This was an unexpected edition of Booze Review. Once again in SuperValu, I noticed a lonesome can in their reduced booze bin. This tiny can of Smirnoff Vodka & Cranberry was severely dented, but as the liquid inside probably wasn’t dented I was more than happy to buy it at half the usual price. This can would usually cost £1.89 but was reduced to only 95p. The 250ml can is surprisingly strong at 6.4% as I would have expected a drink to be 4-5%.
Smirnoff & Cranberry is different than most of these pre-mixed cans as it uses a known brand for mixer, in this case Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Usually a pre-mixed can will come with some bad tasting cola, so this was a pleasant surprise. The can was completely fucked at both ends but it didn’t leak and opened fine, so I really have no complaints. I noticed a large amount of text on the side of the can, so I got really excited about reading it, but it turned out to be mostly trademark information and “DRINK RESPONSIBLY” in 4 different languages. The only useful text on the can is “Serve chilled in a tall glass over ice”, but I had already poured it into a lowball glass without ice so unfortunately I’ll be missing out on the deliciously refreshing experience.
Smirnoff & Cranberry seems slightly darker than regular cranberry juice, but it’s nothing major. It smells slightly stale but it’s not very noticeable. The drink tastes pretty good, and by good I mean it doesn’t taste any different than straight cranberry juice. To even begin tasting any alcohol you have to hold the drink in your mouth for quite a while, which is a really dumb way to drink and I have no intentions to do so.
At 95p a can this is pretty good but at the usual price of £1.89, 250ml cans are far too small to get drunk from. I prefer vodka and cranberry to be a lot stronger, but it’s unlikely you’d find it being sold at a much higher strength anyway. Smirnoff Vodka & Cranberry Juice Drink is good if you’re looking for a quick drink, but it isn’t something you’ll want to pick up a crate of and drink all night. Sure, it’s a girly drink, but cranberry does a fantastic job of masking the flavour of shit vodka.
Booze Review rating: 7/10 deliciouses