TGIF cocktail lovers! If you are even slightly interested in ready-to-drink cocktails then I'm guessing you've probably picked up on this trend of mainstream "regular" aka non-alcoholic drink brands jumping on the canned cocktail bandwagon. So much so that it's almost hard to tell sometimes if you are buying the regular version or their new spiked version. Case in point, Simply Lemonade.
The regular blueberry Simply Lemonade is a staple in my summer routine. I love it. I've often thought it would be perfect to add a little splash of vodka or maybe some coconut rum to. Clearly the brand was thinking the same thing and they have now rolled out a boozy version of their lemonade. I've mostly seen it in a variety 12-pack which is too much of a commitment for me because 1) this is a malt beverage, also known as a flavored beer, and has no actual liquor in it and 2) I literally have a house full of canned cocktails and if I hate it, where am I going to put 11 more cans. But as luck would have it, I found a single can - in blueberry no less - at my local grocery store and I scooped it up immediately for a taste test.
A spiked lemonade calls for a sunny day at the park so I brought my Simply Spiked Blueberry Lemonade to a Fourth of July event. I styled it up with a pink paper straw and beach umbrella Swizzly Stick from my shop, did a little photoshoot with lots of interested onlookers, and then sipped in the shade for the rest of the day.
So how did it taste?
Here is my official review of the Simply Spiked Blueberry Lemonade:
One shaker = not sweet at all // Five shakers = your teeth may curl
This ready-to-drink cocktail from Simply Spiked Lemonade is SWEET. So sweet. But in a really good way, with the good cane sugar.
I love a sweet cocktail and this one was right on the edge of being too sweet for me. If you are in the market for a sweet, lightly boozy canned cocktail, definitely check this one out.
One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = OG Four Lokos
Officially this one rings in at 5% ABV which is in line with light beer and hard seltzers. The lower booziness makes it a great day drinking option but for me, I would have a hard time drinking several of these in a row due to the sweetness.
However, I have come up with a solution because I really do love the flavor of these Simply Spiked Lemonades. Add vodka. I think adding more vodka to this canned cocktail would make it the perfect boozy lemonade because you'd be preserving the yummy flavors but amping up the booziness - eliminating the need to drink several of them.
Would I buy this ready to drink cocktail again?
Possibly, with a bottle of vodka to top them off with (as mentioned above.) I did really enjoy this blueberry Simply Spiked Lemonade and now I'm interested in the other flavors in the variety pack. If I go to a beach day or camping trip this summer I might pick up a pack of these for the group. If you'd like to try them to, you can order them online here:
Until next week cocktail lovers, Cheers!
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