“ A fruity alcoholic drink mainly directed at youngsters. This 'alcopop' is a blended vodka based drink, which has a very sweet and sugary taste. A perfect drink for the summer, with 5% ABV. Costs ?2 a bottle. „
This is an alcoholic drink which is enjoyed by many and I can see why!
My daughter used to drink these at her parties and I couldn't help but sample them and I thought they were lovely! We now sometimes buy these in although I don't tend to make a habit out of drinking them regularly. My daughter still enjoys these now.
These are alcopops and what worries me with this is that they are really tasty, they barely taste of alcohol and it worries me that teenagers who are being introduced to alcohol may come along these and drink too many. They are definitely a tame-tasting drink so a good drink to get you introduced to alcohol but also you must be careful not to drink too many!
It is vodka mixed with orange and passionfruit. It tastes very much like an orange and passionfruit J20, the Vodka in it is very subtle, you can just about taste it but it doesn't overpower the flavour instead just compliments it a little.
This tastes really nice with ice and it should be drank as a long drink although I have seen youngsters drink these very quickly as though it's a race and this worries me.
I think this is a really tasty drink, it is enjoyable and is lovely on a summery day. I can see why young people start out on these kinds of drinks as they are very tame and not over powering with alcohol.
I used to drink a lot of these in my younger days on nights out; they always seemed to be on special offer in the bars and clubs of my hometown. This was before any minimum alcohol pricing came into effect and you could get a bottle for £1 or less in places!
This drink is an Alco pop which is basically a ready mixed alcoholic beverage, consisting of a spirit and a mixer. They are extremely popular in bars and clubs as they are cheap, readymade and quick to sell.
The Vodka Reef drink comes in the typical 175 ml bottle size. This is made of thick glass in a thin and tall bottle shape. The neck of the bottle is designed in a twirled pattern giving the bottle a bit of texture and a more fancy design than its competitors.
The Reef label is a nice bright orange to match the drink inside, the Reef branding is a dark blue and this is written in a laid back and beach like font - that is what it reminds me of anyway. The top of the bottle has a removable bright orange cap that you need a bottle opener to open.
The Reef Alco pop is based on a vodka with orange drink and as such looks much like a glass of orange juice. The colour is a light orange/yellow with some orange 'bits' visible within it, like a glass of orange juice you simply give it a little swirl or shake (calmly if the lid is off!) and this then dissolves into the drink. It is quite a thin and watery consistency.
I generally drink this out of the bottle, especially if I am out and dancing around. The taste is a nice fresh orange juice which is sweet and quite sugary, but not as sugary as other Alco pops that I have tried such a WKD. The reduced amount of sugar means that this is very easy drinking and tastes much like a J20 because you cannot taste the alcohol inside!
I have always thought that orange juice as a mixer easily masks any alcohol inside a drink and this is no different. All I can taste is the fruity orange mix with a hint of passion fruit, when this is served ice cold it is really light and refreshing. As I have said this is quite a sweet drink so I couldn't drink more than a couple of bottles without it becoming a bit sickly. This is also a still Alco pop which makes it even more easy drinking! A danger when you are out in a club and not keeping tabs on hoe many of these you are consuming.
This is a 5% ABV drink and this is a pretty standard measure for these kinds of drinks. Overall it is very tasty and satisfying and so I am giving it 4 Dooyoo Stars. You can buy this in many bars and pubs and also in supermarkets as a single bottle for around the £2 mark.
There have been phases of my life when my choice of alcoholic drink hasn't been particularly great! I don't have one specific drink that I will order every time or drink at home and I do like to vary it although I don't mix my drinks I do like to drink a variety of alcoholic beverages. Alcopops are one of those products which I can take or leave but there are times when an ice cold Smirnoff Ice does actually go down quite well!
In the Summer I was at a friend's barbeque and the choice of drink was limited either cans of lager which are my last choice or a range of alcopops all of which were fruit flavoured. I opted for an Orange Vodka Reef which had taken me back quite a few years and I am surprised they still make them she later confessed to have bought them from the local social club as she'd forgotten to get anything other than lager!
Orange Vodka Reef is classed as a natural juice based vodka drink so basically orange juice and vodka but just in an alcopop form. It comes in a tall, slender clear glass bottle with a very simple orange label together with the blue 'Reef' logo. On the back of the bottle there is the relatively small list of ingredients together with that all important message about drinking which I trust most of us adults all abide by!
