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Light in alcohol and get more of a buzz from the sugar, yes.
Sometimes all you need is a Sourz shot to give your night out a boost. I find breaking from more 'sophisticated' drinks such as my usual whiskey or wine really helps budge my night along and makes me feel as young as in my university days. The sugar rush will be mostly to blame for this as the liqueur itself is fairly light at 15% compared to the usual shot range of 30-50%.
What makes this drink so popular is how adabtable it is to cocktail recipes. On bar cocktail menus (especially in student towns) you'll notice Sourz popping up a lot and is well known for its use in fish bowls or jugs to jazz up a drink and, often, give it an exotic or tropical feel.
Price wise, it can be expensive from a store. I tend not to buy it myself as I believe that though other liqueurs will affect my wallet more, I will get more use from them (i.e. more drunk) and to me that's better value. At bars and clubs they'll be some of the cheapest drinks to buy, again due to their lower alcohol content and therfore less cost for the owners.
I still enjoy a good Cherry Sourz and Coke or Apple Sourz and lemonade when the mood strikes me, but I'd sooner reach for a glass of wine.
As a student, alcohol is a big part of my life. I have discovered many variations on certain spirits like vodka and rum etc and sourz is one of those that always pops up at parties.
With the various coloured bottles, they are very attractive to my age group. They are very brightly coloured and come in a thick bottle. It is shaped with a long thin neck and a wide bottom almost like something you would see in a chemistry lab, which also adds to its 'wild' appeal.
I am a bit pathetic when it comes to shots. I cannot down a shot of vodka or Sambuca without nearly gagging or worse at the bar which can be highly embarrassing to say the least. Apple sourz is a compromise as it is only 15%, so it is not too strong. But you can still join in with shotting something with your friends. I can just cope with shotting this, as the drink is quite acidic and if it gets the back of your throat you can cough.
Considering the name, sourz, I do not find these particularly sour. The sugar content is particularly high and if you get this on your fingers, you are running to the bathroom to get rid of the sticky mess you are left with.
When drinking them they are initially very sweet, then you get the warm feeling of alcohol in your throat as you swallow. They are not the nicest thing in the world if you do not have a sweet tooth, and they also taste very artificial from the amount of colours in them. Probably more appealing to younger people like I said before who have, like me, not acquired the guts for stronger stuff yet.
I have also used this in cocktail recipes. This brings a bright glow to your drinks which again makes them look exciting and attractive for people at your party. It can bring a nice sweetness to them but it dilutes the unpleasant artificial taste slightly.
Overall, a great option for parties and for the youngsters.
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Sourz are a flavoured shot that can be purchased both on a night out or in your local supermarket.
They are generally considered as more of a 'tasty' shot than a conventional 'hard' shot, like Sambucca or Taquila.
They come in a plethora of flavours, including Apple, Raspberry, Tropical, Blackcurrant and Cherry.
All the above flavours come at a modest alcoholic percentage of 15%, which indicates that drinking Sourz will more than likely not get you too drunk, but will give you more of a 'kick'.
They are substantially sour (hence the name!) and the closest thing that comes to find when I have a shot is a flying saucer, which was a pick n mix sherbet sweet I used to have when I was a kid.
Because of the weaker alcoholic percentage, Sourz can generally be bought in bars for £1 a shot. In supermarkets prices generally start from around £12, which is a 700ml bottle.
For the more adventurous, it is also possible to make a cocktails from Sourz and also long drinks (such as Blackberry Sourz and Sprite).
Just be careful not to drink too much, as the lower percentage can sometimes make people think it won't hit them hard!
I have written a few times about my dislike for strong, shot drinks on nights out. There has been many occasions when I have had a shot of Sambuca or Tequila and come very close to making a scene in front of my friends! Apple Sourz is actually a shot that I can handle without feeling sick straight afterwards and I like
the taste of it, which is obviously a bonus!
The Apple Sourz comes in a large bottle that holds 70 cl of the drink. The bottle is made of glass and is quite wide and thick. Sourz drinks come in a wide variety of flavours and the bottle colours match the drink and liquid colour within. So the Apple Sourz has a nice bright green appearance with Sourz written in funky and chunky text in huge lettering. The top of the bottles has a black wrapping and a screw on and off cap.
