Advantages Refreshing, low alcohol, nice taste
Disadvantages Monotonous, only one flavour
Vodka alone is not a very versatile drink. It is usually mixed with a zesty type of drink in order to enjoy it to its premium, that is unless you're Russian. These mixes are usually tonic, lemonade (Sprite, 7UP) and orange juice. So the idea to make available a perfect vodka drink was a simple choice of either Lemon or Orange. Lemon was the ultimate choice and thus Smirnoff Ice was born.Smirnoff Ice contains a combination of Lemon and Smirnoff Red Label vodka. The great thing about something like lemon is that it imposes itself considerably on the drink and therefore the actual taste of the vodka is somewhat diminished and cleverly disguised.
At first glance the bottle looks quite attractive. The same cannot be said for the appearance of the liquid content that is clearly visible through the transparent glass bottle. This is a murky off white colour and to all extents looks like a common and uninteresting lemon drink. This is very much unlike it's competitor BacardiBreezer, who boast of several flavours bearing bright and attractive colours.One wonders why Smirnoff have not introduced other flavours like Vodka Orange, Vodka Grapefruit and the likes. As the market for alcopops increases over time and especially with the younger generation taking an interest, maybe they will.
Smirnoff Ice is carbonated, that is it is gassy but not as much as your usual soft drinks like Coke and the likes. The taste is of a crisp lemonade flavour that starts sharp and then immediately soothes into a lighter equivalent with the taste of the vodka prevailent at the end.Personally I think that they should have increased the prevailency of vodka. Not that the vodka content should be increased but rather by reducing the level of lemon.
It is a refreshing drink but one that I find to be rather monotonous. I mean for us regular drinkers this stuff tastes almost like regular lemonade. How many glasses of lemonade could I drink on a stretch?. Not many I can assure you. There is also the aspect of only one flavour. If there were several flavours like Bacardi Breezer, I might have been encouraged to drink more of them in view of the change.If you purchase Smirnoff Ice with the concept of thinking that you are drinking vodka, albeit with lemon, then you are certainly going to be dissapointed. If you are looking for something to drink over a long period of time, then again you will be dissapointed.
However if you are looking for something as a refreshing afternoon drink over the weekend or as a starter type of drink for a evening session then this may just be the solution and one that should get you in the right mood.
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