The alcopop itself is obviously water like in terms of its consistency and when you smell the drink it does have a very orange type smell with that after scent of vodka. It isn't carbonated. It of course smells incredibly pleasant and the orangeness manages to cover up the strong almost potent aroma that vodka can have. It is of course incredibly innocent looking, it is orange in colour and looks just like orange juice. You do need to make sure you have shaken it up first as I have noticed some sediment can be at the bottom of the bottle.
The taste of the alcopop is quite sweet which is what I knew and expected which is fine and there is definitely an element of that real orange juice taste which is quite pleasant and when ice cold they are actually quite refreshing. As for the vodka well it is almost not existent! Yes, you can just about tell that it is there but once you've had a few sips it does feel that you are just drinking orange juice which if course can lead you to get a bit carried away!
The only thing that I have found apart from that they are very easy to drink as they don't taste alcoholic is that if you drink them at room temperature or slightly warm they can taste a bit sickly and if you don't shake the bottle up it can feel a bit bitty. However, as long as you shake the bottle and drink when ice cold then it actually serves as quite a refreshing summery drink.
Would I recommend?! Well actually I would. If wanting a summery drink which is easy to drink and doesn't sit heavy once drunk then this should be tried just as long as you can find it available to buy as it doesn't seem incredibly popular anymore. I wouldn't go out my way to buy Orange Vodka Reef so for that reason I can only give 4 stars but it is nice every now and then as a re-visit to my teenage years!
~ Useful Information ~
Price: Varies depending on where you can buy it from but probably £1.50 - £2.00 per bottle at a guess
Reef is a flavoured alcopop which brings back fond memories of my uni days where bottles would frequently be on special offer on the various student nights, normally for around £1 which was a real bargain. I remember alot of flavours existing from Apple & Melon to Raspberry & Cranberry, but nowadays I only tend to see the Orange & Passion Fruit ones.
The bottles tend to go down quite easily as they taste so good, so you've gotta be careful to make sure you don't go overboard, even though they taste like a fruit drink, they do contain alcohol within them.
Unlike some of the other alcopops on the market, Reef is actually still which I quite like as it doesn't leave you with a horrible gassy feeling afterwards. However the taste is still quite sweet, probably overly sweet. As a result I find it difficult to drink too many of these in one go.
However I still find it nice to have one or two while on a night out as they are nice & easy to drink and have a good overall flavour. In a bar the price of a bottle varies from £2.00 to around £4.00.
I write this review of Vodka Reefs as a guy that likes his Whiskey and Beer, so my review probably isn't going to reflect the views of this drink's target audience. I'm not really an alcopop man at all, but I was given one of these for free recently, and well, a drink is a drink, so I gave it a go. My last prior memory was drinking one when I was about 16, but I've since graduated to what are, in my opinion, far richer and nicer drinks (sorry if that sounds elitist, not the intention).
The first thing you'll notice when drinking a Reef is the extremely sweet, almost jarringly so, taste. Even for an alcopop, this is a saccharine, almost uncomfortably so after drinking stronger drinks for so long - I've only tried the Orange one that's pictured, but I've not a clue if the other ranges are as sweet as this. They're primarily aimed at people who don't like the strong taste of higher volume alcohol, and I guess for that purpose they are pretty suitable.
A reef combines a little Vodka with a lot of juice, but the Vodka cannot be detected at all really. What IS good about them is how light and portable they are - they can be downed quickly if you're in a sudden rush out of a club, and also quick to drink if you want to venture to the dance floor. I quite enjoy playing Strawpedo with alcopops, where you place a straw in the drink, then wrap your hand around the neck of the bottle (as well as the straw), allowing the air to escape, meaning you can down one of these bottles in a mere few seconds. Considering they're very weak drinks, and usually only 275ml, it means you're not getting too sloshed or too full up too quickly.
These drinks are also pretty cheap, although I can't really say much for them otherwise. If you enjoy the taste of your alcohol, there's little point to these, but if you fancy masking the taste and just enjoy the feeling, then fair play - these are probably worth it in that regard.
It has been a long time since I have been a teenager and I am fairly sure that this Vodka Reef drink is mainly aimed at teenagers but I love it.
I am a vodka drinker anyway but this is a great mixture of vodka and fruit juice and it is a very pleasant refreshing drink.
