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My last review of WKD (blue) went down rather well and so I will try and live up to the gauntlet-like challenge of bettering it with this one.
First of all, the subject heading, “WKD originally and blueberry” is a bit broad, and I will just review WKD original since I have already done blueberry in another op I wrote J (http://www.ciao.co.uk/WKD_Blue__Review_5343981/SortOrder/5)
Original WKD is the orange/rust coloured stuff, it’s not as popular and WKD blue but is equally as nice and gets you just as drunk. Now the flavour of WKD Original is Iron Bru, perhaps the most old-fashioned soft drink combined with the newest alcohol crazy – alcopops. It’s a strange combination to say to the least but in fact it works very well and is rather moreish.
To be honest I do not know what exactly goes into Iron Bru, I assume it isn’t really iron, but the same stuff is in the WKD counterpart. I have tried a variety of Iron Bru’s and it seems that Barr are the best make, and the WKD Original tastes pretty similar to Barr Iron Bru (Barr’s name isn’t on the credits though). The taste is very sweet and has a very pleasant aftertaste that is slightly fruity and doesn’t fully disguise the alcohol. The smell is also very fruity but also very pleasant and managed to compliment the flavour of the drink well, it isn’t sickly sweet but it isn’t too strong either.
The drink is 5.5% alcoholic content and so a few bottles of this will get you happily drunk, a few more will have you on the floor giggling because you can’t move your legs. The bottles come in two sizes, little ones and big ones. The smaller ones cost about £1 each and contain about 300ml of the drink, the larges ones cost from £3 - £4 each and contain (I think) 750ml of the drink. In bars they are more expensive - £2.50 for a small bottle in a bar, they don’t serve the larges bottles in bars but if they did they’d probably be about £8. They are the most commonly sold alcopops now and have enjoyed massive popularity in the UK.
The drink isn’t too great for you because it contains lots of sugars that not only get you drunk but give you a sugar rush (picture yourself aged 7 eating a bucket full of chocolate and running into walls). It makes you a bit hyper but also is useful because then you are dancing in a club or at a party you are likely to need a large rush of sugar (which dissolves into the blood quickly) to keep you active and not over-tire yourself.
The packaging of the product is pretty decent. It has large letters arranged vertically saying “WKD” and “original” horizontally underneath. The label is mostly clear and the WKD part of the label is cyan an the ingredients background varies from clear to white depending on whether you get one of the newer bottles or an older one.
The adverts for WKD, unfortunately no longer on air, showed a group of lads playing pranks on each other and querying, “Do you have a WKD side?” WKD has since not being a drink for the ladies, a previous stereotype about alcopops, and can be enjoyed by both genders without lewd comments about a bloke’s sexuality being made when he orders a WKD.
In short, WKD revolutionises not only the gender issues of alcopops but the alcohol market altogether. 20 years ago it would be unsightly for a man to order anything but ‘a pint’ at the pub. Now, if he doesn’t fancy getting drunk on ale, he can choose a fruity alternative instead. God bless the 21st century.
Finally something of a tradition of mine is to include a recipe for an alcoholic mix, this is going to be no exception.
I dub this drink “Off the rocker”
You will need; - 6 shot glasses - A large bottle of WKD original - Smirfnoff triple distilled vodka - A lemon - A mixing jug - A friend
What you do; - Pour a good measure of Smirfnoff black label triple distilled vodka (it’s the best, trust me) into the mixing jug and tip some WKD original in until the mix turns orange. - Cut the lemon into slices (large wedges are best) - Pour the drink into all six of the shot glasses and line them up in two little lines of three with a lemon at the end - Get your friend and begin the fun - Down all three of the shots and take a bit of the lemon at the end - Wait 10 minutes and repeat
I think I covered pretty much anything that I can about the drink but if you have any further questions say so in the comments and I will add it to the review.