Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Smirnoff Tuscan Lemonade

I love attending a good house party but bringing alcohol to one can be a pain. I don’t drink beer and while I’m fine with wine, it’s not my first choice as a house party drink. Plus if you bring wine, other people tend to drink it. Same with hard alcohol plus with the hard stuff, you need to bring mix and that’s something else to drag along and then other people drink that or you don’t have enough and you end up drinking a vodka and diet Coke (which I don’t recommend).

Meanwhile, coolers are a pain to get to a house party and usually present a quantity problem: Four is too little while eight is too much (usually).

So I’m very happy to see that the LCBO is carrying more and more premixed drinks like Smirnoff’s Tuscan Lemonade. From a purely practical point of view, this is a great product. It’s one, reasonably (750 ml) sized bottle and I feel that because it’s something “special” people are less likely to just start pouring from it (I did put this theory into action this past weekend and yep, it worked).

Taste-wise, it’s not bad either. Yes, it’s Smirnoff vodka which I know some people hate but it could be worse (Prince Igor anyone?). Actually, the lack of smoothness from the vodka really goes with the lemonade part of this drink (the “Tuscan” part comes from the use of Limoncello), which has a sort of bitter/tart quality to it. 

Don’t mistake it for a re-packaged Smirnoff Ice. This isn’t a very sweet/sugary drink and you can definitely taste the vodka in.

A bottle of this stuff runs $16 so yes, it is more expansive then if you were to make your own version at home but hey, you’re paying for the convenience of not having to show up to a party with a mickey of vodka and a carton of lemonade that you then need to awkwardly shove somewhere in a packed fridge.

Would I buy this again: Yes.
Should you buy it: If you like lemonade and can tolerate Smirnoff vodka, yes.

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