I think a lot of younger drinkers go for Reef because the alcohol taste is minimal but for me it is just about it being a social drink that I can enjoy that refreshes me as well as giving me my desired alcohol intake.
The Orange and passion fruit flavour is my favourite but I also regularly drink the other flavours, you used to get just an orange flavour without the passion fruit but it sadly seems to have gone now.
The Reef range are one of my favourite summer drinks and when on holiday they are top of my list but as they taste of nothing more than juice you can easily forget you are slowly but surely getting drunk so often on nights out I still stick with vodka and coke as I know where I am with that.
If you are buying Reef in the pubs you can expect to pay around £2.20 a bottle (well it is round my way anyhow) but if you buy it in the shops you can get 4 bottles in a four pack for £4.49 and thse are sometimes on offer at 2 for £6 at Asda giving you 8 bottles for £6 is a great deal so I always stock the fridge at that price.
If you really like to taste your alcohol then Reef is probably not the drink for you but if you are happy with a refreshing fruity tasting drink that still gets you tipsy then give Reef a try, you wont be disappointed!
This was one of my first alcoholic drinks that I tried at a friends party. It was so easy to drink, and didnt taste of alcohol, so I loved it!
Fast forward 5 years, and now I only drink it on a friday night in Box in Leeds. They do 2 for one on Reefs and Heineken. Since I dont like beer, Reef it is.
You can buy these in supermarkets and off licenses in packets of 4. They cost at least £3.50 so might be cheaper to just buy a bottle of vodka and some orange juice.
This drink contains a lot of sugar, so if you drink loads of them they can make you be sick. So I wouldnt suggest sticking to just these on a night out.
Alcopops used to be the favourite of teenagers, but now at work I notice a lot of people opting for flavoured cider instead. They are priced cheaper than a lot of the alcopops, apart from VKs. Reef is possibly one of our worst sellers.
It tastes nice, orangey, like thick orange juice with no bits. You have to make sure that you shake the bottle before opening, or you end up with loads of bits at the bottom.
If you like alcopops then you will probably enjoy this, but if not then it just tastes like bitter orange juice, and not at all of vodka.
A few years ago, in a bid to curb the binge drinking particularly amongst teenage and often underage girls, the government hiked the price of 'alcopops' to make them more inaccessible to this age group. As a result, the alcopops market has been severely dented, and they no longer take pride of place in bottle bars or in the fridges of other bars.
With the money available to some of the bigger name brands, products such as Smirnoff Ice have managed to maintain their strength in this corner of the market, whereas others, such as Vodka Reef, have dropped considerably. However, Reef is still available, it just won't be as common as it once was.
Reef is a very fruity drink, usually sold in a regular shaped 250ml bottle. It's 5% ABV (alcohol by volume), and is a clever blend of vodka, orange and passion fruit. I find it very sweet, and in this respect couldn't drink much of it without feeling a bit sick. However, on a night out, the danger is in the taste as well, as the strong flavours of the fruit juices easily disguise that of vodka, a spirit regarded as having little taste in itself.
As a result, it feels like you're drinking fruit juice and nothing else, with a very slight hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. It's not carbonated either, so it's easy to gulp. So, duly warned: don't neck this thinking it's harmless. 5% is quite strong, just imagine necking bottles of beer at 5%: a couple of them and you'll feel the effects as well as the fizz and alcohol taste.
I do like Vodka Reef. I'm not in the intended target range for the drink, but it doesn't stop me enjoying one every now and then. Expect to pay around £3 in most places, although you will find some that offer it at a cheaper price, as would some at over the odds. Shops will charge less, but it will still cost quite a bit, as this is the main area of sales of such alcopops that were clamped down on.
Vodka Reef is one of those blended vodka based drinks that if you had half a mind you could make or rather mix yourself however sometimes it is easier to opt for the easy life and let someone else do all the work.
I do like a vodka when I'm out and about it is my drink of preference although I am partial to the odd tequila slammer as well when in a part mood.
Vodka reef is a blend of vodka with orange juice and passion fruit, it is the orange though that provides the dominat flavouring and it does a prety good job of completely masking the taste of the vodka, there is just a hint of alcohol in the flavour of the drink, of all the blended vodka options this is one I only opt for on rare occasions as I find it rather too sweet and a bit sickly, it is rather thick in consistency, not quite treackly but not far off.
It comes in a 275ml glass bottle with the contents clearly visible and in a pub you will pay about £2.50 a bottle unless it is on offer which it sometimes is in Wetherspoons. It has a 5% alcohol content.
