#icallbluff Review: COCO VODKA
Health is definitely in vogue at the moment – the 25% decrease in alcohol consumption since the 1970’s is evidence to that. People appear to be giving up boozy Saturday nights or mid-week wines for sprightly mornings and mental clarity.
One Melbourne-based company however is cashing in on the health movement by creating an alcoholic beverage using THE health drink of the moment – coconut water. Mixed with triple distilled vodka the combination appears to me to be some kind of oxymoron.
Coco Vodka nail the luxe look, their webpage looks tropical and sexy (think coconuts, palm trees and bikinis) and it definitely has more aesthetic appeal than its premixed competitors.
Personally I rarely drink, but for the cause of providing you beautiful people with this review I have made an exception.
What is it?
Coco Vodka – Coconut water with triple distilled vodka.
Australian Made by Vodka Co
Original, Guava, Pineapple.
What are they made of?
Ingredients: Coconut water, carbonated water, vodka (10%), sugar, citric acid, flavour, preservative (202).
Benefits versus cons - the verdict
I feel as though this product has been developed with good intentions and points must go to making an effort to create a health inspired drink. The tagline “It’s a little bit of bad, for those who want something good.” is a good representation of how confusing I find this product? They lost me with their “recognisable ingredients” – citric acid, flavour and preservative 202!
In comparison to other pre-mixed drinks the total sugar is slightly lower with 15.1 grams per serve (that’s about 4tsp per drink). This is lower than its other pre-mixed rivals that average between 5-8tsp, but usually contain a larger volume.
In addition to the sugar (because they had to make it taste okay yeah?) they use flavours, and a preservative to make it last longer, not to forget the elephant in the room (and key ingredient!) - vodka! Alcohol in our bodies takes priority over metabolising anything else, including what we eat, so whatever we choose to consume with it has to sit patiently to the side while the liver works its butt off to deal with and get rid of this potentially toxic substance. This also means that whatever is sitting to the side is usually stored (hello fat tissue!).
So regardless of what healthy ingredients you add to your drink, it is still alcohol, and you are still getting all the less-than-healthful side effects!
But how do they taste?
The coconut water flavour is still detectable between the sweetness and alcohol and you definitely get the fresh, tropical vibe. It took my brain a little while to adjust, but if you like your coconut water carbonated then you’ll probably like this. I’m always partial to a bit of guava and this flavour was definitely my favourite. Not used to sweetened drinks, I struggled with the sweetness, without even finishing the can.
Nutrition - 1/10
Flavour - 5/10
Drinkability - 3/10
Overall - 3/10
Where can I buy it?
BWS and Dan Murphy’s and online.