On opening the bottle you can smell the sweet and sickly apple flavoured shot inside, it is both enticing and a bit revolting at the same time! You are meant to drink this as a shot rather than a mixer or short drink and so a 25 ml measure is the standard to take.
In a see through glass the liquid looks quite thick and gloopy and is a bright luminous green colour. The drink coats the glass slightly when you twist it which shows the sugary content within. It is also quite sticky if you get it on your fingers.
Downing a shot of this is surprisingly nice! The first taste you get is a very sweet apple flavour which is rich and fruity. You then get a slight hint of alcohol, but this is not strong at all which is why I like this drink so much. It is an easy to drink shot whose alcohol taste is masked and kind of overpowered by its surgery sweet flavour. The last flavour you are left with is a sour taste which makes you pull a bit of a face after you have drunk it.
This obviously is the intention of the drink being called Sourz - Apple Sourz is my favourite but there are lots of other flavours available too, including, but limited to - Cherry, Blackcurrant, Raspberry and Tropical.
This drink is 15 % ABV which makes it a lot weaker than your typical shooter spirits like Tequila and Absinth and so is not quite as fast at getting you intoxicated, which could be a positive or negative depending on why you are drinking these drinks! I like drinking Apple Sourz in place of these drink because I do want to have a cheeky shot, but I don't like/can't handle stronger spirits and don't want to be the odd one out. So for me actually liking the taste of this is a bonus.
For me this is a good compromise - a tasty shot that is not too alcoholic. It is also good value costing around £10 a bottle in supermarkets and is often around £1 a shot in bars and clubs. The drink is full of sugar and other additives and so I do not drink this too often, but for a quick alcoholic and good tasting shot I will always go for this. 4 out of 5 Stars :)
I'm definitely someone who enjoys a drink or two (or ten). Whether it's wine with a meal, whisky afterwards or another drink in a pub just because, there are a lot of drinks that I'm quite a fan of. There are, however, some drinks that I have drank in the past purely to get drunk and cheaply. This was mainly when I was at school or in my first year at university, when money was tight but going out was frequent. Sourz drinks were something that I used to drink quite a lot for this purpose.
== Sourz ==
Sourz are basically alcopops - they are strongly artificially flavoured, alcoholic drinks, the strong flavour masking the alcohol, allowing you to get drunk without feeling like you're drinking. They're mainly good for people who like to get drunk but not the taste of alcohol in drinks such as vodka. Unlike other alcopops, however, Sourz are meant to be drank as shots or in place of a spirit with mixers, as opposed to being a long drink on their own. With an alcohol content of only 15%, they are significantly less alcoholic than spirits, which tend to be around the 40% mark.
Sourz are available in a few flavours: apple, cherry, raspberry, tropical, blackcurrant pineapple. There are also limited edition varieties available on occasion. These are all fruity flavours and, while they are all sweet and pleasant, they also have a big sour kick as the name would imply. This makes them more interesting than a lot of other alcopops, which tend to be very sweet and nothing else. In this respect they are similar to Mickey Finn's drinks, which are generally just a cheaper version of Sourz and described as 'schnapps'.
== What I Think ==
Despite my previous assertion that this is something that I mainly used to drink to get drunk, I have to say that I genuinely do like Sourz. They are a good choice of shot to get in a club when you're already drunk but either want to top it up or just have a shot for the sake of it, as not only are they more palatable and less likely to make you sick than alternatives such as tequila, they are also lower in alcohol and therefore also less likely to send you over the edge.
The apple variety is the best known and available flavour of Sourz. If a bar only has one flavour off Sourz, it'll be this one, and rightly so in my opinion. The apple flavour really is lovely, although obviously very sweet/sour and artificial. It reminds me of strong apple sweets and even slightly of the scent of DKNY Be Delicious. The sourness adds a lovely extra element that stops the this being a sickly sweet drink and makes it one that is pleasant to drink, even in large quantities.
The other varieties, such as cherry and raspberry, are also very nice and surprisingly non-sickly. I have had Cherry Sourz in bars before but only been able to get a hold of the other flavours in supermarkets. This is probably due to lower demand but also because, I have to say, I rarely look for them in bars and may simply be missing them.