This is another one of the dreaded "alcopops". These drinks are a great invention in my opinion as they are a way of making a spirit last a lot longer and they feel refreshing - especially in the summer.
My favourite still has to Smirnoff Ice but I picked a pack of these up last week as they were on special offer in my local Co-op (2 for £1.50) - not sure if this was a local offer as the shop seemed to have quite a few that only have a couple of months left on their sell by or if this is a national offer.
I popped them in my fridge ready for a saturday evenings relaxation with bottle and a good film. The first thing I noticed when I took the bottle out of the fridge was that it had separated a bit so needed a good shake. It reminded me a lot of the J20's which were also in my fridge but it is a bit more "orange".
However once opened it did smell really nice - reminded me instantly of summer. My first impressions on tasting the drink was the sweetness - this is also something it has in common with J2O's. You could just about taste the vodka in the drink but it was really masked by the sweetness.
The taste wasn't overly sweet and the orange was probably the predominent taste. I don't think it will be replacing my drink of choice - smirnoff Ice - but if I see it on special offer I may well buy it again for the summer months
Reef, my preferred tipple on a night out with the girls. I have to say, I do not like the taste of alcohol, so this alcopop suits me to a tee. It tastes like juice, very sweet, which I like as it covers any lingering taste of alcohol, however has just that little bit of a kick and does make me feel merry, as I like to call it. Two or three of these at the beginning of the night set me up nicely, then I have to start on water in between, because although the little bottle does not have a lot of alcohol it it, drinking it out of the bottle as I do on a night out, seems to go straight to my head. It lets me get into the party spirit without getting really drunk and I also don't wake up with a hangover the next day. So I must say that for me the fact that Reef is so sweet and fruity and does not taste of alcohol is actually the advantage.
Reef is an alcopop which i find particularly sweet even as alcopops go. The only one i have tried is the orange and passion fruit but they do other flavours.
I buy these sometimes in a pub if i am only going in for one or two and fancy a still drink rather than something with diet coke which is my other usual drink (vodka and diet coke). I would usually drink J20 if i didn't want anything alcoholic and Reef is similar to that in some respects but has vodka in it!
I have to say if they weren't as sweet and sickly as they are I could probably quite easily down about 5 without even thinking they are alcoholic. In my opinion you can hardly taste the alcohol and it just tastes like quite a strong tasting but also fairly refreshing juice drink.
You can buy them in the supermarket in packs of 4 too, I think they cost about £5 unless there is a deal on. I would much rather drink this than a normal vodka and orange as it is tastier. I think each bottle has just under 200 calories so not really a drink that you want to have lots of in an evening - if you don't want to add empty calories from alchohol then probably best to stick to vodka with a diet mixer such as diet coke.
I can see these would probably appeal to teenagers and even younger which is obviously not necessarily a good thing, as you really can hardly taste the alchohol.
They are not a very classy drink but are fairly cheap and normally sold in most of the chain pubs.
**What Is Vodka Reef?**
Vodka Reef is a still alcopop type of drink. It comes in 275ml glass bottles with fairly ordinary labelling. On the front label is printed with the name of the drink and the background colour varies according to the blend. For example, the orange one has an orange label, pineapple a yellow one, and so forth.
**Flavours I've Tried**
Orange and Passion Fruit:
This one is very sweet. I found that it was delicious at first but it soon became quite sickly. It seemed to almost stick to my tongue and teeth and leave me feeling that my whole mouth was coated in it. This is quite disappointing because I expected orange and passion fruit to be sharp and refreshing but just a little bit sweet.
Lemon and Lime:
This variety is best described as tangy. In fact it was too sour for me. The acidity of the lemon and lime seemed to overwhelm anything else. It was actually so sour that my mouth is watering as I think about it. (Imagine sucking a lemon and you will get the idea.) My least favourite.
Pineapple and Citrus:
I don't know quite where the pineapple went, but all I could taste was apples and vodka. Pineapple is my favourite fruit but I can honestly say that I couldn't detect it at all in this drink.
Red Berry and Kiwi:
Again, I found this sickly. The combination of flavours was quite heavy and it is the sort of sweet drink that can make you feel very unwell, very quickly (believe me, I know from experience.)
Mango and Apple:
This was drinkable but still very sweet. I think this is probably the one I would choose given the full range to select from. It isn't as sweet as some of the others but I still couldn't drink many of these.
