes in a glass bottle which is covered entirely with a bright green plastic. I like how you can actually look at the shelf at the sourz range and hazard a good guess as to what the flavour may be even if you do not know the brand! It features the product name and flavour in white and we are told that this is a sweet and sour spirit. The sourz apple comes in a 70cl bottle and costs between £8 and £12 depending on if you can find it on offer which you sometimes can in the supermarkets.
The sourz apple bottle features a silver twist top lid and once this is removed you can smell the drink which has a strong artificial apple scent to it. The actual spirit is a bright green colour which probably does your insides no good at all but it serves the purpose of looking like an apple flavoured drink at least! There are a few ways that you can drink this particular spirit and those are to drink it as a shot, mix it with a mixer or use it in a cocktail. More often than not we will choose to drink this one as a shot as we are getting ready but you could mix it with lemonade for a fizzy apple-ade style drink!
This drink does have quite a kick to it and you will find particularly if you drink it as a shot that it has a sweet taste initially but once you swallow if you will be left with quite a sour and tangy after taste. The drink isn't really difficult to shot though and I prefer the after taste of this one to that of the raspberry flavoured sourz which I just do not like as a shot at all. At 15% volume it isn't the strongest drink out there but it isn't a particularly weak one either and I do think this has to be taken in to account when you are drinking it because it is quite easy to drink. I have to say sourz doesn't tend to get me very drunk though as a rule!
A bottle of apple sourz will usually last me quite a while because of the fact that we only tend to shot this and I tend to prefer the cherry sourz when I am mixing a drink with a mixer personally and so for this reason I think it is a good product to have in at home for a girls night out pre drinks. I would certainly continue to buy this apple sourz and think it is a good quality, reasonably priced option for a pretty versatile drink.
Thanks for reading my review!
I am a huge fan of the sourz brand of drinks. They have to be some of the nicest tasting alcholic beverages on the market. I first treid sourz around a year ago when a university friend bought a bottle over to my flat to try before a night out. since then I have indeulged in the world of sourz. Sourz is a fruity alcoholic drink which comes in may flavours, my favouite is apple! As the title suggests, it is sour. I love sour tasting things so this is right up my street!
Sourz is constantly at different prices, usually a 700ml bottle costs around £12. But for a long time in asda and tesco it has been on offer at £9. It is quite expensive seeing as the alcholic content of the drink is only 15%. This however does not matter too much because the taste is fantastic and I am happy to pay £9 for a bottle. Unfortunately because it is so easy to drink a bottle does not last me a very long time. It isnt brilliant value for money, but you are paying for the brand and also the taste.
It tasted very much of apple. I love drinking a small glass of this with ice! It isn't too strong, I believe it is just about right. The sour taste makes it so morish. I like to also mix this with lemonade and make it last a little longer. The taste is strong and tastes very much like apples, this is brilliant if you are a fan of apples like me. To my surpise last week when I went out clubbing they were doing shots of apple sourz for £1 in my favourite club. What I like most about sourz is the face that it is not very strong so you can get away with drinking a fair bit, it doesn't tend to get you too drunk and you can actually enjoy the flavours it produces in your mouth. It is a very fun drink and I love the design of the bottle, it just looks so tempting. I think this drink is more directed at the younger teenage/twentysomething category. I would consider this a young perons drink! This is widely available in bars too. I have tried a couple of copy cat brands of this and they don't even come close to this. Its orignal and brilliant!
I recommend that you give this a go. its a fun drink with a small kick, great for cocktails. Its the sort of thing that you can let your imagination take you to create a drink! I have even added this to coke and it gave a nice interesting flavour. experiment or drink straight! There are good times ahead with apple sourz. This gets a huge 5 star rating! one of my all time favourite beverages! thanks for reading my review on apple Sourz. Hope it helped.
Josh - jlaker1992
Renowned for its overwhelming 'real' taste of apples, this liqueur inspires the cocktail maker in you, or may be drunk neat, or on the rocks.