Compared to other shots, Sourz may be low in alcohol, but I imagine that they are significantly higher in sugar and other unhealthy additives. Of course it's fine to have things like this sometimes but really not good for you to drink a lot of Sourz on a regular basis.
Sourz are nice, fairly low alcoholic flavoured shots. A 700ml bottle (containing 10.5 units) costs £9 in Asda, which is a reasonable price. They are, however, very similar to Mickey Finns, which cost about two thirds of the price, so they're not as well-priced in that respect. These are pleasant drinks if they're the kind of thing you like, especially if you're not as much a fan of strong-tasting spirits, with a few flavours to choose from.
I have tried various brands of shots and one of the best I have come across is sourz, I don't tend to drink often but when I have a night out with friends I tend to make a batch of alcoholic jelly and the most used ingredient is these sourz shots. You can pick this particular brand up in various places from local shops to supermarkets although the price varies widely, the cheapest I have found it is in the supermarket, whilst on a night out a cheap shot is £1 normally you pay around £2 per shot which makes it pretty expensive to drink out. There are various flavours available, apple, raspberry and pineapple are the ones I have seen local to me.
The bottles of sourz are rather large and the last time I purchased it cost £9 from Asda for a 70cl bottle, they are more regularly around the £12 mark so it's worth picking them up when they're on offer especially when they cost around the same price as a bottle of cheap vodka. The bottles are all brightly coloured with a screw cap on top but they are slightly heavy and definitely not one you could take a swig from.
Alone sourz are exactly how you would expect, they have a very strong (15%) alcoholic taste to them as well as a bitter sharpness that makes you wince on the first downing but it does get more manageable over time. There is little taste of the added flavour such as apple or pineapple as the sharpness is the overriding flavour. However you can also mix sourz to make them a long drink, for example tickled pink is raspberry mixed with cola, these are generally much less sharp and you can taste more of the added flavour. The other and main way I tend to use these drinks is as vodka jelly shots, I regularly do orange jelly with pineapple sourz and strawberry/raspberry jelly with apple sourz, again these are much less tangy than drinking the drink straight, I do have to add that if you are planning on doing this then here is how I do it:
Add the jelly cubes to boiling water until they're dissolved
Leave to cool slightly
Instead of adding cold water, add the shots for the amount you would add water
Pour into shot glasses and leave to set
If you don't let the jelly cool before adding the shots you will burn off the alcohol. These are the perfect addition to any adult party, they are easy to eat and they give you a bit of a buzz after a few.
Overall I really like these shots, they are much smoother than the cheaper varieties that are available, they are also more aesthetically pleasing with a chunky bottom and a slim neckline and brightly coloured bottles. The drink is sharp to drink solo but it is palatable it is however much better drunk as a long drink or in the addition to jelly. I would recommend giving these a shot, as a word of warning the pineapple is less tangier than apple so the better choice if you don't want the tangiest flavour.
~Super duper Sourz~
I only recently got in to the Sourz range of products after having had a recommendation for them when I was out looking for something that could be used in cocktails etc. I have tried a number of the flavours in the range, with the apple flavoured Sourz Spirited product being the one I like the most, as it has a nice sharp yet sweet taste that works well in many cocktails. The apple Sourz product can be just as easily mixed with lemonade and ice and drunk as a refreshing apple-ade type product that is rather nice on a hot day, as it is slightly tangy yet sweet and can be sipped at leisure to give a nice sweet and sour tasting long drink.
~Product bottle/ ease of use~
The Sourz bottles that you can buy are a little bulky to store in my opinion as they are a little wider than many similar bottled products, so they do take up more room when it comes to storing them away after use. The products 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. I find it easy to pour a measure of Sourz from the bottle without spilling it. 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.
The cost of a bottle of Sourz is quite reasonable in my opinion as you can very often pick up a full sized bottle for as little as £8/9. The highest price I have seen for any Sourz product is £11 which is still fair value in my opinion. as a little bit of Sourz goes a long way when used sparingly.