**Where To Buy** Product Information**
These bottles of Vodka Reef come in packs of four. You get four of the same flavour per pack. They can be bought in the big supermarkets like Tesco and off sales shops. I bought mine in Tesco and paid £4.99 for each pack of four.
Each bottle gives you around 180 calories but this varies between flavours. For example, the Orange and Passion Fruit has 179 calories and the Mango and Apple gives you 184.
If you find these a bit sickly as I do, you can always use your Vodka Reef to make one of these powerful cocktails, or even invent your own.
Sex on the sofa:
Take: 1 oz vodka
1 oz peach schnapps
1 bottle WKD Iron Brew
1 bottle WKD Vodka Blue
1 bottle orange Reef Vodka
Pour all this into a jug and fill up with more orange juice. This is a powerful cocktail and is not as sweet as drinking Vodka Reef on its own. This makes a great party drink to serve from the jug and you can also swap the ingredients around a bit if you don't have all the flavours of WKD.
1/3 pint WKD Vodka Blue
1/3 pint Orange Reef Vodka
1/3 pint Smirnoff Ice
Pour into a pint glass (it's easier to measure that way). Stir and enjoy, but beware, this one has quite a kick and you can't really tell that it's affecting you until you get near the end. Hic!
**Use In Party Food**
Vodka Reef is excellent for soaking the sponge in when you are making a trifle. It beats the traditional sherry trifle and gives a much lighter flavour. I like to add orange Reef with an orange jelly.
You can also use a bottle of Reef to give jellies a kick. The red berry and kiwi one tastes wonderful in a lime jelly.
Great party food for adults but maybe not suitable for the kids, although there won't be any more alcohol here than in a sherry trifle.
I personally don't find that I can drink many of these, although an occasional bottle of Vodka Reef is fine. If I had to choose I would say that my favourite is the mango and apple. These drinks are excellent for making cocktails because you can get the fruit flavours without having to bother with chopping fruit into a drink . (Remember the old Pimms cocktails with all that chopped fruit?)
During the festive season, or for adult dinner parties these do come in handy and I like to keep a couple in the cupboard for use in jelly, or trifles. You can make a wonderful trifle with one of these and your guests will never guess your secret, unless they have read this article.
These are certainly worth buying for the occasional drink, or offering to anyone who does have a very sweet tooth but they are also great as food cupboard standby for use when you want to produce something special without too much effort.
Please remember to eat your trifle responsibly!
I quite like the taste of Vodka Reef. I do not tend to drink vodka as it has such little taste but Vodka Reef is really fruity and tasty. They are so fruity that you even get fruit pulp sediment in the bottom of the bottle! Yum!
It comes in a bottle so it is easier to deal with if you cannot get a seat in a crowded pub or club. It tastes better though in a glass with a load of ice.
The only downside is that if I have more than two I tend to get an overly sweet taste in my mouth and it can get a bit sickly for me. Some flavours are worse for this than others so experiment until you find your perfect flavour! Some flavours are listed below:
Mango and Apple
Orange and Passionfruit
Citrus and Pinapple
Kiwi and Redberry (although I have not seen this around recently so I am not sure if they still do it.)
I think this is a young person's drink and a bit too trendy for the likes of me. If you think you are cool, this is a drink for you!
You can get them in supermarkets for about five pound for a pack of 4 275ml bottles. The price varies massively when you buy them in bars and clubs but they do tend to be quite expensive - probably because girls like their alcopops!
I remember the first alcoholic drink I had in a pub was a reef. It was in Weatherspoons and my sister bought it for me, I was underage at the time and remember feeling terribly grown up! This is going back a few years ago now, but I remember instantly taking a liking to it. It's a very refreshing drink and although it comes in a variety of flavours Orange is the most popular and so is more widely available than the others. Although I cannot speak for the others as ive only ever had the Orange flavour ones, the other flavours include lime and lemon.
Reefs are Alco pops and so aren't very alcoholic, they are around 5%, although they aren't very strong people have a tendency to just keep drinking them and drinking them to the point where it actually begins to hit them without realising.
Reefs are very refreshing and I think the best time you could have them is a nice summers day sitting in a pub garden, or anyone's garden for that matter. Although a nice summers day is a rarity in Britain but when the opportunity arises I'd recommend a Reef!
Vodka mixed with 'still orange & passion fruit drink'. 5.0%, 275 ml