On Friday me and a friend decided that we would get some drinks and have an evening in. For some reason he decided that shots were necessary and unbeknown to him I am never one to turn down a shot so I wasnt going to argue. He knew he wanted something from the Sourz range or similar but after going to the large co-op near my house and then Morrisons this was the only version on offer. This was fine by me as I have had this before and I knew I liked it. I assume it was fine with him too as he bought it! He paid £8.99 for a 70cl bottle which is 700ml.
The bottle is exactly the same as shown above and I do really like the design. However, it is quite feminine so therefore some men may be put off. Also, there is no way of seeing what is left in the bottle which is a bit of a nuisance. There is a silver screw cap which is easy to open.
The drink is of course a shot which is designed to be consumed straight and in small amounts. In a pub your standard shot is 25ml but some pubs do serve 35ml shots so in effect this bottle should provide you with 20 large shots or 24 regular shots. This is a really good amount in my opinion because in a pub you can easily pay £2 per shot so at less than 50p a shot this does represent good value for money.
The liquid is easy to pour and is a nice deep pink in colour. We had ours in shot glasses and as soon as the shots are poured you can detect a strong sweet fruity scent. Drinking the shot is easy. Although the shot does taste sour, in my opinion it is nowhere near as sour as its apple alternative. You get a strong fruity sour flavour and it does provide a strong sour flavour but it doesnt taste overly of alcohol.
The sourz is a 15% drink which is quite strong, its more than your regular wine but less than spirits. We drank this alongside other drinks but I do know from past experience that after 3 or 4 of these shots I start to feel the effects. Because of the way you drink these it is important to ensure you stay hydrated with water or soft drinks or other drinks because otherwise you are taking in a lot of alcohol and not much by way of actual hydration.
The drink certainly did what we wanted it to do. The next morning (and the morning after...) it is fair to say I did feel a little bit worse for wear but I did have 10+ of these shots along with wine and half a bottle of vodka. I enjoyed drinking this, as did my friend. It tastes nice and I would definitely buy it again, £8.99 is a brilliant price.
Over New Year I had the chance to try a few new drinks. I much prefer short drinks, the sweeter the better. When my Husband came back from the local shop with an assortment of shorts I was interested to see a bottle of Raspberry Sourz.
I was instantly attracted to the fun looking bottle, the combination of a black label with bright pink swirls made me think this would be an interesting drink. The label blatantly states Sourz Spirited Raspberry. A 70cl bottle costs about £10 and is 15% vol a 25ml serving contains 0.4 units.
When the drink is poured into a glass it is a vivid pink colour and smells sweet and of artificial raspberries. The drink can be drank on its own as a shot, which is very strong and sweet, for me the drink did not have a particularly sour kick and it seemed wasteful to drink it as a short so I topped my glass up with 200ml of lemonade. The resulting drink was really nice and tasted like raspberryade.
I thoroughly enjoyed Raspberry Sourz when mixed with lemonade; it made a nice grown up sweet drink that I think would appeal to people who have a taste for alcopops. I would buy a bottle again as a treat when I fancied something easy to drink but I would not class it as a complex drink.
Raspberry Sourz can be used to mix cocktails.
2 shots Raspberry Sourz
1 wedge fresh lime
Top up with cola
This is like a sweeter tasting alcoholic twist on cherry coke.
2 shots Raspberry Sourz
Top up with cream soda
Very yummy, like raspberry ice cream.
I really enjoyed Raspberry Sourz and I am looking forward to trying some of the other flavours.
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I don't drink all that often really because as a single working parent I will often find that on the times my son is with his Dad I am working to avoid finding and paying for child care so it doesn't leave much time for me to have a life! Every so often though I do get a night out and I like to have pre drinks before I do so will usually have a few bottles of spirits in the house to choose from as I only drink spirits really as I am not a fan of wine or beers! One bottle that I bought in for over the Christmas period and which is now all gone was a bottle of raspberry flavoured sourz and this is my review of it.
Sourz is a brand which has various flavoured spirits which I think are perfect for both shots and for mixing and using in cocktails. I love the cherry sourz flavour and have tried both the mixed fruit and apple flavours too and so when I saw the raspberry flavour which I believe is one of the newer ones I was happy enough to try it. They are marketed as a "sweet and sour" spirit and I think this gives a good indication of what you are likely to get from the flavours to be honest.
The raspberry sourz bottle grabbed my attention on the shelf pretty much straight away as it is black and pink which I think really works well together. It looks fun and quite girly and I hoped that the flavour inside the bottle would be just as good! The bottle holds 70cl of the spirit and we are advised that it is 15% volume and so whilst it is not the strongest drink on the market compared to the likes of jagermister which is 35% volume it is quite a strong drink I think.
The bottle has a screw top lid which is easy enough to remove and replace. The neck of the bottle is thin too which makes it easy to grip and pour a drink! I always smell a product before I pour it when I am trying something for the first time and I did the same with this one and thought that is smelled really fruity and pleasant. The raspberry smell was easy to notice and although it smelled artificial it also smelt nice.
The first way I tried this drink was to have a small shot of it and although the pink liquid looked lovely in my glass when I drank the drink in one I didn't really like it at all. The drink does have a really sour after kick and it wasn't pleasant at all really. I did try a few more wondering if it was just me being a bit funny about a new taste as I love the cherry sourz as a shot but each shot was the same really. Not one to be put off I took this to my Uncles party on boxing day and this time mixed it with lemonade and found that I loved the drink then! I actually drank around half a bottle of the bottle on boxing day by mixing it with lemonade and I really enjoyed it. I felt quite tipsy after drinking so much of it and needed to go to the toilet a lot but I wasn't drunk. For a little person I seem to be able to drink quite a lot before I feel drunk and so I knew I was ok with this drink.
I would totally recommend this drink with lemonade and would buy it again for that purpose but as a drink to shot it isn't very pleasant and I would only really do it if there were no other options I think. A bottle of sourz costs £12.00 at asda currently but they can sometimes be found on offer for £8-£10 which although isn't a huge saving it is still a saving.
Thank you for reading my review!
A sweet and sour spirit liqueur. Nose: Strong fresh Raspberry manates from the vibrant colured liquid. Palate: Sweet Raspberry flavour balanced with a zingy sour finish. Finish: Clean and Crisp.