~What can I use Sourz with?~
I have used the apple Sourz product in place of lemon sours (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 and quite pleasing. Obviously less is more when using the product this way as the apple flavour can be overly strong if not used with care. The other flavours in the range include a raspberry blend that again can be mixed with lemonade or mixed and made in to a cocktail. I find the raspberry version of Sourz to be fruity, sweet and tangy all at the same time. The cherry flavoured Sourz is something that I have yet to try, although it looks quite appealing as it can be mixed with lemonade and blue curacao (which I like), to make an interesting sounding cocktail called a cocktail called 'purple rain' which sounds rather nice. This cherry flavoured Sourz is certainly something that I will be looking to buy in future.
~An apple Sourz cocktail mix~
For a refreshing cocktail using apple Sourz, mix together vodka, triple sec, apple Sourz, blue curacao and a dash of lemon juice, with plenty of lemonade and drink over ice. This makes a nice long drink that is both cooling and refreshing on a hot summer day.
I have enjoyed the products from the Sourz range that I have tried so far, as I feel they are easy to use, being something that can be simply mixed with lemonade to make up a cooling long drink, or mixed in to a cocktail if wanted. The cost of a bottle of Sourz is not too high in my opinion and I find that one bottle will last a long time if used sparingly. My rating for Sourz products is 4 stars as I feel there is a Sourz flavour to suit many moods and tastes.
~ Sourz ~
I rarely drink at home, I don't like wine so never have a glass of wine in the evening so when I am going on a night out I do tend to get a fair bit of drink in to drink whilst getting ready and sometimes for when we we get back. More recently my cousin has been turning up with a bottle of vodka but it's nice to have a change now and again so I picked up a bottle of Sourz before our last night out.
Very rarely would I opt for a bottle of Sourz as I see it more of a shot type drink that I will buy when I am out but the Raspberry Sourz really caught my eye so I went ahead and bought it.
I wanted to enjoy the drink rather than just throwing them back so I had a look online for good mixers, my usual choice would be lemonade but it sounded a bit boring! I have a regular pop man who comes each week so I thought I would get some juice or fizzy pop from him, after typing in Sourz in the Google search bar the Sourz website came up so I clicked on the link, and the brilliant people who designed the site have added a Mixers & Cocktails tab ... Amazing!
The cocktails on the site look amazing, and I quite fancied the sound of Raspberry & Cream and also Tickled Pink. Raspberry & Cream consits of 50ml of Raspberry Sourz, topped up with cream soda pop, that sounded easy enough, even though I am not a massive lover of cream soda. The Tickled Pink is a lime wedge squeezed, two shots of Sourz and then topped up with cola. This sounded delicious but I had to give the lime a miss as I had none in.
When the pop man came I added a two bottles of cream soda to my usual order and put them away ready for the weekend.
Having drunk the raspberry one before as a shot and finding it quite sharp I was really hoping for the mixers to make this a fab drink for me and I wasn't disappointed. My cousin arrived with her bottle of vodka that I told her not to bring and I got the drinks out ready. We tend to always get ready in my kitchen, I think the reasoning behind this is that is easier to pour the drinks and get ready in the same place ;o)!
We started off with a bottle of lager each and then I made us both a Raspberry & Cream. I didn't measure it out and just guesstimated the amounts I was putting into the glasses, the drink was a fantastic shade of bright pink which I will admit to instantly loving, even if I hated the taste I still would have drunk it as it looked so cool!
I left my drink on the side whilst I was curling my hair and my cousin was sat by the table mmming away, she said it was delicious so I had to stop what I was doing and have a sip. It really was delicious. The tastes really complimented each other and the cream soda took the tang out of the sourz making it a really drinkable drink! It was like drinking pop!
After two of these I then made us a Tickled Pink, which was quite simply Sourz and Coke, this was good too, I usually drink Malibu with Coke so it was totally different to that. But it was still really good.
The vodka was left on the side and not touched as we loved this so much!
Alone Sourz drinks are quite bitter and sour yet when mixed they taste so good.
Sourz have an ABV of 15% and Tesco currently have them on offer for £9 for a 70cl bottle. The bottles are quite noticeable on the shelf with their nice bright colours and curvy bell shape.
(Tesco's offer is valid until 30/10/2012).
