60 Proof – Sangria
Approx. $8.99 750ml
I’ve already purchased a few bottles of tonight’s liquor, but tonight is my first time actually actually trying it. The first time I picked some up, I had to be the designated driver, and only got to watch others drink it. I also missed out on it last weekend, simply because there were too many other drink options. We also used it as the first shot in our inception drink, which if you’re not familiar with, is a shot, a bomb, and a mixed drink all combined in layered cups.
Tonight I finally tried it as a straight shot, and discovered that it has the consistency of cough syrup. I swished it around in the shot cup, and it’s so thick that the sides would stay red for a little while after. My initial thought was that it was overly sweet, but it wasn’t until I put in a few ice cubes that I was able to taste the sangria flavor. It was still sweet, but had a faint citrus flavor that was able to mellow out the sweetness enough to make it easily drinkable. The added ice also helped thin it out so I didn’t feel like I was trying to recover from a cold. The vodka left a slight burn on the throat, but the vodka taste was nearly non-existent.
I made myself a 50/50 mix with Snapple, and I hardly felt like I was drinking liquor. I eventually had to refer back to the bottle to check the proof, because I was starting to feel like it was going to be really really low. It’s 60 proof which yes, is on the low side, but the taste was great. This is the mix I stuck to for a couple of cups, until the remainder of the bottle was empty. Also, after a couple of cups, and a couple iced shots, I still didn’t even feel slightly buzzed. Which could be good or bad, depending on why you’re drinking.
Even though it took me a while to get around to trying tonight’s bottle, I would say it was worth the wait. If you’re looking for an all night drink, I would go with the mixed juice option, but keep the liquor portion at least at 50%. If you prefer to take as a shot, put it in a shaker glass with ice and chill it, like you would do with tequila, to help bring out the sangria flavor and thin it out so it’s easier to drink.