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Smirnoff Wine Coolers…. wait??? that’s not Vodka!

smirnoff wine coolers

These drinks do taste nice, the passionfruit is just like an alcoholic tasting passiona, but I’m a little bit cynical about the reasons to not use vodka in your drinks and instead make a wine based cooler, ESPECIALLY if you are, like, an international vodka company like Smirnoff. When the federal government raised the “alcopops” tax to try to stop teenagers getting wasted on stolli lemon ruskies, a bunch of wine based, and thus less tasty, but cheaper and still prone to be drunk by teens, came onto the market. And kids learned to drink wine other than Passion Pop, in order to still get drunk under or just on age without breaking the bank. And they kept buying UDLs, because they like them.

… but there needed to be an acknowledgment that that simply raising taxes on pre-mixed alcohol products was a ridiculous strategy to try and cure society‚Äôs inebriated ills. In isolation, it was a cynical measure that insulted those who do not have an issue with alcohol consumption, particularly the consumption of pre-mixed products, and one which was simply shifting the focus of binge-drinkers onto straight spirits and wine-based products.

Bradley Woods
CEO Australian Hotels Association (WA), May 2013

So, I’m pleased that these drinks have evolved now to a point where they’re drinkable .. ie no weird taste or aftertaste, and just taste like their vodka and mixer equivalents, like Passiona, Lemon lime solo and something berry sweet… and I quite like these ones. But I’m still a little cynical about the whole idea of “taxing” the kids out of the drinking game by just upping the mixed drinks tax.

Oh, and they’re pretty potent for their RRP of $14.99 for 4 (from small bottlos only)

smirnoff electric citrus wine cooler standard drinks

Smirnoff Vodka Flavoured Sorbet Pouches

Oh yum!

Putting these  sorbets in the freezer. :)

At $6 each or 3 for $15, these Smirnoff freezies are a nice refreshing treat….

Lemon sorbet

The first one I tried was lemon, of course, and my favourite. There was a slight vodka hint, but otherwise this smooshie ice was delish and cooling.

Raspberry

I didn’t particularly like the raspberry one. It had the odd taste of melting frozen red cordial from your school drink bottle. Pass.

Mango sorbet

The mango was delightfully summery.

Tastes like frozen home brand apple poppers from my childhood

And the apple was tangy and sour! Yum!!!!

Things I’ve likely lately

Because I am so behind in so many ways

baked camambert

Baked Camembert. At the Blog Chicks meet this month at the South Sydney Graphic Arts Club which was very much Workers Club not hippie arts centre!

coconut smirnoff ice

Smirnoff Coconut and Pineapple. Though you can’t taste the pineapple. The Honey one is foul, though :/

cooking for more than one

Cooking for people other than just myself

hello kitty pasta

With Hello Kitty pasta and Bertolli olive oils

fish and chips

Fish and chips.

frankies place brekfast

Breakfast at Frankie’s Place on Darby

meat

Meat. This was at Lowenbrau on the weekend for the lovely Kazza’s 40th :) mmm meaty.

colourful tights

Colourful socks and tights

colourful socks and tights

hello kitty body spray

Hello Kitty body sprays

canberra

Canberra. xoxox

31 – a rolling celebration of eating, drinking and being merry

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I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness.

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Let’s start with a couple of days before, my dear chronically Femme Bronwyn was selling her Galaxy Tab….. and since I couldn’t find a reason not to (aside from my current financial situation) I bought it from her. She offered me Gin and Tonic, and a pillow unicorn as sweeteners to the deal…

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Couple of days before my birthday, I had some plans fall through, so ended up watching Seven Psychopaths with Mic, and going out for a lovely brekkie at Chaddies in New Lambton Sunday morning.

Chaddies french toast with bacon

Chaddies big breakfas

Next was the Newtown Drinks version of my birthday – Drinks on the roof at Zanzibar, till it got too cold and we had to shift inside to the deer hunter room with the pool tables.

big buck hunter

vodka and soda

Somewhere in there, Neko started reading to us, and demanding we head for Thai for dinner.

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I did question where one was to actually find a Thai restaurant in Newtown, because there is NOWHERE to get Thai, or frozen yoghurt for that matter, on King Street ;)

neko reads

entree newtown thai

Six of us ended up at Newtown Thai, selected the basis of them being quiet and wouldn’t mind us stuffing around while we waited for a couple of extra, but delightful, boys to show up ;)

hot chip nachos marly

Next stop, the Marly (Marlborough) which has this weird indoor garden, complete with fake grass, remodel thing going on. The above nachos made with hot chips were consumed, and hugs and smiles exchanged.

Sleep was found,a nd my birthday breakfast of a meat pie and diet coke found around midday at Macquarie University train station.

bday breakfast pie and diet coke

Sadly, i left the gift of a Hello Kitty shower cap behind in Macquarie Park, but my habit of leaving things behind just means I need to find time to see people again :)

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Where next? Off to Hippo to have coffee and cake with my family and with Bron. The kids ran around like crazy, I got more hello kitty gifts…

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Including some of the VERY newly released Hello Kitty for Target underwear!!!

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From there, it was off to Schnitzel night at the Warners Bay Hotel…. mine had Nachos!

nacho schnitty

Aside from that, there’s been bikkies from my boss, and <3 arm warmers from Stu... and well as many hugs and general awesomness. bikkies

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Thank you to everyone who made turning 31 utterly awesome. xoxox

Absolut Vodka Elyx Launch @ Sticky Bar, Darlinghurst

Absolut Elix Launch

I was quite happy to receive the invite from Soup to attend the Sydney Soup launch for Absolut Elyx at Sticky Bar :) A vodka tasting? Sure!

Absolut Elyx Launch

We kicked off the night with some generous pours over ice. Quite easy to sip on before we launched into the tastings.

Absolut Elix Launch

Taken to the private room, we were plied with other vodkas, Grey Goose, Belvedere, before the final straight pour of the Elyx.

Absolut Elix Launch

We of course, by four drinks in, agreed that the Elyx was the easiest to drink, and then were sent back to the bar for some sweet cocktails to kick on for the night.

Absolut Elix Launch

Things may have gotten blurry before we all hitched home on public transport, armed with bottles of Elyx to share with friends.

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What’s your favourite vodka?

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