These are the flavours available ~
Tropical - Blue
Cherry - Red
Raspberry - Black & Pink
Apple - Green
Blackcurrent - Purple
Pineapple - Yellow
I have tried the Tropical, Raspberry, Cherry and Apple. Of all of these I have found the Apple to be the one with the most bitter taste. I usually opt for the Cherry one as I like this mixed with lemonade or coke.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Sourz are a great range of fruit flavoured sweet and sour spirits which come in a range of diffferent flavours including Apple, Tropical, Pineapple, Cherry, Blackcurrant and new Raspberry flavour. Apple was the first flavour introduced, but since then other flavours have been introduced to make the range bigger You may have also tried the Limited Edition flavour's which included Mixed Berry. Sourz are great just as shot's on their own but can also be mixed with a range of different drinks to create different cocktails and mixers. Although this comes in a range of different flavours, I'm reviewing the cherry flavour.
These are avaliable to buy in supermarkets and some local shops. Prices may vary but it will cost you about £9.99 for a 700ml bottle, this is the only size avaliable to buy, which is 15% volume.
The bottle the sourz come's in is quite fat and round and is a red colour to match the colour of the sourz inside the bottle. Each coloured bottle corresponds to the colour of the sourz inside. The writing on the bottle is in a silver colour and is quite bold, so it stands out. On the back you will find information about the product. The lid is a silver screw lid with a large S on the top of it.
The actual Sourz is a bright red rube colour and smell's like cherry drop sweets (I used to have them as a child sometimes). The sourz did smell very nice but they also smelt quite sweet as well. I poured a small amount into a shot glass. It poured out easily and wasn't too thick like some other shots can be, espicially the creamy one's. I did the shot in one gulp (as shots are meant to be done!). It filled my mouth with a strong cherry taste at first but this quickly turned into a sour flavour. The shot is more sour towards the end. The shots are really nice, but can get quite sickly and sweet after a while, so I could only ever polish off a whole bottle if I was drinking it with a group of friends. The good thing about the shots is that because they aren't too strong, they don't make me gag. I have tried other shots in the past and they've made me gag where they are so strong. The sourz are just right.
The bottle can get a little sticky, so you may need a wet cloth handy just incase you spill any as this isn't the easiest thing to get off of wooden table tops and can stain them slightly if the surface hasn't been treated in a protective/glossy coat. There have been a few occasions where there has been a few drops on an item of clothing, how-ever this does wash off, as long as it's not left too long on the clothing.
You can mix the sourz with various things to create lovely cocktails, some of these include the following cocktails:
* Purple Rain
* Cherry Cola
* Cherry Fizz
There are more recipes on their website using the other flavoured sourz as well. For more informaiton visit their website which is www.sourz.co.uk
This is a great shot for someone who doesn't like strong drinks or a lot of alcohol content in shots which can sometimes make them gag. Although these have a strong sour taste, you can still taste the strong fruity flavours which makes them enjoyable. I would highly recommend visiting their website to try out some of the cocktail recipes on there. I have tried a few of these and they taste really nice and you don't need many ingredients to make. Rather than buy a whole bottle of this to try you may find that they sell shots of these in your local bar or pub. This is a great way to try them before you spend the money on a bottle.
~ * ~ * Please drink responsibly * ~ * ~
(review also on ciao)
I has heard of sourz, but had never actually tasted until fresher week at university. A lot of the nights out were sponsered by the sourz company, and so when we arrived we got a free shot, and then shots were £1 all night.
I can do shots, but I don't enjoy the taste of them, or that burning sensation as they go down your throat. The first flavour of sourz I had was the apple. And as a shot, this was great. It tasted like sour apple, and there was none of that burning that you normally get from high percentage drinks.
Since freshers week, apple sourz is what I always have as a shot. It tastes good, can be drunk quickly so you can get back to the dance floor, and is normally between £1 and £1.50, which is great value.
They're also great as a mixer. I think they're best with lemonade, as this preserves the flavour of the sourz, but gives you more an alcopop sort of drink and allows you to make the drink last for longer.
The bottles are expensive, but I have tries the cheaper knock off varieties, and they are no comparison. For the taste of the drink, I can definitely justify the price.
I never knew what Sourz were before I set foot at university and everywhere during freshers week kept giving £1 shots of Sourz in all the different flavours and I have tried them all due to the offers.
