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Canned cocktail review: Carbliss ready-to-drink vodka cocktails

Posted by Jaime Fowler on

Canned cocktail review of Carbliss by The Pursuit of Cocktails Hi cocktail friends! Happy Friday! This week I am trying the full line up from Carbliss which is a newer canned cocktail line. Their claim to fame is that their ready-to-drink vodka cocktails have no sugar and no carb but are full flavor. There is definitely a need for more flavorful cocktails in the light cocktail market in my opinion. A lot of the sparkling, low cal, hard seltzers of the world are pretty flavorless so I'm excited to see what the Carbliss canned vodka cocktails will be like.

Of course I had to dressed up my Carbliss can a bit before I started sipping. You can't go wrong with a colorful "cheers" can Swizzly Sticks and bendy paper straws. 😉

Carbliss Black Raspberry vodka canned cocktail with Swizzly Stick from The Pursuit of Cocktails

Now onto the tasting!


Here is my official review of the Carbliss cocktails:

 3 out of 5 cocktail shakers

On taste alone, I'm giving these a 4 out of 5. The Carbliss ready-to-drink vodka cocktails are pretty sweet which I like and they do have a full flavor which I also really like.

I started with the Lemon Lime sort of expecting it to be like Sprite. It does taste a lot like Sprite but even more concentrated. You know when you get a fountain drink and you can taste the difference in the syrup to water ratio? Sometimes it is really good aka more syrup and other times it's just off? These are like when the syrup ratio is way higher than the water which results is a really flavorful cocktail.

All four flavors had that same, super concentrated flavor. The Lemon Lime end up being my favorite but I did like them all. My friend B said they tasted like Otterpops and I totally agree. Think snow cone juice sans ice.

If you are looking for a super flavorful cocktail that will take you back to your childhood, give the Carbliss cocktails a try.

Sweetness

 5 out of 5 cocktail shakers

One shaker = not sweet at all  // Five shakers = your teeth may curl

Sweet! The Carbliss canned cocktails are sweet! They are one of the sweetest ready-to-drink cocktails I've had. I like sweet cocktails so I really liked that aspect. 

While B and I were discussing the flavor of these she was looking at the can and noticed that they are sweetened with "artificial sweetner" and there is not an ingredient list on the can so there is no way to know what that sweetner is. Given how sweet these are it makes you think there must be a lot of it, whatever it is. B is gluten-free and eats Paleo as much as possible so she thinks about those things way more than I do and I really appreciated that perspective. She also said she probably wouldn't drink another one because of that. It is an interesting insight especially since the branding around these canned cocktails makes you think they are a touch healthier since they are no carb, no sugar.

 

Booziness

Two out of five cocktail shakers
One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = OG Four Lokos

These ready-to-drink vodka cocktails officially rings in at 5% ABV so it is on the light end. I think I've only tried one other canned cocktail that was lighter than 5%. I didn't get any hint of booze from these cocktails in flavor or in feel. If you like a lighter alcohol content, then these might be perfect to give a try.

But wait, there's more!

The brand shared with me a few cocktail recipes they've created using the Carbliss cocktails so I wanted to try those as well and share them with you too.

First up, pour half and half of the Black Raspberry & Lemon together over ice:

Carbliss canned cocktails mixed and garnished with Swizzly Stick and paper straw from The Pursuit of Cocktails
Next,  mix the Lemon Lime and Cranberry together over ice:
Carbliss ready-to-drink vodka cocktails mixed
And the final, and favorite of the founder of Carbliss:
Take one mint leaf, two raspberries, and 2 oz of Lemon Lime and muddle until blended. Then pour the rest of the Lemon Lime in, shake, and pour over ice for a Carbliss Mojito.
Pro tip from one cocktail lover to another, shake *gently* - I was too excited with my shaking and the carbonation of the cocktails fizzed up and popped the top of my cocktail shaker part way off and I made a big mess. It was still worth it though!

Would I buy this ready to drink cocktail again?

This is a tough one for me. On one hand, I did like the full flavor of these cocktails. I understand the niche that they are aiming for with the 0 carb, 0 sugar angle but I can't shake what my friend B pointed out about the artificial sweetener. While I personally don't watch things like that that closely, what she said still resonated with me. I think if these were made with a natural sweetener it would make more sense to me for their niche. Plus I always love cocktails that have real cane sugar or agave as the sweetener. Those tend to be a winning bet when you are out shopping for ready-to-drink cocktails.

Setting that bit of it aside, I did like the Carbliss cocktails and I wouldn't hesitate to drink one again if I saw one in a cooler at a party.

If you'd like to try these 0 carb, 0 sugar canned cocktails, you can order all of the Carbliss flavors online from Drizly and have them shipped right to your house.

Order the Carbliss cocktails online here >> 

Until next week cocktail lovers! Cheers!

 

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