There is the very popular Apple, the newest one Raspberry (which I adore now), Cherry and Pineapple. Sometimes they bring out special edition ones near Christmas and there is one with Apple and Cranberry.
The Xmas bottle is very pretty and has snowflakes on it so the company is very obvious about special editions.
However, the bottles in the picture above are very different to what they are now... they have a better more "bubbly" logo, and do not have the crest on it, but the colours of the bottle remain the same as with the shape.
These bottles retail at about £11 each, but in places such as Macros can go for as little as £7 + vat.
These tend to get mixed a lot to make more fruitier cocktails if you are the creative type but otherwise these are fine for shotting.
The alcohol content is at 17% so reasonably strong, though the alcoholic taste is not that strong among the fruity taste, though the aftertaste is as they say "Sour"
These are available at practically every pub now, even weatherspoons offers them behind the bar!
Sourz is a brand of a range of fruit flavoured sweet & sour spirits. They originally started out with their flavour of apple, but there is now a wider range of flavours available including blackcurrant, cherry, raspberry, tropical and pineapple. It can be drank as a shooter or in cocktails. I see these flavours of sourz in many cocktails now and have tried them in many cocktails myself. I personally prefer to drink these in a glass with some lemonade and ice.
I have tried apple, blackcurrant, cherry and currently have raspberry (which I will be drinking tonight!) I haven't tried tropical or pineapple as I don't like pineapple or many tropical flavoured things so I can't imagine I would like these flavours of sourz either.
I have very often had these by themselves as a shooter and while it is sour, they are very nice. Unlike many shooter spirits I actually enjoy the sourz range! It is 15%Vol so it isn't too strong that you will get drunk from a few shots.
In my opinion each of the flavours taste just like the fruit it is intended to taste like, just with a more sour and sweet taste, and so I cannot really describe them any more than that. However, the blackcurrant one does taste like a fizzy ribena, so if you love ribena then I would recommend you try the blackcurrant flavoured sourz. I love ribena and blackcurrant is my favourite from the sourz range, followed closely by apple.
Each of the flavours have very vibrant and pretty colours. I recently had the raspberry one with some lemonade and so the drink was pink, because of this I was often asked what I was drinking by friends. You do need a big measure if drinking this with lemonade because in my opinion the flavour isn't very strong if you only add a small amount. I usually fill half of my glass with sourz and the other half with lemonade, which I would not do with other stronger spirits such as vodka!
Sourz is available in all supermarkets. I am not sure which shops stock certain flavours, but I have found that they don't always sell every flavour, and only a few from the whole range. They all stock apple sourz though, I think that one must be the most popular and well known of them all. I bought the raspberry sourz from Morrisons last week where they also had apple and blackcurrant, but none of the others. A 70cl bottle usually costs just over £10, which I think is reasonable.
I first tried sourz when I was younger as a shot in a club. That was the apple flavour variety and I thought it was lovely as most shots burn on the way down but this one is a pleasant change as it is the liquid equivalent of eating a sour jelly sweet like Haribo Tangfastics.
In the past couple of years, I have also discovered the cherry variety which is lovely as well. They both taste really fruity and go down easily as shots but I have started also drinking them in cocktails. If you mix the cherry flavour with cranberry juice and lemonade, it still just tastes like cherry but more fruity and less tangy - lovely! For a really simple cocktail, try mixing the apple flavour with cherryade, it makes a very tasty and refreshing drink and is so easy to make.
Sourz usually costs about £11.00 or £12.00 to buy a bottle but I have noticed that Asda quite often have it on offer for £8.00 or £9.00 a bottle.
A word of warning though, try not to mix with other kinds of alcohol. May sound silly but I have had it in cocktails and as shots before I've gone out and then drank wine when i got out and it made me very unwell the next day!
Whenever I think of sourz, I reminisce of many a night out on the town with friends downing shots of apple sourz - great memories. But, over the years, I have learnt that the sourz range of drinks have more versatility than just merely providing a quick (and cheap) shot of alcohol.
Sourz are alcoholic drinks that are appealing to younger drinkers due to their sweet taste (with a sour kick - hence the name). They are a fruit liquor, with an alcohol content of 15%. Bottles of 70cl can usually be picked up for between £10 and £15 (depending on the offers available at the time).
The bottles certainly catch the eye behind a bar on a night out, with the liquid being very vibrant in colour. The old favourite, apple sourz, is a bright green in colour. There are now a whole range of sourz drinks, including cherry (my personal favourite), pineapple and tropical blue (tropical fruits).
Taste is very appealing to, in particular, female drinkers although it is not exclusively a drink enjoyed by women. Upon drinking, there is a very sweet taste - the apple sourz remind me very much of the sugared rosy apple hard boiled sweets I used to suck on as a child. There is a slight kick to them and a sour aftertaste, particularly when drunk as a shot. The cherry variety is similar and equally sweet. All varieties taste really fruity, although I find the pineapple one quite sickly.
As mentioned, the sourz are great for rounds of shots on a night out. They taste more pleasant than other shooter options (I'm not a fan of sambuka or tequila!) and are also a little less potent. But over the years, as my shot days have passed, I have grown to appreciate the sourz drinks in other ways. They are a great ingredient for cocktails, adding a fruity kick and a nice colour too. So if you like to get inventive with your drinks once in a while, a bottle of sourz would be a good addtion to your drinks cabinet.
Nowadays, I like my drinks simple and I find apple sourz with lemonade or cherry sourz with coke (mmmm cherry cola) a very pleasant drink to enjoy (and a slightly less alcoholic alternative to a vodka and coke). Of course, vodka could easily be added to either of those drinks for a more potent combination!
These are definitely drinks for the sweet toothed amongst us and may be sickly if drunk in large quantities. The sourz range is very versatile and can be enjoyed in a range of different ways (responsibly, of course :o) )
Apple Sourz is an alcoholic beverage that originated in the US and has an alcoholic content of 15%. It is primarily a drink to shot, but I find that it tastes great with lemonade.
The brand Sourz have (the last time I checked) five different flavours, these being: Apple, Cherry, Blackcurant, Pineapple and Tropical. I have only tried Apple (which I love), Cherry (also very good) and Blackcurant (which is not good to shot but taste yummy with lemonade). However as they all have a similar taste Im sure the other too taste good too. This is quite a sweet drink so I wouldn't recommend it to people that dont have a sweet tooth.
The price for a 70cl bottle varies from £10 upto £12. However is often on special offer in places like Morrisons and Asda where it is £8. This may seem expensive but If you were to order a Shot of sourz at a bar it would cost you a minimum of a pound. I have paid as much as £1.90 for a shot before. Also you can get alot of shots out of the bottle (From my experience it averages at about 25) and so this is well worth the cost.
The bottles all have a similar design but the colour of the bottle changes according to their flavour. Apple is Green, Cherry is red, Blackcurrant is purple, pineapple is yellow and the colour of the Tropical bottle is blue. This helps in distinguishing between the different flavours.
-Times to Drink-
This drink is quite universal. If you fancy a drink but dont want to get drunk then an Apple sourz and lemonade is the drink for you. Its refreshing, sweet and doesn't taste like your drinking alcohol. If you use double the sourz then you taste the alcohol and can get merry fairly quickly. However if you really want to feel the buzz of the alcohol, then shotting the sourz is your best bet. Unlike shots like Vodka and Tequilla, this drink does not burn and has a nice after taste. However I would like to point out that it has a high percentage of alcohol (15%) so you should drink in moderation. There is no best time to drink this drink as it works at all social occasions such as: parties, clubs, pubs and even drinking games.
There are other alternatives to Apple sourz that taste similar but dont have the high price tag. Crabby Jacks tastes almost exactly the same and you can buy it from Iceland for £5. Sidekick is another brand of shooter drinks and cost £4.99 from asda. This however does not have such a great taste and so is defenitly not as good.
-Cocktails you can make with Sourz-
Cherry Blossom Cocktail:
2x25ml shot of Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka
2x25ml shot of Sourz Cherry
Top up with Lemonade
This is my favourite cocktail as it has a real summery fruity flavour. I have found that only weatherspoons know of this cocktail so far but other places will make it if you tell them the ingredients.
2x25ml shot of sourz apple
2x25ml shot of Vodka
Top up with Lemonade
This is another good cocktail, you dont taste the vodka much in this one though.
Apple flavoured liqueur.